The day we didn’t do the shopping or the tidying!

Today the plan was to start some tidying up and to get some food shopping but to ride first.

We took Ralph for a walk but could not go the usual way because there was a tree down.Then we went up the yard, gave the ponies a groom and went for a nice stroll on the roads because the woods were blocked by- you guessed-fallen trees. Enjoyed our ride. Claire did a good job of tidying up in the feed room and filling up the feedbins.

By this time it was after 3pm! We went to buy a new pump for the water feature. Ralph loves drinking out of it and it hasn’t worked for a while.

We decided that food shopping would not be a good idea on an empty stomach so we went to the Harvester . Then home and we found we had no energy left, so did nothing.

Jenny is missing Now it’s overhead, the band she toured with, theyv’e gone to Europe.

Published in: on January 19, 2007 at 8:08 pm  Leave a Comment  


I was going to write this post yesterday but first my photos got lost between the phone and the computer and then what I had written got lost too so I gave up!

Jen was playing in Brighton on Monday, the penultimate gig of her tour. She had to come home afterwards because she had to go to college the next day to do an A level. On Tuesday the last gig in Camden.

Claire and I had agreed to go down to Brighton, hear Jenny play and take her back home. We had a good journey down but could not find the venue as my phone seemed to think it was somewhere other than where it was. After a bit of driving round we located the place and then went shopping.

First stop L’Occitane , one of my favourite shops. I love mimosa so I stocked up on their perfume and shower gel. Got a few other bits and pieces and then set off to find Office to look for some Adicolour Kermit trainers. We had seen them before in Brent Cross but Claire didn’t buy them and then regretted it. Now you can’t buy them. Office was quite a long walk for me (nickname cripple) and it was uphill. No luck when we got there. Had a look in H & M then made our way back to the car to dump stuff. Had a look around at the restaurants and found a nice Italian which served a lovely beer called Messina , I’m not usually a beer drinker, but I can tell you that as I write this I am wishing I had one now.

On Tuesday more excitement , a hospital appointment. Four years ago next month I had a Birmingham hip resurfacing op. It’s like a hip replacement but they get rid of the warn out surface of the hip , fit a mushroom shaped cap on it and put a new socket in as well.

If you are squeamish don’t read on. I had this operation under a spinal anaesthetic ie local into my spine, without any sedation so I knew what was going on all the time, which was quite funny really. At the end of the operation the surgeon said they were closing up and I asked if I would be having sutures or clips. He asked me which I would prefer,I thought that was lovely.

Then he came round to my head end wearing his blood spattered mask under his chin to tell me that it had all gone well and I can remember thinking, “that must be my blood”. Ok, so I am rather odd!

The operation was a great success and I was back on my pony 7 weeks and 5 days later.The only sad thing is that I have had back pain on walking or standing ever since. This is due to spinal arthritis (spondylosis) and I suspect that some of the pain I thought was from my hip was from my back. A friend who I used to work with in my hospital days also had her hip replaced. She reckons that the fact that we both had our right hips conk out was due to the lifting patients we used to do in the pre litigation days with no hoists and very low beds.

Anyway, I was due , well actually very overdue (not my fault) for my check up. My husband came too whch was nice.

Arrived, collected notes and Xray form, had Xray went to see one of the surgeons, a really nice man.No comments about my weight, thank God . Off for another Xray! Back in to surgeon who advised long term intensive physio and pain clinic. So at last something is being done.

Well, enough of that!

I tried to post several times this week, thrawted by tiredness, Jenny wanting the computer, my ineptitude at getting my photos up. At least they have reappeared on my phone!

Baby clinic on Wednesday, a busy one.

Came home today, had to turn round in road because a tree was down. Turned into our drive and saw that a tree had come down in the front garden.Lo and behold! A large branch down in the back garden too, narrowly missing the lounge window, thank God.

I think Ralph must have been scared , poor boy, he was extra cuddly.

Finally uploaded some photos, thanks to bluetooth. how come the ones I took on the move are better than the stationary ones? I need a Geek!

Published in: on January 18, 2007 at 6:15 pm  Leave a Comment