Wednesday, 27 August 2014

I tried

No more mention of illness?
I tried
Had to go back to doctors today, luckily it was my favourite Doctor who always listens properly. She said she thinks I have pleurisy!  AGH!
Different Antibiotics, more tests, proper rest.
Will return ASAP

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Up-right - mostly, and exciting news

It wasn't just a back ache or even just proper flu, it was both those  then  add in a kidney infection too ( I only have 1 so it needs looking after) plus a touch of Dash In A Real Rush, Hurry Or Else Accident!  That's such a good  mnemonic!
So I won't trouble you with the joys of getting the local  Out Of Hours health company ( playfully calling themselves Harmoni ?) to send me to their Out of hours doctor/nurse in Saxmundham (2 miles) to get a prescription. This involved them calling out an  ambulance with paramedics so They could phone them back to say yes I did need a prescription for antibiotics. Instead of just sending me there in the first place or.......... I could have chosen? to go to A & E in Ipswich ( 25 miles) instead !
So whichever you 'chose' they make you feel guilty for taking up the time of Very Important Emergency people who could be doing something more urgent, but don't let you do the most obvious thing.

2 days of antibiotics so far and I managed to remain upright for longer today.

I'm horizontal again now.

Poor C has been taking care of the campsite and chicken and egg things for a whole week and a bit.

Anyway the exciting news is our son M proposed at the weekend and his girlfriend R  accepted. So that's all three of our lot either planning( H & J in May 2015).  Sort-of planning ( A & B in 2016 probably! but they are always a bit vague about things ) or thinking about an actual wedding sometime.
 Heck, is that 3 posh frocks I need?

More thanks for the  get well soon wishes. I will not mention illness again...........I Hope.

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Friday, 22 August 2014


I don't usually tell anyone when I'm not well ( I once spent a week in hospital having tests and the only person that knew was C), but if I'd not posted at all  friends and family would have wondered what had happened, now I feel I'm  turning into a moany old women, I'll come back when this B painful flu bug thing has gone.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

What WAS that?

The backache turned into aching all over, horrible headaches and a tight cough which is not nice, now it's on it's way to going I hope, though I'm still feel hot or cold with no energy. Thank you for the 'feel better soon' wishes and I'm a bit worried as Mikemax has moved us to Sussex!

So better catch up on what's been happening here.

It really was the wrong few days to be feeling grotty as C was out working first at our neighbours on Monday and Tuesday then at his customer in Leiston ( which include lifting the greenhouse frame from here onto the trailer and then over the fence into her garden) and then typically the phone call came for him to bale the barley straw too. All that meant I was struggling up off the settee to answer the door  for the campsite AND over the last few days someone has been coming along early and buying almost all the veg all at once. That wouldn't matter as their money is as good as anyone's but it meant we had people coming to the door all morning asking if - A. had we had forgotten to put the vegetables out for sale? or B. were they too early for the veg? or C. were they too late for the veg?

I was surprised that C was able to get the greenhouse moved all in one piece( that was Sundays job) as it's been there for 20 years. There are just a few broken panes of glass which will need replacing. First he pressure washed it with the glass in, took the glass out, pressure washed again, used the angle grinder to cut through the bolts that were holding the base-plate down onto the concrete base and Hey Presto! one greenhouse to sell to his customer.
And of course he will get paid for fixing it at her house - And she didn't even know she needed a greenhouse until he suggested it!!

The old shed is ready to take down and the idea is to use a chainsaw where its standing to cut it into kindling sized bits ready for me to chop. This will be a bit noisy so we are waiting until the campsite goes quiet after Bank Holiday weekend. Then the two concrete bases to break up and shift, bring some soil around, sow grass seed and that will be another job done, with the outlook from the kitchen window much improved.

This morning he has had to go and load our 60 small bales on his own. Our farmer friend is baling a lot in big round bales to make life easier and the 150 small bales that C did for the farmer in return for getting the straw cheap will be collected by him. The barley straw is what we use for litter in the chicken sheds - it's more absorbent than wheat straw and cheaper than any alternative.

Right, I'm now going back to hot water bottles and blanket on the settee as typing this has worn me out - Poor Old Woman.

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Post number 495 - still planning on the book giveaway for post 500

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

For Tuesday, read Monday but worse

The back ache has moved to aching all over
So annoying.
Paracetamol, rest and drinking lots of water.

'Back' Tomorrow!

Monday, 18 August 2014

The weeds have gone... but so's my back!

Thank you one and all for  the comments yesterday and welcome to Julie a new follower on Google friends.
I've nothing to post about today because yesterday I idiotically did some weeding of the flower garden early in the morning in a cold wind and, although my back objected a bit yesterday I slept OK.  I woke up this morning thinking it was alright but after walking round the field to let the chickens out I found I could hardly move.
So I've spent the day with hot water bottle behind my back, wheat bag around my neck laying on the settee. Sounds good, but daytime TV is rubbish and holding a book was painful.
 I've been a bit lax about doing the back exercises so it's my own stupid fault -No Sympathy needed!

Should be a bit more mobile tomorrow


Sunday, 17 August 2014

The Food Programme

In yesterdays post I wrote about Home Farmer Magazines features on Cooking with Rations, the Plant a Victory Garden WW1 campaign and the better known Dig For Victory campaign of WWII.
 I discovered today's Food Programme on Radio 4 was all about rationing too. Apparently it's 60 years since rationing completely ended - 9 years after the war finished.
Sheila Dillon - the presenter of The Food Programme - had a few days living on war time rations and really struggled mainly due to the lack of fats that were allowed. I suppose this is why we have an overweight population - more fat in the diet than really needed. I'm Guilty as Charged!
 One of the people Sheila Dillon spoke to on todays programme was Clare Millar a nutritional therapist who runs a Nutrition Consultancy in Bristol which organises courses aimed at coaching,educating and inspiring people to eat using the diet approaches of the 1940s. I don't know what she charges for her courses but I bet they are not cheap. During the war the government produced lots of information for free and a lot of the leaflets were reprinted in a little book called Eating for Victory and of course another place to find info is Dcs blog at Frugal in Norfolk, she really did do it properly back in the mid 1990s.
For several years I worked with a lady who,  as a child growing up during the war, had lived in the East End of London. She said they were better fed on rations during the war than they had been before.
I think I heard that the UK still imports about 40% of the food eaten in this country. So I'm glad we are able to grow a lot of our own food and to sell some in the hope that it saves a few local people from buying imported stuff.

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