Sunday, 17 January 2016

Local history links

I forgot to ask in yesterday's post if anyone had watched the first of the new series of  Shetland on Friday night. I'm sure I read that it was going to be a separate story in each of the 6 episodes, so we were waiting for a rapid conclusion as it got towards 9.45, only to find it carries on next week. I didn't like the scenes of the boy stuck in the container- another thing to put me off travelling in lifts!

Another bright but cold day here today, we had to pop to Aldeburgh to the chemists ( first side effect of Cols's chemo - let's just say it's the opposite of Dash In A Real Rush Hurry Or Else Accident! and we've tried prunes!) so took the opportunity to look at the sea. It was incredibly clear ( not the sea, that was as grey as it always is) and you could see right out to the shipping lanes with the big freight carriers coming out of  the Port of Felixstowe and the wind turbines off the coast.
We drove up to the Slaughden end of Aldeburgh where the most  Northerly Martello Tower ( now a Landmark Trust holiday home) stands between the sea and the river behind it. That's an Anthony Gormley sculpture on top of the tower, not somebody about to jump off! The river doesn't run out at Aldeburgh but several miles away at Shingle Street

 If the sea was to break through the ridge on which the Martello tower stands, it would flow inland across the marshes and would flood much of Aldeburgh turning what was left into an island.

Looking out to sea by the Martello Tower, the huge rocks have been put there to protect the bank  (I can never get the horizon level!)

and turning round to look inland with the river Alde and the flat marshes that stretch inland for several miles
Home for lunch and more of the delicious soup mentioned in Fridays frugal list. I've just looked to see how much a tin of Heinz Cream of  Tomato costs, and it's 95p (though on offer at 50p a tin at Tesco and Asda) which wouldn't have even made 2 big bowls full whereas my recipe makes 4, tastes the same and costs no more than 55p.

This afternoon we'll be watching the first part of the final of the Masters snooker that's been on all week and tonight things clash - Call the Midwife, Snooker or Endeavor. A problem there I think.

Thanks for comments yesterday

Back Tomorrow
Sue

30 comments:

  1. I had the same side effects with chemo, tell them at his next session, they can give you something to help.

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  2. Oh poor Col....as if he hasn't enough to cope with. I have no experience of chemo but just know you will be in my thoughts as his treatment goes along.

    Homemade tomato soup.....hang on I'll get my coat. I love it best out of all of the homemade soups I make with Leek and Potato coming a close second.

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  3. Poor Col. My little girl suffers terribly from it too thanks to her iron supplements.
    X

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  4. Yes we watched Shetland a bit confusing to start with seemed to be following too many story lines at once :-0

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  5. Lets hope they sort out Cols little problem when he goes next time.being out of routine is awful. Yes I watched Shetland but we had to resort to putting our sound system that picks out dialogue to understand some of the Scottish dialect. Lovely scenery so much do I think we will try to get there in our retirement.

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  6. As it started I said to hubby "concentrate, the main bloke mumbles and sometimes it jumps and you miss a story link". Half way through he's in some blokes flat with no intro asking after some children in the USA; What? Who? Did I fall asleep? within a few minutes it emerged he was the town drug taker/informant, whose family have left I assume, and the rest of the police dept are blissfully unaware of his existence! I like it but sometimes it is annoying!

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  7. Glad you had a little jaunt even if the main purpose was serious. Mum was given lactulose during her chemo and that seemed to help her but hopefully Col will het what's right for him. Have just finished "The Miniaturist" and although I couldn't put it down ( bonus of the snow), I don't know whether I liked it or not!! Catriona

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  8. My thoughts go out to you and your husband... My mom was told to supplement Magnesia to help with the side effects of her cancer treatment. Hope you find something that works for your husband.

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  9. A stressful time for both of you at the moment. Hope Col can get the right medication. I watched the very first Shetland and because the main actor either mumbles or has a very strong Scottish accent I could never follow the story, so I don't watch it now. To solve your problem of three programmes at the same time why don't you go on ITV+1 to record Endeavour an hour later.

    Joan (Wales)

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    1. We only have an old TV and Free Sat - no record facility

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  10. Sue - have you tried Fybogel (available at the Chemist and if it works you can get it on prescription.) Both the farmer and I have diverticulitis and would be lost without it. Nice to be reminded of Aldebrough. Thinking of you both.

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  11. Re the opposite of the dash to the loo, I remember this only too well, Sue. When I had chemo - and I didn't like to mention this as everyone is different - it's not so much the chemo that bungs you up, but the anti-sickness tablets they give you. I told them that I was easily made sick and so they gave me a level 4 dose, which is quite high (I think it goes to a level 6). The upshot was a visit to the hospital for this to be "sorted out". I won't describe this, readers might be offended if I speak of medical matters in a comments column, but I have had cancer and I have had chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but the good news is that I'm still here! So perhaps a slightly lower dose of anti-sickness drug, combined with Movicol or something like that, might help next time. I was the same the following week after my chemo and a district nurse had to come out to me to clear matters up (putting in as nicely as I can.)
    Anyway, I'm sure you will get this sorted out and once Col's body becomes adjusted to the chemo and the anti-sickness drugs, perhaps this side-effect won't occur any more. As I've said before, the only real side-effect I had (apart from lowing my hair and that didn't bother me) was the tiredness on the 4th day after chemo, but when this occurs, he must stop whatever he's doing and lie down and rest. I was silly. I used to think that if I worked hard and got all my work done before the 4th day, then I'd have time to rest. The upshot was that I was just more tired more quickly!
    Loved the pix of Aldeburgh!!! Just love the Suffolk coast even though we live on the English Riviera (aka Torbay, one of the most beautiful places in the UK.)
    Margaret P

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    1. As a nurse I agree with Margaret's comments. It should help. Best Wishes.

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  12. PS I still make my own tomato and courgette soup. It mightn't be as cheap as a can of Heinz but it makes more than double the quantity of a tin of soup. Three or four large tomatoes, 1 large onion and 1 courgette, sauté them, and then add water to cover and about 3 or 4 veggie Oxo cubes or another type of bouillon, some dried basil, and a pinch of sugar (this takes away the acidity) and a dash of milk, or cream or crème fraiche. It doesn't need salt because the veggie Oxo are salty enough. Cook for about 20 minutes and then blitz and serve with fresh basil leaves on top and crusty bread. Delish!
    Made a huge vat of mixed veggie soup the day before yesterday with all the veg I could muster from the fridge which wasn't really good enough for serving as veggies with a meal. Added a can of rinsed and drained haricot beans for added protein. This made sufficient for our supper, plus three boxes of it each containing generous portions for two people. As you know you can't beat home-made soup. Well, home-made anything!
    Endeavour wins for us!
    Margaret P

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  13. I gave up during the first series of Shetland - unrealistic - no one was wearing enough outdoor clothes! lol

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    1. You are so right! It must be freezing with the flat islands and the wind blowing straight over

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  14. We watched Shetland, It freaked me out a bit to be quite honest, I don't like enclosed spaces, what an awful way for the poor lad to go, I couldn't stop thinking about it. I hope your poor Col can get sorted out he has lots to cope with xx

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  15. I quite enjoyed Shetland - but like you, had expected each episode to be 'stand-alone'
    Re the other comments, I didn't get on with Fybogel, Lactulose was OK, Dulcolax was terrifyingly efficient, but Movicol is the only thing which works both predictably 'comfortably' for me. You just have to take these things at your own convenience!! Hope Col is sorted soon - he doesnt need this problem on top of the rest.

    love and blessings - off to get ready for Endeavour...

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  16. What a great place to visit. I like both my homemade tomato soup and Heinz in different ways for different reasons, but I don't like Sainsburys own label! Picky thing aren't I!! xx

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  17. I thought Shetland was great and Call the Midwife tonight had me blubbing!

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  18. Beautiful vistas.

    God bless.

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  19. The photo of the rocks is just amazing!
    Bless him & you!

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  20. beautiful photo's looks a lovely place, dee

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  21. looks very beautiful, i have bought heinz tomato when on offer but always water it down as its so thick then i get two large bowls full, however wont be spending 95p on a tin, cor blimey! x

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  22. Bringing back lots of memories, Sue, of my life in this part of world - isn't it lovely, especially out of season? Sending good wishes to you and your husband! Karen

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  23. PS Sue, the nicest tinned tomato soup that we ever had was Campbell's Tomato Rice soup, but they took this off the market! Why is it that when you discover something you really like - Shippham's Anchovy Paste for example - it ceases to exist! Gentleman's Relish is the posh version, but it's not as nice as Anchovy Paste!
    Margaret P

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  24. How about Kiwi fruit, I believe they are good to.
    Hope Col feels better soon.
    Interesting to hear others experiences and what they used re. diet etc.

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  25. I watched Shetland and couldn't decide whether it was going to draw to a conclusion or not either. I do the clock thing as well. At a certain time I think, this is going to go on or be a right rubbish rushed ending.

    I've been on prunes since the HA. Tablets are a nuisance for that side of things. The bonus is I like them and count them as one of my daily five. Hope Col is feeling OK. xx

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  26. So you're another one that doesn't like lifts ... I hate the things, especially the ones that 'talk' to me!!

    I've not watched Shetland yet we recorded it, I too had heard they were all stand alone stories, oh well thanks for the warning ... I'll expect to be confused and left hanging at the end. Maybe each two parts is one story then!

    Hope you have solved Col's problem :-(

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