Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Lost in France ........

As the title suggests we are Lost in France, but not the country, our garden, amongst the weeds that have grown since we have been away. What is it they say, if you can't beat them join them? So I picked some for indoors. We were very lucky and our lovely neighbours mowed the lawn for us, but the weeds were waiting for us on our return. Still, I suppose it is the growing season so we can't expect anything else. Our little cat Sophie has been very well looked after by David our neighbour but she hasn't left us alone since we have been back and I haven't had the heart to tell her we won't be here for long. Bless her, she is such a poppet. David says he gives her lots of cuddles, but obviously he can't be here all the time and they are never enough. Of course we don't know how long we are going to be away next time so it will be hard leaving her again.

We have been keeping very busy since we have been back so not much time to think of the horrid few months ahead of us. Enjoying the sunshine and getting warmth on our bodies and building up our fitness for the next adventure in our lives. We will be leaving here 2nd week in June so it is a matter of closing the house down and tucking her up for a while. Worst case scenario, it could be 6 months, so a long time to be away from our home. I am madly trying to put together craft work that I can take back with me, although mum and my sister always have lots of projects to do. I will spend many a happy hour with them while we are back in the UK.

Dad is getting along a little better again now with his leg, but he has had to have another injection in his eye. Yuk! I can't begin to imagine what that must be like. Bless him. Lots of love mum and dad and see you soon. Keep the B&B open for us.

I will try and post again before we go back, but I will say cheerio and God bless for now, talk to you all again soon. Thank you to everyone for all your good wishes.

A message to the Smith family, "Sorry if there are some spelling mistakes or typos, but I'm sure you will tell me about them when I get home"!!! Lots of love.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Good friends, good walks

Richard and I spent a wonderful couple of days staying with our very good friends. It's lovely when your friends give you the chance to really chill out, talk when you want and feel really comfortable. We spoke about the dreaded "c" word the first day, then it was banned with a small fine if it was mentioned the next day. We had a couple of fantastic walks but one in particular at Virginia Water where we walked for about 6 miles, passing these amazing rhododendrons and azaleas. If you are reading this, Brian and Di, thank you for a really good couple of days. Let's hope we will be able to repay you in September when you are booked to come to us. It's doubtful we will be back in France for then, but who knows??

That's all for now, off to my mum and dad tomorrow and get ready to return to France to close the house down ready for the next, not so good, adventure in our lives. Take care one and all, talk again soon.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

A Wonderful day

This is going to be our last day with Clare and Kenny in Cornwall and we have had such a wonderful day. The sun is shining, lovely and warm so we decided to go to Godrevy Lighthouse, picking up a really yummy cornish pasty on the way for a picnic on the beach. Such fun clambering over all the rocks and looking in the crystal clear rock pools. Even better, just after we had finished our lunch Richard's mobile went and it was the hospital saying that the CT Scan on his kidneys was normal. I have never seen such a change in a person in so short a time.

This photo is me lifting the heavy load that his been on our shoulders while waiting for that phone call. The next photo is Richard with the most amazing smile and shouting into the wind and huge YIPPEE!!!!!

We were making so much noise, these two little characters popped up to see what was going on. We stayed and watched them for quite a while and I was surprised at how large these seals were. This day was just getting better and better and what a good job Kenny had taken his camera with him so I could share everything with you all.
Always good to have good news when you are with your family.
Tomorrow we are off to stay with our very good friends before we say goodbye to Vicki and family and my parents. We are then hoping to get back to France for about a month before we go for the MRI in the middle of June and then decide with the consultants what the best treatment is for Richard. By the way, this is where we were this morning, not bad eh?? Talk to you all again soon. Take care

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Good Times and Bad

It has been a long time since I last posted and to be honest, I'm still not in the mood for this but here goes. As you know we came back to the UK for 2 weeks over Easter, we are still here. Firstly we had a brilliant time with the children and my parents during that time and as you will see from a couple of piccies, we had a fun time with the grandchildren when we took them to a wonderful enchanted forest for the day. Lots to see and explore and we didn't see it all in the time we spent there so we will need to go again. The first photo is where we found this huge "giant's hand" that we could sit on and have a bit of a snack. The second one is where they were trying to say that nannie looked a little like the goblin??? Personally I don't see the resemblance do you? Good job there isn't a close-up here.

Anyway, when we went back to stay with my parents my dad was in a bit of a state with his leg and we took him to the doctors, only to have him whisked away to hospital with a suspected blood clot. He was in there for 3 days and although he is out now, he is still in a lot of pain. That was the first part of the holiday and we should have been going back to France by then but........... Richard had a bit of a scare and went to the doctors, was referred to the hospital for various tests, (I am NOT going to go into details here but rather invasive) and the outcome so far is, he has prostate cancer. We are waiting for the results of the CT Scan on his kidneys and then he has to go for an MRI in 6-8 weeks time. We will probably go back to France to set things in order there and close the house up as we will carry on with the treatment for Richard, whatever it is, in the UK. As you can imagine, we are in for quite a few rough months so forgive me if I don't blog very often.

Take care one and all. God bless.