[LIFE/CANCER] Nearly 4 weeks in New Zealand amongst #COVID19 Crisis

So, when I got on a plane to New Zealand around 4 weeks ago, who knew that by this point at least 1/4 of the world would be in lockdown, and there would be so much uncertainty about when this would all finish Yesterday I spoke to John Pantry on Inspirational Breakfast (Premier Radio) about being overseas, high risk, and not quite sure when I'll be back in the UK: I came out to New…

[LIFE] 2 Weeks in New Zealand (amongst the COVID-19 crisis)

So it appears that I blogged on Friday 6th (a week after leaving the UK). If I was entering New Zealand in the next couple of hours I would have to self-isolate for 14 days (which is the length of time that I've now been here - in some ways feels longer, in others it's rushing past). 7/8 March The world's news, the amount of work to do, upcoming birthday (always seems to spend my…

[LIFE] A Week In New Zealand

This time last week, I was still rushing around doing last minute work tasks, and thinking again 'have I got everything I need, and, more to the point, what have I got that I don't need' - whilst wondering if the Coronavirus is going to mess anything up ... but the flights were go... go... go... Getting To New Zealand Well, we started smoothly - Andrew offered me a lift, and we were surprised at…

[LIFE] Thinking about #WildSwimming #OpenWaterSwimming

I really enjoyed watching this film about Wild Swimming with Alice Roberts: There's been a spate of articles recently (or maybe I've just noticed them), here's one from the New Yorker, ''The Subversive Joy of Cold-Water Swimming' The vogue for outdoor swimming has been fuelled, in part, by the Internet. It’s easy to collect “likes” by posting a photograph of yourself waist-deep in a craggy loch. The British press provides travel advice about the most romantic…

[LIFE/CANCER] Taking time in the #LakeDistrict with #RosiesBarn

It's about four weeks since my operation to remove my ovaries. Physically I am healing well, the scars are healing over well, I've not had any infections. I am still extremely exhausted/fatigued, so although the surgeon only signed me off work fro four weeks, the oncologist added another few weeks so I don't return to work til 10th February (this was expected). Mentally, I have given myself no space to stop, try and adjust to…
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