[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…

[LIFE] Happy Christmas 2019 and here’s to 2020

Over the past few years, I've done less and less cards, and gone more and more into doing a blog-e-card. I wasn't sure that I'd have the energy this year after my operation last week, but let's see... Life For those who haven't been in touch over the past year, last Christmas I was almost breathing a sigh of relief, as we thought that I was clear of potential metastatic cancer, then in mid-January the…