Reflecting on my week #62

Last week we started the long overdue study/craft room tidy, which is actually part of our bigger whole house, pre-Christmas tidy up and that’s continued this weekend, once I’d finished my Christmas shopping that is.  That piece of news filled MOH with joy, especially when he realised trips to real shops were involved.  Thankfully though it wasn’t as bad as it could have been and we were done relatively quickly, and in a single shop too, including some food supplies too.

Back home, the wrapping continued, and it turned out 4m of paper wasn’t enough - thankfully I had some brown paper, which was hastily put to good use.  I wasn’t the only one, my niece had used newspaper to wrap her presents, and they looked really good.

Ready for our family ‘fake’ Christmas, the tidy up continued.  The new storage boxes I’d ordered arrived, and while I don’t have the shelf in place yet, they are full of his ‘indoor’ tools and alongside the bed in the spare bedroom.  Now there’s just a few things to sort out and the room’s back to its intended function, and the study/craft room is still looking relatively clear too, that feels like a win.

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I mentioned in Friday’s post that the week had featured health a fair bit, with trips to the doctors and blood tests for both of us, as well as an x-ray for me.  MOH ended up having a couple of days away from work on the doctors advice, and it was only when he went back again at the end of the week  wondering why he had to go back so soon, that he learnt one of the things the doctor had considered was his appendix, it wasn’t that (phew!) and he’s feeling a lot better, and back at work.

I phoned the surgery earlier for my results and while my full blood count isn’t showing any abnormalities, one of the tests needs further discussion, as does the x-ray, so I’m back at the doctors for an early morning appointment this week, to find out a bit more.  The x-ray on my foot, is likely to need a referral for surgery, but I’m sure that’ll be a while off.  The blood test, I’m not sure what the outcome of that will be, but the fact the surgery hadn’t called me is reassuring - they did when my first blood tests for my thyroid came back, so I’ll have to wait and see.

This year our family ‘fake’ Christmas was held in Peterborough and it took place on Sunday.  And it was about as full on a Christmas you can get without it being the actual day itself, and this was some of the aftermath.

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There was homemade chutney, made with tomatoes from dad’s garden - and those napkins were a remnant from our recent trip to Birmingham.

Family homemade chutney

Food. Proper Christmas dinner stuff. With all of the trimmings. And very tasty. My second Christmas meal of the weekend actually as I had my work do on Friday night, but home cooked is always better isn’t it? The empty plate says it all really.

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Christmas dinner done

One last picture from the weekend, and one of my presents is this hand-stitched picture of Christmas words and sayings in the shape of a Christmas tree. I’ve long admired the one mum has on her wall, and so I’m pleased to have my own.

A tree of words

Great isn’t it? I need a slightly bigger long-term-home frame, but this one is a good temporarily and means it can be on display as part of our decorations, which actually are another thing I still need to sort. That and making sure the food order has the key ingredients for our own festivities, and lunch, crackers and all.

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My week this week: Remind

January is I think, for me the worst month of the year and this week with its chilly weather has done nothing to convince me otherwise. I think it's the stark contrast to the previous month, which is full of sparkles and glitz that gets to me, and I would quite happily hibernate for the whole month.

Clearly that hasn't happened and nor is it practical, but this week I've been reminding myself of all that is good, so it's a good word to sum up my week.   

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You might have seen, but this week on the blog I've been back in Bavaria sharing pictures of the pretty Bavarian town Füssen and of a walk through a sunny Englischer Garden from our trip there last June. It's been good to look back and remember the fun we had and it's been nice to look at warm and sunny photos too. 

Sadly the start of the week saw a family funeral where we celebrated the life of my aunt. A sad occasion yes, but one too that reminded me of how large my extended family is and how everyone comes together at times like this. And of course it was a chance to remember my aunt for each of us, as each of us have different memories. Mine ranged from childhood antics involving broken bones (mine - and a long story) through to more recently connecting with her on Instagram and knowing she read my blog. 

And really that brings me onto aunts generally. They really are good for you - I'm one, and I'm lucky enough to have lots myself - there's that large family again - but over the past few years I've lost four, from all sides of the family. And it's just too many. There's six of ours left, and I'm just saying we'd quite like to hang onto you all for a bit longer yet.  

Some other news this week reminded me of the strong network of friends I'd built through my working life. And while that news isn't mine to share (and just so you know, we think it's good news) it was the kind of news that brought people together, and put a smile on their face. 

And finally, one thing I need to continue to remind myself is to stick with this healthy eating thing. Like many people Christmas was good and my waistline is reflecting that. Healthier eating and more exercise is the way forward, but that's been hard to do especially when we discovered an unopened box of Quality Street in the office this week...

 

The Reading Residence


Dad's Norfolk garden in Spring

It's been a while since I shared pictures from my Dad's garden - September last year in fact: A hard-working and productful garden - so as we're spending a few days in Sunny Hunny I thought I'd take you on a tour to see what's going on. Sunny Hunny (aka Hunstanton) lived up to its nickname yesterday and I have the rather attractive T-Shirt tan lines from our cycle around the back lanes to Burnham Overy Staithe and the pub to prove it!  It's not a great look...

These oxalis and mind your own business (I love its name!) peering out from underneath the greenhouse staging is a much more welcome sight.

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As is the burgundy of heuchera above and the green lush aquilegia leaves, which those white star-shaped flowers are using for support.

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There's a fair amount of pink in Dad's garden throughout the year, and that's by design as Mum is partial to a bit of pink. Right now there's this brightly coloured bush, which looks a touch azalea-ish to me and some pink bluebells, or should that be pinkbells?

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There's also some bluebells and some muscari or grape hyacinths, and I think Spring is probably the one season where there'll be blue flowers in this garden...

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There have been a few discoveries too, the most notable are these abandoned eggs under the sweet pea trellis. A duck had been spotted in the garden and not too long after the eggs were found, but who knows - let's not hope they turn into a brood of ducklings, it's unlikely as nothing is taking care of the eggs - but that is also a shame. They're well hidden which is why I suspect they've been unharmed so far.

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Around the garden plants are fit to burst into flower, just look at this poppy:

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And the peonies and lupins aren't far behind either:

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In the front garden there's also colour, this beautiful rose is already flowering and the pale pink clematis is clambering over wherever it can! But it's a beautiful one...

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And I haven't even got to the veg patch yet, where there's potatoes, onions and broad beans on the go along with some tomato and beetroot seedlings, and I'm sure there'll be runner beans at some point.  As it just wouldn't be my Dad's garden without runner beans!