Hi I am Jo…wife, lover, best friend and soulmate to Keith. Lover of all things to do with nature and the canals. I am passionate about the Waterways and its history.
I hope you will join me in my rambles and do please comment – I love to hear from and meet new people in blogland!
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Many women are afraid of their first mammogram, and even if they have had them before, there is fear. But there is no need to worry. By taking a few minutes each day for a week preceding the exam and doing the following practice exercises, you will be totally prepared for the test, and best of all, you can do these simple practice exercises right in your home.
EXERCISE 1: Open your refrigerator door, and insert one breast between the door and the main box. Have one of your strongest friends slam the door shut as hard as possible and lean on the door for good measure. Hold that position for five seconds. Repeat (just in case the first time wasn't effective).
EXERCISE 2: Visit your garage at 3 a.m. when the temperature of the cement floor is just perfect. Take off all your clothes and lie comfortably on the floor sideways with one breast wedged under the rear tire of the car. Ask a friend to slowly back the car up until your breast is sufficiently flattened and chilled. Switch sides, and repeat for the other breast.
EXERCISE 3: Freeze two metal bookends overnight. Strip to the waist. Invite a stranger into the room. Have the stranger press the bookends against either side of one of your breasts and smash the bookends together as hard as he/she can. Set an appointment with the stranger to meet next year to do it again. You are now properly prepared!
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Yesterday we had a day in Coventry. There was a good reason why we made the bus journey into Coventry. We had been invited to BBC Coventry and Warwickshire for an interview. We were glad we set of early. We caught the x18, which is supposed to take you on the quick route via Leamington-Spa. Both Leamington-Spa and Coventry are festooned with road works, and when the bus arrived in Leamington-Spa the driver did not know which way to go around the diversions, so he had to ask another bus driver coming in the opposite direction. Our driver then still got it all wrong, so we ended up going around the diversions twice. We did eventually make it to Coventry and thankfully were not late arriving at the radio station.
We were made very welcome by everyone at the station whilst we wanted to go on the Vic Minett Show.
After we had finished with the radio, we headed off into the city for lunch at a Chinese buffet before walking around Coventry.
Coventry has such a wealth of history and some very impressive buildings.
The old Cathedral is a magnificent building, which is undergoing more work.
Recently Coventry felt a huge amount of sadness when a double decker bus crashed into Sainsbury’s killing two people. The out pouring of grief is still evident.
We very much enjoyed our day in Coventry.
Friday, 16 October 2015
Thursday, 8 October 2015
Sometimes days go amazing well and others are quite honestly pants. Yesterday was a good day in so many ways.
Firstly our new Christmas Tree arrived. Sorry I have mentioned the C word in October, but we needed a new tree and ordered it before the prices go up, as I am sure they will do with the day fast approaching. So the tree arrived and we unpacked it. We have bought a fibre-optic tree and normally when we buy anything online, we can guarantee that it never works, so it was with some trepidation that Keith plugged it in and flicked the switch. There was great excitement when the tree lit up . So we will be having Christmas decorations up again this year at an appropriate time nearer to the day.
So with a great start to our day, we thought that was the excitement for us, but no it got better. At 3 pm we had an appointment with the Citizens Advice Bureau. We wanted to find out about what we were entitled to with Keith being 63 years old had received a letter suggesting he could get the Winter Fuel Allowance. Joy of joys he is entitled to the allowance and to top off the day, he is also entitled to a bus pass. There does seem to be some perks for getting older. His bus pass will arrive in a couple of weeks and the fuel allowance begins at the beginning of December. Not only that we did not have to pay for the photograph for his bus pass, the woman did it there and then on the computer. I do think in many ways the internet is a drag, but it does have some pluses and that was one of them. We had no form filling and we did not have to get a photograph done .
The wonderful day ended with this stunning Sunset.
Sunday, 4 October 2015
Yesterday we had thought of going out, but with England playing Australia in the Rugby World Cup. We decided to hang fire and stay on the mooring to watch the match. Not much to say about the outcome really. England lost and are out the Rugby World Cup end of. The press of course are making a huge thing about it, but at the end of the day it is just a game.
So this morning we decided to go out for the day on the boat up to Radford Semele. The Autumn sunshine was lovely and warm on my face and the sight of the Autumn colours really put a smile on my face.
It felt more like a Summers day.
The only give away really was the changing of the leaves on the hedgerows and trees.
Really strange shaped boat at the bottom of the Cape of Good Hope locks.
More stunning colours.
We had a quiet journey to Radford Semele, where we winded at what is now a very shallow winding hole, so it took us a few goes at getting round.
We moored up for lunch, which was a Casserole and Dumplings, which went down nicely.
After our lovely lunch we set off back to our mooring, with the sunshine still warming us.
Back up through the Cape Locks and then back home.
Coming home really makes me appreciate out lovely mooring, because we have the peace and quiet here. It was so evident on our trip out today that the towpaths are no longer quiet places, where you can moor up and enjoy being outside. There were to many cyclists racing along the towpath, they were coming into contact with walkers and dogs, which cause their own problems. It was chaos out there and so our mooring is an oasis from the world.
Friday, 2 October 2015
I have had the best of days.
It all began in bed at 7am this morning….. Oi get your mind out of the gutter .
In bed at 7am we were discussing what we were going to do for the day, and the suggestion was going out for the day whilst the weather was so nice. Next decision was where were we going. Coventry, Stratford-upon-Avon or go mad and catch the train into Birmingham. We opted for the train into Birmingham.
We walked up to Warwick Parkway and paid £13.90 for the both of us return and within second of arriving on the platform the train arrived. We had a lovely journey in to Moor Street Station.
I love going on trains.
We arrived in Birmingham at Moor Street Station which lies behind Selfridges. The station was opened in 1909 and still has many of its existing beauty.
Now a cafe.
We left the station and walked into the city.
Birmingham is a magnificent city with its vibrant atmosphere.
The brand new library is stunning.
Of curse we could not go to Birmingham without being by the canal. We actually sat and had a cup of tea at Gas Street Basin, which was so quiet.
Perfect day for a walk.
Nothing was stirring, not even the water.
At the Mail Box which is home to the BBC.
Keith enjoying the view.
The Cube’s sculpture Gerda, created by artist Temper. Gerda was born into a Jewish family in Vienna, Austria in 1919. At her mother’s insistence she escaped Vienna and, after trekking across Europe, arrived in England as a stowaway. Her mother, meanwhile, remained in Vienna and was sent to Auschwitz. Gerda went on to make a life for herself in England. She worked for the Auxiliary Territorial Service as a medical orderly and was awarded 2 service medals.
The Lovely People sculpture of Gerda can be found on level 6 of The Cube, next to the Adee Phelan hair salon. Her story, along with the stories of the remaining six The Lovely People sculptures can be read on the large plaque on entry to The Cube on level 6, opposite The Club and Spa. They make you think.
Lunch was eaten at The Big Wok our favourite place to eat in the Chinese Quarter.
The title of this post is because the only things we came back with were some White Card and 2016 calendar, which we bought from the indoor market and I then went to Primark and bought a pair of Winter PJ’s and some socks. I am not a big spender on anything, I can never see the point. The calendar was only 75p, and yet I have seen the same calendar in Warwick for £1.50, so it was a no brainer to buy it today. I also do not see any point on spending a lot of money of PJ’s.
All in all we had a fabulous time and look forward to going back to Birmingham by boat some time soon.