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!
Monday 8 September 2014
Saturday 6 September 2014
Thursday 4 September 2014
As you will have read in a previous post, I have been transforming our garden. That task continued yesterday.
The shrub patch has now got some plants in it. I spent the morning moving bushes from other parts of the garden. There are still more to go in, but it is taking shape.
I then turned my attention to my new herb patch, which has Lemon Balm, Thyme, Parsley, Sage, Chives and Rosemary in it. I am quite sure I will be adding to it next year.
Whilst busily digging my garden, the plants arrived for the trusts car park garden, so it was drop everything and start planting the old wildflower bed and turn it into a formal bed. Keith helped me by measuring it out properly and putting in Bamboo canes to mark each segment. We then arranged the plants in clusters, stepped back and looked at how it looked. I felt like Alan Titchmarsh or should that be Charlie Dimmock.
This is the finished bed. It may look a little sparse, but the plants will fill out and hopefully give us all a riot of colour. The bed can also be added to, which will be wonderful. Now the weeds just have to be kept down. I finally finished at 5 pm, having been gardening since 8.30 am, so I was really shattered. Thankfully my Sciatica did not become any worse and I was none the worse for wear, when I got up this morning.
Today I took the day off from gardening. I did take Paddy up to the vet’s for a weigh-in and he has gone from 13 kg to 13.04 kg, so a slight improvement. Unfortunately on the walk back to the boat he did go lame in his right front leg. It came and went a few times, so something else to keep an eye on and to mention to the vet when we next see her.
The rest of my day was spent, cooking, washing, eating, drinking, knitting and watching films. Tomorrow I know I am busy as it is back to gardening on one of the trust’s beds ready for sewing the wildflower seeds.
Tuesday 2 September 2014
As our Summer is heading towards the Autumn, although with the sunshine we had today, you could be forgiven for thinking Summer had must begun, but with us now being in September, we have to accept the fact that Autumn is definitely getting closer, so it is time to do some gardening.
Our wildflower patch was looking very sad and so I have decided that I would make a change. In fact I am changing the whole thing this Autumn and Winter.
The Wildflower bed is going to have shrubs, roses and grasses in it, so it will look after itself once we are off cruising. I dug out all the wildflowers and one lot of the runner beans, which were also over with. I then spent hours digging out the roots of the bindweed, which is prevalent in all the gardens on the site. But I will conquer it by keeping on with the digging. With the digging done, I moved some of the plants around in the bed and redid the hedging at the back of the bed.
Tomorrow I will add more plants from else where in the garden, because as I said at the beginning I am making changes to the layout of the garden this Autumn and Winter. I want to put it into zones. So there will be the shrubs zone, then the fruit zone, which will have fruit bushes, rhubarb and strawberries in it. We will then have a flower garden either side of the pond and rockery, I want it to look like a cottage garden. The rest of the garden will be turned over to a herb patch and a vegetable patch. So watch this space for the updates.
Monday 1 September 2014
They say things happen in three’s and so it does. Because first it was Keith, then Paddy and now me. What am I talking about you ask?
It is my turn to need medical attention. For many, many years I have suffered with Sciatica. I can normally get through it on my own with exercise and rest, but not this time. This time it does not seem to be going and is now affecting my foot. So whilst seeing the Community Practitioner about my HRT (Hormone Replacement Treatment), I mentioned my Sciatica and how it is causing issues with my foot. She has given me tablets for the pain and some more tablets to stop the first lot of tablets upsetting my stomach. She also gave me a form to take to the hospital, so I can get some help from the Physio department. Luck would have it that Keith had a further appointment with his Physio this morning, to I tagged a long to take the form to the department myself. I now have to ring up in a couple of days and they will give me an appointment. I could not get one today, because all my information needs to go on to the computer first. Keith was signed off by the Physio today, which is good news. So now I am in the clutches of the NHS for as long as it lasts.
On the HRT front. I had been taking Estradiol 1 mg for Three months, so see how I would get on. It has certainly helped with the aching joints, although not got rid of it completely. It has also settle the hot flushes and night sweats to a degree, with that in mind I have been put on to 2 mg’s to see if that will get rid of all my symptoms. For Seven years I coped without any help, but when the aching joints made my life uncomfortable, it was time to get the help from HRT. If your suffering in silence DON’T. I am glad I have taken the HRT route now, because life is to short to suffer in silence.
News on Paddy, well there is no news really He is still on his Steroids and is eating much better. His gums are still very pale and he has no energy, but he does appear happy and not in any pain.