Monday, 26 April 2021
Thursday, 15 April 2021
What a week.
It started so well.
I was back in school and looking forward to life getting back to some semblance of normality when the phone rang before 6am on Tuesday morning.
An early phone call is rarely good news.
It was my daughter.
Her little French Bulldog, Bud, my gorgeous grandoggy wasn't breathing properly and was clearly in pain.
I advised her to call the emergency vet.
They said they couldn't find anything wrong apart from full anal glands which they released.
They told her to go home.
She did but as soon as she arrived home she could see he was struggling some more.
At 8am she phoned her local vet and they asked for a video of him. It was clear he could barely breathe.
"Bring him in now," they said.
As soon as she arrived they whisked him off to a room and gave him oxygen asking my daughter to go home and wait by the phone.
A little while later they said he needed to be taken to the animal hospital as a node on his lung had burst. If my daughter hadn't brought him in when she did he would have died.
At the animal hospital the vet examined Bud and after a CT scan said they could try and operate but it wasn't certain he would survive. However, as he was a young dog it was worth a go.
If it was his dog, the vet said, he would operate.
The operation took place yesterday and lasted four hours and part of his lung was removed.
Today he is recovering and has finally eaten some food.
If he continues to recover well he can be home by Saturday.
We knew we loved this little dog but not quite how much.
He will have to take it easy for the next few months but hopefully he will have lots of happy and healthy years to come.
I can't wait to have him back on the yoga mat with me.
And a reminder of the healing power of nature is that yesterday just as we got the good news about our precious Bud, this beautiful blossom in my front garden finally came to its fleeting fullness.
Today the blossom petals are starting to float away - a reminder to cherish beauty whenever and wherever we find it moment by moment.
On a lighter note, just beware of stepping back when you take photos - luckily Bud was there to check I was OK after I fell into the pond last Sunday.
Today I wore:
Boots - Clarks
Denim Dress- H &M
Tuesday, 6 April 2021
Did you read the story Heidi as a child?
It was written by Swiss writer Johanna Spyri in 1881 about a little girl who grows up with her grandfather and her friendship with the goatherd Peter and the seemingly disabled Clara.
I had no idea when I was a child that the book was so old.
After the first novel was published a sequel, Heidi Grows Up was eventually published in 1938 by Spyri's French and English translator Charles Tritten.
I never read the sequel but the title of the sequel always comes to mind when I plait my hair.
To be honest, I am bored with my hair and will try anything while I wait for my hair appointment on April 14th. The style seemed to create a boho vibe with this new to me Zara dress from ebay.
And as it's so cold, I wore the dress with leggings and a trusty tank top.
What a contrast to last week when it was my youngest son's 21st birthday and there were record breaking temperatures for March.
Thursday, 25 March 2021
It starts at St Luke's Church in Formby which is a mile from my house.
The church hit the national headlines last year with the arrival of the Hot Vicar.
You can read about him here if you have the time or inclination!
Originally built as a chapel, the building was destroyed in a sandstorm in 1739.
The church we see today was built in 1854.
It is a pretty church and I have been to many services here both happy and sad including the funeral of my friend's sister who died aged 22 due to a botched operation.
The pinewoods were created by the local Formby family over 120 years ago.
Once you get into the pinewoods there are so many different paths to take which means the walk is never the same.
The woods lead to an open path towards the dunes.
On the way back we saw a little egg hiding in this tree in the churchyard.
I hope you enjoyed the trip and if you are ever in Formby, give me a shout.
Today I wore:
Shacket - Next
Shoes - Nike
Leggings - Sweaty Betty
Tuesday, 16 March 2021
I'm fed up of winter now.
But its still too cold to wear shoes without socks.
I need some boots and I saw these platform white boots in the Asos sale.
I love them.
My husband hates them - he calls them Clown Boots.
Tuesday, 9 March 2021
Have you seen This Is Us?
Its on Amazon Prime and my new favourite programme.
This Is Us charts the Pearson family over several decade and during each episode the action goes back and forth.
It is wonderful - Russell T Davies wrote about how great the storytelling was in this weekend's Guardian.
You can see the article here.
I connect with it so much, especially the mother Rebecca, played by Mandy Moore who ages from her 30s to her later 60s in the programme.
We see Rebecca at the centre of her family life as the mother of three children and on the periphery as her children grow.
It's so bittersweet.
You want your children to grow up and meet amazing people and have wonderful families of their own - that is how it should be.
But going from the heart of your little family to living life on the outskirts can be painful at times.
This is one of my favourite family photos.
It was taken in a little back street near Barcelona.
We had bought some bread and cheese from a little supermarket and we were eating our picnic before spending the afternoon on the beach.
It was 2005 and we had spent all our cash on a 10 day holiday in a campsite in Spain - there wasn't much cash left over for restaurant meals or fancy hotels but it was fabulous.
We barbecued every night and played cards until the youngest fell asleep and we would round the evening off with a coffee and chocolate.
The children were aged 5, 8, 10 and 13 and were still happy to spend their time with us and each other.
The last time we had a family photo was at my eldest son's wedding in 2018 when we welcomed his wife, Sophie into our family.
Thursday, 4 March 2021
It has been seven days since my last post.
It has been a busy one and is set to get busier.
When I look back on my photos of the last week it seems that the sun has created a rare pink and blue bloom in my wardrobe as all my chosen clothes have been in varying shades of the two colours.
So what have I been up to?
As its World Book Day today I created a video for the primary schools where I work using the book, Bark George as a prompt.
I met friends for walks and celebrated by friend Denise's birthday socially distanced of course.
Thursday, 25 February 2021
I love looking at the world from a different perspective, which has been just as well these past 12 months.
But now there is light at the end of the tunnel and I can't wait for June 21st for three reasons: it's World Yoga Day, my grand-daughter is due and according to one BoJo our topsy turvey lives can find some semblance of normality.
I am so happy I can't stop smiling.
Actually I was laughing at Frankie's antics but never let the truth stand in the way of a good story said my old newspaper editor.
I think he was joking!
Today the weather was beautiful so we took Frankie to the beach and discovered some new slacks.
We walked past the Asparagus Fields - Formby Asparagus is quite a delicacy
They have been growing asparagus here since Roman times according to the National Trust
Formby Asparagus was exported around the world and it is rumoured that it was served to the first class diners on the Titanic.
But as the asparagus isn't ready until May and the Titanic sank in April I will leave you to make your own mind up on that one.
Frankie braved a dip in the sea and we re-booked our three day break in Windermere for May 18th.
The future is bright, the future is orange.
Today I wore:
Orange Sweatshirt, Vest and Leggings by Sweaty Beetty
Trainers by Nike
Friday, 19 February 2021
It's my birthday today.
How did that happen.
If you are into numerology 5 and 5 make 10.
This guitar I am pictured with was a gift from my birthday 10 years ago.
And guess what I got for my 10th birthday?
Yes, a guitar.
And you know what, I have never learned to play despite the best of intentions.
They do make great props though!
I share my special day with Helen Fielding, the author of Bridget Jones; Seal and Amy Tan.
Also Prince Andrew but lets not mention him.
I was born on the cusp of Pisces and Aquarius but when I was a reporter at The Liverpool Echo I interviewed an astrologist who took my date and time of birth and said I was definitely Pisces.
Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and they are considered to be kind souls who are creative and empathetic.
Apparently they have hobbies such as painting and writing!!!!!
I certainly agree that I am not bound by logic (as my whole family will tell you) and am definitely open to new ideas.
But numerology and astrology aside - both new ideas to me - it's been a fabulous day.
Briony and her fiance came round to drop off my present and they even brought Bud for a cuddle.
They got me this fabulous PJ and Robe set.
Sam, Sophie and the bump dropped off a plant and a Sweaty Betty voucher and friends came round for socially distanced doorstep chats to drop off lovely gifts.
I was thoroughly spoiled.
Mum who is in our bubble came round in the evening when my other two sons who live at home were back from work and we had a lovely evening together.
The evening meal was my favourite takeaway - Indian - and a Vegetable Biryani washed down with lots of red wine.
Today's outfit was inspired by Vix and her Wear. Sleep. Repeat . challenge as I wore this dress the last time I posted.
And it was also inspired by this photo.
Today I wore:
Boots - Clarks
Dress - New Look
Shirt - Top Shop
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