Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Quiet week

We have had a fairly quiet week. I had a difficult time with withdrawal symptoms coming off the steroids. We cancelled our 4 day trip to France which was disappointing but fortunately we were able to re-schedule both hotels and the Shuttle without extra cost.

A visit to my oncologist on Monday was upsetting – Mr Nasty is on the move again. I am having 2 more chemo sessions starting tomorrow. So the fight is on once more. Where are my battle fatigues????

Alan has been busy in the garden. This week he has planted runner beans, peppers, yet more potatoes (bargain from garden centre), tomatoes including a yellow variety (Sun Baby) and the hanging baskets are a work in progress.

Today we went out for lunch at the Ambrette – yummy, scrummy – good local produce and Gadds beer.

The Grandies are fine and will be meeting up tomorrow in Fort Lauderdale Florida – I hope to receive lots of photos of them together.

As always my thoughts and prayers are with my fellow warriors, each following their own pathway, each  at different stages of this awful disease. Together we are strong.

Ray's revamped logo.

I end this blog with a wish that Arsenal do what they are paid heaps to do and win the FA Cup on Saturday – that would make so many happy amongst my family and friends.

Tess x

Friday, 9 May 2014



I just signed the petition "FAO Steve Auty: Retract plans to close The Pilgrims Hospice, Canterbury in 2016 and allow it to remain in its current working state." on

It's important. Will you sign it too? Here's the link:


Pilgrims Hospices have 3 centers in E. Kent. Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet (where I attend). The proposed closure of the in-patient unit at Canterbury will deprive terminally ill patients of hospice care when they and their families need it most and will inevitably impact on the other two sites.
If you feel able please sign the petition now.
Tess x

Saturday, 3 May 2014

A few days away

We took the opportunity between treatments and medical appointments to escape to the New Forest for 5 days. Just what we needed to restore body and soul. We stayed in the Montagu Arms in Beaulieu, highly recommended! A few more targets met and memories made. I walked more in one day than I have in the last month and my legs are rebelling! Here are just a few photos to give you the flavour of our trip.

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

Azaleas and Acers


Steam engine being turned by a lady with a bad back!
River Beaulieu
 River Cruise from Buckler's Hard
Buckler's Hard from our boat

A cormorant sunning itself
Yeah! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!
Motor Museum
Ringwood Brewery van

Vintage bus - a real old bone shaker!
Ruins of Beaulieu Abbey

Beaulieu Abbey

Tess x