Monthly Archives: October 2018



Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th October

It seemed to end up being a weekend of eating out! Lucky old me.

Handy really as I haven’t really been feeling too much like eating! It’s horrible when you have no appetite and you’re just making yourself eat things because you know you should have something. I did really enjoy both of these meals though πŸ˜‹

On Saturday there was a nice walk around the city of Oxford.

Where I think I worked up a bit of an appetite and I had some of my favourite noodles. When I’ve been to Noodle Nation before I was able to have an extra portion of cashew nuts stirred into the noodles too but when I looked this time they were nowhere to be seen on the menu and when I asked the waiter he said that they couldn’t do that! I really missed them ☹️

And then on Sunday I ended up going into Banbury with Robyn and met Leah after she had done an extra shift at work.

We went toΒ The Old Auctioneer pub.

The Old Auctioneer is the third oldest building in Banbury, built in 1596 and surviving the great fire of 1628. The site dates back to medieval times and was originally known as Groupcunt Lane in 1333 reflecting the economic activity and function of the street before being renamed Parsons Street in 1410. The pub became known as The Flying Horse and in the 1830’s as many as 53 coaches left the pub for London weekly, taking seven and a half hours to make the journey. The floor boards at the front of the building by the fireplace are believed to be the original boards as are the beams above, which reputedly were sourced during the original construction from a wrecked Spanish Galleon. The bar panelling was constructed from old French fort doors sourced from Fort Saint-Andre just outside Avignon. The foreign exchange sign over the reception came originally from Coutts bank (the Queen’s bank) in the Strand. The wood panelling in the centre section was salvaged from American World War 1 ammunition crates.

A tiny bit of history for you.

I do recommend the place, the food was freshly cooked and very nice πŸ‘

A very tasty chicken burger for me!

Taking all my blood πŸ’‰


Saturday 6th to Friday 12th October

Still SO tired.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before but I’ve started to go swimming now πŸŠβ€β™€οΈ Leah is on one of her fitness kicks and has joined the gym again. When she’s not in the gym she goes swimming so I’ve decided to join her. It’s a bit tough getting my body into the mood for it. As it’s getting colder now that puts me off a bit too as the pool is not the warmest of places! But once I’m in there I really enjoy it and I do feel in a much better frame of mind when I’ve finished πŸ™‚

I told my doctor a few weeks ago that I was finding things a bit of a struggle. He told me to book a blood test. Well as usual, naughty old me didn’t book it straight away. But on Tuesday I went to have it done. Three attempts for the nurse to get my veins to give out some blood πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰

On Thursday night I got a message to contact the doctors so early on Friday morning, while walking to work, I rang to be told that from my blood results the other day they could see that I had become anaemic again and that my doctor wanted me to have some extra blood taken so that the results would be back for an already booked appointment that I have with him next week. Sorry work, not much I can do about that 😏 Thankfully my boss agreed to let me go. So in the middle of my shift I left to walk up to our health centre, which is on the outskirts of the town. Trust it to be a cold, wet, very windy and miserable day 🌧 πŸ’¨ Not a pleasant walk. Two attempts for the nurse to get my blood this time πŸ’‰πŸ’‰, then back out into the cold and wet and straight back to work I go, with soggy trousers and feet. Not really what you need to be doing when you’re already cold and tired out.

And just because I think these little pasta people are very cute! 😍


Will he find the conker?!


Monday 1st to Friday 5th October

National Cake Week (This was founded by Lynn Hill in 2011, with the sole purpose of celebrating and sharing a whole cake together with family and friends.) What a good idea she had! But trust me, usually the biggest lover of cake, to not feel like actually eating any cake until Thursday, when I treated myself to a bit of carrot cake after volunteering. Then Robyn, who had been teasing me all week by sending me pictures every morning of delicious looking cakes, surprised me with actually buying me a piece of carrot cake on Friday! Double yum πŸ˜‹ πŸ˜‹

I’ve just been SO tired at times again. Getting up, ready and out the door for a certain time in the morning, and then walking three quarters of a mile to work is pretty tough going for me sometimes. My body just doesn’t want to do it! And it’s SO frustrating πŸ˜– I have so much that I need and want to do. Usually I fight against myself to keep on going, but just lately sometimes I have no choice but to give in and leave it all. My head and body just won’t seem to work.

Volunteering was a bit tough on the emotions this week ☹️ As it was another nice day I went for a walk in a local park afterwards to try and help my head a little. I watched this squirrel, collecting his conker, nibbling through the shell until he actually found the conker and then burying it. I was so close to him and he really didn’t seem to mind. It was quite fascinating really. I hope he remembers where he’s buried it and goes back to it before the Spring, when it will start to sprout and it will no longer be good enough for him to eat 😏

Hello Rosie the elephant 🐘

I saw you on my journey back from volunteering today πŸš—

Warm β˜€οΈ


Monday 24th to Friday 28th September

Some lovely weather this week.

So I made sure that I spent some time pottering about doing little odd jobs in the garden so that I was able to enjoy some of the warm sunshine β˜€οΈ

There were also some lovely walks

and some lovely sunsets

Photographer Pinny! πŸ‘πŸ“Έ

By the way Happy Birthday to Hannah on the 25th! πŸŽπŸŽ‚