Monthly Archives: November 2020

Small steps

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Monday 16th to Saturday 21st November

In the wars.

I finally had my flu jab at the weekend. Such a painful to move and very tender arm I had for a few days. Even my clothes touching it was so sore. Why does it do that?

And then, time to have all my bloods taken for Birmingham so they can be checked. As there are no clinic appointments at the moment, unless you need to be seen, I went to the local health centre.

Will, the nurse, was vicious! It did hurt and left me with quite a bruise this time and another slightly aching arm. I didn’t mind it too much though as at least he got it first time. Usually when the others are so much more gentle doing it, they don’t get it on the first attempt and end up having a few tries in different places. I don’t enjoy that ๐Ÿ˜

Have you ever wondered What happens to my blood?

Interesting isn’t it? There are some clever people around! I wish I was one of them, I find it all so fascinating ๐Ÿง

Car picnic with Leah. Fun and very yummy ๐Ÿ˜‹

I’m furloughed again ๐Ÿคฏ

I hope you’re all doing okay and managing to get through this crazy #Lockdown2. It’s very different this time isn’t it? We can’t really escape into the garden for a couple of hours, we don’t have the warm sunshine this time โ˜น๏ธ

Stay strong, be kind to yourself if you’re having a bad day, try to stay in touch with people wherever you can, remember to just take small steps each day and as you can see in the picture below, we will get through it ๐Ÿ’ช

Acorns

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Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th November

I had a really nice sunny afternoon walk with Robyn and Leah ๐Ÿ˜

We had some fun in the woods.

Then we took a little succulent that I had previously planted for them to my mum and dad’s grave.

It doesn’t get any easier, I just miss them being around SO much, more and more as time goes on ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

Another afternoon, another walk!

It’s so muddy everywhere at the minute from all the rain we’ve been having.

I wonder how he gets on in the mud!

Look at these lovely little acorn people from artist Dubanci.

Here’s me chilling with my coffee!

And here’s one my cousin made!

Delivery ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Friday 6th to Wednesday 11th November

When your daughter goes to stay with her boyfriend for Lockdown2 ๐Ÿ˜ฐ but then you get a surprise delivery ๐Ÿ˜€

Thank you Robyn ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‹

I LOVE this story about these three nurses. Although I am a bit jealous! I would also love to be able to do something in the hospital where my life was saved. But I just live too far away โ˜น๏ธ A big well done to all three of them though ๐Ÿ’ช

And now finally, I have put my Lockdown Photo Challenge on to my Photos page. Go and have a little look! It’s quite a fun thing to do. Keep your eyes peeled, I might do another …

#Lockdown2

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Thursday 5th November

So, here we go again …

#Lockdown2

Some difficult days ahead for all of us no doubt.

Hang in there everyone ๐Ÿ’ช

I thought I’d start lockdown with a little 3 mile walk, it was very cold ๐Ÿฅถ

Happy Bonfire Night ๐Ÿงจ ๐ŸŽ† ๐ŸŽ‡

๐ŸŒˆ and ๐ŸŒ

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Sunday 25th October to Wednesday 4th November

A Sunday afternoon visit to Rousham House, well actually the gardens.

We got a bit wet, but the sun came out too which gave a good photo opportunity ๐ŸŒˆ

It was really quite pretty, it would be nice to go back in the Summer too when everything is in full bloom.

Happy Halloween ๐ŸŽƒ

For those of you that don’t know, this is Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager โšฝ๏ธ

I made a Banana and Walnut loaf and surprisingly it turned out really quite well! ๐Ÿ˜‹

Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients: 100g softened butter, 140g caster sugar, 1 beaten egg, 225g plain flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 4 very ripe bananas, 85g chopped walnuts.

Step 1: Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease a 2lb loaf tin with some butter and line the base with baking parchment, then grease this as well.

Step 2: In a large bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and egg, then slowly mix in flour and baking powder. Peel, then mash the bananas. Now mix everything together, including the nuts.

Step 3: Pour your mixture into the tin and bake for 1 hour, or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack before removing from the loaf tin.

The loaf can now be wrapped tightly in cling film and kept for up to 2 days, or frozen for up to 1 month. If so defrost and warm through before serving.

You can serve in thick slices topped with vanilla ice cream.

But I just like to have mine as it comes with a nice cup of tea!

Wildlife

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Saturday 17th to Saturday 24th October

Have a look at the slideshow of some of the winning photographs for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Some of them are quite amazing, but then they do go to quite some effort to enable them to capture the right shot.

What do you think of this lovely beast?!

This was taken by Leah on a recent visit to a farm park.

Have a look at Leah’s Instagram page leahdunbar_photography – she has some more of her own great wildlife photos on there too ๐Ÿ“ธ

And while we’re on this sort of subject! Look at this …

The Giant Hand of Vyrnwy

The remnants of the UK’s tallest tree (taller than a 20 storey building) which was felled after being damaged in a storm, was transformed into a carving of a giant hand.

Scaffolding was erected around the ‘blank canvas’ tree trunk, which took 2 days itself to erect as the terrain was so difficult. Then there were 6 days of intense work using chainsaws and grinders.

Artist Simon O’Rourke said “It’s a last attempt by the tree to reach the sky”.