Tuesday, 30 September 2014

It comes to something......................

................when you're caught chatting to a Robin whilst keeping the weeds at bay .  We had a lovely chat!  Didn't do much weeding only about ten minutes was all I could muster (read previous post).  You be surprised how much the neck is used in any movement! 
I do know when to stop, but if I don't make myself do something I will be come quite lazy!  Whilst my neck was really bad I was watching re-runs of Lovejoy and Bergerac, even that can become boring!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

My stiff neck............

I just had to show these pretty Gladioli at 'past their sell by date' in Morrisons for 85p!  They are such a pretty lavender colour, the photo doesn't do them justice.

I still have my stiff neck but now we are into week two of it easing.  I am not a patient patient to say the least!  

It all started whilst we were on holiday, one morning I was sitting in the car and slowly I could feel my neck stiffening, I didn't think anything of it because I have often had stiff necks and it has cleared within a few days.  By the time we returned home I wasn't sleeping normally.  My sleeping position was sitting upright,  After a week of that, I went off to the doctors.  I had Torticolis. The muscles in the neck hook themselves onto the spine. (The way to describe - the spine is a series of 'Y' stacked on top of one another, and the muscles hooked themselves on the bits that stick out at the top).

The first week I was prescribed paracetamols, anything stronger can affect the stomach lining. I went back the second week and she prescribed Volterol, (industrial strength) but after a few days I had to stop using it because it was causing a rash on the back of my neck. In the meantime I got in touch with a really good friend who is a Osteomyologist. She agreed to call in to see me on the way to seeing her grandchildren. What she does is like physiotherapy and but far gentler. As soon as she worked her magic I could feel a big difference.

Now it feels like a bad sprain in the back of my neck. I am now sleeping normally but still find it difficult to turn naturally in bed, so sometimes I have to physically get up and re-position myself, but at least now I don't lay down and worry thinking I cannot get back up again, although sometimes it feels like that, but then as I just said I am not a patient patient! I am sleeping better but not getting a good nights sleep but am sure it will come eventually.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

More Corsages.........

I have spent the weekend resting watching films and nursing a very sore stiff neck which when I went to the doctors last Monday found it had a very long name but cannot for the life of me remember what she said!  Its still very sore, and for a week been sleeping sitting upright in bed because that is the only position I can get comfortable.  This is the third week.......... From Tuesday will be the fourth week eeeekk!   I just wish it would go quietly like it appeared all of a sudden!  I cannot bend down or move my head from side-to-side without swearing and the words are not at all ladylike! 

The flowers can be found here

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

I have been crafting...........

............But you will have to go here to see..........

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Our mini break in Hove VI

Homeward bound!

Another good nights sleep and our last hearty breakfast

We said goodbye to Bluebells
We left for our journey home at 8.40 am, we checked the map and decided as we didn't really want to go through Salisbury city centre being a bank holiday Saturday we thought we would go through Amesbury, which gets just as busy.................  We arrived at Amesbury at lunchtime so we decided to turn off and pop into the town for break and some lunch.  

When we got back in the car and sorted ourselves out, we found we had a travelling companion!

About an hour later we continued our journey.................

Have you ever looked around you when you get stuck in traffic jam...........?
On Amesbury industrial estate the top picture looked like some sort of bird statue from a distance but on closer inspection it looks a bit like a helicopter, and further down the road was a rather large model of a Stoneage Man.

and of course the cause of the traffic was 

Once we had passed Amesbury we were on our way home, arriving home about 3pm

Friday, 29 August 2014

Our mini break in Hove V

Bluebell Railway

After another good nights sleep and another wonderful hearty breakfast we travelled into Hove to pick up Vivienne to go on the Bluebell Railway.  

Horsted Keynes Station.  
A 1930's multi platform station.  You can get off the train on both sides.

The cafe is original 1930's too.

Who remembers this chocolate?  
My grandad used to buy me bar everytime I visited him or he visited us.

Alex  and Viv have railways in their blood!  Alex' grandfather and Viv's father both made the seating for the railways.  They tell a story of how they held the tacks in their teeth, and used a magnetic hammer.

Horsted Keynes is the station inn the middle.  We travelled to Sheffield Park - the end of the line for lunch and to look around the engine shed.

All the engines are reminiscent of the Thomas the Tanks stories by the Rev. W Audrey

After we had something to eat, we got on the train again to East Grinsted, a very modern station and the other end of the line, the back to Hosted Keynes.

A lovely day was had by all

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Our mini break in Hove IV

Amberley and Friends
(Bit photo heavy this post - sorry)

Last Thursday morning we decided to go to Amberley Museum.  We went about thirty odd years ago when it was the Chalk Pits Museum, then they had just opened a radio museum.  We were quite early and when we entered we were one of the first visitors of the day.

Lime Kilns

Vintage Wireless Exhibition
has grown somewhat in thirty years!

Telephone Exhibition

Fire Station

Bus Exhibition

Garage and AA box

Shop and printworks

I shall never watch the James Bond film "A View to a Kill" in the same light again!

click on picture to be able to read

some of the film was filmed at Amberley

This was growing wild all around the museum.  I am not sure of the proper name, but is this what we as children called 'old man's beard'?

The whole place has changed including name in thirty odd years

In the afternoon we went to Billingshurst, visiting our friends Philip and Elizabeth (no not that Philip and Elizabeth)!  We have known them since we lived in Essex, oh dear how time flies, that would have been about forty years ago.