Week of 22 May

Jeremy and I went to Corsica and Sardinia this week.  It was fab, fab, fab!  We started in Sardinia having flown into Olbia, an attractive town, where we stayed for 3 nights.  One day we travelled out to the beautiful Costa Smeralda, a beautiful coastline with hidden coves of turquoise water.  We stopped at costal tourist towns with marinas, designer shops, cafes and bars.  We ventured further another day to Alghero, a picturesque fishing port with its cobbled narrow streets again full of bars, cafes and this time coral shops. Here in the north of Sardinia, the arid landscape is untamed and sparsely inhabited made up of granite outcrops and wild grasses.  Some vines, olive groves and animals were spotted though.  The supermarkets had a great choice of breads, meats and cheeses predominately locally produced.  (No cake got consumed here in Sardinia but we did enjoy the Italian gelato…..)

Then we crossed a sparkling royal blue Med Sea to Bonifacio, Corsica with its Haute Ville perched on the cliffs.  After exploring we went on further to the capital Ajaccio where we stayed for 4 nights. This island appears greener as trees grow on the granite outcrops giving it a more lush and less arid look.   As we travelled it seemed more inhabited yet we still saw deserted beaches and inviting coves of turquoise sea.   No cake got consumed here either but on a half board basis we didn’t go hungry……

It was a lovely week and so nice to combine both Islands which are very similar geographically and historically but have differences to each other and to their respective motherlands…

Week of 15 May

I write this whilst being attached to my new oxygen concentrator! This week, rather spookily, I was sent this link to an article in the Daily Mail (you know you love the Daily Mail…).  It’s about someone in a similar situation and she too is on an oxygen and juicing therapy. My masticating juicer arrived this week too and I will tell you more in a later post.  I agree the positive mental attitude is very important though I prefer to continue with my 80% plant based diet rather than go vegan like her….

http://dailym.ai/2rgSZwM

And then there was the BBC2 programme on Wednesday night this week: A Time to Live. Very moving! There’s a frequently used quote by American writer and civil right activist Maya Angelou, ‘’My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.’’ Very topical!

So I have started the oxygen therapy this week (see new page on Wellbeing, Complementary Therapies). I am using my concentrator for 30-60 minutes a day and have already noticed that I have more energy than normal. Everyone should have one…Though that was not the reason why I purchased it. On the subject of energy – hate to think what the leccie bill will be like next time round….Hayho!

              

So to the matter of cake: this week I went out with Marion, Lindsay, Judy and Janet and we had afternoon tea at Waddesdon Manor – Rothchild’s gaff. Shame about the rain as it bucketed all day and so we didn’t see the cerise tulips in the parterre garden close to but only from an upper window. The garden still looked exquisite as was the afternoon tea. It comprises a savoury plate and then a tier of sweet fancies. A visit to Waddesdon is not complete without a purchase from the wine shop….

Mum and I had coffee and cake at the Yew Tree garden centre, before going house to house for Christian Aid.  Here’s Mum with a slice of lemon cake. This is Christian Aid week though I’ve seen little advertising to say so.  I’ll let you know our total in a later post.

Week of 8 May

Do you ever wonder what food is in season?  So much is available all year round and nutritionists say that, as well as better flavour, there are more nutrients to be had if we eat vegetables and fruit grown in season.  Makes sense as it has not been forced and grown with all the processes that come with year round production.  Here is a useful website:

https://www.nourishbyjaneclarke.com/pages/whats-in-season

I have met some interesting people on this cancer journey that I wouldn’t have otherwise met.  Now this week I met with a lady who calls herself a Diviner and Dowser living in Porchester.  She comes recommended by the way. It was a lovely sunny day to visit the south coast, see the Castle fortification, have some cake and coffee and pop to Freddie’s house.  I’d sent her a hair sample and a drawing of the ground floor of our house, that she could examine energy levels and re-balance them.  Every surface in her study was covered with stuff: dried concoctions, perfumes, oils, stones, crystals and pendulums for dowsing.  Not sure who’s the most barking – her or me for visiting!  Here’s a chocolate cake (Mary Berry recipe) made by a volunteer at the local church tea room – who happens to be allergic to chocolate. Really?  And a  very nice recipe it was too.

                                      

Whilst out shopping in Newbury I called into the Flowerpot Café and had a slice of gooseberry and lemon cake.  The icing had been made with icing sugar, a little butter and milk  and big splashes of lemon juice which gave it a shiny topping! Delicious!

I’ve not been for a long time but I went to the Pink Place for another free session including a neck, shoulder and head massage plus nail painting.  The volunteers there are amazing and a parachute jump raised £6,000 so that we can continue to get pampered.  And of course there was a nicely arranged plate of cakes:

It’s Christian Aid week from 14 – 20 May and it will be my fifth year organising collectors.   Lets hope for another profitable year…..

My Decision

We saw Mr Cecil today for the results of the quarterly CT scan which shows that the cancer is stable – no growth.  Great News!  I told him that I have chosen not to have surgery.  I am feeling so well and 2 operations over a few months with around 6 months recovery will set me back big time – physically and mentally.  The laparoscopy gave me a taster of that. The operations won’t remove all the cancer cells and cure me though it is good to know there is still an opportunity for surgery in the future.  So we will review the situation in 3 months time after the next CT scan.  In the meantime I will continue with the complementary therapies and I will be telling you more once my oxygen concentrator and masticating juicer arrive……

Week of 1 May

Well the high point of this week was a high point!  Literally!  Julia, Jenny and I went to Portsmouth for some retail therapy and had afternoon tea at the top of the Spinnaker Tower.  The fruit scones were the best I’d had in a long time; squared shaped with a crunchy sugar coating. As for the cakes, we had a selection of bite size goodies including macarons which I love!

       

Sue and I met this week for a catchup at the Herb Farm in Sonning where we started with coffee and cake and stayed long enough to include lunch too!  With the saxon maze, the gardens and the shop, time flies.  They had a wonderful section of cakes.  My small slice of lime and courgette cake made up for its diminutive size with its great flavour but I still secretly coveted Sue’s huge slice of coffee and walnut cake (bottom row in the picture)!

       

Jeremy and I ticked off another White Horse Walk this week – the Broad Town Horse south of Swindon which is a little traversed walk judging from the great clumps of grass and mature nettles.  Another time of year it would be a quagmire.  The surprise was finding a huge swathe of woodland under planted with blossoming wild garlic as far as the eye could see.

I had a CT scan (with contrast)  this week and finally got to eat at 11.15am so what did I choose but to treat myself with a very chocolaty rocky road at the Blue Café – you must recognise the china by now…. Results next week. Then  I went over to Bushey Heath (Watford) to see Alan the hypnotherapist again.  We learnt last time from the unconscious mind that the cancer is genetic so this time he got my unconscious mind, using visualisation, to visit my DNA where I removed the cancer genes.  Of course I’ll only know if any of this is working when I have my next CT scan.

Anyway, if you think I’m barking now then wait for next week’s post when I’ll tell you about my visit to a white witch…