Week of 17 July

What a great week! It started in Matlock, Derbyshire.  Jeremy and I visited Kenneth, Helen and Sarah who were holidaying there.  I can tick 2 places off the bucket list: Haddon Hall (I used to collect porcelain of the same name so the house held some mystery for me).  It’s a delightful Tudor house with many original features and I can tick off the beautiful Trentham Gardens, Stoke which we had passed many times over the years.  Some of the original house remains but it is just that – remains…

Whilst in Derbyshire, we visited Bakewell and looked out for the original Bakewell Pudding.  It actually looked inedible and very un-photogenic and no wonder Mr Kipling covered it with icing and stuck a cherry on top:)

        

A tea shop amongst the shopping village outside the Trentham Garden entrance had a great display of cakes.  We abstained, having had a cooked breakfast and going only for Americanos, but the double decker salted caramel gingerbread cake looked fab!

I met Jenny and Julia in Basingstoke’s Willis Museum and enjoyed a cuppa and slice of lemon drizzle cake before seeing the Angie Lewin exhibition.

One of the nicest days this week was Pauline’s garden party when the sun decided to make an appearance. Mum and I, along with 25 other ladies, enjoyed tea and sandwiches plus scones that even Nadia would  approve of!  No need to cut a perfect scone in half she says just break it apart!  Pauline’s scones were therefore perfect…..

So the week ended today with Lindsey and I going to the Global Retreat south of Oxford at Nuneham Courtney.  We had a day of meditation with a tour of the fabulous Georgian house and extensive grounds which just 3 gardeners keep immaculate.  I’m not a great fan of Indian food but their vegetarian lunch was delicious.  A nice chilled end to a lovely week.

Week of 17 April

This week is about disappearances!  Our new chimney  was finally completed (the bricks were spawling onto our neighbour’s drive).   Mick the Brick’s noisiest days were the ones I was in hospital.  Lucky me.  Not so lucky for Jeremy as he had to deal with it all. On the first day, M the B’s ‘mate’ disappeared after 30 minutes never to return – didn’t like the ladder – and when he found a new ‘mate’, he didn’t turn up on his second day!    Don’t they want to get paid?

I can happily report that the giant bagel left by the laparoscopy had deflated (another disappearance).  I can’t believe 2 minute incisions create such discomfort – they must have had a good rummage around!  One incision is in the belly button and one 5 cm below – on the zip line!  I can wear jeans now and, great, the old muffin top has disappeared too!  Onto nicer things: cake.  I met with Penny this week and we went to Mochachoc for a catchup sharing holiday tales.  We had one of Silvana’s Uruguayan treats – little cinnamon tartlets covered with white icing which disappeared (haha) down the hatch very quickly..

Also this week, whilst shopping, I popped into Angelina’s and had a rather nice vanilla and raspberry chocolate brownie cake.  Never had anything like it before. Two cakes in one. Fab!

Well there was more tea and cake (in aid of the Royal Marsden) at the Dunsborough House Tulip Festival.  I’ve had an entry carried forward in my diary for 2 years to go to this annual event and it was worth the wait.  Tulips are my favourite flower and to see so many varieties and colours in the tulip meadow was really uplifting.

This is non cake but I met with Alan for a second hypnotherapy session. The problems he has helped people with are astounding – just by going back in the unconscious mind to the cause of the issue and making corrections.    It’s fascinating. For me, we are following Simonton’s method of  psychoneuroimmunology!  We are using visualisation on the unconscious mind to change the chemistry of the cancer cells so the immune system can identify them and destroy them.  Another disappearance!  And one we want to happen!  Only I have to wait for the results of the next CT scan to see if it works for me!

Do you know, it was a year ago this week that we met with Mr Cecil to hear him dismiss  surgery due to the amount and spread of the cancer.  We can remember it like it was yesterday….

Week of 30 January

The MacMillan’s guide I was given last week on ‘Healthy Eating and Cancer’ says  ”sugar in your diet doesn’t directly increase the risk of cancer or encourage it to grow”.  Goodo!!  But at a Nutrition workshop held by Maggie’s in Oxford’s Churchill hospital this week, I learnt that sugar ”depletes the body of essential nutrients and interferes with the fine balance of bacteria in the gut”. Oh dear!!  I’ve had a few cakey exploits this week to tell you about.  At Maggie’s, we sampled a plate of Tofu Cakes! Yuk!  The monthly Essebourne Ladies Lunch was this week: Val, Norma, Margaret, Cathie, Sandra, Heather and I enjoyed another delicious lunch!.  And, although not cakes as such, we had some lovely petit fours to finish off……  Which plate would you prefer??

wp_20170203_001       wp_20170130_001

I guess the highlight this week was hearing the results of my CT scan from Dr Jackson at the Basing Unit that ”there has been greater than average shrinkage”.  More on my 2017 page.

wp_20170202_002Jeremy and I shared a (healthy) granola bar in the Blue Café – part of Basingstoke’s Arc Cancer Centre while we were there.  Secretly I hankered over the rocky road!!  And that night we celebrated with a glass of Bouvet (a lush sparkling red best served cold)!

        wp_20170202_005wp_20170202_007

So also this week,  I met Carolyn to take her to the Tea Cosy but got there and found it is closed on Tuesdays and so we headed back to Mocha Choc for a cuppa! Next time!  The Supper Club ladies: Pam, Judy, Marion, Alex and Ann and I met at at the Pineapple Palace where I was the only one to eat cake!  A lemon drizzle with a lovely crunchy topping!  I had tap dancing that evening so I may have worked off some calories….I was back at the Pineapple Palace a few days later for a ceramic course with Sophie to make tea light holders.  Here’s me at work cutting out hearts in my clay with a slide of coffee cake on the side!  Perfect! Jeremy and I did do a 6 mile walk in the afternoon!!wp_20170205_001

wp_20170204_001

I said there were a lot of cakey exploits this week…. Mum and I went to Angelina’s at Camp Hopson for a coffee and natter – we were very restrained – we had a little pastry each! The filling was similar to praline – very nice – and just enough not to undo all the hard work I had put into Aqua Aerobics about 2 hours earlier….