It’s been a week of many high points. Non-health and non-cake was seeing Natalie and Ian from Strictly in their fab show at the Corn Exchange. It was Mum’s birthday present and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
Then the non-cake highlights include a free consultation with Patricia Peat from Cancer Options, courtesy of Yes to Life. I have a lot of really useful information including new supplements, new therapies and new drugs. Dr Jackson, who we saw this week too for a review, wasn’t so sure about the use of their listed drugs as they ”weren’t mainstream oncology”. Like Mr Cecil, Dr Jackson can’t advise on the next stage – (surgery that won’t cure me or no surgery but chemo later). Plenty to still think on…..
Jeremy and I did another of the white horse walks although the Marlborough horse is more of a foal! It was a lovely walk through the green, purple and yellow Wiltshire landscape with a coffee stop at the Food Gallery and a lunch stop at St Peter’s church café. In fact I had reiki, reflexology and 3 yoga sessions this week. No wonder I feel so good…
So turning to cake, Jeremy and I shared a chocolate tart for dessert at the Blue Café – he’s looking a little bashful as the hospital restaurant was busy… Then there was the scrummy Black Forest cake made by Lucy’s Mum at the Mug and Brew…And the Matcha (Japanese Green Tea) cupcake – so that makes it a detoxing cake:) – made by Debbie at the Pineapple Palace. You’ll see some other cups and cakes in the photo belonging to the Supper Club ladies who do coffee mornings too…
I read Lynda Bellingham’s book: There’s Something I’ve Been Dying to Tell You. She had bowel cancer that had spread too but I must say she had a far worse time of it than I had and am having now. Long may it continue….
On Monday, we collected my new automatic, limited edition Mini Cooper Seven courtesy of Motability (yes I am a bonefide qualifier!). Here’s a picture of my new car outside Mum’s house and here’s a picture of a cake:
Yes, the cake is on the left! Made by Lou Wilson from Lou’s Amazing Cakes when she came to a Sugarcraft meeting last year to show us how to carve cakes. I had it set as my desktop background for ages….
I went to the Yew Tree Garden Centre three times this week! With Jeremy and Mum, just Jeremy and Carolyn. When Mum came we had chocolate cake with smarties on the top! Out of shot but had a big filling of chocolate icing! Yum. Jeremy and I had lunch there before doing a 6 mile walk that included the infamous Inkpen Crocus field. Dainty wild crocuses have been flowering in this protected pasture for at least 2 centuries. The bulbs are believed to have been brought back by the Knights Templar. With 400,000 plants, this is the largest British population.
Later in the week I was back there to meet Carolyn for a catchup cuppa and a coffee cake. I do like the way the garden centre have little notices beside the food with allergy information. So amongst the usual references to ‘gluten’ and ‘nuts’ was ‘sulphur dioxide’ (found in dried fruit). New one on me.
After our (delayed – we get used to it) meeting with Mr Cecil at Basingstoke Hospital we went to the Blue Café and over indulged on the chocolate. I had a very chocolaty rocky road – it was just what I needed after our meeting. There was a lot of info to process. See post below for a summary.
This week I also met with Christine and we went to the Mug and Brew for a catchup. She is looking so well after her surgery. It was just a flapjack for me!
Surgery? Or not? In January I was working through the bucket list and now we have options. Hence I have stopped the planning. The proverbial balls are all up in the air! The certainty is that I will have a laparoscopy and see where that takes us. We see Mr Cecil on 17th March to discuss the outcome from the MRI scan and dates for the laparoscopy. This week, I went to my first gym class paid for by MacMillan and organised by Berkshire Cancer Rehabilitation (BCR) at our local leisure centre. The class uses weights, dumb bells and kettle bells plus exercise bikes. It was good fun and I will be the fittest I have ever been:) These classes continue for 3 months and they are free…
I went to the second workshop organised by BCR this week and as Lindsay said to me later in the week ”in life people are either ‘radiators’ or ‘drains’!” – meaning they radiate positivity or drain you of it. The people attending the workshop were, in the main, the latter! So the last time I attend a support group. Anyway, at the Beech Hill church café across the road from the hall, I tucked into some good mood food – a slice of chocolate cake with a chocolate peanut on the top! To go with my one slice houmous sandwich…..
The highlight of the week was the trip to the Ashmolean with Marion, Judy and Lindsay to see the exhibition: Degas to Picasso. It was a private collection and I found it interesting to see the preparatory sketches an artist undertakes. It’s easy to overlook the preparation required before a masterpiece is created. After that we had tea at the Randolph hotel in the lounge and watched the England rugby players pass by! These fit looking under 21s went with Eddie Jones then the rest appeared – crickey- they were huge. They’d all make good bouncers….
I went to the hairdressers this week and got a new cut. Here’s me with Jeremy at the Hillier Garden Centre sharing a slice of cappuccino cake. If you look closely you’ll see my new accessory – a blister on the tip of my nose. The cold wind on the walk last Saturday affected the skin and I even had to get a course of anti biotics mid week to cure my red infected nose. What with my catarrh aswell, I’ve not been firing on all 8 cylinders! So much so, that when I met Anne at the Mug and Brew for a catch up – she gets her scan results on Monday – I didn’t eat any cake…..
Well, I finished the 6th and final assessment of my Nutrition and Health course with Newbury College. Time to celebrate! So when in Thatcham (as I was to see the chiropodist) I went to the Mug and Brew, as you do! And had a really light and moist chocolate cake. Uuumm!
This week I was in Bournemouth too and stayed at the Marriott with a room on the corner of the building so the bay window looked over the coast right round to Sandbanks! Lovely sunset! Saw Donny Osmond at the BIC-my teenage heart throb-some 40 years ago! It was a great show and the following morning, which was incredibly cold, went to the Russell-Coates house and art gallery. It’s stuck in the Victorian era with fabulous interior design and lots of pre-Raphaelite paintings. Had a coffee and walnut cake but it didn’t have enough icing for my taste buds…. The americano was nice though…….
Also this week, some of us from St George’s met for coffee at the Yew Tree Garden Centre. There was Margaret, Carolyn, Mary, Mum and myself.
I couldn’t stay long as I was heading off to an event run by the Berkshire Cancer Rehabilitation team. The workshop had various speakers and stalls and I won the raffle prize of £40 of aloe vera products! Wow. Lunch was provided and I couldn’t resist this photo of the doughnuts. And no, I didn’t have one nor did a lot of other people either judging from the amount left over…..