I’m Back in England!

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Wow, what an adventure! I’ve just returned home from a fantastic long weekend visiting friends and until now I had no idea you could cram quite so much into 3 days. I’ve visited places that I’d never knew existed and met some truly lovely people. I’ve eaten everything from a delicious risotto to a scrumptious pavolva thanks to my Cordon Bleu hostess, and I’ve consumed the equivalent of a small swimming pool’s worth of chilled white wine. I was even chauffeur-driven through the countryside with the roof down in a very zippy Mercedes sports car with my hair blowing in the breeze!

The weather was extremely kind throughout, so we were able to fully enjoy the sights and sounds of a historic town, a stunning cult TV series location and a fabulous castle surrounded by beautiful gardens under blue skies, with the sun shining down on us all day long. It’s been an emotional whirlwind of heartfelt greetings and heart-wrenching goodbyes, but travel is addictive and the more I do it the further I want to go. For the moment I need to unpack my case, along with my many wonderful memories, and let my liver recover before looking ahead to Lanzarote.

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Anti Virus…

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Just got back from my annual pilgrimage to Boots for my flu jab and I can’t believe all the negative comments I’ve had. Yes, I’m well aware of all the old wives tales and scaremongering, (no it can’t give you flu, no your arm won’t drop off, no it can’t prevent colds – that would be called a COLD jab), but I’ve made an informed decision to try to protect myself against whatever particularly nasty strains of influenza are likely to be doing the rounds this winter.

While I fully appreciate there’s no guarantees, I’ve at least done everything I can to avoid catching it, while hopefully preventing me from passing it onto others (you’re welcome!) Those jammy enough to be entitled to sick pay don’t seem to comprehend that when you’re self employed and are unable to work due to illness, you don’t get any money.

There’s also the hypocrites apparently aghast at the ‘stuff‘ I’m willing to have injected into me once a year, while they’re more than happy to regularly ingest meat that’s been vaccinated numerous times throughout it’s brief life, along with fruit and veg grown in chemically fertilised soil and liberally sprayed with a variety of pesticides!

I despair of the naysayers who indiscriminately infect innocent bystanders before they become bedridden for a fortnight, laying there whining on Facebook about how ill they are. Just don’t expect any sympathy from me!

Right, rant over, I’ve been a brave little soldier and I’m now off to eat my sweeties…

For A Limited Time Only…

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When you hear the news that an old flame has passed away, it can be a bit of a surprise, especially when they were several years younger than yourself. It also doesn’t help the situation when you’re contacted by your ex, via text, email and facebook, informing you that an old friend has also died, when you already knew from another source anyway. The thing about this getting older lark is that you have to accept the fact that people you once knew will end up dropping like flies during your senior years. Not only does it tug at the heart-strings; being sad for the families they leave behind; but it can really make you sit up and take notice of your own mortality.

I now have more years behind me than I’ll have ahead of me, which is a rather unpalatable truth I’d rather not dwell on too much. However, when your exes start popping their clogs it’s time to pull your metaphorical socks up, stop wasting time on people and things that are never going to enhance your life, and make the most of every moment. Carpe Diem…

Playing With My New Toy…

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After an busy week, which began with a Bank Holiday and included juggling shifts at two different workplaces and a quiz night, it’s nice to finally be able to chill out for a while. It’s even nicer when the sun is shining and you have a new toy to play with outdoors, which is why I’ve been for a lovely long walk, snapping pictures on my new mobile phone.

It takes a while to get used to new gadgets, even longer when you’re technically-challenged, but I’m gradually learning what I can get out of something with only 5 megapixels at my disposal. I’ll always use my faithful old Nikon for important photos like holidays or big events, but I have to say that this new alternative is quite useful, with it’s ability to take panoramic and night-time shots as well as a range of other options. Hmm… I have a feeling this could turn out to be rather a lot of fun…!