April 21st

I hope everyone is having a lovely Easter. The weather here in the UK is good – warm sunshine and no rain.

Sorry I have not written much lately. I still feel depressed about my arm…it seems such a slow process. I can do a bit more than I could. I can do up my bra providing I twist it round to the front and I can put a shirt or jacket on. But I cannot put anything over my head at all. Also I cannot lift my arm high enough to put it on the steering wheel and so cannot drive.  It is 4 weeks until we go to Scotland and so I hope it is a bit easier by then.

In order to alleviate my boredom, I have joined the Rowan Mystery Afghan KAL and have completed my first square.

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If anyone else is taking part, email me your photos and I can make a gallery of them on my website. I have to do 2 more squares in this colour and then 3 in another one. This is if I follow the pattern exactly and do 48 squares with 3 in each of 16 colours. I am not going to follow Rowan’s colour scheme but go for blues and greens and so may repeat some colours.  I can do about 8 rows at a time and then my arm starts aching.

Jackson has been catching a lot of mice but no rabbits which is just as well as we do not want the fleas that accompany them!

I will write more frequently and hopefully have something new to show you very soon!

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April 9th

My arm feels very strange today. I felt something move inside and now have a completely different pain – heavier and more of an ache than a stabbing.  Oh well, only one week tomorrow until I see the surgeon.

I have some news of new Rowan Autumn yarns and books that are due in July:

Rowan Finest – a 4 ply blend of cashmere, wool and alpaca. Comes in 25g balls. The Rowan Finest book by Sarah Hatton supports this.

Rowan Big Wool Colour – a variegated version of Big Wool. 100g balls. The Big Wool Colour Collection by Lisa Richardson supports this.

Rowan Brushed Fleece – a blend of extra fine merino and baby alpaca. Chunky weight 50g balls. The Brushed Fleece Collection by Martin Storey supports this.

Rowan Fazed Tweed – A mix of wool and alpaca in a tube like construction which gives a tweed like appearance when knitted. 50g ballsThe colours look to be marled. Supported by The Fazed Tweed Collection by Marie Wallin

Rowan Fur – This is wool with a little polyamide to blend. 50g balls. Supported by the Big Accessories Collection by Marie Wallin, Martin Storey, Lisa Richardson, Gemma Atkinson and Sarah Hatton

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So there you have it – I am not particularly excited by the Big Wool, Fleece or Fur but the other two sound interesting.

 

April 6th

Time for me to explain to my overseas readers about the health service in the UK.

We have something called the National Health. Everyone has to contribute to this – there is no opting out. A portion of your salary is taken before you receive it and this goes toward funding the National Health.  If you are sick, have a baby or need medical attention, it is free – nothing to pay.  However in recent years the service has deteriorated. Hospitals are under-staffed and overcrowded and they work to budgets which means if a cheaper treatment or drugs might do the trick, they will try that first. You cannot just go and see a specialist, you have to be referred by your local doctor.

We also have the option of paying for private health care. This is often also offered as a perk with a job. If you have this, you get seen more quickly ( often by the same doctor as you would see under the National Health scheme ) and also can have a private room in a hospital.  We have never paid into this as it is expensive and we have always saved the money that we would have paid into a private scheme and so have it if we need it.

So, yes, I could pay and see someone privately and I most probably will do this. The surgeon I am seeing at the moment does have a private practice at a hospital near me.

Arm is not too bad today as long as I do not lift anything. But I have to cook a full roast lunch and so getting the beef in and out of the oven is going to be a challenge.

April 4th

I went to see the consultant today. I had another X-Ray and he said that there was very little change – no real new growth. He is going to get a second opinion and I have to go back again in 3 weeks.  It is not 2 weeks because the Friday two weeks on is Good Friday and the clinic is closed!  The pain is still as bad but I can bear it as long as I take the tablets. My whole arm feels as if someone has got it in an iron grip — a bit like when you have your blood pressure taken and the cuff on your arm is very tight.

On a more cheerful note, there is a new Rowan yarn that will be released on May 1st. It is Rowan Chenille – here are the shades:

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There will also be the inevitable book – The Rowan Chenille Collection.

Jackson is hardly ever home now – I think he must be eating the rabbits he catches and he does not seem at all hungry. Slip sniffs him from nose tip to tail – a sure sign that rabbit smells are on him!

We have not been out at all apart from John going fishing several times. I am quite pleased when he goes out as I can sleep without interruption. He is talking about going to Ireland very soon – I expect I shall manage on my own here. I can have the shopping delivered and my friend Julie ail come and help me with Slip.

I will try to write tomorrow – just depends on my mood!