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walking the walk...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Yesterday I had my first longish walk for a while.
DH and I went to a not too distant nature reserve and I managed three and a half miles.
It wasn't a fast walk as we were birdwatching but the air was crisp and fresh and I really enjoyed it, it's one of the things I've missed with being ill, and I slept really well last night too.
There had been a good overnight frost and the temperature was still low, some of the ponds and river edges were still frozen but we saw snowdrops and the odd dandelion out and the hazels were covered in their pretty yellow tassel like catkins.
Lots of mute swans were heading in to the reservoir and seagulls by the score, it's one of the largest seagull roosts in the area.
I saw what I at first thought was a big black rat in the undergrowth which turned out to be a red eyed black rabbit! Somebody's lost their pet.
I took pictures of catkins and the rabbit but they won't seem to load on here.

Here are a few pictures:

We walked the canal bank.

One of the frozen ponds.

Lots of swans were headed in to the reservoir, their wings made a beautiful sound as they passed overhead

Looking down at the end reservoir from the hide

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MARTHA-ANN 1/17/2012 8:45AM

    Even that had it's own beauty Onespot

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ONESPOTLEFT 1/17/2012 6:30AM

    looked lovely, except for the frozen pond

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MARTHA-ANN 1/17/2012 3:25AM

    Thanks everyone, it was a good walk and a beautiful day emoticon

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ECONLADY 1/16/2012 11:14AM

    Beautiful picture. Exercise can be enjoyable.

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SWIMLOVER 1/16/2012 8:13AM

  It does sound like you had a Great Walk! Love the pictures. Thank You for sharing them with us!

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SAFARIBABE 1/16/2012 6:51AM

    Sounds like a great walk! Sorry to hear you've been ill. Hope you're feeling better!!

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let there be light...

Friday, January 13, 2012

It was my weekly weigh-in day today and I lost another two pounds which means I hit my small target of ten it's treat time again.

DH took me to hospital for my phototherapy session and on the way back we stopped in town and I bought myself a lovely little clip-on booklight so I can read my kindle in the dark...DH paid for it!
It was an easy decision this time, sometimes I have to rack my brain to think about what to get. Let there be light!! emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 1/13/2012 8:57AM

    Thankyou both, it's going great at the moment emoticon

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LILSUNFLOWER 1/13/2012 7:00AM

    Congratulations. Be proud that you made your goal. Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I've been away from Spark for a while, firstly from a hand operation which has healed beautifully and secondly I became quite poorly with an severe allergic reaction from licking an enevelope.

I was very lucky I didn't go into anaphylactic shock.
Within ten minutes my face had puffed up so much.
My eyes closed, my tongue and lips swelled so much I couldn't shut my mouth and it affected my breathing.
This in turn set off a really bad psoriasis flare-up, in places I'd never had it before, most which became infected causing large pus filled blisters and burning hot skin.

The infection spread to my eyes, the left one especially being swollen shut, pus filled and very sore and weeping.
This later spread into my sinus cavities causing burning inside my head as well as the outside of my body. I was so hot that cold wet cloth compresses were steaming and dry within a minute of application and I turned a nice shade of deep maroon.

All this has resulted in just over six weeks of antibiotics, antihistimines, emollients and pain...but from today I'm medication free and I've started my phototherapy sessions.
I still have all my topical lotions and creams that I use too.

I'm having a course of thirty light therapy sessions at the rate of three times a week for the next ten weeks. Hopefully it will help the psoriasis and show up any patches which might resist and could be from an allergy, in which case I can go for allergen tests.

My eyes were affected quite badly from the infection and it spread to my sinus cavities which has been very painful. It feels almost better but my eyes are pretty scratchy, dry and sore so I've been given false tears which are helping and I'm showering with a special cream which has also helped my skin enormously.

My lips and the inside of my mouth peeled pretty badly and are still sore but I'm rubbing an emollient into them and new skin is growing back.

On a more positive note, the skin which peeled off my face, neck, back and chest has been replaced by some lovely, smooth, soft-as-a-baby's-bottom's still a little reddish but looks infinitely better.

The phototherapy session this morning was only fourteen seconds duration, but even then it got very warm!
Each session will be increased in length until I reach the capacity session time.
I stand naked in a little cubicle wearing goggles and a face visor protector...what a picture!!
When the machine is switched on, full length flourescent type tubes light up giving me a pleasant blast of UVB rays which will hopefully help my poor skin.

It might sound odd, it may even be wishful thinking, but even after that one fourteen second session my arms look less red and feel smoother.

I know one'll never lick another envelope, it was a hard lesson to learn but it's done the trick.
Seems I'm allergic to latex, so that bascially means anything to do with elastic. I'm now in the process of trying to find underwear that is latex free and believe me, it's not easy!
Here's hoping! emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL69 1/11/2012 10:38AM

    Glad that you are doing better. Prayers are there for you.

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PAWSINAZ 1/11/2012 10:33AM

    I'm glad you are doing better....who would ever thought that something as simple as licking an envelope would trigger something like this!

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MARTHA-ANN 1/11/2012 8:22AM

    Thankyou, I will emoticon

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ECONLADY 1/11/2012 8:19AM

    I'm sosorry about what happened. Take caree and keep us up to date!

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Sparking again...

Friday, January 06, 2012

Hi to all my Spark friends.
It seems ages since I've logged in to Spark properly.
I've been ill and even though I'm not quite 100% better yet I started back in my healthy eating routine last Friday when a burst of unexpected energy spurred me
So far the dividends are good as this morning I've lost some weight and I feel a whole lot better than I did this time last week.

I've missed everybody.
I enjoy the little chats we have and hope to now log-in daily.
I hope you're all well, have had a wonderful Christmas and (better late than never!!) I wish a Happy New Year to you all. emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 1/11/2012 4:37AM

    Thanks Marilyn emoticon

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MARILYN1260 1/10/2012 8:29PM

    Glad you're back sparking and I look forward to hearing lots of good news from you this year.

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GOLDFISHLIZ 1/7/2012 5:21PM

    Welcome back! Lovely to see your cheerful daisy profile out and about again. Thanks for visiting my page - and a happy and healthy New Year to you!

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MARTHA-ANN 1/6/2012 4:13PM

    Thanks Shari, I'm feeling better daily.

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MOM2ACAT 1/6/2012 2:35PM

    Welcome back and hope you feel better soon!

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MARTHA-ANN 1/6/2012 11:03AM

    Thankyou both, it's good to be back emoticon

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ECONLADY 1/6/2012 11:00AM

    Welcome back! I've missed you!

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CAROLYN0107 1/6/2012 6:36AM

    Welcome back and Happy New Year!!

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Sod's law...

Friday, May 27, 2011

My friend and I followed part of a Heritage Trail through the medieval town of Beverley yesterday. It has sculptures that depict the guilds, crafts and trades of medieval times and is split into five separate walks encompassing the whole of the town.
Over the summer we fully intend to walk them all plus an art one showing the paintings of Fred & Mary Elwell...both prominent Beverley artists.

It's been a very dry spring here and we haven't had any significant rain for nine weeks now, just the odd five minute sharp shower which has hardly wet the ground.
We were really looking forward to the trail, me especially as I've been bad with sciatica and not done any walking for a while and I've missed it.
So yesterday morning we set off on the walk, keen and eager, to a nice gentle breeze and warm sunshine.

The first part of the walk was very good, it's a look and find sort of trail, some things aren't obvious but we enjoyed searching around trying to find the various sculptures.
Some are high up on walls, other set into the pavement and still other are statues plain to was fun.
We even made a detour to an old disused cemetery to find the Elwell's grave, it wasn't part of the trail but interesting.
But all good things as they say...

At eleven o'clock a very large black cloud appeared followed by more and more until the whole of the sky looked dark and forbidding. Shortly afterwards the heavens opened, and I mean opened!
It came down like stair rods, straight and hard!

We were on the edge of the town, away from the shops and out onto the ancient medieval pastureland but we skipped back and sheltered under the town's medieval North Bar Gate confident it would be another five minute wonder....wishful thinking!

After twenty minutes, with the sky black and menacing the wind got up, the rain came down even faster and we retreated back into town to a little cafe we'd seen close by.
Cold and very damp we sat with a hot drink and watched as the rain fell and then bounced back up from the cobbled street with relish.
Half an hour later it seemed to have eased a little and with the sky still looking a little ominous we ventured forth again.
We gaily followed the, by now very soggy, route map.
I was taking pictures of each sculpture we found...hard to do in pouring

The plan of the day was we were going to do walk one, have a light lunch somewhere and then continue with walk two incorporating some of the Elwell paintings that were along the way but after we'd finished the first walk we were absolutely soaked, so much so I felt as if I'd had a shower with my clothes on.
My jacket was only showerproof and the rain filtered through to everything underneath it, even my shoes were soggy and when I eventually took them and my socks off on returning home my feet were black with dye!
My hair looked as if I'd just washed it and left it, it hung in dripping rats tails...

We finished walk one and were still debating whether to go to walk two when it began to thunder, crashing and banging loudly interspaced with white zig zags of lightning.
Well... what would you have done?
We gave up!

It's sod's law really, we had no grandchildren to watch, nothing desperate to do, we were free for the whole day.
The country definitely needs the rain. It actually needs to rain non-stop for a month to bring levels up to where they should be... but why yesterday!

I enjoyed yesterday in a perverse sort of way but unbelievably this morning was warm and sunny again, it still is this afternoon too!

A few of my pictures:

Jerkin Makers: The Beverley Jerkin makers made leather tunics from the leather of Beverley tanneries.

Cartmen: Carts were the main form of transport in medieval Beverley, this depicts the old saying 'putting the cart before the horse'.

Bakers: There was a ducking stool on Tiger Lane where unscrupulous bakers were punished for selling poor bread, either that or they were fined.

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XME501 5/28/2011 12:23PM

    The pictures are great!! We have had more than our share of rain here - much more that usual. But the crops and flowers are just loving it. I lived mostly in Western Oregon where it rains much more - so I love the rain! Love to walk in it if it is not too windy.

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MOM2ACAT 5/27/2011 5:42PM

    Great pics! That trail sounds like something I would enjoy.

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ECONLADY 5/27/2011 2:33PM

    I think God had other plans. The pictures are great!

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