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Life Blog – The Hay book Festival

  Wednesday saw me have my fourth cycle of the new chemotherapy. It’s tiring I won’t deny and the side effects are frankly a nuisance. Runny nose, runny eyes, yesterday my feet were so sore I could barely walk, upset tummy and so it goes on. But life rolls on and there is so much fun to be had. 

Sunday came and it was a different day. We were going to the Hay book festival with The Elf (Peanut’s daughter who is staying with us for a few months) and our pals Steve and Helen who I hope would also enjoy the festival. Well luckily my feet were fine again so I was feeling quite chuffed and looking forward to the day. 

The weather could have been better and Peanut’s face below shows she was feeling the cold but nonetheless we got on with it. We had an 11.30 show Marcus Brigstocke and his pals reviewing the morning papers from a distinctly left wing point of view, which proved to be quite amusing. This had given us time for a coffee and a lovely pastry before hand.  

 After this we escaped the festival on the shuttle bus into town where we had lunch in a lovely civilised cage away from the crowds where I had delicious home made potato and leek soup. A mooch around the book shops in town and I found a pen shop that I could have spent the day in. In the end I just bought a refill for my Lamy pen! 

In another shop dedicated to crime and mystery books they had some lovely retro looking new edition hard backs of Agatha Christie books and I regret not treating myself to Destination Unknown. Oh well another time.


Before we went back to the festival we picked up some lovely home made fudge. Yum yum.  

Back at the festival Bear Grylls was doing a book signing so we grabbed a copy of his new thriller Ghostflight and Peanut got him to sign the copy! Nice! 

Then we listened to David Starkey presenting his Magna Carta lecture to accompany his new book and this gave us a right wing counter to the morning’s left wing lecture. A good lecture ended our cold festival on a high.


Tired we all crammed on the back row of the bus back to our car park.

So what was the festival like for me? First it was a fun day spent with great pals and there is nothing to beat days like that. Secondly, I will read Starkey’s book on The Magna Carta. Thirdly, I clicked an author Jenny Lees and will read her Bands of Gold series of books, roughly about a young girl emerging from adolescence. Anyway, I find it hard picking books but these caught my eye so I will let you know what the books are like. Finally, I really fancied the Bear Grylls thriller Ghostflight, so another read to look forward to.

Life Blog then, fighting the Big C but it’s just a blog about living. Like The Landrover guys say, “One life, Live it!”


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Life Blog – Living And Playing

It’s been a funny old bank holiday weekend. Friday night saw us out with friends to see Rich Hall at Malvern Theatre and what a brilliant night that was.


Then on Saturday Peanut had to work a 12 hour shift and boy did that get her down. If I’m at home Peanut wants to be with me. Time is forever but in truth our time together is finite. She finds out of normal hours working so very tough, so fingers crossed she gets to retire come June.

So with Peanut in work I was home alone and bored. Retail therapy in Cheltenham, coffee with friends in Tewkesbury and a test drive in a F56 JCW MINI automatic conspired to either keep me out of or get me into mischief depending on who you talk to. 

Sunday saw us bonding together big time as we shared the joys of assembling and fitting our Murano glass chandelier from Venice. We finally finished this on Monday morning.


We had a fry up brunch and then Lady P got a touch melancholy. The bluebells had been out recently and we both saw them on The Malvern Hills but separately (those weekend hours again getting in our way) and Chris thought  back to last year when we enjoyed them together on Midsummer Hill on The Malverns.

Peanut remembered thinking last year that this might be the last time she got to see the bluebells with me. With that thought in her head she wanted to see them once more with me.


Well like a bad penny I keep rolling on, so although we knew the bluebells were now past their best we headed back to Middummer Hill.

  Well  to be honest it was a slow climb for me, my feet are sore and the chemo means I tire easily. However, at our own slow pace we got up there and were rewarded by beauty. Yes the bluebells were fading, but these are bluebells on The Malverns and it was just beautiful to behold.

We held hands, then for some unknown but perfectly logical reason we hugged a big tree together. We were happy. Will we see the bluebells together next year? I’m not sure, I’m really not – but what matters is today and together we saw the bluebells. And me? Well I saw Mrs P’s pins poking out from under her coat making her the most adorable woodland creature I have ever set eyes on. 

Walk a woodland, hear the sounds of the woods and smell the fragrances and you will know you are alive.



Life Blog – The Saga Of The Murano Glass Chandelier (Part Two)


So this morning saw us renew our battle with the chandelier with wiring to the mains and further wiring to connect the five lights.

As we won out on this the bottom piece needed fitting and the decorations.

Finally mission accomplished and to our eyes it was worth the effort, bringing a wonderful final piece of grandeur to the room.


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Life Blog – The Saga Of The Murano Glass Chandelier (Part One)


So we have been busy decorating our bedroom of late, trying to bring a bit of Italian romance into our room. We are big fans of Venice and decided we should have a Murano Glass Chandelier to complete the look and rather than try to fetch one home with us we ordered one to be delivered. What we hadn’t realised is that it would come in 4976 separate pieces and make an IKEA flat pack purchase look like a walk in the park!

Today was the day we began the assembly and we have ground to a halt for the day having completed the central stem assembly. Our problem is getting a tidy fix to the ceiling. So we return to the chandelier field of battle tomorrow to fight again.


Now as this is the life blog let me interrupt the saga to tell you I am on my fourth cycle of the new chemo, my hair is thinning but only slowly, I have a permanent runny nose, runny eyes, a sore mouth, a frequent upset tummy and I tire easily. But to be honest I’m too busy trying to defeat this God Damn chandelier to worry about all that! Below is the final objective – wish us both good luck getting there!


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Holiday Diary – Port Cogolin Friday Sat 2/3 May


We wanted to write up our holiday diary and have decided to put it on PhotoBeast, though in some ways it belongs on the LifeBlog. Nine days in the south of France and we were excited.

Peanut takes Friday off and is a complete wonder doing all the packing and loading of PaceBeast while I go to work and wait to be collected there at quarter past four.

Finally the moment came. I stepped out of work into PaceBeast and kissed Mrs P. The holiday begins!

As always traffic to Dover is awful and most of the motorways are being repaired. Frankly the drive to Dover is a battle. However, we got there on time and crossed without trouble. Also I had been worrying about coping with the trip, as I get some back ache these days and my eyes and nose run constantly. In truth I was fine but…

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