Thursday, 13 August 2009

This week these rather cheerful things appeared in my garden...

But I am still feeling a little glum.

There is something wrong with my hands. The joints are very painful, I am not sure what is going on but it could well be arthritis, which is a common side-symptom of ulcerative colitis. I am in hospital for my regular IV tomorrow and I am hoping to chat with a member of my consultant's team to try and get to the bottom of it.

I am trying to stay calm and not to panic but it is hard not to. I cannot bear to imagine what life would be like if something happened to my hands...pfffffff...*deep breath*...I will not succumb to indulgent self-pity.

Lets change the subject.

Last week we took a day trip down to Aylesford in Kent. It was one of those days where you set out with a picnic and no plan and end up having a ball. We ended up at The Friars which is a retreat and a kind of ancient religious house. We went there because there was a sign saying they had a picnic area but it was all so lovely that we ended up staying the day.

There was even a mosaic or two...

It was very calming the Friars, even hubby was affected by the whole energy of the place. The three of us lit a candle in one of the chapels (we are not religious, just open to good things!) and made a wish for daddy to find a job soon. Lillia loved the whole thing and was especially good at respecting the peace and quiet, no mean feat for a three-year-old!

Hopefully I will be able to post some crafty pictures soon, despite the pain in my hands I have still managed to rustle up a few things, but more on those in a day or two! Right now I am going to put my feet up and, for once, do absolutely nothing.


  1. Hi Ali: Great photos! I tried to e-mail you back after your comment today, but it didn't work. Stroller bags is a great alternative use for the walker bags. I hadn't thought of that! Thanks. -- Michele

  2. Sorry to hear about your hands. I have trouble with my wrists and often think how hard it would be to give up all the things I need them for! Take it easy and feel better!

  3. Thanks Michele - I have emailed you a little note!
    June - sorry about your wrists! It is so annoying isn't it? I shall take your advice and take it easy!


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