Thursday, 23 December 2021

 To all our family and friends far and near

We wish you a Very Merry Christmas

and everything you could wish for in



Friday, 26 November 2021

A traumatic experience ...

 On Sunday 14th November I woke up feeling 'not very well' and we called for an ambulance.

The video, if it works, will tell you briefly what happened.  It was a dedication for me from our son Mark on the Jo Whiley show Radio 2 just before 8pm on Tuesday 23rd as I was being discharged from hospital.

I expect this news will be as unexpected to you as it was for me and my family.

I arrived at the Royal Stoke University Hospital at about 8am and within half an hour went into cardiac arrest.  After CPR that obviously saved my life it was discovered that I'd had a pulmonary embolism to both lungs.  The blood clots needed to be gone.  Two choices - a: a very powerful, potent clot busting drug that I may not survive or b: leave it and see what happens.  The risks of not having the drugs far outweighed those of having the treatment.

With George and our two children we discussed the options and realised there really wasn't one - option 'a' it had to be.  The process took two hours.  I just shut my eyes and let it all happen while my family was at my bedside.

I have been told by several professionals that not many people survive this treatment after cardiac arrest.

I am one very lucky lady - so glad to be alive.

I've been home now for nearly 3 days and my breathing is getting back to normal slowly and my strength starting to return.

What have I learnt from this?

Live the best life that you can, you never know what's around the corner.

Make sure that those who you love know that you love them.

This sort of thing can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Monday, 25 October 2021

FOR SALE - 3-bed detached house in Buxton + self contained flat

A great opportunity to purchase a property in Buxton within easy reach of the canals - Macclesfield, Peak Forest, Ashton, Bridgwater, Huddersfield, Rochdale, Bugsworth Basin.

This stunning freehold, three bedroom, two bathroom detached family home has recently been refurbished and refitted by the current owners to the very highest of standards. It has off road parking for two vehicles, a garage/workshop and small courtyard rear garden. It has uPVC double glazing and combi gas fired central heating throughout.

Over the garage/workshop is an immaculate one bedroom, one bathroom, self contained apartment with uPVC double glazing and combi gas fired central heating throughout.  This apartment is currently run as a very successful airbnb (

For more information (Rightmove) please click here

Discovering and rediscovering Lincoln

It was a bitterly cold day with dashes of rain mixed in when we visited Bomber Command Centre and I have to admit that we didn't  brave the elements to walk around the site, so we had lunch in the cafe, took these photos through the window and found our way back to the car.  Another visit will be needed in the future.

We next drove to Bracebridge where we went to live after the flat in Monks Road (see previous post).  
We lived in this lovely terraced house in Elder Street until approximately June 1970 during which George broke his leg playing football and I had our daughter in Lincoln Maternity Hospital.

River Trent at Torksey ...
Torksey Lock from the Trent ...
with the now decommissioned Cottom Power Station in the near distance

Taken from Torksey Lock landing towards the lock ...
and down the lock cut to the mighty Trent ...
where the information board shows Gainsborough and West Stockwith to the right  and Cromwell Lock to our left
In the far distance I can see Torksey Viaduct, a rare example apparently of a tubular box bridge build over 150 years ago and closed in 1959.  In 2016 it was opened as a walking route.
Torksey Lock cut entrance/exit and information board showing facilities at the lock.
We walked a short distance along the Trent towards Cromwell Lock and then turned off the pathway ... it was time to head home.

And since we've been home ...

We had our flu jabs on Saturday and our Covid boosters this morning.

Yesterday (Sunday) these pigeons were sitting on the stock fencing below our garden ...
I wonder what that was all about!

A wonderful rainbow this morning

Thank you Sandra and Ian for being wonderful hosts over the last few days and ferrying us around to see the sites.  See you both again soon.