A decade of destinations!

Now that 2020 is well underway, I have wanted to write a blog on a decade of destinations that we have been lucky enough to visit over the past ten years or so.  We have celebrated our 15th and 20th wedding anniversaries in that time and had a special 21st last year.

That 21st was spent in the destination we visited on many occasions during the decade, which was Dubai. We first visited here in around 2003 and our daughter has loved it ever since. So she definitely had to be there for her 21st! Then seeing as my parents lived out there for a couple of years, was another reason why it became the most visited destination for us in the years since 2010.

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In the summer of 2011 we visited Playa del Carmen in Mexico.  I have to say it definitely has the best looking beaches in the world.  Just stunning white sands with beautiful palm trees  🌴. I just love palm trees, for me it’s a sign of being abroad and somewhere warm!!
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Just looking at this picture, you can see what I mean and just look at the colour of the crystal clear aqua sea! No filters here at all!

Now, on my bucket list is to see the seven wonders of the world. These seem to change a lot but at the time and still on the list is Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan site. So glad we went. Was not too far from Playa del Carmen at all and we were able to do the trip in a morning, back to our hotel by the afternoon.

In between there have been some weekend trips to places in the UK as well and in the rest of Europe. One of my favourite places in the UK, would be Carbis Bay in St Ives, Cornwall. Even though we visited in February, we were lucky with the weather and the sun was shining and was not cold at all. The sound of the waves is another of my favourite things and had this been in summer, you would have felt you were abroad. The sea is crystal clear and you may even be lucky enough to spot the odd dolphin from where we stayed at Carbis Bay Hotel .
My favourite weekend break in Europe would be a toss up between the Amalfi Coast and the French Riviera. I never would have thought I would like it as much as I did but loved Nice.  We stayed in an apartment in the old town which was just oozing with character. High ceilings, the classic shutters on windows and the main door which must have been at least 400 years old.

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I loved the hustle and bustle of the whole place and it had a ‘feel’ to it which I cannot describe. Perfect weather, food, drink and ‘buzz’ about the place. Of course a visit to Monte Carlo, Monaco is a must just for people and car watching if nothing else!
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The Amalfi coastline is just stunning. However, be warned, taxis are very hard to find and once you do, cost a FORTUNE! This was the only downside to the whole weekend. we visited in October and the weather was just perfect. Not too hot yet still sunny and warm. We took a trip to Capri from Positano. Definitely recommend doing this should you go to that area.
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2 trips to the USA in this decade. One to LA and Las Vegas and one to Florida to include Orlando, Miami and the Keys (just missed Hurricane Irma by hours..!) These were for our 15th and 20th wedding anniversaries respectively.
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Also have been lucky enough to visit in the decade ; Crete, Abu Dhabi, Morocco, Tenerife, Paris, Rome and Scotland to name a few and we finished it all off with a big trip to India at the end of 2019 and into the new decade of the 20s! (Will do a separate Blog post on this).
Looking forward to what this decade holds for us.

Living with fear – Part 2

So I have not written for a while now and after my last post, I had my operation to remove a tumour from my breast.

I found a lump in my right breast in January last year and was on a bit of a roller coaster ride until around the end of April when finally had it removed. Luckily it was not cancerous but they thought would be best to remove it.

I had numerous biopsies first however and the excruciating waiting time in between those biopsies.  The not knowing one way or another for weeks on end was incredibly frightening not just for  me but also for my family.  The sleepless nights, the thinking about your family all the time and trying not to think the worst but cannot help it.  Anything and EVERYTHING makes you emotional.  Good days and very bad days… the days where you just burst out crying for no reason.

This ‘in limbo’ stage is quite hard to deal with and there seems to be that not a lot of people really talk about this stage and also having still had a lumpectomy although was benign, could not see much on it.

However, all that is behind us now.  Another fear though that will stay with me although I don’t want to think about it.  I am a bit paranoid about every little thing you feel around the breasts.  Onset of menopause isn’t helping…now that’s another story!!!  HAHA.  It just makes you appreciate every single day even more though and all you have and all that is around you.

That was all to add to part 2 as I know it could have been worse and others do have it worse.  Everything life has to throw at us makes us stronger. Just was a quick one as I had not written a Part 2 for so long…

 

 

Living with fear in your mind. Part 1

I have not written a blog post for a while and over the next few blog posts you will realise why and I will take you on my journey over the past few months as well as a few years back to give you the bigger picture.

So firstly, let’s throwback to 20 years ago. It’s 1999 and I have a daughter of six months old. We are living in a 2 bedroom maisonette, our first home together, that we bought when I was pregnant and moved into in May 1998. Our daughter was born in September. One Saturday, I had a really bad headache, a headache like I’ve never had in my life. I thought if I go to bed early, when I wake up, it will be gone. I woke up on Sunday morning and it had. Great. Thought nothing more of it. Monday afternoon and we are about to take my car to my uncle’s garage to get something on it fixed. I tell my husband, I am just going to have a quick bath before we go.

Our bathroom door never had a lock on it since we moved in and never really felt the need for it. My hubby would often come in for a chat while I took a bath and vice versa. This particular day though, was not like any other. I started to have a seizure in the bath! If he had not been there, I would have drowned and that would have been the end of me…however he held me and let the water go down the plug hole.

I was taken to hospital as he’d called an ambulance. They did a few checks like ‘what day is it?’, ‘who’s the prime minister?’ That kind of thing and said ‘everyone has at least one seizure in their life’ and sent me home.

Sadly, not long after, I had another seizure and one in the actual reception of A&E. They kept me in…I was there having numerous scans and tests, including a lumber puncture. The seizures began to become more frequent. I was moved to the National hospital in London for more tests and more scans. Seizures became 2-3 minutes apart and they wanted to put me into a coma. My hubby said he would think about and discuss it with my mum etc. He didn’t want to let them do it.

That evening they tried a new drug on me, it’s called Phenobarbital and is apparently the cheapest drug available. It completely changed me and began controlling the seizures!! I had a blood clot on the brain which was causing the seizures. My hubby said when the nurse came back to work that morning she said she was scared to look round the corner to my bed as she didn’t think I’d make it through the night!!  My poor family are the ones who suffered the most as I was ‘out of it’ most of time!

I am on medication for life but have been seizure free for 9 years roughly.  Of course I live with it at the back of my mind as you never know when you could have one , but I try and live my life as normal and continue to always do so.  I do not let it rule my life.  I am grateful for each day.

I hope I have not bored you all too much and my next post will be fast forward 20 years to 2019 and what a year I’ve had so far.

Christmas and weddings!

I have not written for quite a while and intend on making it a regular thing again…and am going to start with the obvious impending Christmas in a moment. However before I could even think about Christmas this year, have been planning my cousins wedding centrepieces for the tables and coming up with ideas. She had 2 functions to do them for, an Indian party and her formal wedding. The Indian wedding as was full of colour needed something that was simple yet effective. We looked and thought of many ideas and finally came up with bird cages with flowers in pink added along with gold butterflies to compliment my cousins outfit.

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Then this weekend just gone we had the formal wedding and as is getting Christmassy now, she wanted to incorporate that into the centrepieces for that.  We went for wreaths with a candle and hurricane in the middle with some fresh flowers added at the end.  I think these looked quite good and was quite happy with the outcome.  Added some pine cones and mini baubles and berries in silver and white for the Christmas effect.

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Now the wedding is over, on to my Christmas tree and decorating it! Got straight on to it the next day…I love my Christmas tree theme and feel in this world of grey that is everywhere, nice to have a bit of colour! I have some new additions this year to show the love of travel!! Found these in a local garden centre and good old Primark had the aeroplane and carry on luggage!!

 

Last week I also changed a garland that I was not happy with and changed it to how I thought it looked much nicer.  Hope you like it too!!

 

 

Is social media really social or just making social anxiety worse?

This is a question I have had in my mind for a while now.

As the mother of a teenage daughter suffering with social anxiety I have found myself hating social media and what it has become these days for young girls especially.

Yes, we all use ‘social media’ in some form or another and has become part of our lives whether we like it or not but does it have to be so cruel?!

First of all it began with Facebook where you became ‘friends’ with people you knew at least…now you can have anyone from anywhere in the world see your personal photos on Instagram and comment and like them as well…and on Twitter can give you’re opinion on just about anything you want to…sometimes those comments may be nice, but a lot of the time, putting these pictures and comments opens you up to getting abuse from total strangers (not that it’s ok from those who aren’t)…this is where the problem lies. Opinions are given on your looks, arguments and debates started regarding what you’ve said on Twitter etc etc … those that are famous get it more, everyone thinks because they are public figures, they have a right to pass judgement.

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Now I see how it effects people myself when I hear my daughter speak. She is never happy with how she looks although she’s beautiful. They all try and aspire to look like these air brushed pictures they see everywhere. THEY ARE NOT REAL. That’s not how they look when they wake up in the morning!!

I think ‘social media’ is actually alienising people from each other as this is the only form of conversation people seem to know now. By likes and comments. No one wants to pick up the phone and chat to their friends or see their friends, so can we really call it SOCIAL media??

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Seven Years seizure free

Hi

I have not written a blog for a while but thought today was most necessary to write down how I am feeling and my thoughts for today.

It has been 7 years without me having a seizure today and it was whilst watching ‘Im a celebrity, get me out of here’, the night Cerys Matthews was evicted I think!!

I am not an epileptic – however, its a long story and to cut a long story short, I had a blood clot in the brain which led to lots of different things, mainly being seizures, some every 2-3 minutes at the time and I very nearly was put into an induced coma and nearly died.

So here as I write this today, I am humble in my thoughts and soooooooo grateful for everything around me, my wonderful family, a roof over my head and food on the table to enjoy while still being alive.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for EVERYTHING I have.

The first wedding!!

Well on Sunday, was the first of my brother’ weddings! The legal civil ceremony….the Sikh wedding will be at the end of August with a couple of other parties thrown in between!!!

The day was beautiful, the forecast rain did not arrive and was very hot in the end…at points, bit too hot!

The ceremony and the location of Pennyhill Park in Surrey were beautiful as was the bride!

It was so wonderful to see all the family together and spend time with them and friends.

The array of colours and styles of outfits were amazing. From quite simple maxi dresses to ornately decorated sarees and everything in between!!

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Pre-wedding day!!

So the time has nearly arrived. All that waiting for over a year has nearly come to an end…my brother gets married tomorrow!!

So in Wednesday night, after I got my altered dress back, looked at my shoe options and realised that none went with the dress….PANIC!!
So I had my eye on a pair on eBay that I wanted for after the Sikh wedding in August.

Had to ask if they could guarantee I would get them by Friday!!
I ordered on Thursday and they arrived yesterday!! So glad.
They are gorgeous.

Well off to get hair cut this morning etc and then time to de-hairify this evening!!!!

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Lemon infused water.

So …as the weather is so great and I keep telling myself I should drink more water, today I started drinking lemon infused water.
Last night before I went to bed, I filled a litre bottle with water and added half a lemon (sliced) and put it in the fridge.
This morning took it out and took it to work…
Just had my one usual cup of coffee when I got there but after that drunk the water…already cutting three other cups of tea/coffee I would have drunk in that time and the sugar that would have gone in them!!
Drinking this water can aid weight loss and is obviously good for your skin so am going to continue with it.
You can also add mint to it for taste and mints properties too…
Also read so many other benefits that go with it…
Stimulates the liver, helps digestion, cleanses your body, prevents colds and cancer too!!
So get drinking guys!
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