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Worcester, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Born in the year of the Coronation, I'm a Baby Boomer. In April of this year I decided I too would have a Diamond Jubilee celebration and completely change my life and that of my Husband's in the process

Wednesday, 28 February 2007

Getting This Thing To Work!

I’ve been trying to add this post for a couple of days but every time I try to add pictures it crashes me off the Internet. Maybe one day AOL will get their act together and I will post them then. So without pictures, here it is :-



After a few reminders from people, almost bordering on threats, I’m adding a new entry here.

When I last wrote I thought I was starting with a cold which was also giving me a thumping headache. It turned out to be ‘Flu and three days after it’s fairly gentle start, had me in the grips of pain and fever I haven’t known the like of before.

I know I had ‘Flu when I was fifteen and was in bed for a few days. That was a rarity in itself! My Mother modelled her maternal role on the Victorian Workhouse principals, if you had a pulse and could stand up, then you were well enough to work.

So I must have been quite ill to be allowed off school. I am the only person I know who was sent to school who Whooping Cough.

Anyway, I digress, I don’t remember the ’Flu I had back then being as awful as this was. I spent a whole week in bed and my GP insisted on coming out to see me on the day we had all that snow and for once Worcester had it worse than almost anywhere.

I was supposed to be flying to Germany for the half term week and if my daughter and grandaughter hadn’t been recovering from the same thing I wouldn’t even have considered it, as I wouldn’t want to pass it on to anyone else.

On the Saturday morning I said if I could manage to get to the Bank to get my Euros, then I would attempt going to the airport that evening. After all, all I had to do was sit and be transported. Catherine said I could go to bed when I got to hers and stay there until I felt well enough to get up.

So off I went and as it turned out I didn’t suffer too much but the next day I was very tired and slept a lot until the Wednesday, when I finally got dressed and we walked down to the town for the Market and then had Hot Chocolate with whipped cream, in a lovely café.  The waitress there is besotted with Isabella but then who wouldn’t be? No, I’m not biased.

Thursday we went out in the afternoon to a nearby small town called something that sounds like Bad Berlaberg. There is a castle there and the grounds are a public park. We had a walk round the lake and then went to the Tea Shop just outside the castle walls. It’s a lovely little place and is also an Antique Shop, full of old household and kitchen items, which are displayed all around you. They don’t open until the afternoon, we think this is because they make their own cakes in the morning and I have to say their Black Forest Gateau is nothing like the rubbish we get in this country! Their cakes are like something the Angels made.

Vera, Flo’s Mum, came with us and she told me a funny tale. Her husband had to have an operation to remove some pins in his foot, from a nasty break last year.

Vera decided she wanted to be in the theatre to watch the operation. I don’t know, it must be a German thing. Although having seen their telly programmes I can understand the need for some alternative entertainment. So there she was and she passed out and had to be taken out of the theatre. Not once but twice! You have to applaud her stamina for going back in.

Friday, we walked down to the town. By now Flo was ill in bed, he was suffering from the virus but in a strange way, as he had good and bad days. So we had to walk to the other side of town to get to the supermarket (Catherine won’t drive Flo’s car as she is used to an Auto). As it was a long walk we decided that Waffles, with hot cherries, ice cream and whipped cream with a large Cappuccino were necessary fuel on our walk, so we called into the Café with the nice waitress.

Can you see there is a bit of a theme going here? Cakes/ Teashops? At least this time I avoided The Sonner and their illegally fattening but gorgeous pork schnitzels, stuffed with cheese and mushrooms!

Thankfully, due to the ‘Flu I’d lost nine pounds in the week before I went and only put back on four while I was there.

Since I returned home I’ve had a week at school but I’ve needed to have a sleep in the afternoons, as I’m still not back up to strength.

Simon and Tori came up unexpectedly for the weekend. They were looking at wedding venues. As usual with them, one liked one and the other liked another. But it looks as if Tori is having the final say. I can see the next 8 months will be a nightmare of ‘discussions’ over the arrangements .

Saturday night we went to my sister’s for a family get together for my niece Emma, who has returned from her year around the world. She looked really well and is hopeful she might have got onto a Journalism course, something she has quite a skill for, shewrotesome very good features on her travels.

On Sunday Tori and I went to Birmingham, where she chose and bought her wedding dress. That was fun. Oh and I had Waffles with Maple Syrup!

Not much else to say, I’m still feeling a bit brain dead after being ill.

If this works, it’s a short clip of Isabella when she had just woken from her afternoon nap.



wldconnie said...

Welcome back! I wondered what had happened to you. So sorry you have been so poorly. Your trip to Germany sounded great....my kind of holiday lots of visits to tea shops! Love Conniex

susanebunn said...

Oh, I've had that hideous Flu and by the third week wanted someone to shoot me and put me out of my misery!  I'm so glad that you are on the mend and you were able to enjoy your trip to Germany alittle.  The clip of your granddaughter is just precious!  How is her namesake doing?  I know she hasn't entered a journal entry since you've been so ill and no wonder!  I am so glad that you are on the mend!  AOHell has been giving everyone jib!


jckfrstross said...

i am glad you are feeling a little better:) i know what you mean when you say it takes forever to get over it. We had it for i am guessing 1 month or better. It just hangs on and will not leave. Love the clip of Isabella what a cutie she is:)


tellsg said...

Glad to see you posting again and I am sorry you have not been feeling too great, hmmm, good job you recovered enough for all those lovely treats in Germany, eh?  The video of little Isabella was lovely to see, she is growing up so fast.  Don't rush about too much until you feel a bit better because I know a lot of people who have had this virus and it takes up to 3 weeks to recover from.  Hugs. Terry x

jeadie05 said...

I am so pleased you,have also had this awful virus ,me too ,ugh ,Im pleased you were able to get over to Germany and saw your delightful Little Granddaughter , ..love Jan xx

midwestvintage said...

 Glad your feeling better and Isabella is a doll.


princesssaurora said...

Oh my... Isabella is just gorgeous!   I miss my babies!!!!  Waa  and hopefully I am many years from having grands!  LOL

I loved your entry and can't wait to see pics!

be well,

wobblymoo said...

So glad you feeling better, Isabella is gorgeous :)

beckiepainton said...

glad your back on your feet, i hate being ill i always think im going to die and no one will find me for hours.Any way thats just me.When I had Jordan mark looked round the curtain during the c section and saw all my guts and stuff being pulled out of my stomach,he tells everyone that he knows me inside out.Ahh, male humor.Beckie.xx

beckiepainton said...

and, issabella is sooo cute, i think she and ty should hook up when they get older, thanks for voting for rocky.Becs.xx

ally123130585918 said...

So glad you are feeling better ~ Your trip to Germany sounded great ~ lol at Vera passing out in the operating theatre ~ Isabella is lovely ~ Ally

princesssaurora said...

I came back to watch sweet Isabella again, and to tell you that I hope you feel better fast!!!  Stay home and rest up!

be well,

princesssaurora said...

I hope you are feeling better now... {{{ Linda }}}

be well,

wickedpink64 said...

Glad you are feeling much better!  Germany (and more importantly the cake shop!!) sounds wonderful! And very cute baby video too!  Oh... and by the way, now you know another person who was sent to school with Whooping Cough...ME!  My mum must have gone to the same 'Mothers Training School' as yours did...lol!!!


Wendy in Oz

artloner said...


  I came by to say thank you for stopping by...and then to say "YAY" about your trip to Germany...but I am so totally in love with that Beautiful Petit' YaYa!

  (No kiddin'...I worked in Pediatrics, and all babies aren't THAT cute!)



ps: Thanks for being my friend.  It matters.

artloner said...

Hey Chickapea!

Just peeking around the door to see if you're still here!



acoward15 said...

Victorian workhouse pricipals...........Ah the good old days!