I've had a trip to Shugborough, an historic house about an hour away from home
It was OK, but to be honest I've been to better stately homes - the whole Patrick Lichfield thing was a bit of a pain (he used to live there and they make a big deal of it). Much as I love an historic house, I'm not really into royalty and their relatives (to put it mildly). Anyway don't let me put you off if you fancy a trip there. One huge plus point ... it's got a cat monument, no home should be without one.
A couple of days later we ventured out again to another historic house, well a castle actually, Powis Castle. It's only about a half hour drive from home and I just can't believe we hadn't visited before because it's absolutely stunning. I loved it. Bear in mind we are well into Autumn now and it was still beautifully colourful, look:
|Borders to salivate over|
|And I do love a lumpy hedge (the other-half included for scale)|
|Not bad eh?|
Then, to round the week off, we went to the seaside (West Wales). The weather was glorious and I walked my legs off
And also succumbed to a seaside selfie
Ah well, back to the swamp juice next week and, no doubt, a lot less gadding about and a lot more moaning.
I won't know if this chemo is working until the end of October (having a CT scan in the middle of the month). I have my doubts to be honest, as I'm still coughing like mad and have to stop for breath if I encounter even a slight slope never mind a hill. The worrying thing is that I seem to be running out of chemo options (although there are a couple to try yet). I may not yet be in the last-chance saloon but I do feel I'm clunking up the steps to the bar door getting ready to order my two fingers of red-eye. Still, it's hard to differentiate between what the disease is doing and the side-effects of chemo, so I'll just have to wait and see.
I haven't entirely lost my optimism though. I'm going to attempt sewing again. After the last dressmaking disaster I'd say that makes me incredibly stoic! I am going to attempt a skirt with a button hole, zip and darts, so stand by for swearing. I will report back with details of my amazing prowess as a seamstress, in the meantime admire the lovely second-hand fabric before I
|At least something is coming up roses|
To end on a positive note, I will have something very exciting to announce in the next couple of days. I know I've tormented you with this before but the day is nearly nigh. Stay tuned.