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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

I ~know~ I should not grumble . . .

But I am having a hard time not grumbling incessantly inside my head.

We got off very lightly last night.  A silver birch in the Coppice has lost a small branch and half of the old tarpaulin covering our huge log pile is in a field somewhere.  It certainly is not at Bag End, or in any of the neighbours' gardens.  Its disintegration has left an unholy mess of small shreds which will take quite sometime to clear up, but in the great scheme of things ... bla bla bla.





Daisy was, as usual, scared of the wind and insisted on sleeping virtually on top of me.  Just what I needed - 23kg of comatose canine, she definitely got more sleep than me.  There is no avoiding the fact that a very, very hurty shoulder is a full-blown frozen shoulder and there is no way I can manage five days at Kielder Forest in the caravan.  We were due to go away tomorrow for the Autumn Starcamp but it's not going to happen.  I did suggest that Management went anyway, either taking my car and the caravan, or going in Bill, but he didn't really want to go without me.

Compared to thousands without power in Ireland, and fatalities, and all the other senseless happenings in the world right now I should not grumble.  However, knowing something and truly feeling it and believing it are two different things.  I look forward to the next Starcamp from the moment I get home from the last one.  The caravan was cleaned, food sorted, kit boxes ready to be packed; guess they are going back in their cupboard now  😞😞





16 comments:

  1. Sorry that you will miss the camp but I hope your shoulder quickly recovers.

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  2. It's a shame about the starcamp but your health is more important. Hopefully you will be able to view some of the sights captured by your fellow campers, although not the same as being there in person, I know. I hope the pain eases for you soon. X

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    1. You're right Jules .... but nothing is the same as actually being there. Most of us go more for the socialising than the stars 😀

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  3. It's a shame you'll miss the starcamp but getting your shoulder right is more important - hopefully it won't be long until the next camp and your shoulder will be okay by then :)

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    1. I know Eunice, and other Starcamps are available ... but they are a popular activity and the ones we might have considered in the next six months are already booked solid.

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  4. Oh, Bill won't be getting his first proper workout, but best get that shoulder better before the cold weather sets in. I use a heat=bag for my rib & it definitely helps with the pain. Glad the storm wasn't too bad for you, though we did see it on TV last night wreaking havoc in Ireland. I'll just make you a bit grumpier with our clear blue skies & 30deg yesterday, but it will be slipping back on Friday to late teens & some rain for a week. Will email tomorrow. Take care.

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    1. Thnks Susan, you'll be pleased to know Bill got a bit of a workout this morning! Please send 30 degrees this way ... I am starting to "get" why so many Americans do the 'snowbird' thing and run away to Florida for the winter (not that I would want to spend a whole winter in Florida ... but you know what I mean!)

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  5. Glad you were okay, more or less (except for poor tarp). A small price though when the storm hit others so badly, very sad.

    Sad you are missing the camp, I hope your shoulder will feel better soon.

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    1. Thank you Ann, a small bit of old tarpaulin is absolutely nothing - something of a First World problem when you look at what others are dealing with.

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  6. I know we have a different NHS here in Wales but when I had a frozen shoulder about three years ago I had to self-refer to physio and I could have had a steroid injection into the shoulder but didn't. The exercises I was taught did help but she manipulated my shoulder and although painful at the time I'm sure it helped in the long run. Could you enquire what help is available for you in your area? A frozen shoulder is really painful and limits what you are able to do. I bought myself a small Tens machine and used that every morning, anything is worth a try.
    Such a shame that you are missing out on your camping trip. The weather is awful and was very worrying for the duration of the storm. I was expecting our fence to come down and lucky that it didn't. Property can be replaced and repaired as long as everyone is safe is the important thing. I actually helped a little old lady across the road yesterday, she was worried about getting blown away and she said to me "The whole country is going down the pan" it made me laugh but I sort of agree with her :)

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    1. Thank you so much Eileen, I am afraid after years of messing around with my right shoulder I have absolutely no confidence in our local health care providers so we will continue to manage the current injury ourselves. Have to say that knowing SO much more now than i did before, it's very encouraging just how fast I am improving this time (although I still can't blummin' dress myself, or dry my hair without help!!)

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  7. As somewhat knowledgeable about hurry shoulders myself I can sympathise....a star camp sounds like a whole lot of fun...but hopefully there will be others. x

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    1. Thank you J. The socialising element of Starcamp is what I will miss the most, but when conditions are right our potential for astronomy at home is nearly as good as we can achieve at Kielder with its exceptionally dark skies. But yes, other opportunities will be available.

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  8. Sorry you missed your outing. So glad you decided to make a short run though. Keep that in mind and do a lot more of them. Hope you can get the shoulder all sorted out.

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    1. Thank you Sue, and please don't takemy comments about Florida personally :-)
      (Although a friend visited recently and her comments about the humidity and midges put me right off!)

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