Mr. Margie and I met each other for the first time on August 12th 1986 (photo of me above). We were both 22 years old. We had plans to celebrate 26 years of knowing each other on August 12th, however Mr. Margie suffered a stroke on August 7th. He suffered a spontaneous carotid arterial dissection, he spent two weeks in hospital, and is currently recovering really well at home. We have been told that his recovery was aided by the fact that he is very fit and active, cycling 300km each week, with no cholesterol
problems. His vision returned to normal as has his balance and co-ordination on his left side. He was an in patient at the local hospital, where there is a designated Stroke Unit. The team there provided excellent care and now he visits every few days to give bloods as the team regulate his intake of warfarin, in an effort to keep his blood from clotting while the artery heals. It has been a really difficult time for us, but both he and I are happy with the prognosis of the artery healing itself within three months. We finally went out to celebrate last saturday night, glad to have so much to celebrate.
Margie's Crafts knitters are joining in the Irish Premature Babies, Knit for Prems Tiny Togs Knitting initiative marking the 17th November World Premature Awareness Day. Knitting patterns can be found at Carissa Knits and Ray of Hope. You are all welcome to join in and pass on the call for support.
I just adore the beach huts in England, the charming colours are such a welcome treat for the eye, amid various shades of grey and sand.
Isla tries out a surf board, Charlie and Ollie made it look so easy.
Pipps stays behind "guarding" the rugs, jackets, and footwear while the rest of us take the trek to the water edge.
A visit to the Minature Pony Centre was the highlight of the trip. It only took Isla a minute to get up close and make some new friends (She reminded me of her mum who at her age, twenty six years ago, was a real life Doctor Dolittle, talking to the animals at every oppportunity).
Having worked full time and completed my HDip during the year, I was so glad when study was over, all assignments complete, and a months leave from work finally came round. In May I went to Dartmoor in the UK with Mel, Chris and Isla, we were joined by Maria, James, Ollie and Charlie. We stayed Rock Barn in South Taunton, and made some wonderful day trips, when we visited Port Issac,Tintagel, Dartmouth and Brixham and Croyde surfing beach. I enjoyed quality family and friends time together, we ate well, walked, chatted, and the highlight of my day was being woken by Isla each morning.
In June Mr. Margie, Mel, Chris, Leiny, Isla and I had our family holiday together in France, staying at La Yole Camping Lodge, swimming, running, reading, eating great french food, all together in the sunshine.
I got my exam results while I was in France and I obtained an First class Honour, we celebrated visiting Carcassonne and Domaine De Rombeau, I adore being in France, I always feel at home there, and it was all the more special when my loved ones are there with me.