Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Home, crafting and friendship

Since I returned from my post chemo travels, my energy levels have increased. I have less afternoon resting. 

The garden is providing an abundance of produce and flowers at the moment.  

I have begun walking a couple of times each week with my mum and my friend Clodagh.  

I am enjoying the outdoors, decking out in rain jacket and wellies when required,


most of all I enjoy sitting out in the garden 

at Chez Margie when the sunshines. 

I have been eating well and I only had one bad day in the last week. I am baking and eating cakes, trying out new recipes, no sugar, no dairy, 

no eggs and enjoying meeting family, friends and work colleagues.

Last week I visited my workplace for the first time since I collapsed there last September. My colleagues, manager and the chair person of the board all made me feel so welcome and missed. I chatted with everyone for over two hours and the sunflowers they gave me look splendid on the kitchen table at Chez Margie. 

My dear friend Noelle and I have enjoyed meeting up again, she came to visit last week bringing me some vintage fabrics, a lovely plant, candles and a gorgeous basket. 

I was so pleased as i had cleaned up the 

studio and set up my sewing machine for the first time since last summer. 

I visited Noelle yesterday, bringing her a gift of a bag I had made from the fabric she brought me. It was so good to chat, eat chocolate (85% cocoa) and fruit, we got no sewing done. 

My nephew Lir has been helping out around the house and garden doing chores and painting, it's great to have an extra set of hands around, he is also good fun to be with. Both he and Mr Margie enjoy my home cooked meals and used the bistro table to watch the soccer during dinner. 

Mr Margie is working on a garden house, which will catch the sun for most of the afternoon and evening. I am looking forward to decorating it. 

My friends Alex, Maggie and their daughter Megan visited today and after lunch al fresco 

we did some sewing together, Megan and Maggie gave their new Ikea sewing machine a good first outing, 

and Megan was so pleased to take home her completed owl. 

I really enjoyed spending time with them all. 

Big hugs 
Margie ❤️

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Post chemo travel 3

Town centre in Henley was once again the choice venue for a film set, this time for a German series "Valentine's Kiss". 

A recently vacated shop was set up as a bridal store,  and the locals just went about business as usual while the filming continued. 

The Henley standard carried the whole story on Friday. 

A visit to Greys Court just outside Henley with Mel, Esmé, Yvette, Ellie Skye, Rose and Isaac, was a real treat for Mr Margie and I. Rose entertained us with her Hula Hoop and we dined alfresco on the front lawn. 

After lunch our stroll around the gardens was an absolute delight. 

Roses, lavender, wisteria, 

and a white garden with a beautiful pond were all a gardeners treat.  

In the afternoon a rendezvous with Trish and Bella, and Louise and Amelia by the river and on to the playground was such fun. A special time with good friends and 

sweet, smiling, happy faces all round. 

A visit to Henley is never complete without a drive to Turville, 

a relaxing drink and some storytime under the apple tree 

in the garden of "The Bull and Butcher" 

was followed by a walk through the village and a visit to the church 

and graveyard. 

On Friday Mr Margie and I drive back to Crystal Palace 

and Rommeij and I took the train 

and the tube to visit Lein.

Mr Margie and Rikki worked on Lein's Morris Minor. 

We really enjoyed saturday morning second breakfast with Lein and Duane at Kenwood house in Hampstead Heath, 

and we were happy to spend an hour looking at the paintings, 

some Vermeer, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Constable and more, 

all bequeathed to the National Trust by the Earl of Iveagh. 

The costumes from the movie "Belle" were on display as the characters in the movie were brought up at Kenwood house. 

Our post chemo travels sadly came to an end, and we had to say goodbye to all our family and friends until we meet again,and take the road trip home. Thank you one and all for such a wonderful trip, I enjoyed every minute of it. Looking forward to our next adventure.

Big hugs, 
Love Margie ❤️

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Post chemo travel cont...

Mr Margie and I left Belgium having met up with our dear friend Nathalie for a "missed you, love you, catch up where we left off five years ago" chat. 

We arrived in Giverny on Friday evening and dined by the Seine at sunset in a lovely village, La Roche-Guyon steeped in history with a castle carved in a rock. 

We were inspired and loved every moment of our visit to Monet's House and Garden, and took a stroll along Rue Claude Monet to the church and his grave.

I lit a candle in the tiny church and as we emerged the mid day bells were ringing. 

We travelled back to the UK that evening and on Sunday the fun continued with a family picnic in Crystal Palace Park, a most enjoyable afternoon of chats, food, champagne, Pimms, pink fizz and lots of laughter and love.

It was a real pleasure to meet Rikki's mom and dad too and it felt like we have known each other all our lives, and we had so much in common, Landy's, chickens, crafts, upcycling, birth year, and much more. 

Yesterday morning the enjoyment continued when we dined and shopped at Wholefoods Market in Kensington with Leiny and Rommeij. 

Today the beach trip to Boscombe,

 Esmé 's first beach trip and Isla's first of the year,

 sand, seagulls, strawberries, ice lollies, 

and of course the sea provided 

endless entertainment as did the 

pop up tent particularly when Mr Margie and Mel were trying to put it back in the bag when we were going home. 

Tomorrow we are spending the day in Henley, catching up with friends and some retail therapy, I spotted joules have a sale on! 

Big hugs, 
Love Margie ❤️