Thursday, February 4, 2016

Happy Birthday.....5th February 2016

To my gorgeous beautiful brave wife Elaine......

Looking forward to many more fun times.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Shocking Sight!!

Absolutely shocking sight...... this morning we were greeted by this....

A rising sun in the UK, it didn't last long it is now raining!

I took the boys for a walk along the macc canal, is that a snake bridge ahead they asked? 

It is indeed, and what a fine example. 

The snake bridge allowed the horse to transfer from one side of the canal to the other without detaching from the barge. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Our Current Mooring in Sutton

I do like the village life, last year it was Bollington, this year its Sutton.

I took the doggies and camera for a walk around the village, its just on the outskirts of Macclesfield and very close to the Macclesfield canal at Gurnett aqueduct.

It has a farm shop, a small convenience store and most importantly three pubs

The war memorial....

The Church.....

Back to our farm mooring. 

Perfect isolation 

One of the neighbours! 

Its a lovely site, so much nicer than a proper campsite, we have 240 hook up, a tap close by for fresh water and an elsan dump  about 30 ft away.

I borrowed the farmers ladder to climb up on the roof as the satellite dish wasn't deploying correctly, it took about five minutes to free off the sat arm, its working 100% now, just in time for Elaine's favourite programme Home and Away!!

Talking of Elaine......Yesterday we visited the oncologist in Manchester. There was no good news whatsoever, which was what we were expecting to be honest.

Neither I nor Elaine want to turn this into a medical blog so we will leave it at that, it has already morphed from a narrowboat blog to a motorhome blog then to a living in Mojacar blog......enough already.

Mind you a good medical story gets the ratings right up!!

In all seriousness thank you all so much for your kind thoughts and offers of boats/houses to stay in. The generosity is overwhelming......cheques are still very welcome xxxx 


Sunday, January 24, 2016

So Much Better....

Very glad to report that Elaine is feeling and looking so much better, they are even talking about releasing her tomorrow.

We have by no means won the war, but it looks like Elaine has won this battle, thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses at Macclesfield General Hospital and the NHS.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Getting Better.....

I am very pleased to report that Elaine is feeling and looking a lot better. 

They have removed the drain from her belly after removing nearly 6 litres of ascites fluid. She has eaten for the first time in over a week and is generally just so much better, her temperature seems to be stabilizing which is all good. 

Once again the NHS and this time Macclesfield hospital have been superb.

The NHS gets so much stick but I don't think people realise how lucky they are to have such a fantastic health system.

I'm not sure when she will be released, she has an appointment with the oncologist  at the Manchester Christie hospital next Tuesday, so before then I would think! 

With Elaine's permission I put her situation on facebook  as well as the blog, she normally doesn't want a fuss and to keep it all quiet, but I told her i was being bombarded with emails and messages and couldn't keep up with keeping people informed. I am pleased to say it worked a treat, she was amazed how many people from all around the world care so much for her. 

Hopefully we will be posting more pics like the one below shortly....

Meanwhile this is my base on Jarman farm, which is about 300 metres from Gurnett Aqueduct on the Macclesfield canal.

It is quite lovely if not a tad muddy, I am next to the stables, I do admire the dedication of the horses owners who are here in all weathers day and night to look after their precious babies. 

The little C3 fired up straight away after sitting for 6 months at the back of Elaine's brothers house, it is an amazing little car 

Back to the Euro trip.......From when we left Calais in August until we returned last Tuesday we drove 8781 kilometres or 5456 miles at an average speed of 46km/h or 28.58 mph.

The last big trip from Mojacar to Calais when I was in a hurry and we used toll roads came up with different figures. The distance was 2056 kilometres or 1277 miles, we averaged 90km/h or 56 mph.

Interestingly the average fuel consumption was 11.5 litres per 100km or 24.56 mpg.
When I was in a hurry on the Mojacar to Calais section the fuel consumption increased to 11.7 litres per 100km or 24.14 mpg.  

Once again the van performed faultlessly, it is so lovely to drive, especially on the long hauls, automatic, cruise control and a big fat captains chair to sit in.

If anyone out there is considering a Euro trip it really is so easy on the mainland European roads, mainly because there is so little traffic compared to the UK, very little roadworks etc.

Hopefully we will be back off again soon.

Finally a massive thank you for all of Elaine's good wishes, we both appreciate it so much, it is so humbling.

We love yous all XXXXXXXXXXXXX

Friday, January 22, 2016

Elaine Update

Thank you so much for all your good wishes, its a bit hectic at the moment so I just haven't got time to reply to them all.

She is still in hospital and being incredibly brave, I just wished I could take away some of her pain and suffering.

She has an  infection and high temperature, plus they drained off 5 litres of ascites fluid.

I would love to say that she is feeling a lot better but unfortunately its not the case, hopefully tomorrow

we will see some improvement.

Thanks Again

Paul xx

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Patient Is Delivered.......

We certainly had some strange weather driving through France, towards the south it was torrential rain.....

The centre of France was snow covered...... 

The northern part was freezing fog!!

We arrived earlier than expected so jumped on an earlier train under the channel. 

We stopped off at Elaines sisters house in Kent on Tuesday night because I was buggered.

We were on the road at first light this morning, we drove straight to Macclesfield hospital, they have admitted Elaine and are carrying out various tests, as always the NHS were fantastic and very reassuring.

I have taken the motorhome up to a campsite on a farm next to the canal at Sutton, I walked the dogs for a few miles into Macclesfield and picked up the little Citroen C3 from Elaine's brothers house.

I visited Elaine tonight at the hospital, they suspect some sort of infection and are now trying to sort out the where and why.

I am now sat in the van drinking a glass of red and feel totally f***ed!!