Sunday, June 26, 2016

Happy Hatted Boaters....

We only managed two night together in the motorhome, we were visited by the Macmillan nurse and the local GP who decided that Elaine couldn't be looked after in the van.

Within two hours of the GPs visit she had found Elaine a place in the East Cheshire Hospice which is located in Macclesfield.   

It was a very emotional move but she is in a much place with unbelievable care and love from the staff and volunteers at the hospice.

As I said on an earlier post I wanted to put happy pics on the blog from now on, so what could be a better place to start than with a visit from the happy hatted boaters. This is the group that we spent two winters with at Aston Marina plus spent the winter down Mojacar with four of them.

They hired a minibus so they could all come up together.

They are the most wonderful group of peeps you could ever meet, it was lovely to catch up and to bring a smile to Elaine's lovely face. 

I should also mention another good friend from Mojacar has flown up to visit Elaine, Wendy is staying in Macclesfield and will fly back to sunny Spain on Tuesday, she is another special generous person.

The boater bruvvers, L/R Andy (NB Festina Lente) Gordon (NB Ewn Ha Cul) Ray (NB Ferndale) Roly (NB Klara)


The boater sistas Bev (NB Klara) Dot (NB Ewn Ha Cul) Diane (NB Ferndale) Sue (NB Festina Lente) 

In the evening Wendy joined us for the dinner at one of the best pubs in the UK (Sutton Hall)
Unfortunately Elaine couldn't be there with us. 

I took the doggies of course, Sammie always enjoys catching up with his old mates. 

Thanks guys it was lovely to see you xxxx

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Would You Like A Banana

I took the dogs on their normal late afternoon stroll along the canal, as I came back off the canal and under the Gurnett aqueduct there was a larger Turkish registered semi trailer (Artic) stopped just before the bridge, it looked too high so I offered to be his eyes and see if I could guide him through.

I kept him dead in the centre and guided him through safely, there was just a couple of inches to spare either side.

When we got through I walked ahead but he held up all the traffic and came running after me to thank me and offer me a gift......A Banana!

He was very happy, he would have had to back up about a mile if he didn't go through! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The News Is Not Good.....

I wasn't going to write this blog post, but after sending out about 30 emails and messages this morning it was taking up too much time, I cant phone as the phone signal here on the farm is crap.

The head oncologist visited her yesterday and it wasn't good, she has deteriorated to the point that they can no longer offer her chemo.

They are going to discharge her this week and put her in the care of the local, district nurses, Macmillan nurses and her GP. 

As you can imagine the prognosis is grim, so this will be the last medical  update, from now on it will be just nice pics  of us, the dogs, family and friends making the most of a pretty crappy situation.

Well I better get tidying up the van for the home coming!!


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Life On The Farm

 I have now been here for over two weeks, it really is quite a nice spot to be moored up in. During the week I am on my own but come the weekend I am joined by a few campers, caravans and motorhomes.

The farm is a working farm not just a campsite, there are cows and sheep but the main part of the farm are the  stables housing about 25 horses.  

This is the main entrance.

One of the locals. 

Tho pics don't show how pretty it is here. 

Plenty of walking for the boys. 

Our mooring. 

My mate Dumbledore. 

The Macclesfield canal is very close and is also a lovely walk for the boys with maximum sniffage. 

Talking of the boys they are sitting waiting patiently for their mum to come home.

Meanwhile up at the Christie hospital Elaine is still in isolation, she now has low blood pressure and the  potassium readings in her blood are far too high.

She is still far to ill for chemo but is stoic as ever and thanks everyone for their kind wishes xx

Of course now my editor is now hopitalised  the blog will be suffering from poor grandmar and spillin!!

This cannot be helped, English wasn't my favourite subject!!! 

I is a mechanic init!






Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Macclesfield Canal Reopens

I walk past here every morning whilst walking the doggies, its such a classic canal scene. It's the Gurnett aqueduct on the Macc canal, the farm we are moored up in is behind the trees on the right.

And a bit further around the loop the scenery is just stunning, as I have said many times England in summer is unbeatable. 

Past one of the many lovely cottages in the village of Sutton 

Later in the day I drove over to Bollington to pick up my bag wash from the launderette.

I took a walk up to the canal to see how the repair was going and lo and behold its open again, the Cheshire ring is in action again, to be fair I didn't see one boat on the move!

Walking along the canals checking out the boats gives me a serious hankering to get another boat......one day! 

I also noticed that The Holy Bush pub has reopened, it is the closest pub to the canal if you are moored up by the Aqueduct. It has been shut for nearly two years, so that's 13 pubs in Bolly now.


Meanwhile up at The Christie Hospital I would love to report that Elaine is improving but sadly its not the case.

She is now in an isolation ward because of infection and also has other complications.

As ever she puts a positive spin on it and enjoys the room because it has a view and she can see the sky again!!

Monday, June 13, 2016

What A Difference A Week Makes

Last week when I moored up on the farm the weather was absolutely superb, here we go I thought a lovely long hot summer.......

...........A week later what can I say, its been non stop rain since Friday, situation normal.

Then again it wouldn't be the green and pleasant land without it. 

Meanwhile up the in Manchester at the Christie Hospital Elaine is getting excellent care, she is still very unwell and yesterday they moved her to another ward, to see those nurses on her last ward hug her as she left bought a tear to your eye. The wards men that moved her showed so much care and the welcome from the nurses on the new ward was fantastic, as Elaine said it really is first class service. 

Thank you the wonderful NHS    

Friday, June 10, 2016

Canal Breach And A Strange Horse

I took a trip to Bollington yesterday, whilst there I checked out the leaking Macclesfield canal.

The leak is opposite The Clarence Mill. 


Apparently they fill the hole with puddling clay. 

They hope this is the only leak, but wont know until the canal is refilled. 

They have built a dam to hold the water back. 

Back at the campsite which is located on a farm I often go and have a chat with a lovely horse called Dumbledore, he is a such a funny boy. 

When I talk to him, his ears prick up and he cocks his head to one side.


 Unfortunately he doesn't talk back.