Monday, 30 August 2010

Wedding Anniversay

Before we married, Mr Smith used to ask me daily to marry him. I used to shrug him off with a "we are happy as we are " but still he persisted .... I finally agreed some 3 years later, when he asked me, under a tree looking out at the most tremendous view at my parents pretty little house in France. My only stipulation was that we would get married there in St Julien de Peyrolas.

So 12 Years ago, last week ,I got married to Mr Smith! We had a fabulous day. We were sooo lucky to celebrate our day with lots of very close friends and family in THIS beautiful little village in France. It is the village my parents live very close by to. It is also near to where said parents had their little camping holiday business, to which we had holidayed for many years.

It was quite an ordeal to get all the paperwork done, I had to visit the French Embassy in London and arrange for one of their designated translators to translate our birth certificates,divorce papers (we had both been married before)and all our medical papers - but we got them all done with only very few days to spare.

We decided to get married here because we thought we could have our usual holiday with a celebration of our wedding and honeymoon all rolled into one !

Before we could get married though we had to have a medical with the local Doctor - in France when a couple embark on a wedding ceremony and life together they must have a medical and bloods taken to test for any problems they may have when procreating - they also have a test for SIDA (AIDS). We went along to the surgery (with our little daughter, she was 2yrs old at the time) I think he took into account that she was ok and that we were planning to come back to the UK to live therefore he signed our papers - the wedding could go ahead!

We had a joint hen and stag night, visiting friends in their tents and caravans and all together had an unforgettable evening !

I thoroughly enjoyed my wedding day, although the whole ceremony was conducted in French and my ability to speak and understand the language is very limited, my new husband can speak and undersand the language very well, having lived and worked in the country for a couple of years, so every now and then when he asks for a special favour or feels that i should do a certain task, he tells me I agreed to do whatever he wants when we married ! I feel a need for my own personal translator at times like these !

We had celebration drinks and nibbles in my parents garden and photos taken on the spot where I had agreed to the marriage. Later in the evening we went to a lovely restaurant with our family and toasted our officialdom with lots of champagne.

Happy Anniversary to Us !

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Lazy Days

Its been 18 Days now, since i got my new hip ! Each day i feel stronger and a little more like my old self - i do find it very frustrating not being able to do what i normally do ( usually at a million miles an hour) but i am getting there - the drugs are helping - so too is the occasional slurp of wine, the champagne we had the other night to welcome my new piece of porcelain was particularly lovely !
Anyhow, whilst lying around on my very comfy superkingsize having a few Lazy Days, I have been having a little film fest - my darling friend Tracy - bought 2 kitchen sink dramas for us to watch - I had told her I had heard the first part of a play on Radio 4 Woman's Hour - A Kind Of Loving - and was desperate to see the film again, having watched it years ago, she duly went on Amazon and bought it, along with another classic, Spring and Port Wine. They were brill and we laughed so much when we saw the curtains tablecloths pottery etc. that our mothers and grandmothers used to have. I totally recommend them both. On the movie channel I noticed that TCM had THIS FILM The Girl With Green Eyes starring the adorable Rita Tushingham, my lovely mother had a huge book with Ednas novels poetry and plays, which I devoured as a young girl so this too was a blast from my past. I have recorded the epic Australia with Ms Kidman in the starring role and as i do have 3hours to spare that will be my next one.

I have also been emailing, speaking, facebooking and catching up with so many wonderful people that I have been so privileged to have known in my life, that has been one huge bonus of this whole new hip thing.

We all should have a few Lazy Days !

Friday, 20 August 2010

Body in Shock

Due to the effects of all the drama my body has gone through this past few days, my usually high blood pressure has swooped to an all time low. They say, that surgery can have this effect on you BP. They also say that, due to lying around in your great big comfy bed for the most part can have something to do with it. They also say that, even when you do get out of great big comfy bed, you are not as active as usual (no!)

Do you know what I say ? I say my body is in shock ! I say my body is used to 10 fags, 2 or 3 cups of coffee every day and 10 fags and a glass or 3 of wine every evening that's what i say !

Sunday, 15 August 2010

A New Hip

I have a new part in my body! A New Hip! A Brand New Porcelain Hip!

The whole experience started last Tuesday evening: A visit to the hospital to have a blood thinning injection, I attended the ward that I would be admitted to after my op and had the jab. The following morning at 7:30 a.m. I was admitted into the orthopedic clinic, nervously, I kissed my darling hubby goodbye. I was seen by a nurse - admitting who I was, how old I was ,and that it would be the left hip that I wanted mending. I met with the anaesthetist, when I said I was freaking out over the general anaesthetic he said he would be more than happy to give me a spinal block and sedation so although I would not be completely out of it, I would be completely numb from the waist down and very very woozy above

I undressed, popped the i pod on and whilst Mr Buble played through the ear phones I was drugged, sedated, sliced, cut ,drilled ,twisted, pumped hammered - new bits put in, and stitched up.

I was shown my old hip on the way to the recovery room it was indeed ready for the knackers yard. I am now the proud owner of a porcelain hip, a first for my surgeon, and for the hospital therefore my new hip is going to feature in a medimag !!!

I am now home. I came home 5 days after surgery, I feel very weak and very sore, very stiff and very fragile, but, I know that in the long term this operation should make my life pain free. I should be able to run around after my beautiful grandaughter Isabelle Rose. To walk my little dirty dog around the block and to High kick and dance the night away with my wonderful friends and family.

Thank you to all the team at the Chesterfield Royal and especially to all my team at home - you are very much loved and appreciated especially my new physio Miss Ellie xx

Monday, 9 August 2010

Hip Hop ....Getting Closer Now !!

The new hip should be replaced in 2 sleeps ... I'm getting a little anxious and slightly nervous now - but, I am looking forward to skipping about again in the not too distant future. I am going to have my operation in this hospital .

I will of course be very grateful for grapes (bottled - preferably in the champagne region of france to toast the said new part of my body!!)

Sunday, 8 August 2010

A Wonderful Evening

My wonderful friend and I went HERE on Saturday night to see a big band concert. We took our picnic and a bottle ( or 3 ) of wine and had a very civilised evening. Fab food fab music, fab wine and Fabulous company you Liz xx

Monday, 2 August 2010

My Beautiful Big Sister

I am one of four children I have 2 sisters one older and one younger and an older brother. I am very lucky because i really love them all , if they were not my family i would still choose them as my friends.

Whilst growing up i was probably closer to my brother A, who is kind and patient, generous and very loving - I would tag along with him and his friends and thoroughly annoy them all! My elder sister is nearly 10 years older than my younger sister and little sister really adored her big Big sister. A used to take S into town on a Saturday and spoil her with her time ( a very precious commodity )and generally love and help nurture her. I often got jealous of their relationship and used to look on with awe at my two beautiful sisters and wish that i could be more like them and with them.

A used to have THE COOLEST BEDROOM she decorated one wall with a collage of cut out pictures from Jackie magazine and style books, photographs of friends and family, Mary Quant and Twiggy etc. I used to love it when she would let me into this wonderland where i would dream that i could be her. She sometimes let me play with her make up and her bottles and pots of creams and lotions i would leave her room wafting her smells in my wake.

A always had really dishy boyfriends who would drive fast cars and be a little bit naughty - i always fantasised that one day A would be out and they would take me out in their shiny cars and treat me to whatever they were treating her to. One boy i remember used to beep his horn every time he passed our house whatever time of day or night - how i wished those beebs were for me !

A left home at a very young age and went to live with 3 other girls in a fabulous house on the edge of town. Again this was the house i too wanted to live in - to relish in the freedom of coming and going whenever i wanted to have crazy parties and one night stands to drink and dance the night away. All the girls in the house were to me very glamorous but none more so than my sister ! When A left home the only good bit for me was that at last i could have the coveted bedroom... but somehow it had lost its sparkle.

When A got married it was a fairy tale wedding with a beautiful dress (made by our very clever mother) and bridesmaids (little sis being one of them) a handsome groom with ushers in a pretty little village church - everything i had dreamt of ! Unfortunately for the groom the wedding didn't last, he really wasn't right for my beautiful sister.

A little while after the breakdown of her marriage she met W who, luckily for him, became her second husband. W is a lovely guy who works really hard and gives A all she could ever wish for: a wonderful son, a beautiful home, marvelous holidays, holiday homes,a silver sports car, beautiful shiny diamonds and a lifestyle we all dream of having.... well i do .......

BUT last year my Beautiful sister got something I really wish she never got and since last year each and every day I pray to him upstairs to take away the nasty, disgusting,filthy thing that has been bestowed upon her and if he doesn't do it really quickly I'm going to be very angry.This is the one thing I really DON'T want that she has, and I REALLY REALLY DON'T want her to have it either !

SO if anyone does read this please please please pray to God, Buddah , Alla, or whatever/whoever floats your boat, for my Beautiful Sister to get healthy again because ... well just because I LOVE HER .