It has been a long time since I last wrote anything on here so I do apologise to my followers who have visited my blog. Much has happened over the last three years.

In January 2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was certainly a shock but should not have been a surprise as, according to my female doctor at the time, nine per cent of all women will develope some form of breast cancer in their life.  Six weeks later I was in theatre having half my right breast removed, the remainder of the breast reconstructed and sixteen lymph nodes removed. Quite a lot to undergo in one long operation!  Once home from hospital I was able to continue  work in short spells on my bedding plants. Apart from the general pain, the worst thing was remembering to pick up and carry the drainage bag that was stitched into my surgey incision under my arm. Eight weeks later when feeling much better I was considered well enough to start a course of Chemo. Enduring this with all its side-effects was horrendous. I have never felt so ill and feeble in my life. In the autumn, when a liitle stronger and getting over the horrid drugs I had a three week course of radiotherapy. The effects from this were minimal and in December, on my visit to the breast clinic, my surgeon was most pleased with my recovery and progress.

I now have check-ups and tests on an annual basis and count my blessings when I remain clear from the cancer. I do feel almost as good as I did pre surgery but it took over a year before the effects of the chemo abated and I regaind my strength.

Last year was again very eventful but for very different reasons. I will tell you more about that next time.

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Lapwings

It was lovely to hear the familiar calls of all the moor birds earlier in the year when they returned to nest and rear their young. We seem to have more curlews than usual on the moor close to our home, which is reassuring.  Some of the young are now hatching and I was fortunate to catch a glimpse of a few Lapwing chicks newly hatched within ten yards of our house.  They soon disappeared into the rushes and heather as the parents, one circling above, the other keeping guard close by, called out warning cries to them. I was lucky enough to snap this photo and wished I’d had our better camera with us when my husband and I were travelling up Fryup Dale. There were three chicks but not all within camera shot.

Both parents on guard, keeping watch over their young!

Both parents on guard, keeping watch over their young!

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Riding on the moors

I recently discovered, much to my delight, that a good friend used to ride a lot when much younger.  We met on the stage of our local Music Society a few years ago. She expressed an interest in riding again so after chatting with another friend and neighbour  I arranged to borrow his horse for my friend. As he is nearing 80 (but still riding!) he was more than happy for an experienced rider to take out his young horse. My friend was a little in awe when she met the four year old ‘Guinness’ as he stands over 17 hands and she had not ridden for over 30 years! She has now got used to his long strides and they are getting on fine. He is a gentle giant and so far hasn’t put a foot wrong.  Dannyboy knows his way anywhere over these moors and is a good leader and we have had some wonderful rides. Here are a few of the fantastic views we have enjoyed on our rides. The moors are comparatively quiet now the curlews and lapwings have once more departed to the lowlands for the winter. We see many grouse on our rides and the autumn fruits on the Mountain Ash and Hawthorns are now heavily laden and vibrant in colour.Gt Fryup DaleCastle and DanbyLittle Fryup

Views 1. Looking down into Great Fryup Dale.  2. Across to Danby Castle from the ‘Heads’ and Danby Village. 3. Little Fryup Dale with the site of Danby Beacon in the distance.

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Photographs

There is copyright on all photos but all are available as prints or on canvas. Please email for details

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Whitby

Whitby's own seafaring Captain

Whitby’s own seafaring Captain

Gorgeous weather we are having! We went to Whitby early on Sunday to photgraph the Abbey and other scenic views. I had been asked for one on canvas. These are a few of the shots we got. Hope you like them.

Lovely old ruin standing high above the sea

Lovely old ruin standing high above the sea

With the morning sun!

With the morning sun!

Whitby Harbour

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Handsome as ever!

Handsome as ever!

just had this picture done onto canvas! It looks stunnin g – so pleased with it.

And this one, too!

Standing alert

Standing alert

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I have had the heater on during the night in my greenhouse for the past week as I have many small seedlings ( 80 tomatos to name a few!).  I can’t remember needing it on as late in the year as this before. Normally I would have taken lots of chrysanthemum cuttings by now but some are only just beginning to shoot. Outside gardening has been impossible up to now as even before this last lot of snow the ground was still far too wet to work.  My husband is getting uincreasingly frustrated! You can’t intervere with Mother Nature so we’ll all just have to be patient.034

 

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Ebooks

Front cover of my friends new book

Front cover of my friends new book

Well, I have finally done it! I have mastered the simple task of converting books into an ebook format and have managed to upload my novel ‘Friends Forever’ (see book page) as an ebook with Amazon!  First, I uploaded another book ‘It started with a Dog’ by my friend Julia Organ, also on Amazon.  This one has many photos so found the process quite challenging. My motto is ‘never give up’ even though at times I felt like it and I did have to email Kindle help a few times.  It’s amazing what you can achieve if you persevere and worth all the headaches!

This little book has proved most popular in the paperback edition and I am busy publishing the sequel to it which will be out in March.

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Late Spring

Our frozen ponds

Our frozen ponds

When is spring going to come?  We wondered why the frogs were so late coming to mate in our pond as they were very busy in February last year.  We saw an odd one last week but after the current spell of snow I think they knew something we didn’t!  The pond is completely frozen over even though it is a fresh-water running pond.

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I am really determined to put more writing on here! So, to those of you interested in my books I have introduced you to ‘Friends Forever’, my first novel, by posting the first three chapters. I do hope you enjoy reading them.  You can access them by scrolling down to ‘Friends Forever’ on the books link and clicking ‘sample’ chapters.

I shall endeavour to give you samples from all the other books in due course (or rather when time permits!)

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