So we are now back on the road, but just a quickish up date since our last travels in September … how the time flies.
James’ radiotherapy for prostate cancer started on 26.09.18 and continued for 7.5 weeks. During this time we stayed on our much frequented CL in Farnham. The treatment necessitated early starts for beat the Guildford traffic, J had a bacon roll and got to know the hospital cafe staff pretty well. He got a hug on his last day! I walked the dogs nearby and got back to the hospital as his treatment usually finished. Side effects have been increased hot flushes – worse than mine were, but he now has tablets which have dealt with that. He also gets tired which necessitates regular nanny naps.
About 3 weeks ago J had another PSA test (prostate problems blood test indicator) and a meeting with his rather glamorous (young, blonde, bright) oncologist. As both she and the urologist had said previously … all good and she doesn’t want to see him for 6 months. The hormone therapy continues. But we are super delighted and we really do know how lucky we are.
We have been thinking for some years about buying a property abroad, but J’s medical issues, made us feel more confident about staying in the UK where we both fully understand what is said to us. Not to mention Brexit uncertainty! So, France, Greece and Portugal all lost out! Our tenants moved out on 12th September 2018 and we moved our motorhome onto the driveway and lived in it whilst we sorted out furniture etc.
Our furniture that was in storage got delivered into the lounge. One jam packed garage was disgorged and sorted into the other garage, with numerous extraneous items offered for free on the local facebook page, such as a bread oven, tables, sofa bed …
I was able to go to Guildford hospital for James’ first radiotherapy session, then we had a staff lunch with the Aged P’s (they do car care and admin for us when we are away) and then I drove back to Bristol. The removals company had been in and loaded, so I slept in the floor and cleaned the house. The next day the property completion took place and we (or I) took possession of our new North Devon home in Combe Martin. I played the cancer card with the removals chaps …. please move that wardrobe 6 inches to the left! I did several full loads in the car to empty the Aged P’s attic of our stuff … full to the brim with barely breathing space for the dogs … and one trip I had a hight speed blow out on the M5. And where was the spare? Under a mountain of stuff, of course.
So what have we bought … a Devon long House in Combe Martin, North Devon, dating from late 1600s. Three double bedrooms, lots of downstairs space and no grass to cut … just flower beds and two patios! You can look at it here … We’ve bought it with a view to letting for holiday lets and when we (eventually) want to reduce or stop our roving life, we will live in it. So, in the meantime, if you fancy the N Devon coast for a break, you know where to book.
Whilst we were there, we had a new shower room installed, decorated one bedroom, widened the driveway, fenced the perimeter to make it dog safe, painted two lots of pine bed bedroom furniture and made 12 cushion covers, added plumbing to the utility room …. busy busy work work chop chop bang bang. Have come away for a rest!
Sorting garages and furniture that arrived down from the storage unit at the house we sold. Looks like a load of old rubbish!
Tythe Barn House used to be a B&B and this is an old postcard we were given. The porch and windows have since been updated.
North Devon Life
We commuted from Farnham weekends until mid-November, leaving the motorhome on site. We both strongly feel attached to the village, even in the short time we lived there … until mid March. It is a thriving village with a pulse … butcher, 4 all year pubs (we came second last a couple of times in the pub quiz!), library and doctors surgery. Lots of good local walks etc. Love it.
We had a lot of visitors too … great to spend time with so many folk, but we still didn’t manage to see everyone we would have liked to. James had a trip to Antibes to see one daughter and small grandkids and I had a week in Cuba with Maddy.
Damien Hurst’s controversial Verity (Truth and Justice statue in Ilfracombe.
Making paper mâché hats / lids for James and my New Year fancy dress costumes ….
In the local pub as Salt and Pepper pots!
We joined the RHS as Rosemoor Gardens is not far. Their pre Christmas Night Glow was magical.
More art and craft … what a creative mother I am!!!!
Lots of fudge making in the slow cooker … too tempting!
Combe Martin bay with the tide out.
Body bags … best ever purchase.
Combe Martin Rememberance Service
Christmas and Boxing Day with my Aged P’s and Clare, Chris etc.
Maddy, Niecey, Louis and Zozo used to put on plays for the family, and an old programme was dug out … the blonde wig make several appearances – think Louis may still have it!
Birthday running jacket. Oscar asking when we’re off!
Christmas full set of thermals … gotta remember that this is our first UK winter in 4 years, thank goodness it was a mild one!
A rather special Niecey’s 21st.
It had to be climbed! We invested in a set of gaiters each as it is sooo muddy everywhere!
Worried our little Greek dog would feel the cold … a hand knitted jacket … she didn’t go out in it though!
Me, Mum, Clare, Tim and Dad!