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That Was a Week That Was

We thought we had been organised in using the back bedroom to store everything from the hall and bathroom but then the plumbers arrived.  That meant emptying the airing cupboard too.  And then they wanted the carpets and floorboards up as well. John was here alone as I had been rushed into hospital and so everything was moved rather quickly into the only room left, our bedroom!  Well that was a bit of a mess.

The thermo store looks like something Heath Robinson would be so proud of.  John managed to take out the remains of a chimney in there and gained a lot of room. There is still plenty of work to be done to tidy everything up and totally rebuild the airing cupboard but we have heating and hot water again. 

I was in hospital from the Monday to Friday night as I had lost 8 pints of blood in less than 36 hours from 3 lesions in my stomach.  Looking at the photos of inside I have very thin stomach lining and I know I’m ulcer prone, too many years taking Voltarol.  Unfortunately one of these lesions seems to of happened over a vein and bled rather heavily.  We can only guess that, as it is very near my hernia, it rolled and split. I wasn’t very well for a time and had to have four blood transfusions. Mind you with all the moving of stuff and no water perhaps the hospital was the best place to be for a while there! 

The rest of the build is coming along nicely with more plumbing in the bathrooms being finished, plasterboard going up and the whole of the old roof being replaced as well as the new bit. We also opted, after a lot of thought and looking at many options, to go for lovely eco cedar cladding along the back and gable cheeks. That has also all arrived.  

The new windows arrived two weeks ago but they had made them in the wrong colour.  As they were timber and not painted they have had to be totally remade again, a bit of a delay!!! In less than two weeks we leave for Australia.  Luckily the builder is staying here to carry on and hopefully the windows will arrive for him to fit so he won’t be working in the dark for too long! 

As you can imagine I haven’t been too well to make much. The brain has been more than a little foggy.  Not sure if it’s lack of blood, lack of oxygen or just me in general! I could spend a little time sitting at the kitchen sink using up some of the felting wools I bought for the Fiona Duthie workshop on making felt wrapped soaps.  Quite a pleasant task and something to go on the charity table at next years open studios. 

I also completed the online workshop to make wands.  A strange subject I know but one that took my fancy. I also made a stand to keep them in and this is the end result. 

They were very hard to photograph!  I think it was because of all the bling and spangles. 

I think I have an appointment to finalise the bedrooms today and then I will go and potter in the studio.  No bending or lifting to strain the tum and plenty of sitting down as I run out of puff pretty quick. 

10 thoughts on “That Was a Week That Was

  1. How terrible for you Amanda. I do hope that you'll be well enough to enjoy your trip to Australia although it sounds as though you might be better off away from all the disruption going on at home at the moment. Take care of yourself and wave a few of those magic wands around.


  2. Yeesh – my dad had bleeding ulcers & had an emergency rush to the hospital like your when I was very young. His doctor told him he was flappin' his wings, I.e. nearly died from blood loss. I've forgotten how much blood he lost but a lot. So relieved that you are better & home & remembering to work within your limits. Enjoy the impending trip & escape from the remodeling.


  3. Your hospital experience sounds very frightening although I suspect you would have been too out of it to have worried. I'm glad you're now home and recovering. Australia will be something wonderful to look forward to so I hope you're well recovered by then xx


  4. The trip to Australia sounds exciting and the best plan to be away from all the disruption. Don't overdo it and just take care. Sounds like you gave them a bit of a workout at the hospital.xx


  5. Oh Amanda, what a frightening time you've had, I do hope you are back to fighting health very quickly. What a scare. Everything seems to come at once, doesn't it. I hope you are well enough to enjoy your holiday to Australia – if you head over to Western Australia please get in touch, would love to have you over for a cuppa and show you around. Take care of yourself.


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