North Norfolk Half Term Day Out

Had the most wonderful day yesterday. The weather was amazing and OH had the day off so we headed up to Brancaster for a walk on the beach, and then to The White Horse at Brancaster Staithe for a slap up lunch.

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I’d love to live in Norfolk one day, if you’ve not been I’d throughly recommend it , it’s such a chilled relaxed beautiful place. It’s definitely a little hidden UK jewel and well worth a visit.

New Year, All Change

Ok that was a break and a half wasn’t it?  How are you all?  Good New Year so far?

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January was a whirlwind, lots changed and we had a lot to think about.  I’ve finally given up running Violet Posy Design, it was taking up all my time and I wasn’t earning a lot of money. Now OH has a full time job we can afford for me to give it a rest for a bit.  I had a great run though, and worked with some of the most amazing bloggers. I had a blast! I can’t thank them all enough for making my work days so much fun, and I made some awesome new friends along the way. That’s actually was what made it so hard to give up.  Thanks everyone for all the work you put my way and for all being so amazing.  It feels a bit weird not to be working on anything, so when I finally get really bored expect this site to change loads :)

The other change has been that after 11 years of ‘shall we stay in our home/move/emigrate/oh crap we’re out of contracts again’. We’ve decided to move locally and leave our little 1930’s house. The hunt is ON!

House hunting after so long is a bit odd. Last time Miss L was 6 months old and we were in a 2 up, 2 down Victorian terrace, which had been a love at first sight home. The day we walked in there I knew it was our house, waxed wooden floors, high ceilings, perfect for childless twentysomethings who didn’t care about on street parking.  Three years later….not so much. Ever tried carrying a weeks shopping and a baby in a car seat, for 3-5 streets?  It’s not easy and I don’t recommend it!

The house we live in now pretty much sold itself to me by having parking for 3-4 cars, a massive garden and lovely big bedrooms and it was the cheapest house we looked at!.  We didn’t have a massive amount of furniture, bed, cot, two sofa’s and my £5 dining room table bought at a car boot and a couple of inherited dining room chairs someone gave me when her Mum died.  This house was supposed to be the 5-7 year house, it turned into the 11 – 12 year house and now we are bursting at the seams.

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How will I leave my beloved bathroom??

So what do we all want from a house this time round?  This is supposed to be the 25 -30 year house, our proper ‘grown up’ house that we can grow into and old in. We’ve looked around a good few houses and there hasn’t been anywhere that I’ve utterly loved.

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There’s been one which was very sensible (above), one that is massive but needs work and a couple that are no bigger than what we live in now. But going around different houses is really good for your mind set. You can imagine living somewhere else and you see that actually you’re own home which I never see as being that perfect is in fact actually pretty lovely and it’s helping me say goodbye to our house, which is going to be very hard.  Wish us luck!

 

 

 

 

Betty

For once my utter laziness has paid off. I was going to cancel Betty’s pet insurance when it came through last year, it was about £250 for the year and we’d never claimed. I was starting to think it was a waste of time. She’s seven, healthy and only goes to the vets for her inoculations which of course aren’t covered by insurance.  But I didn’t get round to it and just kept paying it, as it turns out that was lucky!

And then three weeks ago happened, hence my lack of blogging….

I got up to make Sunday breakfast and for a change she didn’t immediately beat me to the kitchen to shout at me for food.

Weird.

I went into the lounge to see her, she grudgingly got up, walked 8 steps and then collapsed. Seriously couldn’t get up and was crying. So I called the emergency vet and the nightmare began!

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I managed to get her up and into the car – not easy with a large dog who just wants to lie on the floor!  She was seen, pronounced ok (because of course she was FINE by time we got there!), had to pop back the next day for blood test and urine tests.   Did that and they thought she had a UTI, course of antibiotics and she’d be right as rain. At this point I’d spent £350.

Midway through the course of antibiotics we went for a walk and she pee’d on some dry leaves and I glanced at them and realised it was blood!   So back to the vets and they decided that she should be scanned and x-rayed because at this point it could be bladder cancer.

I sobbed, sobbed some more, the whole family was in tears.  We took her on her favourite walk, into the field she adores and all had our photo with her so we have some good memories. Paul managed to get a nice photo of her and me, with me not crying which was an achievement that day!

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She was duly shaved (look at that poor cold belly!), anaesthetised and scanned and there was a thickening to the lining of her bladder which could be either bladder cancer or polyps. Now bladder cancer in dogs it turns out is really, really horrible and can metastase very quickly if you disturb it in a biopsy.  So we have been referred to a specialist dog cancer vet at another surgery.  The scanning at my vets was another £550. We’re now at £900 at just one vets.

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So we went to the cancer vets and she re-did all the original testing my vets has done so she could double check everything – yes another £550!  Then Betty took a turn for the worse went off her food and developed really, really bad bloody diarrhoea, and they gave her more antibiotics and some special food – I haven’t had the bill for that yet.  All being well tomorrow she goes for her biopsy and we’ll find out how to proceed either with medicine or with surgery. If it’s the cancer then she’ll have chemo and maybe a good 6-12 months, and if it’s the Polyps which I am SO hoping it is then it’ll be surgery to remove them I believe, but I could be wrong?

She’s insured up to £3,000 thank goodness, but I can now see that last £1500 being eaten up very very quickly. I honestly don’t know how you pay for it if you’re not insured? I really, really feel for older people or those on a low wage who need to get their animals treated. I know there are charities that will help, but they are few and far between and I can see now why more sick pets are being dumped.  Such a horrible situation and would certainly drive most people into debt.

Anyway please wish us luck tomorrow and I’ll let you know the outcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nell

I have to share her, she’s too gorgeous not to! Meet my puppy ‘sister’ Nell that my parents picked up from the RSPCA last weekend.

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They were going to get an older rescue dog and at the moment with the sleepless nights, I’m thinking maybe they wish they had! But their vet advised that as they had rescued two older cats last year, the cats who hadn’t lived with dogs before would be less stressed with a smaller puppy and not a full grown dog. Nell and her sisters came up just as they were starting to look as they are both retiring in October.

Sadly Nell and her sisters were  a neglect case, which is why they were removed from their Mum so early. Both her sisters have also gone to good loving homes nearby, so they’ll be able to see each other which is really nice.  Her Mum was a Collie and Dad is rumoured to be either a Labrador or a German Shepherd,  either way she’s going to be a lovely big dog if her size at the moment is anything to go by.

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But she is adorable! Despite her tough start, she’s a little loving bundle of fun and she’s so smart. She’s only 6 weeks old but can ‘sit’, call her and she comes to you and she’s almost toilet trained.  I’ve been puppy sitting this week with her whilst my parents finished up work as they are both running down for the end of October – such a hardship to spend all day with that cute bundle of mischief!

I’m going get to spend a few days with her over the coming weeks which is fantastic. I think it’s a bit like being a grandparent, I get to play with her, have lots of cuddles and then give her back at the end of the day. I must admit it’s lovely to come home to my all lovely trained up, non teething, well behaved Betty.  But just look at that sleeping fur baby….adorable!

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