Archive for the Family life Category

Archive photos of the Theatre Royal, Hanley

Posted in Family life, rocky horror show, Stoke City, theatre, theatre royal hanley with tags , , , , on February 14, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Theatre Royal, Hanley Facebook page has uploaded a whole host of photographs from the pantos of the 1980’s and early 1990’s, along with the other shows and some backstage shots. Well worth a look.

Three Gruff Goats Meet Some Unexpected Visitors: A mashed-up fairytale by David Atkinson

Posted in Books, Family life with tags , , , , on February 12, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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The book is loosely based on the Three Billy Goats Gruff, although David Atkinson adds in a few guest appearances from other well known fairy tales. There are a few good puns in the text and Fay Ford’s illustrations enhance the overall book greatly. My nine year old son enjoyed it as much as I did and to be fair he is more the target audience!

The only downside to the book is that it is over too quickly! There is definitely a scope for a series of books like this that shake-up traditional fairy tales. Maybe the Three Little Pigs (who pop-up in this book) with a twist on the wolf…

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018 – this weekend 27-29 Jan

Posted in Family life, News, wildlife with tags , , , , on January 26, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Get involved in this weekend and you can download a free pack here. You don’t have to have a garden and it is only an hour of your time.

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Hedgerow in the snow 

Posted in birdlife, Didcot, Family life, wildlife with tags , , , on December 10, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Had a blue tit on the feeder…

…and then this morning the hedgerow was covered in snow! We’ve had a robin, long tail tits, blackbird and the usual sparrow group. Record so far for sparrows is twenty in one go.

Yesterday to add to the bird species tally seen in this hedgerow was a chaffinch. Hopefully will see more of this brightly coloured little fella.

Glandular fever #10

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever on November 20, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

This time last year I was in the worst stage of glandular fever (GF), hardly able to walk far, feeling very ill and losing weight. However, now a year on I am much better 🙂 My body still sends out warning signs via an itchy, red rash on the left side of my neck and at the top of legs. The rash gets hot and can be very uncomfortable for long periods of time.

It appears to get worse if I get stressed/emotional, do too much – the fatigue comes back although it does mean I am out like a light night at bedtime! – and it shows itself as the neck rash. Bizarrely this clears after a night’s sleep, almost as if my body’s warning system is resetting itself.

Has anyone else experienced this at all? It is a strange lingering part of GF.

 

Glandular fever update #9

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever with tags , , on September 25, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

It has now been a year since I first started with a sore throat and generally feeling unwell, which led to tonsillitis and then glandular fever being confirmed by blood tests in later October. It has been a challenging year health wise and the various forums have been a help. I also started a Facebook page to help people with GF or after help for a member of their family who may have it.

I am much better now than this time last year thankfully, although I do know that stress can trigger some of the GF symptoms to come back. One of the most unusual ones I had was my tongue feeling like it was burning and/or wants to turn in on itself – of that makes sense! My neck glands start to get redder as well, bit like a red Incredible Hulk in miniature 🙂

My biggest bugbear is the medical websites make GF sound like it is a nasty illness but only for a few weeks, when in fact for many it can last months and sometimes years. I also hear stories of those who recovered in a week or two, not sure I believe that as you need a blood test to actually show GF/Epstein-Barr virus is present.

I am doing the Couch To 5K to get back into running and get my old fitness levels back. It is tough going and some days I am exhausted, although it is now a case of remembering how I felt before GF as everyone has days when they feel tired and not up for doing much. I keep taking my daily vitamins and rest when my body says it wants one. I have had one bad relapse to date and the support of my lovely family and friends helps a lot.

Save Loyd Road Fields update

Posted in Didcot, Family life with tags , , , on July 7, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Save Loyd Road Fields campaign now has a website.

Plenty of public objections coming in and one from the Rights Of Way body. The deadline for responses to the proposed development is July 12.

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