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My Mum and Dad are half a century old…

Ok , again I’ve been a lazy blog writer so I apologise! I am still here I promise!!

So I’ll pick up where I left off, probably the most important part of the past 6 weeks: I had my results through from my CT chest scan and my MRI of my pelvis and they were pretty good thankfully! The MRI showed that my pelvic tumour is still stable (touch wood) and the CT showed that my lung tumour had calcified over and it had shrunk a little bit too so I was pretty pleased with that! For now I’ve been signed off and no more appointments until the end of September!

My big project recently has to be complete the decorating of my room! Not happy with ‘princess pink’ painted walls anymore (that’s actually what the paint was called!) I decided that I wanted to get all creative and redecorate. I’ve (Dad has) moved everything around to improve my feng shui because I don’t seem to have the best of luck with things… only joking! But we thought it would be nice to move the room around a bit and try and make it look a bit bigger! I went for a light green/blue on the walls and bought half of Ikea to try to bring it up to speed and I’m really happy with how it’s turned out. This is one of my walls which I have turned into a massive collage of basically my life!

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My Collage.

I’ve been working hard at the sweet shop (If you can work hard in a sweet shop?) and I’ve been discovering lots of new sweets that I’d never tried before. Toffee crumble has become the new family favourite with Dad scoffing a large majority of it! I even  managed to do a 30 hour week last week which considering my energy levels I was pretty pleased that I could push myself that much and for it to pay off.

Mum and Dad had a massive party at the beginning of August to celebrate their 50th Birthdays. We had about 80 people come and celebrate with us and it was a really cool time. Dad cooked a huge amount of food – which he still didn’t think was enough even though we had loads left. And I stupidly agreed to do ice cream for the dessert – so after a week full of ice cream and cupcake making I was left with 32 litres of ice cream and 80 cupcakes which I believe all went down very well!

Mum and Dad asked that instead of presents – if people wanted to give anything then they donated money to the Teenage Cancer Trust, we ended up raising over £800!! I was really pleased with that and a huge thank you to everyone who donated and helped made they day really special!

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Dad with his 3 litre bottle of vodka!

We went to Ireland this week with some family friends – Ann and Andy. We went out on Monday 10th and came back on Monday 17th and it was definitely a fun, food filled trip! Throughout the week we drove around northern Ireland taking in all of the sights and it was beautiful and the weather was actually beautiful as well! With one of the attractions being closed due to high temperatures – I’m not sure if 22C counts as high temperatures but hey, it’s Ireland I suppose! We visited a prison on Wednesday called The Crumlin Road Gaol which was really interesting. Our guide explained the history of the prison and some of the stories of the prison such as the executions and break-outs. We were also shown the execution room which was pretty intense and probably not for the faint hearted! I’ve heard that you can have paranormal trips around the prison in the middle of the night which I’d love to try, however I’m not sure if I’d be too much of a wimp or not? I’ll let you decide that one!

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Above is the Prison and some of the sights of Northern Ireland.

We went to lots of pubs and a few restaurants as well. One of my favourites: Cosmo, which has probably most foods you can think of and everything I tried was really good! I don’t remember the last time I ate that much! We also had a lovely meal on the Sunday before we left at a local restaurant to Dad called ‘The Parson’s nose’. I had roast beef and it was fantastic, the meat had a great colour and great marbling of fat throughout it – it was a lovely way to finish our trip!

The flight on the way out was really quick and easy, however the flight on the way back was quite hectic – that might have been my fault… Now I always set the alarms off when I’m scanned on the way through the airport because of my bionic leg and on explaining what was wrong with me the person checking me didn’t seem to believe me. It didn’t help that my bag also set off the alarms. Apparently I had a large metal item in my bag which they had to search. I’d forgotten I’d taken my bag to college a few times last term so I actually had a dessert spoon in my bag. Trying to explain that to the security guard really wasn’t too fun and joking ‘don’t you carry a spoon everywhere?’ didn’t help… Never mind – we eventually got through and got home in one piece! All in all the food, company and scenery where all spot on. Another great trip in Ireland!

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I think that brings you up to date for now and I will try to make sure my next update isn’t in 6 weeks time!

Our Tropical Ireland – See what I did there?!

I’ve been on half term over the past few weeks which has been pretty packed full!

Admittedly the first week was pretty boring as I did all of my book work for college (I’m surprised too!) but we’ve been in Ireland over last week, which is a bit more fun! We got the flight out to Belfast on Monday and after unpacking we enjoyed a serious meal out at a nice little Irish pub called ‘The Pheasant’. One thing I’ve noticed is they really like their butter out there. I had a big slab of melting butter on my onion mash – but hey I’m not complaining!

On Tuesday we really did the whole tourist thing. After a trip to the local town for a clothes shop (because I don’t enough clothes!) and fish market we headed off to the Bushmills Whisky Distillery. We had a tour around the factory which was surprisingly interesting and then we got to try some whisky. I went for the honey whisky and I can say without hesitation that Whisky is disgusting and it tastes like nail varnish remover – not that I’ve tried nail varnish remover but I’m pretty sure that’s what it tastes like. Funnily enough Dad was happy to finish mine! We then visited the Giant’s Causeway which was pretty spectacular but as it was a cold and windy day we didn’t stick around for long!

Next we came across the fantastic trees, I know that sounds pretty stupid but they really look like something out of a fairy tale. Whilst we were there we noticed there was a mini bus carrying some people on the ‘Game Of Thrones Tour’. So apparently that forest is pretty famous!

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Our last stop that day was at a great restaurant in Victoria Square, Belfast called Cosmo. Cosmo is a huge eat as much as you can buffet with all types of cuisine cooked fantastically. And trust me, we took good advantage of the eat as much as you can bit!

On Wednesday we travelled cross-country and saw all of the fantastic views that Ireland has to offer. We then came across a little harbour which had lots of little seals bobbing up and down in it which was pretty fantastic!

Thursday was our last day in Ireland. In the morning we visited ‘The Titanic experience’ which was incredible. If you’re visiting Ireland I’d say it’s well worth a visit. It runs through all of the shipping Yard’s history and covers the Titanic sinking very well. I won’t spoil it for you in case you do go but It’s really got some crazy life like experiences and adventures inside.

We then went to the ‘Dirty Duck’ in Belfast for lunch – where the food is great and the portion sizes, even greater! We got the plane back to England that night.

The next day I was up in London for a health and Wellbeing day in Euston. It was a really useful and informative day and I’m pretty glad I went. In the evening we went out with some friends in Rochester to a lovely little Thai restaurant. It was a fun evening with great company!

Recently I’ve really gotten into courgettes and a recipe I learnt in my first year at college was courgette provencal. When I’m at home I do it a bit more rustically though (because I’m lazy) but it still tastes pretty good. It goes great with a roast or just as a quick side with some pork chops or chicken thighs. It’s really pretty easy!

Courgette Provencal:

Ingredients:

  • 1 courgette
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • some olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Method:

  1. Thinly slice the courgette. Chop the onion and grind the garlic. Chop the cherry tomatoes in half.
  2. Sweat the onion and garlic in olive oil until mostly soft.
  3. Add the slices of courgette and cook for a few minutes or until the courgettes are soft but still have a slight crunch.
  4. Add the cherry tomatoes until they start to soften and some of the juices are released.
  5. Season to taste and serve.