Hi these are the words no one wants to write but deep breath and away we go.
We have both retired and are spending time in the Murcia region if Spain generally living the good life , renting an apartment long term still keeping feet firmly in the U.K. no way do we want to spend our retirement away from family and friends just enjoy dipping and out if 2 differing worlds.
So get ready for the event I am not calling it a journey as journey means travel this is definitely a life changing event .
So calling all budding film directors Scarlett Johannson please as lead female role and an Oscar or golden Grammy at the very least please .
Monday 19 th March went for a walk good 4 hour hike round the local Salinas, got back and unusual for me went for a 3 hour nap. Only tablets taken are to control high blood pressure , 1 x 5mg a day tablet.We cycled over 1100kms whilst in Spain on our pedal bikes, no electric bikes for us oldies and done a Cat 1 one mountain that has been used on the Vuelta Spanish main bike race am not a racer I am a plodder. I am not fat I am fairly fit . Haven’t smoked since 2003 when then it was 10:a day if not less haven’t drunk since 2009 headaches were too much so soda water my drink if choice.
Next morning I thought umm must have pulled a muscle in my neck it felt sore it has been windy with a prevailing wind in right shoulder predominantly. So off we set for a nice 35 km trundle up the coast.
Looking forward to spending 12 days with our daughter Nicola son in law Mel and grandson James was planning and plotting things to do but this niggle was still there .
Fast forward they arrived 26/th March had a good Easter got on the beach most days intermixed with with walking cycling and sightseeing. Then just before they were due to leave we were eating and I stood up made a speech and said sorry for spoiling your holiday by me being ill. 4 faces looked at me in aghast followed by what you talking about nothing’s changed.
Ok drama over , but soon they left we picked a good friend up at airport who is going through skin cancer and just having lost herhusband if 40 years to lymphoma .
So I asked her to,have a quick look as by then mid April a small pea had appeared above the collar bone , I resisted Dr Google .well maybe a sneak peak. She looked and I saw a frown umm could be anything when are you due home which was 3 weeks away. I didn’t feel ill no problems swallowing riding my bike doing everyday stuff no nights sweats no weight kids nada zilch. So called at pharmacy they had a look and said we could give antibiotics but if infection best to ket your body sort out. Ok I had explained all the above and started gargling with apple cider vinegar and honey.But at no time had I had a sore throat as in 2003 that drs had misdiagnosed tonsillitis which turned into quinsies not once but twice in a 48 hour period had my throat lanced. So I was told I would always have a weakness there so I would have come home if need be. I don’t mess with my throat .
We met our dear friends Pat and Nigel biked with them went out for meals with Lynn our friend and her uncle life was good.
Johns sister Sue and hubby Dave came over for a week had a great time showing them a glimpse of our other world. By the end of our trip we had cycled 1100kms walked miles and generally were well rested . We drove back to Santander already planning a cheeky 2 week break in late June before our September adventures never imagining what the next 2 months would bring .