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  1. Spikecollie

    Medical issues

    Maybe this should get/will be moved to the the "Serious Discussion" area, but I'm not bothered. Anyway, I had a really bad anxiety episode which made me see my local doctor here in France. For the initial symptoms I was given a two week prescription of a benzodiazépine which quickly settled things and I didn't actually need to finish the course. My doctor, who is a great person, said I should come back for a blood test. I duly did yesterday and had the test with a nurse. It was not easy, I was very panicky and in the end the nurse used a children's "butterfly" needle which I could cope with. It didn't hurt and I didn't faint and feel a lot more confident now. I had the test at 0900 yesterday morning and the results arrived in the post this morning. My doctor called me at 1400 on the phone to discuss them. Everything apart from liver enzymes and eosonophiles is normal. The latter is explained by allergy issues, the former by drinking far too much, which I have now got to stop and have stopped. No diabetes issues and kidney function is way above average. My cholesterol is a conundrum though. I have a higher than normal cholesterol level but it is mostly caused by HDL or good cholesterol. My doctor says he hasn't seen quite such a result before! For the technically minded - LDL below normal, HDL above but overall cholesterol above normal. Ratio of HDL to LDL I think 2:1. I'm a walking weirdness!!!
  2. Spikecollie

    Spain weather

    Exactly! We've had 40c during August in Limousin (France) for the last 3 summers at times. We work, garden, cycle etc. and it's nothing special. The BBC report from Montpellier, where it was 37c, had people saying it was just normal. Hype and silly season as you say, but it's still important for vulnerable people to take care...
  3. An excellent little storm here just now. We all stood out in the garden and got soaked to the skin. Now we're taking turns at inside showers!

  4. Back in Yorkshire for 2 weeks and it looks like we picked a fine time to be here. I'm enjoying the building convection clouds and the humidity is just like home! A nice evening/night time storm would be nice...

    1. lassie23

      lassie23

      hi spikey

  5. Spikecollie

    Paris

    I would always recommend the Promenade Plantée: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jun/07/paris-promenade-plantee-free-elevated-park-walkway-bastille-bois-de-vincennes and the Petite Ceinture (Little Belt) which is less well known than the above but utterly beguiling: https://worldinparis.com/walking-on-railroad-tracks-la-petite-ceinture-paris On a hot day, the Grand Mosquée de Paris is also very well worth a visit. It is in the lovely 5th arrondissement and offers a chance for a nice refreshment break. The surrounding streets are fascinating also. Again one for the heat, which you will almost certainly have - take a Bateau Bus ride along the Seine. This is a scheduled bus service, not one of the touristy ones, and you can pop on and off when you like with a day ticket visiting most of the main attractions, but also with the ability to get off the beaten track if you want to. Oops - forgot about the "basic French" question you asked. You'll get around just fine, but do try to use your basic French. People really appreciate it. Whatever you do, have a wonderful time - it's difficult not to
  6. Thunderstorms forecast here for this afternoon/evening - could be an interesting backdrop to the WC Final party. Loads of fireworks last night after a beautiful afternoon walk in the hills with OH and Mylo.

    Mylo and I love our runs in the warm rain, so bring it on...

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    2. lassie23

      lassie23

      you won spikey:shok:

    3. NUT

      NUT

      How spot on was spikey!

    4. Spikecollie

      Spikecollie

      We're all sharing a big BBQ with the neighbours - I've provided the courgettes! Could be a long night 😁

      No storms yet, but nice Cumulonimbus backdrop...deadly hot today, too hot to run so we took a nice shady walk instead 😊

  7. Spikecollie

    World Cup 2018

    As some of you know I'm not a big football fan, but whatever way this goes there's going to be one heck of a party in our village on Sunday I'm staying entirely neutral after tonight but here's hoping for a final
  8. Spikecollie

    France weather

    We've just had a cracker with marble sized hail, incredibly gusty winds and some great CG strikes. Sunday night was amazing too, constant flickering lightning from the storms in Charente. Say safe out there, Our next batch is on approach!
  9. Spikecollie

    France weather

    Hi Ed Right now he's helping my other half pull some cut branches out of the lake. He's very wise and cools off in the shade and the water. We run together almost every day and provided he has a good soak down before we go it's always me who's flagging and never him! He's maturing very nicely and is very bonded to us now - a lovely little 18 month bundle of love and joy. He loves his storms too, he just watches quietly with me.
  10. Spikecollie

    France weather

    You've picked a great time to come to France. I'm by our lake and it's mid 30s, very humid with rapidly developing TCU now. It's progged to kick off after 2300 here, so a great night in prospect camping under the stars (or rather lightning flashes!). Enjoy any storms you might get, you seem to be well placed in the Loire valley...
  11. Nothing nicer than to to wait until it cools down a little bit and go out for a run with Mylo dog. A nice stream half way round that he can go into and probably drag me in as well.

    The slightly blustery wind is actually quite welcome but I guess this is what we are sharing with the UK and what is such a factor in the Saddleworth Moor fire.

  12. Better late than never, as many others are saying, but we got our first 30c here today in Limousin. Happy days, still sitting outside watching the sun gently setting. The mosquitoes are being a literal pain though 😬

    1. lassie23

      lassie23

      hi spikey, hope you are well

  13. Spikecollie

    France weather

    I agree Nick. Folks don't understand what happens when you live in the depth of the countryside! If storms are forecast I always keep my devices charged and we have a generator on standby. We had to stay in the car the other day when we went to our land, there were CG strikes coming down all over the place, some way too close for comfort. Lovely to watch from a safe place though. Today looks like it will end with a few rumbles...
  14. A nice thunderstorm here yesterday afternoon just to start the season off. The non-electrified showers are annoying me, though, as they're stopping me getting on with the gardening - I tried continuing in a wet t-shirt and shorts job but I just ended up looking like mud woman and had to go into the shower 😁

  15. Spikecollie

    France weather

    Excellent growing weather. We're just getting the garden going again after waiting for any reasonable risk of frost to subside, not wanting to get caught out like last year. Yes, our car was pretty dusty after a few afternoon showers yesterday. Nice and warm today but with quite a strong wind. I notice the t-storms have already started over western Poitou Charente...
  16. Nice and warm and humid here in Haute Vienne, 26c the maximum today. Just wondering whether we'll see any storms this evening/tonight. On with the gardening for now...☺️

  17. Mylo dog and I have just come back in from a run - the lad is showing quite a talent for Canicross and we're entering our first little event in a short while. We got soaked and hailed on but it was good as it was our first run after me (and hubby) having just got over a flu which rather ruined our Easter. Still, storm and warm season is upon us even if no T&L yet and that Limousin sunshine is waiting for us in May - by then we'll have finally got the rendering done on the house over here and the new kitchen in and it'll be ready to let :)

    1. lassie23

      lassie23

      get well soon

    2. Ed Stone

      Ed Stone

      Welcome back, Spike!:good:

    3. Mokidugway

      Mokidugway

      Hellooooo spike :)

  18. Look North forecast just said there is potential for further significant snow tomorrow evening...
  19. Spikecollie

    Show us your pet

    Here's my little man who's now a year and two months - this is taken on Ilkley Moor last weekend. He's becoming a beautiful dog and a delightful companion. A sweet natured, sensitive, perceptive little fellow who evokes a smile from everyone who meets him. He's great with people and other dogs and gets even the most timid canine into play. He still has a naughty puppy streak but you can't stay cross with him for long - even when he steals your toilet paper!
  20. Other Half stranded in Bradford as the trains have all been cancelled! He's had to walk to Shipley and wait for a bus - may see him at some stage this evening, Drifts up to my shoulders up the moors this afternoon and we had to abandon our walk as all the stiles and gates were blocked.

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    2. Spikecollie

      Spikecollie

      Evening Lassie! How are you? I hope you are enjoying the snow...

    3. lassie23

      lassie23

      i'm good thanks and i am, makes a change from rain and 9c, hope you are well

    4. mike57

      mike57

      Trains have been a total mess yesterday and today around Yorkshire. The hourly Scarborough - Liverpool that I use a lot has turned into a 2 hourly ish Scarborough - York. Weather yesterday was bad had to visit Preston, improved around our way today, and at no point as bad as 2010 here. Train companies have lost the plot today. Sent in a delay repay for 3 journeys today, by my calculation £59, better than nothing, but I would rather get where I want to go on time.

  21. This is brilliant! Thick snow swirling around. Incredibly quiet outside. Snoozing dog on the sofa - dreaming of the next snow walk. Toasty warm fire. Looking forward to yet another said snow walk up the moor this afternoon...

  22. Yep! Road outside, which is a bus route, is now covered. Gritters seem to have gone AWOL now most of the schools are closed.
  23. Great - isn't it? Harden Moor beckons this afternoon
  24. Hi all Enjoying this while back in the UK for a few weeks. Some glorious late afternoon snow walks with Mylo. Snowing well here at the moment
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