Is so true Lesley people running out of credit etc or low battery i have 2 mobiles one has no credit on it as is for people to ring me eg gas company council etc.|
My main phone is the number i give to my mum and sister and anyone i want to contatct me and i use to phone ouit on with number blocked so no one gets it unless i give it them.
Have to say had some interesting train journeys over the years my favourite has to be the route used by the hogwarts express in the harry potter films, it runs from Fort william to Malliag and the scenry is breathtaking and it is a steam train which makes the journey great
Reply #241. Feb 27 10, 2:14 PM
|Gary, there's a bit of a difference between deliberately not having credit, and accidentally running out of credit and forgetting to charge your phone. May as well not have one. IMHO! |
A real Harry Potter train? Oh what fun! :D
I think I've found some of it.
Reply #242. Feb 27 10, 3:38 PM
You have Lesley a great journey really took some great photos when i did trip.|
Would reccomend that trip to anyone.
Reply #243. Feb 27 10, 3:55 PM
How are you Lesley not really spoken of late via email etc, hope your well.|
Reply #244. Mar 07 10, 5:26 AM
|Thanks Gary, getting there - slowly - and I may have had another breakthrough. Here goes - another chapter in the detective story. |
My mother used to eat bananas liberally. Not quite in Gordon Brown's league, but she didn't think a banana less than nine inches long was worth taking home, and she might eat two or even three a day. She slept like a log but she never had any energy, which may have meant that she had a masked allergy,
or it may have meant something completely irrelevant. When she was 21, she was told that she was allergic to feathers but she laughed at the diagnosis, and always slept in great mounds of feathers and down.
I've always eaten bananas judiciously. One a day, for breakfast, or perhaps save it till bedtime. When I couldn't sleep last year, I was waking up starving, so I made sure I always had bananas for when I woke up.
Jonathan used to love bananas too until one day he said that he didn't like the way he felt when he ate them, so he stopped eating them. (He can't eat melons and avocado either, and they're related to bananas in allergy families.) That's why I thought I'd give the bananas a rest for a while and see if I felt any different. I stopped buying them, didn't miss them at all, forgot about them.
Last week I remembered how useful they are when you need something to fill you up quickly, and bought a bunch. Two bananas, one a day, were followed by two bad nights where I couldn't breathe comfortably all night, just like when it all started nearly a year ago. Too much of a coincidence. They've got to go! And so have the smoothies with banana in. Shame.
I became allergic to cashew nuts a long time ago, after binging on them, so this isn't the first time I've become aware of having a food allergy. Just hope there aren't any more. Except cashews are in the same family as mango and pistachio. And those really nice smoothies rely heavily on mango too. Back to the orange juice, I think. Sigh.
Reply #245. Mar 09 10, 12:12 PM
That's a shame Lesley. :(
I only eat the small sugar bananas because the big ones make me feel off but only 4 or so - then the craving seems to go. I wonder if my body is self regulating.
Another thought.....do you think that if we live in a certain climate / hemisphere that perhaps fruit such as tropical fruits should only be eaten if you originate from there?
I heard a radio article (and should have taken note - but didn't). An Australian man has written a book on foods and eating what when. He advocates only eating food grown in season, saying that the body needs to rest during season changes.
He said that even though man had evolved, our internal workings hadn't and still needed to be treated the same as when we were hunter-gatherers.
Reply #246. Mar 09 10, 6:53 PM
|Was it Peter Singer? Vegetarian in 1975, vegan now? |
I suspect that all our bodies would be self-regulating if we only listened to them. Then nobody would pay silly prices for fluffy, powdery, hot-house tomatoes in December, or tasteless imported winter strawberries. We'd all wait till the season, and enjoy them all the more. And we wouldn't smoke and drink ourselves into oblivion either.
Once upon a time we ate local produce because we had no choice, and probably did all right on it. I don't know how it works, but it seems that vegetables which grow in cold countries help retain body heat, and vegetables which grow in hot countries help dissipate body heat. So we feast on yummy root veg, like turnips and parsnips, and leave boring old things like aubergines and courgettes to the people who live round the Mediterranean. Poor things.
There isn't a banana season in England, is there?
Reply #247. Mar 09 10, 7:34 PM
Peter Singer - that rings a big bell Lesley. :)
I googled up past morning interviews on Classic FM and I'll need to retire to watch them all I think! lol
20 pages of radio and tv items and that's just here in Oz!
I'll work on it to see if I can find the reference I want.
There's been a huge surge in Farmer's Markets around here - well within an hour or so's drive.
Used to be once per month - 'somewhere' - but now I can shop every week for vegies and fruit. Not all certified organic but the majority appears to be Grown in a friendly way because I can tell by the appearance (smaller fruit etc)
and most seller's have samples to taste. *bliss*
And I need an axe to cut a pumpkin! lol
Mmm unless Britain has been drifting south towards the tropics I don't believe it's ever banana season. :(
Reply #248. Mar 09 10, 8:49 PM
Have you tried the mango on it's own, Lesley?
Sometimes allergic reaction can be a combination of food within a similar time period.
Hope you're feeling more life-like! :)
Reply #249. Mar 09 10, 8:51 PM
|Yes please, it'll be interesting to know who he is and what his message is, if you can find him easily. Please don't drive yourself mad looking, though! |
Britain's already done the drifting south towards the tropics and I think it's now drifting back up north. So, no locally-grown bananas just yet.
I have had mango by itself, sometime sold in chunks, and sometime a whole mango for me to make a glorious mess with, and thoroughly enjoyed them! but wasn't thinking about it then in terms of allergen, so I'm blank unless I try it again and concentrate this time.
Yes, thank you, my lungs are working, and my muscles are working, but not at the same time. I can do anything from the comfort of my chair. It's just when I stand up and try to do things that it's hard work. Getting a new GP is no longer a nice thing to think about mañana - I think it's starting to get quite important. If I can't work with the current one, and he's not prepared to work with me... if he cares more about his pride than his patients... I hope he and his well-preserved ego will be very happy together.
Reply #250. Mar 09 10, 10:07 PM
A little professor whispered it was your birthday yesterday.
Happy Belated Birthday Lesley. I hope you had a lovely day and were thoroughly spoiled! :)
Reply #251. Mar 14 10, 6:30 PM
I'll be back later for some cake! :D
Reply #252. Mar 14 10, 6:30 PM
Happy Belated Birthday, Lesley. I hope you had an excellent day.|
Reply #253. Mar 14 10, 6:57 PM
Happy, happy birthday Lesley. I hope it was a good one.|
Reply #254. Mar 14 10, 7:41 PM
|Thank you thank you! It's on the 14th, so it's still today in FT time, and I'm quite happy to make it last. Funny, I was just on my way here to do an update. It's been a long day and I'm tired but here goes. |
~~~~~~~~~~~~ bananas ~~~~~~~~~~~~
My mother used to eat bananas like they were going out of fashion - two or three a day, most days. Anything less than nine or ten inches long wasn't worth taking home. Bit peckish? Have a banana! Jonathan liked them but decided when he was small that he felt better for not eating them. And I have just decided the same thing. Stopped eating them for a few months, had two, didn't like the way I felt. I may have got that wrong but it won't hurt not to have them for a while, and perhaps try again some other time.
~~~~~~~~~~~~ a breakthrough? ~~~~~~~~~~~~
A few months ago, I decided to try a different brand of hair colour. (Don't gasp, you always knew I was a hussy!) The colour was good and the product was good but I was left with an itchy scalp, which I could only think was the colourant. It only itched occasionally, but often enough to be profoundly irritating, and I did start to wonder what I was using that did it, and why it wasn't going away.
A few days ago, Jonathan - My Son The Not Doctor - told me to google coeliac disease. Everything fell into place. It's connected with type 1 diabetes - I've been diagnosed with type 2 but the genes for type 1 are cascading through my veins from two generations ago. It's connected with an ineffective spleen - that's easy because I haven't got one. Gastric upsets, fatigue, check; anaemia for no apparent reason - check! What clinched it for me was that it's often accompanied by an itch, on places like elbows, knees and scalp. So it probably wasn't a hair product after all! It needs to be confirmed but I'm pretty confident that it's what's wrong.
There's no cure. You just have to stay off gluten for ever. I can do that.
The short-term effect is that I go from having a huge backlog of meal ingredients - pitta, pasta, a pizza in the freezer - to half a bag of apples, a few onions and a couple of eggs. Eek! But I've been so tired for nearly a year, that I have relied heavily on pasta with sauce from a jar, or stuck a bit of cheese in a pitta - too much effort to cook eggs as a filling, even to slice a tomato, takes too long to heat viennas. Don't spread it around but I've even bought ready-sliced cheese. Not at all helpful, in the circumstances.
The long-term effect may be that I start to get my life back. I can but hope that I've got it right this time.
~~~~~~~~~~~~ birthday ~~~~~~~~~~~~
Jonathan was here today. That was very nice.
Just before I left to pick him up from the station, there was a ring at the doorbell. There's a man on the doorstep and he has brought the most amazingly beautiful bunch of flowers. They're accompanied by a warm note from Lyndsey, his girlfriend. Stick them in the best vase! and out to the station.
He brought with him half a ton of gluten-free baked goods, pasta, and some rice and rice noodles. I sent him home with a bag of pitta and pasta, so heavy that by the time he got back to his flat he could barely carry it. Not only that - it's almost too painful to type the words - I had to throw in two unopened packets of chocolate HobNobs. Argh!
He also brought pressies, some from his trip to South Africa. Padded textile placemats with pictures of animals, and if that isn't an incentive to clear the dining table, nothing is. Two heavy, small, ceramic boxes, and a long necklace of very pretty stones which will go with everything I have. There were also foody things, but he bought them before his burst of inspiration, so they had to go home with him.
My next project is to clear the junk of years that's taken up residence on the dining table, make it gleam again, and eat there next time he's home. How hard can that be?
It's been a delightful day... and I think I'll sleep tonight. :)
Reply #255. Mar 14 10, 7:52 PM
Lesley, please do let us know before you unwrap your present. |
I'll bring the camcorder.
What a wonderful gift.
Reply #258. Mar 14 10, 8:10 PM
Deunan! Marvelous idea!|
Now the music: "Tea for Two" or "Two to Tango"?
Reply #259. Mar 14 10, 8:17 PM
lol what a bunch of naughty ladies you are in here :P|
Reply #260. Mar 14 10, 8:31 PM
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