Friday, 18 May 2012

Lovely Things in Little Ole UK

Here I am back in Bognor Regis after being in Hastings, where I have been looking after my mum.
I have been in the UK for two weeks now & it is a real mix of being so lovely to be with family & missing home. The only consolation for me is it's been raining loads at home so haha I am no worse off weather wise (for the moment!).
Mum is doing really well but is very weak & a little confused, not worrying confused just from being weak & having people in all the time. My mum is very very independent & very very stubborn! Thank God that she is otherwise she would have been gone from us many a year ago!!!! She is soooo strong, everyone says so, even the nurses & carers. There is a group of carers that come in twice a day. They are supposed to be there to help her, wash, cook, dress whatever she needs but she does it all herself so I have got them to do her excersizes with her as this was not working out between us! So far so good :-)
I have never worked so hard since having small children :-) My daughter says she does that every day, & yes she does, as did I for donkeys years with three under three at one point, but that my dears was yonks ago & I am now living a life of old Reilly in the countryside with a dishwasher. My last two weeks has been one of constant washing up, cooking, shopping, fetching, medicating & I am knackered ;-D My mum deserves it though & I am only back here because my brother is over from Oz & with her for a couple of weeks. We had a couple of days together & he will be bringing mum & my niece Casey to Bognor for a couple of days before he goes back. We went to lunch together to Cosmo Mmmmm eat as much as you like Cantonese. I LURVE the chilli prawns & had a plateful with some sesame prawn toast ;-) He then draged me all round Hastings looking for paint which had we turned round & gone in the opposite direction we would have seen a place Argh! LOL It was fun though.
Terry (My bro) bought me some Ugg's over, proper Uggs not the rubbish labelled ones that are inferior, they are a load of pooh, but the proper thick sheep skin waterproof non smelling hot or cold weather boots that Ozzi's wear. I have a pair that have seen me through 4 winters in Bulgaria & are still fantastic but a little big. Anyway these are a size smaller but when we looked at them they must be children's as the leg width is minute even a size 0 woman could not get her skinny little pin in it :-(((( Disappointment number one!   Disappointment number two, the Smart phone my son gave me is broken :-((((( The slot where the sim goes in. For some reason it will stay in if put in the wrong way round but then obviously then it won't work so I will try to find someone to mend it, if its even possible?

I am really struggling with carpal tunnel in my wrists, its particularly bad again at the moment, due to constant use, lifting, carrying, washing & drying up 20 times a day (no mum won't have a dish washer). I am a bit worried as to how I will manage the cases on the way home!
In Hastings there are millions of Sea Gulls, they adopt houses & soft touches like my mum feed them & their young. I have to say I love them they have personalities & are real characters. If we don't put their food out on time they come & knock on the kitchen door & tell me off when I take it out!!! They have been known to throw plants around & pull them apart when they get annoyed lol!
The one by the pond is fake lol
Just waiting!
Even at the train station they came to me? Do you think they tell each other hahaha No one else had a Gull stand infront of them just staring doodoo doodoo ;-)

There is also a large Fox that comes by for food at night. One evening when mum was calling the cat in it was there we stood with the door open & it was just a couple of feet away. It just sat down looked at us & waited for us to shut the door! I loved that but worry that they are too used to humans, these urban foxes & need us to feed them, it was a beauty though!

I have found a huge difference here. England is soooo crowded with people. I never realised until this trip, I guess its because I have been away for so long that now I see it & feel it I can tell you! People everywhere traffic & cars everywhere. You can also see everyone has money, although they probably don't think or feel they have. This is a country with money, even the poorly off have "things" are well fed & have homes with all the "Necessities" . Before I get a barrage of abuse I am not talking of the minority of people who are on the streets for one reason or another, we have many more of these unfortunates in Bulgaria as do other countries, so please before you start don't Ta :-))) Most people don't realise they have things others will never have & it is an eye opener to me. Shopping in England is a mighty different experience than at home.

Today I had a wonderful day out with Claire, just us like in the "old days". We had an amazing lunch at Cafe Rough, there would have been no better prawns & muscles in the finest restaurants truly scrumptious & my steak was great with a stupendous garlic sauce & French beans Mmmmmm, I was so full there was no room for a pud.

After, we had a browse around all the little independent shops full of pretty things, I unfortunately have no money to buy said pretty things, but it sort of made me want to live here again, I miss shopping!!!!!  Loved people watching as I walked along through the little cobbled side streets, loving Chichester.
I am fortunate that where I live in Bulgaria there are very old cobbled streets & little shops full of things (things girlie's love) but they are not such good quality, not so cheap & not so pretty. I have adapted but it is still nice to see I just wish.........

How out of it am I ????? My daughter bought me a new phone & my niece sent me a sim card which unfortunately did not work :-( So I got a pre loaded 3 sim put on !£15 which gives me an amazing 300 mins 3000 text' & as much data as I can download in a month, only I couldn't get it to work when I tried to text Nige! After a quietly annoyed call to India it turns out all I purchased was for use only in UK! I now have to put credit on so I can text Nige. I am soooo out of the loop & I no likey!!!!!

Loving my family time in England............

1 comment:

  1. Great blog, we hate it when we go back now. Can't stand the crowds and materialism in the UK any more, we tend to like the quiet life though we're doing something now we swore we would never do...Retire to a quiet country pub, my backside, no such thing as a successful QUIET country pub...Ok moans over so we're tired but very happy as were nowhere near retiral age and what else would we do, we could have come over here and lived a couple or 3 years on our meagre savings, then what...Well we've done it now for better or worse we are in for a penny in for a pound so we'll just have to get on with it. We are from the area you are visiting and dont miss it a bit though we have very many friends in Bognor Chichester and Hastings so was great to read your blog. Hope your mum is well soon and back to her old self, sounds like one of the old school, just gets on with things, give her our best wishes and hopefully you will get back home asap


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