I’m back with another week in pictures. I ended up skipping a week, because I pretty much had a whole week of getting my head round my recent diagnosis and just taking a break from pretty much everything. It was also the kids last week of school, which is such a busy time that I really didn’t do much other than parenting!
Last week I made a bit more effort. The doctors recommended losing a bit of weight to improve my symptoms and I’ve also found that keeping busy, getting fresh air and exercise make me feel so much better so I have made sure to do something everyday. This week was all about walks in the park and time with the girls. Rob has been really busy with work, so most of the week it was just me and the littles ones.
On Sunday I headed to Ham House for a cup of tea and a walk around the gardens with the kids and my mum and dad. This is one of my favourite places to go for a quick outing as its not that far from us and its so beautiful.
I wore my postage stamp skirt, which I got in primary a couple of years ago. its one of my favourites. I teamed it up with a Rolling Stones t-shirt and my comfy Converse shoes.
We stayed in for most of the day and I made pancakes for the kids. I’ve found that I feel worse earlier in the day, so I’ve been chilling out in the mornings and going out in the afternoons. Thank goodness it’s summer and we get lots of daylight! In the late afternoon I headed to Richmond Park for a walk around Pen Ponds with the girls. It was a gorgeous time of day to go and we even spotted a little family of swans.
I wore an old skirt from Lindy Bop and my Back to the Future T shirt with some rose gold ballet pumps from Primark.
We had a busy morning running errands. First up we popped to the library, the girls are doing the summer reading challenge which is a great way to keep them engaging with books over the holidays. We then popped to the post office as I had Etsy orders to send and then we did a bit of shopping.
After relaxing for a little bit at home we went for another walk in Richmond Park. This time we went to the Isabella Plantation, its one of my favourite bits of the park, its just so pretty. We had a really nice time exploring and looking for wildlife.
I wore a new maxi dress, which I was recently sent from peacocks. I’m going to do a proper blog posts on some of their clothes very soon. They have some gorgeous maxi dresses at the moment and I’ve been using them to create seventies inspired outfits. You can buy the dress here.
I’ve not been very focussed on work or blogging, with so much other stuff going on. So it was really nice to have a more bloody day on Wednesday and to have some adult company in the form of my friends Catherine who’s blog Curiosity Killed is well worth a read. We headed to the Figleaves press day to check out their Christmas range.
Both Catherine and I used to be colleagues at Rigby and Peller and both of us have worked for e=several lingerie companies, so we both really know our stuff when it comes to bras! We spotted lots of beautiful pieces and for those of you with big cup sizes, there is loads of gorgeous stuff in bigger sizes too. I’ll share more later in the year when I start doing my Christmas posts.
Having had a busy Wednesday, I felt like absolute rubbish on Thursday. I spend most of the day on the sofa watching TV, which actually makes my eyes and headaches worse, but I didn’t;t have the energy to do anything else. In the early evening I dragged myself got dressed and went for yet another walk in Richmond Park with the kids.
I wore a simple black vest top with my Collectif Abstract trousers and a pair of black Nike trainers, such a comfy outfit for a walk.
I had a very early appointment at the hospital, this was just to check my visual fields so it was over quite quickly. Since I had both kids with me and we weren’t too far away, we drove to Polesden Lacey for lunch and to look at one of my favourite views. Its such a lovely place and although we didn’t stay long, it was lovely.
After that we headed to Epsom to check out the charity shops, the kids found a few bargain toys and I found two vintage brooches to add to my collection. When we got in I had so much housework to catch up, so I was doing that until bedtime.
I wore my TU floral dress with a TU ruffle sleeved top underneath and my trusty old Converse.
I was so tired on Saturday so we did pretty much nothing all day. In the afternoon we headed to Fay’s house for a barbecue. As it was raining, this mostly a stay in doors barbecue. Somehow I managed to get no pictures, including of my outfit! But sometimes you’ve just got to enjoy yourself and not record it all. The kids were so good and we didn’t get back until really late, so I put them straight to bed.
In the morning I had a bit of a wobble about everything and had a little cry. Having had a really good week of getting on with things, keeping busy and looking after the kids I hadn’t taken much time to think about not being well. I had an hour of being totally fed up and wishing things were completely normal again. Luckily I decided to distract myself with a little home improvement so I popped to Ikea with Lila to get some new house plants.
We dropped the kids to Rob’s parents and spent the evening painting a wall and revamping a little corner of our living room. I haven’t finished it yet, so I haven’t got any pics. I’d like to blog more about home stuff when I’m feeling better, I’m always doing little projects round the house and need to show them off more!
I mentioned in my last health post that I might not mention whats going on too much on here, but a lot of people have been asking how I’m doing so I thought I’d add a little update here. Since my provisional diagnosis just over a week ago, I’m still waiting for my neurology referral. I have been feeling OK though. Now I know what the problem is I’ve been able to look after myself more. Eating really healthily, going for walks everyday, getting enough sleep and sleeping propped up have all made a difference and although I don’t feel great, I do feel a bit better.
I saw the eye doctor today (Monday) and my sight is still absolutely fine, which is the most important thing. I’ll just feel much better when I’ve actually begun treatment, so that rather than managing the problem I can actually start to hopefully get better. I’m being positive, because it works for me but this isn’t easy either. Luckily I have a brilliant support network around me and that makes all the difference.
My goal for the coming week is to keep looking after myself, especially since I have a the kids full time too. I’d also like to get a bit caught up on work, being self employed means no one can cover for me and my inbox is filling up fast!
I hope you all had a great week and thank you for all your lovely comments and messages. You’re a fabulous bunch! xxx
Additional pictures taken at the Still House at Ham House.
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