17 Jun 2016

Five on Friday


1.  A beautiful bouquet of roses and night-scented stock arrived just after I came back home from my MRI scan (which was not easy for the first time's experience, but went well). I saw the consultant yesterday to discuss the results and options for treatment and now have a date for surgery followed later on by daily radiotherapy during week days and possibly other treatment which will last for quite a while.   Once more thank you for all your good wishes, thoughts and prayers. They lift and cheer me up and I'm thankful for all of you my blog friends.
 

2.  Sheffield Anglican Cathedral - On Saturday Mr. P. and I were at a special event there to mark and celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.  Men and women from different communities in the city were invited to a lunch to recognise the contribution seniors make to the life of our neighbourhoods and also give thanks for the Queen's long life before and during her reign as our monarch. (I was privileged  to be there, with Mr. P. as my escort, only because I'm involved as a member of the planning team for seniors. It was a lovely and memorable occasion).




The Dean of  Sheffield Cathedral invited The Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire
to cut the Birthday Cake and we drank a toast to Her Majesty and sang 'Happy Birthday'


During and after a delicious lunch we were entertained by different musical groups
 including the Sheffield Gospel Choir.



On leaving each person was given a white rose, the symbol for Yorkshire


I put ours amongst the arrangement of flowers from the bouquet from our children and grandchildren.


3. More roses and other flowers. These are the first roses (Brother Cadfael) that are in bloom in our garden along with the delphiniums and foxgloves although the continuous rain is making them look very bedraggled. These photos were taken very early one morning when there was a steady drizzle of rain and yet the bees were still buzzing around the open blooms.  






4.  I've been busy with my crochet squares and I'm pleased that I've learnt how to do some simple crocheting since it's such a satisfying and relaxing hobby. (The crochet hooks were probably inherited although I don't remember my mother doing much knitting or crocheting - she was more of a book person. Some of them are made of bone and would have belonged to my great-aunts from the Edwardian era).  I love the colour of the yarn I'm using at the moment especially the one called 'Pearl'. Initially I only bought one ball of this particular colour and then couldn't remember which charity shop I got it from, but this week I managed to find the supplier again.  It's something portable that I can take with me whilst waiting for my turn during pre-op. hospital appointments, although a book is another item I usually carry with me for such a time.  I seem to be getting through quite a lot of reading at the moment, mostly travel books and novels set in Italy.  


5.  Finally, a photo taken by our daughter whilst up in Durham last weekend where our grandson was taking part in the annual Durham Regatta Rowing Event.  His quad team won the Junior 13s Trophy.  It's always uplifting to hear that grandchildren are doing well and enjoying life.


Once more I'm joining Amy for Five on Friday.  Thank you Amy for organising this enjoyable link-up. You can see who else is participating here.

Wishing you a good day, a lovely weekend and week ahead.

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  1. Looks like you had an enjoyable time apart from the MRI scan. You have some lovely flowers in your garden and roses as well which is something I have come to love. I hope your treatment goes well for you

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  2. What a beautiful post Linda. The celebration of the Queen's 90th bithday was no doubt wonderful and memorable. Your garden flowers as the bouquets you have received are adorable. I wish you all the best as regards to your surgery and treatment. You are in my thoughts.

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  3. Stunning blooms and what a wonderful cake! Best of luck for the surgery and a good recovery.

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  4. What a very lovely way to end a week in what must have been a stressful period for you - the lunch to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday looks to have been a special and memorable occasion to attend.
    I am pleased that the doctors are acting quickly in getting on with your treatment - good luck and my best wishes♡

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  5. The event you attended to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday looks fabulous, how wonderful to be invited along, that's something which will be lovely to remember and look back on. I enjoy hearing how your grandchildren are doing, they seem to be involved in a wide variety of activities. Congratulations to your grandson and his team for winning the trophy. It's good that you're getting the surgery over and done with quite soon and then you can get on with the rest of the treatment, not really something to look forward to, I know, but at least you know it's happening and it's something positive. Keep your chin up and get that crochet hook hooking up some wonderful squares while you're attending your appointments. Sending lots of hugs. xx

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  6. Hope your surgery and treatment go well. What an amazing event you attended in celebration of the Queens birthday, a whole series of events to look back on. The bouquet of flowers were stunning, how thoughtful. Take care.

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  7. What a lovely post, glad all is going well with you and beautiful flowers after your MRI . Our children row, it's such a great team and individual sport to be involved in x

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    1. Thank you Selma. Rowing is also a good spectator sport. It's pleasant to be by a river watching the training and the events.

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  8. Prayers for your surgery and it looks like you are well prepared with plenty to do while waiting and there will be lots of that... the flowers are so beautiful. glad you got to participate in the Queens 90th birthday. she sure looks wonderful for that age or any age

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  9. Many good wishes for your forthcoming treatments. Crochet and cross stitch have been good companions during many a hospital visit and I hope your crochet brings you similar relief. Beautiful flowers both in your garden and bouquets.

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  10. Beautiful flowers. Hope the surgery and treatment goes well. The news is always a shock. The celebration looks like it was beautiful. A happier occasion to end what had to be a difficult week.

    Have a good weekend

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  11. What a beautiful post, dear Linda, with lovely flowers and a gorgeous cake. :) Such great photos!
    I hope your surgery and treatment will go well and send you big hugs. Have a relaxing weekend!

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  12. Good luck with all your surgery and treatment, sorry to hear that this is necessary but it's amazing the improvements that have been made in recent years. The Queens birthday celebrations look wonderful, she's been so busy hasn't she. All those outfits she's had! Take care x

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  13. I'm glad to hear that you now have a treatment plan in place, I hope that all goes well for you. I will of course continue to send you good thoughts and hopes for better times to come. Glad you have been able to enjoy some good times this week. Crochet is great for distracting yourself and keeping busy, so I hope you keep enjoying it. Thank you for joining Five On Friday, hope you have a great weekend! xx

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  14. Such beautiful and happy photos. We miss the ceremony which is part of a monarchy here in the states. Sometimes I'm a wanna-be Brit, like when the Queen has her birthday or her garden party. Loved the cake.

    Today I was cleaning some bits and pieces of silver I'd picked up at thrift stores. There were two forks which are imprinted on the back "Pearson & Jesmond" "Stainless Nickel" "Sheffield, England". How I'd love to hear the story of how they got all the way over here to me.

    You're in my prayers.

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  15. I'm glad your MRI is behind you and your treatments are set. Praying as I type that all goes well with your treatment. What a great cake to celebrate the Queen. The celebration looked very nice. I enjoyed all your shots of the flowers. I find rowing such a nice event to watch. Congrats to your grandson.

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  16. I am pleased that your MRI is out of the way and your appointments and treatment sorted. The florals in your post are beautiful and how lovely that you were able to attend a service to mark Her Majesty's official 90th birthday. I love your crochet, would you believe I learned to crochet using a bone hook, my Great Aunt taught me to crochet when I was around 8 years old and she always used bone hooks. I don't think I would swap my lovely Clover Amour hooks for one of those now though! xx

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    1. Thanks Jan. I shall have to source those special hooks. It sounds as if they're comfortable to use, which is what I need.

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  17. The Brother Cadfael rose looks lovely and the event at the Cathedral to mark the Queen's 90th Birthday looks wonderful. I do hope that all will go well with your surgery and after care, Linda. I've had a friend go through this fairly recently and she is recovering well and doctors are pleased with her results. I hope your treatment will be as good as the care she has received:)

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    1. That's good to hear about your friend. Thank you Rosie for your encouraging
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  18. Beautiful photos of your flowers in the rain, especially the foxglove with the visiting bee. The service for the Queens birthday must have been very enjoyable, beautiful flowers there too.
    Sending best wishes from Normandy as you begin your journey along the path to good health.

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    1. Thank you for visiting and taking a moment to leave a kind message Maggie.

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  19. Wonderful flowerarrangements at the service for Queen Elisabeth's birthday and that cake is so special, nice you could attend. But I also love your garden with all your wet flowers, we also had and have so many heavy showers this moment. I hope all goes well with you during the treatment. Take care and enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Janneke. Hope you're having a relaxing weekend.

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  20. I'm sure it's been a pleasure to have had the fun of the Queen's birthday to take your mind off health matters. It was a lovely idea to give out a white rose at the celebration which look gorgeous amongst the flowers from your Grandkids.
    Hugs
    Wren x

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    1. Thank you Friend for your visit. It's much appreciated.

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  21. The flowers are so incredible. Sorry that you have to have surgery, but things are set now and you know what to expect. Prayers that all goes well.

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    1. Thank you Janet and, of course, Mac.

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  22. I replied to your comment on my blog, but not sure if you get notification, so I'll tell it again here that I'm showing a photo of the Sheffield forks on my post for tomorrow. They look really old, not silverplate, and plain. I'm thinking maybe for the middle class?

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    1. Thank you Pat. Sheffield has a world-wide reputation for metal working, silversmith work and, of course, the invention of stainless steel It'll be interesting to see a photo of your forks.

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  23. Dear Linda,

    What a beautiful celebration and tribute to your queen. I am so happy that you were able to be a part of it. Once again, your roses are lovely, even in the rain (which I actually love). I am so glad to hear that you won't have to wait a long time for your surgery. It really is so much easier when you have a plan in place and you aren't just waiting anymore but can move forward with treatment. I really like the colors of your crochet squares. I have a feeling it won't be long before you have enough for a lovely lap afghan. Sending many prayers and hugs your way.

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  24. Hello, Linda! I am new to following your blog and just started participating in Amy's Five on Friday link up. I also live near Portland, Oregon, and now want to visit the blog of your friend who recently visited you. I have just scrolled back and read some of your posts and look forward to reading more. Your photos are lovely! I have been knitting and crocheting for over 45 years, but only make very simple projects. Recently a friend in her 50's unexpectedly started going through a series of treatments similar to what you mentioned. She is a bit ahead of your schedule and doing well. I pray that you will regain full good health and continue to enjoy your life. Thanks so much for sharing your Five on Friday. Seeing some of the queen's 90th birthday celebration is delightful! xx

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    1. Thank you Gracie. It's always good to meet new blog friends especially through Five on Friday link-up.

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  25. Dear Linda,

    The flowers that you were given are so very beautiful and also the wonderful ones growing in your garden. Good to hear that the Doctors have given you a time and do hope the surgery and everything will go well. You will be in my thoughts and continued prayers. Must have been lovely attending the Queens birthday celebrations, and thanks for sharing your photos. Well done for your Grandson too.
    Good to have your crocheting, {love the mauve tones} and books to keep you busy
    Enjoy the weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. Best wishes for the coming week.

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  26. Hello Linda, what lovely photographs as usual, your Garden flowers look like ours at the moment with Foxgloves and Delphiniums. Some of the Foxgloves are weighed down now after the rain and the garden is in need of a tidy up already. I'm thinking of you as you prepare for your treatment and am glad you've a loving family around you. What beautiful white roses from the Queen's birthday celebrations. That looked a lovely day. It was interesting to see and hear about your Grandson, you must be very proud of him. Lots of love Jan

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    1. Lots of good things going on with our grandchildren, which makes us happy. I hope all is well with you at home and work. I'm always thinking of you and wondering how you are. Thank you for thinking of me and my family. Keeping in touch with friends through blogging even if it's only now and then is good :) Linda x

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  27. hello
    j'ai du oublier de passer
    que ce passe t-il vous êtes malade ???
    désolée
    que de jolies fleurs dans le jardin
    je vous souhaite bon courge pour la suite de vos soins
    à bientôt
    bisous de Normandie

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  28. Such beautiful photographs especially of your gorgeous flowers. I love to see the rowers out it is such a great sport. I wish you the very best of luck for your treatment - take care xx

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  29. I did enjoy your five on Friday! Some lovely pics, especially the bouquet complete with the white roses. Well done to your grandson! Sending you lots of good luck re your treatment, I'm sure all will go well. I shall be thinking of you and sending lots of healing. You take good care of you.xxx

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  30. I didn't participate with Amy this week, but found your lovely comment on my Willy Nilly Five post, and it was so good to hear from you! I am so sorry to learn you are having health issues...will pray for a quick recovery! Loved your beautiful "after MRI" flowers! The Queen's buirthday celebration for Yorkshire was just wonderful! Enjoyed seeing those photos very much. And loved the garden flowers and also you crocheting! Have a blessed week...God be with you during this health trial.

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  31. Hi Linda, please excuse my delay in commenting. The bouquet you received is so lovely. It is nice to know that your having a loving family and friends see you through the coming months. I too wish you a speedy recovery will be thinking and praying for you. It looks like had a wonderful time at the church luncheon. It's looks like a beautiful place, too. Take care dear friend, Pat xxx

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  32. How wonderful to be invited to such a memmorable ooccasion to celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday. The white rose fits into your stunning bouquet of roses and stocks, such a gorgeous combination. Your garden is looking lovely. We have indeed had a lot of rain!
    I wish you well for your up and coming surgery Linda, so sorry to hear you need radiotherapy too. Think positive and take things easy. A big hug being sent your way x

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    1. Thank you dear Prunella Pepperpot. Keep having wonderful adventures with your friends. They make us all smile. x

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  33. Wishing you well on your surgery and treatment. I will hold you in my thoughts and prayers. The flowers are beautiful. What a special celebration to honor the Queen!

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  34. Sending you many hugs and best wishes for the op.xx

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    1. Hi Linda. Wishing you best wishes for the surgery!

      Sandra xxx

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  35. I hope your surgery went well and you are recovering well now. x

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    1. I have recovered from the surgery, but now have to have further surgery in a couple of weeks time as the results of further biopsy tests showed that this is needed. Thank you for thinking of me and wishing you well also.

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