It’s always nice to receive recognition for the work you do, whether it is your job or your hobby. I have been medically retired for almost 18 years and I try hard to fill my days with interesting things that can engage at least my brain, and possibly something a bit physical too on days when I can manage that. Gardening and photography is a perfect combination for me, and throw in some Photoshop and web design on my computer and I am fully occupied!
But it can be a lonely hobby so I was very happy when I discovered blogging, getting in touch with fellow bloggers all over the world. I have had so many nice messages the last 18 months from people who have appreciated my posts and photos. Getting feedback makes the work putting the posts together all the more rewarding, and getting blog awards is especially nice. This month I have received another award, The One Lovely Blog Award, from Kevin, at Nitty Gritty Dirt Man. He has a marvellous blog, well worth a visit, thank you for the nomination, Kevin!
The rules for this award are simple:
- Thank the nominator and link to his/her site.
- Share 7 things about yourself.
- Nominate 10 other bloggers.
OK, thanking the blogger and linking – done that.
Share 7 things....not so sure what other people would find interesting – I can truly say I don’t live an interesting life....but I have often been called ‘an interesting patient’! However, revealing medical facts about yourself is possibly not the thing to do in a gardening blog?? Or....hmm, OK, here we go:
1. I am on my way to become ‘The Titanium Lady’. I have titanium screws, pins and plates in my neck, torso and lower back, and an artificial hip - after a long list of operations. Good thing I don’t travel anymore, I guess the security gates at airports could get a hiccup with me going through!
2. And as I started my post, I was medically retired almost 18 years ago, I had just turned 30 when I had to give up my career, which makes me almost 48 years old now.
3. I have hyper-mobile joints, when I was younger I could do lots of things most people can’t, especially with my fingers. Some people like me develop their ‘talent’ and become contortionists, to their detriment when they get to my age, as they, like I have, often develop arthritis. But some of the things I could do when I was young were great party tricks, especially when I was in my late teens!
4. I have had 7 prolapsed disks, or slipped disks in my back and neck over the years. One of them I got in my sleep, I just went to bed feeling fine and woke up the next morning with a prolapsed disk in my neck. Another prolaps happened during an operation, I woke up from general anaesthesia, with a lumbar prolaps!
5. I am opioid resistant; I have no effect of pain medication like Codeine, Morphine, Fentanyl etc. It has made my 8 operations the last 10 years (11 in total in my life) very difficult to recover from. I also have minimal effect from local anaesthetic for example when going to the dentist and have no effect of epidural.
6. I have a looong list of medical conditions, some of them related to each other, some of them not related at all. Some of my conditions are so rare that the doctors I meet have either not heard of them or have only a faint knowledge about them so I have to explain what it is.
7. Despite all this I am quite a high spirited person with only one goal I try to achieve every day: get out of bed, get dressed and go out in my garden with my camera :-)
The blogs I am nominating are all gardening blogs, they are all very different, but all very lovely. I’ll give you the list and let you visit them to make your own opinion, but they are all very worthy the award.
Donna at Gardens Eye View
Alistair at Aberdeen Gardening
Jane at Tidy Gardens by Jane
PJ Girl at The Pyjama Gardener
Di at The Courtyard Gardener
Michelle at The Sage Butterfly
Pam at Pam's English Cottage Garden
Astrid at Astrid's Garden Design
B-A-G at Experiments with Plants
Tammy at Casa Mariposa
Let me finish this post with some photos from my garden, it’s been exploding in colour the last week, finally the summer flowers have arrived in my garden too!
|We have had some lovely sunshine the last couple of days.|
|My poppies are flowering! This is Papaver Orientale 'Princess Victoria Louise'.|
|This bumble bee decided to fly in just when I was focusing on the Papaver Orientale 'Princess Victoria Louise'.|
|Doesn’t it look spectacular this close?|
|My first Lilium regale has finally opened its flower! About 100 more to come!!|
That’s all for this time, but I have more photos ready for you so next post is coming soon :-) Until next time, take care.