Shelled Life Forms*

It’s week 1 of a 7 week project, during which I’ll be staying Monday to Friday in Yorkshire. It’s a while to be away from home, but I’ve got the freezer stocked (thanks, Kristin!) and with this place as my lodgings during the week, with this view, it’s hard to be too upset about it.

My cousin got married at the weekend and it was beautiful. They looked so happy, and it was lovely to catch up with family (and see my Dad well enough to play the organ for the service, as promised). The reception was straight out of Pinterest – trees in tents? Giant hanging flower crowns? Twinkly candles everywhere? Magical.

I also got to represent my Granny, who wasn’t able to make it to the wedding due to ill health, by wearing her beautiful cameo brooch throughout the day. I have clear memories of her wearing it, plus it’s beautiful, so I was really glad I got to wear it for the day. When I turned up, I discovered my sister and aunt were wearing one of Granny’s old hats each, my cousin was wearing some Granny earrings, and my other cousin was wearing our Grandpa’s cravat. I feel they were well represented, and we all posed for a picture with our items. I think Granny will appreciate it.

Also, turns out the wedding had an en-suite castle. Whaaat?

Now for the small print update. My Dad has finished his third cycle of chemotherapy and has had progress scans. The news is good; his pelvic lymph nodes have shrunk back to normal size, and the mass in his bladder wall is greatly reduced. The next step is one final round of chemotherapy, and then surgery to remove his bladder. This stage should be curative, although follow up scans will be required to check the cancer hasn’t reappeared somewhere else. This is great news, because we’ve all been really worried. He’s lost most of his hair and that which remains has gone white as snow. He’s lost a lot of weight, too. Hopefully after this chemo is done, he will be able to recover some, if not all, of these things.

In other news, I may have mentioned we bought a house. Well, we’ve had our mortgage approved now which is exciting (and terrifying), and so we are just waiting for the sellers to tie up some of their own legal issues and we’ll be off! Unfortunately these legal issues have the time frame of a piece of string, so we have no idea when we will actually be off. Still, the longer it takes, the more time we have to save money for the renovations so it’s not such a bad thing. I’m being a bit sheepy about actually talking about the house at the moment, because I don’t want to jinx it. So when things go through, I’ll be writing all about it, but until then, let’s just look the other way and hum quietly so it doesn’t get scared, ok?

I’m going to see a man about a dog my shoulder today. Fingers crossed he knows what’s wrong with it and how to fix it. Seeing as I’ve waited a good 6 months for this appointment, I’m hoping for some progress at least…

And finally, I leave you with some genius leafleting from our postman.

– Porch Rachel

Linking up with Kristin and Joey for Stuff and Things.

*Blistering barnacles. Can’t anyone call a spade a spade any more?! This was the description of a recurring blockage in water pipes at my new project. Really?! I call aliens…


  1. Kristin
    2nd July 2015 / 14:44

    That house is gorgeous. Oh to go there… 🙂

    • 7th July 2015 / 21:15

      It’s pre-tty nice! It’s got really pretty gardens, too. (And painted shut sash windows. Why do they do that to pretty old windows?!)

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