I was by your side*

Ever had one of those weeks where you blink and suddenly it’s been a week since you posted anything on your blog?!
I generally follow Caitlin Moran’s mantra of Never Complain, Never Explain where it comes to the blog but I’m aware I need to get my stuff together – I’ve always been terrible at planning ahead and scheduling posts and whatnot. I tend to just turn up when I’ve got something to say and go for it; too much structure takes the fun out of it for me.
Anyway, this week I’ve been up and down and back again with work – first I was on the next flight to Finland pack your bags now, the next thing there was a week’s unexpected delay, then we were all go again, and then I’m stood down in favour of someone who can speak Russian. So no Finland for me. Instead, I’m off to…. Yorkshire. I knew it was too soon to write a triumphant leaving post.
Small print update: my Dad’s not been doing too well post discharge from hospital. He’s been having some complications post surgery, with significant discomfort, and generally being a truculent patient. I know what it’s like to be in a lot of pain and be fed up of not being able to do what you want to, but this is very out of character for him and it’s been quite difficult for us all. I’ve had to do a couple of last minute trips following A&E visits, but I’m pleased to say he’s back in hospital now and doing a little better. Hopefully it’s just a matter of time. Thanks for all your kind words on the matter though, it means a lot.
Due to the above, I’ve been spending more time in hospitals than I might like. However, this is made a slightly more bearable when the hospital entrance is unexpectedly fancy (it even has its own museum!) and there’s an awesome cafe nearby which is entirely gluten free. If you’re in Reading do give Nibsy’s a try, it’s brilliant. Proper review coming soon – as soon as I sort out that whole schedule thing… cough cough.
On a more positive note, last week I met my first ever real life blogger friend! It was awesome. Her name’s Kelly and she blogs at Around The World in 80 Pairs of Shoes (which I think is a fabulous blog name). We discovered all sorts of things in common, like the fact that we’re both gluten free, we’re both tall, and we live really close to each other. She, too, took ages to discover this place on both our doorsteps, which made me feel glad that I’m not the only one! Anyway, we ate gluten free scones and cakes in the super cute Southill Tea Room and talked about all kinds of things, both blogger-related and non.
One of these travel related things was who to book long haul flights to the Antipodes with, as we’re both heading out at the end of the year. We weighed up quality of gluten free meals (universally abysmal, we decided), leg room, stopovers, and loyalty programmes. After much hemming and hawing, I’m pleased to say I’ve booked my flights out to Sydney in November to visit my sister. I’m going with Qantas via Dubai, and I’m doing the full 24 hours with no proper stopover which I’m a little nervous about. Kelly, have you booked yours yet?!
I’ve also been constructing gingerbread houses with some of my new Bedford friends, which seems like an unusual activity to do in August but given the weather we’ve been having lately… Anyway it was lots of fun and so nice to get to know this group of girls a little better. And even though I couldn’t eat our creation, there were lots of sweets I could (and did) eat, so it’s win-win. Shoutout to Ikea for making flat-pack gingerbread houses, leaving us with just the fun parts to do!
Have you ever met a fellow blogger in real life? Or, made a gingerbread house in August?
Linking up with Kristin and Joey for Stuff and Things.



  1. 27th August 2015 / 23:08

    So sorry to hear about your Dad. I hope that he improves and that the stay in hospital is more relaxing than frustrating for him. It’s tough when you’re unwell and can’t do what you could normally do, makes it difficult especially when you’re used to being independent.

    On the plus side, it’s good your work is keeping you busy so you don’t have too much time to worry, and can relax and enjoy time with your dad.

    • 28th August 2015 / 17:19

      Thank you, he definitely has a tendency towards the frustrated (doesn’t help he’s also a doctor… they make the worst patients) but I think has resigned himself to the situation! He’s in the best possible place so that’s the main thing. As for work, it definitely helps to be kept busy so I’m very thankful for that! Definitely a welcome distraction.

  2. Kelly Michelle
    28th August 2015 / 15:48

    It was so lovely meeting you Rachel last week! I’m so sorry to hear about your dad, I hope he feels a lot better soon. We so need to do that gluten free cake tour in Bedford. Haha you’re so more organised than me…I’m still thinking about what flight to book…think it’s going to be Cathy Pacific though…but I could change my mind again hehe xx

    • 28th August 2015 / 17:17

      100% yes to the cake tour. Amazing. I would like to point out I’m not normally this organised…! Let me know who you go with in the end. And thanks for the well wishes for my Dad, I think he’s a little better today so that’s good 🙂

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