Poor little Charlotte woke up in the middle of the night last Tuesday and she was covered in spots – I couldn’t believe it as they weren’t there when she went to bed and she didn’t seem unwell. I took her straight to the doctors in the morning and they confirmed that it was chicken pox. Charlotte has hardly ever been off school with anything, in fact I cannot remember her ever being of ill but she didn’t seem to mind, she wasn’t very ill in herself but the itching drove her up the wall for about 3 days. The spots were in her hair and inside her mouth too. We used loads and loads of Calamine lotion and by the Friday Charlotte looked like ‘Stig of the Dump’ as she hadn’t been able to brush her hair because of the spots on her head and we had even had to poor calamine on her head. She is loads better now and the spots stopped itching and started healing over the weekend. I took her back to school yesterday and she’s there today but next week is half term anyway! It’ll take a couple of weeks for those spots to go completely but at least she isn’t infectious to anyone now – we were confined to the house for about a week!
I have a nice big class to teach Landscape & Local History at Guilden Morden and the people are very friendly, we’re now past the half way point of the course and will be having a break for half term. Even when teaching you always learn so much and as Guilden Morden is on the other side of Cambridgeshire to where I live it isn’t somewhere I know very much about but the lovely thing about teaching the subject I am doing, is that I get to learn all about that area from the students. So far we’ve had some fantastic artifacts brought in by the students to show things they have discovered themselves. There was an amazing prehistoric hand-axe found in the fields in the area – something I would love to find myself! And this week a stunning Nordic designed artefact made from horn or bone found in the Fulbourn area which is thought to be perhaps a handle for something. I can’t wait to see what turns up over the next half of the course!
Well, it's been about a week since my last blog which is all down to half term taking place! Charlotte my youngest (7 years) needed constant entertaining and it was almost impossible to work at the same time, my son Iain (16 years) came down from his care home in Shrewsbury for the week to look at various places he might move into over summer - it will be great to have him back in Cambridge :) He also visited various education placements etc. so it was all very positive. In between all that my 17 year old daughter Sophie kept popping in and out (often with her washing to do) I don't think I've ever seen the food in the house disappear so quickly! I did manage to get down to London on Thursday for the very exciting launch of History Pin, which I shall blog about further soon. But my family come first and I have enjoyed the intense but happy week spending time with them all :) We all went to a friends wedding on Saturday which was held at Whittlesford Church (great medieval wall paintings in there!) and finished with the reception at Bedford Lodge Hotel singing on the kareoke.
My lovely granny (94 years old) was back in hospital on Thursday which was sad, she is in good spirits though and she's sitting up in bed and may even be home by the end of this week. It seems she's had a very tiny stroke - but was has emerged is that she may have the beginings of dementia which will give us a new challenge as a family on how to support her best. She seems so normal 95% of the time but is also happily telling us how at night in the hospital little animals keep coming in and eating her grapes, she says they're little black and white creatures, she's also told us how a lady keep bringing her baby on to the ward and putting her baby in a tiny tin... so it is very sad, sometime the things she says are very funny but it is also sad as we know things are changing, as a family granny has always held us all together, cousins, aunts and uncles etc. but it is all changing and it is just part of the cycle of life, we will all pull together to help each other through this time and most importantly help dear little granny.
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