Transplant +75: Carsington Water

Carsington Water is a pleasant 30 minute drive from home. It’s somewhere I enjoy going to think, especially when it’s quiet. It was very quiet this morning, as well as being cold and rather eerie in the winter sunlight. It’s a good job the 7 has a heater – however inefficient. At least it keeps my legs warm while the top half of me is wrapped in a fleece, scarf, snood, woolly hat, driving gloves and a big coat.

Andrew Frost's wizard sculpture on Stones Island, Carsington Water
Stones Island, Carsington Water

This was probably the last excursion for Gnu this year as the weather for the rest of this week looks poor. He’ll be safely stored away and SORNed by 1st December for a couple of months.

Carsington Water from Stones Island, looking towards the dam. The water is as low as I’ve seen it for many years

I spent some time walking around Stones Island and reflecting on the last year. It’s one I don’t want to repeat in a hurry. Chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant is no fun at all. Worse than the treatment was missing out on too many social occasions – including work. But I hope that I’m now through the worst of it and that any relapse is many years away. Maybe something else will get me first after all!

Andrew Frost’s sinister wizard sculpture on Stones Island, Carsington Water

Having made appreciative noises at the sculpture, my twenty-minute walk became too cold to bear. So I did what any sensible person would do and headed to the Mainsail restaurant. My sausage cob (breakfast is served until 2.30pm – very decadent) and pot of tea were a bargain at £5.25.

I’m cautiously optimistic about 2019 from a personal perspective. Maybe even my head hair will grow back soon. I hope this optimism is better-founded than my Old Timmy’s Almanac predictions were at the start of this year.

3 thoughts on “Transplant +75: Carsington Water

  1. And you have been an inspiration to many Tim. Even if that adoration has been unwanted 😉 here’s to the next season of GNU!

  2. Wow, +75 already? Great to see you getting out and about yourself and giving Gnu some exercise before his hibernation. He needs to rest for a busy year taking you out more in 2019 🙂

  3. Certainly now really feels suddenly like the time to wrap up warm after an amazing summer and colourful autumn. Must be true for both you an GNU. I’m impressed you are so organised to SORN the car – I’m afraid i live in hope of an impromptu bright winter day blast and pay accordingly. That said, just got my toy through its first MoT – no issues, but advisory on new rear tyres!. Good to see you making continued progress – what will Old Timmy forecast in the next Almanack I wonder?

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