Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- Rays Hospital Appointment -Christmas Shopping and Guy Fawkes Night.

It has been a long day as Ray had to go for a Echo Cardiogram  Scan for his heart.

So we went early so as to do all my Christmas shopping. We got the Range and it is like Aladdin’s cave in there. Everything for  the bedroom, dining room, kitchen office and hobbies, pets, and outdoors. You pick one thing up and then see another. Just a wonderful place for presents, and yourself !

Ray enjoys this as I had so many pressies to buy that he is allowed to help me and he loves finding a bargain.

We came away and drove on to the Park and Ride into a very busy Canterbury. Ray offered a MacDonald bag of chips and a Milkshake (he knows how to spend on a woman) We sat with the Mothers and  babies. so cute watching them eat all that junk food, they loved it as they were playing with the toys and the lady bought balloons in, she wouldn’t give one to Ray (Oh yes- he asked )

We then caught the hospital bus and found the Cardiac ward and sat and waited. There was a lovely couple opposite who couldnt stopped laughing at a notice that said read this notice below and there was a notice below. They finally took a photo to put it on facebook.

Another lady in a Invalid buggy who  had been very il,l with her heart, that she had to have a liquid morphine to be able to stand the Ultra-scan. Her attentive Grand Daughter was so sweet and was so caring  we had a fascinating chat.

They all went in at long last Ray went in. He has been given the nod and the wink that everything looks good but he has to wait for the result.

We came home hoping on the bus to the car and traveling in the dark.

It was then we remembered it was Nov 5th as the firework went up into the sky. We got in and Ray took Louis straight out for some exercise and then I got his thunder jacket on. That really works and he slept all evening through all the bangs.



So that was our day and I have had a good day.
A good write up on Nov 5th
For 400 years, bonfires have burned on November 5th to mark the failed Gunpowder Plot.  The tradition of Guy Fawkes-related bonfires actually began the very same year as the failed coup. The Plot was foiled in the night between the 4th and 5th of November 1605. Already on the 5th, agitated Londoners who knew little more than that their King had been saved, joyfully lit bonfires in thanksgiving. As years progressed, however, the ritual became more elaborate.
bonfireSoon, people began placing effigies onto bonfires, and fireworks were added to the celebrations. Effigies of Guy Fawkes, and sometimes those of the Pope, graced the pyres. Still today, some communities throw dummies of both Guy Fawkes and the Pope on the bonfire (and even those of a contemporary politician or two), although the gesture is seen by most as a quirky tradition, rather than an expression of hostility towards the Pope.

Preparations for Bonfire Night celebrations include making a dummy of Guy Fawkes, which is called “the Guy”. Some children even keep up an old tradition of walking in the streets, carrying “the Guy” they have just made, and beg passersby for “a penny for the Guy.” The kids use the money to buy fireworks for the evening festivities.

On the night itself, Guy is placed on top of the bonfire, which is then set alight; and fireworks displays fill the sky.

The extent of the celebrations and the size of the bonfire varies from one community to the next. Lewes, in the South East of England, is famous for its Bonfire Night festivities and consistently attracts thousands of people each year to participate.

Bonfire Night is not only celebrated in Britain. The tradition crossed the oceans and established itself in the British colonies during the centuries. It was actively celebrated in New England as “Pope Day” as late as the 18th century. Today, November 5th bonfires still light up in far out places like New Zealand and Newfoundland in Canada.

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