Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- Deep Fried Mars Bars how weird.

Photo: It has been a very busy day here at the office! Who else is happy it is Friday?!

A 4.30 awakening with the Sea Gulls over head and squawking again at dawn -getting cross. ha ha !!

Today the weather has been so nice and with all the house cleaned and tidy I feel so good. and ready for another weekend away in the Motorhome. We cant go away for a full holiday as my trips to The Marsden  does interfere but I really dont care.        I did some ironing and after lunch it was a trip out to give Lois a run. He chased his ball around and then he suddenly ran back to the car in the carpark. Strange behaviour we thought -No he had found a ball and claimed it as his own. All split but that didn’t matter he had a trophy and he wasnt going to give it up. he sat on it all the way home carried it from the car and dumped it in the front garden.

I did go down and wash the car over again as we are having problems with the polish that was used by the garage. There is a film over the car and when it dries it is very smeary. I did do better than ray and we now have the problem solved I think.

A lovely couple that live on the Park spoke to me about the Seagulls and had thought it funny how Ray swore about the fact they bombarded the car with deposits. I didnt know he did that yesterday.

It was funny to hear they read my blog and they know so much about me and what Im doing. Isnt that funny I write away to an unseen audiance and think nothing of it but Im amazed when some one close to me in my everyday life says they read it.

It is my diary and Im really just recording all I do each day for future reference.

A little late doing the blog as I have been on Facebook talking about fried mars bar. http://deep-fried.food.com/recipe/deep-fried-mars-bars-43463

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Chill the chocolate bar by keeping it in the fridge, but don’t freeze it.
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    Mix the flours and bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) together.
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    Add milk (traditional) or beer (which gives a lighter result) until you get a batter with the consistency of thin cream.
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    Heat the oil until a small piece of bread will brown in a few seconds, but don’t allow to smoke.
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    Remove wrapper from chilled chocolate bar.
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    Coat completely in batter.
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    Carefully lower into hot oil and fry until golden brown.
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    Serve, with ice cream or french fries, if you’re so inclined.

    I really cant imagine eating one though as it must be very gooey.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Deep Fried Mars Bars. Photo by FanaChef

Ray has scarring on his Lungs and I was sent by a friend a great write up       http://www.wisegeekhealth.com/what-is-parenchymal-scarring.htm

Parenchymal scarring is scarring of the tissue in the lungs. It can be caused by a number of things and may be referred to with additional terms to provide information about its location or nature; apical parenchymal scarring, for example, is scarring at the tip of the lung. This change to the lung tissue can be identified on medical imaging studies and while a patient is in surgery. A doctor can determine if it is a cause for concern and make recommendations about the next steps to take in treatment and management of the issue.

Surgeries, infections, chronic lung disease, exposure to harmful particulates, and cancers are all potential causes of parenchymal scarring. The scarring occurs as a result of irritation or damage to the tissues, with the tissue scarring over during the healing process. Scars can be fibrous and tough, and extensive scarring may interfere with a patient’s lung function, making it harder to breathe or reducing availability of oxygen to the patient. In other cases, the parenchymal scarring may be benign, not causing any problems for the patient.

On X-rays, changes to the lung tissue can be visible. If scarring is identified, a doctor may request more medical imaging to see how extensive it is and learn more about it. In some cases, a request for biopsy will be made. In a biopsy, a sample of the scar tissue will be taken from the lung and analyzed by a pathologist to learn more about its nature and origins. This can provide important information a doctor will use in developing a treatment plan to manage the scarring.

If the parenchymal scarring is not benign, treatment can include steps to reduce further damage, such as changing a medication regimen for lung disease to bring inflammation down. In some cases, part of the lung may be removed, as for example if a patient haslung cancer. Lung transplants may be needed in some cases, if it is clear that the damage to the lungs is too extensive to repair. While awaiting transplant, patients may be provided with various treatments to keep them stable and comfortable.

There are some steps people can take to prevent parenchymal scarring or reduce its severity. Prompt treatment for problems involving the lungs is advised, as is ongoing monitoring of people with lung disease. Catching complications or poor responses to medications quickly will allow doctors to provide patients with treatments, and these can limit the chances of permanent damage to the lungs. Even with prompt intervention and management, however, some patients may develop scarring anyway.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- A day of energy. Lous Speach and Jan Eagerton has been honoured today

I have had so much energy today. Already for two days I have washed curtains and changed them so the house already looked different. Today I changed the bed clothes and and vacuumed and polished. This is great but I do sit down and catch my breath every so often.

We took Louis out to the Rugby field at Swalecliffe so that Ray could go to B&Q as the rain is coming back in the porch through the doorstep. So he bought some filler. The rain did pour down last night though and we had a very wet front door mat in the porch so hopefully we will cure the problem.

The throat is easing off now that Im eating food like a baby.

I was given a good recipe book by Alistair’s wife at the Marsden yesterday and the meals are easy to swallow so I will be using that.

You can get a copy and any other booklet’s on diet and cancer, healthy eating, the build up diet etc etc at Macmillan Cancer support 0808 0808 00 00

Mine is Recipes for all people affected by cancer.

The Video of the Oncology Forum has been published it is a sort of Segment of the day that is very interesting but I was allowed the last word as the patent – a very proud moment I get the last word in as I am the patient -Thankyou Oncology Forum for letting me speak and you listened xx

There has been another lovely thing happen and that was the surprise of Jan Eagerton being remembered and a special way. I thought this was a lovey tribute to our Jan and she would approve so much.

http://www.mesotheliomahelp.org/scholarship-contest/

MesotheliomaHelp is pleased to announce the “Jan Egerton and Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship.” We are proud to offer ten (10) scholarships in the names of these two mesothelioma warriors.

Jan Egerton battled mesothelioma for over 10 years and during that time she dedicated her life to raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos and to championing the researchers to continue to focus on finding a cure and new treatments for the cancer. Jan’s husband said, “I know Jan would be delighted to have this accolade, and I would be honoured for you to use Jan’s name. This is a legacy of which she would be proud.” Jan was one of last year’s judges.

Don Smitley spent his days enjoying time with his family, his dog, Charley, and playing in his bluegrass band, The Dunbar Boys. No one ever heard Don complain or wonder, “Why me?” while he fought mesothelioma. But everyone that knew him would say that faith and a positive attitude carried him through each day. Don’s daughter, Jennifer Gelsick, chronicled her family’s journey during mesothelioma, and now discusses life after losing a loved one to mesothelioma through her blog. “We are so honored to have Dad’s name on the scholarship. It’s such a perfect way to remember and honor him,” said Jennifer. Jennifer will be one of the essay judges this year.

mesothelioma scholarship

The scholarship is available to students in colleges and universities throughout the United States. Our goal is to help the educational efforts of students while raising awareness of mesothelioma, provide information about itsprognosis and the dangers of asbestos. Mesothelioma is a disease that affects men and women – both young and old.

See the list of past essay winners here and iPad-mini winners.

Prizes

The ten scholarship amounts are as follows, and will be distributed after the winners have been notified on November 24th, 2014.

  • $5,000 – First Prize
  • $2,500 – Second Prize
  • $1,250 – Third Prize
  • $500 – Fourth Prize
  • $250 – Fifth Prize
  • $100 – Honorable Mention (there are 5 Honorable Mention awards)

Lou also did a good report of her Speech in Australia

http://asbestosaustralia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/keynote-speaker-canberra-act-14-july.html?spref=fb

Monday 14 July at Parliament House, Canberra to the politicians.

Senator Lisa Singh spoke, as did Peter Tighe then it was my turn.   Russell Broadbent MP also did the closing speech after mine.
(My speech below)
I’d like to begin by thanking the Parliamentary Group on Asbestos Related Diseases for organising this event and for raising awareness about this very important issue.   I’d also like to thank the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency for supporting this event and helping PGARD raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos.  I lost my father to pleural mesothelioma in 1985 – he was only 54 years old.   Like many people in our community, I was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, an asbestos-caused cancer in 2003. I never knew my fate would follow my father’s footsteps.  As I began to heal from surgeries and chemotherapy, mesothelioma spread to the pleura of my lungs in 2009.  I only know to fight – and fight hard – I am currently having further chemotherapy treatment.   Asbestos has had a hugely destructive impact on my family and me.
My story is only one of thousands of stories out there where families have suffered and have been torn apart by this insidious substance.  My pain and knowledge, has spurred me on to advocate for the sufferers of asbestos related diseases and their families and for greater awareness of the dangers of asbestos and prevent people from being exposed in the future.   I attended the initial Asbestos Summit in Sydney in November 2012 where Bill Shorten announced that an independent Agency would be established to target this issue.

In my mind this was the ultimate and very important step in asbestos safety and eradication for Australia and also leading the way worldwide.     I was so overjoyed that this had finally come into fruition through the work of support groups, unions and government.   I felt at peace, that if I died tomorrow I would be happy in the knowledge that this is in place.  As my mesothelioma battle continues, so do my advocacy efforts.  In April 2014, I was fortunate to attend the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organisation (ADAO) 10th International Asbestos Awareness Conference in Washington where I was honoured to receive an award for advocacy and support to other sufferers and their families. As a guest speaker, I shared my story.   Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council Chairman Geoff Fary was invited to also speak at the ADAO conference in 2013. He spoke about Asbestos Management Review, the new agency and the way forward, and people listened.  It was clear to me, that America and other countries see us as leaders in our country and abroad in campaigns to ban asbestos.  We have come a long way since the full ban on Asbestos in 2003, and most importantly, with the establishment of the independent Agency.  Mesothelioma is a death sentence for the person diagnosed and their family.  Asbestos tumours are likened to barb wire and eventually join up into like a mass of hard concrete in the linings and suffocate the organs making breathing painful.  It literally takes your breath away.

Australians need this Agency to ensure there is a national approach to identifying asbestos and developing ways to remove it from our community.  I have a great fear that without the Agency, the issue of eradicating asbestos will be put on the backburner and will fizzle out.  Please hear my voice. I would not wish this painful and aggressive cancer on anyone.  Those nearly invisible fibres have devastated my family, my friends, my community, and me.   My father paid a high price for his work – his life. Now I fight this painful, but preventable cancer.  Do we want asbestos to continue to plague us and the next generation?   For me, for us, please keep the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency viable – prevention is the only cure.   I thank you again for inviting me here today.

Standing on the steps of to the entrance of Parliament House prior to the PGARDS luncheon.

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At PGARDS luncheon with team members of ADFA (Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia), Kat Burge South Australia and Senator Lisa Singh.

We Mesowarriors do voice our stories and our opinions on Asbestos and Mesothelioma in so many ways and yet we were once just ordinary people doing ordinary living until we were diagnosed with this disease.

So proud of those that can talk and get our case across for all the Mesowarriors.

ray and linda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rays blog http://mesoandme.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/tuesday-104/

 

 

 

 

Living with Mesothelioma -My Diary- Trial Drug Day and Many roads were blocked with accidents and floods.

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It was a very early ride up to Marsden today but the roads were so clear as the Children are off school so the local traffic wasn’t heavy.

The new Sat/nav worked well although the volume on new Tom Toms are not very loud.

Stopped at Clacket’s  Lane and then got through to Sutton well.

They had let 4 nurses have holiday so with only 3 on it was very short staffed for the volume of patients that had appointments.

I finally got in and had my bloods taken leaving Ray asleep in the waiting area. He had got up at 5am so I let him be.

The Sister tried to find my veins but as usual it was a hard job and settled for the usual one in the crick of my arm.

Then blood pressure taken  134/75 so still on the low side but doing Ok.

When weighed I had lost nearly a stone but I had meant to as the weight was going up and up.

The Nurse has said that my scan is nest week but dont panic if the result shows a flaring as they are seeing that when the drug works and turns the Immune system on the scan shows a flareup. Explaining to me how when you cut yourself the wound goes red all around it as the ant bodies set to work. This is what happens to the tumour’

I then sat waiting for the doctor but I had to have my blood retaken as the Biochemistry test had clotted (but all of us had the same problem) Was the machine playing up ?? Because the cannula was used last time I had to have it taken out of a vein. tries of sticking needles in me I finally gave a sample.

With that done I waited to see the Trial Doctor. He finally called me in and carried out his usually examination. I reported my throat and how I had to take paracetamol to eat meat or potatoes. larger pieces of food.

He has ordered that when I have my scan next wednesday it will incorporate my throat.  I now wonder if the tumour in thyroid is having a flare up.Only the results will sort it all out.

So that was it I had to wait for the drug to be made so we went off for a coffee and Ray had a cake while I was good and had a yogurt.

Back up in the waiting area we sat talking to other patients. You meet up with the same ones each week so it is all light hearted chatter that goes on.

I was called in to get the drug as it was ready.

This was put through the cannula it it only takes 30mins with two flushes I was soon out.

We drove home and was so lucky as all the roads hd accidents on them. A caravan had turned over at Bromley but we came off at M26 so we were very lucky as the traffic built up.

http://www.channel4.com/news/thunderstorms-and-flash-floods-hit-se-england

We were glad to get home and have dinner. I did iron the curtains I had washed and we hung them up. Another job done

Rays Blog http://mesoandme.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/monday-95/

 

 

Living With Mesothelioma- My Diary- A weekend at Rye

We have had a great weekend again at Rye for the C&CC 50th birthday

I love Rye

We started off with panic as Ray found we had a puncture and had to call the AA. All packed up and waiting was funny.

http://mesoandme.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/sunday-92/

Ray has told the story.

We did finally get away but the Sat?Nav played up all the way. I do know how to get there but we were testing it. So we dicided to buy a new one on the way home as I cant go back to reading maps now. I love a satnav

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The O2 were being put together to hold the BBQ and food tables for the Saturday night birthday party But first we spent Friday being a tourist around Rye

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Rye city wall

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I made it up a steep slope and that was it -Shattered

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Looking down into gardens behind the shops

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There are so many little shops to interest

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Ray climbed up on a wall to take this and there was a huge drop to below

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A wonderful sunset Friday night

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The party began and everybody had enough food at the BBQ well done to the cooks x

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Lots of chattering and socialising went on as the wine flowed.

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We finished the evening with a good dog walk as all the dogs joined in.


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It has been a splendid time and just as we were all packed up to come home the heavens opened and the rain poured down.

We didnt really say bye just waving from the Motor Home but it had been a great rally.

On the health side I have as I have said before had a painful throat. It has now got to having to take 2 Praceomol just to eat a dinner of potatoes and meat. I ate the BBQ only because I had taken tablets.

I will ask tomorrow if this is a side effect. I really dont mind eating Mince and mash and all foods soft as that isnt painful. Its as if my throat doesnt wish to stretch or is it a tumour ??? So many questions tomorrow at the Marsden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- Visited a Special Mesowarrior Friend xx

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Such a lovely day again as the sun rose over the horizon. I was awake again so very early but my throat was so much better and I was swallowing better with just a little pain.

Tidied up and then nodded off in the chair while watching the news.

We had an early lunch and then set off for Margate to visit a very special Mesowarrior. We called in and bought a bouquet of flowers.They had 2 ornamental cabbages in the bunch.

Winter Bouquet - Carole Gomez/Photodisc/Getty Images

Like this one but all green.

We went wrong when we got into Margate and we panicked we were at the wrong road. We have been before and thats what made it so silly. Going back and forth we couldn’t find the house. I told Ray to go to the sea front and see if we could track back from there as last time we had been for a lovely walk to the seafront. Going through the roads we came to the right one and found the house. A very senior moment there.

It was great to see our friends and lots of cuddles and kisses. I didnt want to tire her so we didnt stay long as 2 hours of laughing and talking was tiring  but we promise to go again soon it had been so good to see her and to know she is fighting Mr nasty but Chemo has done so much damage as it did me. I pray she will recover from the chemo bit by bit and get stronger before the winter to be able to fight infection.

I was given beetroot pulled fresh from the garden and I have come home and cooked them. It makes you feel so healthy eating fresh veg like this.

We called in to the Supermarket and shopped for food to take in the Motorhome as we are off to Rye for the C&CC 50th birthday party so it is lots of fun in the rugby club this week.

An email was here from the Royal Marsden changing my scan date. I sweated as I checked the dates as I had sorted my diary out for July/Aug but it is all good so everything is calm again.

My Local MP Julian Brazier has replied to my email regarding choice and free social care at the end of life.

It is a issue in which he has a great interest as he fought to save our Canterbury Pilgrims Hospice which was under threat of closure.

He gave me a link to our local Commissioning Group.

Dying matters

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Dying is an inevitability we will all face.

It is a topic most of us shy away from discussing, but talking about it can make all the difference to the person reaching the end of their life and those around them.

Next week (12-18 May) is Dying Matters Awareness Week and NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging people to talk about their preferences for their end of life care.

Dr Maliha Karamat, GP at Saddleton Road Surgery, Whitstable and CCG clinical lead for End of Life Care, said: “Death is a subject that can be very difficult to broach, however, it’s important to let your family, friends and GP know what you’d like for the end of your life.

“Talking about the practical and emotional aspects of dying is important in ensuring a person’s wishes are carried out.”

The NHS provides support for people at the end of their life in a variety of ways, whether it’s from a palliative care team in the community, pain management at home, in a hospital or hospice.

NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG has recently developed an End of Life Strategy. This includes information for GPs and practice staff and sets out commitments around:
• Supporting patients to ensure their end of life wishes are followed
• That people coming to the end of their life are able to die in the place of their choice, pain free and with dignity
• That support is provided to families and carers of those nearing the end of their life
• And that support is provided to families and carers once their loved one has passed away.

Dr Karamat added: “As a CCG we are committed to improving the quality, care and services for all our patients. Our End of Life Strategy is an important part of ensuring people nearing the end of their lives are made to feel comfortable talking about plans for when they die.

“How people die remains in the memory of those who live on so it is essential for the patient as well as their loved ones to be open about this discussion.”

Dying Matters is a national coalition which aims to change public knowledge, attitudes and behaviors towards dying, death and bereavement. It has produced a leaflet called You Only Die Once which lists five things everyone should do.

1. Live well and die well. Make your wishes known today.
2. Write your will. It is the only way you can be sure your wishes are carried out correctly – and it avoids leaving your family to make difficult legal decisions.
3. Record your funeral wishes. Have the funeral you want.
4. Plan your care and support before you get ill. Talk to your family, healthcare workers and GP. After a sudden stroke you may not be able to talk.
5. Tell your loved ones your wishes. Talking about dying often isn’t easy but you should share your plans and, if you have written them down, let your family know where they are kept.

For more information on Dying Matters see www.dyingmatters.org or call 0800 021 4466.

If anyone has any comments on the draft NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG End of Life Strategy they are encouraged to email the CCG: c4.ccg@nhs.net

The Latest for the Saatchi Bill

‘WRITTEN ANSWER’ BY DANIEL POULTER MP ON MEDICAL INNOVATION BILL

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Daniel Poulter, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, has replied to a written answer from Jim Fitzpatrick MP (Poplar and Limehouse, Labour) on the Medical Innovation Bill.

Feedback on the Bill to date has already led to excellent suggestions – such as an open database of innovation, to be developed and hosted by Oxford University.

We look forward to the Government amendments.

Read the question and answer below and here in Hansard.

Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse, Labour): To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the written statement of 22 November 2014, Official Report, column 65WS, on the Medical Innovation (No. 2) Bill, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to remove barriers to medical innovation, along the lines set out in that statement.

Daniel Poulter (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health; Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Conservative)
My noble Friend Lord Saatchi has reintroduced the Medical Innovation Bill in the current parliamentary session as a private peer’s Bill, which had its second reading on 27 June. The Government is supportive of the principles of this Bill, but believes it is necessary to amend the Bill to ensure it does not:

put patients at risk;

deter good and responsible innovation;

place an undue bureaucratic burden on the national health service; or

expose doctors to a risk of additional liabilities.

The Bill will proceed through Parliament in the usual way.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 21 July 2014, c999W)

Living With Mesothelioma-My Diary- Trip to the Farm Shop and the Oyster Festival is Starting in Whitstable

Another really lovely day after the clearing of low cloud by dinnertime.

I was up so early as my throat was so painful and I took painkillers to relieve it. I stayed up and worked on the computer sorting problems out. I love sharing my knowledge I have gathered together the last 5 years.

I sorted my diary out as i have planned so many trips amongst my appointments.

Off to the park in Faversham after lunch which was packed with mothers and their children enjoying the sunshine. It seemed also packed with dogs running after balls or just racing around. Louis stayed on the lead anyway as the park is surrounded by roads and that always seems so dangerous to have no control of your dogs.

We walked around and then went back to the farm shop to buy fresh vegetables and fruit. The plums are in but not my favorite victorias.

I made do with strawberries and cherries.

Dinner was lovely fresh veg and mince as we have had so many salads over they last week.

Photo: WISHING AND HOPING .

http://www.canterburytimes.co.uk/New-doggy-bakery-launches-Whitstable/story-21644024-detail/story.html

I have to visit this new shop for treats for Louis

WHITSTABLE is known for being a top place for food lovers – and a new bakery is hoping for success, by catering for their four-legged friends instead.

Daisy’s Dog Deli, based in the Harbour Village, is a bakery selling roast chicken dinner muffins, liver cake, carob brownies, beefy postmen and even birthday cakes, all for dogs.

Run by Lisa Gosling, the business, which is named after her Wheaten terrier Daisy, opened in its new premises on Saturday. The trained chef told the Times she was inspired to launch the business after Daisy had problems with her diet.

CROWD-PULLER:  Whitstable Oyster Festival's Mud Tug by Moonlight  Picture by Brian Baker

http://www.canterburytimes.co.uk/Packed-programme-Whitstable-Oyster-Festival/story-21643961-detail/story.html

THE Oyster Festival returns to Whitstable next week for another bumper packed nine days of fun, food and frolics.

The annual event opens on Saturday July 26 with the food fair in the harbour from 10am.

The traditional Landing of the Oysters will take place at Long Beach at 2.15pm before the parade takes to the streets from 3pm.
http://www.essentially-england.com/oyster-festival.html

In the small Kentish town of Whitstable, a large part of life revolves around oysters. So it is only to be expected that – every once in a while – the inhabitants should get together to celebrate their livelihood.

That celebration takes the shape of the annual Whitstable Oyster Festival – and you don’t have to be mad about oysters to enjoy it!

Actually, whether you’re a history buff or just love a celebration, the Whitstable Oyster Festival is a good place to be.

From the traditional Landing of the Catch to the Blessing of the Waters, from an oyster eating competition to a mud tug and a fireworks spectacular, there’s plenty to do and see for adults and children alike.

And then, of course, there are the oysters, for which Whitstable has been famous since Roman times. Back then, they were not the delicacy they are today, but subsistence food that even the poorest could afford.

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Throughout Anglo-Saxon times and the Middle Ages, oysters were widely fished, providing income and food for whole communities.

So it seemed only natural to invoke some higher protection to ensure commercial success, especially as many sailors refused to learn to swim, preferring to trust exclusively in the security of their boats.

With the spread of Christianity a saint – St James of Compostela – was assigned the task to watch over oysters and those who fished for them, and communities whose lives depended on oysters began to celebrate his feast day on July 25th.

St James’ festival traditionally began with a blessing of the sea, the sailors and their boats, in hope that their lives and livelihood survived in safe abundance.

And this year is no exception.

The 2013 Whitstable Oyster Festival begins on Saturday, July 27th, with thetraditional oyster blessing. The oysters are carried in procession to the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, while a grand parade through the streets of Whitstable follows the blessing ceremony.

Afterwards, the festival gets underway with plenty of educational and fun activities.

If you think you can suck oysters down faster than anyone else, then the Oyster eating competition might be right for you. Try eating half dozen oysters and washing them down with a half pint of Whitstable Brewery Pilsner. Do this faster than anyone else and you’re a winner.

Even though oysters are nowadays regarded as a delicacy and therefore not to be had cheaply, visiting the Whistable Oyster Festival will not leave a hole in your pocket.

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Art galore is part of the festivities with local artists, classes and displays. Much of the entertainment is free and the flea markets and craft sales cost you only what you wish to spend.

Crafts and food always go together and the Whitstable Oyster Festival is no exception. Feed your taste for delightful and unusual foods while you feed your soul at the festival.

There is even a masseuse if you’ve had too much activity.

Another tradition is Grotter Day. The grotter is a hollow mound made of mud and decorated with seashells. Often children would make them and then receive a penny or two for the best one. This free activity starts in the early evening so you have all day to collect the shells.

Seashells and Starfish © Janpietruszka | Dreamstime.com

And for those who plan to visit the festival, the following fun facts about Whitstable might come in handy:

  • Tipping the Velvet, a book and television drama by Sarah Waters, used Whitstable as one of the settings
  • The 2006 movie Venus, with actor Peter O’Toole used the Old Neptune Pub in Whitstable for filming
  • W. Somerset Maugham lived in Whitstable with his uncle from the age of 10. The setting of Blackstable, for his book Cakes and Ale bears a great deal of resemblance to Whitstable. (Not really a big reach when you consider the name.)
  • Peter Cushing, star of the classic vampire, monster, and mummy movies, lived in Whitstable after his retirement

The Whitstable Oyster Festival offers something for everyone. Most of all there is great entertainment and music to accompany delicious local food and drink.

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Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- A weekend Camping in Uckfield

We have had a great weekend away in Uckfield so I think I will load photos and they will tell the story.

My voice is back completely but the small price to pay is a very painful throat  The amazing thing is I have been able to walk around so steady and my legs are strong again.

Appetite is Ok have managed to eat healthy though and thats the main thing.

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The very hot weather bought  wonderful storms

The night sky was filled with strikes as we watched from our Heki

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This was at the Isle Of Wight not very far from where we were when it comes to storms as this  came over us and we were watching the show.

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There have been wonderful clouds overhead

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Blue skies in the warmth and this was the view from our M/Home

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Sun sets and sun rises were all so pretty

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Lots of relaxation time where you just sit and look atnature

Lots of relaxation time where you just sit and look at nature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mick got out his guitar and played Country and Western.

 

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Did we care if it started raining-no of coarse not it just meant the umbrellas came out.

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The sun soon came out again, our patients was rewarded.

 

 

 

 

Saturday night was another storm and we had a huge lightening strike with a huge bang as a fireball exploded just over the wooded area. Fire engines with sirens blasting and a house had been hit as was reported in the newspaper Sunday.

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It really has been an eventful weekend and I have enjoyed every minute.

We came home today and I have done the washing that can be packed back in the Motorhome for the next trip.

Rays Blog he has enjoyed it as much as I have had bless him.

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