In A Nutshell / Looking Back 2014



It’s that time of year when we look back on what transpired –good/bad.

2014 proved for me memorable and here is a short version of the events.

    At the beginning of the year and for the next 6 months I was plagued with my illness. With my daughter’s help we battled with Wales NHS Doctors/Specialists to get the treatment required.

Finally on 5 June I was admitted as a day case at Princess Wales Hospital Bridgend for the Removal of my GALLBLADDDER. I stayed in over night as there was no way I could cope with travelling on the M4 back home to Neath.

From that day I continued to improve and have not looked back as I am stronger and back to my “old self.”

With my daughter staying she was able to take me out in the car most of the day due to workmen being around.

   Rendering the walls is a shared expense with the people upstairs. They knew I was going in for my op. but consideration is not there game and so 3 days on getting home the work commenced for the next4 weeks.

Scaffolding up; stuff of the wall thrown to the ground below; lots of hammering/banging and noisy workmen.

   Looking back I wondered how Spotty and I coped but we did. A birthday celebration was arranged for the weekend commencing 18 July. I could not take Spotty as she was too ill and she went to her kennels.

    We had a trip on the barge at Hungerford followed by a picnic at a local nature reserve. having all the family together  made it memorable. Unfortunately my son living in Ireland was unable to attend.

    At the beginning of August my dear Spotty passed away and went to “doggy Heaven” She had spent fifteen and a half years with me as my constant companion. In her last year Arthritis took hold but she was a fighter.  Towards the end our walks were very slow but still she enjoyed her sniffs. On her last morning I carried her round the garden and flat for her to say ‘goodbye’. I had to let her go as she was suffering but will have lots and lots of happy memories and photos. She will never be forgotten as her Ashes are in the scatter tube which stands pride of place on the chest of drawers. She is surrounded with her photo,lead, rosette and a red rose in a pot. It’s not in flower at present but i know at one point it will bloom again. Spotty has a candle beside her.

Spotty is now with me all the time and I can feel her presence.

   At the end of August a new dog came on the scene. Fan came from the Dog’s Trust Bridgend and was 8 years old. Another Welsh  Collie having lived all live up on a Welsh farm. On her first morning with me she went missing but 8 days later came back to me. I had her up until 11 December, trying to train her on the lead. She could not accept this and when off the lead was a great joy to watch out in the countryside. She would explore the bushes and banks. Fan was very much afraid of MEN. In the house she was ‘spooked’ whenever I had visitors. She never went out in the garden. !st December while out for our walk , I stopped on the pavement, having crossed the road. Fan pulled on her lead and I fell flat on my face. I needed hospital treatment. This is what made me realize she was not the dog for me. So it was with a heavy heart that Fan went back to Dogs Trust. Fan had a very loving nature which made it all the harder to let her go.

  In the same week I spoke to someone with a small dog. It transpired that because where he lived he was not allowed pets and so BENJI Jack Russell cross Beagle 10 years old, came to live with me.

We have bonded, life is calm, no pulling on lead and walk him anywhere with no problems. he plays with his toys and sleeps ’till nine in the morning. LIFE IS NOW GREAT.


In December I celebrated my 70th  with a weekend at my daughters’ in Basingstoke. We visited the natural History museum to see the latest exhibit – the Dinosaur. After food there we continued to The Cambridge Theatre to see MATILDA. Sunday was family Xmas dinner with my children/grandchildren and great grandchildren

Back in October my daughter and I flew over to N.Ireland to spend the weekend with my middle son

I had not seen him for a very long time.

I wonder what 2015 will bring. See you all in 2015



About marystreasurechest

Life provided me a long variety of experiences in skills, careers and hobbies. Countryside, nature, gardening, reading, cooking, knitting, cross-stitch. Originally from Reading/Newbury areas, now reside in S. Wales. Writing stories, telling tales of everyday life . Take a peep in my 'treasure chest' and enjoy your read. All work on this site is copyright of the owner
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4 Responses to In A Nutshell / Looking Back 2014

  1. Mumsy's Little Chancy Man says:

    Looking for you to have nothing but good things come your way in 2015 sweet Mary. We wish you all a Very Happy New Year and we hope that 2015 be filled with love, happiness, good health, all you need to live comfortably and lots of hugs and nose kisses! Mags and Chancy

  2. Thanks Mags and Chancy. I wish you both much happiness for 2015.
    Thanks for reading

  3. Happy New Year – hopefully without too much illness and with lots of doggy pleasure!

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