If you’re family, or if you’re friends with me on Facebook, you’ll know that I’ve been in hospital for the last 3 and a bit weeks. I’d had stomach pains for a couple of weeks when it got so bad that I went to A&E.
I was convinced they were going to send me home with indigestion tablets and tell me off for wasting their time, but it turns out I had acute pancreatitis! After two weeks in hospital attached to numerous drips and doped up on morphine, I was well enough to have my gall bladder removed, and I then had to stay in hospital for another week for further tests.
I was so happy to be free, that I managed to get out of the house at the weekend to spend a couple of hours with Cameron’s Auntie Julie and Uncle David on Saturday, and a couple of hours with my Aunty Ann today. Definitely in need of the painkillers that I’m currently relying on, I can’t believe how tired and in pain I am right now!
Well today was the last full day of our holiday and the day that Julie and David came back up. They were due to arrive just after 7pm, so we were cooking a two course meal for them. In the morning, we went down to Skipton and walked around the market, then did our shopping at Morrisons. After cleaning the caravan for a few hours and then cleaning the car, we were just in time for Julie and David to arrive. Since we didn’t go out today, there weren’t any nice pictures to show you, but I took a few pictures of the caravan where we were staying.
Today we decided to invite my parents and my grandma up to Skipton to take them out for lunch, so that my grandma could enjoy the sunshine. Then Vicky decided to come home from Sheffield for a few days so she came along too and it was a nice family day out. As they didn’t arrive until lunch time, Cameron and I decided to go to Skipton Castle in the morning. Neither of us could remember going there before and it was actually quite interesting. It’s 900 years old, and one of the oldest castles with the roof still intact. It cost £7 to get in, which I think was a bit steep, but it was a very enjoyable couple of hours, even if we did feel like we were going to fall down the spiral staircases, and even if Cameron forgot how tall he was and banged his head on a low door.
After the castle, we met my family for lunch at the Devonshire Arms in Skipton (a Wetherspoons pub), and then after a walk along Skipton high street, we all came back to the caravan to sit for a drink in the sunshine. Perfect.
Today was the first proper day of our holiday to Cameron’s Aunt and Uncle’s caravan in Skipton. We decided that we’d take a drive out into the dales and visit the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes. We were a bit disappointed that they weren’t actually making cheese that day so we couldn’t see the live demonstration, but we went round the rest of the museum and found out how they make it. We then took a trip around the tasting room and tried many different varieties of Wensleydale, including Kit Calvert (made with proper animal rennet instead of artificial), Smoky, Hot and Spicy, Sheep’s milk and just plain old Wensleydale. We bought a few samples, and headed on our way for a drive round the dales, heading back to Skipton via Kirkby Lonsdale and Settle. It’s been a wonderful day weather-wise and the scenery was just plain awesome! Excuse the quality of some of the pictures, they may have been taken out of the car window!