I have had a really nice start to the week this week. Monday was its usual manic self, and life just didn’t go much according to plan, but yesterday I had a good day at work, and a lovely walk with my sister in the evening. I took the camera out and got a few pictures. It was a beautiful evening, a bit of a chill in the air, but gorgeous nonetheless.
I waited for my sister by the Withycombe waterwheel. I could hear her coming, saying “pretty weeds”. We chatted our way towards the beach, and this little guy stopped near us, rummaged for a peanut, and found his bounty.
The wind really picked up as we got to the beach. There were plenty of runners, cyclists and families out. It was definitely gloves weather for the runners, though it was nice enough to be in a t-shirt. The life boat was out for a bit too. I don’t often see it out except at Christmas.
P and I chatted about everything and nothing for the whole 3 miles wander, and I loved it. I don’t get to spend that much time with her sadly, as she doesn’t live in Devon, but when she does come down, it’s so nice just to natter and spend time.
Then, for my really exciting news – I’m a little bleeder! A successful one! I gave blood for the first time in 5 years tonight. I started trying to donate in 2003, and managed to give 3 whole pints over 3 years, but with a load of anaemic tests, I turned into a floater (where my blood floats in the liquid in the finger prick test, when it should sink if you have enough iron). Well, I am back to being a sinker!
I am so pleased. My mum and sister have both give large amounts of blood over the years, and it is something I think is so important (so much gain for such little pain), so I was so disappointed not to be able to donate for a long time. The website has come on so much and booking an appointment is so easy now. I will be trying very hard to drag Matt along at some point soon.
Are you a successful bleeder too?