This morning I had my brew after going for my regular smear test. It was that time to bear all to a friendly nurse and brush that cervix. Now listen girls.....listen to Sue from the Brew when she tells you that it is so important to keep up to date with those smear tests.
I know it's not the best experience in life and most of us dread it but it is a few minutes every three years which could save your life. Yes it's a little uncomfortable but not that bad that it needs to be ignored.
The examination seems to have changed quite considerably even since the last time I had one. The metal speculum has now been replaced by a nice comfy plastic one. How long did it take them to work that one out. A woman must have finally piped up and said 'listen that metal job is like a blooming torture device and pretty uncomfortable so get into the medical utensil design studio and make it streamlined'. Also the nasty scary stick they used before has been replaced by a nice little brush which just glides across the cervix like Torvill and Dean on that ice rink. Am I making it appealing yet?
No honestly they used to scrape your cervix and end up with half of it on the end of a big wooden stick and it would make your tummy cramp. The nurse would look proud as if she had harvested good crops and we would lie there thinking 'are there any cells with that cervix you've scraped away'.
I did have a negative experience last time which involved me having to return and then having to have a doctor perform the test which seemed a lot of trouble to go to so I was very anxious today. I can honestly say though that I didn't need to be, it was so quick and easy. The nurse put me at ease and it was all over in about five minutes. So if you have had a bad experience and are scared to go back again please tell your GP or nurse and they will help you.
Please don't be frightened, I was this time and now I've had a positive experience again I'm not worried when I have to go again. Hopefully all will be ok and I won't need to go back for another three years. I feel glad that I've been and my mind is at ease now that someone will be checking to me to see if everything is alright. If you don't go though your cells could be running riot so I can't stress enough how important it is to go.
I want us all to be here having brew for years to come so if anything doesn't feel right or something isn't good with any health worries then go and see someone. Go for the smears, the mammograms and boys go for the prostate examination. Do those home observations, so check your boobies, men check your testicles. It's a few minutes out of your life to save your life so be aware.
That's you all told, I can go and finish my brew now. Thank you for reading, do come back tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday but for now.....
Take care of yourselves.
The time is getting closer......no not for unwrapping presents and listening for Noddy Holder shouting 'It's Christmas' but to decide which advent calendar you are having this year.
Advent is the season observed by many within the Christian faith as the time waiting and to prepare for the celebration of the Nativity. It is a Latin term which means 'coming'. Advent this year runs from 2nd December to the 24th December. If you've had a calendar though, especially one with chocolates in it you know you usually get one for every day in December, and a big one on the 25th if you get the right one.
There are advent calendars with tea in them. Yes a teabag for every day.....how perfect. In fact the more you look for advent calendars, you can now get them with wine and spirits in too, I have even seen a cheese one. The tea ones are great and include a nice selection of tea. Just to pluck a couple at random.....
The English Teashop have one with their organic teas which include flavours such as:
Christmas cake: (organic black tea, with orange, apple, peach, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla).
Candy Cane: (organic peppermint tea, green tea with orange, cinnamon, roasted chicory and vanilla).
Christmas Night: (organic black tea with cinnamon, cocoa, cloves, liquorice and vanilla).
Pukka Tea have a herbal calendar on offer with many of their popular tea bags for you to enjoy such as Lemon, Ginger and Manuka Honey, Three Cinnamon and Mint Refresh. I will pop a link (affiliated) for both of these calendars at the end of this post for Amazon but if you search advent calendars you will find the exact one you want.
If you are not a big fan of the selections involved in any of the advent calendars try making your own. You can buy fabric calendars which can be used year after year and fill them with whatever you like. Maybe you have your own favourite teabags or mix it with coffee too so you get a change. basically anything goes with a homemade calendar.
We have had many advent calendars over the years, originally you could only get the chocolate ones but it's a bit more exciting now to have a change, especially for people who are not a big fan of chocolate. I know, weirdly there are people who do not like chocolate at all, very very strange. But whatever you go for.......enjoy!
Thank you for reading today, I will be back tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday but for now you take care and here are you're links.......get ordering.
I have mentioned this place before, quite a while ago now but I just thought it needed another little review again as on a recent visit the staff were so lovely.
The food here is really nice and I think I may have said before that I thought it was a bit expensive but I may retract that statement because for the amount of food you get on your plate I think it's great value. We had some lovely homemade soup, in fact Mum from the Brew and I have been at their soup twice in one week. The first time we were actually doing some research (well that's what I'm calling it) as we were planning to bring my niece, she is on a vegan diet so we just enquired what was available.
Well it is a bit limited but when we did take her the other day she was able to have the potato and broccoli soup but there wasn't any bread available. If you have been to The Clock Tower Restaurant within Derby Garden Centre in Little Eaton you will know they have a massive array of cakes, a good choice of gluten free but not a great selection for those who are vegan so it really was a bit limited.
Niece from the Brew found some roasty potatoes which she could eat and the world was ok but the thing was I think the staff were clicking on after having to check a few items with the kitchen staff and they may have just been feeling a bit sorry for my niece. A lovely lady brought over some vegan cheese which they had for her to pop on her potatoes. I thought that was really sweet and you could tell they were keen on making some sort of effort.
I was able to get gluten free bread with my soup so I faired a little better but it is tricky with different dietary requirements. I love a try'er me and some places wouldn't go to that extent to keep someone happy. I know it was only a bit of cheese but to us it was a nice gesture.
It was a lovely day with us girls together and after being really sensible with my diet and being really clever sticking to my Slimming World syns I thought I would just blow the whole thing and have some cake, well it was just sitting there all alone on a plate. A lovely gluten free Victoria sponge cake with my name on it so I asked the lady if I could have a slice. Well this slice was blooming massive, we even joked about it needing to be cut but no this last huge slice that was left was one serving.
My goodness, this slice of cake was something you would see if someone was entering a world record attempt at cake eating. I got back to the table and pleaded with Mum from the Brew to help me eat this cake, we did our best but it beat us both. Serves me right for my eyes being bigger than my belly although I feel my belly was screaming, what have you done to me? In fact my whole body went into a massive sugar rush, I've never seen myself get around Morrison's afterwards so quick.
It was lovely cake I have to say but blimey I kind of wanted them to have some for the rest of the restaurant not for me to eat everyone's share. I haven't eaten since (well cake anyway), I may never be able to again. That may be a good thing. You do get a huge pot of tea, I think ours was for two but I needed something to wash this cake down. What made me laugh was that I tried to devour a cake the size of a small planet but still put low calorie sweeteners in my tea, I think the damage had been done love.
It is a lovely place to eat and very popular, it does get busy but there are plenty of tables available. The place is clean and tidy and the staff are very friendly and as we put them to the test, they will find out any information you need about their food. The Clock Tower Restaurant as I have mentioned can be found inside Derby Garden Centre on Alfreton Road, Little Eaton, Derby. DE21 5DB. They have a website here at:
So go and have some food and a walk around the shop there, it's all Christmassy now so a lot of gifts available and cards too. There is plenty of parking so just a great all round place to go. They have many garden bits obviously being a garden centre but tucked away at the rear of the place is a farm shop called Brown & Green and they have some lovely produce there.
Have fun and tell me if you have had a good experience while visiting here, did you attempt the record at eating cake or be really sensible and resist? Not me eh? I don't think 'NO' is in my vocabulary.
Well you all take care and I'm going to see if I am not banned from Slimming World yet. Join me again tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday (no it won't be cake).
Bye for now.
I picked up a little sample of turmeric tea at the tea festival the other week mainly because I was curious. I've always put it in a curry but never in my tea so I did wonder whether this was going to work.
Turmeric comes from the ginger family and has many health benefits, It is a great anti inflammatory and boosts the immune system so it is a good ingredient to include in ones cuppa. I went for it and had a brew.....now I had a sample of pure turmeric root pieces so I wasn't too hopeful on it tasting too good. The smell put me off at first, it wasn't bad it was my brain still saying that this stuff belongs in your food love.
Once I got past the smell it tasted alright, better than I thought but for me I still think it missed something. What to do eh with a brew that needs a bit of zing? Drop a slice of lemon in and the world is ok. That was it, it just need a bit of another taste. Now you may like it on it's on, the taste of any brew is a personal thing, some need it sweeter and some don't, everyone has different tastes. I have seen some turmeric tea with other flavours such as orange and I also believe that honey works well too.
I'm a bit fussy when it comes to chamomile tea too as I need to add flavour to that otherwise it just tastes like soap to me. Funny eh? Do give the old turmeric a go as it does seem to be quite popular and added to quite a few things other than food now. Let me know what you think if you have tried it?
For now though thank you so much for reading today, please join me again tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday.....
Bye for now and happy brewing!!!
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