Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Tuesday 27th July

Last week was a marathon, but in the event I sailed through, even completing three shows in under 24 hours and hundreds of miles apart. I've spent the last couple of days resting up before the final leg of the tour which ends on Saturday.
After that I have an appointment to see the specialist on Monday morning, prior to undergoing my 6th and hopefully final bout of chemo.
I'll update this blog over the weekend.
In the meantime, enjoy the summer!

Monday, 19 July 2010

Monday 19th July

Our latest leg of the tour was very successful. Three shows in the North East before returning home early on Saturday morning.Time for a sleep, drop off the washing, shower and then we were off again, this time to Shrewsbury for a Sunday show. We had accomodation near the venue which meant we didn't have to get up really early. You can read all about it on my other blogsite www.dave-touringwithnicki.blogspot.com
We arrived home sometime after 9.00 so I had a good night's sleep, ready for my visit to hospital today.

The blood test was a formality and we didn't have long to wait to see the doctor. My blood results have improved slightly, so he was happy to postpone my 6th bout of chemo for two weeks, that is, until after the tour has finished.
The longest wait was for fresh supplies of Aciclovir and Co-Trimoxazole from the pharmacy. We sat and had a latte before returning to collect the prescription. However, we still had to wait because there was a query with the dose. In the end they dispensed on the basis of two pills per dose instead of one, which I queried, so now I have enough co-trimoxazole to last for three months.

I'm feeling fine. I'm a bit stiff when I wake up or get out of the van, but I'm enjoying life at the moment. This is a busy week. Three days in the Northeast, a trip up into Scotland, then down to Wolverhampton and ending up in Norwich before another rest day.

I will be taking it easy at every opportunity.
And enjoying every show, treating each one as if it were my last.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Monday 12th July

It's a rest day today. Last weekend was quite hectic but great fun. On Friday we had an early start to drive to Northampton to collect Cozy and then onwards to Portsmouth for the 1.30 ferry to the Isle of Wight. As usual the weather was very warm and the contrast between a hot venue and the cool air when loading the van had to be carefully managed. Luckily my tour jacket did the job admirably.
We had to be up early again on Saturday to catch the ferry back to the mainland and then we had the long drive up to Newark. Chris did all the driving so I was able to sit and read the paper and watch the world go by.

The Americana festival was great fun. We had a big stage and an enthusiastic audience that lifted our performance. However, it was like standing next to an open oven on stage. Once again the tour jacket came in handy when we came off stage and the evening breeze picked up.
I must have walked miles that day. The Showground is a very big place and we wandered around looking at the cars and checking out the stalls. I made full use of the hospitality area. I must have drunk four or more cups of tea, one after the other.
Eventually we had to leave to drive home, arriving at about midnight, tired out but happy.

On Sunday I woke up early and spent some time catching up with the video recordings of the Tour de France, then relaxed in front of the TV to watch the British Grand Prix. As soon as that ended Sue and I drove to Corby to watch Chris' band playing at the Corby Gathering. They were set up on the back of a lorry outside a Working Men's Club by the roundabout leading to Asda. Some wag called it the Downroad Festival. The band played really well considering the heat and confines of the stage.
After that it was back home, more tea, read the paper and then I set about sorting through the many photos of the weekend.
Some can be found on my Facebook page, although you have to be signed up to see them

I was dozing in front of the TV when Sue persuaded me to go to bed. Today I woke up tired, with aching limbs, but that's not surprising. I have two days to rest up before we head off to the North East for a few days.
My temperature is still normal and I continue to take the pills. I'm enjoying life at the moment. I'm busy doing what I love, and not many people can say that these days.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Tuesday 6th July

It's a week since my last post and I'm still feeling OK. I've played three shows since I saw the specialist and am suffering no ill effects.
I'm wrapping up like a racehorse after each show finishes. The warm weather and hot lights mean that I'm sweating profusely when I go out into the cool night air. Luckily I was presented with a tour jacket that does the job admirably. I'm able to cool down slowly as I sit in the cab listening to the others loading the gear into the van.
We're having a few days off before we start again this weekend with shows on the Isle of Wight and at the Americana Festival at Newark on Saturday.
Next week we head north for a couple of shows before attending a festival in Welshpool. The week after that I have an appointment to see the specialist on the Monday and then I'm due to head north for a few days, then on to Scotland, Wolverhampton and Norwich on consecutive days.
After that there's a couple of days off before the final flurry of shows.

I've said it before but I'm really enjoying this tour. It gives me a chance to do something positive, to entertain others and also to express myself and be creative. I'm enjoying the company of friends and the warm weather. I'm enjoying the travelling and the countryside.
This is much better than staying at home.

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