I really appreciate all the support and comments about your own experiences, thank you so much. Joan, I don't think anyone was referring to your comment, but rather meaning the relatives who are clearly upset with me and my decision. I stand by my decision, I'm not going to change my mind regardless of what family and friends think. It is upsetting, though, when people just think you're wrong and won't even consider your reasons why you've made that decision.
At the moment I'm being sent to Coventry (for readers abroad, that means being ignored and not spoken to), I hope that will change but if not, so be it.
I'm going to have to really watch my diet this next week or so, I'm having so much gut trouble, I know it's a reaction to all the stress. I'll be cutting back drastically on simple carbs, spices, sauces etc and not eating anything I haven't made myself, so it'll be mainly plain meat and fish meals with plenty of veg. Speaking of which, husband yesterday brought in from the garden the biggest butternut squash I've ever seen - and it's not even ripe yet! He accidentally snapped it off when he was doing a bit of pruning and weeding, it'll ripen indoors no problem. I'll put a photo of it on my food blog.
I'll sit and make lots of cards the next few days, that'll help get my stress levels down, I'll also put photos of those on my card blog. I can't do very much at the moment anyway, as my backache is truly awful at the mo. Now that the school holidays are at an end, along with the too hot weather, we can at least get back to going for walks on our favourite beach, we haven't been very often the past few weeks because of it being too crowded for our liking. Gentle walks will help with the pain and stiffness of my back, although it does tend to exacerbate my hip pain for a while.