#Orbital Live Digbeth 31st May 2019

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Never been to this venue so it’s a new exciting experience for me, and I’m hoping it’s going to be an awesome night out.

Been really enjoying concerts lately, as our usual nights out are getting too long and hard for me to deal with, these are a couple of hours of fun, and I’m soon back to resting. So concerts are easier on me bodywise and painwise.

Off to see the Electronic music legends Orbital, hoping for some audio and visual delights!!

DIGBETH ARENA

29 Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham, B94AG

Digbeth Arena is the outdoor sister-venue to The Mill – an old builders merchant yard, situated against the backdrop of Birmingham’s Victorian railway arches.

These look amazing as the sun is going down, totally transformed it, truly magickal.

Above is when we first arrived, but later on the sun caught the arches as it was setting at 9.15pm, and it’s so golden, see below.

It is a unique and versatile open-air space in the heart of Birmingham. A 3500 capacity configuration with over 12,000 sq ft extensive outdoor space.

Because it’s outdoor, it has a real festival vibe going on, watching the planes fly over it was like a UK version of Ibiza’s space. It was glorious in weather which was lucky!!

Digbeth Arena offers an array of flexible and impressive infrastructure to producers, agencies and brands & provides the most unique backdrop for conferences, exhibitions, experiential events, live music and more.

Look at these backdrops, just amazing art all around, making it unique and adds to the visual magic.

It was such a breathtaking visual and audio concert, that nothing has ever come close too. It was an experience of a lifetime, and one I will certainly treasure forever too.

Now I’m home my head says I want to do it all again it wasn’t enough, but of course body, mainly operated hip says you ain’t moving ever ever again!! Pain is off the charts

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#Soapbox Derby May 2019

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It’s an exciting weekend, this bank holiday for me, first I had Shaggy and Sting concert Friday 24th May, then on the Sunday 26th May we have this gem to go too.

Soapbox Derby Shrewsbury Quarry

Come and join thousands of spectators from across the West Midlands to cheer on our weird, wonderful and wacky soapbox downhill racers at Shrewsbury Wacky Races 2019, the first event of it’s kind to be held in the town.
Watch as our racers hurtle down our custom track in their carefully crafted carts at the Shrewsbury Quarry, tackling our 300m track and it’s chicanes and, hopefully, avoiding the icy waters of the River Severn at the end!

Our competitors will work their way through a knockout style competition with only the fastest 10 cars making it through to the final, where they will battle to take home the winners trophy!

The event will be free to attend, with pop up street food, bars and loads of fun activities for all the family.

  • Race starts at 10am
  • Second race 1pm
  • Final race 4pm top 10 cars
  • Trophy time, winners 5pm
  • We have often watched on Dave Chanel the madness of soapbox races, and I was thrilled to see it over here in this country and not far for us either!!
  • Its been too long since I’ve been to Shrewsbury.

We arrived at 10.20am easy parking for us, quite close as we used street parking. First pit stop to the loo, bit of a queue and already out of loo roll, perfect!!

We headed off to the starting line, managed to watch the last few of this race set off.

Rain was a dampener I will admit. So after watching a few cars, we headed to the Dingle to eat some of our packed sarnies.

Spotted some cars on display too, lots of stalls of food too. But I came prepared. As I always do, so no queuing for me.

Walked around the town to see the old building, haven’t been to Shrewsbury in such a long long time. I love the Tudor buildings

Back to the Quarry ready for the second race. Thinking we were smart we headed to watch at 12.20pm knowing race started at 1pm, only just got a spot!!

There was a screen, but we wanted to be closer to the action.

We saw so many cars and this is a small snippet of them really. We were very lucky to get a spot, though how when a lot of people really hogged areas by spreading out with lots of chairs, blankets and cushions. I struggled to stay in my spot, it really hurt my hip, and back.

So once the second race ended, I had to call time on the day even though we had other races to watch. I was gutted to go, but really relieved as well. As I couldn’t of stayed how much I wanted too.

Had a giggle, I wished the course had obstacles and more haybales to dodge for the cars, but it was a first event so you never know next time… I’d definitely go again.

Sting and Shaggy 44/876 Tour

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The album’s title refers to the country calling code for the United Kingdom (+44) and the North American area code for Jamaica (876), Sting’s and Shaggy’s respective home countries.

Following their win at the 2019 Grammys for Best Reggae Album, Sting & Shaggy have announced their return to the UK with The 44/876 tour.

A series of intimate and exclusive shows will begin at London’s Camden Roundhouse on 19 May with additional dates in Newcastle, Birmingham and Manchester.

2018 saw Sting & Shaggy bring The 44/876 tour to North America, South America and Eastern Europe. Hailed as one of the most anticipated concerts of the year and a “reggae rock dance party that never lets up,” the show sees the pair collaborating on each other’s most celebrated hits such as Every Breath You Take, Englishman In New York, Message In A Bottle, It Wasn’t Me, Mr. Boombastic and Angel as well as new hits from 44/876

In spring 2018, Sting & Shaggy made UK headlines with a memorable performance of Don’t Make Me Wait at the Queen’s 92nd birthday celebration at the Royal Albert Hall. The pair also performed the track live on BBC’s The One Show, and in the latest series of Mrs. Browns Boys. 2018 also saw the release of Skank Up (Oh Lawd), a further collaboration from Sting & Shaggy that featured dancehall music sensation Ding Dong. 2019 will also soon see the release of the pair’s next single, Just One Lifetime.


Never been to the 02 academy before, and it was a very small intimate venue, easy to get to bar, and toilets, nice staff as well.

The music kicked off at 8.10pm while I was on the loo!! Weird as it said last entry at 8.30pm so I thought I had plenty of time.

Anyways straight into stings classics, with the crowd joining in. I needed a San Miguel, so headed to the bar, which was super efficient, well staffed and I was served pretty quickly.

Had a few tall tall people in front of us, but the odd one made an effort all night to duck and weave so us small ones could see. He was well into it!!

I think the crowd was predominantly for Sting, but behind me and including us (me and Mr moon) we were there for Shaggy, wooping and whistling when his songs came on.

Though admittedly we bopped and sang along to both sets of classic songs, as well as their collective new songs on the album. Some songs were slow at times and I personally would of loved the same reggae energy all he way through, but I had an absolute blast!! What a way to kick start the bank holiday weekend.

Week 17 post #HipReplacement

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This week I’ve been camping, we went for a few days in Cornwall. Had an event planned for the Saturday, so we decided to make the journey worth while, we set off Friday and would come home Monday.

Arrived at the most fantastic campsite just outside boscastle called Trebyla Farm it’s a simplistic working farm campsite, with electric hook up and caravans too. Idea for those wanting to escape the world for a few days. So no WiFi, no posh toilets with grand baths, or clubs and pools here. It’s back to basics camping, I love it!!

Just toilet blocks and showers available, with hot water and free so what could be better. Also available is a kitchen area with microwave (I couldn’t work it) freezer for your essentials, and dry area to wash up in.

Everything was super clean, well stocked with toilet roll and hand soap too. So I didn’t need my emergency packed ones. As some sites often run out, or don’t re stock often. These were done every morning. All bins checked each day too.

We have a large spacious tent, bought when we had 4 small children we used to camp with. But it’s size means I can stand up, so no bending to get in and out. Which honestly I’m relieved at, as I don’t think the hip would like that.

The hip coped very well with a lot of things I requested it to do. But mainly I do the kitchen stuff, I sit to make a coffee or sandwiches as I don’t like to stand too much.

And banging in pegs is not one of the things I can do, I still struggle to squat down and get up again. I’m not agile and I get stuck, so better for me not to try!

I definitely did need my pain meds, a lot more of them and my walking stick at all times. Also I needed rest stops all the time. But it coped, and I would do it again, I just need a few months to recover lol.

Weather and cold obviously made it feel stiffer to move, and I often felt seized into a position, that would take time to get out of again. But once the joint got moving, it was happier.

But look at the view we had, it’s hard to be grumbling and sad when this view greets you each morning!!

Not many on the site, so the area was super peaceful, and you are left alone to relax and plan days in leisure. Exactly what we needed. My only regret is coming home after 3 nights. I will be returning for sure.

Day 114 post #hipreplacement Bionic Camping.

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Marking the day, as today is the day we are driving around 4hours to go to Cornwall to camp!!

Yay!! Happy days, excited to say the least. Keen to see how the hip behaves, and how I cope with the long long drive too. (I’m a passenger at least)

But I will be prepared with plenty of ibuprofen, the gel, and cushions, and probably a hot water bottle.

So the last few days have been mad dash packing, hunting things down, cursing and feeling overwhelmed. But it’s all worth it, in the end.

Heading to Tintagel for a special event, a Karen Kay Fairy Event

Tintagel Faery Ball & Fairy Fayre – Saturday 4th May 2019

Venue: King Arthurs Great Halls, Fore Street, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 ODA, UK

Featuring Special guest artist Jasmine Becket Griffith at the daytime Fair

Join the Tintagel Ball Facebook event page

Returning to Tintagel, Karen Kay’s Faery Events is to host an Arthurian themed evening Faery Ball at Beltane (Saturday 4th May 2019) at the King Arthur’s Great Halls in Tintagel, Cornwall.

With music from Cornwall’s 3 Daft Monkeys, plus duo, Katharine Blake and Charlie Cawood. Katharine Blake is the founder, musical director, composer and arranger of the unique and other-wordly classical chart topping choir Mediaeval Baebes. Formed in 1996, the group have toured internationally, released 8 studio albums, won an Ivor Novella award for their performance on the BBC s serialisation “The Virgin Queen”, and received two Emmy nominations as the featured artist on the theme tune for the hit TV show “Victoria.”

So phones off, social media break and family time here we come!! See you in a few days time xx

16 weeks post #HipReplacement

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It’s been a funny weird week, I’ve not done much physio, and when I have done it’s caused so much knee pain, so much pain!! I’ve been forced to rest.

Had a lot of committments this week, family wise and going out to places, so the physio hasn’t been easy to slot in either. But I even found walking around town leisurely, this week was a miserable affair.

Straight away my knee was in agony, and I felt I hobbled, and waddled even with my walking stick. And using that so heavily, it’s flared up my hand too. I’ll be honest, I was better than this before surgery, so you can imagine this was quite depressing, and emotional to realize that.

And though that’s a huge negative, I may be a bit down this week, but I’m not out!!

Why have I struggled more this week, is it because I went out a fortnight ago? Or because I’ve had to increase the daily living, family commitments? I’m not sure.

All I know is, my Thigh KILLS, like a tooth ache nagging pain. And my knee is not happy either with walking, or with physio. I don’t see anyone for a while, except occupational therapist for my hands. So I guess increase rest periods and go steady as I can.

But I am camping hopefully at the weekend, so who knows how the hip will behave?? I will keep you updated.

Weekend Vibes

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The weekend has arrived and I’m prepping for a birthday party for our soon to be 3yr old grandson Leonardo.

Cue mass meet up at ours for all of my children together, and my parents. It was chaos at times, loud other times, but good fun was had. And I think we had one very spoilt boy.

Laughs, cake and being together made it worth all the aches my hip gave me, preparing for this.

It was all Thomas the Tank Engine themed, he loves his trains.

Boy gifts and parties are all new to me, as I had 4 daughters, so everything was pink, lilac, glittery and Barbie, or bratz. So trains and cars are new to me.

Sunday came and it was family visiting day, but the treat is we get a Sunday dinner made for us.

And we got to capture a photo of us when we were in the audience of Ninja Warrior too. It’s from last week’s show.

3rd row up that’s me! Mini moon and Mr Moon. We went to Manchester last August and it’s finally been aired on TV. Hilarious seeing yourself on the Tele.

So from one hectic day, to a pretty relaxed chilled day, its been a perfect weekend. Spent with the people we love the most!!

Day 103 Geocaching Fails

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We decided to do some walking but on flat ground as the thigh has been aching since Friday night, but I couldn’t waste this glorious sunshine.

So off we trot to explore the marshes, funnily enough we’ve lived here for 14yrs and not once gone to explore them. So today’s the day!!

Planned to do a loop around the water and it’s all pretty much flat. I’d love to see otters, but it’s not the right time of day to see them. Squirrels and birds are all we will see today.

Had a few (4) caches planned to find, but we failed at ALL of them. We tried to find them, but they are certainly too well hidden. And too many nettles for me to stick my hand anywhere too.

In my head the marshes were just boggy grounds, but actually we saw lakes, rivers, and small boggy pools, each with a different selection of wildlife to be found there.

I could hear frogs but sadly didn’t see any.

Sat down a few times as I needed too. Sneaked inside hides to have a drink break, and to gaze at the birds.

One day I would like to cycle it, the path seems easy enough too. I just need to get over my fear of putting the leg down.

It was so peaceful and quiet even on blazing hot bank holiday, I’ll definitely be returning again, possibly with some binoculars too!! And definitely in the evening to catch the elusive otters.

13 weeks post #hipreplacement

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Goals for this week is to keep up my red band resistance exercises, but maybe try and add some ankle weights in some exercises, such as step ups, hip abduction, extension and flexion. (as the band gets hard to use at times)

To roller my scar area, to try and awaken some nerves and break down scar tissue. The area is still NUMB as hell. I feel pressure if I press down, but the sensation of touch has gone altogether.

Had another #Geocaching adventure, I love this as it gives you a purpose to get outside and walk where you might not of thought to visit. It’s chilly, but wrapped up from the biting wind, we set off to find 1st of 3 caches, first one gives co-ordinates to the second and so on, so no treasure, just hunting the clues.

First cache above, have us numbers for the second cache below.

More numbers to add, to find the third

Oh no, cache 3 is missing (we have found it a few years ago) instead this tree had an egg in the trunk. So careful not to disturb, took photo to share with the cache owner.

Oh well had fun finding the clues, time to head back after walking in heather and weird spongey grass (adder fear was real at this point)

On the way back to the car, Mr Moon spotted on the GPS another cache close by, so we headed to this one, making it 4 in one day!!

Erm…. This wasn’t hidden, it seems someone forgot the memo. Not to worry logged we found it, and carefully hidden once again.

As much as I love all this walking, my hip still has its pain moments, and nags to go and rest. Walking is good for me, mentally especially. But physio works on the actual muscles I need waking up, so it can’t replace that for me.

I was pleased to get home and rest my aches with a hot water bottle, knee twinges and thigh pains are still real here. And I am still on a walking stick, just not strong enough to walk unaided outside.

Day 81 Visiting Family

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As it’s Mother’s Day today it involves seeing the two sets of Mum’s. So the only exercise I will get is walking upstairs, though I will say my nemesis!! I will see one daughter of mine, but I have the other 3 to see when they are free.

As it’s time to do some physio, but we are out and about, I instead take the opportunity to walk from car to their doors without my walking stick, and likewise going up the stairs one after an other (instead one, both feet together etc) and unaided except for holding bannister. Making sure I wasn’t leaning forward, shoulders back, looking right ahead, not dropping the head to look at the floor (which I’ve probably done for years if I’m honest!) Takes more thought but good to get proper alignment, and good posture.

Walking from the car to their houses, wasn’t a lot of steps, but it was good to practise on grass, pavement and gravel. And then with the stairs, it feels pretty strong, with only side of hip muscle twinges at the end of the day.

My worst thing by far, is the first time you get up to walk after being sat down, and legs bent at 90 degrees. As I set off it gives way a bit, both hip and knee. And it’s immensely stiff, I have a ridiculous waddle, lurch walk until it’s lubricated and then rights itself.

But I recently read this on a hip replacement forum, and it kind makes sense.

The bone around the metal implants continues to adapt and remodel for one to two years after surgery. During that time, expect some mild aches and pains, and discomfort with pressure and weather changes. Ultimately, all such sensations will resolve.’

And also this

Will hip replacement get rid of all my pain?

‘Yes, if all the pain is really coming from the hip joint. But, an artificial hip cannot relieve pain coming from an arthritic spine, weak muscles, arthritic knees, hernias, poor circulation, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and other such conditions.’

Which again answers my questions forever floating around my head. Weak muscles being the biggest stumbling block for me.

Other hip, I’ve noticed now is more limited in movement, totally overlooked by the constant pain this right side has. No pain is felt in the left hip, but it may be my issue with waddling. My foot keeps swinging out to 9oclock when I walk.