When I was waiting for Tommi to arrive at the airport last Friday my right bum cheek and right leg started to ache like mad.
I thought it might be Sciatica, a sort of leftover from when I did my back in a while ago but just make sure I went to see the doc yesterday and she confirmed it.
Apparently it should go within two weeks and all I can do is take some painkillers. The pain comes and goes, sometimes it's so bad I want to scream. Luckily it hasn't ached too much at night so I've been able to sleep - the NHS website says that "nerve root pressure is often relieved by lying flat as the weight of the body is then no longer pressing out the pulp from the disc."
Tommi goes home tomorrow so I'll have the weekend to recuperate before my cousin's daughters arrive on Wednesday and it's go go go again.
We finished building the fence today. There was only one panel to do so it took only an hour and a bit.
There is a massive pampas grass where the panel went so at times working round it was a bit difficult and all three of us look like we've been self harming as the grass scratches your skin even through clothes!
Mira the cat (below) decided that the tools have to be kept warm so she had a nap on top of them!
So, we went from this...
Yesterday we had a day "off" so me and Tommi visited Covent Garden, Oxford Street and Soho.
We had a drink in Lamb & Flag which is one of the oldest pubs in London.
We also visited the new Arsenal stadium in Highbury, north London. Tommi is a huge fan so it was like the mother ship was calling him home!
I'm always moaning about how pear cider is not readily available in the UK like it is say in Finland but today I discovered that apart from the Swedish Kopparberg (which I normally buy in IKEA) there is a home brewed one called St Helier. And very nice it is too!
The flavour is slightly less sweet than Kopparberg. Recommended!
We always think of airports as a place with endless queues and inflated prices but there is one bit of which is constantly happy: the arrivals.
I went to meet my friend Tommi yesterday at Heathrow Terminal One when he flew in from Finland and while I was waiting for him I was enjoying watching people meeting their loved ones.
The hugs, the shrieks, the tears. One mother was meeting his small son who was escorted by a member of the groundstaff and she was so happy to see him, the tears were endless.
Either she hadn't seen him in ages or she was so proud that he'd flown by himself. He could've not been more than five, bless.
The best reunion happened right in front of me. A man in his 40's was nervously waiting for a lady. He had a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne and glasses (real ones, not plastic) filled ready to go and a huge bunch of flowers.
I thought we was going to drop to his knees and propose but he didn't. They just had the drink and left.
His quick-thinking stopped a tourist from entering the water when the currents were too dangerous. "It was like he was saying to me 'it's too dangerous - don't go in'," said Lein Snippe from Holland, who is currently on holiday in the county.
"Bilbo, without any direction from me, just took straight off down the hill," said his handler, Steve Jamieson.
"He placed himself between her and the sea and just wouldn't allow her any access into the sea at all. "When she did creep into the sea he swam in front of her."
"The dog just came from behind and just seemed to be playing," said Ms Snippe. "But the moment I got to the water it was almost blocking me, trying to avoid me going any further. The more I got in the more nervous the dog got." "Basically he was telling me 'don't do it'."
The Newfoundlands' webbed feet and water-resistant coats make them ideal lifeguards.
Bilbo has had to pass swimming and fitness tests to join the team and spends his days patrolling Cornish beaches with his handler. He has his own lifeguard vest with safety messages written across it to warn holidaymakers not to go beyond the designated swimming and surfing areas.
"He's really well known on the beach and everyone just loves him. He gets invited to Crufts every year as a celebrity and participates in educational talks to schools."
"We've spent thousands on signs warning people about swim safety but no-one takes any notice. He's the best PR we could ever have hoped for."
Historically, Newfoundlands are well known as a working dogs that has helped fishermen by bringing in nets full of fish and pulling the carts full of fish to the local villages.
Another strange thing to come out of Finland: 5000 year old chewing gum.
23-year-old student Sarah Pickin discovered the chewed cob made from birch bark tar during an archaeological dig recently.
Sarah, (below) who studies at Derby University, was on a volunteer programme on the west coast of Finland and also uncovered part of an amber ring and a slate arrow head at the Kierikki Centre.
All the items will be on display at the centre after they have been analysed in laboratories. Sarah's tutor, Professor Trevor Brown, an expert in heritage and conservation, said: "Birch bark tar contains phenols, which are antiseptic compounds."
"It's generally believed that Neolithic people found that by chewing this stuff they could treat gum infections. It's particularly significant because well defined tooth imprints were found on the gum which Sarah discovered."
Sarah said: "I was very excited to learn more about the history of the items. I'm keen to work in this area in the future so the experience has stood me in good stead."
On a related note the Finns also invented sugar substitute Xylitol chewing gum.
Belfast appeared to be the UK's nightmare "capital", with 43% of its residents who were surveyed having had a bad dream in the week before the poll. In contrast, the corresponding figure for Liverpool residents was only 9%.
Travelodge director of sleep Leigh McCarron said: "As usual there are a few off-the-wall scenarios that our research has thrown up such as being eaten by a giant cockroach."
"However, there are common themes evident. Dreams about being chased tend to be a reaction to stress in life. The attacker in the dream often represents emotions like fear and anxiety. The second most common dream according to our research concerns drowning. This is said to reflect concerns about unresolved issues or a current crisis."
On a personal note I have a couple of recurring dreams. One where I'm at school and something horrible happens (I used to hate school) and in the the second I'm running up the stairs and reach the top of a block of flats where we used to live (on the top floor) (above) in Finland but I can't find the door to our apartment.