2023 Motivations

Where has the year gone?! With Christmas only 8 weeks away maybe it's time to think of a nice gift or maybe just something for yourself! 

Pete Adams, photographer and supporter of OOSO has again very kindly produced a lovely 2023 calendar titled 'motivations', with a share of the proceeds to be donated to OOSO.

At a very reasonable price of £11 per calendar plus post and packaging (approx £1 - £2), if you're interested please drop Pete a line on adamsmk@btinternet.com and he'll send you your 2023 motivations.

Travel Log

My wife and I have been off the grid these last two weeks touring southern Texas and dipping across the Mexican border, enjoying the sunny warm 80F days, birds, butterflies and TexMex lifestyle. We're visiting old haunts, which reminds me of the year of my oesophageal cancer, chemo~radiotherapy and surgery back in 2015. Determined to get well again we got on a plane soon after my operation to come here, to South Padre Island, where I'm writing this newsletter now, looking out across the bay of Mexico. Pelicans are wheeling overhead looking for mullet in the surf, an osprey just glided by, with sandpipers busily darting about on the white powdery sands looking for snacks, it's a rare sight.

Back in 2015, whilst it was a grim situation, getting away was an important part of my recovery, if not just for a short break or weekend rest bite. I asked Nick if would it be ok to fly just 12 weeks after surgery, and he said why not. A friend suggested it'd be medicinal, and she was right. Ok flying isn't necessary to get well! But taking a little time out, going somewhere nice for a short break is uplifting, if not a little liberating, after us all having been through so much. 

Here in Texas the subtropical climate is a perfect environment for incredibly beautiful and exotic birds and butterflies, so here's just a couple of many snaps from this week, a pair of Gulf Fritillary butterflies and the impressive Crested Caracara bird of prey. If this is medicine, I like it!

Catch Up

Our next cafe catch up will be on Tuesday 8th November at the Haddenham Garden Centrenot far from Thame, in the cafe for 12.30. If you can make it, it'll be great to see you - please drop me a line here if you'd like to join us.

After Haddenham, we'd like to arrange catch ups in the Swindon, Banbury, Reading and Marlow areas - watch this space! Please let me know your preferred garden centre cafe in these locations, just drop me a line
 here, and we'll set one up.

Zoomin' In

If not already, please put our next zoom session in your diary, for Tuesday 15th November at 7pm. We'll be talking about symptoms and side effects, and the role of our angel saviours - the Special Nurses.

If you'd like to be included on our regular zoom invite list, drop me a line

We look forward to catching up again!

Kind regards
Matt Carter
Chair of the Trustees
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