2019 Our Story (as told by Rachel)

We arrived back in Sardinia on 4th February, at Porto Torres from Toulon.  We have been away in the UK for 2 months, staying with friends and family, doing absolutely nothing.  A lovely break. We are both looking forward to getting active again however. The sun was out to welcome us on our return and whilst driving to our hill top home in  Villanova Monteleone, we both commented on how green and lush the island was looking.  It was also striking, how much water was lying in the fields and in streams at the edges of the road. The water level in the lake on the road to our neighbouring village, Putrifigari, was also the highest we had seen it, in the 3 years we have been living here. The island looked refreshed after the winter. It is a good feeling being back and Sardinia is definitely feeling more like home for us I think.

I have  a new challenge in my life that I now have to deal with. Whilst in the UK, I visited my doctor to get a diagnosis for my sore feet, which I have been suffering with for years. Surprisingly I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.  This has come as a big shock to both of us.  I would not consider myself massively over weight and have no other diabetic symptoms and with no history of diabetes in my family, it really is the last thing I expected to be told.  I have been advised that the best way of bringing my sugars down and to beat diabetes is through a controlled low carbohydrate diet and exercise program.  So there we are, Colin and I have to do more and eat less!  Well if I do, he does too! Great when can we start?