I have now come to the conclusion that my uber-bites are the result of an encounter with something called the Blandford Fly. They're not supposed to be found outside of Dorset, Oxfordshire and East Anglia (I know - pretty random selection of places), but then I noticed a load of BBC articles about them being prevalent in Herefordshire over the last couple of weeks, and afterall - that's not far up the road from me.
I got curious as to what had caused my bad reaction, thinking maybe it had got infected, so did a little internet research , and found the Blandford Fly on a list of commonly reported bites on the NHS website, and both the symptoms and the pictures of the insect match my experiences. Trust me to find the one fly that's got lost and ended up on the Bristol Downs instead!
I was also a bit shocked at the scales this morning. I've used all of my Flex Allowance points over the weekend, plus a few exercise points that I've earned, so obviously I've eaten a bit more / richer food than I usually do during the week, but all tracked, and the scales were a mighty 5lbs up this morning!! 5lbs!! That's a new high I'd have rather not seen!! That had bloody better disappear this week, or I'll be very grumpy ....
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