Friday, 29 July 2022
An addition to our new kitchen.
Thursday, 28 July 2022
Did you watch it?
An age gone by, 40 years and it's ending. But this became my favourite song.
I once caused a 'people jam' in a shop doorway.. I'd gone there because a friend had said they had a good selection of pure wool. As I was leaving, the in store music changed to this song, 'Especially for You,' by Kylie and Jason and I stopped to sing along with people building up behind trying to get out!
When my daughter who was then in Uni, probably 1988 came home in her first break, she had to watch 'Neighbours' because everyone in her Halls all watched it. I didn't even know there was day time tele! As soon as I got home from work, she'd have a cup of tea ready for us to watch at the 5:30 slot, she had already seen it earlier in the day!
And now after 40 years the very last episode is tomorrow evening, will I watch it? I didn't follow it years ago, but yes I will watch it, it is the end of an era, and good memories of watching it with my daughter.
Did you ever watch it?
PS The anti-biotics have kicked in and it so good not to have to go to the loo umpteen times day and night!
Wednesday, 27 July 2022
A surprise and a result!
Surprise, surprise the new tab was rubbish, I was in and out of bed like a yoyo. At 2:55am I gave in and took one of my old tablets, 2 paracetamol and a cystitis relief and I slept for 2 hours before I had to get up again and then slept till just after 7:00am.
So I feel wrecked again today.. but........
When ever I feel a bit down I look at this little sweetie and she brightens my day.
Tuesday, 26 July 2022
What I want for Rishi and Liz.
I had such a miserable day yesterday. I'd had a very bad night, up to the loo about 6 or maybe 7 times, I lost count, so I was tired and I was 'snippy!' I decided enough was enough and phoned the surgery. It took 8 minutes to get through as it was continuously engaged, then, when I did get through, I was number 11 in the queue; 48 minutes later I spoke to a 'call handler.'
A Dr would phone me I was told, that was 9:05am I waited all morning, she phoned at 3:15pm. Not my usual Dr a new female one.
I explained, but she had my records there in front of her so knew my problem or did she? It was as though she couldn't get off the phone fast enough. She said I could try a different tablet.
She has given me, tablets I had years ago and half that dose! What!!! What help will that do?
I'd like Rishi Sunak and Liz Trust to be a patient of the NHS for one week and have a problem. They would not be allowed to have anything more than one of us ordinary patients. I'd like them to them to have to wait on the phone for ages, talk to someone who has no real idea what it's like to suffer, be someone, who is anxious and old and fed up to the teeth of an onward going problem. I want them to have pain, inconvenience and be so tired that even crying is too exhausting.. And the treatment? Just some tablets that probably were cheaper than the regular tabs.
Yes I think the NHS is failing me and hundreds more.. and what do MPs do, they go privately.
The Archers Lullaby
I listen to The Archers and have done for years.
Tom and Natasha have had twin girls, and Natashia and her mam sing this song.
This version is by Cai Thomas a 12 year old with an amazing voice
Hope it plays and you enjoy it
Sunday, 17 July 2022
Just by chance I've come across poems by Mary Oliver.
''The Summer Day”
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean—
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
Thought provoking? I'll get back to this on another day, perhaps. What about you?
Friday, 15 July 2022
Enjoy, where I live.
We live just 10 minutes walk from this beach, which looks across to Devon. The views here in the evening are stunning. I take longer than 10 minutes to walk there, so get driven down! It has a boat slipway so easy to get onto the beach.
It's a dog friendly beach so used by the locals, but also in early mornings by the 'Blue Tits' which is a ladies swimming group; they swim all year round, hence the name! Before we moved back here to the town where I was born, we stayed in a B&B every year, which over looked this beach, they allowed dogs, so Nell knows here well!
Rhych point is a stoney out crop which is currently being built up as the relict dunes are shifting. It seems 'blown sand' is a big problem and there is presently a scheme to prevent the dunes shifting. An old lookout a place, now used by bird watchers and fishermen. It stands between Sandy beach, the most popular beach and where I used to play and swim when growing up and Trecco bay where the caravan park is.
Not a bad place to live, is it? What do you think?
Tuesday, 12 July 2022
How things change.
Phew tis 'ot, so yesterday we struggled to have our Monday 'Diane' session. Diane was our cleaner in Suffolk, she was ok and it helped to have her, when we were first there, as I had those two operations on my arm and shoulder and could do very little, so any cleaning was better than none. She was a very pleasant young woman and brought us the gossip of the town!
Monday, 4 July 2022
Not the visit they expected..
Sunflowers, roses and agapanthus, a beautiful bouquet from my young step daughter and her husband, but it wasn't the only gift they gave us, when they visited at the weekend.
Friday, 1 July 2022
I've sat in my garden enjoying my flowers 'wool gathering' just thinking and dreaming. A lot of the flowers and plants are from seed or cuttings, but some have come with me across the years from other gardens and I love it.
One of my favourites is penstemon, I have five! And I love the scent of phloxI dream 'what ifs'; would my life have been very different if my mother had lived? I hope so, my childhood was pretty miserable, but I loved school, especially in my senior school, where because my aunt paid for me, I was a boarder.. I laugh thinking about it, because I read the Girls Friend comic where the girls were in a boarding school. Very very middle class but I wasn't at all, very far from it.
My grandmother ran a B&B and there were occasions when all the bedrooms were let out to the visitors and my aunty and I slept on camp beds in the shed, which leaked!! So we had rubber mats, (no plastic in 1940s) over us and umbrellas!!
But it was the life I knew and for all its difficulties, I'm here now and living the rewards of that education.
I've enjoyed my 'wool gathering,' do you day dream?