I had cards printed, and very pretty they are too, with my full hyphenated name and the full address of where I live to save me having to spell it all out every time we need to fill in a form for something somewhere. I just hand over the card and let them get onContinue reading “Village Life – Naming Names”
VLooking like a chalk drawing on the path this pretty flower was a nice surprise. Havent seen one before.
Potting mix and primulas were my reasons for going, but a passing shower saw us running for shelter into the open part of the cafe of the garden centre. I ordered a chai latte and the smokey BBQ pulled pork platter which as you can see from the photo was beautifully presented and very flavoursome.Continue reading “Avoiding the Showers at Cherry Road Nursery”
We are always happy to see rain here. If only we could send it inland to our drought-stricken farmers. This was Belmont foreshore on Thursday morning. Reminded me of being back in Scotland, when I grew up in Ayr.
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Well that got your attention! I did find the most wonderful bag today which has been made locally in Belmont and was so nice and well done with lots of inside pockets and the smell of leather that it simply had to come home with me. At the time I felt no pain apart fromContinue reading “Does Retail Therapy Kill Pain?”
I’m lying here my left ankle is aching with a pain going through it that only starts when I lie down and try to get comfy and my right knee is hurting from trying to get up off the floor and all I’ve been doing is a relaxation session in Belmont. The relaxation was reallyContinue reading “Keep Fit is Killing Me”
My kitchen smells divine, and Rustic Italin.I used to go out with a rustic Italian. Too tired to do much, but made a pizza to share with my neighour. Not being one for following tradition, and espousing Dominos, I add herbs to my plain flour, and minced garlic, before adding the olive oil and yeastContinue reading “Its Pleasant Peasant Pizza Night!”
At age 89, not long before he died, Dad told me of one of his scariest wartime moments as a 19- year old RAF serviceman during World War II: ‘I was making my way home from the village to the farm where I was billeted…’ Tom was billeted in a genuine wooden gypsy caravan ownedContinue reading “My Dad’s Wartime Story”
….when you are wide awake following a few hours good sleep: 3am and had fallen asleep in my chair immediately after switcing of the computer following several pain-free hours of updating my new Philips voice recorder and Dragon software, registering online, downloading manuals, trying to find unloaded zip files, getting sidetracked into offloading personal filesContinue reading “The Things You Do…”
click here to visit page Been going back over an old blog before I delete. Found this story I did on Dave Thompson who at the time of the event was a British solder stationed in Northern Ireland during the worst times of the struggle with the IRA, known as The Troubles. Dave gives aContinue reading “What Goes Around Comes Around”
On Saturday evening Angela and I set off for the yacht club nearby to bag a good spot for watching the Float Your Boat Parade, a Lake Macquarie Council initiative. To give them credit they do try, and the event was a big success, with people travelling from as far as Singleton,87 kilometres up theContinue reading “Float Your Boat”
Poor Bessie is old and fragile. Shortly after she came to hang out with me a previous mend of one of her arms failed and she had to come down. I told you about my repair-by-braille and after a week the clear Hard as Nails cured around the new metal clamp and, thanks to myContinue reading “My Garden Ornament – Eeh its grand to be daft”
https://wp.me/p329V3-2dC For those unfamiliar with the disease some useful information.
Something disconcerting happened in the cafe yesterday that is the first time I had experienced. Due to arthritis and degenerating vertebrae, scoliosis etc and the slowness of signals from my brain to reach my muscles I will often think “Let’s go!” and my body goes “Whaaaaat?” before it reacts. My friend first noticed it aboutContinue reading “The Social Effects of Parkinsons”
Had a great day out thanks to my nearly-daughter Angela, my former flatmate from 24 years ago who has become one of the family and visits me regularly, bless her. She arrived atunchtime so we headed for the cafe in what I said was Poppys Garden Centre but should have said Cherry Road Nursery whereContinue reading “Oops Meds Mixup”
Visiting a garden centre has always been one of my favourite pastimes, especially in the UK, and it is something that has been catching on in my part of Australia for a few years now. In the Lake Macquarie area we have some very nice garden centres with cafes. The cafe is an important partContinue reading “Poppys Garden Centre”
https://www.nbnnews.com.au/2019/06/28/float-your-boat-lights-up-the-lake-2/ Hopefully will see these go past tonight! Watch this space.
Remember the fun we had with the installation of my outdoor Chandelier? It even made the local paper it was a lot of fun. Then put it back she broke and I was taken down just before the high winds hit. So I repaired it with a clamp and liquid clear nails which took aContinue reading “Bessie is Back!”
Lat time the neurologist increased my Madopar dosage, three months ago, I complained of increased nerve pain etc, and the last few hours The last few hours have been awful. It seems to wipe out completely any paracetamol òr osteo eze relief and I used my Tens mchine on my pain radiating from my leftContinue reading “Midnight and Madopar Increase”
Im hoping the black tee shirt with flared hem arrives for our Xmas in July cruise, or the other top, just to have something new to wear. I give Janet the clothes I dont want any more, and gave her a bag of summer things. They have a room in their complex where people leaveContinue reading “Last Fri Night/Sat Morning Ramblings”
Because of my low vision and the fact that I keep dropping them I get my tablets made up by the chemist into a blister pack , called a Webster pack in England and, I think, here in Australia. It is a free service and I just transfer the money for any new tablets asContinue reading “Webster-pak Low Vision (LV)”
Now my visitors have a throne to sit on! Ive ordered the same perspex blocks to raise it a few centimetres as getting out is a bit of a heave. They work well on my settee, dont slip and are less clunky than hose ‘elephant feet’ chair raisers. Ihad them raising my oak bed inContinue reading “Comfort”
Courtesy of Facebook. What an amazing gadget
(unedited) Ive been persevering with taking Sarsparilla tablers becausè they do boost my energy, but only onè càpsule per day because it can interfere with theothee meds. Took ill þhiuu,,,,more in mornjng took ill in art class… (Next day) well you can see from the above that by the time I got home I wasContinue reading “Art Class”
being editedProgramme leading to distant relatives What a surprise to be watching a TV programme and find that not only are we related to the people involved, but they actually have a portrait of our mutual ancestor – a Medi eval selfie! It is a portrait hang ing in Craufordland, a Stately home near KilmarnockContinue reading “Just Found Portrait of My Ancestor. On TV! A Family Likeness?”
Note: clicking on the blue lettering should lead to my Youtube videos. You may need to tap the speaker icon to unmute and the square in the bottom right-hand corner to turn it sideways! Please comment below if it doesn’t worķ. x Do You Like Elvis? Phil Nicholson’s voice is uncannily like the late ElvisContinue reading “Uncanny Elvis Tribute Artist”
One of the daisies from my garden. Such a lovely colour. Been experimenting with the phone’s’s basic editing tool. Been very motivated and active this week, helped by using a grabber instead of bending over so much less pain, including when gardening. My re-potted olive trees are thriving in their new bigger space. Cold andContinue reading “Pretty”
Found this slightly wider and heavier stylus pen in the bargain shop yesterday. $3.95 and sparkly! Am finding it easier to hold and control. One less on the floor then. My helper should come across the five missing ones when she comes this morning. I put them down then must knock them off all overContinue reading “Tools”
ur little complex of 60 units is nestled in tiers up and around te inward curve of a rock hillside. It has the acoustics of an amphitheatre. Our latest incident, and we dont have many, fortunately, was when my doorbell rang at 7.15pm. Very unusual. I opened the inner door on to the security creenContinue reading “Village Life – The Bell Tolls for… EveryOne!”
I know, the last thing you feel like doing when you are really depressed is singing. La lala la la. How bloomin’ chirpy that sounds. Punch the perpretator.Home karioke is the thing. Home alone karioke even more preferable, because complaints are counter-productive.I used to get out my guitar and go through my repertoire of broken-heartedContinue reading “Depression? Sing Your Little Heart Out”
Written during my Philosophy 101 semester at Uni. One of my favourites. (c) Eunice C English
Depression is something I have lived with my whole life but you don’t want to know that. Nobody wants to know that. I bet you want to stop reading now but it is not the fact that I get depressed but I live with it and haven’t died from it. Though there have been times…Continue reading “No I’m not always cheerful”
It’s ok to take the day off I’m not getting up I’m not getting dressed. Tomorrow I have my art class and I’ll get everything done Im not being funny Im not being sunny Im just not being and that is ok Ive been watching other peoples lives in Youtube. Opras half sister she neverContinue reading “Its Cold Im Taking Today Off”
Im just in the process of looking back at the things I have done, now I have more time and am in the process of trying to keep my brain creative while my body is deciding what to do with itself. This is what I call one of my word paintings, published in Wolf WarriorsContinue reading “A Wolf in The Forest”
Ros is still having diarrhea, two weeks later. I suggested Metamucil was rumoured to soothe an irritable bowel but that fell on deaf ears.Ros is constantly driving round to Chem Mart for more Immodim, but didnt offer to drop me off to return my lamp to Bunnings next door even though she knew I neededContinue reading “Village Life”
It’s a really weird thing that happened. After copying the link to the Bluebell video I discovered a forgotten clip on the snowdrops at Hodsock Priory in England from early spring of a previous year! and when I watched it I thought I would share it too. It is a compilation of pretty photos withContinue reading “Lost video”
I am the fairy on the left, and in the blurry photo on the right, touching my head with my toes. Cant even reach my toes the easy way now. I started dancing classes aged 3, and performed in a couple of local pantomimes, and in our dance academy shows, but I always hated beingContinue reading “Dancing”
I put a slideshow of one of my visits to tò the private woodland of Hodsock Priory on Youtube some time ago. Bluebell Wood. No sound, but it is so pretty. There are also some short vids of my baby-sitting moments with Frankie, the so cute French bulldog puppy that cost $3,000!
Into the car driven by my helper. Out of the car at Bunnings. A couple of laps of Bunnings on the concrete floor back in the car to Coles car park out of the car back into the car round to McDonald’s to meet up with Janet for coffee. Out of the car back intoContinue reading “My two Hourly shopping day”
My new gadget details here should come on Friday to help me with dictation to text. I was about to buy the program from Dragon as recommended by Vision Australia for $220 but my son suggested a dictating machine they have on special that is a Philips hand-held recorder but comes with a disc toContinue reading “Overcoming jittery typing problems”
Thank you my recent followers and Friends whose blogs I have just been reading thanks to WordPress sending me a list of logs on the subject and yours were among them. Ive got confused going from one to another on my phone so apologies for not naming names but thank you so much for triggeringContinue reading “I had forgotten about Having Hashimoto’s!”
Two little old ladies, Connie & Evelyn, were sitting on a park benchOutside the local town hall where a flower show was in progress. The shortOne, Connie, leaned over and said, ‘Life is so boring. We never have anyFun anymore. For $10.00 I’d take my clothes off and streak through thatStupid, boring flower show!”You’re on!’Continue reading “Joke (and I had a productive day)”
Dictated , and uncorrected. Fingees too jumpy to jtype lately. Have tried akering keyboaed but this is what happens. _Losing control lot finger directionoo. Taķes longer to correct than to type: Evening Can’t change dropping everything I touch can’t hardly walk the main just telling my body to do it I am just so slow.Continue reading “Queen’s Birthday”
I dont like poetry that… Pauses It irks me Who,lives And talks At full speed Or used to. Now life is full of pauses Gasps of breath even Gasps for breath Grasps for rails Staggers on steps Stutters for words Grabbing for memory My life is Now A poem That pauses Halting Hard of hearingContinue reading “A Poyum About a Poyum”
Three of us have booked to go on the Nova Xmas in July cruise round Lake Macquarie in July. Christmas in July as I know it started back in the 80s and it is only coincidence that I had said to the Branxton Inn proprietors that I wished we could have a full Xmas dinnerContinue reading “Xmas in July”
You know how you can get chilled when you go for a rest and your body starts to relax? But if you lie down in a cardigan or something with sleeves you can get tangled and constrained. Well you can get a piece of fleece from Big W or any supermarket for about $5. ItContinue reading “Poncho Fleece Rester”
Sarsaparilla the natural herb lounge and couches are so very good natural thing or a lot of ailments, skin conditions and even cancer, and in particular Parkinson’s. Quite a lot has rewritten on the subject. I have been drinking sarsaparilla before but really there was very little if any actual product in the drinks soContinue reading “Sarsparilla”
https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5927065/ai-mirror-monitors-parkinsons-sign9s/?cs=6252 Interesting news go to news item
Ģ Got some silverbeet straight from the ground here on Friday for a dollar donation – all he would accept. Everything else had been picked. Great work everybody. I also bought a double size spice rack made in the Mens Shed next to the garden. Looks great. I am just getting into going there butContinue reading “Our Belmont Community Garden”
Still I work in progress but I am finding the traditional walking poles quite helpful around the place. Two main risks with them are the fact that these ones are telescopic and not really intended for full weight bearing, such as bearing down while very getting up could induce a fall if each s segmentContinue reading “Hiking Poles for Parkiinsons-test drive”
UPDATE: Still pouring heavily so haven’t put my head outside. On contacting my son about replacement printer cartridges he advised it was cheaper to buy a complete new printer! I looked them up online and he wasn’t joking. The world of printerland is huge business, obviously. “What do you use it for most?” he surprisedContinue reading “Printer Progress Progress. Progress?”
Not very often these days I know but there are times when I surprise myself with what I can actually do when I set my mind to it and my mind says yes it will play along. Yesterday was an awful day and I felt really ill. Looking back I wondering what I do thatContinue reading “Sometimes I amaze myself”
Things are deteriorating at the moment again and I’m having to dictate because typing is too jittery. However I got to my Parkinson’s art class 20 km away today despite feeling absolutely terrible. Don’t know what is the matter but it was very hard to move today and I felt like I was coming downContinue reading “The Art of the Matter”
The unseasonal lovely warm weather has totally confused my garden and things are still sprouting that should be sleeping. I am still getting the apricot roses but one exciting thing is that the avocado tree is starting to sprout from the stone. I have been quite successful with growing them; first in Mayfield West. LastContinue reading “Garden update May 2019”
The HUGE Fountain! Dear Diary: Following the very gratifying response to Damon’s fun Chandelier story (of the chandelier installed in my courtyard with solarlights instead of electric lighting), which Damon Cronshaw wrote about in the Herald*, I woke up this morning after a good night’s sleep and in the process of hanging out the washingContinue reading “FLUSHED WITH SUCCESS!”
ttps://www.theherald.com.au/story/5334000/the-dance-movement-making-a-big-difference-for-people-with-parkinsons/ about my dance group
Some nice photos on my old blog when I was living in UK click here to visit. Click here to link to older posts and some nice views
Ive gone too far this time. I am mortified, ,gabsolutely cringing. I write daft things to Damon Cronshaw at the Herald, often ‘off the record’ to make him laugh, and at his request. I love his witty responses. Just for fun I sent him the chandelier photo, and he asked me some questions that ledContinue reading “Proof I am a Right Nutter”
The fact that I do so many posts some days indicates that I’m not up and doing as I should be but it keeps my mind active since one little post can take me up to 2 hours to put together. Last Friday I wrote that it was a really good week symptoms-wise ( soContinue reading “Health Issues”
Note to self: Ring hairdresser
By Carmel Diretto on Australian Cottage Gardens, Facebook. This iconic gate and its mates was once seen at garden entrances to early Australian homes in their thousands. They did a good job, but the hinges were not as indestructable, and thanks to many young children swinging on them nearly every one you see now leansContinue reading “A Great Gate Idea”
I don’t tell people much about by writing although I have mentioned on here that I need to do more that is not just on the blog. I sometimes get to hear about things I have not realised I’ve got into print (since no cheque has arrived!) but this notification by my friend Barrie isContinue reading “Toot Toot Tiny Trumpet Blow”
Photo courtesy Airborne Flight Training Going up tandem in a motorised hanglider, or microlight (we used to call the ultralights) is one of the best experiences of my life, and I highly recommend going up for a bird’s eye view of the world while the wind rushes past. Coming down to land is such anContinue reading “Flying Not So High But Thrilled”
After feeling so ill last week and including weekend I am starting to feel the benefit of the change of diet. Mainly not adding sugar BUT having said that I have had a few squares of chocolate each day but not until my body said and not just gratifying my need for comfort. I haveContinue reading “Good Finish to the Week”
Resting here while the Holter monitor is keeping an eye on me so I found a few old drafts in my WordPress files so have just published for the record. Nothing exciting but I have had exciting news this morning which I’ll put on later.
Not everybody can fall asleep while the dentist is working away inside the mouth, but I did. Just fleetingly but my dentist noticed! Just as well I hadn’t told her of my recent ‘fadeouts’, but this was not one of them. I had hypnotherapy many years ago for relaxation which has come in very handyContinue reading “Put to Sleep”
Recently I met an interesting young man and learned to play Qwirkle! Jonathon Bridge and Katie Butler came by Uber to our community room where we met up with Philip Atkins from Uniting to discuss Jonathon’s idea as a Young Entrepreneur With Disability of taking his passion for table games to engage people in theContinue reading “I had the Best Day! Qwirkle!”
Looking for a fountain now. Here are some shots around the grounds: And an autumn coffee stop at the Lake (Lake Maquarie, NSW, Australia:
A peaceful scene for you (apart from me squawking every time a cold wave catches my toes!) from 2013. My family and I with Pippa the dog.
Hello! It seems I have 45 regular followers. Almost a cult! Hello to you. Up to 1300 + views in a few months. Hardly viral, but hopefully it helps others with PD and medics who want to see how it feels from the inside. I used to do an ezine called LivelyMag which had heapsContinue reading “How This Blog Happened”
Love After Life By Eunice English ‘Tomorrow is mine’, Britt sang – for the last time. The roar from the nearly lifted her off the stage, the energy flowed into her and she sang as never before, and God knows she had given every bit of herself time and again to her fans. ‘I don’tContinue reading “Bit of My Romantic Fiction 2”
Actually I have just rewritten this and submitted to The Seniors short story competition. Wish me luck!
This thatched cottage is where my sister and I used to catch the bus home from Primary School in Scotland. I went back with Marion and Jim Barr to visit Alloway, and Ayr where our lived while I was growing up. I am still in touch with John McCarron who was in my class atContinue reading “Memory from Scotland”
Strzelecki Lookout 28 Memorial Dr, The Hill NSW 2300 (02) 4974 2000 https://g.co/kgs/mjVL98
I am so lucky to have fabulous friends. People who are interesting, fun and non-judgemental. Strangely I dont have a group of friends who hang out together. Each has her, or his other life and we inter-connect like Olympic rings. Yesterday Angela, who you have met before, came down from Singleton, having volunteered to collectContinue reading “Catching Up With Karen”
I know it is very naughty to purchase a replica pretending to be the real thing but nobody is going to see this little backpack and assume I am going to stuff a thousand dollar handbag in the front basket of a rollator lol.
As told to the Newcastle Herald: Best Place in the World Herald history writer Mike Scanlon’s piece on the Greta migrant camp last Saturday brought back memories for Belmont’s Eunice C English. Eunice arrived in Australia as a migrant in 1972. “The Greta camp had gone, but we began our new life in Singleton. WeContinue reading “Our Start in Australia”
Funny story. Well they thought it was.
From 8th May Update: Doc thinks I have had a mini stroke each yime. Yhat makes 4 yhen…. 7 p.m. and I am in bed, waiting for everything to stretch out settle down and stop hurting because I have given it at all a good workout today. Yesterday I was feeling very tired and dizzyContinue reading “Revived Again”
Bit melodramatic but this tree fell down in the wind the day after I was standing there putting rubbish in the bin, blocking the lane. Meant to last another day þhen?
Doc says the first, Google says the latter. Personally I am going with Dr Google since spinal stenosis was mooted in my last mri or ct scan, along with bulging disks, trapped nerve, crumbling bones (lay term), etc. I tell you, it is an achievent to be still standing But I have come home withContinue reading “Mini Strokes or Spinal Stenosis?”
“IVE DONE MY VOTING ONLINE ALREADY” one Lake Maquarie resident said yesterday. “You just go to the ABC voting site and vote there. It seems he is not the only one who has mistaken the ABC Compass online survey as a legitimate vote casting site and who may later be penalised for not voting inContinue reading “WHOOPS!”
This breathtaking picture was taken by my great friend Terry Hudson who has only come late to photography but does some marvellous work. As a friend of a friend, Karen Hutchinson,Terry used to do all the repairs and Improvements to firstly Mum and Dad’s and my place. Together with his son, Darren (Tez ‘n Daz)Continue reading “And The Sun Comes Up Next Morning”