Avoiding the Showers at Cherry Road Nursery

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”

Does Retail Therapy Kill Pain?

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?”

Its Pleasant Peasant Pizza Night!

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!”

The Things You Do…

….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…”

Float Your Boat

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”

My Garden Ornament – Eeh its grand to be daft

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”

The Social Effects of Parkinsons

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”

Just Found Portrait of My Ancestor. On TV! A Family Likeness?

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?”

Uncanny Elvis Tribute Artist

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”

Village Life – The Bell Tolls for… EveryOne!

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!”

Depression? Sing Your Little Heart Out

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”

A Wolf in The Forest

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”

Overcoming jittery typing problems

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”

I had forgotten about Having Hashimoto’s!

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!”

Joke (and I had a productive day)

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)”

Xmas in July

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”

Hiking Poles for Parkiinsons-test drive

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”

Printer Progress Progress. Progress?

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?”


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!”

Flying Not So High But Thrilled

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”

I had the Best Day! Qwirkle!

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!”

Catching Up With Karen

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”

Our Start in Australia

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”

And The Sun Comes Up Next Morning

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”