In Harthilll, England, stands a ruined barn. It faces a castle motte from Norman times. The castle itself has gone but the old walls are nice. Harthill is a nice friendly village in Nottinghamshire, England. An ice cream van sits by the pond most days, selling its own Parnhams ice cream from a machine. .ItContinue reading “Dream On 🏖”
Here in Australia we were so proud to see baby Archie wearing the tiny sheepskin boots given to him by retired Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, on our behalf. Called Ugg boots here for as long as I remember (although there has been a legal challenge to the brand name from outside the country) theyContinue reading “Baby Archie is Wearing our Ugg Boots!”
Tucked away at the bottom of the Topics column today was a snippet that made my day. Mr D’Arcy and his wife have finally separated. Whoopee!At last he can be mine! Cutting back on chocs and Christmas pud immediately. Never mind a New Year Resolution. What better incentive go hit the gym and finally startContinue reading “Get in line girls He’s mine!”
Just as I was writing the follow-up to my friend Naomi Allen’s headshave event, the news announced that raging bushfires had reached the little town where she and her family lives! I nearly died with shock. I knew she hadn’t been well that morning. ‘The boys were very scared’ was a bit of an understatementContinue reading “She Really Did It!”
I’m hating this old person thing, buying all these aids, such as a deep sided dinner plate, but I do love my new bathroom chair in the shower. Quite expensive through my Occupational Therapist, but there now case of those split- second blackouts I have now and then. My bathroom is tiny but easy-clean lowContinue reading “Musical Bathroom Chairs”
You know that moment when you are in the supermarket aisle and you know there is something missing in the fridge that you were going to replace, but can’t remember? Or you wonder which vegetables you wanted and you wish you could just ring your fridge and ask it to tell you? Well now youContinue reading “A Fridge That Does Your Shopping”
Australia has many unique animals. Our family used to love visiting the Reptile Park, especially Eric the huge crocodile. You dont need to worry about the snakes there. They help provide anti-venom that goes out to save lives. heck them, and everything from cute koalas and huge hairy spider to baby Tasmanian Devils out atContinue reading “Take the Grandchildren!”
How lovely must it be to have a Daddy who is a magician! Daisy and Willow could tell you. I came across these photos taken years ago when I first met my magic young friend, Tristan the Twiister, or Tristan Stothard. He was entertaining at The Lockeeper during lunch, blowing and twisting bright balloons intoContinue reading “Balloons and Tristan the Twister”
I have reached the stage where I am up to my ears (new headphones) in technology but I have found a (previously recommended somewhere) little free app at Google Play Store by Movavi.com that starts by showing you how to edit bits of videos or add photos, then it is fairly easy to follow theContinue reading “An Easy and Fun (Free) App for Photos and Videos”
https://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/video/the-pd-you-dont-see/I have found these the least daunting and most helpful sources of information regarding Parkinsons and living with it. Families and caregivers may recognise some concerns they may have, and be able to accept that is why we are behaving this way. Perhaps then the family doctor or specialist can be consulted.Some PD vids scareContinue reading “Really Helpful and Positive PD Video”
“I forget you have Parkinsons” my helper said as I was struggling to get out of tthe car after our two hour outing. For a professional to say that was praise indeed, for I try hard to stay on top of it. We had set off for the little shopping centre at Jewells with theContinue reading “The Nicest Thing You Can Say”
Update:. The Queen was very pleased to hear about the tree planting inspired by, and now part of, her Commonwealth Canopy initiative. Recently she sent me a lovely letter in response to my sending her the story. It may not be the done thing to discuss it but I will say that I was soContinue reading “The Olive Tree Wedding Gift – Update”
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!”
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”
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”
Written during my Philosophy 101 semester at Uni. One of my favourites. (c) Eunice C English
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”
Woke up feeling great and keen to plant up my latest self-watering pots. Noticed my left arm was slow to react to messages like picking up potting mix but managed very well. The burning pain increasing in my abdomen made it hard to focus but I pottered on for three hours in all, including aContinue reading “In Agony! Myself to Blame – older post found in Drafts”
Been feeling worse daily since temporary doc put me back on statins I had stopped taking in UK. Insisted ..suvastatin would be bettter than pprevious Lipitor. Heard that lemon thym tea was good for fibro. Oops made mine with lemon sage from garden not tthyme plant. Drank pot full. Ill all yesterday but lemon thymeContinue reading “Herbs and Statins Can be bad for Pparkinsons – older post”
It s 31 degrees outside and the air conditioner is going inside but I don’t feel like doing much at all. My helper has just been and then the new rotating scrubber wand has arrived from eBay which we have assembled and put it on charge. So I have got a new toy to playContinue reading “Decorations will have to go”
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!”
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”
A local designer/manufacturer has had one of her bikinis featured in ‘Sports Illustrated’, says our local paper: I was very pleased to see that Nicole Lucas is planning on expanding her recycled bikini range into what she deliciously calls her curve range, rather than extra-.large. Then I saw it only stretches to a size 18,Continue reading “Letter to The Editor (humour)”
Moon up in the sky, and amazingly reflecting rainbows from the sodium security lighting. Absolutely lovely to stand looking up at. Sorry my photos dont do it justice.
Once you stop caring what other people really think life becomes a lot more fun! For instance I can now swing from the chandelier – literally ! I mentioned before my love of glass and the more my sight deteriorates the more I like sparkly. If you look carefully at the photos of Matt andContinue reading “The Height of Crazy!”
When you decide to use the çhat service rather than going through the offshore operator service to get your tablet fixed (not). The following is a record of your online chat. General Info Chat start time Sat, ***** 06:03:34 GMT Chat end time Sat, ***** 07:02:51 GMT Duration (actual chatting time) 00:59:16 Operator Erickson ChatContinue reading “What a Waste of an Hour”
Which in government terms means I have one leg practically hanging off, or am at deaths door OR – there is a general election in the next few weeks. Well they have my vote. This means funding is now available for a few hours more support through my agency, Uniting. Take note though I haveContinue reading “Im a Level Four!”
Wait for it, got a lot to tell But wait for it, there is a lot to tell! In the meantime check out this fun cello version of the Lonely Goatherd on our lovely olive farm in the Hunter Valleyhttps://www.lonelygoatolives.com.au/
Badly Spelt Easter Bunny Im a funny Easter bunny I don’t like eggs I don’t like hunny (Tho Pooh does) Don’t have a house And I don’t need munny I eat my veg But it must be carrots Or maybe greens Not seeds for parrots (yuk!) Im not a furry Critter in a hurry I’mContinue reading “My Badly Spelled Easter Poem”
Well dealing with your phone provider can do that to you and it was bad enough last time when my modem got fried in the lightning strike that lost the village internet. Anyway the landline rang yesterday evening and after the last scam attempt I let it ring out. I left it a few minutesContinue reading “First Real little anxiety attack”
Sometimes I write to Damon at the Newcatle Herald where I used to Freelance. Then he quotes me! No trolls so far. There are also links to Youtube videos of Butlins in the story showing how crowded it was!…. thanks Eunice. I ran your story on the holiday camp. In case you missed it –Continue reading “In the News”
This is my 200th, and shortest, post! Rest day.
We all knew it would happen and after a good start at 8 a.m. stripping off the quilt cover,putting on the washing, putting clothes away from yesterday’s washing , taking the garbage and recycling along to the bin, gone on up to the mailbox on the top level and down the three levels of theContinue reading “As Expected”
It may prove to be too expensive to produce but I am putting my name down for my copy of Lee Holmes audio book, if it happens, especially if it can talk me through as I prepare and cook a recipe. Since more people are using audio books while being active: walking, doing housework, craft,Continue reading “Recipes in Audio Form possible?”
Like me Lee Holmes had fibromyalgia which made her very tired, sick and sore. She was finally diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and after much research has come up with healthy eating that contains a lot of anti-inflammatory ingredients such as turmeric. It all made sense and I have come home not with her latest bookContinue reading “Lee Holmes Healthy Diet”
Stopped prevaracating and got to Rankin Park. Took it easy and learned some more helpful tips like: if you use a bar of soap get soap on a rope to prevent dropping it or put it in a stocking and hold it in that to prevent falls while attempting to pick up slippery soap. RestedContinue reading “More Excercise”
It was enough just to get there because I had so little sleep last night and felt really ill this morning but my driver came for me so off I went once she found out how toget there on her gps. Nobody was there when I arrived but there were some very old people inContinue reading “Exercise”
Off to the dentist for an emergency appointment. Serves me right for making popcorn last night. I belive Madopar weakens teeth? Yet another medical bill, partly covered by insurance. There goes my fun money again. The good news is that Melanie’s surgery looks directly over the lake from the chair and is near the iceContinue reading “Broken Tooth”
I’m finally getting back into the swing of my laptop keyboard and have spent an hour editing and adding to my book. Then I went looking for other versions and got sidetracked as is so easily done. I am having difficulty I just in my diet to a lower protein one that suits the absorptionContinue reading “Progress”
https://medium.com/parkinsons-uk/do-pesticides-cause-parkinsons-94c41865b0dd I’ve been worse since using surface spray around all skirting boards. Coincidence?
Corrected version in progress below this: There is no point in keeping a diary even online if I don’t tell it how it is and today and yesterday how been difficult days. I am very conscious eye deterioration in my condition especially mentally. I am just getting on top of it which is why I’mContinue reading “Downturn unedited voice to text”
This magic gizmo from Ikea is one of the helpfu tools shown to me by the Occupational Therapist at the Parkinson’s Clinic. Yes it is a long-handled shoe horn? Less bending. Works well. Hook for pulling up clothing, such as pants. Pulling on sleeves. Fishing things from under furniture and backs of cupboards. And theContinue reading “Very Helpful Tool”
I wrote this last week but forgot to publish! Blacksmiths Beach New South Wales https://maps.app.goo.gl/AMDj7 They were talking about having hallucinations with Parkinson’s at the clinic and yesterday I thought I had had one. I was at the computer, heard a plane going low over the village that I thought might have been one ofContinue reading “Tiger Moth Near Miss”
This makes me feel better about taking time out to lie down. He is a great artist. I love the little girl with the bird. Contemplation is good. Now to get ready for Parkinson’s exercise class. Then a couple of hours rest!
From the Power for Parkinsons Youtube free channel
Our local Clinic is in Rankin Park Hospital next to the regional John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle New South Wales. It is a very worthwhile place to visit and I am on my second 8 week course which has been very helpful apart from having to start sometimes at 9 a.m. That’s is not helpful.Continue reading “The Parkinson’s Clinic”
I’m thrilled to find I have a couple of ‘Parky People’ as I call us following my blog so now I can follow theirs and we can support each other which is what it’s all about. It helps to learn about your voice and writing issues etc. Anyone not familiar with PD thinks I amContinue reading “Hello Viewers!”
I have just saved myself a long trip to wherever to update my address for voting in state and federal elections. I did it all online and apart from having to go and find my passport it was quite easy though it did seem to still take ages. Once I had got through all theContinue reading “Voting”
Before I tell you my memories, visit the camps on Youtube: Butlins Holiday Camp and the other place I had a great holiday with Marilyn Noon/Kilner and her parents, age 15:Trailer for Derbyshire Miners HC One of the band’s that played at DMHC. Photos taken at the pool: Roy Dwain and the Roamers From Wikipedia:Continue reading “BUTLINS: the holiday you never forget -no matter how hard you try”
Diet is proving a problem at the moment due to several conflicting ailments. I have been very poorly with infection due to diverticulitis and have finished the course of antibiotics but I’m waiting for the inflammation and pain to settle. Having said that I found today that apple cider vinegar will actually help with this.Continue reading “Diverticulitis and Diet”
Just had a call back from our local branch about speech to text programs because I am having so much difficulty dictating with my Scottish English Australian accent that voice recognition gets terribly confused and comes up with things I certainly would never have said and this takes careful watching. It can be funny atContinue reading “Vision Australia”
Courtesy of Mee: When I find myself acting my age I give myself a good talking to.
I am dictating this while lying down with my right arm on an ice pack. It’s been quite a few days. I have been very poorly with abdominal pain thought to be diverticulitis infection in the sides where I have the other pain. I am giant I enjoy it my exercise classes but became veryContinue reading “T too much drama”
Note: Shameless namedropping ensues -Just sent some thoughts to the Topics Editor of the local paper, the Newcastle Herald. It is not since the 1980’s that I have been a freelance journalist. I used to write features and interview local or visiting celebrities. People of interest not the Àwful unreal reality celebs of today. AtContinue reading “My Ace Roving Reporter Days”
click here Seniors Magazine is carrying this story about some special socks. I noticed several people wearing socks with bright coloured rubber dots on the shsoles during my dance class the other day. Seems like a good idea as shoes can restrict movements and circulation plus they look very comfy. I can’t make it tooContinue reading “Non-slip socks for Parkinson’s experiment”
Of course it is, eventually. But what a struggle I have just getting to these blessed exercise classes. Yesterday I got through the class no bother at Charlestown but the agency sent my carer to my home address to collect me instead of the multipurpose centre when I was waiting in the heat. I hadContinue reading “Is it worth it ?”
They say exercise gets up your endorphins to make you feel good but I had a doctor once who said “Eunice stop trying to get fit it’s going to kill you!”, asI told you before, and that is how I feel today. By the time I got to the Parkinson’s dance class at Charlestown IContinue reading “Exercise is good for you – not”
The explosion that happened during last night’s storm has knocked out our TV reception, landline and Internet all day but fortunately the heat has subsided to 26C degrees which now feeels cool. So I put on the oven and made cheese and pumpkin sscones! I need my Wi-Fi to download my next audiobook. What didContinue reading “The Big Bang”
Don’t you just love my Modern look bird bath ? It is a terracotta agricultural pipe that was on sale on Gumtree locally, plus a tick pottery mixing bowl.. I had been trying to find one in Bunnings and other places but they only had plastic pipes now. I was getting despondent. Then my friendContinue reading “Something Lovely Just Happened!”
Hello and thanks. I eat too much with natural sugar. Trying to overcome that. I do fruit and yogurt smoothies with oatmeal. I ended up boiling rice last night. I have one of those glass topped cookers that return the hitch so I bring the right up to boil a few seconds then put theContinue reading “Text to Karen”
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-27/the-science-of-sleep-paralysis/10736188 35C today, but just clouding over. I’ve had the air-conditioning on for the past 2 night’s as well as days, because I swell up like a blimp in the heat. When I got to bed my legs started jerking every time I drifted off to sleep, plus the swelling in the top of myContinue reading “Baď Fright”
My Parkinson’s Exercise group was invited to sit in on the filming of a programme on Stroke Survivors today at Rankin Park Hospital. When my taxi arrived for my class at 10am a cameraman was standing in the middle of the road filming the rounded ‘Ocean Liner’ exterior of the building, prior to doing theContinue reading “I Could Have Been a Star!”
25C overnight, no cool breeze at all. Ang is t seeking refuge from Singleton up the valley where the temperature has been in the 40s 4 days. After visiting the shopping centre for her craft supplies we picked up a drink from Maccas and headed for the lake which actually turned out to be hotterContinue reading “Keeping Cool”
Since the neurologist stepped up my tablets (Masopar) it has been difficult to sleep a lot. I fall asleep early then only sleep for about an hour or so at a time so for the past hour I have been watching YouTube and a Danish NATO warship fighting Somali Pirates. Don’t ask me why, itContinue reading “Sleepless”
It is surviving the long heat wave with the daily watering and I’m learning what plants can cope with the sea air from beyond the lake. It will be 2 years in May since I moved in and it has been a slow but pleasant process, bearing in mind the very poor gravelly soil dictatesContinue reading “Garden Update Jan 2019”
Jan 12th and Easter Eggs in the shops. In 30C heat! Yuk. Discovered a sketch mode in my Memo app. Fun!
My eldest son has come up with a solution to my problem of not being able to read what I have written any more, due to Macular degeneration and cataracts. My eye specialist is loathe to do the cataract operation till the last possible moment because of the problem I always have with scarring andContinue reading “Problem Solving”
I have really got to give up on gardening especially potting things up and moving pots about. I woke up this morning feeling not quite the thing but rushed around getting washing on and other things ready for my cleaner to complete. Then Ross next door took me round to have lunch with her MumContinue reading “Thank God for Physiotherapy”
Love After Life By Eunice Carol English ‘Tomorrow is mine’, Britt sang – for the last time. The roar from the audience 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.Continue reading “One of my short stories from a while ago”
That was how one of my teachers once described me and it can be a good trait because today my little outdoor coffee table arrived. In bits. Suspected it mìght, so I asked For from next door to come in with her spectacles to read the instructions. Then we had a coffee and chocolate biscuits Continue reading “Determined”
Spot the lovely rainbow lorikeet having its dinner in the grevillia bush.
The heatwave goes on.
I have sinned. One of the great advantages of living alone is that no one complains that you are up eating real ice cream (to go with the two Paracetamol you really got up for), followed by 2 dried mango slices. At least that is marginally better than Xmas cake and chocolates I am nowContinue reading “Vanilla & Boysenberry Ice Cream 3.30am”
That was a big mistake. Angela, who has been visiting, and I decided to go out for lunch despite the heat and were pleased to find a bit of a breeze-up near the lake but I got really really tired in the restaurant, possibly due to llspasms in my ribs at the back and painContinue reading “Braved the heat to go out”
Heading out with the first bag of garbage for 2019! Shopping Centre was bearable. Still over 32C for days. Bit cooler at night.
In 1967 this was my wedding day! Bbeing Scottish, my father continued straight into Hogmanay with the neighbours and visiting relatives while we went quietly on our honeymoon to London. I heard the celebration went on for 3-days! We moved into our brand-new house in Worksop on return. In 1969 Richard was born, then AndrewContinue reading “Time Flies”
Back to the old days. Every time I start to drift off to sleep my thigh muscles cringe then jerķ to wake me up again like some kind of torture. It could have been the heat yesterday but I was mainly indoors. I even tried a small glass of the end of the apricot liqueurContinue reading “Still Awake and Facebook Upset”
Haven’t done a poyum in ages no lovelorn laments Rants and cross rages Came up with some thoughts Just a moment ago Then I blinked and forgot… ………. maybe it’s good that lately life has not given me much to complain aboutor be driven perhaps it is good to be sitting content thinking I mustContinue reading “Poyetry (sic)”
That is not a koala up the eucalyptus tree that is one of the tree loppers. You have to be really brave to take on this job.
Taxis are very expensive here because of the distances involved even for short Journeys and to travel by bus is hopeless. It has been so frustrating trying to get vouchers from the government which subsidize taxi travel meaning I can get about for half price which means $48 instead of $80 round trip just toContinue reading “FINALLY,!,,,!Taxi Vouchers”
“Did Santa bring you that toy for Christmas?” I asked the tree-loppers (arboriarists?) as they prepared to resume after lunch. “Yeh, wanna have a go? he replied without batting an eyelid. I just love Aussie workmen and their laconic humour!
We had our picnic dinner inside with the aircon since it was hot outside. We had the Apricot Liqueur and watched The Greatest Showman on dvd. Might write more tomorrow but now Im lying down listening to Tripwire by Lee Child with a box of After Eight mints. Been a really good Xmas Day.
Well it is done. All the preparation for tomorrow while listening to A Woman Walked Into a Bar by Rowan Coleman. Not a long book, bit predictable, but touching and humerous. Better than the Xmas stuff on TV. Same old. I havent touched a drop of the …you know what. Just apple juìce wìthh tonicContinue reading “10.58 Xmas Eve”
Not feeling too good but have been plodding on with most jobs done except the washing up. will go for a lie down for an hour then get stuck in. This all worked very well. Turkey cooked in its foil case seems nice and moist with pleasant taste. Bit of a cheat but never mind.Continue reading “Phase 2 complete Christmas Eve in Oz”
Well that worked well. Christmas Eve and I had ordered my last minute grocery shopping online on the Coles Click and Collect for all the bits and pieces I needed fresh for tomorrow. The car park was seriously weird like something out of a computer game. They had staff blocking off one way to saveContinue reading “Phase 1 Complete”
Got my frozen turkey roll starting fridge defrost for 36 hrs prior to cooking Monday to have cold tuesday. Here is my logistics plan for xmas eve – xmas day! Spot any issues? MONDAY:XMAS EVE 8AM Tablets Defrost jam roll for trifle. Defrost cream x 2 for tues. Defrost Xmas Cake ********** 11AM SHOPPING. ShoppingContinue reading “XMAS Eve Countdown”
click to see video Darn, Im working between the phone and the tablet while doing a disk check on my laptop and I’m just taken a photo to add and finished my little story but a jerky finger has hit ttrash and it’s gone from both devices. Anyway it’s worth clicking on the link toContinue reading “Watch “Power for Parkinson’s Move & Shout: Full-Length At-Home Exercise Class” on YouTube”
Beautiful day outside. Bright sun and sea breeze so here I am outside where even the birds have gone quiet and I can hear the tinnitus sounding like a cicada chorus. If I put my hearing aid in I will probably find it is cicadas, though they haven’t been around yet. I got my musicContinue reading “Nearly Christmas Eve”
Feeling good this morning. Some deep sleep. Only hurts when I move! Found my painting on Google. Must have been on one of my other blogs. Hobson was my married name.
As submitted to the Village Newsletter ******* Dear editor I would like to thank you for publishing Winsome’s Brandied Apricot Liqueur recipe which has provided a lot of fun for me and anyone who came by who wasnt driving. I and a friend made the first batch one evening, tasting as we went. I addedContinue reading “Update on the Apricot Liqueur”
o I havent been on the Xmas Apricot liqueur but the increased dose of one full 125 tabletß 3 times a day of Madopar is doing my head in, though I have been quite active, but very tired and a bit feď up today. My pain levels have dropped thanks to the injection. It couldContinue reading “Im Losing It?”
Made a Christmas card for the Village Neighbours. You are welcome to print yours
Doc has double dose of Madopr to 150 x 3 times a day. Had s Had spine injection today. Gave me headache. Just taken over an hour to do email and typing iis rubbish so hoping for a good night
open here.Fortunately I had just gone in to the neurologist’s office for my 1pm appointment. There was a crash at that time and one man leapt out and stabbed the other in the neck as per the cli. Not being funny but what if it had been me crossing the road on my Walker thatContinue reading “I Was Just Along the Road as This Stabbing Happened”
Hello on a very hot and humid late afternoon. Looks like being a hot Christmas once again. I have been to the doctors for results of my blood test which are all good including my sugar which is a surprise. The cholesterol is still high but not as high as it was on the cholesterolContinue reading “As I was saying to John”