Just write. You’re interesting.

06 Mar

I want to write here every day. The trouble is what to write. What I did today ? What I ate today ?

It probably doesn’t really matter. the important thing is get thoughts down on paper- the web actually,

not a cluttered space full of papers.

Sitting here in a lamp lit room, with my beloved radio on, I stare at the fake red roses

in the fake Grecian style vase in front of me and away I go.

I had a good day. I woke up feeling energised . I made headway on work pending.

I had an interesting discussion on sources of energy with the meter reader.

The effects of blossom. I feel a bit stronger1623711_10202844732226771_951899886_n.

Long may it last.


Blossom,welcome blossom.

05 Mar

It’s cold tonight, probably going to get frosty. My feet are cold and yet I don’t have that mid-winter chilly feel.

No, rather it’s a cold night with the promise of another spring day. Trees are turning green and  blossom is out on the trees

around  here in south London and what a welcome sight it is. Even more joyful is the sight of bees buzzing around each

flower. We need our bees. We need to see nature renewing itself. And we certainly are here. The fact that such a sunny day

is something I need to avoid ,to protect my eyes,  is quite another matter. I have the pictures taken by me when I ventured

out to get more medication.




Pancake day. What to give up for lent.

04 Mar

Still undecided as to what to give up for lent. Apparently a neighbour in the early 60s gave up the radio for lent

and found it very difficult according to my mother.

Meanwhile I had a creative pancake day. No flipping. No flopping.1800489_10202834032959296_621120057_n


Pharrell Williams’ “Happy ” is good medicine.

03 Mar

I woke up late this morning. To be precise, I woke up early and late several times as I was listening to news

of the academy awards and post party interviews on the radio and falling asleep from time to time.

The academy awards always attract me, offering the best of the motion picture best for that particular year,

notwithstanding films and performances that are overlooked. Some gem is always overlooked.

In the best song category ” Happy ” was nominated but didn’t win. It is a great song making us feel good, making us want

to get moving and in a world where each day brings enough sadness and negatives , a song that uplifts us can only be a good thing.


Academy Awards -where’s my Oscar ?

02 Mar

Sitting here on a windy morning, my thoughts are on tonight’s Oscars. Who will win best film , best actor, best of the best ?

For a while we are encouraged to care about films we haven’t even seen. My own personal favourite is Dallas Buyers’ Club.

It’s the only one I’ve seen and the only one whose story appealed to me. Ron , Rayon ,the doctors all had something to say.

The fact that it was a film that struggled to be made makes it even more likeable, a kind if proof that everything good

happens at the right moment.

The thought that everything happens at the appointed time is certainly not new but it is one that I am learning to accept as

a guide for my own life which is moving through the land of don’t know. Maybe I will never have a clear vision in more

ways than one but I must keep moving forward.

And act as if I am strong and in control. I have been able to do that for a very long time .

An Oscar worthy performance.


It’s been a while (longtime)

01 Mar

So, my desire to write a bit came back today. Since my last blog ,I have studied computers in more detail with certificates to prove it. Luckily I grabbed the chance when I had it as the course has lost its funding and the facility has closed. Grabbing chances has become my motto in recent months.

When the weather is fine, I try to get out and about, taking photos of sights and scenes .If an event is on, I try to get a glimpse of the action. The reason for this is my health condition varies so much with constant new situations to face, to such an extent that a relapse in my eyes in the last 2 weeks came as a kind of relief- I knew what treatment to expect, steroid injection in the eye included. Of course, there is ongoing worry but thankfully there is treatment available and a caring health professional team.

On the first day of March, I am sitting and thinking of new beginnings. A new beginning with a clean bill of health would be great but not likely anytime soon. A new beginning in what I do with my life has been prescribed and greatly occupies my thoughts. I am a great believer that something will turn up. So in the meantime I will keep practising getting my thoughts into a short blog.


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Learning to spend time alone -me and my radio.

03 Oct

Having grown up as the eldest of 8 children, 5 of whom are boys and being of a temperamental character when young, I am well used to being among a noisy group of people. Then while working as a teacher , noise at a school did not particularly bother me. Therefore moving to Corfu with its generally loud tone of conversation seemed a natural part of life .In fact , it was a kind of unwritten law that the loudest voice always won in any discussion.

While driving ,I relied on music on the radio if I was not driving someone to a lesson , shop or hospital.As a result, I knew all the latest songs in Greek as well as foreign songs.

On losing my sight, I became more used to being alone in silence .However, the truth is that there is rarely true silence. When I couldn’t see anything except a white cloud , my hearing became like that of a wolf .I could hear conversations clearly from the other end of the world or so it seemed-somewhere I couldn’t see.

For some reason best known to themselves, a flock of birds used to sleep in the trees around the hospital and their singing kept me company as the sun went down and things went quiet.

Sitting here, I have the sound of the wind through the trees.  It has a calming effect.

But the wind can blow. The birds can sing.  In truth, it is the radio that I love most.It entertains, informs and calms , a simple piece of technology that offers far more variety than tv


A year of living dangerously

02 Oct

Africa needs you.

Life spent exploring the medical field continues at a cracking pace as I learnt at my last appointment that the back of my good eye is still swollen.This explained the renewed need to use a magnifying glass and the sense of  rising frustration accompanied by the words-oh no .it’s coming back, !!

Anyway the consultant was having none of it.She said I had to have another injection in my face. This time it hurt less but she ordered me to rest more as facebook chatters have been told.

More anti inflammatory infusions have also been ordered so whole afternoons will be whiled away at the hospital.Doctors are certainly doing their  darndest for me.

In the meantime,. I have been honing my football pundit skills and my jam making skills.As a result I daily acquire more facebok friends and have a shelf of jars of jam.What has come as a surprise is the number of people who regard my writings as inspirational.Today I received the accolade of Africa needs you and find the responsibility of such words far more daunting than the up coming eye treatment.


a year of learning dangerously

22 Sep

Injections in your face are not really so bad,

I continue on a learning curve I never dreamed possible-going up and down on doses of steroids that definitely make me react strangely .Take the other afternoon.There i was waiting on the station platform, well away from the edge ,waiting for my train to be announced, when i looked into the distance and saw what I thought was a man about to jump off a building.

What to do?

I looked left and right and noone was reacting.I peered into the distanceand realised my mistake .It was a street light.Thank God I hadn’t shouted -don’t jump !!

I make mistakes all the time but fortunately not of that magnitude.So what is happening with my sight. The latest is some sort of swelling at  the back of the operated eye is limiting vision. rather than filling me up with more drugs in addition to the cocktail I currently take ,a little injection in my face will do the trick and really it’s not so bad but my face is large and round.

By the way,my divorce case went to court this week ,I got a tax refund and I went to see Tinker ,tailor ,soldier ,spy-a film from the novel by John Le Carre which I have read about 10 times so life remains interesting and the learning continues.


Tell me mur about urself-for Haysmart and all others who are curious to know more

17 Sep

I was born in Australia 54 years ago ,the eldest of 8 children and possibly the loudest, bossiest and strangest. I was a child who loved communicating and adored reading from a very young age.Mum tells me I had a difficult life and perhaps she was right but upbringing plays a huge role in forming our characters but i do not believe it justifies bad behaviour. Certainly I was punished  a lot when young, in particular for looking around in church.I was simply admiring the statues  and the architecture of the best building in the area but this was perceived as a very bad action.Later I learnt to argue and shout and really   must have been difficult to live with.However, this ability stood me in good stead in later years in situations where I had to stand up for myself against unfair accusations and very nasty people.

During my  primary school years I enjoyed academic success and even then I found myself sat next to boys with learning di fficulties or behaviour problems so I guess ny teaching career started back then even though i told everyone i wanted to be a journalist.This was not approved of at home even though the newspaper and the news on the radio were the centre of family life.

We did not have a tv when I was young.Nor did  we have a telephone.My parents did not see the need for them We did not have a lot but we had enough and while i didn’t always like the clothes the neighbours passed on to us ,it did give me  a determination to work and get my own money as soon as possible .

 Sadly this opportunity is not available to teenagers today and iI am glad iI am not trying to start a career nowadays




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