Above I hope! Are Ecuadorian Indians playing their delightful pipes, in my town centre. Lower pic is another Saturday, this is an older Rocker in my town centre. My era in my second teenage years, around 1980. It has taken me over an hour to get these pics on. Don't ask!
I hope you enjoyed the couple of true stories about my WW2
experiences. ‘I guess if you have read my books you have heard it all before!’ I have been a bit poorly so thought
they would let you all know I haven’t forgotten you. I know I have moaned about taking steroids for so long they have given me many problems that I didn’t have. Well at least one problem had been solved, I have my sight back in my right eye as I have had it laser. One big problem with it! I can see so well, I now find a dozen jobs that need doing in my house and garden. Still I’m on the mend and it’s all up and go now. Waiting for my gardener to get in touch! ‘Sounds posh can’t do gardening right now and he is a very nice young man.’ Anyway wondered where he was and poor lad hasn’t been too well either, still hopefully here next week. Just wish him all the best.
It has been quite and an emotional time for me as we have had so many programmes on about WW2, the sad and happy times I still remember. My life changed completely after WW2 finished. I lived in more of a war Zone then, than I did in the blitz. War leaves a lot of people who have been badly injured, but without the wounds that show!
Where has our summer gone? I can’t remember ever having a May like this. Yes, I know all old people say this about all kinds of things. Still, May is my birthday month and I always remember it being a nice month. I was so pleased when our new Princess was also born on my birthday.
(I had a lovely birthday, lots of visitors, cards and pressies; in fact it lasted three days!)I might be old but I haven’t forgotten how to celebrate.
May is usually what I would call a kind month, when the weather is soft and gentle. Not sweltering heat or the cruel wind and rain we in the North West have been having. I have many small birds come into my little garden as I feed them daily and this year so far I have had to feed them as if it’s still winter. I feel so sorry for them, as I lie in my comfortable bed and listen to torrential rain and the wind belting at my window.
Well, we also have had our elections these last few weeks as well. I always vote and it was hard this time! All I really want is a Prime Minister and a Parliament with a few lines and wrinkles on their faces. Just want to have someone with the experience of a real life. Enough said, as we now have to live with the choice of the people. It’s what we call democracy, and at least it’s our right that we have it. It’s our choice, a free world.
I have been writing this for three days, and I have been up since around six am this morning to get it finished. I’m sitting with my front curtains closed because I know my old man will be over as soon as he sees them open. I had made a definite choice to stay home for two days to get some of the dust up that I can now see. Also to write this letter. Of course the sun had finally come out for those first two days, still a cold wind blows. Of course on the first day the sun called me to pull a few weeds out, and then I had to sit on my veranda for a rest for a minute enjoying the sun. As I sat quietly a couple of black birds took turns to have a bath and I couldn’t move in case I disturbed them. I forgot, I also had to fill my washing machine, as it was such a good drying day and there’s nothing nicer than seeing your washing out on the line in the sun, and that smell of fresh linen as you bring it in is something else!
No, I’m not really quite so slow at writing, but as I make a habit of saying; life interferes with the best made plans. And I haven’t time to not stop to enjoy it. Also had a lovely friend call yesterday afternoon and had a nice catch up. Then my friend Sooty called and had to sit on my knee for an hour. It’s a really hard life!!
I have a lot of new friends on FB right now from all over the world and what a grand crowd they are. I do have lovely old friends on there already, who I love!
In the last few months many of these new friends have become quite special as well. I would never have thought that it could happen but they have become less than strangers through FB. This is because they put so many pictures and talk about their lives with friends and families. Many have the same views as me. ‘I guess I’m a bit opinionated about what I believe in.’
Oh yes here I go again. We have had our great Keswick to Barrow walk. Again 40 miles over hills and moors, in all weathers. Over 2,000 walk it and they are all sponsored. They earn tens of thousand for charity and do they get mentioned on the media? Only the local one! On the same day, it was the ten mile London marathon. It was on every news programme!! Well that's my yearly rant. All I want to say now is Well Done: All you Barrow to Keswick Heroes, and all the people who are there to support them!
A busy month May. We also have the well known Eurovision Song Contest. A waste of time for the Brits it's pretty well known we wouldn't win now we are in the EU. So we put in poor quality songs and sadly some of the singers aren't too good. Cynical? 'Not me.'
I usually write about one of my memories from my past and today just putting on FB I had a lovely memory brought back to me. It was a picture of one of my new friends and she was at Smith Mountain Lake. I have spent quite a few happy times there with very dear friends. It is the largest manmade lake, if I’m remembering right. My friends had a beautiful house on the side of it for some time after they retired. My friend Pat was sister to Tom and Vivian whose house it was. Vivian is her S-I-L really but they are as close as sisters! I loved going across the lake in Tom’s boat for dinner to a lovely Chinese restaurant, and to another restaurant for breakfast in the morning on several occasions. Tom even let me drive the boat some of the time. They also had a wonderful memorial for the fallen soldiers from WW2, in which they mentioned Britain's fallen also.
Talking about driving reminded me of the second day I arrived in the USA. My cousin who I stayed with, took me out in her car and we went around the block. She then got out and said you take it now. Hmm, well I did! I learnt right away that stop, means stop, over there. Here isn’t quite the same. It was a good job I was younger then and I guess better looking. Still I just have to get this finished so will tell you next time.
It's taken me five days to write this, had to stop yesterday had long lunch with some very funny younger lady friends. Now I have to say goodbye as a friend is calling and I have to get to town after that. At least he will give me a lift! If there any mistakes friends, just ignore them please, or I'll never get this finished.
Bye and be happy everyone. No idea why its just gone pale!