Doesn’t life get in the way! Yes I’m a little late but this last week has been birthdays, train rides, eating out with friends, and one friend staying over one night. You all will know what it’s like and of course at my age. It’s a mixture of not missing out anything that’s fun or interesting, and
being shattered when you take a day off.
Well that’s my excuses over, and I do say sorry, as when I pulled my site up I saw several hundred hits. I am not sure what you all find interesting in my blog, I started it when I put my two small books on Kindle. That was because I’m self published; I am supposed to push my books myself. I often forget to mention them when I write to you all. What I should say; is a big Thank You to all the people who have bought my book.
I’m pretty sure by now you all know I’m opinionated, and still haven’t learnt how to use educated
English. But I keep on trying, 'I know,' I don't try hard enough.
Right now I also have a bit of what we call brain fog. I blame this on our unusual hot weather, anything over 70 degrees kills me. I lived in Majorca for some time in my forties and loved the weather then. I had a few adventures over there and need to go back to visit. I guess this time it will be a little less exciting and it would have to be when it was a little quieter. I would write about some of my memories, but with my memory might have already written them. Don’t want to bore you
I am going to brag some about my town as usual. Barrow is a no, no, to the Media unless they are making derogatory remarks about it.
Anyway this is about two of our young men. The Evening Mail’s headline about them was,
‘Friends’ instant cancer test invention amazes scientists.’
This is a small piece I have picked out that was written about them.
Their creation could, if it is granted approval by the regulatory bodies and passes stringent tests, allow GPs to wave a small probe over a patients skin or blood sample to give an instant diagnosis of cancer – removing the delay presently experienced as people wait weeks for results of tests and biopsies results.
How is that for exciting news? One of the young man said, small quote, ‘If we can help to cut diagnosis time. Then that’s an amazing achievement. It’s not our aim to make a lot of money.’
I hope they do, as some huge giant Pharmaceutical business will grab it and then charge a fortune. I still haven’t seen any Media news programme pick this up.
It has been so hot here, that when I was away a couple of days the ceiling paper in my kitchen had slightly come loose. I had to get some paste to stick it back, and of course I forgot for a couple of days. I had a phone call from a friend who lives abroad, and while we were talking the piece of paper started to slowly come down from my ceiling. I had to catch it and go with it as it rolled off. Trying to explain this to my friend made us laugh, as I held the phone in one hand and the paper in the other. Luckily it stopped at the lights.
My friend said, ‘Lilian do you ever live a normal life? Do you remember when I phoned you and you were burying a hedgehog, with the help of a small boy who had found it in dead in the gutter.’ I was in a flat when that happened and had to run up stairs to answer the phone. So had to say I would ring her back later, after I had buried a hedgehog. What happened was, this little boy had rung my bell and wa so upset about it. I picked it up, ‘Not with my bare hands I hasten to say.’ Anyway he had asked me, ‘Could we bury it in my garden.’ So that’s what we did cross and all.’ He went home a very happy little boy. I don’t know what his mum would make of his story.
I am off to Scotland again this time with my 94 years young friend. It’s only for five days in mid September. I know we are going with a firm called Lochs and Glens, but didn’t take notice of where we are going as she did all the booking. Just said yes and paid my money!
I am very disappointed that Scotland wants to leave us. The thing is they already get much more help from this government than we English do. Also I have noticed that the hotels I stayed in were full of us retired English, literally into the hundreds! Now if they leave I know so many retired people don’t want to travel abroad any more, and so have given up their passports. (I have an idea I wrote this last time so just ignore it if I have.) Still, I can’t see older people changing and ordering a passport to go there. I love Scotland and don’t understand why many of the Scots dislike us. I luckily have only met lovely people there, so can’t say anything bad about them!
I had a very nice Scottish man friend many years ago. He was a gentleman and really handsome. He played the pipes and wore his kilt with pride. The first time I met him, we had arranged to meet for lunch at a nice restaurant. I had driven there and sat in the car park waiting for him to
arrive. He was late! I gave him a few minutes and left.
I drove back down the main road, and I saw him waving to me through a taxi window. I couldn’t stop so drove on, I saw the taxi driver turn around very quickly and he followed me. He was popping in and out of moving cars to catch up; so I stopped when it was safe. The taxi pulled up in front of me, my friend and the taxi driver came to the car. The taxi driver laughed and said,‘I have always wanted to do that, it’s the first time I been asked to follow that car.’ He went back to the taxi and waited. My friend asked me to go back to wait for him, and he would explain. I went back and waited; was just about to leave again and he turned up. He jumped out of the taxi with an armful
of freesias. He had asked the driver to take him to a florists and brought me what must have been a bucketful of my favourite flowers then.
Now that was a gentleman. A lot of young men could learn from him!
One other thing I did this past week was have a day without using FB, someone suggested it. I had no idea why and afterwards still have no idea! Anyway all it made for me was hard work, as I waded through two days of messages etc. But I still felt quite superior as so many said they just couldn’t
Watching one of my favourite programmes CNSI. They were on the site where the battle of Antietam was fought. When I lived in the USA, I was a guest at the ‘re-enactum,’ not sure how to spell that word. Will have to check the literature that I kept from the time I was there. Not now; or I will never finish this. Anyway it was an awesome experience. And it was unforgettable I will try to find pics from it and then if I can put them on here.
Today I have put some different stories on because I sometimes think I might be getting boring, they are all true. I guess I have been a very lucky lady having so many experiences. Not all have been good, but I like to think there are more good than bad.
I am so glad I did cut and paste. I do like Sooty but he would have left a lot sooner if I had, had to rewrite all of this. He has gone home and is laying around on his owners lawn so he is quite happy. Well I have written around 1,500 words today because I was determined to finish this before the weekend. I realise I should be finishing my next book off and if I can write so many words in one day. I have no excuses that I can make.
Tim to say goodbye.
So be happ