I'm later than I meant to be. As usual! And I think I have put a new picture on but not the one I wanted to. This is one from months ago in the maternity hospital in Charlotte. The day after Abigail was born. Here we all are admiring her; well we three ladies are! Tom is busy with his camera.
It has really become very Autumnal now. Hasn't it? We have had a wonderful summer and it was a joy to see all the children looking so brown and healthy. Now though, the leaves are starting to turn
into all their glorious colours of gold, oranges and browns. Driving through the Lake District as the trees turn their colours, is a feast to your eyes.
My grandsons all play rugby for the same local team, and one of their team mate's partner had a baby which had problems through being a premature birth. The baby had such wonderful care through the hospital that took care of him. His parents decided they would like to do something to support the baby unit. The rugby club got together and they decided to have a sponsered fire walk. It was awesome! It was held at the rugby club on Saturday the 28th September t around nine pm and over 40 people volounteered to do the walk. There were around 500 hundred people watching it and they were hoping that they had around £8,000 in sponser donations, but now they think they are going to get in excess of £10,000. This is from one of what maybe the poorest and most neglected towns in Cumbria! But we have a great community spirit! In my opinion, we are always at the end of any grants or help from The Cumbrian County Council, who's headquaters are in Carlisle. I was very proud of my Daughter in law, Lorraine, as she was one of the fire walkers. I know, I would never have had the courage to do it.
I was also very happy to see our very own Hairy Biker Dave, not getting knocked out of, Come Dancing this week. He was a bit too enthusiastic the first week, but had improved a great deal this week. Still it will be a challenge for him, as I have never seen so many excellent dancers as there are this time. But come on Barrow; support our boy, there are at least two or three others who should leave before Dave does. I am so glad our Evening Mail is supporting him.
I got up at 5-30 to write my blog proper, now it's 9-30 and I have to leave soon to go to our library. then to pick up 50 books from my printer. Out great Dock Museum, have phoned to order more, of 'Cos That's The Way It Was; and I needed to have some printed. I am always quite surprised now when asked for more! I'm also going to see him about having my next book, 'Cos That's The Way It Is, printed. I have them both on Kindle, but have been asked by the library and so many of my older friends for the book. Like me they enjoy reading a book, much more than sitting in front of an
i book or tablett. I know it's the way forward, but what's better than curling up on the settee, with a cup of coffee, some chocolate and a good book?
I have to leave soon, so I will have to send this now as I can't find out how to save it, will finish the rest when I get back.
Take care all.
Sorry this is the last blog and I'm sure you have all ready seen it. Somehow I have managed to lose the picture.
Here is another picture of me and my friends in Tennessee. I hope I don't bore you but I only manage to pull up the same old photo's on here. Reminder; I must take a lesson in how to put some new pictures on. I don't think I have put this one with Tom on already though! I tried a few days ago and after I had managed to repeat every one I had already used, I gave up before I threw the computer through the window. I went onto my old computer this morning and put a couple of new ones into my pictures but they didn't come up. Guess I have two lots of pictures!!
Anyway now I have probably bored you so much you switched off.
It was a beautiful day here yesterday, I never closed my front door until it started to get dark. I hope it was the same for you. The sky was a picture as the sun went down behind the sea. It sent shards of beautiful red rays up into the sky, and was another painting as they spread amongst the darkness of the evening sky. The beginning of the week was a complete contrast rain and winds that were around fifty miles and hour. The wind was so bad here I couldn't walk down the small hill to the bus stop. I guess that's why Walney Island is called windy Walney. Yes, I haven't a car now! Would you believe I gave it up 9 years ago to try to help the enviroment, I don't miss it often as I really enjoy the bus. It is interesting listening to the conversation, also I meet many interesting and friendly people as I travel.
I listen to Radio Two in the morning especially if I waken up early. I'm so sick of listening to all the bad news on Radio Four. Chris Evans and the people who phone in to him really cheer me up. Last week though, he asked people who were older to phone him in if they did anything different now they were old. The oldest person to phone in was only 61 years old, he had run a charity race. (Which I couldn't have done even at 40, so good on him.) The rest were 50 years onward to 58. OLD! Well, I don't know how many of you who read this are young? But believe me when I tell you 50 is only middle aged. I almost sent him a text on my new, (Android phone) still learning to use it!
I started the text with; I went to college to do an A and B course in creative writing in my 60s, then wrote two books about the war. I won a a screenwriting course with Shoreline Films and was one of 8 cumbrian women to win it. I was at least 30 years older than the others. Since I was sixty I have travelled to many places in the world and at 77 years I just come back from nine weeks in the USA. I'm travelling to Malta soon for a month, on my own and can't wait.
I didn't send it because it looked like I was showing off. I surmise that most of you who read my blog know me, so you'll know I have done these things.
Back to normal! Although I have quite a few people around me who would laugh at me calling myself normal.
This past week I have been out twice to eat at an Italian restaurant. I had huge prawns in garilc butter and very nice vegatables, then went to a show at Forum. The first show was, put on by Deemon's Acadamy, it is a dance and drama Acadamy. The show was excellent and I was proud to see that in Barrow we have such talent. Many of the older chidlren move on to Drama Schools and quite a few now are in London shows, some have also had parts in television soaps.
I also have had a lovely meeting with the ME, Fybro group. We met on Saturday for a pot lunch. I admire them so much, they have such a struggle to get treatment and acknowledgement, even now after all the years since I had ME. Many of them do too much, they are still having to work and look after families. Yet are so funny and brave. I try to reasure them it will get better but they have such awful times, I'm sure they don't think they will. If anyone has family or friends with these illnesses, I would ask you just to bear with them. All most of them ask for is for you to care about them. A hug says it all.
I've had to break off writing for an hour as I have had a friend on the phone she is off to Barhain for several months. Then I had a call fom Age Uk, they have asked me to give tips to the Creative Writing class, about writing and getting a book published. I will have a chat but I don't really feel qualified to tell them much because I had, 'Cos that's The Way It Was, published myself. I needed an editor when I put them on Kindle, Amazon. Also I'm sure you have all noticed, I still don't know where to put comma's and full stops. I'm not as good a speller as I used to be, and still can't work out spell check on here. I have cracked this a bit though, now I pull up Word, when I know that the word I've written doesn't look right and do spell check on there. The only problem is lots of the words look fine to me. (Oh well we can't all be perfect, and I did make a bouquet for the Queen!)
I turned television on the other day and it had a series of films on about WW2. I don't usually watch them, as I hate to see people really killing each other! But funnily enough this one was about Montgomery and the Eighth Army in Egypt.The film was able to tell you many things now, that had been secrets for sometime. My Father was serving there and fought with the Eighth Army right through to El Alamain. What those men went through was unbelievable. This film told us all about the plans and secrets that happened then. I am in awe of Montgomery, this man and his staff were brilliant in their planning. They had found out that one of their staff, had started to see a belly dancer who was giving information to the Germans. They gave the man false information without him knowing about it. From that they were able to track what the Germans were planning and were able to feed them false information. The sad thing was, that the man on the staff had no idea what he had done. Although he must have been told, as it sounds as though he gave his life up because of it. He went into a tank on the beach and it blew up. If you think about it; he had to dissapear from the womens life without making her suspious The cleverness of the plans were brilliant. I realise now why my father was so bitter, because when he came home he had lost his good job to someone who hadn't fought in the war. He had to go labouring in a foundry, he was so angry he never sent for his medals. There were so many who came home to this happening and after all they went through. You can understand why so many had, what was called bad nerves after the war.
On a happier note I also watched. The Joy of Country, after that. It was set in Tennessee and it had Johny Cash, Dolly Parton and Glen Cambell singing in it. It told you a lot about their lives that I hadn't heard before. I know it's old fashioned but I rlike Country, and I really enjoyed it. Also it was nice to see The Smoky Mountains again, having just been to visit them. Must try to find those channels again!
I've just had another phone call asking me if I wanted to meet a friend for lunch. I had to say no to him because I'm still in my comfort coat. Didn't tell him that! I have no idea of the time when I start writing and I must say Bye as I have to have my shower. A bit late, but what the heck at my age I can do anything I want. I made my dinner last night, and ate my pudding while I waited for it to cook.
So Bye all, I hope I haven't rambeld on too much.
Take care and be happy