I lived in Marjorca for a few months and only learned to say (No Tocca.) Not sure I have spelt that properly! I was lot younger then and it was meant to say, 'Don't touch.' In those days if I stood on a packed bus, I could be sure a man would try to put his hand on my rear. I also learned the important things like how to ask for coffee or beer.
Writing this has just reminded me of a funny story that happened while I was there. My sister-in- law, who I was staying with and who was a lovely person was trying hard to learn the language. She was very friendly and always greeted the postman. This one morning she also said, how hot it was. The postman looked at her then dashed off. Her son was there and he was laughing, she asked him why the man had dashed off. He could speak Spanish and told her, she had told the postman, 'I am on heat this morning.' I don't think she ever greeted the poor man again after that!
Anyway I still liked the other site better, much more colourful for one thing. I've written to tell them it was wishy washy and they agree that other clients have told them, it isn't as interesting.
Now I am going for the picture, so wish me luck. If I get the right one it will be a first!
And no; as you have seen, I still haven't! got it right! Not quite what I intended. But I think I have worked out why I'm getting this wrong.
So here we are in Gatlinburgh, Tennessee again. Well the picture is of there. This place is like a Blackpool without the sea. 'And non of the stag and hen parties!'
It is a great fun place and has the beauty of the Smoky Mountains in the background as well. My friend Vivian and I had a lovely early morning walk and spent a couple of hours exploring before the sun came up. It was so hot by 8 oclock, I was melting. 'I just couldn't take the heat!' I went out early on my own one morning, and walked down to some woods that were just behind our hotel. I was deciding whether or not to wander in a short way, when I saw a rather large trash bin. Written on it was, 'Please make sure all trash is placed in bin with lid down, because of bears.' I haven't moved so fast for years. Nobody had told me then, that the Smoky Mountains were famous for their bears.
I haven't done much this week, although I had a trip on a coach to Carlisle on Friday. When we left Barrow the skies had opened, and we had some torrential rain most of the way. But when we arrived there, luckily it had stopped and was really quite pleasant. I haven't been there for several years and had forgotten about the how the old city looked, and was quite impressed with it.
I'd arranged to meet my friend Eileen for lunch. She had moved to Scotland a few months ago and now lives in a small village, which she loves. As she talked to me about it, I would have loved to move there myself. In fact now that Scotland looks after their constituants so well, free universaty, free old people's homes, and prescriptions. I recommend we should all move up there!
We had a good lunch and caught up with each other. She has many health problems, including Fybro, but she is just gets on with life. And when we are together we find lots to laugh about, which is a tonic. It was through her that I met the Barrow, Fybro group, and although they too have some awful times, they are very funny when they get together.
There is the monthly meeting today (Saturday,) we all take some food and have a chat. When I had ME, I always thought that it must be like how a very old person must feel. But to anyone with ME, Fybro or any of the related illnesses, I can tell you old age is a doddle. So I hope you are as lucky as I have been and get through these awful problems. Then are able to do what I have done, and that it too catch up with the life you lose through your illnesses.
I told you in my last blog, I had to order another 50 of my books 'Cos That's The Way It Was, from my printer, Astraprint, Ainslie street. They are for sale in The Dock Museum. Also when I went to see him we discussed my next book, 'Cos That's the Way It Is. He is working on it now. I have had so many people from Barrow ask me when I was bringing it out, because like me they enjoy holding a book. What's better than curling up on the settee with coffee, chocolate and a book? So in the next few weeks it will be ready. I am really excited because all though it is on Kindle, Amazon now it never feels as if it's mine.
I really enjoyed meeting the Fybro group yesterday, they are such a cheerful lot considering how they feel.
Message to myself, 'One red wine is enough during the day!' I must be the cheapest drunk in Barrow! Just one more and I had to lay down the rest of the day.
Anyway, time to say Bye .
Take care all, and be Happy.