Think I've finally worked out the new way of putting text on, so here is what I wrote
'I hope it works.',
I know I do go on about my town Barrow-In-Furness. Simply because of people who made fun of us. Mainly people who come in on the back roads! Usually, alternative comedians who perform for one night at our civic centre Forum. Barrovian’s are always ready to laugh at them selves, but many of the comedians go back and talk about us as if we are from the back woods. Now though we are coming into our own! Barrow has come in the top ten for being one of the best Heritage sites in Britain. It has the densest and best used and cared for sites. The Furness Abbey, The Dock Museum, and Peil Island, etc all in a small area! Just three miles from us is Dalton-In –Furness, it used to be the capitol of the area. It has an ancient castle in the town centre and on the outskirts an award winning Animal Park.
A couple of Sundays ago I had a great day out with one of my younger friends we went to The Priory. It has a Buddhist community and we sat quietly in the temple. As we sat in it I felt it was a beautiful, serene and peaceful place. Then we drove down to Roa Island and had a good meal at the Bosuns Cabin.
Where have these weeks gone? Somewhere below is a small piece I started to write to you all. I was determined to write it at the end of September. Now it’s the eighteenth of October and five-am. I have just made myself get up and out of my very comfortable bed. I have a good six hours sleep and was wide awake but so comfortable! I wish I could use my comp to write on as I lay in bed, but it’s something I just can’t do!
The last time I wrote to you all, I was in a strange place. ‘In my head, I hasten to say.’ I think I told you I have been given a wrong prescription and had gone from being down to 3mg of steroids a day back up to 15mg. It was a genuine mistake, and I hadn’t looked at them properly as they were just three little white tabs and all looked the same. I felt so much better I thought this is great, but actually it was just like a drug addict who had gone back and it was awful coming down off them. Going back down affected my blood pressure and pulse rate both went very high and I landed back in hospital over night. A warning from me to anyone who is tempted to take any drugs for fun! Don’t do it, it has changed my life completely. I am now back to only 4mgs a day and hopefully going down to 3mgs next week. I have lost a year of really getting on with the life I loved, travelling etc. I guess I must be the oldest druggy in Britain!!!
The friend I was with has had a hard time this last two years. She fell in love with a European man who had only a six months visa. He was working hard here but went back as he didn’t want to break the law. She visited him and his family as often as she could and they decided to marry over there. She knew it was going to be hard, but she is a hard worker and they are truly in love. She has had to earn so much more money because of the rules here now. It’s been hard for them both, but after two hard years of fighting to get him back here it has finally happened. When they came to visit me I could see the way he looked at her, he loved her. Also the first week he was back here he started work. ‘I’m quite a cynic, but I know enough to see true love.’
I had a lovely experience a couple of weeks ago as my beautiful Great Granddaughter, Amelia Rose was christened. She looked beautiful and she is such a happy little babe. She never even frowned when she had the water poured over her head several times. Even the minister said he would be happy to take her home. Her two uncles were her God parents, I know whatever happens in her life she will be so looked after and loved by them. She also has a great brother Tyler who is three years old and he is a star. ‘Biased, me??’ Of course!
Now a huge, ‘WOW.’ My FB writer friend who I had met on screen writing courses several years ago. Mentioned on FB some time ago that she was going to The London Screenwriting Festival, and I said, ‘I would love to have gone there.’ Thinking, ‘It’s something I will never do now.’ She said, ‘Why don’t we go together?’ I of course said, ‘I’m far too old.’ I was sure I couldn’t. She was sure I could! Also the young man Chris who runs this very prestigious venue, and who was talking to her on her site. Read my message, and he told me people of all ages came to the venue. Well that was 10 months ago and I thought, ‘What the heck, I might as well go; if I’m still here!’ Now that 10 months have flown by and here I am setting off in the next week on a new adventure.
I am so grateful because knowing nothing about the venue, my friend has totally organised me.
The biggest thank you of all; is for the way she, and her husband picked me up and as they live some way from me took me to their home.
She then set up her and my computer, then talked me through the venue so that I could choose whatever course I wanted to be involved with, many of which we both wanted to go to. Which is great for me as I have lost a little of my confidence this past year. But the biggest ‘WOW,’ ever was for the fact she convinced me to pitch my soap that I have written. We had to choose the people who we wanted to pitch to and again we both chose the same people. Now when I’ve finished this I have to write a, one page synopsis, and memorise my pitch. I think I’ll have to write memory joggers on my hands. I guess I won’t get anywhere I my age but having it looked at and talked about will at least it will prove it is mine. I had a woman teacher who has an MA also read it, I paid her. She also gave me good reviews. She has had two or three afternoon plays on the BBCI I have also had it read twice by The literary Consultancy London. Luckily I had free reads as I was a member of Ulverston Writers which is a prestigious writer’s group. The first was a great critique saying how original and good it was, but telling me all the faults in it. The next was telling me it was so much better if the rest of it was as well written I should send it off. ‘Not bragging because I have sat on it for four years!’
Below is where I managed to get to all those days ago, when I first started to write it! Then fate stepped in and it's now the 18th of October
Well I started this two days ago, on the 28th Sept, and as far as I have managed to get was, Hi all. I was so determined to get back to it I saved the Hi all. So here I am two days later. I started 20 minutes ago and have already been held up. My old man jumped through my open window to say hello and as he thinks my computer is a rival, I had to finally give him his morning cuddle, as he tried to sit on here and when I stroke him he dribbles which just isn’t good for computers.
Will say goodbye and hope you can all follow this. Lilian