It's a horrible day, and after three bright and sunny days I really thought spring was here. Still I have had to stay in today as my poor old lady is coming home. My 2003 computer is coming home from computer hospital. She has been cleaned up and had a couple of implants so she should be looking good. I have an Asus notebook and an Android phone but they will never have the place in my heart that my old Toshiba has. Madam Toshiba has taken me to many places as I have sat for hours, writing stories, scripts, and the odd poem.
Well what a strange few days it's been, at least now I can see properly. I finally have lost most of the swelling off my black eyes, and bruises on my face. Just a matching pair of small lumps left on my forhead, and only a knee band on my leg. I had a pattern on my forehead where it hit the floor. As it healed it read in capital letters ET, and right then I looked like him. 'But not quite so endearing. I loved that film!' It made me cry, which was embarrassing as the kids I had taken with me never shed a tear.
I have learnt one thing, and it's not to rush without looking where I am going. I had sat in The Brown Cow, for over three hours having a lovely time with friends. Two of them were off to Ausy just for a month this time. Last week two of my friends went for three months.
'Yes, I haven't forgotten that I told you that the last time I wrote!' Anyway it brought back memories to me as I had visited this couple of friends in Adelaide.
Adelaide is a lovely open City, I really enjoyed spending time there. The beaches were stunning and so beautiful, I realise why so many want to live beside them. I also went to many places, one visit was to the wineries on the Barrossa. I went to Jacobs Creek winerie and had a tasting, bought some wine and was allowed to look around the house down stairs. It was beautifully built and well furnished, it was built in the British style of large houses in Britain over one hundred years ago. They had large tables outside in what looked like an orchard, they were laden with food and there were a large gathering of men. It turned out to be the end of the grape harvest and the owners put this party on for them. A really nice idea.
Writng this has brought another memory back. To get to Adelaide I flew with Indonesian Airlines, they were a fairly new airline travelling to Australia, and cheaper than all the rest. I have a bit of trouble whenever I travel. The girls I worked with used to say they would never be on a plane with me.
This time it was fine until I landed in Bali, I was supposed to be on a three hour wait over. It turned into a nine hour wait and there was also torrential rain. The rain didn't bother me until I came to unpack my suitcase the next day, everthing in it was wet through. My friend phoned to see what had happened and was told they didn't have any shelter when they were unloading.
When I flew into Adelaide, on a very new and comfortable plane my friends were there to meet me. We passengers were asked to stay in our seats until they were ready to let us off. Two fire engines came out and sprayed us, I just thought, 'Oh they must be making sure we don't bring any bugs in.' Finally I met my friends and they drove me home. A couple of days later she told me they had vidioed me arriving, so we thought we would watch it. It was interesting! There was smoke billowing out of the back of it. It was on fire and even my friends hadn't noticed it. Coming home is another story.
Back to the night out.
Sitting, eating good food, talking and drinking just a couple of glasses of red wine was my kind of night. I stress; just a couple of glasses, because all my friends have been giving me a hard time. They don't think I drink enough, they think I'm a party pooper. 'I will just have to start drinking more, perhaps I would have made a better landing!' It was only ten o-clock and the others decided to move on to a pub in town. My taxi came, because I as a party pooper decided not to go. It was all hugs and kisses with every one was saying goodnight. So I dashed out and thought I could fly. Result, found out I couldn't.
I think I have all ready told you how good the staff at the hospital were. The doctor at the hospital cleaned my head and told me I had been very lucky, and not to put anything on to it except water. I admitted I hadn't had a tetnus shot, so he wouldn't let me go without it. I had it there and then. He also wouldn't let me go without someone being with me for 24 hours, so in the end my poor friend had to sleep on my settee. I did as I was told at first and just splashed my head with water, but it went a bit hot and inflamed. Then was when the old fashioned medicine worked. Germaline cured everthing when my boys were young and it has been in my drawer ever since. 'Not the same tube.' Then a friend brought me some Arnica for the bruising, it helped to clear them quite quickly.
Not being able to go out for several days and not being able to do much on my computer was driving me mad. I had a signing for my book on the Saturday at Heaths bookshop and I couldn't not go. I slapped make up on, and had a taxi down to town. Luckily there was a chair and table set up. I have to say I really enjoyed it. People who know me, know I do enjoy chatting. One man asked could he take my picture holding my book, I'm not photogenic at the best of times. He took three, I didn't ask to see them. I may have broken his camera. When I finished my friend
On Sunday I took a friend who had been really good at taking care of me to lunch. It was to the Queens Arms, Biggar Bank. It is a 13th centuary Inn and has been completely renovated right back to how it was years ago. It has a very interesting history. The lunch we had was very good, I go there as often as I can, the Chef is excellent. The Inn was cut off from the mainland for quite a few days when we had the floods. I spent many happy hours at Biggar Bank, then we had a paddling pool and a swimming pool, but that was a long time ago.
Another day has past since I started this and today was beautiful but still really cold. I had a good day today, lunch with a friend and met a lot of people I know. Catching up with the gossip, I feel as though I have been out of circulation for weeks. Then The Dock Museum ordered 30 of my books.
This is a couple of peices of Barrow history I have just read.
In 1930 two Barrow magistrates tempered justice with humanity when they together bought a pedler's licence for an old man who was before them, charged with operating without a licence. Could you imagine that happening now? Maybe if we get more cuts from the government we might go back to those 'happier' times.
In 1930 Barrow Corporation were reported to be still experimenting to try to find out whether electricity or gas lighting was best for Abbey Road. Still, that might be why we have so many street lights out all over town. Perhaps they are still experimenting!
I might not be too agile at the moment but I'm going to give myself another chance, and it's dinner at the Italian tomorrow night. A friends 21st twice birthday, one of the good things about having young friends are, they can always bend down to pick you up.
Then Sundays TV, well I really enjoy The Midwife, but The Musketeers is something else. The BBC have excelled themselves. It is one of the best series I have watched, and then there are the men! Then I switch over to Selfridges, also a great series. Well I have to stay in some times.
Time to say Bye
Take care all and be happy