I had a hospital appointment today to see a Specialist Clinical Physiotherapist. She specialises in back problems and is helping me to strengthen my back, torso and legs with a regime of exercises. On the whole my pain is reducing, though I wish that I had met her 12 years ago when the damage occurred. "If wishes were horses then beggars would ride" so best not go there! In the meantime I work hard at the exercises to prevent things getting worse and hopefully reduce my pain. As I left the Hospital it occurred to me that "accessibility" is the key to so much in life. I wondered about the access to the Hospital too.............
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Had a long day yesterday an early start, a long road trip and then a few miles walked round the Motorbike Show at The National Exhibition Center in Birmingham. It was interesting to see all the new bikes and equipment available. Also to people watch! As with most hobbies, when you get together with like-minded people the barriers drop a little. The hardest looking biker becomes your friend when he knows that you have a bike in your garage, which makes me think about impressions..........
Friday, 27 November 2009
So.... it's Friday. This means a different sort of photograph to be taken. Through the rest of the week I wander around, visiting villages, churches, a seaside town. Or maybe stay in the garden - lots of scope there for pictures and when the weather is truly bad then the house has a wealth of features of interest. Not to mention the lifetime collections of "stuff" all ripe to be placed before the lens. But on Friday I take a Self Portrait, SP for short. It's fun to do, mostly. On a day when I'm feeling low no matter how I try, it shows in the photo. So my SP is a pretty good indicator of my mood of the day. Sometimes I "chicken out" and take a bit of me rather than my face. In lots of ways that is even more difficult to do, no, that's wrong - it's more of a challenge! Hmmmm I wonder what today's will be.......... I might show you, unless it's truly awful.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Why do we find it so difficult to please ourselves in life? We are always striving to please others, to put aside our own wishes so that the waters remain unruffled. I say "we" I can, of course, only speak from my own perspective, that of a Libran.......whether you think that Astrology is a load of bunkum or not........those scales are forever with me as I endeavour to keep life balanced, keep everyone happy. Perhaps it is too late to change - old dog, new tricks - I don't know. But I do know that in so many cases everyone has been happy...... except me. The older I get and the more I think about this the more I realise that it's time to step away from the scales. Time to let everyone do their own balancing. And if the water gets a bit ruffled well so be it! What's the worst that can happen.........
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
I am constantly draw to churches and graveyards as I drive round the lanes of Devon and there are many of them to be found. Even the smallest hamlet has a church, some quite humble and some ornate and extravagant. It is not through any religious beliefs of mine, more an admiration of good craftsmanship and an interest in the past inhabitants of the area that I visit them. In one graveyard there are 3 graves in a line, the given name on each is "Mary Anne" the dates are broadly similar. It certainly wasn't through admiration of any famous "star" that these ladies all bore the same name, or was it ?...........
Monday, 23 November 2009
I took this photo today, leaning over the bridge which connects the two halves of the small hamlet in which I live. I was thinking about the people in Cumbria, many of whom have lost their homes and businesses and worse still some who have lost their lives. It didn't worry me that I was standing on a bridge which is probably hundreds of years old with the River Taw flooding beneath it. Bridges in Cumbria have been swept away in an instant. We feel safe in our own environment.........