Dementia, demented, slightly mad. Dad continues to be a jumble of memories and glimpses of Dad past and present. Finding pictures for him to look at is now part of daily life and is a great help to him. It is as though his memory box has been shaken up like the snow in a snow globe. We see fragments of his life and see the essence of Dad in his words and actions. We bring him the past, present and future by our visits. Our presence sparks off memories deep within him, making connections in his mind. It is heartbreaking. It is heartwarming. It is Dad.
As the late, great Stephen Hawking said, “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” Although a recent book proposal of mine has suffered initial rejection, it also received positive comments. Indeed, I am encouraged to fine tune the project and submit to other agents. Watch this space (…space…in more ways than one!).
Easter is a time for new beginnings and I see the end of one phase as I begin another. I have an exciting new appointment in the main hospital to look forward to, following a week off.
…although at the beginning of the month no one was going anywhere very fast! Rain fell onto snow during the evening, freezing to leave a layer of ice for the unwary the following morning. I braved this to take a photograph and that was enough being outside for me. It was so cold. It was so icy. It was so nice indoors.
January was a write-off (appropriate phrase) given the plethora of people with flu and other illnesses and my father being unexpectedly taken to hospital. February was taken up with trying to combine visiting Dad and trying to regain some semblance of normality. Whatever that means. For me it means trying to regain some space for writing. I have a medium-term project on the go which needs to be maintained.
March. Winding up current job and looking forward to fresh start after Easter in the NHS. It feels like a nice example of synchronicity as I was working in the secretarial/admin field full time my 20s and am now returning to that area in the run up to retirement. It serves to highlight the somewhat messy middle bit of my working life.
Thoughts on waking: a bus! Thank goodness the heating is still working. I hope the water supply is back on. Didn’t like those odd noises in the night.
Later…yes, we have water. Now to put the kettle on for a restorative cuppa.
An extra day, a bonus day, a Snow Day! Can’t get out the front door, roads slippery, no buses, no trains…so….writing and tidying and planning the next stage. One submission has been sent off re an astronomy book. With a new job to look forward to after Easter, I am getting my paperwork and house in order ready for the more limited time. Excited! Looking forward to the increase in funds 🙂
Yesterday I enjoyed spending much time with the splending Lockyer telescope at the Norman Lockyer Observatory, talking to people and sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for the telescope, Norman Lockyer and the Observatory. The sun eventually obliged with a sun spot.
Life is fleeting
tis but a breath
from life to death
Sorrow and joy
strew the way
as hand in hand
and with friends
sometimes rocky path
Caring and sharing
to The End.
Wow. Up in the clouds. Bluebells, an orrery and held spell bound once more by the great Dr Allan Chapman. His talk spanned the history of planet research throughout the 19th century encompassing the discovery of Uranus, helium, Norman Lockyer, orreries and much, much more!
Today was the official unveiling of the restored Victorian Orrery. It was rebuilt by John and Bill. Amazingly it even has the moon going up and down on its elliptical path around the Earth. The unveiling was done by Dr Allan Chapman, a regular speaker at NLO events, and an all-round good man. He is able to stand in front of an audience and talk to them naturally with no recourse to notes or pictures during the talk. A real masterclass in how to give a talk. I was thrilled that quite a few young ones from both Astroscout groups came along…a better attendance ratio than the adult Observers’ Group! A member of the History Group introduced himself to me and offered to come along to one of our sessions to talk about space art. John Bardsley was delighted to see a picture of himself with a write up on our display board. He is such an inspiration to me and over the years he kindly and patiently showed me how to use the Lockyer telescope. I also had an interesting conversation with Colin about the future of the observatory and the nature of Friday evenings. I can see me becoming a Director one of these days…
The Friday evening Astroscout session went really well with the children using paper plates to record the information I had given them about A Trio of Stars: Arcturus, Spica and Antares. I am trying to teach them to identify the first stars to appear in the lighter evenings and to inspire them to get out and look for them. The whole plate represented Antares with a tiny, pea-sized circle for Spica in the middle. It worked well in showing the relative scale of the different stars.
Devon is in full bloom now with the pretty wayside colours of pink, white and blue against a backdrop of varying hues of green.
Having had a short story selected for inclusion in an anthology which has now been published, I can now count myself as a Published Author. Exciting! Gives me hope for the future. ‘Trying for Boots’ is about an inspirational wheelchair rugby player and is included within ‘For Sale: Baby Shoes Never Worn’ an anthology to raise money for Make a Wish Foundation. Available on Amazon.
As much as I am enjoying the delights of Homes under the Hammer, Escape to the Country/Sun/Winter Sun or wherever and the many, many antique shows I do wonder to whom the programme of delights is aimed. The adverts are definitely geared to the elderly and/or infirm. Given that most views would tend to be housebound for reasons of age, infirmity or unemployment why not use the schedule for some decent drama repeats, or…deep breath…documentaries. Maybe I am mistaken but surely the majority of daytime viewers would not have the means or the motive to upsticks or take up property renovation or go browsing around market stalls…