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  • jullietwright 2:14 pm on April 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Tempus fugit   

    30 April 2017

    Getting down isn’t a problem;getting up is,especially in the garden where it involves crawling to the nearest support and heaving myself up. K. sent away for a kneeler with metal handles at each end, and it has been very useful, except for a tendency to tip me into the flower bed if I lean too far forward.

    When the kneeler was delivered, it came with a stack of leaflets which I read. Big Mistake. What joys we pensioners have to look forward to – bunion pads, long-handled toenail clippers, walking aids, incontinence pads – the list seemed endless – Add depression to all the diseases old age is heir to and there is only one answer, give up reading.
    You Have Been Warned!

     
  • jullietwright 2:05 pm on April 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Back again   

    Back again 

    Getting into my blog was never a problem with the old computer but when K won the pools (yes, people still do the pools) and we decided to invest in a new computer, the problems started. Not before time, we asked our computer angel, Ken to call and I’m up and running again

     
  • jullietwright 2:02 pm on April 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

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  • jullietwright 4:30 pm on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Roman artefacts   

    20 June 2016

    We had a good holiday in Rome. Riviera took us to all the usual tourist sites, and we looked and listened attentively, so came home overflowing with culture.
    The sculpture of Pauline, Napoleon’s sister, in the Borghese Gallery is beautiful but we wondered if Canova had “photo-shopped” it a little bit. No one has a body that beach-ready. The equestrian statue of King Umberto the Good in the grounds is also impressive but obviously not everyone agreed with the description as the king was assassinated in 1900.
    NB It is always advisable to take reading glasses on excursions. One of our party, bewildered by the huge choice of gelati on offer, picked what she thought was Brazil (nut) flavour. It was actually basil and, she reported, horrible.
    One small triumph was finding a souvenir for which we had been searching for a number of years, following a discussion about the ultimate item of tourist tat. The general consensus was that it would be the Pope in a snow globe. Outside the Church of St. John Lateran is a barrow with the usual stuff attempting to part visitors from their euros – and a display of glass globes each with a tiny plaster figure dressed in white inside. Never can a badly-moulded lump of plaster of Paris been pounced on with such excitement.
    Our friend, Mary, who was part of the original discussion, is delighted to have a conversation piece when clergy visit to bring her Communion.

     
  • jullietwright 1:35 pm on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Fur wars   

    20 June 2016

    Murton Village has a new resident. Milo was found wandering in Westerhope with a broken jaw, but he has been re-homed with Jane and has really fallen on his paws. Every luxury that money can buy, including castration, has been lavished on him by his fond and doting carer, and Milo has blossomed.
    Like most cats, Milo has a curious nature but in his case, nebbiness is extremely well-developed; an open door is an invitation to explore the possibility of finding some left-over cat food or a soft bed for a nap. Everyone is charmed by Milo’s cute little face except for Ocelot who unleashes banshee-like screeches through the windows.
    Stop Press: Ocelot caught Milo in the house, chased him into the bedroom and beat him up. There was a covering of fur on the carpet, deep gouges in the walls and evidence of the accuracy of the expression “sh*t scared”.

     
  • jullietwright 3:50 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: nuts   

    10 January 2016
    Happy New Year to All

    What’s this with modern televisions? Where do we put the bowl of mixed nuts which has always sat on top of the set, untouched and gathering dust until March when it is thrown out during the spring clean? Is this a conspiracy to deprive us of a cherished tradition? I think we should be told about this as well.

     
  • jullietwright 2:47 pm on September 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    26th September 2015

    You Could Not make It Up

    My friend Elizabeth A. has been telling me about a Cat Enrichment Programme which has been set up in Somerset. Basically it involves playing with kittens. Not only that but participants are required to attend a training course before they are allowed access to the kittens. Is there a foundation level, with further study leading to a certificate in Advanced Playing With Kittens? I think we should be told.

     
  • jullietwright 10:55 am on September 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    16th September 2015

    Some Thoughts on Dental Health

    Dental check today with the new dentist. My previous one retired in the summer and I made a point of going to his farewell open day to tell him that he was being very inconsiderate to retire after 30+ years. I also picked up a small sample tube of toothpaste, handy for taking through airports. The new man, Dr. M., is a worthy successor to Mr. G who fixed me up with trouble-free crowns to replace my crumbling molars (and premolars). Many people are still anxious about visiting a dentist, probably because of unpleasant and painful childhood memories.
    Our dentist was called Mr. Robinson and his pracice was in Park Lane, Macclesfield. The approach of the six-month check-up caused increasing dread, reaching its climax in the waiting room as Mr. R. was always at least half an hour behind in his schedule. The fashion for removing all a young person’s teeth and replacing them with a nice set of NHS “piano keys” (a popular 21st birhtday present apparently), had given way to enthusiastic drilling, even when patients were conscientious in the use of the toothbrush. It was amazing how much work was needed even after a six-month interval and all without the use of pain relief. Added to that, denistry in the 1950s seemed to have attracted the most irritable and sadistic characters. Were they specially selected or was a life of inflicting pain to blame? I only once protested and was reprimanded in no uncertain terms; I never dared do it again! The 1960s brought a welcome change. Word went round that the new young dentist, Mr. H. was actually concerned about not hurting patients and would offer a shot of pain relief. Soon his appointment book was full to over-flowing.
    The life expectancy of the UK population continues to rise and there many reasons contributing to this welcome news, not least the Food Office orange juice and cod liver oil our generation were given. And, unlike our parents, most of us have kept our teeth – a triumph of modern dentistry. This means that we can chew our food thoroughly and digest it more efficiently, so there is no need to daily recourse to the Milk of Magnesia, senna pods, Bile Beans etc. Better nutrition leads to better health and fewer mouth infections means better circulation. So…. we can hang around for a long time annoying our grandchildren by pretending to be deaf.

     
  • jullietwright 10:19 am on September 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    16 th September 2015

    Farewell Faithful Friend

    It was a sad day saying good bye to my little Micra after 15 years. I remember driving it out of Benfield Motors and watching the wheels on the mileometer begin to turn from zero. And no, it is/was not just a heap of rusting metal! Norham Garage had warned me that it would not pass its MOT again, so a visit to Ken S. was indicated and, as always, he just what I needed – a three-door Micra, only five years old and shiny black. I still felt bad about abandoning the old Micra but comfort myself that someone had bid for it at auction; with only 29 000 miles on the clock, the engine could be a sort of motorised heart transplant. The latest one one now has some new mats (charcoal grey with pink trim, a bargain at £6.99 at B&M) and a sticker pledging support for Newcastle Falcons. The only problem is that it is slightly wider so driving in and out of the garage needs two of us so that I can actually get out of the car once it is in position.

     
  • jullietwright 9:54 am on September 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    16 September 2015

    “There’s no one quite like Grandma”

    It was my birthday last month – 71 – and perhaps this is the year I shall turn into a sweet little old lady. “Sweet” is stretching it a bit as for the rest I shall just have to wait and see. We certainly need a new computer; this one is taking 15 minutes to take me where I want to go and then it collapses in exhaustion and I have to start again. Time to send for our wise man of all things computer-related, Ken.
    Payment is not going to be a problem as after years of allowing Littlewoods to extract small sums from his bank account, Keith won the pools – nearly £600! No, I didn’t think people still did the pools,either, but there it is. Over 40 years of patience have been rewarded. I am going to post this now in case the malevolent fairy inside this machine wakes up and I lose everything.

     
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