Besides the awful times that we have all endured it seems that life is slowly returning to normal. I have just started walking the dog again in my favourite part of Chandlers Ford, Hocombe Woods. Unfortunately I’ve had to stop awhile because it is so hot. I sit in the lounge with the blinds down to keep the sun out. I hate to do this as we are all in need of some sunshine in our lives.

Have had a very stressful few days to the point that I have felt really unwell.

Following one of my walks I popped in to see my neighbour for a cup of tea. After we had caught up her phone rang to tell her her sister had died at the age of 90. As you can imagine she was devastated. Made lunch for her and sat waiting for her family to arrive to take over. Her grandson’s wife arrived. We tried so hard to persuade her to go home with her, but she was not to be moved.

I promised to call her the next morning. I know not to ring until about 11 o’clock. I was just about to phone her when my daughter said she had a call from Alert that Mary was in trouble. I immediately called around. Flat in darkness with Mary on the floor. She had been laying there all night. She couldn’t have pressed the button until late morning. What a mess and smell. We took the duvet from her and put it into the washing machine and covered her up with a couple of blankets. Ambulance guys came soon after. and in she went. She was discharged from hospital that very day. No injuries at all. She is so amazing and fills me with admiration.

This time she went with her family and I was so pleased to hear that it is unlikely that she will return home. I was so glad that she had finally decided that she needed help.

Although I was glad she wasn’t returning home I felt sad. Another part of my life changed forever. No little figure standing outside the door with a tin clutched in her hands, because she couldn’t open it.

The flat seems to have sold and I am off to Devon in a couple of months. Keep reading and we’ll see what happens, I’m thinking of starting another blog from Winkleigh.

Stay safe and remember the virus is still around us.

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Everything is the same

I have been struggling to find anything that is remotely interesting but no luck. Get up and do the chores and then what?

I have decided to walk up and down the corridor for as many lengths as I can manage. I do really need to do exercise because my clothes are getting tight. No difference yet. I also considered buying an exercise bike.

My daughter has decided to move to Devon and I was left with a choice. Stay where I am or consider moving. I have decided to move so my flat is on the market.

I had no idea it was so difficult. Had to remove everything from the counter so filled my dishwasher up and all my cupboards and wardrobes. I wasn’t allowed to even leave the dog basket and cat basket in view so they were thrown in a wardrobe, that doesn’t include me dusting and washing all the floors. It was really too hot to do housework of any description.

Then of course on my return had to sanitise everything. I even found bananas in the fridge. What’s wrong with looking at bananas?

Think this is going way too far. Some even put a bottle of wine and glasses in the garden. Give me the old way of doing things.

On a lighter note I heard a light knock on my door and there stood my neighbour clutching a ring pull tin of soup, tin opener, and a tea towel.

It was a heartbreaking moment but equally quite funny. All sorted and she wobbled off.

Gorgeous day, but dare I say it. It’s too hot. Trudy the dog and Aura the cat agree. Keep cool if you can and I’ll write again when anything of interest occurs .

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Chandlers Ford in lockdown

For the past couple of weeks the busy main road outside of the flats has been quiet and it’s been lovely. However I’ve noticed over the past couple of weeks that the traffic is increasing a lot. I find that disappointing, although I want the shops to open again to help those struggling with buying food,paying the rent and other necessary purchases.

For the first time I’m thankful that my pension continues to be paid into my bank. I’m one of the lucky ones.

Chandlers Ford has a new group called Chandlers Ford Help, and as the name implies they offer help. I have called upon them a couple of times and they have been great, and the group is expanding week on week.

It would seem that I shall be moving to Devon. I’m not sure if I want to, but I think I shall move. Quieter roads, calmer way of living,  and being near the family. Always a good thing as you get older.

It’s so cold today. Such a shock to the system after the lovely weather we’ve had.

We are at least managing to get food delivered regularly which is a godsend.

Trudy scratching much of the time. She’s been put on Apoquel which is something I don’t agree with, but the vets seem to be reluctant to admit her to give an injection of Cytopoint which doesn’t have any nasty side effects.

She doesn’t seem to be herself and the dog walkers even noticed she was not up to par. Can see I’ll be ringing the vet on Monday.

I can’t remember what day it is. Are you the same?



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Trudy (the dog’s) birthday

There doesn’t seem to be much to say really. Stay in.Keep everyone safe but it is quite hard.

Today is a special day for our Trudy. Nine years old.I had her when she was six. The breeder said she’s not fussed about food, and she’s never ill. Wrong on both counts. She loves her food, and I seem to be at the vets regularly but she is a lovely girl.

Spent much of the early hours with Mary waiting for the paramedics. She had fallen getting out of the bed, but fortunately she seems to bounce like a ball. Next day felt stift which is not surprising.

I have received lots of gifts placed outside my door. From bird food, to bread and food for myself.

Today I have to attend Winchester Hospital to have my pacemaker checked. For the last few days I have been suffering from dizziness, breathlessness and a general feeling of “being not quite right”.I’m a little concerned but there is no choice in my opinion.

Beautiful day and for the first time an azalea that I have had for years is finally blooming. A lovely sight at this bleak time.

My family and friends are all well which I thank God for.



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I was very pleased with the large box that was delivered to me this week. Inside were five balloons. I have never had helium balloons before, and they are now in my lounge where I can see them each day.

At the bottom of the ribbon was a small pack of jelly beans. I normally don’t eat jelly beans, but at that moment wanted to eat the whole lot, which I did. I munched my way through them and suddenly felt something hard. I thought some foreign body had slipped through quality control, but it was a piece of my tooth. I had only that very morning spoken to a friend who had toothache. I was very pleased I had no such problem, but then I did.

I rang the dentist and spoke to the receptionist, who was going to ask the dentist on call, to give me a call back, which he did. As I had no nerves left in that tooth it was not going to hurt. I was so relieved. I’ll just have to wait until some normalacy returns to our battered country.

Such a besutiful day so I’m hoping to sit in the garden for a while but to be honest its not so relaxing. Trudy, as she is on steroids, wants to eat pretty much everything, including stones and twigs. By the time I’ve wrestled them from her, I decide that enough is enough and I come inside,

There is more traffic passing by the flats this morning. I wonder where they are all going.

Enjoy your day at home.

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80th birthday

Yesterday was the big 80 and a disappointing day all around really.

I did have a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a bunch of tulips from my special dog walkers, not forgetting my hand made carrot cake delivered over the fence by my daughter. I did have a couple of slices.

Karen came and picked up my shopping list and she’s delivering it to me today.  Another of my wonderful dog walkers. In all honesty don’t know what I would do without them. I’m so lucky.

Still getting calls from long lost friends who are doing what I’ve been doing ringing round. Spoke to my friend from Poland. She lived with me for a few years during which time most of her family relocated to U.K.

We had some wonderful times and wonderful parties.

They are all well. Stay in and stay safe.

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