• memories,  Things I am proud of,  Uncategorized

    >A Review of the Year in Survey Form

    >This is something of a yearly tradition for me and it is early this year but I have a lot of other stuff I want to do on this site before New Year’s Eve. And also I must admit to being a bit worried that one answer might have to be changed if I leave it. A Review of 2006 In Survey Form 1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before? Went on a plane by myself, stayed in a hotel alone, got given first aid by paramedics in a foreign country. Went Sailing. Represented the interests of the volunteers in a meeting at CAB 2.…

  • Family,  hopes and dreams,  memories,  Uncategorized

    >Today

    >There are no gatherings the entire of my Dad’s side of the family, no laughter, no boxes of black magic being handed round. No homemade birthday cards on the mantelpiece and old banners and birthday pictures we had all made years ago hanging over the hatch between the sitting room and kitchen. No hugs, love you lots or Happy Birthdays. The floor isn’t covered in sparkly bright wrapping paper waiting to be ironed and reused and the side table next to her chair isn’t stacked with presents – evening primrose oil goodies, racing books and a fun shaped box of tissues. No teasing, good times or warm feelings. Today is…

  • Family,  memories,  Things I am proud of,  Uncategorized

    >”Little Ones”

    >Along with her will my Gran left a list of things she specifically wanted to go to certain friends or members of the family. My Dad and Uncle packed up some of her treasures today and I went with them (as did Soph). I didn’t do very much to help other than write a few labels and cry a couple of times which probably wasn’t very helpful. It was interesting to look up close at some of the things that I’d only seen in passing before and it was fun (not really the right word but the best I can do) to look at the old photos and hear who…

  • Family,  memories,  Poetry,  Uncategorized

    >”Emma Jane is going to Spain”

    >When I was 13 I went on a trip to Spain for a week (or maybe it was five days) with my school. It was in May but we found out that I would be going on the trip around Easter time. Just before then I wrote a poem for my Gran, I think it was about chocolate but I’m not 100% sure. My Gran used to write me letters and they would be addressed to “Dearest Emma” or “Darling Emma”. The day we broke up for the Easter Holidays I got one of those letters from my Gran. Just a brief note…. but with it came a card with…

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    >Remembering The Pillow Fairy With Lots of Love

    >I have so much I want to write tonight but I am upset and I know I can’t do it justice. In a way my Gran has been gone a long time as the strokes meant that for the last year or so at least she wasn’t who she was if you know what I mean. But she was there, physically, and we could still see her personality inside the body that no longer cooperated with her. And every so often we would get a glimpse of the real Gran and that would be amazing. So there was still the part that could delude myself into thinking that one day,…

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    >Reunion

    >May 2005. My darling Nanny died and then a week or so later a good friend of my Gran’s died. Nanny and Gran were always quite friendly and Nanny enjoyed going with us occasionally to visit Gran, she wasn’t well enough to go visit Nanny for a long time. I remember being with Gran while my Dad, Uncle, his partner and my Great Aunt went to the friend’s funeral. We were talking and Gran made the comment that all or most of her friends were dead. It was pretty horrible because I just really didn’t know what to say, I don’t think any of us did. June 2003. My Grandad…

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    >Monday Memories: First Day At Uni

    > Monday Memories: Did I ever tell you about MY FIRST DAY AT UNIVERSITY ? I really, really wanted to go to university and I was excited to go but i was also apprehensive. I’d never lived away from my family before and I was moving three hours away from them to a city where i didn’t know anyone or anything. I woke up that morning and I was soooooo nervous I was sick. And then I cried and cried as it was time to get in the car which was crammed full to the gills with every little thing I could possibly want or need. My sister who would…

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    >Thursday Thirteen About My Childhood

    > Thirteen Things about My Childhood 1…. I was born six weeks early and was in the SCBU for a while2…. I had to have an NG tube then and pulled it out when I was a few days old – my first mischeif!3… I was dx with CP when I was two and a half4… I had three surgeries, the last when I was about 9.5… I always went to mainstream schools but I had a degree of support there6… I started horse riding lessons when I was 3 and kept them up till I was 187… I won a lego building competition at LegoLand Denmark when I was…

  • memories,  travel,  Uncategorized

    >Sunrise Over Uluru

    > I wish I could claim that I designed this template but whilst I can do HTML with some sembalance of success, everytime I attempt CSS it goes horribly wrong. So I am using a new theme which I found on the wordpress site. It’s very, very me and I love it so it’s all good! And I’m sure the image isn’t of Uluru but it’s what it made me think of and so…It reminds me of a sunrise or maybe a sunset. And that makes me think of going to watch the sunrise over Uluru (Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock) and then going back later in the day to…

  • General Life Stuff 2006 - 2008,  memories,  Uncategorized

    >St Patricks Day!

    >Here’s to you and yours, and to mine and ours.And if mine and ours ever come across to you and yours,I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours,As mine and ours have done for you and yours!~Irish Toast St Patricks’ Day isn’t something that is too much of a big deal to me – it’s just another day. But I’ve been thinking today about one of the St Patrick Day’s when I was at uni, Michelle and I went and sat outside the LRV and had a drink on St Patricks Day. (so this would have been two or three years ago). It was warm.…