I watched in awe (discreetly from a distance) as a camper (whom I’d seen walk slowly, with difficulty, using a walking stick) went through his early morning exercise routine.
After doing some standing stretches he got down on his mat He very quietly moved from one position to another – then very slowly stood up. A few more stretches and he was finished
‘The Back’ (that’d be mine) has been playing up since we arrived
Just when I least wanted it, my ‘invisible ailment’ (lumbar spinal stenosis ) made itself known again. At a time when I desperately want to be on my feet and mobile the dreaded heavy hot numb then tingling legs and feet returned…..thankfully not the sharp, make you jump and screech, don’t know when it’s coming, ‘take your breath away’ electric shock down your leg pains when the sciatic nerve is involved.
Right as rain one day – no symptoms at all….. then to have some or all of the above appear the next certainly put a damper on my moods. I reverted to my ‘I want to be alone’ mind set.
Enjoying the peace of a couple of early morning hours at ‘my little bay’ plus the stillness of reading and crafting helped but when it was obvious I was resenting not taking part in things we planned ……and was becoming a whinging whining moan-alot I knew I really needed to do something about it!
Enter a change in attitude…..plus a visit to a local chiropractor. Getting a ‘just in case you need it’‘letter of introduction’ (or rather an email referral with all my ‘problems’ set out including some images from my latest CT scan films – in 3D!) before I left home was a good idea on my part…..meant we could get down to the nitty gritty more easily. As well as the necessary adjustments there was a good discussion on different exercises and the ‘nicely put’ suggestion that I forfeit one morning at Rose Bay for some time at the local outdoor pool😊
So I went to the pool the other afternoon.
I took these photos a few years ago (2018) but nothing’s changed. (Just click or finger slide to enlarge) It’s basically the same now as it was then. The open air roller rink is still there next door plus the ‘sea view’ through the palms
Walking in and seeing the beautiful crystal clear water sparkling in the sunshine was definitely a ‘take your breath away’ moment. As was the sensation I felt go through my body as I began to walk down the steps 😯
My pool at home is indoors and heated by a big boiler This one is outdoors, open and certainly not artificially heated!
But come the summer months when it’s hot humid and averaging 30c/86f everyday the water temp will have risen a bit. So, even if locals crave them, there won’t be too many ‘take you’re breath away’ times
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Just a little fun postscript this Monday morning. During the hour’s drive back from Ayr last week I had another traffic light moment (like the one from the other week)…..I had a big laugh when this came on the radio.
Gotta keep movin’ an’ I’m feelin’ good, Got that diesel roarin’ underneath the hood, Hey the road is open an’ I’m rollin’ free, you see, That I feel so good as long as I’m movin’ Yes I feel so good as long as I’m movin’.
Yes, I’ve definitely gotta keep movin’……..even if I have to suffer those ‘take your breath away’ moments at the pool 😎
It’s been a funny old week where we had a few rainy days Mornings of heavy cloudy skies Along with some cool gusty southerly winds Followed by soft gentle stuff
One morning we thought we left it in Bowen but it followed us down The Bruce to the ’big’ shopping centre at Cannonvale and then hung around while we lunched at Sailing Club in Airlie Beach
It came and it went and there was no sign of it a couple of days later when we went to the Sunday market
Unlike the torrential monsoon rains that come earlier in the year during ’The Wet’ It had been soft gentle rain just like The Irish Descendants sing about in this song
A gentle mist all heaven kissed Like teardrops off an angel’s wing Don’t you know you’ll cleanse your soul With a walk in the Irish rain
Here it is Monday again – wonder what’s in store for this week? Life is a little unstructured at the moment. We don’t seem to have found the usual rhythm of this time away yet….Some years (a bit like at home) there is a pattern to the days……nothing is planned too far in advance – some things are marked on the calendar but can be can be removed/changed if ’a better offer turns up’
We’ll just take things as they come – hopefully it’ll be a bit warmer than it has been. I feel the cold and rug up like a local so must say it’s been strange seeing others also wrapped up in their ‘cool weather travelling up from down south clothes’ …..I smiled inwardly but didn’t say anything when I heard one camper revealing to others she was still wearing her winter pjs where by now nights would be warmer and she’d be in summer nighties
lol All must be ok in my world when my main thought is what is the weather’s going to be like…..here’s this week’s forecast.
Looks like I won’t be putting my winter jammies away anytime soon if Thursday Friday and Saturday night are anything to go by😊
Why don’t you pop over to Corinne’s blog – she’s hosting Monday Musings.
Yes, so far, is what she said – because decisions have been made and they are going to be off again fairly soon to give it another go and see some of the things they missed. Impressions so far – contrary to what some may say – everything’s alive out there.
Australia is a living thing!
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It’s Monday morning again and I’m sitting here in the quiet with that early cup of tea I enjoy so much wondering about how I’ll feel when the words Good Bye are spoken this time. We’ve given her ‘roots and wings’ , she’s acknowledged them several times , so I’m comfortable waving her off again….maybe it’s just me wondering if time is running out – wondering if I’ve lived all my dreams, – are there any more waves for me to crest’?
How about you – do you ever feel like life is passing you by
Corinne is back with Monday Musings – come see what she is talking about this week
I’ve always been of the opinion we must open our eyes and ears to everything ‘Read mark listen and learn’ was drummed into me from a young age
And where sport and the arts were concerned it was – “Open your eyes” “Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean there’s no merit to it”
So back in the 1970s my oldest children were the ones who introduced me to Queen. I/me a lover of ‘50s rock and roll plus many other forms of music, was well into my 30s when Bohemian Rhapsody was released. I loved it….and many others that followed!
A few years ago The Golfer and I were regular visitors to a local Folk Club – one Tuesday evening back in 2011 the special guest artist was Martyn Wyndham-Read …which I blogged about here.
Anyway during that evening he sang a very poignant song One adapted from a poem written in 1916 about the thoughts Australian Soldiers (Diggers) may have had about leaving their fallen mates at Gallipoli (in Turkey)
One of my maternal ancestors served at Gallipoli unfortunately he, plus his Doyle and Muir cousins never made it home
This is my tribute to all those who served and never returned
And this is the poem – written by Cicely Fox Smith in 1916
Farewell to Anzac
Oh, hump your swag and leave, lads, the ships are in the bay — We’ve got our marching orders now, it’s time to come away — And a long good-bye to Anzac Beach — where blood has flowed in vain For we’re leaving it, leaving it, game to fight again!
But some there are will never quit this bleak and bloody shore — And some that marched and fought with us will fight and march no more; Their blood has bought till Judgment Day the slopes they stormed so well, And we’re leaving them, leaving them, sleeping where they fell.
(Leaving them, leaving them — the bravest and the best — leaving them, leaving them, and maybe glad to rest! We’ve done our best with yesterday, to-morrow’s still our own — But we’re leaving them, leaving them, sleeping all alone!)
Ay, they are gone beyond it all, the praising and the blame, And many a man may win renown, but none more fair a fame; They showed the world Australia’s lads knew well the way to die; And we’re leaving them, leaving them, quiet where they lie.
(Leaving them, leaving them, sleeping where they died; Leaving them, leaving them, in their glory and their pride — Round them sea and barren land, over them the sky, Oh, We’re leaving them, leaving them, quiet where they lie!)
Volunteering is on again – as well as doing a Morning Tea ’run’ I also give a hand when there’s entertainment. No, not doing an all singing all dancing routine – just assisting, guiding, seating, reassuring, as well as enjoying whoever is on the bill.
Many of the residents have memory loss so can be a little lost at times, watching and listening, possibly not understanding – until something piques their interest, then their demeanour changes.
Last week we had a young man come in and sing a few songs, folk songs, show songs, some country some soft rock…..something for everyone.
But what really seemed to jog their memory – had many of them sitting taller – mouthing long forgotten words – was what he sang as his final number. The Holy City – sung all over the world at Christmas as well as Easter
A favourite at Melbourne’s annual Carols By Candlelight – performed by David Hobson
I hope you enjoy my Musical Memory on this Easter Monday
Christmas carols/songs come in all shapes and sizes – sung by huge choirs down to individual performers, they can be found in all forms on the web
One of my particular favourites ’Angels from the realms of glory ’ may not be yours, that’s fine we don’t all like the same, it’d be a funny old world if we did. It’s often confused with ’Angels we have heard on high’, ….both similarly named and both sung to the same/similar french originating tune https://hymnary.org/tune/gloria_french
but I must just tell you that which ever one I’m singing, either in a choir or just listening to it on my own, I get goosebumps if the refrain Gloria in excelsis Deo is used.
I’ve really enjoyed your company (and comments) this past year but like many others I’m feeling a bit tired and weary (and for some reason very emotional – drop of the hat tears) so think now is the right time to push the seasonal pause button
My love to you all – I’ll be back again some time in January
Crooners like Bing Crosby and Perry Como recorded it
Frank Sinatra recorded a version in concert (also a little chat with Johnny Mercer)
And Ella Fitzgerald gave it a go in 1960
While in 1988 Willy Nelson gave it a distinct country flavour
If you have time, listen and tell me what you think – which do you prefer?
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These Mondays come by quite quickly don’t they…..I know I’ve been back home less than two weeks and shouldn’t make mention of it….in fact knowing what she went through during the war my mother would have a fit if she heard me carrying on…..but already, similar to this time last year, the ’controlled environment’ we’re living in here in Victoria is beginning to ’get to me’. I could hear that same frustration in Andrew’s voice when he commented the other day (“get busy in your garden There’s eff all else to do”) We must go oh so carefully now and if everyone plays their part (wouldn’t that be a lovely thing) it’s not going to last too much longer but in the meantime I’m going to have to take notice of the song and
‘accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative’ .
Last Saturday morning was warm enough to sit outside in a T-shirt and bright enough when I was ’pottering’ to need my sunglasses. There was a brand new (2021) library book to read (The Echo Chamber –John Boyne) a little cardigan to knit some love into and time to have a quick cup of coffee with The Golfer. Here’s to many more 😊😎
Love to you all ❤️
Linking to Life the Week hosted by Denyse at Denyse Whelan Blogs. Do pop over and see what others have been up to this week
I haven’t done much reading this month – just one novel. Well actually, I finished it on the first of the month but put it into last month’s listing so really the amount is nil All those authors and books I took note of last year because they sounded ‘interesting’ just aren’t looking that way at the moment. Books have come home from the library and been returned unread…not even opened in some cases. However, when I dropped into the library the other day to return some of The Golfer’s loans I saw this on the recently returned trolley- you know the one where they put books before they are shelved…..and much to the librarians delight, lots of times they mysteriously find their way out the door again on the same day 😊
Have any of you read. The Spire – William Golding?
( it deals with the construction of the 404-foot high spire loosely based on Salisbury Cathedral; the vision of the fictional Dean Jocelin. Wikipedia)
I read The Lord of the Flies years ago and after a quick read of the back of the book blurb thought this would be as easy to read as that one. Short answer (for me) it’s not a ‘hard/difficult’ read, it’s just not an easy read. I’m finding it confusing trying to ‘work out’ what is happening in real life and what is happening in the main characters head. I’ll plod on and finish it because I want to know if the Spire is actually built on the cathedral and what becomes of the Dean and the other characters.
Right now, I’ve a little question for you. I’ve ‘looked it up’ but can’t find an explanation. So I’m wondering if any of my ‘well read’ readers know what is meant by:- (page 21)
“He had a tariff of knees”
“He knew how they should be after this length of kneeling or that. Now, when they had passed through a dull ache, to nothing, he knew that more than an hour had passed”. Any ideas anyone ?
Gosh, this week has flown by. As usual early on a Monday morning I sit here ‘thinking’. The Golfer is still abed and it’s quiet and peaceful….inside. As the weeks are passing since we got a sort of ‘all clear’ more and more people are back at work…..which is good…..but it’s becoming noisier…..outside. So as far as the roads are concerned (at this time of the morning) it’s almost back to the way it was.
This time last week I was wondering what the next would bring. Well, It’s been all go….I’m now ready to meet influenza head on, my BP is back down to where it was last November (before my lovely little sister’s illness and subsequent death), my feet are feeling fabulous after a visit to the ‘clippers and scalpel wielding lady’ who is a foot massage genius, my back was ‘put right’ by my other ‘lovely lady’ with her little clicky thing and I can tell you the water at the pool was refreshingly cool. Obviously my idea of what heated means and that of the local council who run it is different – like the ocean feels when you dip your toes, it’s alright once you get in!
The kettle has just come to the boil so I’m off to make another cup of tea My last week seemed to revolve around health and well being…..what was yours like?
And I’m attaching this little postcript as a reminder we all need a little joy in our lives. Carols by Candlelight are just that for everyone who attends or watches on tv. One of the things children (and adults) missed out on last year due to Covid restrictions Song of Joy sung by David Hobson. Melbourne 2012
Denyse is hosting Life this week – why don’t you pop over and see what’s going on
And here at our house? Well there’s not a lot going on at the moment.
Life is quiet, restrictions will be in place for another month (at least), shopping has been fast and furious…….trolley sprayed and cleaned by a lad at the door, list in hand , up and down the aisles, only shortage last week was soap and cleaning products, oh and powdered milk. Friends have asked why I’ve not gone with home delivery – well I did consider it, our children and some grandchildren offered to do it for us but in the end decided it was easier (and quicker) to do my own.
Every country is different, our case load here in Australia is very low compared to many other countries. (6606 confirmed with ‘just’ 71 deaths nationally on 19th April) I personally do not know anyone with or who has had the virus, we are very aware of what needs to be done, people do not seem to be scared or panicking, we really do (with some exceptions) seem to be doing the right thing.
There haven’t been any recorded cases here in the eastern suburbs, and yes I realise one shouldn’t be complacent, there’s always a first and you never know what’s in the air….or on the shelves….. knowing the layout of the shop helps, meaning I’m not ‘pottering around searching for things’ and I’m of the opinion that getting it picked for home delivery (from there or elsewhere) means one more person (maybe more) handling the goods. Plus if what I want isn’t there I’d rather it was me choosing alternatives for myself – or not
Communication with The Golfer some days is getting to be a bit like that Peter Dehany recording from the early 2000s. Sort of Dunno Nothin.…..very much like talking to a teenager
Where are you going – nowhere
What are you doing – nothing
What would you like for lunch- don’t know
He’s not sulking – apart from being a bit lost and restless and having finished nearly all his books on hand (apart from those on his iPad) he’s just crook that Victoria put a restriction (ban) on golf. All the other states and territories decided there would be no harm playing as long as recommended precautions were taken. What’s the betting he’ll be up there the day after restrictions are lifted 😎
Hope nobody else is having to deal with a moody teenager 😊
I’m not really sure where last week went to but it certainly passed by at a very fast rate of knots. Cold winter days mean I need to find lots of indoors pursuits to stop me from feeling miserable – and this past week of cold winter days was the perfect time to do the ‘finishing off’ on some children’s jumpers I wanted to donate.
You know, I always feel it’s those final things like sewing in sleeves, picking up stitches round the neckline for the neckband as well as choosing the ‘right sort of ‘ buttons that take time and need to be done when you are in the right frame of mind or the garments never have a ‘knit with love’ look.
I’m hoping the recipients of these boys knits enjoy the love packed in the parcel.
And look what I found on YouTube this week. Who would have guessed there would be songs about knitting lol. I actually found several but this one is fun all the way along each row 🙂
Do listen carefully as Bill Odie (yes, from The Goodies) sings about knitting the blues away in a very ‘Blues’ way
Pop over to River’s blog to see more Musical Monday participants.