Joy to the World!
Writer Published on Dec 19, 2019

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house….upstairs we cousins were very much awake. Even the caged mouse was behaving as if it was morning. He was zooming round on his wheel, faster and faster and faster. Tomorrow was Christmas!!!!! “I’m going to stay awake until Father Christmas comes and ask him for

30 Years!
Writer Published on Dec 8, 2019

Thirty years since I had my 18 metre fall from the State Theatre stage during a performance of Camelot. When I left the hospital, the specialist advised my parents to put me into an institution and forget about me. I would never be able to do anything other than lie on my back staring mindlessly

Having a ball!
Writer Published on Nov 20, 2019

My father was a rugby player. He was a small boy at school but in his final year his body decided to make up for lost time. He grew to 6 feet 3 inches and suddenly seemed to come into his own. He began playing rugby and discovered that he was actually seriously good. At

If at first……..!
Writer Published on Nov 7, 2019

Creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our ‘inner’ pool of resources – knowledge, insight, information, inspiration and all the fragments populating our minds – that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world and to combine them in extraordinary new ways.” Maria

Songs of My Heart!
Writer Published on Oct 24, 2019

“You love music. Why don’t you write this next blog on your five favourite songs?” I thought my friend’s suggestion was great, so set about picking out the five tunes I enjoyed the most. I soon realised what an utterly impossible task this was. It was totally unthinkable! If I looked at the various shows

Monet & Me!
Writer Published on Oct 10, 2019

“Looking but not seeing is the hearing but not understanding of the eye.”            ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana Before my fall, there were two things about myself of which I was certain:I had great eyes and thick ankles!!!!!I had big blue eyes that were framed in long dark eyelashes. I used my

Shade and Light!
Writer Published on Sep 26, 2019

Leo Tolstoy said: “All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” I sat looking at the first garden I have ever owned and his words played around in my head. There was so much light and colour but these were emphasised by the rich dark shadows. Most people would laugh at

Hampstead Happiness!
Writer Published on Sep 12, 2019

Giddily, my laughing head tilted back, my arms were thrown upwards as I gave a Gaynor-twirl. Gaynor-twirls are not always successful. Often instead of going in a perfect round spin, my body teeters, leaning Tower of Pisa like, and then plummets to end up in a most undignified heap. This time however, my body did

Beyond the Stage!
Writer Published on Aug 22, 2019

“Which musical would you like to see when you visit London?”Each year B spoils me in this way.“Les Miserables“, I said without hesitation. “It’s strange, B, I know the songs off pat. Probably I owned the CD before my fall.” I mentioned to a group of friends that B and I were going to see Les

Pedal, Gaynor, Pedal!
Writer Published on Aug 8, 2019

“Pedal, Gaynor, pedal!”
  My six year old legs pumped up and down and the bicycle swerved to the left, to the right and then found it’s course and straightened out. My father ran beside me encouraging: “Yes, that’s it, good, good girl!”
 The stabilisers were gone. I was riding a bicycle. A two wheeler bicycle.

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