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.

The Blakeney Climb!
Writer Published on Jul 23, 2019

It is always a total delight!Each year I am treated to a trip to England. Always I come back thinking: ‘That was the best holiday ever!’This time was no exception. I saw wonderful sights. I visited magnificent stately homes. I gasped in awe at the beauty of cathedrals and churches. And I climbed to the

There’s no place like home!
Writer Published on Jun 21, 2019

Every year I am treated to a holiday in England I am looking so forward to this exciting ‘adventure’ which is now beginning.  Leaving my home in George, there are naturally things that I will miss. Here are a few pictures of the things that will pull at me whilst being away: I will miss

The Giver!
Writer Published on Jun 6, 2019

Bam! Bam! Kapow! Crash! Bam!Bam! Bam! Kapow! Crash! Bam!!!That was how Nathan’s musical career began.With drums!!!!! He would drum at the kitchen table when he should have been hurrying for school. He would drum on the counter while his mum got the food out for lunch. And he would drum out a tune when he

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