Hi to all of you – missed me? YOU BETTER HAVE HAD because I have missed you – really.

Progress continues to be slow – my knees and calf muscles make life difficult because they hurt like heck, and my left arm continues to be useless in many ways. Then again I am able to walk further now, and I do find myself using that b****y thing for more as the days go by, the left arm and hand I mean, so it is progress of a sort. Albeit everything has to follow a slow pace.

Still – I AM ALIVE – as Grandad used to say ” there’s many a lad in the churchyard would swap places in a jiffy” so I’m thankful for that, and other things are happening to make life better all the time.

Like I have developed a interest in the various religions of the world, given the recent terrorist outrages, it is very interesting to find out, for example, that the so-called Isis lot  are not a religion backed outfit after all.-B******s! They make false claims – most religions preach PEACE and TRANQUILITY. Now that would be acceptable wouldn’t it – especially if the so and so’s like our own Archbishop of Canterbury were to keep their noses out of public things like governance. How can the minority speak for the majority without any real significance or weight being attributed to their words. I do go on when on my high horse don’t I? I heard the other day that only a million out of a population of 60 million regularly attend church in  this country, some majority that is”

But it has given me an insight, and passed away a few hours that would otherwise been so boring.

Back to boredom – until next time.


Yesterday was another achievement day

No it wasn’t that I got out of bed for a change! ha ha – It was the longest walk of my recent life. I managed two laps of the bungalow non stop, including climbing steps without having to resort to the use of the hand rails or grab bars. I must admit – I was, to put it politely, rather worn out, but so happy. Silly ain’t it.

My burnt out scooter (it was the motor – not the whole scooter) has been returned – with the required replacement engine – and I’ve been out on that too. It coped with the hillls, and my weight, and the speeds very well – so it must have been the required gremlin at work ( little b—-r) and expensive one too, but, hey ho – water under the bridge.

With the help of Pat I’ve assembled the new “love” seat for the garden so that we can sit out in the sun (when it comes) with a glass of wine maybe, and a good book certainly, and possibly have a barbecue too.

Really it’s all plusses – GREAT LIFE – isn’t it

The water will continue to flow swift and sweet, I’ll continue to rehabilitate well, if slowly, the world will continue to turn – I remain determined. What more can I say?

See you soon. Tony


My scooter slowly ground to a halt as the battery failed, and there I sat – rooted to my seat, and unable to do much about it – then a local delivery man came to the rescue.

I phoned Pat, who came to help me, and the delivery man kindly pushed the scooter to our front garden path. For the first time since the stroke I was faced with a two to three hundred yards walk up the hill, that was b****y hard work let me tell you, but I made it, and now a scooter repair firm are coming out to check things over. Nobody checks poor old me, but who gives a hoot – I’m home, and happy  to be there – that’s all that matters.

MORAL of the tale – check your batteries status, no matter what you are using – your gadget could be about to let you down, and that too could be a right b*****r at the wrong moment.

You may have seen on Facebook that I have started a campaign to raise funds for a local Self Help Group to help other people like me, and aged and lonely folks around the area. It’ll give me something to do I hope, and be fun for all. SPREAD THE WORD FOR ME PLEASE by sharing this post. Reactions are so far very slow – backward in coming forward  you could say,- but it WILL work I am confident of that. Our local surgery are backing my efforts and the Support Group are supporting me too. So here’s hoping.

Like everything these days – things cost money. It’ll come. But I need help and generosity of spirit. I’ll advise on progress as it happens. Keep sharing.



Not really I suppose, but sometimes it’s difficult to dream up ways of passing time.

I’m still studying the Physiotherapy course, and learning all sorts of things from it, which may help with the recovery, I’m still progressing with things in every day life, and can do more and more day by day, but it’s so grindingly slow.

Problem is that my mind is faster than my feet as it were!

Still – on the bright side I’m not doing some of the silly things, touch wood, like falling over, and I am making a positive effort to make use of my affected side to pick things up, and open doors etc. I’m not having to think and plan to do these things, rather they are becoming more natural for me to do automatically,

So let’s think on the better side of life, it feels more comfortable. It’ll soon be spring, and warmer, going out weather with a bit of luck. Polish up the scooter for some trips around and about.

We will soon become GREAT grandparents, which is a miracle in itself, and now I’ve decided it’s not as boring as it first seemed, so there.

2018 is promising to be a good year.



It’s been a good year really.

As the days go by I feel the world turning, but isn’t it slow. Or it seems that way to me, however, things might seem slow – but actually so much has happened this year that have been such huge plusses.

Now I can walk more freely (once to Pats disgust it was WITHOUT my stick to cross the room) Well my stick WAS on the other side of the room, so I needed it didn’t I, my abilities to do lots of things are re-emerging from hiding, and my confidence that the future is bright grows by the day.

I find myself taking on mundane tasks, more and more (stops me from going totally bonkers I guess) and Pat and I are achieving all sorts of things, which holds out lots of hope for 2018 I’m glad to say.

The aches and pains are still there, and I have accepted that – just maybe I could be getting old, some could be due to the stroke, in which case they are beatable, and some are due to poor posture, which is workonable ( is that a real word? ) doesn’t half make you sit up straight though I can tell you.

I am starting a home O.U type course on physiotherapy in order to learn something about my condition, it is most interesting and informative, as well as passing the time away. It keeps my mind active, if nothing else comes from it a plus in itself, and providing I pass I will become a certified physiotherapist in my own right …. NOT BAD HUH. Framed DIPLOMAS on my wall !

SO there you go – what a lot to look forward to in 2018, hey,

see you all soon…………….


Oh and a Happy New Year to you all.

It’s been a while, time goes fast when you’re having fun they say…..

When I stop laughing I’ll try to write.

Nothing to report really, I still proceed with my rehabilitation, I still enjoy doing things that I didn’t have to plan ahead for, I find there is more possible than I thought there could be. In general LIFE IS GOOD.

Not so good – my back is killing me most of the time, which makes walking around a difficult thing still, however at least I am able to walk around a little, which is the silver which is lining this cloud.

The opposite is the time of year – its cold and wet weather we face – (more hours indoors) – still, it’s almost Christmas again, and soon after it’ll be spring to look forward to (another bit of silver lining).

So – if you look for it there is always something to look forward to isn’t there.

KEEP LOOKING – and life will stay good and bright.

Here I go again – staying upright this time

We forgot to pick up my tablets this week, don’t know how, so I decided to save Pat the trouble, at the same time giving myself another challenge,  off I went on my scooter again – to the pharmacy – where I disobeyed all rules and promises and dismounted and went in on my own to pick them up, remounted alone and went off back up the hill.

Pat tutted at me for that, but it felt really good, it’s just one more step forward on the long road.

Over the last few weeks my sons in law have been so good about the little jobs I used to be able to do,  I’m so lucky to have people like that as a part of my family.

So – now I can do more than before I guess I can claim PROGRESS. I find myself doing new little things, without planning how to, and achieving things successfully after planning to, it feels good.

I know and accept it will take a long time to get better, but get better I will, watch this space.

Just to keep you all up to date – some good news, some not so good ……. the not so good is my back is still killing me since the fall a few weeks ago (I think I may ask the doc to take a look soon. After all it is nearly three months of unremitting pain now) The good news is I am still losing weight at a steady rate, and feeling so much better for it.

Sitting here watching that big orange thing appear from time to time in the sky, and watching it snow dead leaves all over the garden, I can recall happier and interesting times gone by. Got a lot to be thankful for really.

All told I’ve decided Iv’e got a lot to be happy and contented about haven’t I.