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Be true to you...with a little help
make the connection
say what you feel
and smile, more

Word for 2011

My word of the year is TRY.
I give up too easily,
I don't start because I think I'll never finish,
This year if it looks interesting,
if it looks worthwhile,
if it's something I always wanted to do,
well, this year I'm going to TRY
and lets see how much more I can achieve

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Snow Joke and Gratitude

Hello folks how's it going with you this week?  Sorry about the slowness to post.  I'm back now after short respite.  

Wowza.  Britain experiencing the EARLIEST WINTER snowfall for 17 years.   That'll be in autumn then, chortles;)

Lots to write about but let's go for a story in pictures eh? 

Leaving Durham City (my driver had a two hour tailback on the motorway to get to me, a twenty minute journey normally) firstly negotiating the icy sign of gritting activity here

Passing shot of Durham Cathedral under glowering skies...........
City streets deserted as the nearby motorway groans under thousands of vehicles going nowhere. The traffic jam extends north, past the angel of the north and the Metrocentre and into Newcastle).  Looks like the gritting lorry got through here ok though.

And Durham Castle, part of the University and steeped in tradition

Both sit on an 'island' promentary surrounded by the River Wear, part of 'The Land of the Prince Bishops', county Durham's tag-line to attract the tourists land of the prince bishops

Dormant life under snowy blanket

Redwing or Fieldfare?  

Back home and greeted by sweet cyclamens under their fluffy duvets

Err, who left the bikes out? going nowhere-else for some time I shouldn't think.....
Cold-snap here for awhile apparently
And this was just the first snow-shower, gulp:( Pretty though

So there you are, travel today only if ABSOLUTELY necessary.  Well it was......
There's no place like home.  And hospital isn't it.  Although my visit to short-stay surgery did give me the opportunity to write lists, LOTS OF LISTS.
Six and a half hours sitting in dressing-gown and slippers in a draughty waiting room gives time for plenty of planning!  I managed to detail at least fifty thrifty must-do's concerning lamps, planters, wall-hangings, window-dressings, mobiles (the hanging-from-the-ceiling variety not the where-did-I-put-it-this-time or the forgot-to-charge-the-bl****-thing-again variety) all doable whilst lounging about on enforced no-lifting-carrying shopping bags, laundry or cooking FOR THREE MONTHS type rest. The key theme is 'Be thrifty, use what you have' to make new house beautiful.  Easy.  Have been hoarding REALLY USEFUL stuff for years.    

And after surgery a sleepless night, usefully occupied by drafting  proposal for future research and writing-to-earn-money

Here's hoping.

And if you'll indulge me, I'm dedicating today's blog posting to all the nursing and surgical teams working their magic to put me right.  With extraspecial thanks to an amazingly dedicated night nurse M and a wonderful post-op recovery nurse S (sadly we learned this morning S slipped on ice trying to get to work and has broken her arm) get well soon darling and thanks for your skilled and loving care :)

Bye for now, stay safe
pamela x


  1. Here's to a speedy and successful recovery. Make sure you take care, I want to hear all about those thrifty projects. xxx

  2. Aww, I love Durham. Also LOVE that bike pic!! Take care, you'll soon be on the mend! x

  3. I love the bike picture too!!!!
    I don't the cold :-(
    I'm off the France next month from tropical monsoon season to BBrrrrrrrr.
    Get well soon.

  4. Hope you have a speedy recovery,I love the listmaking :)great for focusing your mind on things.

  5. Such beautiful snowy pictures - I know it's a pain, but very magical when you grow up hoping and wishing for the teenest bit each Winter. Tis living in the South for you I guess.

    Take care and get well wishes - more so then I need - and a speedy recovery.

    Nina xxx

  6. Sorry to hear that you have been in hospital Pamela. I hope they 'fixed' whatever was ailing you! I do love the snow (except when I have to go out in it!) The snowy bike photo is great! x

  7. Wow.. I wondered what happened to you! I have missed your posting. Hope you feel better soon - the snow looks beautiful to me - but then I don't have to be slushing around in it ;) Good job on making the lists!!! xo Sherri

  8. Beautiful photos - hope you're on the mend!

  9. Beautiful winter pictures. Hope, you are doing fine. Here in Toronto, still sunny, but cold. No snow yet. Hope to see more from you sooner...

  10. Durham in the snow! I remember that from the '70's when we lived in Darlington :) I hope you (and Nurse S) are on the mend

  11. Hope you are better now!,lovely snowy pics.Here in Cornwall we have had lots of snow and it is very cold.It is really beautiful but the best place is by the woodstove!


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