More Thoughts and Happenings

Another random selection.

It’s an astonishing three years today since I started writing  During that time I’ve posted 360 times, received 3.5k comments (though I’m not sure if that includes my own responses or not) and made some great ‘pen-pal’ friends – a regular little group of us who communicate on all matter of things, almost as if we were chatting in person over a cup of coffee. What a nice thought.

Worry……the lot of a mother? My younger son spends several hours in a large teaching hospital every two months receiving intravenous immunosuppressant drugs. He was due to attend around now. I was worried that it wouldn’t happen. Might the NHS choose to delay it? And then what would happen? He’s been receiving it regularly for the past twelve years and we have no idea how it will affect him if it’s delayed. I was worried. Then, on Tuesday he let me know that he’d received a letter asking him to go in today. Phew! Oh, wait a minute – this means he’s got to present himself at a hospital which is one of the region’s main centres for treating patients with coronavirus. Now I’m just as worried!

Daughter has rescheduled her wedding from May to August. We had booked rooms at the nearby Premier Inn, and although we booked the saver rate (i.e. no changes and refund on cancellation), thanks to their temporary Coronavirus policy we were able to re-arrange. The process was super simple and took less than two minutes. Contrast that with Virgin Atlantic; my daughter’s partner spend two hours trying to deal with a change to their honeymoon plans. Last time I stayed with them, daughter and I went shopping for a wedding dress for her (not a traditional wedding dress, but a beautiful lace ‘occasion’ dress). I had not yet bought my own outfit, and of course, there is no opportunity to do so at the moment unless I do so online, but I’m reluctant to do that. Still, August is a fair way off.

Cpt TomIf you are reading this in the UK, you’ll almost certainly heard of army veteran Captain Tom Moore’s fundraising for the NHS.  This amazing gentleman who celebrates his 100th birthday this month, set out to raise £1,000 by completing 100 laps of his garden by his birthday. But with the help of social media, the total raised has reached more than £18 million (as of 9.30 am this morning). Astonishing! Captain Tom finished his walk with a guard of honour from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment.  The money raised will be distributed by NHS Charities Together, a tiny (just five staff) umbrella organisation for all NHS charities. Charity money cannot be used to replace core Government funding for equipment, but is use to enhance the well-being of staff, volunteers and patients. Currently this includes the provision of food packs and toiletries for NHS frontline staff who are having to stay in hotels to protect their own families or because a family member is in self-isolation due to coronavirus.

Another three weeks of Lockdown has been announced. For a number of reasons, not everyone is in agreement. Personally, although I understand the reasons for their concern,  I’m rather happy to stay put for the time being. And, as my normally busy days are still on hold, I shall continue to post more often. It’s making a bit of a mockery of renaming my blog thisissixty at the weekend!



  1. I hope your son’s appointment went well and all necessary precautions were taken to prevent getting exposed to the virus! Glad your daughter was able to reschedule her wedding day without any trouble. I’m sure you will find the ideal dress before then. I watch BBC News and they have reported on Captain Moore’s 100 laps and the funds he has been able to raise. How wonderful!

    Hope all is well with you and you have a good weekend ahead of you.


    • Thank you Bless. Son said they were very careful… you would hope! Glad to hear that Captain Tom’s fame has spread far and wide


  2. So good that your son is still receiving essential treatment. What a worry it must have been for you overall. I have had my first visitor inside my home for 5 weeks! One of my daughters brought me my asthma stuff and it was her only 2nd outing without new baby (6 weeks), so we had a chuckle over that. Nerw Zealand is so much smaller people-wise than the Brisitish Isles, so of course The Lockdown is quite differen for us. But it is enforced by the police here, and nearly all of us are quite happy about that, because we want the country to recover. It’s good that you and your family are okay xxxxx


    • My eldest was seven weeks old before I could bring myself to venture out without him! I remember sitting in the pub wishing the time would go more quickly so I could get back home! Most peop,e here are complying with lockdown but there is a core of peop,e sho think they are above being told what to do. The police do issue fines but they are too low to be a deterrent.


  3. It’s only right you will be concerned for your son and I would feel exactly the same in your situation. I hope his treatment continues to remain unaffected during this time.
    I’m sorry your daughter has had to reschedule her wedding. I hope it won’t be too difficult for her to change her plans. I was pleasantly surprised at how straightforward it was to cancel my hotel room, booked for a weekend in May, as well.
    I had tears in my eyes when Captain Tom crossed the finish line. What a remarkable and inspirational man he is. X


    • He is, isn’t he? How good he must feel. The wedding hasn’t been difficult to change – it’s low key so there weren’t loads of things to cancel – just the register office and meal. It’s a shame but she is very philosophical – a “it’s happened so has to be dealt with” kind of girl.


  4. Thank you for your thoughts – good to hear your views. The lot of a mother is to worry, and currently I worry about my son’s partner who is pregnant, and would you believe it they’re buying a flat together and the chain is miraculously still holding up. Two days ago she had her first scan which fortunately wasn’t in the main hospital building but across the road in another building. Ok, but still, hospitals are places to avoid if possible. I told her that in my day (was joking at that point) there were no scans and all the midwives did was feel your abdomen and listen to the baby’s heart beat through a kind of trumpet/cone thing. I know the current pre-natal checks are very important but how did we manage? Actually very well as it was one step up from my mother’s pregnancy where they apparently routinely X-rayed the baby in situ! Apparently my mother was X-rayed twice when I was just a foetus as they thought I might be twins!

    I think I shall self-distance for a long time.


    • Congratulations to your family, Penny. What a shame that this situation is spoiling what should be a happy and exciting time. They had just started doing routine scans (only one if it was a straightforward pregnancy) when I had my youngest (nearly 34) but not with the others. We managed because we knew no different, I guess.

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