Tuesday, November 13, 2018


In the past I posted selections of music that I had found on YouTube and when I am using my computer I often listen to music at the same time.  I have a very wide taste in music from rock and roll to classical so you are likely to find some surprises among my selections in the future.

Do any of you ever watch the English edition of Pointless?  I really enjoy it but have to admit the cheaper edition they have now playing on Oz TV is really dreadful.  Anyway, getting back to the English programme, the presenter is Alexander Armstrong and the brainy fellow is Richard Osman.  I had put Pointless in YouTube to watch an episode and discovered that Alexander Armstrong has a great singing voice.   "Without a Song" is a favourite of mine and I think Alexander sings it very beautifully.  I wonder what you think.   Perry Como also does a pretty fair rendition of this song as do so many other artists.

Here now is Alexander Armstrong and his rendition of one of my favourite songs:  Enjoy.

Saturday, November 10, 2018


Today it is exactly 100 years since my mum and dad were dancing and cavorting in the streets of London.  Hundreds had poured from nearby buildings to celebrate the news that World War 1 was finally over.

I remember mum telling me about it and the cheering, dancing. hugging and even kissing that went on between the people of London on that historic day.  I think she said celebrations went on long into the night and I can well believe it.

At that time mum and dad were both working at the Sugar Commission which had been established as sugar was essential to the war effort.  Mum was secretary to the Chief and dad was chief clerk but he must have had other assignments as he was awarded the MBE by King George V for work he had done during the war.  I asked mum about the medal and it seems dad kept very quiet about it and the only thing she could tell me is that she remembered he used to meet trains at various times but for what reason she had no idea.  All very strange and I guess it is nice to have a mystery in the family.

My thoughts today are for the soldiers who lost their lives fighting in what was known at the time as the war to end all wars.  What a great pity that wasn't the case.


Friday, November 9, 2018


Hi and I wonder who is out there today?  I have absented myself from my blog for 10 months or more and I feel no guilt about it one little bit.  I had blogged myself to a complete and utter standstill, so much so that I have not been following blogs that my blogging friends write, some so prolifically.

How is everyone?  Phil and I are still making an effort to hold our heads above water having recovered a couple of months back from an extremely bad chest/head cold.  Yes a cold, not flu as no aches and pains or temperature but just blocked heads and so much coughing.  Took us about 4 weeks to get over the cold itself and several weeks before we began to feel ourselves again.  I had two trips to the doctor and had steroids and antibiotics the first time and different antibiotics the second time with an additive of some type of acid.  Fortunately that seemed to do the trick.  Phil is on a low dose antibiotic every winter and that seemed to help him without having to see the doctor.

We are currently feeling a little isolated as FOUR members of our family are paying a visit to the U S of A, New Jersey to be precise or Pitman in NJ to be even more precise.  K and B and A and C flew out together last Friday to pay a visit to B and her partner K.  From what I've seen on Facebook A is particularly intrigued with the squirrels that inhabit the neighbourhood they are in and has taken videos of them.  K, like me, loves the autumn coloured leaves on the trees which we have so few of here in Perth.  She posted on Facebook a photo of the trees in the street where B and  live and the colours are glorious.

I mentioned a serious question I have to answer.  I have made 2 very serious decisions in my life and they both involved marriage and as most of you know I have been married twice.  I know I have had to make other quite difficult decisions but the one I have to make now is this:  my driver's licence is due in January and as most people know after you turn 80 you need to visit your GP where he tests your eyesight, your blood pressure and blood glucose (if you happen, like Phil and me) to be diabetics.

My paperwork has just arrived and although I've not driven for several years now I have always liked to have a current driver's licence in case of a real disaster when I would perhaps have to drive but it's also good to have identification with one's photo on it.  My GP has always signed me up as being capable of driving even though I tell him I've not driven much for some time.

Phil suggested I let my licence lapse as he has been our driver for some time and hopefully will continue to be so for some time to come.  I first drove a car when I was about 17 or 18 and then drove several times in the following 2 or 3 years.  When I married in 1953 I drove quite a lot and in 1954 I thought it time to get my driving licence.   Got it without a problem and have had it ever since without one demerit point which I am very proud of considering the amount of driving I used to do in heavy traffic to and from work for many years.

I had a few parking fines but they were only when I loaned my car to Phil or Karen.  Just hated the fines being in my name but that is in the long distant past and all forgotten by the three of us.  They by the way, paid the fines.

Your advice please.  Now approaching 87 is it time to be honest and say because my arthritis has gotten so bad I'd probably have trouble driving very far, except perhaps in a real emergency, and not renew said licence.  Please tell me what you would do in similar circumstances.  Yes or No.

It has been quite a wet winter in Perth and it has not been until this week that our weather has begun to warm up.  We have only just today begun to pop the sprinkler on in the garden and will probably have to do again next Tuesday and Friday as no rain in sight.  They are our 2 watering days although we can use hand held hoses to water pots and various spots in the garden.

The cooler weather has kept my frangipani very quiet and they are only just now beginning to get leaves.  I am hoping this warmer weather will spur them on and in a few months we will be enjoying some beautiful flowers again, similar to this one from last year:

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Yep...that's me...86 today and not really feeling it (until I get up when it's a different story).  It's going to be 33C (91F) which is one reason I've always wished I was born in winter.  Well, I wasn't so have to make the best of it heat or no heat.

Monday, January 1, 2018


As we say farewell to 2017 we look towards the new year of 2018 and hope it will be good to all of us.  I particularly want to wish my faithful viewers all the best for the coming year.

I am saddened that I've not been able to keep up with blogging this past year and not been doing a lot of visiting other blogs.   I truly have no excuse apart from the fact it has been a very medical year for both of us and it sort of messes with your mind.  We both have made it through the year and hope to do the same next year.    Phil turned 88 on 2nd December and in a very short time I will be 86 so we have an excuse for being tardy.

Monday, December 25, 2017


I know I've been very spasmodic this past year with blogging but I've done my best and to anyone who may still be checking out my blog (and I know who some of the faithful are) I would like to send you best wishes from Phil and myself (and Candy too of course) for a safe and happy Christmas.

When the new year of 2018 arrives I hope it will treat you all kindly for its whole 365 days.  I will endeavour to stay in touch but I'm making no unbreakable promises.  I am getting a tad old and that is the truth of the matter.

P.S.  My thanks to the lady who telephoned me today to thank me for my blog.  I am sorry I don't know your name but believe you said you live in Pemberton (a beautiful place in WA).

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Whoops running late with this one so a quick decision as to which I shall choose.  How about Tennessee Ernie Ford with "Shenandoah"?  A beautiful deep voice singing a delightful song and of course it is from YouTube.