Song Lyric Sunday: Friends, Friendship.

This is my entry for Helen Vahdati‘s Song Lyric Sunday this week the prompt is a song about friends.

I thought about this one long and hard. I have used this song before but it is so perfect. It has special memories hidden it for me. I love the words, I love the tune.

As old fashioned and dated as it is, it means a lot to me. Apart from that to me it describes friendship to me perfectly. Friends by Arrival.

Friends by Arrival 

I had a friend who had friends by a river They too had friends who had friends of their own All seated round takin’ port after dinner, Port that was bought by the friends that were known No one ever seems to care Just as long as they were there Friends beside you Friends to guide you Friends beside you, everywhere There’s nothing new, it’s all there to remind you It’s no different anyway you recall You only wait around and float on every corner And know you’re in luck ‘Cause you know them more No one ever seems to care Just as long as you are there Friends beside you ( beside you) There to guide you (to guide you) Friends beside you (beside you) Everywhere (everywhere) We all have friends who have friends by a river We too have friends who have friends of their own All seated round drinkin’ port after dinner Port that is bought by the friends for their own No one ever seems to care Just as long as you are there Friends beside you Friends to guide you Friends beside you to stay Friends beside you (you need) Friends to guide you (you know you need) Friends beside you (you need) Friends to guide you (you really need) Friends beside you (you need) Friends to guide you (you need) Friends beside.

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One Liner Wednesday:Friendship

“The finest  vessel on  the  sea  of  life is  the  Friendship”  Annon

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday. A Ring.

A ring can be circle a symbol of life.
Or a token of love from a husband or wife.
In a circle of friends is a good place to be.
A nice tight circle of kindness is the best place for me.

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Happy St Patrick’s Day

When I  was a child,  every year  in March  a  box  would  arrive  at  our  family  home in London. It  was always  the same  size  and it  was wrapped in  brown paper  and  it was addressed  to Dad! Every year I was fascinated by  it. I soon learned  that it  contained  a beautiful  green  leaf. The  Shamrock  and it  had traveled to our house  all the way  from Ireland.

Although  we were all born  in London  and our  mother  was English  born in Oxford, the  Shamrock’s arrival  every  year  was a big  deal.

We were  all given a  small spray  of  the  green leaves  which  we all wore  with pride. So Dad  would  go off to  work at 5am with his  Shamrock at  his lapel, we all followed  at  different  times  to school  or  work depending on  what  stage  of life  you  picture  us  at. I remember  we all wore it with  pride .

I went  to a  catholic  convent  as  did  two of  my  older  sisters.  I remember  St Patrick’s  day  was special  at  school  too,  because  we had  lessons  until  12.30pm  then  after  lunch  break  there  were net ball matches  to watch  followed  by  entertainment  in the school hall. Plays, Irish dancing, stories  and songs  all with  an Irish  theme!


I am grateful  that I have  happy  memories  of  my childhood , I have  sad, bad  memories too. Being  bullied  at  school  by  my piers and teachers not least! But I have happy  memories  too and I feel blessed for  that  and  for my  parents, my  happy  home  and  my  brothers  and sisters  who I love  dearly  and I believe  they  love  me too!

I have made  lots of  amazing  friends  here on wordpress   so I am sending  you all these  blessings  and prayers . I want to  thank  you all for your support  and say HAPPY  SAINT PATRICK’S DAY to  you all . OH! Geoff at  TanGental who is recovering  from an operation ..get  well Geoff!  Too each  and everyone of  you  consider  this  my  personal message  to you all!!

Right  now  how  to end  this  very  Irish  and  rambling  post………….. awe!  well  you know, make  guess  go on , go on.


Coffee Break

It is If we were having  Coffee  time  again how  are  you all  and  what  have  you been up  to this  week! I am  late  again  so  I must apologize I am always  chasing  my  tail  these  days!

So  come in it is lovely  to see you all here again. The fires are lit  the cushions are plumped up and  we have  the coffee and tea on  the go  and the cakes and sweets are all set out.  We  have  tea  and coffee  from all over  the world not to mention all our cakes  and muffins  and  as Paul  calls  them sweets! Every single  one  is  calorie  free! Plus of course  we now have spirits  and liquors  to warm the coldest of  you.

If we were having  Coffee: I would ask  you what  has been going on in your world this week, has  anything  deeply affected  you, have  you need a sympathetic ear, a shoulder to cry  on or  just  needed someone  to make  you laugh! If  yes  feel free to talk it out  here  with us. We will all help if  we can.

If we were having Coffee: I would  remind  you  that  there  are lots of  other  coffee mornings  all shared  and organized  By  Diana  and  Gene’O  over at,Part time monster  

If  we were having Coffee: I would  tell  you  that  I had  a very  unusual  experience this week. Now  LindaGHill  was  talking  about  a  similar  experience  on here  SoCs  this  week  read  it  here. do  read it, it  is  an excellent  post.

OH! I  am  rambling  again  I  had  better  refill  your  cup  and  get you some  cakes  or  biscuits  …. Let  me  see  were  was I . Let us  start  at  the beginning.  On Thursday   my  friend L  and  I  set  off on another  trip  on the  bus ,  the Green Line up  to  London.  I am London  born and  bred  and  though  Louise  was  not  born there  she  grew up  there and lived  there  for most of  her  childhood  and teens. As we  both live  in  the sticks  ( outside of  London)  is  lovely  to  go  in  for a  day… neither of  us  would  want  to live  there  anymore..too busy!

Look I  am off  the  subject again (  well  this  is  my  Coffee party  so if I want  to wander  off I  can, blows  raspberry). Right  so  we  were on the  bus  and it  passes  the  steeple  of the  Church  where I  went  to Mass each  week  and  then it  passes  the bottom of  the road I used  to live. The  park  the  school (  which I  did  not  attend   but is  part of   my  memories). A little  further  along  we pass  the road  that lead  to the old Drs  surgery. I felt  a pulling  sensation to  be back in time  when I was a  child. A strange  homesickness  for  a  home  that  sadly  no longer  exists, to  an earlier  time  when everything  was  simpler  and  I really  had  no  huge decisions  to make.

My  Brother  sold  the  house  I  grew up in  several  years  back  and  so  all ties  to  that place  are  sadly  gone   but  still  as  we passed it  on the  way into  London  I  felt  a pang. I also  felt it  stronger  pang as  we passed it on the way  home. Yes  my  home   where I have lived  for over 40yrs   ..I have lived in  plenty  other places  too  but  of course  were I  live now is  my  home but  I still  long  for childhood home sometimes.

I  think  my  friend  Immie  puts it  perfectly  in  this  song , words  here 

Would  you like  more  tea, coffee  or  cakes  or  perhaps  you would  enjoy  some an alcoholic  drink?  Now,  L  and I  went  up  to Victoria  Bus Stn  and  I  had  planned  a  few places  to  visit.  So  we headed  off  past Buckingham

Victoria  Memorial  outside Buckingham Palace.

Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace.

 Palace  to  Birdcage Walk  to  the  Guards Chapel . To  the  side  is  a photo  I  took of the  Victoria  Memorial outside  Buckingham Palace it looks  amazing  as if  someone  had  been up  there  all night  with a spray  paint gun!

Well  we trotted up  Birdcage  Walk and  found  the Chapel was  closed! The Dean  was  holding  a meeting  and  no one  knew  when it  would  be finished!

There  was  nothing  for  it  we  just  retraced out  steps  but it  was  a good  dry  and  not  too cold  day  and  we like  walking  and talking! It was  about  1.30pm  so  we decided  to  stop  and have lunch. We  found  a cafe/ restaurant  that  was busy  it  was opposite  the Queen’s  Gallery . We were  very  lucky  as  the food  and service  were excellent ! After  lunch  we set  off  to  visit  Westminster  Cathedral. L knew  the Cathedral  very  well  because  as  a child  this  was  a church  her family  went to Mass  at  very  often.

outside Westmister Cathedral

outside Westmister Cathedral

I took  a few photos  of the Cathedral  here  are a the best. We were not  allowed  to  take  photos inside  but I have to say  it is breath taking. Wonderful  mosaic ceilings in the chapels,  beautiful  blue  and green  marble  on the walls. It is  truly  amazing .

The  entrance  to Westminster  Cathedral

The entrance to Westminster Cathedral

We  spent  an hour  or  so  just looking around  and talking to the  vergers who were very knowledgeable and happy  to answer  questions. We noticed  when we looked up  the top half  of  the walls  and  the roof  were of  plain  bricks , we  asked  why  they had a charred  look about  them.  The  answer  was  that  the smoke  from the  candles  had  done  it’s  work on the bricks  and  all the soot  and smoke  from the years of the steam trains  black smoke had  found it’s way into the abbey!

Our Next  stop  was a brisk walk away  in Eton Square  St Peter’s Church. This is  a beautiful  church so light  airy  and modern inside. It is  very  high Church  of  England. In fact  we were

Looking  down  from the alter  to the Organ

Looking down from the Alter to the Organ

surprised  because it  had  statues  of  the Virgin Mary  and St Peter , this is unusual  for  Church of  England  Churches. Here  are  four  photos  I  do  hope  they  can  give  you  the feeling of  the place.

If we  were having  Coffee : I would  replenish your  cup  and  say  that I hope  you are  not  bored   with  my  wittering on about  my  day out.

Statue of St Peter

Virgin Mary

Virgin Mary

Yes  I  know  I  am going on  but I  do love  to share! As I said  St Peter’s  was a beautiful  oasis of  light  and peace slap bang in one of  the noisiest and busiest parts of London.


The pulpit

The pulpit

When  we came out of the Church  we decided  we were getting tired  and  so we decided  to catch  the  bus  home  that left  from Victoria  Bus station at  4pm. It was 3.20pm  so we thought  we could easily  get back in time  for it. As it  was,  as we neared  the Bus Station  we  saw our  bus coming towards  us  and just  a few yards  back  we had  passed  a bus stop, we looked  and yes it  was where our  bus  would stop  and people were hailing it  so we did an about  turn  and  caught it! So  we  on the bus  and on the  way  home  past  my  ‘no more  home.’

Yum Yum

Hubby  was  there  to meet us  from our local  bus station and  so home !

If  we were having Coffee:  I would  say  the rest  of  the week has  been  busy  too, what  with  the gym, housework and  visiting  a friend  who  is recovering  from  braking  her leg  before Christmas! Also yesterday, Saturday , I  met an old  friend  who I had not seen for months  so  we had  loads  to catch up on.

If  we were having Coffee:  I would  say lets  go and see  how  Paul  and his crowd  are doing . I am sure  that  they will have lots to tell us !

And of course  the


over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s





Love Is In Da Blog: Friends and Dog Friends

Just  Fooling Around  With  Bee  said : this last week is dedicated to The love of friends!

It did not stop raining today  and it would of been really  miserable  had it not been for the fact  that I was visiting my sister in law who is not my sister in law  any  more  for she is no longer married  to my husbands  brother! That  not  withstanding  I have been friends  with her girl and woman  for 48yrs. Yes I was thirteen  and she was fifteen, when we first met. Both of us sitting on the 97 bus not sure  whether or not  to talk, Then when we both got off at the same bus stop  and started walking in the same direction  we broke the ice.

We have been solid  since, I like to think we are more like sister even though the in law title is now  debunked. We have been through thick and thin  and weathered some nasty storms!

Talking of storms , today was wet! So  we stayed in the warm and drank coffee, had  parsnip  soup for dinner  and chatted about all sorts.  Our children, grandchildren …( my first grandson, and her  granddaughter) husbands, houses, my son’s new home, her daughters job, her granddaughters triumphs. Of course  we talked of the dogs, the beautiful dogs.

The  dogs  have two beds in the kitchen dining room. They take up a lot of  room! One bed ( a huge  bed large enough  for them  both ) fills an alcove. The  only  trouble is  that  one dog , the younger one  always insists on laying on top of the older  dog. So D  hit on a brilliant  idea, get the husband  to put a  separator down the center of the bed ….. each dog  then could have his own space  and the extra  bed  could  be removed !



Well they  were not too sure  at first  but no one likes change  do they?

So  after a while they settled down and  after their  duvets and cushions  went in, all was looking cosy!

comfy and cosy

comfy and cosy

So  we thought , we turned  back to our photos  and our  coffee and  time ticked on. The  dogs  were happy, the dogs  were comfortable , the dogs seemed very quiet and settled ! Job  done, well done to D’s hubby the problem of the younger  dog  flattening  the older was  solved!

Well it  was wasn’t it…………………… er? not it was not!

IMG_20140129_152345685Nope, no it was not! It  just goes  to show  you just cannot  help those  who will not  be helped! You  also cannot  teach a cheeky dog  new tricks.

The  time came  for me to go home. It was dark and  wet  and it was actually  flooded! I have not had the pleasure of driving  through flooded roads before ! I did not like it  but I remembered  my husbands words of advice  and I got through  and after what seemed an age I got home safely.

So it was wet cold and windy in the real world today  but I was happy!


This  story  shows  my  friendship with this wonderful  friend   and it also  shows  the  friendship of  the dogs! Two  for one  folks, two  for  one!

This  is  Just  fooling  around  with  Bee  Idea  for  a  February  daily  challenge! To  suit  her  spoilt  inner  child…. and  mine  come  to that so  here  we go! Hold on to your heart!  Join in  here    and  here


If We Were Having Coffee Guest Post – Feb.22/2015 Compassion


Paul your Barista

Paul your Barista

Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul, I’ll be your barista today and I’m happy to be here once again. Please come in and make yourself comfortable. Willow has plumped the cushions and started a cozy fire so we can warm yourselves while we have a cuppa and chat. As usual, I’d be pleased to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide range of teas and coffees to satisfy our world-wide readership. Also available is a large selection of spirits for addition to your cuppa or in its place. We can relax while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

1000 voices speak for Compassion

This week (Feb.20, 2015) there was a special electronic gathering of WP bloggers called “1000 Voices Speak for Compassion”. Each blogger wrote a piece on compassion and they were well done. I first read of it over at Mamamickterry’s blog  Then I watched the video (above) she had posted and it struck home for me. Mama says it was produced by a medical services delivery company that is a customer of her company. Definitely worth a peek.

Would you like another cuppa, perhaps something a bit stronger? So, with Mama’s post in mind I was off to dialysis on Friday and I was a bit early so I stepped out to the smoking area for a puff. It was cold and there was only one other gentleman there, a man a bit younger than I – perhaps in his late 40’s to early 50’s. As I usually do, I asked if he was visiting as he was dressed in casual clothes like someone who was spending the day at home. As we smoked, he told me that he was a patient. He had an open Coke bottle in one hand and he held it up for me to see. It was about 1⁄4 full and was very flat because his hand was vibrating considerably. “Would you like a drink of flat Coke?” he asked in a joking tone. “It’s been almost 20 years now since I’ve had fizzy Coke from the bottom of the bottle.”He explained that he had early onset Parkinson’s disease and was diagnosed about 20 years ago. With medication and treatment he has managed to live relatively normal but required a lot of time in the hospital. As he told me that his muscles only shook when at rest, I thought about the video – to see this guy walk down the hall, you would never know that he had a serious illness – an illness that was going to kill him. He told me that the doctors had told him that he had about 20 more years to live, but the disease would progress considerably in that time. Treatments have gained a lot of years for Parkinson’s patients over the decades and may very well gain more in the coming decades. The disease is called “idiopathic” because there is no known cause. Oddly enough, one behaviour that reduces the progress is smoking. For reasons not understood, those who smoke are less likely to have the disease or symptoms.

Ballet Based Exercises can help reduce Parkinson’s Symptoms

Another cuppa? We have sweets and cake as well, so just help yourself. Anyway, my new acquaintance had some hard years ahead of him. As his nerve condition deteriorated, so too would dementia start to show itself. This is the same disease as Michael Fox has and his condition has not gotten as bad as fast as was predicted due to new treatments and medications. This gentleman had the same hope – that the progress of treatment would keep him from suffering as much as was being forecast. And yet, if I met him in the hallway I would have no idea that this man was even sick, let alone dying. It really drives home the idea of compassion, of caring about our fellow humans, of trying to see the world through the eyes of others, and of remaining non-judgmental.

We parted ways after about 10 minutes of visiting, he on his way to his room and me on my way to dialysis. I thought about him a lot since our chance meeting, and he has made me more sensitive to the plight of others. I wish him the very best and I hope that upcoming medical progress reduces the impact of his disease on his quality of life.

Dialysis went extremely well on all fronts – no machine alarms (it is very sensitive and an average treatment usually sees at least a half a dozen alarms), excellent blood pump speed, I slept through the whole session and felt rejuvenated at the end. I had very little fluid to remove (I’ve been behaving myself) and we got that off and a bit more – which allows me more flexibility in fluid consumption over the weekend. All is well – one day at a time.

That’s about all we have room for this week, so it’s time to settle in with another cuppa and watch the fire. Sweets anyone? Please join me in thanking Willow for her invitation to tea. We are all honored that you dropped by today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please look around at Willow’s other posts while you’re here. Willow is over there serving her guests and chatting it up. Let’s go see how she is today. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you back here for sweets and beverages of your choice again next week.

The Queen’s Favourite Tea Cake: Souped-up Chocolate Biscuit Cake

What is Parkinson’s Infographic

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over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

Just Jot It January: If We Were Having Coffee. Chit Chat.

Hello  and  welcome  come in it is lovely  to see you all here again. The fires are lit  the cushions are plumped up and  we have  the coffee and tea on  the go  and the cakes and sweets are all set out.  We  have  tea  and coffee  from all over  the world not to mention all our cakes  and muffins  and  as Paul  calls  them sweets! Every single  one  is  calorie  free! Plus of course  we now have spirits  and liquors  to warm the coldest of  you.

If we were having  Coffee: I would ask  you what  has been going on in your world this week, has  anything  deeply affected  you, have  you need a sympathetic ear, a shoulder to cry  on or  just  needed someone  to make  you laugh! If  yes  feel free to talk it out  here  with us. We will all help if  we can.

If we were having Coffee: I would  remind  you  that  there  are lots of  other  coffee mornings  all shared  and organized  By  Diana  and  Gene’O  over at, Part time monster   and it is growing like Topsie!This  week Diana  was talking  about  Circus, animals  and  clowns  all of  which  leave  me  cold  especially  clowns. I have always  found  them  very  frightening  and I really  don’t  know  why. Do  you have any unexplained  fears.

If we were having  Coffee:  Well  what  have  you  been up  to this  week have  you been happy  sad ,  mad  bad  or just plain busy! Or  have  you been  through  the whole  gambit of  these  emotions ? I have to admit  I have,   life  seems  to be a real roller coaster  at  the moment.

The  husband is  still unwell  and is  plagued  with  pains  in his  side  and  back. He is  due to have two  ultra sound  scans  this  coming  Friday, they  will be  checking  his liver, kidneys  and lower  abdomen. He is  supposed  to be resting  but  like  many a man  when there is  something  to  be careful  of  the  shutters  come down! Instead  of  resting  as he  has been advised  he  is decorating! Yes  I did say  decorating ! I  admit  he  is going  very  slow  and steadily  for  him  and  after  a couple of  hours  he has to stop  and rest. I can see  he is in  pain  and he  has  even given in  and taken  some  pain killers .  I am bcoming  a nag   and I think  he is  fed up of  me telling  him  to take  it easy  but it is only  because I care. ….. HUMMM! Men  if  they  have a cold  they  are at  death’s  door …. anything  bigger  or scarier  and  they  become  all macho!  Bless  him. What  are  your  orther  halves like , male or female?

If we were having  Coffee: I would  offer  you  another coffee or  tea   and  ask if  I could  tempt  you  to a cake  or  sweet!

It  has  been  a busy week  I have  been to  the gym  most  days.  It  is   better now I have  a friend  to meet  at  the gym  she is a similar  age to me  and  we have lots in comon . We meet  up  early  morning  Monday  through to Wednesday  and exercise , on the Wednesday  we have a lesson  with our  trainer  and  he makes us work really  hard  which is good. Friday  I have Pilates, Saturday  I have core  class and blissfully  I have Thursday  and Sunday off! Now  I am not obcessed with the gym  I just  get  so  stiff  and so much  pain  if  I do  not  exercise, in fact I was told  after  my  last operation  that  if  I did not exercise  and keep  myself  fit  my  back  could  just let  me down  and I could  end up in a wheel chair… No  thank  you !

If we were having  Coffee: I would tell you  that  my  friend  and I  went into  our  nearest  town  for a girly day, we had  coffee  and cake (naughty  but  oh! so  nice)  then we both  bought  some  clothes in the sale …. we  did not  have any intentions  of  doing  so  but  these skirts  just  grabbed us as we went past ! Well it would of  been rude  not  to to buy them!

It  has  been a funny  week  with something  happening  every  day, plus  trying to  keep an eye on the hubby  it has  been a real  rush!  But  I suppose  I could  say  I was not bored!

If we were having  Coffee: I would  ask what  do  you think  of  the world  news, I have to admit  I have not taken  a lot  of  interest  lately   as it  all seems  so  depressing   and right  now  I do nt not  want  to think  of  all the sad and  bad  things  going on in the world. Mind  you it  is good  to hear  that Scottish  Nurse  Pauline  Cafferkey has recovered  from Ebola  after  becoming  ill  after  returning  here  from West Africa  Read  about it here.  She  was taken ill on her  return to Heathrow … I can’t  help  wandering  if when health workers decide  to go off to West  Africa   to  deal  with Ebola, and  all good credit  it to them, I think  they should  agree  to  have a three week quarentine  before  they return . Maybe  that way  there would  be less chance of  the fearful Ebola  crossing continents.

Other  news  not  so  good  there  has  been another Isis execution  this  time of  a Japanese hostage   Harman Yukawa and they are holding  another  man  a reporter  Kenji Goto. More info here.

If we were having  Coffee: I ‘d  tell  you  that  the Newbie  vsited  yesterday  and it  was so  lovely  to see him and his  dad! (my  youngest son) We were so lucky  yesterday  we got to see all three of  our  sons  and  our grandson, unfortunately  our  middle son had  to leave  before  the newbie  and his dad  arrived   but  at least  we saw  them all. … for those  who know  there  has been a slight  melt   but  still no  sign  of a  thaw.

Time to relax


If we were having  Coffee:  would like to remind  you  about

A Thousand Voices Speak For Compassion

I heard about it first  on TanGental’s page here   and also on Gene’Os page  here . The idea  is to get 1000 bloggers on the same day to write posts about compassion, kindness, support, caring for others, non-judgement etc.? (Date to be decided.(it’s suggested 20th February 2015) We could call it 1000 Voices For Compassion.Who’s in? I really  would  like to be  but I need to think really  hard  about  what  to write about  but I am  going to think about it  and I am going to take part … If  anyone  has any  suggestions I would  be very grateful to hear them!

And of course  the


over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

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All that is left  for  me to say  is  stay  here  and be warm  and comfy  and  relax  and enjoy  the compay . Paul  has  been a little delayed  but he will be here asap!  So  until  next week   be  safe  and  well and don’t  forget to check out ‘The  if  we were having  Coffee, weekend share’over at   Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s.




Well hello everyone  how are you all this Sunday, come on in we have moved indoors  now  as  the Autumn is well and truly  here  and Winter is hot on her heels!! We have the coffee and the cakes all ready the fire is all lit! The sofas and armchairs all have their cushions all plumped up! So go on spoil yourselves we have stocked up on hot chocolate now and brought in some good books for you to read too! I can hear Paul has all his guests,  who also  have moved in here now,  so lets see, what have you been up to this week?

If we were having Coffee: I’d say  don’t  worry about  that guy  sat over there on  the right , he is  quite pleasant if  you don’t upset him and keep his coffee cup full up! I’d step carefully  if I were you the coffee seems to be going straight through him but we do not need to upset  him  my mentioning it do, we. He arrived last  night for Halloween  and so far  he has made  no move to leave. Personally  I can’t  see he is doing any harm.

If we were having Coffee: I tell you it has been a strange week, one full of house sitting, windows, brief  flashes of the Newbie  and a visit to a private hospital! Where shall we start?  The private  hospital yes  lets talk about that first. Now  the husband  needs an operation  and it is being done on the National Health. He received a letter asking him to pick an appointment  at one of the under named hospitals . One  of the hospitals was a private one , after reading  that this hospital  was meant to be there the husband  opted to choose it  . It appears that  the surgeons  who work at the Private  Hospitals do NHS  work as well  and it looks  like  they can also treat  some patient from NHS at  the private hospital  and the NHS  pays.

Well as it is a  day operation  we thought  why not. So  we drove  to the hospital  and it had free parking   which totally threw us  for a start  you pay dearly  by the hour  at an NHS Hospital  or clinic! When we went inside  it was like being in the entrance lobby  to an expensive hotel. We were greeted  and and booked in by ladies in smart and fashionable  uniforms  . The Husband  was asked to have his photo taken  for recognition and security then we  were asked to take a seat and handed two paper disks. There were soft leather  chairs  and sofas  with glass top coffee tables in the waiting area. There was also a restaurant  all set up  for dinner  with crisp linen serviettes and silver cutlery  and wine glasses. Certainly  not the hard chairs , WRVS cafe  or vending machine  you get  at the NHS. Though to be fair  some do have a good canteen/ restaurant but they are pricey. The two paper discs  we had been given  were for a complimentary, tea, coffee or juice. You don’t get that on the NHS.

After a very short  while the husband  was whisked away by  a nurse  who came to get  him  to see the specialist.  While  he was gone I had a good look around  from what I could see there was a shop selling handbags, scarves, perfume and soaps , rather like a hotel shop. The restaurant looked absolutely  beautiful. Really  it was like being  in a parallel universe. I am sorry to go on  but the difference  between  private  and NHS hospitals  is extremely marked. I have had treatment at a private clinic  before  but I had not seen one like this one!

NHS Waiting Room

I have put two photos  here  to show the obvious  differences  between the two types of hospitals. We usually  have to go to the  NHS hospitals  so this has been an eye opening  experience. I will let  you know how  the operation  goes, we are waiting for a date  from the hospital.

If we were having coffee:  I would  have to say  that it  has been a very  tiring week we have been dashing  back and forth between hospitals (albeit  posh ones)  and the Newbie’s  parents house  to be there  while  new windows were put in. The husband  kept  busy gardening  while I did  some  odd jobs around  the house.  It was extra good  because  we got  to see the Newbie , he is so cute now  and has really  found his giggle  button. I cannot tell you how much I love  that  little guy.

Where are my  manners, would  you like another cuppa  or something  naughty  but nice  to eat…. Don’t  worry about that  quiet  guy  on the right  he is well  behaved  as long  as  no one  disturbs him!

Beautiful Poppy

Beautiful Poppy

Cheeky Pumpkins

Cheeky Pumpkins

If we were having coffee: I have to say  that my lovely  eldest sister  knitted me the most  beautiful poppy  to wear  with pride. She is a very clever lady  and she  can knit, sew, crochet and her latest talent is scrap booking!  Here above are some of her amazing knits!

If we were having coffee: I would say I am glad  to see that October  has come to a close.  It has been a long  month  in which I have tried  to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with  poems  and  videos  some of  them  very personal. Unfortunately  I was unaware  that it was also MS. Awareness Month . agwink of Kentucky Angel  sent  me this comment  “This was also MS Awareness month, but we don’t have the press breast cancer has. I hope someday that will change for all of us with orphan diseases.” I do feel very sorry about  this  and I shall ask  you all to think  about this,  I shall have  to think about this  one  and see if I cannot  write something.

If we were having coffee: I ask if  you like some Chocolate cake or  some of  the Cherry Bakewell or maybe  a Caribbean or Russian Coffee? Well come on  it’s  your turn now  to let  me  and Paul know  what  you are all thinking ! We both look forward  to seeing you next week! Same place same time!

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