Wordsmith's Notebook

Monthly Archives: April 2016

     Today, I attended another physio appointment.  I never thought that I would, but I am now well into my course of physio.  It’s actually going very well.  When physiotherapy was first suggested to me, by my Doctor, my immediate images were of Olivia Newton-John singing ‘Let’s Get Physical’ and images of 1980’s and 1990’s breakfast tv exercise Guru’s ‘Mad Lizzy’ and ‘Mr. Motivator’.  I have little doubt that my Doctor… Read More


Our friend is the bringer of light Ageless and timeless of years But right now she’s caught in a fight That plays into all our fears. We hold she and her husband dear Right now our hearts simply bleed That we may lose her is our fear ‘Let her stay’ we pray and plead. Kindred souls from so far away Adventures and fun we’ve shared The excitement of each new stay With… Read More

     Today, I am thinking about the lack of provision of seating for people with disabilities, or even just frailties, in many of our communal areas such as shops, high streets, parks and other day to day venues that we all need to visit.  It has been since developing chronic illness that I have become acutely aware of the need for chairs and seating to be provided in public places and… Read More

     All too often, my family has experienced loss and the inevitable grief that follows.  I learnt, at the young age of six years, what it means for a person to die.  I learnt what it is to experience the following gaping hole of loss in our lives and I learnt that grief is a powerful force that takes many forms.  No matter what difficulties we face in life, experiencing the loss of… Read More

Theatreland.  Covent Garden.      Some friends of ours own a couple of properties in Covent Garden and kindly offered us use of one of them; a delightful studio apartment in Neal Street.  A weekend away.  Perfect.      I had noticed some anxiety rising at the idea of travelling on public transport.  This was largely due to the symptoms that my chronic illness, that would later turn out to be Parkinson’s… Read More