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     It’s almost 5am and here I am, sat at my computer but in a very, very different new year than the one that I had expected.  Perhaps it is a dream?  If it is, then it is the worst nightmare ever.  Perhaps there’s some confusion in my head, caused by Parkinson’s Disease?  Yet, I am surrounded by people who show the same pain on their faces and I am receiving… Read More

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     I had fully intended to paint my village church, using acrylic.  Bear in mind that the only training I have ever had for art was at school in the 1980’s!  At the last meeting of the little art group, created with friends, earlier this month, I painted what was to be the background wash (is that even what you call it when using acrylic?) and I was pleased with how… Read More

     With an agreement that we would not be meeting in November, simply due to each of us having so much else on, this third Saturday in December saw the 4th meeting of what we small group of creative friends have called ‘The Art Shack’.  Originally, and still, a Facebook group by that name, we now try to meet monthly for a little creative fun, a good catch up and some… Read More

     A few days ago, I received a telephone call from from my lovely cousin, telling me that her mum had died!  This was a complete shock, not least of all to my cousin, for her mum had shown no signs of anything suggesting that this awful event was imminent.  My aunt was such a vibrant person; so very alive and filled with the spark of mischief and adventure.  Only days… Read More

     The event had been planned for a few months.  Having travelled for around four or five hours to what was a very heavily flooded part of England, we had all finally settled into our hotel on the previous night.  The hotel was comfortable.  As a team of people who had also the bonds of family and/or friendship between us, we had enjoyed a lovely meal, a few drinks, a lot… Read More

     A simple, and yet delightfully personal, way to make a gift for someone is to make a scrap book for them.  For example, I am making a gift which is of a small scrap book that will be filled with a selection of themed photos that will, I know, have a lovely meaning for the person I am gifting them to.      All you need are the following items,… Read More

     It takes time to get used to living your life in three hour stages.  After my diagnosis of Parkinson’s, in 2017, I was initially given medication called Madopar; co-beneldopa.  This provides levodopa and that enables my brain to produce dopamine.  Parkinson’s gradually kills the part of the brain that produces dopamine and so this boost helps to restore the functions that otherwise increase our disability.  It only works for as… Read More

     Today was the third meeting of The Art Shack; the small group of friends who gather for some creative fun, a communal lunch and the chance to catch up and have a chuckle.  This gathering took place at the home studio of our friends, Helen and Kim.  As ever, with varying life commitments among us, not everyone can make every gathering but those who attended had great fun and we… Read More

     Back in May, 2019, there was an impromptu gathering of three of us who just happen to be part of our new art and crafts group; The Art Shack.  One of us, Tina, is an established artist while two of us are more hobby artists.  Following the wonderful meal that Tina made, and a glass of wine or three, we set about making sheets of paper! (My cousin, Debbie, and… Read More