Sunday, April 27, 2014

A trip to the graveyard

Today the family and I took off to South Mimms and to St. Giles church.
The mission to clear the graves of our deceased relatives.

After much weeding and very careful digging we mad all three look respectable once more.
I was struck by a total of six little children from the nineteenth century who had all died of phosis.
On research we found that this was tuberculosis.
A good Sundays work.

Friday, April 25, 2014

The end in sight

Good evening everyone, I have just managed to finish my second novel.
As we speak it has gone for the proof reading and editing.
I am hopeful to have it distributed in the latter part of May.

The title is The Liberty Bodice, and it begun it's journey,2 years ago when on a visit to a lovely town called Market Harborough.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Good News

Must tell you of my good news.
Today I received an e-mail telling me that one of my short stories will feature in a book of the same.
It has come about because I entered a competition of short stories for the LitArt Magazine.
When I have more details I will let you know.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Race against time.

What shall I do. I have missed my deadline. Hopefully I shall be able to have an extension!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014


Good Evening everyone.
I am in a bit of a state right now.
I am supposed to have my second book finished for the 16th April, and I don't think I shall make the deadline.
So much of life, which I have to say is pretty grand, gets in the way.
If it's not work its the grandchildren or birthdays and do not let us forget the cycling.

These of course are somewhat feeble excuses and as I have mentioned before I need to be more disciplined.

Good night and
Sleep well.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The bike ride

How sore I feel today!It's all down to the fact that I'm unfit. To correct this deficit, my friend and I decided we should do something about it.
We have elected to do a 10 or  30 mile ride for charity and get fit at the same time.
She is much fitter than I am and won't find the effort so challenging.

I had to get my trusty steed down a number of hills to my stepson's house,
This is where it will stay between each ride. They live on the flat, making each weekly adventure  that much easier.
 It is 7years since I last rode my bike and could not control it downhill.
I was afraid of not riding straight and being unable to put enough pressure on the brakes to stop the drift.

My friend awaited, and thought she may have dreamed the outing as I was so late. I explained that I had walked most of the way.
Off we set along the canal path, we did ride for about 2 miles.That was enough for me.

Must be ready for the event in July, when hopefully we shall raise lots of money for the hospice and be far fitter.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Went to work in the clinics today.
Any thoughts on what I am about to tell you most welcome.

The clinic I helped in was what we call rapid access. This means that the G.P. may suspect cancer and as soon as the letter reaches the hospital. The patient is asked to attend within a two week window. This is important for the Patient and for the Trust as we are measured on the validity of
This action.

Today we had six patients booked and two turned up.
It got me to thinking why does this happen and what can be done to improve the situation.

Firstly I believe the G.P.'s should tell their patients that an urgent appointment has been made for them and that they need to be available over the next two weeks. If holiday or other circumstance prevents the visit, then it should be noted so that the hospital secretaries do not make the appointment until convenient.

Appointments do appear to made at very short notice,with messages being left on answer phones.If this can be improved,then it should be.

I have asked for this issue to be taken to our Governance committee. Watch this space.

Quote for the day

You don't learn to walk by following rules,
you learn by doing and falling over.

Richard Branson