Just Sitting and typing…….

After yesterdays blog, a more relaxed post today of my weekend away…..But I’ll be returning to the subject of clinicians, symptoms and coping next week…..

A wonderful way to relax for me is to sit and type……I can type words quicker than I can think and speak them, because that part of my brain hasn’t been broken by dementia yet, and hopefully never will……….here’s my view when I typed this….

I’d had 2 nights in Blackpool and because that’s usually my limit, I began to panic when I woke Sunday morning as I wasn’t going home until Monday, taking me over my limit into 3 nights away. Sunday travel is a nightmare so I decided to travel back on Monday, but assumed I’d be fine with the extra night…..🙄

So to take my mind off the anxiousness, I decided to do something different and take a bus along to St Annes, just outside Blackpool. I think I must have been here but just don’t remember the scene before me. It was beautifully peaceful and I found a bench with a cuppa next to me and got out my iPad.

The tide goes out much further than in Blackpool and all you could see was golden clean, freshly swept beaches for miles around. As families started to arrive and mark their spot, they erected flying markers so the children could play happily and know where to find their spot on the beach…

This is why I love this part of the coast. It’s not what everyone thinks about when they hear the resort, ‘Blackpool’. But I came here for years a a child so know it very well.

The trams in Blackpool are the most amazing travel accessory ……..no step to climb up or down from as they’re level with the stop; you know exactly where you are and where you’re heading for as it’s written and a voice speaks the current and next stop; the conductors are the most friendliest on the planet and will immediately help you with a smiley face; AND you can’t get lost…….they run from Starr Gate to Fleetwood and back again – all in a straight line ……11 miles along the coast…..
If I fancy a wobble I can walk and then stop and wait at the stop for a tram to pick me up…..

Yes, the centre of Blackpool is gaudy, can be noisy and has it’s run down bits, just like any other place. But it also has the amazing Tower where I can sit in the Ballroom and watch people of all generations just having fun.

I can take a tram to Cleveleys and see the sights of Mary’s Shell ….

and the The Sea Ogre (The Sea Ogre is featured in the book, The Sea Swallow – the story of a young girl, Mary, who is coming to terms with the death of her fisherman father, lost at sea)

I stay in the same hotel where the manager knows me and looks after me and I can sit in my room and watch the sun setting

It may not be everyone’s idea of relaxation, but then perhaps they don’t know where to look. A lovely long weekend of relaxing………and simply sitting watching the world go by……..

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

8 thoughts on “Just Sitting and typing…….

  1. It’s years since I’ve been to Blackpool. Love your reflections and beautiful photos.

    Am coming over from Australia and will be in Leeds for a week, in August, for my great-nephew’s wedding. Hold onto the good weather for me, please. 😉

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  2. So happy you enjoyed your long weekend. Your posts always remind me to stop and look at the sights around me. I live in the New Forest and am frightened that one day I will take the beauty around me for granted. Thank you for your lovely blog and reminding us to sometimes just stop and enjoy.
    Nancy Hall De Vuyst

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