Take a last Pre Christmas trundle with me…….

After all the excitement of the Scarecrow trail Sunday would be a much gentler day to enjoy. No rushing about hiding pebbles, I would just be able to enjoy the promised sunshine. The scarecrows would still be there for their final day so hopefully more big and little people would be out trundling too….

The day dawned clear and bright, showing the promise of a nice day ahead…

I did think of going for an early morning walk, but thought I’d wait until daylight for my first of the day. As I sat having a cuppa watching the morning birds come and see what was on offer for breakfast, my Robin waited in the queue patiently waiting

My first trundle was around 10am. It had a purpose as the couple I bought my house from still live in the village and I often get the odd Christmas card for them. So I headed towards their house, passing the house with the Chinese lanterns still trying to outwit winter

Back along the lane, saying good morning to the horses 

And the morning sun beginning to light up my path

Wally the sheep posed beautifully 

So many families out once more taking in the final day of the Scarecrow trail. Many today with maps and scoresheets, children racing round from one to the other getting lots of exercise as they are so well spread out….

The church looked lovely bathed in sunlight

And remaining seed heads from the summer held a beauty all of their own

Along to the duck pond, stopping every now and then for a chatter and hello, the ducks waiting hopefully for their next feed…..unaware of my arrival

As I threw the seed into the air for the first arrivals, those at the other end of the pond raced to be in on the act

And suddenly it was playtime at the duck pond

Back home for a cuppa, watched a couple of Christmas programmes on my ipad…..but the sun kept shining and looked so enticing for a mid afternoon trundle and hopefully a sighting of Saturn and Jupiter. All the reports said 4.30 pm was about the best time, so maybe I’d catch the sun setting too.

I could feel the air getting cooler as I stepped outside, the light staring to fade already

but I had that feeling of a special sunrise in store. I headed towards Gemma and Stuarts for a cuppa and a chat before heading back outside into the now decidedly cool yet clear air.

More people to smile and chat to on my way, also making the most of the dry weather. I turned the corner at the end of the road, stopped and smiled at the view

I hadn’t been disappointed, the sunset was glorious. I perched on the street sign and simply stared in awe at the beauty nature offers if we just take the time to watch it at work

I turned to my left and there was the moon shining bright in the sky

What could be more perfect on a still clear cold winters day? My body telling me I must move, brought me out of my thoughts and I wondered up the lane, an aeroplane soaring through the dark sky

The horses in the field now shadows in the distance yet here is a lovely viewpoint for the sunset too

It was just a tad too early to find the colliding Saturn and Jupiter, so I walked down the never ending lane accompanied by Tia the dog and her owner Liz. We chatted amiably as Tia investigated hedgerows and puddles left from the overnight rain…I ventured a little further as Tia turned round for home and was greeted by a swooping white owl, surprised by my appearance so too quick for me to snap. I stood still watching for a moment, hoping it would reveal itself once more but it was probably watching me watching it and refused to make itself known..

So I too turned around retracing my steps, one last photo of the fading sunset

If I was going to see the planets at all it would be about now, so I trundled back down to the corner, clouds annoyingly drifting across the sky. I searched the sky for the bright lights in the sky and had almost given up, when a twinkling caught my eye. I zoomed in with my camera, my cold shakes hands refusing to keep still for long enough but I could tell it was them. I must have clicked 20 or 30 times, hoping to get just one shot….and I did….just….

I could get far closer but just couldn’t keep still enough to get the perfect shot, but at least I got one further away at least showing the closeness of the two planets…..

My hands aching, my head buzzing from the excitement and concentration, it was time to turn my back and head home…….another beautiful day from start to finish…..

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.

25 thoughts on “Take a last Pre Christmas trundle with me…….

  1. Hi Wendy,

    What beautiful photos this morning so lovely to read your posts – you are always so positive. Looking forward to trying out your four Christmas Quizzes on the family. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a very healthy New Year. Best wishes. Jo

    Jo Cummings
    Ashbourne Group
    10 Clive Avenue
    Goring By Sea
    West Sussex
    BN12 4SG

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  2. Thank you for sharing this. It was cloudy here so no sight of Jupiter and Saturn was possible. All the best to you, Wendy, for letting us into your life. Your posts do untold gift not only in spreading news about early onset dementia but also by raising spirits at a tough time. Merry Christmas from Canada!

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  3. Good morning Wendy and thank you for this lovely blog. Your descriptions are so good, I was with you every step. The Photos are fabulous and illustrated your trundle perfectly.
    May I wish you a very happy calm quiet Christmas eating all your favourite foods and watching your favourite tv programmes.
    I look forward continuing to read your future blogs .
    Let’s hope the new year brings you good health and good fortune.
    Kind regards,
    Vivienne x💕🎄🎄💕

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  4. As always, I’m very impressed with the description of your walk and even more so with the beautiful photos, but what a wonderful coup to get such a brilliant photo of the planets! You’ve made my Christmas, Wendy! I hope you have a good Christmas, and a big thank you for all your lovely blogs.

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  5. Again wonderful pictures and what sounds like a lovely day! I tried my best in Savannah Georgia 🇺🇸 to see the two planets myself but only able yo see one unusual looking yellowish looking bright “star” but no other in close proximity like you captured. Thank you for sharing 🎄⛄️🙏💗

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  6. Congratulations on the fruits of your perseverance, Wendy! A better shot than our local expert amateur achieved (southern New Hampshire, US) – gorgeous! And beautiful in context with your entire trundle. Always a delight to “accompany” you!

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  7. Thank you Wendy once again for an inspiring posting. One of the nicest Christmas letters I’ve received this year. Your attention to the world around you and interesting photographs are so inspiring. I admire your energy and accomplishments. Merry Christmas and here’s to a healthier happier 2021. Anne

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  8. Thank you once again dear Wendy for sharing your trundles with us this past year. I’m not able to see family this Christmas like many others, but you have constantly lifted my spirits with your beautiful pics and your positive outlook. I’m going to ” be more Wendy” !
    You really are an inspiration. Happy Christmas to you and your family. 🤗🎅

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  9. What a wonderful day Wendy, if feels as if we were there with you and that we know so much about your special village. Thank you so much for your clear descriptions and beautiful photos

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  10. Thank you for sharing your trundle with us Wendy – what amazing photos!
    Stay safe and well – best wishes for a happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year

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  11. Thank you for all your posts this year Wendy, which I have enjoyed and often shared with others. I continue to be very impressed with all you manage to achieve for people living with dementia. Best wishes for Christmas to you and your daughters, their families and Billy the cat. I hope 2021 treats you all kindly and that we meet again sometime before long.

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  12. What a magical day you had Wendy, really lovely photos too, especially ‘that shot’ of the 2 planets.
    I have recently read your book and only just discovered your blog page.
    I am in awe of your courage and determination to live life your way since the diagnosis. Your book should be required reading for the recently diagnosed and their carers/supporters. Life needn’t stop, you just need to do certain things differently, being your message.
    Thank you Wendy and I wish you a happy and healthy New Year 🙏

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