A short drive to the Humber…

On New Years Eve, I felt the need to see the sea, but knew that probably wasn’t possible. I’m lost as to what the rules are, what I can and can’t do, so when Sarah asked if I wanted to do anything, I asked if we could go to the Humber Bridge. How I long for the return of the days when I can trundle past on a train. Seems like years ago, although it’s only months.

Anyway, it was a lovely sunny winters day and we hopped into the car for the short drive to the Humber. I know it’s not the sea, but the vast expanse of the water along with the magnificent bridge would do for now…

As we reached the car park, we could see other families had had the same idea, but there’s lots of space for people to avoid each other. While I was waiting for Sarah to put on her walking shoes, I stood by the large black mill, recently painted and started my snapping…

The sun made the Humber sparkle

I’d said to Sarah, how I wanted a piccie of me holding up the Humber 😂🙄…so we crunched our way along the gravel towards the middle of the bridge. My arms held aloft, Sarah shouted instructions as to which way to move my arms…..they were beginning to ache and protest but me thinks we got it….😂

Looking away from the bridge there was Brough in the distance. Another place I missed as the tea hut was always a place I headed for when catching the train there

There’s usually lots of bird life but Sarah reminded me how last time there hadn’t been any. However, on our way back Sarah spotted some on the shoreline in the distance. We headed further along and I could zoom in and caught the flock of seagulls

Amongst them I suddenly spotted a sole long beak…..I zoomed in closer and there was a solitary long billed Curlew alongside the seagulls..

Such amazingly long beaks all the more able to sink into the sand and find it’s food….

Such a simple thing had made my day and made the short drive even more worthwhile…

My body was telling me it had had enough of the cold and stiff breeze so we headed back to the car, but not before one last look at one of my favourite local views…..

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. 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.

17 thoughts on “A short drive to the Humber…

  1. What a lovely day out! You’re not the only one who can’t work out what we can and can’t do, you know! We just do our best. And congratulations on keeping the Humber Bridge up there in the air!

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  2. Lovely Wendy,
    So glad you got to one of your favourite places…Sarah did well with piccie! Such beautiful shoots of the river….you photo albums will be amazing when it’s complete!

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  3. Hi Wendy,

    I know what you mean about the curlew making your day. The other day I walked down to a bridge near me spanning a shallow creek. The tide was low and I could see the bottom clearly. A great crested grebe was diving for food directly under the bridge so I could see its underwater swimming clearly. The way and speed with which it swam was amazing. It’s two feet seemed to operate like propellers and it could swerve and dart about as quick as any fish.

    The thing was, others were passing over the bridge completely unaware of this sublime display of sub-aqua gymnastics going on beneath their feet. But as you say, it made my day.

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  4. Dear Wendy,

    let me start by saying that i look forward to your posts on a daily basis. I think my Mum has the beginnings of dementia but unlike you she won’t go for a memory test.

    I want to understand what it is like to have dementia and some of the things you have siaid i have already been able to use with my Mum.

    i enjoy reading the posts and i am in awe as to the challenges you have undertaken since your diagnosis. i have to say to myself that i need to be more adventurous as well. i don’t wan to get a diagnosis of dementia when i older and i am doing everything possible to stare of the disease.

    Please keep writing these blogs they are both comforting and inspirational.

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  5. Missed your blog yesterday. Glad you got to get near water! Here in the US, where we are dealing with too many crises right now, I’m pretty much keeping myself inside. So I definitely empathize with your desire to be able to just GO!

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