Right now something as simple as the moon makes my day…….

Before todays blog. Thank you to those who have worried about me not publishing a blog on Mondays and Fridays at the mo. There’s no other reason other than I have little to say. I’d just bore you all with the same trundles as that seems to be all there is at the mo. I’m still talking to other organisations – even had the lovely experience of speaking to a group of people from a Medical Trust in India yesterday – but it’s difficult for me to write a blog about them as the detail has left me as soon as it’s over. I’ve tried recording them and listening to them again, but it lacks the emotion the second time around, so making it difficult to write about.

Hope you all understand ……anyway, now to todays blog…..

Woke up the other morning feeling agitated instead of calm…..only a few days into lockdown and the first thing on my mind is when I should go out for my one allowed trundle of the day. It niggles away at me until I decide. How stupid to let something so irrelevant nag away at me like that. But my trundles are so important to my everyday life. Now we can only have one per day, it’s the biggest decision I have to make each day – when?

Anyway, the other morning I decided to venture out at 10am. I’d decided to leave the duck food on my doormat and pick it up at the end and walk round the village the other way for a change – no going inside needed so no breaking the rules…..🙄

So up the hill and along the Manor House walls and I noticed the moon was having a very long stop up…..

I hadn’t expected to see it this late and probably would have missed it but someone stopped to have a chat and after we’d finished I’d looked around to get my bearings again and saw it gently fading away in the morning blue sky….that one sight suddenly made me smile and feel suddenly happy…..

A roar of an aircraft high in the sky suddenly brought me back to the moment and I followed its trail with my camera……

A couple stopped me along the lane warning me it was icy ahead. The man asked if I was Wendy and I smiled again. “We love your photographs”……a simple random act of kindness kept my spirits high….and as they walked ahead, they turned round again and pointed to more icy paths…….I was a bit like Bambi on ice but I managed to stay upright and moved onto the road….

The village had been much quieter since the lockdown started, fewer cars to worry about. The long lane looked deserted this morning….not even the usual cyclists

The horses in the field a thankful constant….I need consistency…..

As I reached the main road I could see the couple from before were taking the same route as me up the hill

The sun hid behind a cloud allowing a moment to take another piccie….

As I reached the top, I stood and looked over the fields. I always stop here, always love the view, always take the same piccie

Never get tired of it. It’s where I see the sun setting if I’m out so it’s a different view according to the time of day…

I turned my back on the view and ambled along the back lane. More ice underfoot as I shuffle along towards Abbys sheep. I spy a Thrush in the field..don’t see as many thrushes as before, not sure why…

The sheep coming into view and one stood beautifully posed watching me watching her…..

The others were lying beneath the trees or grazing on the grass….

A squirrel hopped about the field and came to rest next to Teddy, but neither battered an eyelid at the others presence. 

I trundle up the long lane a short way, but see the clouds are starting to roll in….and decide to head the other way towards the church..

Another squirrel hopped into view…

Another canine friend to stop and chat to for a few moments….and then I’m alone again on the back lane

No one in the playing fields today and no noise from the village school as I walk past….children all at home, parents back to homeschooling once more….

The skies are really becoming overcast now…will it rain before I’ve finished…..

As I reach the pond I take one photo of the white duck in the reeds

Before crossing over so as not to be seen as I still have to pick up the duck food….but I could hear the frenzied quacking as my stick must have been heard….I didn’t look their way or I’d feel guilty …but I’d be back in a few minutes…..

Nearly home and more smiles, more greetings from those out doing the same as me….so friendly so kind….so needed…..

But as I reach my door step, my trundle isn’t quite finished. My way of fooling myself into thinking I’ve done two walks instead of one…..I pick up the duck food from my doorstep and head to the duck pond the long way round via the ponies, Ginger Biscuit and his friends looking so calm and content..

And then to the duck pond…..the quacking strikes up again and the ducks are happy

And finally I really do head home for a warming cuppa tea……..my ventures out finished until a new day dawns….and no, it didn’t rain until later..

P.S…a few days later my friend Sandra sent me this from the Government website guidance after someone had put it on Twitter…so now I feel that if I become anxious or feel locked in, I can go out a second time without feeling guilty…..

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.

30 thoughts on “Right now something as simple as the moon makes my day…….

  1. Dear Wendy,

    I’ve often wondered how I can reply to your wonderful blog posts but only scrolled down far enough today to see this facility!

    I am a dementia researcher in Ireland and I have been following your blog for four years now. I feel I have got to know you over that time. I want to let you know how much I enjoy seeing your blog drop into my mailbox and how much I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and experiences. It gives me a great insight into the small, everyday but really important things that matter to people with dementia and which can make a huge difference to their life.

    I also really enjoy your beautiful photographs. They give me pause to enjoy nature and the beautiful countryside – as you would say, one of the small pleasures that we should take time for.

    Keep up with the trundles and the photographs! You’re keeping us all going!

    Very best wishes,
    Fiona

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  2. Pleased that you have received confirmation that means your much needed exercise can be unlimited.

    I am completely in agreement with just about all the current limitations on our lives but I think there is no justification for restricting anyone from taking as much exercise as they feel they need as long as they are aware of taking care of themselves and other people.

    Look forward to more of your photographs and descriptions of your walks. We know the part of Yorkshire in which you live and although we love the majesty of the dales and moors we think there is particular charm in the Wolds.

    I’m not sure if I’ve missed reading it, but have you had your vaccination yet?

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  3. Hi Wendy , that is a beautiful picture of the moon. Have you always been interested in photography ? You have a delightful eye for natural world around you. Take care.

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  4. Hi Wendy,
    Love your blog, especially the photos. 👍🏻
    If you’re worried about the ice try to get some snowtrax to fit on the bottom of your shoes or boots. They are easy to fit and work a treat. I find them a great help when it’s icy. Makes me feel a lot more confident.
    Keep on trundling and taking the photos for us all to enjoy.
    Take care.
    Joan.

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  5. Seems to me all the animals in your area know you Wendy! They either pose or wait patiently for their treats – so well trained! I missed you too and was pleased to see you back, but i also agree, life is somewhat monotonous now, and it seems that nothing happens! I try to keep a journal, but my entries are very short these days! I’m glad you can go out when you like without feeling guilty.

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  6. I’m so glad you can go out more than once a day now, Wendy. It upsets me to think you’re getting anxious about the new rules. Keep going on your trundles and entertaining us with your tales and photos. Sheila Ashley 🙂

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