Another trip to paradise….

Before I start todays blog, I did have a blog yesterday but it didn’t or wouldn’t email out 🙄….it was the video of the take off and first couple of minutes of my paraglide. So if anyone wants to see it, I also shared it on my Facebook page and on Twitter. I just hope todays goes out properly 🙄…..but back to yesterday…..

I know I’m lucky, fortunate enough to go to paradise every month. But it’s the only place I’m going at the mo. To think, it must be nearly 2 years since I was trundling every day on a train all across the country. Not sure I could do that now, or maybe it’s a case of not sure I want to 🤔……although never say never.

So yesterday morning the sun was shining as I stood at my window waiting for the taxi. I’d had to check the day before that I’d booked it, even though it was on my calendar, and sure enough, I had; must have done it earlier in the week 🙄

I arrived at the station in plenty of time and spotted that they’d planted wild flowers instead of bedding plants this year and rows of sunflowers. How lovely and cheerful it looked 😍

I’d been feeling anxious since waking as I heard of read talk of strike action and cancellations🙈 not what I wanted to hear. That’s probably why I immediately started taking photos….

But my first train was on time to Hull, as was the second train to Manchester – so far so good. 

I was hoping the sun would be making the Humber glisten but sadly it was having a tea break as we chundled passed, but luckily it was out a little further down at Wressle

As we got to Leeds, lots of people got off but a bucketful also got on and it became standing room only…😳… we chundled over the Pennines we started to stop at places not on my list 🙈…..Slaithewaite which seemed to be pronounced Slarwit and Greenfield, both of which I’d never heard of 😳…..I looked nervously around, the train chocca and becoming more so at each station. I heard other people talking about Manchester Piccadilly, my destination, so I decided to close my eyes and ignore the unknown stops 🙄…..

We DID arrive at Manchester and the connecting time was quite tight, but I’d looked on my app for which platform I needed to head for and it had to be the one the furthest away 🙄…..crowds stood on the concourse as I weaved in and out and with a couple of minutes to spare I was on my train to the next stop, Lancaster. 

I had quite a wait here, but it was a pleasant day so I sat outside with a cuppa tea just watching the world go by…..

Another packed train arrived, but I found a seat….I’d been waiting for something to go wrong on this journey, but amazingly it didn’t 😳….don’t know what I’d done to deserve that 🤣……..

We arrived in Penrith on time and I stood on the platform looking at their wonderful welcome for weary travellers like me

It’s such a friendly station, bit like the rest of Cumbria.

My bus arrived to take me to paradise and I sat on the top deck at the front and suddenly felt my body relax.

The sun was shining, and all was right in the world as we trundled along from village to village….before finally arriving in Pardise 😍…after a short walk from the bus station, Catherine there to meet me as I entered Appletrees I was in my room. After hugs and a chat, I put the kettle on, settled in my chair and simply sat … my favourite place, in my favourite room, with my favourite view looking stunning…..

AND relax…..

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.

13 thoughts on “Another trip to paradise….

  1. Oh, bliss! And you’ve tackled that rather scary journey and come through the other side, well done! Perhaps in time you’ll be able to travel on less familiar journeys again, now you know you can.

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  2. Lovely to read you had such a smooth journey to Appletrees and beautiful Keswick – enjoy your stay – especially peacefully sitting on the bench at Friars Cragg – hope the robin hears you are out and about and comes to say hello!

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  3. Not sure I could do that journey confidently on my own Wendy and I don’t have dementia! Well done you are amazing the way you come out of your comfort zone time and time again! A true inspiration!!

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  4. Well done Wendy. I’m terrified of trains after I got on the wrong one going the wrong way years ago 😬 Enjoy your stay in paradise xx Janet

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  5. Thank you for your blog Wendy. I do enjoy reading about your walks, outings and journeys across the country to paradise. It’s amazing that you have to take so many trains to get there and I admire you for doing it. You are an inspiration.
    Connie x

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  6. Dear Wendy,
    I so enjoy all your trundles and photos, I feel like a world traveler from my home 🙂 I saw today that you mentioned your Facebook page. How do I find you on Facebook?
    Thank you for spreading joy, hope, laughter and so much more.
    Your friend in Nebraska, USA

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