Coming soon!!

At the start of the lockdown, I, like so many others, was at a loss. My everyday routine of travelling all over the country speaking at events and Book Festivals came to a grinding halt.

I desperately needed a new routine, as routine is so important for someone with dementia. It took me a while, but then one day I ordered a camera online and it’s been out with me every single day since on my trundles around the village.

Before lockdown I simply hadn’t had the time to explore new paths, to stop and look at the beauty around us and what a pleasant surprise I had. I always knew I was lucky to live in such a wonderful village, but suddenly I had the time to really look, really appreciate what was around us.

It was during lockdown that I discovered the village had a Facebook page and so I started posting my photos each day, initially for those who were isolating or couldn’t get out and about. Then it became part of my routine.

I believe the lockdown brought our village closer together. We chatted more – at a distance. We all had the time to get out and about walking, after all it was all we were allowed to do.

During last year, I’ve seen some amazing sights in the countryside around  and in the centre of the village itself. The village helped me survive the lockdown and so now I want to do something in return. I’ve produced my own calendar for 2022:

 “Walkington Life 2022”

A few villagers had asked me to do this during lockdown and back then I never thought I’d do it! But it gave me something to focus on. So for the last year I’ve been merrily clicking away and over the last couple of months have narrowed it down to 12 – each taken during the month they represent. This one has become the cover and is Decembers photo too.

I put this one originally 

🤣😂 then showed them all to my daughter Gemma and a gentle reply came back…

“I’d stick with the Robin for December”

So the Robin gazumped me out 😂

They’re with the printers at the moment – who also happens to live in the village – and they’re due to be with me next week. It’s then I can start working out costs for posting etc, so watch this space!! They’ll be £10 each or £15 for 2 (they’d make great Christmas presents!) and ALL proceeds will be ploughed back into the village and my support group Minds and Voices. I’ll write another blog next week detailing how to get one.

P.s… if by magic I had a knock on the door last night and Chris arrived with the boxes of my calendar, just in time….I’m so happy with it:) now I’ve just got the small detail of selling them all 🤣🤞they’ll be on sale from next Tuesday !

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.

23 thoughts on “Coming soon!!

    1. No, they’re for anyone probably in the UK though. Need to go to the post office to see how much it will cost. Hopefully not enough to have to charge for posting but I’ll have to see.


  1. What a great idea! You being limited to a smaller area reminded me of something I read the other day in a book called “The Living Mountain” by Nan Shepherd. In the introduction by Robert Macfarlane it mentions an Irish poet, Patrick Kavananagh who said “The parish was not a perimeter, but an aperture: a space through which the world can be seen” That made me feel better about not being able to travel much due to back pain. Thought you might be able to relate to it…

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  2. Your village certainly sounds like a wonderful place to live😊 It’s great that the calendar idea gave you a focus during lockdown, and what a brilliant set of photos we will have the privilege of owning – as I will be ordering one of your calendars 🤩

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  3. Its so lovely to have you back and now a calendar…you keep amazing me with your achievements Wendy! It will surely be a year round reminder of the wonders of nature around us and your trundles . So exciting x 🤗

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  4. Your pictures brought me so much joy during the time I was stuck at home. I would gladly purchase one if we can figure out a way to pay and ship. Thanks. Karen

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