I’d been contacted at the weekend to see if I would go on the local TV news programme, Calendar, to promote my book. So yesterday I found myself collected by a taxi to drive me all the way to Leeds, which was a bonus.
It’s always a bit of a worry when you see the taxi driver studying the map before we set off…..🙄😳
The interview was for 3.30 and he arrived in plenty of time…….it was different going by car as I usually trundle along the train tracks. I’m sure I saw my windmills in the distance that I usually photograph from the train……🤔
As the sun shone, it got very hot in the car…..more used to an open carriage……but mustn’t complain. It was very strange though as I should have felt grateful, but I didn’t feel comfortable in the car. I didn’t know the car, and I didn’t know the driver – not like me not to give a lesson to captive audiences……🙄
The one thing I thought about as I was sat in the taxi was how little I’d had to tax my brain for this…..I was picked up, waited for and driven home….which is why tomorrow, I’d decided to join some playmates in York to discuss travel and blue badge – bus journey, walk to the venue and think…….much more taxing and I get to see familiar faces too – bonus
We arrived at the studios and immediately met by a lovely man who went away and made me a cuppa…..😊
and on the way said hello to the journalist Tina Gelder who had contacted me. I was being supported by another Wendy, Wendy Porter, Operation Manager for West Yorkshire for the Alzheimers society who soon arrived and said we’d met on many occasions🙈. She was lovely and instantly forgave me for not remembering her.
The interviewers, Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot came to say hello. A nice man then came and put our mikes on before heading to the studio with the floor manager.
I wanted to make sure we got a photo before we started in case I forgot at the end and so I could then turn my phone off
Once we’d all got settled and sorted we chatted about how my book came about, why I wrote it and the fact that no one would have thought over 3 years ago when I was diagnosed that I’d be sitting before them talking about my best seller of a book. They were all very kind in their comments and before we left we had another photo for their Twitter feed But with my book this time….
Sadly don’t think they have a catch up facility.
My nice taxi man must have been so bored waiting for me as it was nearly 2 hours later that I reappeared. However, it turned out he spent his time well talking to the receptionist and she knew who I was apparently☺️. On the way home he was full of conversation as his grandad had dementia….😊
It wasn’t until we trundling home (or rather static in Leeds traffic) that I realised I hadn’t said the one thing I wanted to…….that I would be at Leeds Playhouse on Tuesday 27th at 1.30 reading an extract from my book in a performance called ‘This is Us’. A performance with many other wonderfully talented people with dementia. Doh! But I did tweet them it so you never know, they may mention it but I’m not holding out hope…….