Tuesday, October 19

Yucky Weather

All is well here.  The weather though has been awful.  Lots of rain, cold and miserable for this time of year.  The only challenge I have had is getting washing dry.  I have had the use of a clothes dryer for those days that the wind and sun does not dry the clothes properly, but here there is not one, and it has been so wet that clothes just hang on the line and do not dry well.

Glad to see the sunshine yesterday and I filled the line - and managed to get everything dry.  

The garden doesn't need any watering - the skies do that, though I have not forgotten the pots on the decks that are under the roof and do not benefit from the rain.  The Irises in the urn (with fish) and ponds have flowered

The folk in the house at the back have moved out and the house is empty - they certainly were not noisy but cars went to and from the place from time to time.

The only noise I hear is the noisy builders and from what i hear it is constant - a drive or walk around the area reveals so many places being updgraded, so it is not surprising.

Except for the birds.  The back door is jamming so I don't use it so the birds don't see me as much.  There is another door onto the deck, but it is the kitchen one that alerts them to my presence and the possibility of food.  They've not visited for some days. 

Wednesday, October 6

Over the roof

There is a deck at the side of the house, with a huge house next door.  I can watch the changing sky - it is always changing of course and I am enjoying taking photos.  Storms, blue sky, clouds..............

Sunday, October 3

Reading and other things

Since I have been at Paddington I have had the opportunity to read several books, including the horrific story of Souad, in Burned Alive (the story of a woman whose family tried to kill her by burning her alive in a so called "honour" killing), and Flying in Silence, by Gerry Turcotte, and I've almost completed Parky, the autobiography of Sir Michael Parkinson, who has graced our TV screens over many years.

Towards the end of the book he talks about the dignity of older people, and the work that he is doing, so I've done some research and found out quite a bit.  There are organisations in Australia trying to raise the profile of the way we care for our elderly, and as a past nurse and someone who is (a) interested in improving the care of those who are ageing and (b) has worked in the aged care industry as a Registered Nurse, (c) has elderly parents and dealing with a number of issues with them, and (d) getting older, I have a vested interest in the care of the elderly.

I'm not sure what I can do - but I am going to look into the possibilities of working with a good Australian group that is advocating for better aged care facilties.  Not only accomodation but better facilities all round.  I'll explain that at a later date anyway.  So as well as my studies, (in fact I may be able to incorporate this interest into my studies!), I will be looking at a range of organisations and lobbying.  

In fact, prior to the last election, I did write to politicians about this issue.

My mother, almost 95 is in care, as her dementia became more than my 91 year old father could manage.  Mum is in a nursing home right next door to where Dad now lives on his own.  As much as her dementia was a challenge to him when they were living together, his problem now is loneliness.  He does spend a lot of time with my mother, especially as it is only next door (something my mother does not understand), but it does distress him.

Sir Michael Parkinson has made this video.  Perhaps you will get some understanding of what he is doing in the UK.