My year long sick leave is over. I have been signed back for to work. This has meant an end to ESA (Employment Support Allowance) and a move to JSA (Job Seekers Allowance). This is something I want to be on for as short a time as possible. Being on benefits is a bit soul … Continue reading Barrier
A year ago I was living in Mwanza. In fact, though I did not know it at the time, this day (April 1st) would be my last full day in Tanzania. A year ago tomorrow we would be heading off for a holiday in Kenya. However, Easter is a moveable feast and as such has … Continue reading One Year
Today is a day of celebration. It's Mum's birthday and I won't say how many years. It also marks the end of my time in Lincoln as later this weekend I will return to MK. I can't express how grateful I am to Mum for providing a home for me over much of these past … Continue reading Mum
It has been a fortnight since I left hospital and for now I remain in Lincoln. The plan however is to return to MK at the weekend and transfer medically to that region. Life has been somewhat mundane and little has happened. Time has blurred. I have been on several walks in the local nature … Continue reading Still Here!
I was released from hospital a day earlier than expected and given transport back to Lincoln. It is here I will be staying for the coming few weeks as I recuperate. Lincoln is my family home. It is also the UK hospital where I was first diagnosed and treated for Myeloma. When my wife (Anita) … Continue reading Why Lincoln?
Could you sleep in a room which was as brightly lit as this? I imagine not. Yet this is what I'm supposed to do tonight. Some bright spark electrician decided to 'fix' the lighting this afternoon, The result, one of my lights does not go off. In truth that's not completely true. It does go … Continue reading Night Light
Tick, click, whoooooooo The clock The drip The air filtration unit It's constant, rhythmic noise Not easy to sleep with all this racket Whoooooooo, Tick, Click, Whoooooooo Whoooooooo, Tick, Click, Whoooooooo Whoooooooo, Tick, Click, Whoooooooo Tick The clock marking time Tick Reminding me that it's late Tick Counting the seconds Tick One by one Click … Continue reading Noises in the Night
The ring of the alarm. 7 am Morning comes too soon. On a good night I've been up twice. But sometimes thrice. Early hours ablutions. Within minutes they are up. Wife an daughter. Showers, hairdryers, dressed, breakfast out. The hustle and bustle of a typical morning followed by Silence. The house is quiet. Maybe another … Continue reading New Norm
A second contribution to the photo challenge on the theme of Waiting In our new garden there are raspberry bushes and every few days we are able to harvest fresh raspberries- well worth the wait!
A contribution to this week's photo challenge on the theme of Waiting In Africa you learn to wait. Whether its food at a restaurant where you might wait at least an hour after you order (the longest was three hours!) or as in this case waiting in traffic in one of the large cities. These … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting (in Africa)
For years I have hated the first week of September- the return to work after the long summer break. The sudden imposition of schedules and meetings on what was free space. It always started with INSET days. Staff Training Days ahead of the pupils return. Necessary but for those who prefer to be at the … Continue reading Strange September
A contribution to this week's photo challenge:Structure. Yesterday we had our first fog of the Autumn and with it the spider webs came out of hiding their structures displayed for all the world to see.
A contribution to this week's photo challenge:Structure. Hibiscus flowers from our garden in Tanzania and elsewhere in East Africa.
The image is of our new car which was parked on a straight piece of road facing oncoming traffic. We had called in on our way back from a weekend away in Cheddar where we had bought our new car and after a day in Chichester with our son. We needed a place for me … Continue reading Near Death Experience
Having been overseas for three years and having no intention of returning to Britain, it has been quite a shock to the system to be back here. Now, as we adjust to the reality, we are in the process of rebuilding our UK lives. Anita has secured her old job in Milton Keynes (in fact … Continue reading Rebuilding