Monday, 13 June 2016
Making our own luck, being prepared and Radio Derby
People often tell me that I am lucky to live where I do. I don't feel that luck has anything to do with it! We are here through hard work, being very very careful and going without while we worked and saved our way from a rented terraced house when we were married 50 years ago to our own house in two beautiful, Derbyshire acres where we hope to end our days. David and I have never inherited any money or property, nor had any lucky win. Though I WAS lucky to have fabulous parents who taught me how to sew, cook, garden, make do and mend, value education and be caring of others.
I lived all my life up to my marriage in the same council house that my parents were happy to get when they married in 1939. Over the years it started to dawn on me that my dad was disabled. I honestly didn't realise it for years! I thought that everyone gardened on their knees (which is how I do most gardening myself today) He used his walking stick (or shooting stick) in such a debonair way that he made it look like a fashion accessory, which went well with the cravats he often wore - he was quite a snazzy dresser! Dad always worked, even though he could quite easily have been considered too disabled to work. and was preparing for retirement when he died, aged 64 and a half. He had bought a greenhouse, a new record player and new artist materials (he was a passable water colourist) which he never got to use. Mum on the other hand lived until she was 88 and while still pretty fit, was beginning to show signs of dementia. She died getting ready to go to the pub with us (she was considered to be our skittles mascot!) which is a pretty good way to go, only to be bettered, I suppose, by dying on the way back from the pub !
I realise that I have rather digressed from what was suppose to be a preamble to how we can be prepared for difficult times, be they famine, flood, power cuts or whatever. There are many ways that people can prepare, without living on a smallholding like us, indeed most people live in towns and cities with little or no garden and limited storage space.
I promise that my next post will be about preparedness, but must digress again as I have just received a telephone call that prompts me to ask my fellow bloggers and followers for their views. Radio Derby have called me again, this time to ask that I go into the studio to talk about older(!) woman who blog. They tell me that there has been an article in the Sunday Times about the upsurge in older women who are blogging and being very successful in so doing and are interested in talking to a local older blogger about why she blogs etc. I have agreed with the proviso that they don't try to make me out to be some batty old woman ( I can do that for myself thank you) I told her that I was neither popular, nor successful, whatever that may mean, but that I did fit the bill as an older blogger and have agreed to go along next monday at midday for what will be my fifth stunt for our local radio station.
I have since read the article and it is about older women Vloggers who are Vlogging about beauty tips for the older woman!! I never wear make up and jeans and teashirts are my clothes of choice, so I now identify even less with the women in the article, but I DO feel that there are many older women who are taking up blogging and who have many followers. So dear bloggy friends, what do you think is the reason for this increase? Is there something you would like me to tell the listeners?
On countdown for our BIG party this weekend and praying that the rain will let up a little for us.
All for now, looking forward to your views on older bloggers.
P.S I have proof read this but may still have missed words distorted by a sticky"m" on the keypad!
P.P.S re. being an older woman I was 70 last week, so probably qualify.