Daily Prompt: Costume

My swimming costume is a relatively cheap, plain black one-piece made of sleek and stretchy elasticated fabric designed with a racer back. It is practical rather than pretty, boring rather than beautiful, but it allows me to move freely in the water without any uncomfortable restriction or irritation while still effectively covering my modesty.

It is a singular piece of clothing that is perfectly fit for purpose – and it was made and chosen exclusively for swimming in. Not for pouting or posing or parading about in, not for sunning myself in or looking sexy in, but for swimming in, pure and simple. To me the clue is in the name – that’s why it’s called a swimsuit πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Costume


Danger UXB

London’s City Airport in the Docklands was closed today as an unexploded WWII bomb was found in deep water next to the runway – Royal Navy divers are in the process of clearing it away and making it safe.

It reminded me that in the late seventies I used to watch a TV programme called ‘Danger UXB’ set in WWII where a group of Royal Engineers (actor Antony Andrews comes to mind as one of them) went around defusing unexploded bombs.

It never ceases to amaze me that even now, seven decades after the war ended, these old UXBs are still turning up – apparently this one is in ‘surprising good condition’. Hmmm… a seventy-year old bomb is in good condition… Is that good news, or bad?

Share Your World: 12 Feb 2018

Are you a practical joker?

Nope, and I rarely get the ‘joke’ when it’s done by others to others, either – for some reason it always gives me a serious sense-of-humour failure!

Who cuts your hair – you, a friend, or a profesional?

Me, until I mess it up, and then a professional fixes it…

Did you have a stuffed animal as a kid? If so, what kind?

A golden-furred teddy bear, a white velvet lamb and a grey fuzzy bunny – still have them all somewhere at my parents’ house πŸ™‚

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

Um… Scotland winning against France at the Six Nations rugby this past weekend definitely made me smile πŸ™‚

Share Your World: 12 Feb 2018

RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation

I remember learning as a child in basic first aid that for many musculoskeletal sprains and strains RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation – is usually the best treatment to give. I’ve been suffering with ongoing burning heel pain and swelling in my right instep for a while now, and thankfully anti-inflamatory painkillers help take the edge off the pain, as does keeping off my feet whenever possible.

I’ve been religiously sticking to the rest, compression and elevation part of my old mnemonic to try to encourage healing but have been finding the ice part particularly problematic – my already painful tendon seems to go into some sort of tight spasm when I try to apply an ice pack, but heat seems to help loosen it off, so I do that instead although as soon as I start to walk on it again the pain returns.

I finally gave in and saw my GP a couple of weeks ago, and he has diagnosed plantar fasciitis. He reassured me I’ve been doing the right thing to try to help it heal, but has also advised gentle stretching excercises and wearing an orthotic in my shoe to provide the correct support. As one of life’s natural wanderers, I’m finding it difficult to be confined close to base for the duration.

To add insult to injury, I also have a long-standing sacro-iliac joint dysunction in my right hip, usually reasonably well-managed with physio excercises done at home, but walking (limping) so carefully on my sore heel lately has caused my recurrent hip pain to flare up too – double ow! Oh well, I suppose I just need to learn to be more considerate of my ageing body the older I get.

It seems that for me at least, like it or not middle age, as well as old age, does not come alone.. πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Mnemonic

Daily Prompt: Creature

I need to learn to truly appreciate my creature comforts more: I’m lucky to have a secure roof over my head, a warm bed to sleep in, good food in my belly, enough to live on and a bit put by for the future. I have my family, my friends, and admittedly more than a few frustrations at present.

But I need to remember that my frustrations in life are just that – frustrations, and not a matter of life or death. I should be more grateful that behind all my trials and tribulations, whether trivial or more troublesome, I always have the ability to thrive and not just survive in life, whatever comes my way…

Daily Prompt: Creature Β 

Share Your World: 29 January 2018

If you had an umlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose, and why?

I think I may have answered this question before, so may well be repeating myself! I’d definitely choose John Lewis in London’s Oxford Street – I could kit out an entire home from there, including all furniture, soft furnishings, appliances, kitchenware… mind you all I’d need now is a new house to put it all in!

What is the worst thing you ate recently?

Worst tasting was pea and ham ravioli – unbeknownst to me they were made of minted peas, and as I’d made a cheese-based white sauce to have with it, it was truly a vile combination – yuk!

Worst for me health-wise was salted caramel dairy ice-cream – it tasted absolutely divine but sadly was calorific beyond any sensible counting

Name five things you like watching?

1) My young grandchildren sleeping – they look likeΒ little angels with their tousled hair and slumbering faces

2) Sunsets – and I’d add sunrises too, but I’m rarely up and about early enough to catch them

3) Waves – there’s just something hypnotic and soothing about watching waves break on the shoreline, I really love it

4) Nature in full seasonal swing in general – particularly sweeping views and vistas

5) TV – particularly period dramas and detective whodunnit stuff

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this week?

I was at my GP surgery this morning and agreed to be examined by a final year medical student before seeing my own doctor – I was happy enough to have been given what turned out to be a doubly thorough and careful examination, and was pleased to be able to help a future doctor complete his training. I very much appreciate our National Health Service and am really glad people still want to work in it in spite of our current political climate…

Share Your World: 29 January 2018

JusJoJan: Fantastic

Knowing I enjoy colouring-in, a few weeks ago my husband bought me a cheap ceramic cup and two coasters set with black-edged designs printed on and felt tip pens provided in red, yellow, blue and green. I had great fun with the colouring in, then baked them all in the oven to set the ink. For what it is the end result is fantastic – close up it’s clear they are all hand-coloured, as each pen-stroke shows up even after baking, but from afar they just look bright and cheerful, and for under a tenner all in, it’s well worth it πŸ™‚

Coloured in and ready to go into the oven…


Close up after baking…




JusJoJan: Fantastic

So, anyway…

I have no inkling of what to write about today, neither for my usual Daily Prompt word nor my JusJoJan prompt word. The first thing to do with knights that popped into my head was the historical silliness that constitutes Monty Python and the Holy Grail, so in lieu of anything more serious here’s one of my favourite clips from the movie…

Oh, and apologies in advance for my ridculously puerile British sense of humour… πŸ™‚

‘Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

Cracks me up every time! πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Inkling

JusJoJan: Knight

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: ‘Movement’

Oh my God, Linda has given us a prompt word this week that we have to not use in our post – nooooo…! I’m so not good at those sort of things – tell me not to use a word, or not to think of something, and suddenly it’s writ large in my head, flashing neon on a giant bill-board and repeating itself on a growing-louder-by-the-minute loop like an echoing woodpecker in perpetual motion, setting my teeth on edge like finger-nails scraping down a blackboard… but I can resist… I am strong… I am immobile, not a hint of movement… awww, dammit – told you I was no use at this! πŸ™‚

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: ‘Movement’