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Sunshine ahead!

Happy New Year!
We enjoyed Christmas with the lovely daughter, very traditional after an Aussie Christmas last year when we had a walk along the beach in the sunshine. Boxing Day saw us join my son and his wife at Kempton Park. I won £40 by mistake, exciting yes, but I had a very small bet, no compulsion there! I had a wonderful present of three days in Paris with the lovely daughter. We packed a lot in including watching the Bolshoi ballet at the Opera House for 10 Euros; an amazing experience.

With Desert Orchid at Kempton Park

With Desert Orchid at Kempton Park


I gave my husband a very special mug for Christmas. Taking two cups of tea upstairs in the morning was beginning to be tricky so I got him a much taller mug which I only fill halfway, no more drips now!
...the mugs!

…the mugs!


I have been taking Trihexyphenidyl for a month now and sadly this has not helped the spasms and tremor. Champagne and canapés can be challenging at drinks parties! On advise from the Parkinson nurse I have gradually trebled the dose, swimming better but not really anything else. Side effects have been manageable except this week I have become very aware that my short term memory is poor in certain situations, think this is called “word fishing”. I see the consultant in a week so will chat it through with him as long as I can remember what to say! Only 4 weeks till we are off to Australia so will have to work out medicines to take and with an 11 hour time difference when to take them.
My next Blog will be from Australia as we will be there for over a month.

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7 thoughts on “Sunshine ahead!

  1. Well done Elspeth both on the betting front and also the clever idea re the tea mug! Even better it was another present problem solved. Keep going with the meds but maybe a little more champagne too!!

  2. I hope you haven’t spent your winnings yet at the ‘sales’!!! I couldn’t agree more – more and more champagne, that is obviously the answer. If that isn’t available Pouilly Fume, Sancere or Chablis will do!!!

  3. Perhaps jot down a note of what you would like to say to the consultant!!! I know you haven’t reached my great age, but it I have a lot to remember, or organise, I find it useful to write a list. Must really be getting old!!! Anyway, lists will take away the worry about forgetting something important. Hope you have a fantastic time in Australia. Enjoy the sunshine. Look forward to seeing you afterwards to hear all the news.
    Love Frances x

  4. Hi Elspeth. Thought you were off to Australia in February, probably better to go when it has cooled a bit.
    Will get together with you and the family on your return, have a great time!
    Joan x

  5. Hi Elspeth, lovely to read your blog and happy new year to you, hope you have a lovely time in Oz, be so good to be in the warm again, and to see the lovely Laura, keep up the good work with the meds and have a wonderful time
    With love
    Lin & Ralph xxx

  6. Wow – you are certainly getting around. I have just returned home from 3 month trip which took in Australia which I loved as had never been there before. Where does your daughter live? Look forward to your blog and photos from there. Love Sue x

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