Thursday 25 May 2023

And Again!!!

Hello Friends

You won't believe this, I can scarcely believe it myself, but for the third week out of four one of my photos has been selected for publication in the local Western Telegraph newspaper!  I put a link here last time I got picked but it won't be up online until Saturday, so this is the photo.  I am chuffed to bits.  I really am!

It is the healing well at St Non's, the birthplace of Dewi Sant.

Here are the other two images from previous weeks.

First up is Whitesands Beach.  There was no theme this week again.  Just submit photos of anything or place.

and second is the chocolate cabinet at Chapel Chocolates when the theme was "display"

Here's an ancient picture of photos of tiny me with my Aunt and her husband.  Got to love their car!

Until next time

Debbie xx

Monday 15 May 2023


Hello friends.

This is just a very quick dive in and out to tell you I appear to have solved the problem of posting anonymously. Well, truth be told, I haven't solved it. Jeannie from The Marmelade Gypsy kindly pointed me in the direction of Life and Linda where I found this useful fix.

I know a lot of us are still having anonymity issues with posting and commenting, so I hope this helps resolve it for you, as it has done for me.

Let's hear it for Jeannie!  👏👏👏👏👏

Until next time
Debbie xo

Saturday 13 May 2023

Ooops I did it again!

Hello friends.

To quote that irritating song by Britney,  Oooops, I did it again.

OK, So what did I do again? Well, they only went and picked another one of my photos for the Western Telegraph Camera Club.

The theme this week was Displays. I submitted a photograph of the local chocolate shop. Well, I suppose it comes down to who could resist a cabinet full of chocolates.

Here's the link for anyone who's interested in seeing mine and the other photos.

WT Camera Club

I don't know what is wrong with Blogger these days. I am down as anonymous. Even for my own blog, but then again, not on everybody's blogs.

I'm having a doozy of a time with the powers that be. By that I mean all things such as organisations  and services to help me get myself set up to enable me to remain in my own home.  Still, I'm hoping I'm starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. I'm still waiting to be called for my assessment with my spine. It's already been twice as long as they said it would be. And the only thing that they prepared to confirm to me is that I am on the waiting list. I am on maximum painkillers. At this, coming from somebody who barely takes a painkiller in her life is something.  Over the past few months, I have had to eat big portions of humble pie. I'm learning slowly that I have to ask for help, and must accept help when it is offered.  For one who values her independence as greatly as I do, this is a very difficult time.

I shall be indulging in Eurovision tonight. Who would have thought just 20 years ago that it would have turned into the nearly fortnight long extravaganza that it has? At 10 years ago, who would have thought that Australia would have been in the competition?

Until next time.

Stay safe, stay well.

Debbie. xx

Monday 1 May 2023

Whoot Whoot Made the Local Rag!

Hello friends.

What's news? I am still plodding on. Still in pain. Still having great difficulty walking. Still housebound. The latter to the point that I can barely make it out into the garden now. I'm still waiting to be seen by the CMAT.  And I'm still taking large amounts of painkillers, which of course come with their own set of side effects. Despite this, I am still trying to be as positive as I possibly can and hope that once I do get seen they will be able to do something for me.

It seems that my cottage is now non-stop with various people coming to the door. Occupational therapists. Physiotherapists. Community Connectors. Quite a long list of people trying to help, but I doubt there's very much any of them can do for me until I can regain my mobility.  The irony is that this has nothing to do with the Parkinson's! 

In the mean time, I am still not sleeping well. At least I have the television in the same room as me. But do you have any idea of the drivel that is on during the night? And I'm sleeping in my arm chair. None of this can be doing me any good. But what is doing me good is my painting. Some days I don't feel like doing anything particular, so I turn to my colouring in books. Other days I use stamps to make images. Or sometimes I go into full on paint a proper picture mode.

I think I lost the plot with this first one. I made a small simple image using Hobby Art stamps. After I'd coloured it all in, there was a vast white space at the top of the page. Brusho, I said. So, Brusho it was. Except the brush show came out in a little bit too much of A rush and we have rather a bright, vibrant blue sky.  Maybe the mushrooms were psychedelic?  Joking I am.

This one is very finely detailed. It came from a book of postcards. Printed ready for colouring. Very, very fiddly work.

This one is another composite of several Hobby Art stamps.

Am I allowed to say that I am well chuffed with this next one? Well, even if I'm not allowed, I'm going to say it anyway. I'm well chuffed with this.
This Arum Lily was given to my father. So I inherited it in the garden. I took some photos of it a few years back {see below} and I have always wanted to paint pictures of flowers I have grown. So I went for it. It's watercolour.

Finally. This morning I was on the phone with a friend. And she said, oh, I saw your photograph in the Western Telegraph. I didn't know what she was talking about. Anyway, it turns out that's the Western Telegraph Camera Club page on Facebook. Of which I am a member chose one of my photographs as their top six of the year so far.  Can I say I'm chuffed again? I'm chuffed again.
Here's the link to the page where it can be seen. I hope it works for you wherever you are if you're trying to look at it.

Until next time.
Stay safe, stay well.
Debbie. xo