May 28th

The Happiness Fairy

By LJ E

I am the Happiness Fairy

have I called on you today?

I do my best but sometimes

dark clouds get in my way

my wings get very tired

beating oh so fast

and all this sadness hinders me

dark shadows it does cast

 

I am the Happiness Fairy

my work means oh so much

to help when I am needed

to give a magic touch

my travel takes me far and wide

I've flown so many miles

this world has so much sadness

it needs to have more smiles

 

I am the Happiness Fairy

if I haven't called on you

please be a little patient

I've such a lot to do

I'll be behind the darkest cloud

That fills your days with dread

my wings will beat a pathway

to ease your aching head

 

I am the Happiness Fairy

believe in me and say

"I will feel better very soon

there'll be a better day" 

my magic dust I'll sprinkle

to cover you with love

and as your heart begins to heal

I'll watch you from above......

 

(copyright LJE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 15th

Dementia Awareness Week

By Mary B

It seems that every week is an awareness week for something........

 

However this particular subject - dementia - is of particular concern to me, as I lead a local initiative to make our town dementia friendly. I know many of us have experience of this terrible affliction through family members.

 

Alzheimer's Society want us all to become more aware of the following facts and figures: 

 

       225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one person every three minutes 

     Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK live with a form of dementia. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia.     This will soar to two million people by 2051 

     Dementia costs the UK economy over £26 billion per year. This is the equivalent of more than £30,000 per person with dementia 

     Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them 

     Alzheimer’s Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland 

     Alzheimer's Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk  

   Anyone looking for confidential advice, information and support, can call Alzheimer’s Society’s National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 11 22. You can also email enquiries to helpline@alzheimers.org.uk or visit alzheimers.org.uk

Alzheimer's Society report ‘Building Dementia Friendly Communities: A priority for everyone’ can be found here: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/downloads/file/1916/building_dementia_friendly_communities_a_priority_for_everyone

 

 

May 4th

Hedgehog Awareness Week

By LJ E

 

 

Hedgehog Awareness Week 2017

By the British Hedgehog Preservation Society

Hedgehog DrinkingHedgehog Awareness Week takes place the 30th April - 6th May, and hoggy events are being prepared all around the country! Organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), the initiative is an annual event, which aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how we can help them.

This year’s focus is on the harm done to hedgehogs by strimmers and cutting machines. Every year they cause many terrible injuries or deaths and the BHPS is asking everyone to check their gardens carefully before using any machinery. As well as checking areas before cutting, there are other ways that we can help our hoggy friends.  We can:

• ensure there is hedgehog access in your garden –
  a 13cm x 13cm gap in boundary fences and walls
• move piles of rubbish to a new site before burning it
• keep netting at a safe height
• check compost heaps before digging the fork in
• stop or reduce the amount of pesticides and poisons
• cover drains or deep holes
• ensure there is an easy route out of ponds and pools if they fall in

They have produced water proof stickers that are being sent to councils, tool hire companies, grounds maintenance teams, etc free of charge on request (email info@britishhedgehogs.org.uk).  The stickers remind operatives to check areas for hedgehogs before using any machinery.  Once the group have received the stickers and sent the PHPS a picture of them in action, they will be added to their Hedgehog Heroes Roll of Honour!

BHPS Chief Executive, Fay Vass, said “We are asking people to pledge to do at least one positive thing for hedgehogs during the week.  We look forward to receiving pictures of the hedgehog hole or home you create, or from the event you organise!”

There are a number of different ways in which you can get involved with Hedgehog Awareness Week:

• Organise an event such as a cake sale, fun day, sponsored event, coffee morning or jumble sale. If you are organising an event please let BHPS know as soon as possible so that they can keep a comprehensive list of events across the country.

 • Contact your local council or tool hire shop and ask if they will use the free stickers on their machines.

• Display information in your local garden centres, schools, libraries, etc.  You could also post leaflets in your area letting people know how they can help hedgehogs (information and leaflets are available directly from the BHPS)

May 2nd

A Blog of little...

By phillip J W

...Joy but much teaching !

We had  built a timber frame outside our french window for a grape vine to grow on.

It has done well, but then we desided if we places a translusent roof on it it would amplify the warmth whilst keepig it a dry place to sit.

We bought the roofing - & thought...

And eventually last Saturday it was dry & windless & we gave it a go.   All essential cross-beams in place we had lunch;  then after a short digesting rest we began again.

I climbed my ladder & was just screwing in the first piece of the covering when the ladder slid in one direction - & I in the other.

My head met-up with the edge of a stone step & my hip & elbows encountered the sand stone paving... Very hard !  

Ambulance,  big strong paramedics, A & E.

then around 11.40pm I was discharged.

 

My good GP says I will take a while to feel better - & longer to mend, & at 71-years not to go climbing ladders !  I ache!

May 1st

May Day Ditty by Della Hodgson James

By Mary B

May day is coming

When all will be gay,

‘Twil be fun and frolic

All the live, long day.

Flowers in the green woods

In the orchard, too,

Leaflets are growing

Every thing so new.

 

May, May, May

May, May, May,

May, May, May

Is that all that I can say.

 

May day is coming

May day is here,

The very happiest day

Of all the glad new year.

 

Call me early, Mother

Call me early, pray.

For we must crown the King,

The King, and Queen of May.

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