Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Sat at work today listening to the radio and a completely random song came on, it was a song that my Dad used to sing when we used to go out to the local club as a family on a Friday night. There would be an old lady who was hired for the evenings entertainment, sat behind an old electric organ.
My Dad, who was a fantastic singer- would spend hours up on the 'stage' blasting out beauty's like Tie a yellow ribbon & Ave Maria!
One of his other skills was his ability to play the bones! For those of you not familiar with this I shall explain...
The bones are literally two cow ribs about 6-7 inches in length, he would play them by strategically placing them between fingers and cracking them together- not unlike playing the spoons! Believe me, it sounded better than the explanation does.
I really wish that I had of had the insight and common sense to record him at his best, I would of loved to of heard him play and sing again. Just hearing one of his old songs reminds me of some great times, memories that I hope will be with me forever.
As Mothers day approaches, I think of how my Mum has coped with the loss of her soul mate of 50+ years. People were made of stronger stuff back then eh? I can not imagine going though what she has been through in her life and surviving!
I can see how easy it is to get low and despondent about things sometimes, it can be so easy to see the hard times and dismiss the good as luck...
I have been through so many changes in the past few years, personally and physically- no, I am not a woman really! No matter how different our lives are, what purpose or goal we strive for, friends lost and found, relationships and work- one thing is the same for us all.
Life & Death... It is as guaranteed as day and night. I suppose the difference is how we all cope with it.
Saturday, 26 March 2011
My local branch is called Watch Kennels near Monks Kirby, Rugby. this branch is headed up by a committed and dedicated lady called Sari Pearce, she is a genuinely lovely lady with a big heart for Greyhounds in particular.
Today, the family and I were at Ryton Organic Gardens with my Mum. We often take her out to the gardens as she is now unable to get out without support. As it happened, Sari and her dedicated volunteers were outside the gardens with their beautiful dogs. My Son, who loves his own three dogs- was mesmerised by the greyhounds. It is not hard to see why, they are such gentle animals.
It was lovely to see them all stood around with visitors to the gardens chatting to Sari and the team. The main reason for these events is of course to raise awareness and much needed funding for the Kennels. Recently, with the financial crisis within the UK and overseas funding has been reduced and things are very hard for the local branch.
Charitable donations have decreased dramatically since the financial crisis started and this has had an obvious effect on ALL charity's. Small local charity's moreso- Watch Kennels need support!
Now I realise that there are so many charity's that could benefit from your donations, but I would like to make an appeal to you directly to consider a donation to Watch Kennels. Sari and her team work long hours just to keep these animals safe and well, out in all hours trying to get a donation or some exposure for the charity.
If you can help in any way, please visit their site http://www.watchkennelsrgt.co.uk/ or give them a call on the number above.
Thank you in advance
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Sunday, 20 March 2011
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Saturday, 19 March 2011
Monday, 14 March 2011
Thing is, in my youth it was all CB radio's and making little transmitters that we could hide in our mates house! I remember installing a CB onto my pushbike and riding for miles with my mates communicating freely- sometimes talking to people in Spain and other countries! (Sideband wasn't as well received as FM though!)Anyway, it makes me wonder- are we loosing our ability to absorb information or in our adult worlds is there too much information to absorb? Lee Martin
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Saturday, 12 March 2011
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