Thursday, 15 March 2018

Best laid plans..

A fortnight ago friend W and I planned one of our visits to Kirby Lonsdale.  At the last minute we had to call it off because of the deep, deep snow.   As I am sure you know by now, the visit entails going over the top of the Pennines so if the weather is suspect down here at 600ft asl, then sure as eggs is eggs is will be ten times worse up there.   Today it has poured with rain all day, there is a sharp easterly wind blowing and as we came back this afternoon the fog was beginning to form.   The forecast for tomorrow is worse - not a day for such a journey so reluctantly we have called it off again.  Snow is forecast again for the week-end - winter has not finished with us yet.

This afternoon a small contingent of our Ukulele group were playing for the local Alzheimer's Society - a sing along.   In spite of the awful weather there was a really good turnout and the afternoon was, as usual, a huge success.  To see some of the 'patients' who come along with their carers (usually husband or wife) when they come in and then as the meeting ends, is such a pleasure as often they are transformed.   One lady in particular comes in looking frail and troubled, she sings some of the songs with us and by the end of the hour and a half  she is smiling and talking a little.   Makes it all very worthwhile.



 

18 comments:

Bovey Belle said...

I have to say the forecast for the weekend is not looking good. Son of the Beast from the East . . .

What a shame your outing had to be postponed again but let's hope that Spring really IS just around the corner and there will be warm weather and sunshine and I can leave the front door wide open again . . .

Keep warm Pat.

Penhill said...

We had our Ruby wedding weekend booked two weeks ago at a venue near Kirkby Lonsdale and had
to cancel because of the weather.It was rearranged for this weekend,wish us luck!
So glad you were able to go ahead with your ukulele concert.

justjill said...

Your Ukulele concert must be a blast. Would love to hear it.

Joanne Noragon said...

All of us need a time off from this weather.

Rachel Phillips said...

There's always another day and another lunch stretching ahead of you.

Sue in Suffolk said...

I hope you don't get too much snow, not sure if we will get any down here or not. I watched the forecast but it went in and out of the brain without lodging!

Heather said...

What a lift your Ukulele group gives to those Alzheimers sufferers and carers. Well done all of you.
Such a shame the weather has spoilt your plans for that lunch trip, but better to be safe and not risk trouble. Spring really can't be far off now, surely.

Jacqui Fenner-Dixon said...

I feel really grateful right now that I live in the south west Weaver, as the weather has been much kinder. It's wonderful to hear how your ukulele group transform people, the power of music and song is amazing.

Sarah said...

I’ve just been looking at photographs of my parents taken by my grandfather at Kirby Lonsdale in 1955. My parents had just become engaged and were up visiting my father’s family. They are beautiful photographs, very natural and my mother is wearing a gorgeous coat with a deep rolled collar that I know she would have made herself. Her hair is in a French pleat and she is wearing sensible court shoes. We’re moving soon and I am surrounded by boxes doing a little bit of culling of inherited items. I chatted to a lovely old man today who was pushing his poorly wife in a wheelchair. It was a beautiful day at Polesden Lacey in the Surrey Hills - blue sky, sunshine, not a breath of wind - and I remembered my darling dad taking similar care of my poorly mother. Take good care if the weather forecast proves correct.

Cro Magnon said...

Singing lifts the spirit. People such as 'tara omar' above, brings us down again. How do these wretched people find us!!!

Derek Faulkner said...

Nice to see Sarah mention Polesden Lacey, I've been there several times and it's a beautiful place.

Librarian said...

The weather is about to turn here, too, after we've had some lovely spring days with sunshine and temperatures up to 15 Celsius (or more), we're now back to wintry with sleet and snow forecast for the weekend. Just as well I'm home with the flu and can not travel to O.K.'s.

I hope your ukulele group can keep up their good work for many years to come, it seems to be making such a difference to the patients and their carers.

Tom Stephenson said...

Oh Gawd, more snow. I have heard that Alzheimers patients do very well with music. Your ukulele is obviously helping!

thelma said...

Well I am not surprised you had to cancel your visit. We had to go to Thirsk today, and going over Sutton Bank not only was it raining, that fine mizzle but foggy as well and snow still remaining on the fields. So if it snows over the weekend, there will be floods afterwards.

jorjorbeth said...

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donna baker said...

I do wish you'd have someone take a video of your group's performance. I'd love that.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for your comments everyone.

Bonnie said...

You and your friends in the ukulele group make such a positive and happy difference for so many! Bless you!