Sunday, 26 January 2020

new Allotment blog page: Clepington Gardens, Dundee πŸ“πŸŒ»πŸ‡

New blog page and photos about my plot at Clepington Gardens Allotments Association, Dundee, started 25 January 2020!



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14 January 2020 when I first looked around Clepington Gardens Allotments Association and spotted the one for me!









Sunday, 12 January 2020

singing & playing guitar again! 🎸🎡🎀

I've taken my guitar out of its case and started practising playing and singing, and plan to do this daily for up to an hour, to toughen up left hand fingers and get into shape for any volunteering opportunities taking part in or leading music groups or singsongs.  I used to do this in the past, in communities, churches and places like schools, day centres and the like.

guitar and stand out 9Jan20 🎸

I think playing and listening to music is very therapeutic as is dancing to it!  So I've started attending a Zumba class at the Olympia, Dundee, where I swim 6 days a week in the training pool.  Here's a favourite Zumba video I recently found:




And here are some recordings I made of songs practised so far:

Wild Mountain Thyme


 Leaving of Liverpool:



Killiecrankie:


Welcome Home:



I'm just printing out lyrics and playing chords by ear or memory although I do have a pile of music books and sheets:



 


Monday, 6 January 2020

rebuilding life after psychiatric treatment/whistleblowing

after swim at Olympia Dundee 4Jan20
On waking I was thinking of the similarities between recovering from psychiatric treatment (coercive drugging with neurotoxins, space invasion, human rights abuses, in my life experience) and rebuilding your life after whistleblowing about the same.  Having to do it yourself with the support of a few, resisting various pulls or pulleys which would keep a person from moving on.

I'm glad to have the experience of the former, having recovered from, survived, psychiatric treatment for "psychosis" in 1978, 1984 and 2002.  This has stood me in good stead in recovering from being a mental health human rights campaigner and whistleblower after the February 2012 locked seclusion room abuses.  That was the biggest battle yet that I've had to face as a mother and carer.

I am very much looking forward to the new year, new beginnings, having left mental health matters behind.  It feels in some ways like the times I had to rebuild my life after psychiatric treatment although I'm not on any drugs or medication which makes it much easier.  However I'm a lot older at 67yrs even if I feel about 17 in the head!  It will be a matter of getting fitter to counteract the effects of age, in mind and body.  I look forward to the challenge.

on Discovery ship Dundee with son Daniel 4Jan20 πŸ˜ƒ

Yesterday in Dundee hearing the bells ringing at Steeple Church:

 


More photos from yesterday's walk in Dundee, by Dudhope Park:
 






Thursday, 2 January 2020

I did the New Year's Dook at Broughty Ferry, Dundee, as Granny Tarzan!


in the Evening Telegraph 2Jan20

It was great fun taking part in the Big Dook organised by Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association (YEAABA) yesterday, raising funds for Royal Voluntary Service via JustGiving, and added bonus winning a £25 voucher in the Fancy Dress competition!




 
Thanks to my youngest son Daniel for supporting me throughout the day, taking photos and video:




before Dook
 


after Dook with YEAABA towel, also got Tshirt!

Daniel and I after the Dook!







Dundee "Dook" – New Year's Day 2020