Life seems to rush by … and I gather it gets faster as one gets older …
|Donna's badge for her WBOYC post
Donna with her blogging friends started this – at least two of them are on Vancouver Island, when I was there, but we only blog-connected as I was leaving …
|Tai Chi - c/o Wiki solo forms -
Taolo form - painting from 1300s
I keep myself rather well occupied, but need to do more walking, and thought I'd start Tai Chi, with Qigong, at home on a daily basis – something I used to do … and include breath exercises as an extra … I need to work a schedule out
For ten months of the year … I co-ordinate a dinner for our European Movement Members at a local hotel … we're only at 50 – 60 at the moment, but hope to climb back up.
|I've omitted contact details for obvious
reasons, I hope -
This keeps me occupied for the first fortnight or so of each month – meaning there's no peace for the wicked in January – even if it's a birthday month.
I belong to the Eastbourne Meads, University of the Third Age and Bazza on his blog – gives an overview of the organisation … for which I'm very grateful to be able to refer you to.
|Eastbourne Meads U3A welcome
image - showing off Beachy Head
lighthouse by the white cliffs
Each group has different programmes depending on its members … I go to History (and give the odd talk), Memoir/Writing, Music Appreciation … I've just started, as our Geology/Life Science 'maestro' has just decided to stop – many of us will miss that class. For the next five months I'm organising the Speaker for our monthly meeting – I enjoy that.
Re our 'maestro' – as a final farewell he made an interesting comment … saying that although it was a lot of work (he was very,very thorough!) … he'd loved doing it – as he learnt so much … remind you all of us: bloggers?! I feel like I'm getting a University degree – granted an eclectic one to put it mildly – but 'boy' have I learnt.
|Just finishing off the artwork 'Dance Diagonal'
as the new piece of art for the Towner Art Gallery
I go to the local film society films – exceedingly interesting – held in the local art gallery, as too various other more avant-garde films …
|Fuseli's 'NightMare' painted 1790-91
one of his variations on the theme
(Erasmus Darwin underscored
his short poem 'Night-Mare')
Then finally I belong to a Read Aloud group in the library – we bring something relevant to that week's topic to read … tomorrow is Dreams/ Nightmares – a few minutes worth of reading … we don't discuss much – as the schedule doesn't allow. (Tomorrow's reading solved -on looking for an appropriate image!)
Well obviously not finally … meet ups with friends and family as far as we can all tie in ...and a few other societies I try and keep up with …
Also I'm incredibly lucky as I can walk or bus to most things … being one of the eldest left in the clan, I've done my caring role – and so can spend a little time on me. Lots to read too …
This was longer than intended … but c'est la vie … this year I must be more organised – re diaries … my online one prompts me … but most is in my head … that curious brain I'm very thankful for … I have a paper one I want to start using …
Donna's Retirement Reflections blog ...
Bazza's blog: To Discover Ice - University of the Third Age (U3A) ...
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