Share Your World – March 19, 2018

What is your earliest memory?

Steve me and Kit at Nutfield

I had to look at some old photos but actually remembered when it this photo happened. I must have been about 3 years old and my twin cousins 2 years old. We were on an excursion to a family we knew that lived in the country: mum and dad, my aunt and uncle and we kids. It was a great place to be for London kids and we were out on the common where everything was green. I am now 71 years old and my cousins 70 – how the years fly past.

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?

Does it matter, as long as you have not forgotten to buy toilet paper. My mum and dad always had it under, but it seems everyone else has it over.

What makes you feel grounded?

Having MS and a broken leg and not being able to go places and take photos. However, I now have an electric wheelchair which is a great help. The only problem is at the moment is the weather: sleet and wet and unfriendly so another reason to feel grounded.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  

Walk Through Feldbrunnen

We had one day of warm spring weather last week, and I managed to get out in my wheelchair. And then I saw the alps in all their beauty. What could be better.

Share Your World – March 19, 2018

Share Your World – March 12, 2018

Rainbow 07.03.2018

If a distant uncle dies and you were always his favorite and leaves you $50,000 (any currency) in his will, what would you do?

Find out which uncle it was. In our family you could never rely on stuff like that.

What sound or sounds do you love?

I live in the country and the sounds surrounding me are just fine. Just the natural stuff.

What’s your middle name?  Why?

Ann and I have no idea why. There is an interesting story. Like most people I did a search for my name in Internet and found a lady that had exactly my name. She wrote books and was in America. At the time I was doing family research and belonged to a group with my maiden name and discovered that this lady was also in the group. I stopped the fam”>ily research eventually and almost forgot the whole thing until I saw that this lady was also in Facebook. I wrote to her, she was thrilled and we discovered that not only did we share our first name and maiden name, but we both had an Ann in the middle. She has now become my American cousin and I am hers. We are not related, it is all pure coincidence, but we have become good friends.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? 

I can do it. After breaking my leg six weeks ago I took my first steps using my cane today on my own. I hope it will soon be goodbye walking machine.

Share Your World – March 12, 2018

Share Your World – March 5, 2018

What did you or did not like about the first place you lived without your parents?

I liked everything because I was realising my independence. I moved to another country and I was on my own and could do my own thing. There was nothing I disliked.

What is your most favorite smell/scent?

I like fresh air, scents of the forests and gardens. I have to go with Cee on this one.

Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why?

Snow 26.11 (12)

How I am supposed to prefer this?  It is part of swiss life. There are even some that find it is not a proper Winter if it does not snow. I was a working woman had to drive through it all on the roads in Winter and almost had a nervous breakdown when I arrived safely at work. I perhaps appreciate it now as a golden oldie, as I can organise myself not to go out when it is snowing and icy. I can enjoy watching it through the window and taking photos.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  

I get photos and videos of my growing grandson almost daily, thanks to the computer, and love to see him growing and discovering all the assets he has. He wants to crawl, but is not quite there yet, he has got his first teeth with some more on the way.

Share Your World – March 5, 2018

Share Your World – February 26, 2018

What are you reading right now?

Lords And Ladies
I only read on my Kindle and at the moment am reading through the Terry Pratchett Discworld series in between. I am now on the 14th book in the series and like to read one now and again. I very much like the Pratchett Humour.

What was your first adult job?

I was a shorthand typist in the pay department of the P. & O shipping company in London. I afterwards transferred to the Conference Department which was attached to the direction of the company and found the work very interesting. It was probably a foundation for my future.

What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

I do not touch breakfast cereal and I discovered that milk in the morning does not agree with me and my digestion. There is a lactose problem somewhere. I stick to my bread and jam and a cup of tea.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? 

I am making progress with my broken leg. I can now get into the shower in the morning and if the weather gets better, I will again be out and about in my wheelchair. I have a super therapist and she is a great support for me.

Share Your World – February 26, 2018

Share Your World – February 19, 2018

How do you like your eggs?


I like them fried in butter and the top spashed with hot butter to make sure the skin of the yolk is also cooked and does not remain slimy. Otherwise I eat them, no spices on them, just pure.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

No, not really, I once attended a speech held by the ex prime minister of Great Britain, Harold Wilson, but I was then a teenager and one of many in the audience. Harold Wilson is now long gone. Mr. Swiss had more luck. He played in the Palace Hotel in Gstaad at the New Year in a band, and saw Curd Jürgens, Roman Polanski, Jack Nicholson and Shirley Bassey who were also celebrating the holiday in Gstaad. Of course he did not actually meet them, they mixed with their own kind, but he still talks about it today.

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

I really cannot remember. As a kid I was a stamp collector and may have bought some foreign stamps.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

Not very much. I am still recovering from my broken leg and life is not exactly full of excitement. My only enjoyment is reading a book. I did have a surprise when I cashed in my british premium bonds. They cost an english pound each and my dad invested in them for me. Once a month there is a draw and if one of your numbers is drawn, you can win something. I had them for many years, but am now breaking my ties completely with England and cashed them in. I was surprised when I received the final cheque. I had no idea how much my dad had invested, but it was a lot more than I thought.

Share Your World – February 19, 2018

Share Your World – February 12, 2018

Are you a practical jokester?

No, I go more for the black side of humour. Practical Jokes I find silly and are not always accepted as a joke.

Who cuts your hair?  You, a friend, or professional.

Heidi and me - at the hairdressers

Heidi cuts my hair. One day I was searching for a hairdresser in town, walked into the shop and sat down. That was at least ten years ago and although Heidi has changed salons now, I still visit. The coincidence is that she was actually my neighbour, living on the other side of the estate. She has become a good friend and knows both myself and Mr. Swiss very well. If I take the last appointment of the day she brings me home afterwards, so that Mr. Swiss does not have to pick me up. I took this photo in her salon messing around. She cuts my hair perfectly as I want it.
Did you have a stuffed animal when you were a kid, if so what kind?

My parents bought me one now and again because for them it belonged to growing up. I was never really all that bothered with them and I was not the doll type of person either.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Last week was full of ups and downs with my injured leg. At the beginning it was not very pleasant, but I am gradually getting used to the situation. My leg became all colours of the rainbow as it began to heal and last Friday I had the stitches removed. It can now only get better, I hope.

Share Your World – February 12, 2018

Share Your World – February 5, 2018

What would be your ideal fantasy way to spend Monday?

I just did it and it was not even fantasy. I laid around with my broken leg, had an after dinner golden oldie sleep and did not touch a hoover or mop all day. I cooked lunch and even enjoyed it with Mr. Swiss as apprentice, giving and fetching and fussing around. I even managed to have my hair washed, courtesy of help from Mr. Swiss. I tell you just break a leg and all doors are open, and watch it all happening.

What one person that you are out of contact with would you like to say thank you to?

Jason and Emily
Great grandmother Emily and Grandfather Jason Baldock. Married on christmas day because that was the only day in the year they had for a holiday. 16 children, my grandmother having 11 brothers and being the only girl, the other children died on the way.  Lived in the priest’s house at Sissinghurst castle where great grandfather Jason worked as a farm hand. Not really saying thankyou, but I would have loved to have known them.

List your favorite toys or games as a kid?

I would play cards a lot with my dad. He knew many games, and good ones. I wasn’t really a toy person.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I did not appreciate falling onto a hard wooden floor and breaking my femur and so I did not have a lot to smile about. Friday I was sent home with a selection of various pain killers and a new toy, my walking frame. It can only get better.

Share Your World – February 5, 2018