The Weekend

I had arranged with Mum that I would pick her up early on Saturday morning and take her down to Mundaring for a blood test. When I rang her at about 6.55 a.m. she did not answer the phone. I continued to try to call her until about 7.20 a.m., then decided just to drive up there. When I arrived she had had a cigarette or two as well as her first coffee of the day, so no blood test possible. She said that she heard the phone, but was ‘confused’. She did seem a little out of it.

She got dressed and we sat around for awhile, then watched the movie ‘Saving Face’. I hadn’t realised there would be a gay relationship between two young women depicted. Not really her cup of tea. The film was about overcoming Chinese prejudices and conservatism, but in a way, it was a testament to Chinese values. Set in NY, but the characters mostly spoke Cantonese I think, though I could understand some words, so it could have been Mandarin, but a dialect.

We had lunch and I left at about 12.00 feeling somewhat frustrated. Mum was talking about being frightened about the incident of the man coming onto her verandah. She said it happened ‘yesterday’, but she had already told Jamie and I about it on Wednesday. Very worrying from our point of view too, as he must realise that she lives alone.

In the evening after tea we went into town for the opening concert for PIAF. Not as spectacular as the previous year with the visiting Giants, but quite good for a homegrown entertainment event on the theme of Home. Tim Minchin disappointed me by singing his terrific song ‘Imperfect’ in standard American rather than in his Australian accent. I looked at a version from 5 years ago on Youtube and he didn’t sing it in American that time. Major fail, especially as the theme of the evening was Australia as home to many different ethnic groups.

Home Concert at Langley Park (PIAF)

Today we spent most of the day at home, then went over to see Matt in the evening. We went outside with him to try out his wheelchair and managed to get him stuck. After using some cardboard and lots of muscle we managed to get him out of it, but he had had enough. I fed him his tea and Stephen played the piano for a little while. The Murrays arrived and talked about Andrew learning to use his powered chair, and the fact that it had taken some time for him, but also helped them in taking him out. Ian suggested getting in touch with Matt’s OT to have some training for Stephen and I, and perhaps his staff, as any training happens outside. Stephen felt that Matt needed structured sessions on learning how to use the controls. Ian also said that the turning circle up the street from Villa 3 was a good place to practice. Very useful. It was lovely to see them.

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Afterwards Stephen and I went down to Brighton Beach for the sunset. We had hamburgers, chips and Pepsi Max for tea. Afterwards we wandered down to Scarborough and found a beautiful salsa session on the steps near the beach. Apparently it happens every Sunday afternoon, with free lessons from 4 – 5, then goes from 5.00 to 9.00 p.m. for $5 per go. A great ending to our evening out.

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Looking out to se
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back over the land
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Looking south

 

Snow Indeed

This morning just after 9.00 a.m. we had our first snow. After yesterday’s forecast I was expecting a storm overnight, but we haven’t had much wind. Even when the snow was falling there was more of a breeze blowing the snow around. Grabbed my camera, of course, and took some video and photos. First of all from our upper deck, then from the balcony off the lounge room. The video I took at the lower level worked best because the snow as more visible against the buildings.

It did’t feel especially cold outside, I put shoes on, but otherwise just wearing winter PJs and a jumper. Although it is colder outside than it has been, the apartment still gets too warm on the lower level and stays slightly chilly at the top – because of the air based heating the warm air falls, plus the gas heating system is on the lower level and heats that area quite well. Still, we don’t really want it to be too warm upstairs and switch the heating to very low overnight.

Yesterday afternoon we walked┬áinto the city centre (Croydon) to see a movie called ‘The Lady in the Van’ – based on a true story of the author’s experience of having a homeless woman park her van in his driveway for about 15 years. Very funny and touching – especially as the author, Alan Bennet, sends himself up far more than the old lady. Highly recommended!

The cinema complex has a modest entry way, which opens up to a quite impressive 3 level foyer. The quality of the sound and screen was very good as well – I wonder if our cinemas at home are getting a bit old and tired. It just seems odd that there is so little made of it in the street, must be something that everyone in Croydon knows about, so why make a fuss! We got seniors’ discounts on the tickets, which pleased us as well.

Afterwards we walked down the mall, which is now becoming quite familiar to us. Stephen got a glasses case for 2 pounds at Supersavers. Then we went to M&S for a few things, basically knickers for both of us, socks for me and singlets for Stephen.  I bought another flannel and a vanity bag in Boots on our way out. Then we walked home again. Just that level of walking was about 9,000 steps, without really trying to reach my goal of 10,000 per day.

The video was shot in 4K and resized in Apple Photos app to 720p for uploading