…..hmmmm and what about old ladies?

Well ….I’m sure you agree about both the Dalai Llama AND The Rev Desmond Tutu BOTH being EXCELLENT role models for their wisdom AND spirit of 3 …….but what about women? ….I am now approaching or actually IN my Autumn years ….hmmm no ….let’s say late summer ….for now:D:D:D

So I’ve been wracking my brains ….THINKING about old lady role models ….what sort of old lady would I like to be? ….now it seems I’ve scuppered ANY ideas of THIS:D:D:D


Which WOULD be my ideal truth be known as I AM a bit old fashioned believe it or not …but it’s a very rare thing indeed

However …..don’t loose heart ‘late summer ladies’ …or Autumn or indeed Winter ones ….I have come up with a FABULOUS role model for us ….sadly she died a couple of years ago BUT at the ripe old age of 102!!!…. AND with her slightly impish sparkle to the end:D:D:D

Born and raised a Muslim …married a Hindu ….GOOD GRIEF …STONE THEM!!!
Ha haaaa sorry …too late …they had a successful marriage and she had a long and MOSTLY happy life …raised children …had a successful career AND made everyone smile ….she couldn’t give a damn but had a WONDERFUL philosophy on life…. I am pretty certain she WON’T be damned to eternal hell …a spirit like hers will have whizzed off to become a cosmic ray or somthing :D:D:D ……get THIS for a quote

Yep …it’s Zohra Seghal …LOVE her:):):):)  English folks might remember her as the grandma in the movie ‘Bend it like Beckham’ amongst others …..just check her story on Wikipedia …and that was back THEN:D:D:D

I’m sure there will be many more you can probably think of ….feel free to add ….it doesn’t have to be anyone famous ….it could be a little old lady down the street or your grandmother …Emma was mine ( maternal great aunt that I have mentioned before and didn’t have children of her own) well actually it was Emma AND her husband Alf who had that rare thing of the couple above and passed within a year of each other:( ….blimey THAT was a double whammy) …at Emma’s funeral tho, everyone was sitting in sombre mood when all of a sudden this HUGE bumble bee flew in from somewhere. Buzzing around dive bombing everyone’s heads. It started with the Rev who stoically carried on so after a while it started on the rows of mourners..
I’m afraid I got a fit of the giggles and I rember my sister kept elbowing me and frowning which made it WORSE then the bee came to OUR row and even SHE was laughing ..we said afterwards that it was typical of Emma to have such pandemonium at her funeral with everyone bobbing about ducking the bee and my sister and I in hysterical laughter …oh … and from memory the organist was shocking too …sat there all serious whilst missing notes and playing off key:D:D:D …ANYWAY Emma would have LOVED it:):):):)

…maybe she WAS the bee:D:D:D

ANYWAY …as per on this ere blog am going off on a tangent and entering the personal

Would love to hear of any other old ladies from anyone looking in…let’s look foreward to the winter years:D:D:D ….maybe you ARE a ‘Winter lady’ …yep from here on in I am not referring to age:D:D:D …there are babies,children then it’s Spring,Summer,Autumn and Winter for phases of life for me from now on:):):):):):)

……and talking of books

I understand these 2 have done a collaboration ….hot off the press ….well last month …it’s called ‘The Book of Joy’….and my god do we need some of that in the world right now

Yep …some folks think they’re a little bonkers …but JUST look at them:D:D:D   They’ve been around a LONG time these 2 …throughout ALLSORTS of troubles and been very influential in their own quiet way … you HAVE to admit just by looking at them that they must be onto something …..look at the folk in the background:D:D:D …..it’s certainly a book I’m adding to my  own collection ….you can get it via AMAZON ….one of the wonders of the Internet:):):):):):)

The Power of Pooh final installment ….

So ….here we are at the end of the series …and in actual fact I NEED to implement its practice in some way:D:D:D ….and maybe more than just in the investment of my next notebook ….I’m thinking of a holistic lifestyle choice SERIOUSLY …I would LOVE to get all creative …wouldn’t it be WONDERFUL to build your own house like that? ….Hmmmmm yes somewhere near the sea would be just PERFECT:):):):)

(I’m loosing it aren’t I? …no no …am not …others are doing it so it’s not as outrageous as it might seem)  ….is there anyone out there who would like to start up a pooh project that I could join maybe? :D:D:D

There’s a book too ….yes indeed there IS!!! ….one of my early posts states it as one of my favorites …it’s called …..Ta DaaAH!!!


Now you may have read it already …it’s quite a popular book …it explains the concept of the ancient Chinese philosophy of Tao through the children’s book character ‘Winnie the Pooh’ ….basically at the time of publication it was making the concept more accessible to a western audience who because of our somewhat toxic lifestyle tended to struggle with it …like Yoga …complex in its simplicity ….simple in its complexity …the art of just ‘be’ ing ….if only we were ‘ALLOWED’ to eh?

ANYWAY …it’s a FABULOUS little book …the sequel being the Te of Piglet …kind of rounding off the yin/yan thing …although the second book is not quite as good if you ask me ….however, once read you can tackle a translation of the authentic texts if you like …it really ISN’T heavy if you enter the spirit of it :):):):):)

OK here’s a few quotes from ‘The Tao of Pooh’ just to get you into the spirit so to speak …


THERE!!! …..are you getting it now?:D:D:D

SO ….there we are ….I’ve kind of condensed this little series from what it first was in the pre blog days:D:D:D ….chopped a bit out and updated a bit too …but ANYWAY I’m sure you ‘get’ the gist ….and WELL DONE!!! if you have actually checked out any of these posts ….I hope you’ve enjoyed them ….got you ‘contemplating’ a little maybe?

What I …and many, many, many others LOVE about the ancient philosophies …the Yoga Sutra’s ( Indian origin) …….The Tao ( Chinese) ….Aboriginal, Native American,African and Pagan too I believe….ANYWAY they strip away all the hype …explain ‘life’for want of a better word in a way that takes it down to its very essence ….’essential’ teachings if you like ….the very ‘fundamentals’ that money CAN’T buy ……..you don’t NEED a figurehead to ‘hero worship’ or effigies and paraphanalia ….it helps if you have a teacher ….the best ‘teachers’ are practitioners who simply ‘guide’ like my original yoga teacher:):):):):):)…and I am STILL trying to find a replacement ..hmmmm but maybe I’m trying too hard
Anyway …forget Religous effigies, Designer Labels, Celebrity, Politicians, Money all that ‘stuff’ to blindly ‘worship’ ….Ok then don’t if you don’t want to BUT if you want to ‘worship’ anything …hold something in ‘reverence’ it might as well be THIS:D:D:D


…..as not only does it contain its own little universe of organisms …it can be utilised by man in MANY ways that are totally harmless to the ecosystem, tying it in with BOTH ancient and modern…think the aboriginal painting in a past post which depicts what modern science is starting to PROVE ….AND because we are ALL full of shit ..we HAVE to take a LITTLE time out daily to contemplate and let go …yes it could therefore, be safely said that accessing the power of pooh comes from within :D:D:D 😉

Phew ..that’s better all done and dusted then ..and no I haven’t just been for a Pooh …have been out today marching up hills in the fresh air tho just ‘be’ing LOVELY …have been fed and watered and ….mmmmmmmmm ….ok might go and contemplate now:D:D:D ….and then settle down to read:):):):)

The Power of Pooh 7

Yes …today I am getting back to the little series …..it’s a nice little distraction …makes me feel better and then I’m off up to the top of the hill to breeeeeeeeeath:):):):):):)

So ….this is just a little interesting snippet ….ALL animals pooh right?

WELL did you know that if snails nibble on coloured paper they ACTUALLY pooh in the said color ? …and ok yes …I too thought hmmmmm not sure how ethical it is feeding snails coloured paper ..using animals for experimentation and all that but here is something ‘pooh’ I came across which is rather interesting albeit somewhat suspect ….

So the snail pooh’s out a coloured trail ….which once dried can be wound into spools …which in turn has been made into floor tiles

…and ‘get’ THIS …snail pooh contains some kind of chemical which makes it GLOW IN THE DARK!!! ….if you had snail pooh tiles laid in your kitchen you may never again need to pop the lights on as you head for your evening snack …a pretty amazing thought you have to admit …but somehow I don’t think this one is going to catch on:D:D:D:D

Hmmmmm …but let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water here …it’s the fluorescence of the pooh that is of most interest isn’t it …we don’t want to be bungling up the poor snails constitution with paper do we? But I’m sure the pooh in its natural, clear fluerescent state could be put to some use …hmmmmmmm but what?

Oooh I have an idea …what about getting rid of bullets and explosives and using snail pooh to thrash out any disagreements …I don’t think ANYONE would fancy being covered in goo …and there would be no hiding as its glow in the dark

Ok ..of course that’s frivolous but I’m sure there will be some use for it!

Ok …..So!!!

I should be feeling like this 😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😄😄

But instead feel a bit 😔

Well no ….ok …..maybe😶

That hamster has been running at full pelt the last couple of weeks!!! …….saw the situation and ……ok ……this is the problem ……if everybody with a vote just did a little bit …..just did what they can ……well …….well ……we would have a more dynamic and vibrant democratic process ……if more people with the privelage of university education, instead of purely using their intellect to feather their own nest gave a little back ….SOMTHING!!! …..then maybe ….maybe……
As you know I volunteered to help out at our local by-election on behalf of the Labour Party ….mostly due to the circumstances of why there needed to be one in the first place ….because we had a vacuum which felt tangible and allsorts was going on……so I’ve been doing a bit of telephone and pounding the streets work, as has one of the other ex Wondergirls this last week :):):):):)

Now ……SOME folks may be a little cynical about Tracy Brabin  ….BUT I would say to those people ‘where were YOU?’ ….the woman put her hat in the ring ….not an easy thing to do I would imagine as someone like Jo Cox is very rare indeed with IMPOSSIBLE shoes to fill …Tracy herself acknowledges this …she was born and raised in the area and YES moved on to better herself and persue a career …. and good for her too …there is nothing wrong in THAT ….and YES she’s an actress by profession which is very different to working at grassroots  … and yes I guess she seems a bit ‘actressy’ at the moment ….but she’s BOUND to ….she WILL find her feet tho …her heart is in the right place …it’s a new job …no’one has ALL skills ….she’ll develop and get into her stride …she’s going to be just fine:):):):):)

AND the election results just blasted those 9 other groups out of the water …a pretty good turnout at the polling stations too …so it just goes to show the VAST majority of people care and want unity regardless of age, gender, race, religious affiliation OR ( in this case) political stance:):):):):):)

But guess what?

Right now feel exhausted ….THERES a suprise I hear you cry …hmmmmm yes I guess my knackeredness surfaces periodically here on Blog On!:D:D:D

ANYWAY ….this morning we were all given letters at work …phase 3 of this ‘transformation’ that started last October and is apparantly due for completion end of March NEXT year( Hmmmmm I said it was a good use of terminology didn’t I?) …Anyway it also means the last remaining ‘Wondergirls’ and ‘M’ are being split up to different numbered areas …I am moving to ‘area 1 ‘ ….no I am NOT kidding….when asked which geographical area’s these meant and if indeed there would be bases was informed ..’we don’t know yet but should be given more details in the coming weeks’

Bumped into fellow Ex Wondergirl in passing who looked equally jaded today …the usual ..’Hey ..y’alright’ …but in knackered tones followed by a half laugh and hug

Hmmmmmmmm ….you know ….when I started this blog …exactly a year ago this week actually …I had a plan …have hit a number of obstacles tho …not least being pretty much stoney broke financially ( and I’ve worked all my life which doesn’t sound right does it? ….I’m sure there are others out there …not quite using food banks but no luxuries really …can’t afford the dentist or hairdressers for example ….am I one of the ‘working poor’?) ….so I’m thinking ….where next? ….do I just carry on as per waiting for the axe to drop on my head (which it surely will sooner or later …it kind of feels like things keep being reduced and we are merely holding the fort …or trying to pop plasters on gaping wounds )  ..or should I bail out? ..to what tho?

Ps) I said bail out not give up …want somthing different but WHAT? ….don’t want to become a full lone working android tho and don’t even think I CAN!!! ….I like my own space to a degree but in this line of work it feels tooooo isolating AND I don’t like the lone working tech which is allegedly for safety but feels ‘big brotherish’not to mention having to work somewhere thus far described as ‘area 1’ which if it’s where I think it is will laugh my head off …and I CERTAINLY don’t want to get into local party politics,  which would be just as bad if not WORSE!!!

GOD …I’m burning out aren’t I? ….is this burn out? ….don’t remember feeling like this when I was younger ….it’s like I’m racing around trying to keep my head above water ..DESPERATELY looking for those dandilions in the crack in the pavement but feeling someone is spraying the weed killer ….Hmmmm should I just hand my notice in on Monday? …would that be grossly irresponsible? …well yes, probably

I want a peaceful next phase of my life tho …is that too much to ask?..is it an age thing?…not asking for too much materially but somthing without all these barriers….well we’d ALL like not to have to struggle, I’m kinda used to not having much tho so SURELY can just have a little peace…PLEASE?:)

Hmmmm is this going to be a flop onto the cushion not getting dressed ….march off up the hill ….or consult with the mute swan therapist …weekend I wonder?…maybe all 3:D:D:D