Very Short People Or Wheelchair Users?


The morning glory outside our kitchen door has not flowered at all this year. Until now.

Elizabeth’s hairdresser operates from the David Lloyd Fitness Club at Southampton. David Alan Lloyd (born 3 January 1948) is a former professional English tennis player and entrepreneur. He was born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. He and his younger brother John Lloyd became two of the most successful British tennis players throughout the 1970s and 1980s. David now runs a string of Leisure Clubs, of which this venue is one.

I accompanied my sister for her appointment with her stylist at the start of our day. While she was being pampered I sat on the bonnet of her car and watched the members coming and going, while a car wash was in operation.

This Leisure Centre and Danni’s home are both very near Southampton General Hospital. Elizabeth and I were due meet a practitioner later to discuss our mother’s care. We moved on to Danni’s where we counted a considerable amount of money taken at last night’s “Scrum Dine With Me’ fundraising event for  ‘Wooden Spoon’, the Children’s Charity of Rugby, for which my niece was responsible.

The three of us then lunched at Santo Lounge in Shirley. My choice was fish, chips and mushy peas, with water to drink.We then fought our way into the hospital car park and up to Ward G5 to visit Mum and meet Emma, the practitioner, who spent a good amount of time going through options with us and with our mother. Mum is still not medically fit to leave, so we will have time to mull over the situation.

Mum then had an appointment at the Eye Hospital which was close enough for her to be taken there by chair. Elizabeth accompanied her while Danni and I visited Rob and Helen who also live very nearby. A combination of the stages of the treatment and waiting around for a porter to transport the patient back to her ward meant that it was after six when we all said goodbye to Mum.

My bending down to insert my card into the parking ticket machine to pay the Β£6.20 that this afternoon had cost us, caused some hilarity. Had it been designed for very short people or for wheelchair users? Danni was unable to resist photographing my effort and e-mailing me a copy.

This evening Jackie, Elizabeth, and I dined on the Culinary Queen’s excellent sausage casserole, crunchy carrots, tasty Brussels sprouts, and runner beans. My sister and I drank W.O.Breede River Valley Pinotage 2017

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

48 thoughts on “Very Short People Or Wheelchair Users?

  1. I was getting concerned…… pleased to hear it was a busy but successful day which includes the bending down part. The morning glory has beautiful big flowers. I really like them, but they are not allowed here because they forget their manners and behave badly in our soil and climate.

    1. Oh, morning glories are lovely but a pest here, too. I was once painting flowers on a woman’s garage & she ran out and told me no morning glories were allowed because they were so hard to get rid of. : 0

    2. These Morning Glories’ are annuals and not a problem here. You can buy packets of seed in our garden centres. I do have the perennial convolvulous, I happily poison that one!

  2. Gosh! I hadn’t time to read yesterday, so I had to jump back quickly to discover how your mum had switched from birthday celebrations to a hospital stay. For me, it was she who’d done the Dr Who transformation. Well! That’s certainly pushed your considerations to the fore, but at least your mum was already in the mindset that she was prepared to move. That’s one hurdle behind you.

  3. HA! Love the photo of you scrunching down to feed the parking ticket machine! πŸ˜€
    At our post office…I have a top mail box and a friend who is VERY tall has a bottom mail box. Ha! We laugh about that! He has to scrunch down, and I have to stand on my tip toes, to reach! πŸ˜›

    Best wishes for your Mum! And continued prayers for all of you.

    That photo of your morning glories is so pretty! πŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

    1. You got me googling here. She did marry John Lloyd for a while, and had an affair with Adam Faith which put a strain on this. Should you be interested there have been a number of other relationships and marriages. Thanks very much, Widders

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