Saturday, 18 April 2020

Welsh Care Homes: Creative Lockdown!


Orchard Care is passionate about providing the best possible care provision in a modern setting. Orchard Care believes strongly in the importance of the residents.

Hello dear friend,
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are keeping safe in this terrible pandemic!

Today I wanted to share some very interesting news from Wales – where we have the oldest population in the UK.  

Two Welsh care homes have hit on a wonderfully sensible way of keeping their elderly residents safe from Covid-19. Instead of the staff potentially bringing in the deadly virus from the community as they change shifts they have decided to go into lockdown with their vulnerable clients.

Twenty selfless workers at Bay Tree House and Cherry Tree care homes in Wrexham, North Wales have volunteered to move in for up to six weeks amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

Cherry Tree went into lockdown on 14th April, while Bay Tree joined them on 17th April. Both homes are part of the Orchard Care Group.

Managers said it was to give their residents the best chance of avoiding contracting the disease and keeping them safe.

This practical plan has a strong chance of preventing an outbreak of the virus in these two homes. If successful the knock-on effect would be that the staff would not need volumes of PPE to stem a tide of Covid-19 infections. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if other care homes followed suit!

Wishing you love, light and safety
Teresa x
PS For further inspiration check out my website:  http://www.teresaodriscoll.co.uk 
And don't forget to check out my book: 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life - which is a practical guide to joyful living!   You can see the book trailer by clicking on this link:  http://youtu.be/154luv8KMns






Friday, 24 January 2020

Welsh Valley Treorchy: Best UK High Street 2019

a city street filled with lots of traffic: Treorchy High Street© Visa Treorchy High Street

Hello dear friend,
Just had to share this with you: A small Welsh valley high street has just scooped the title of Best High Street at the Great British High Street Awards.

I am very familiar with this high street and completely agree with the judges! Treorchy is an exceptional place. Hemmed in by tall mountains, yet with good links to other areas including the capital city of Cardiff, Treorchy gives the immediate impression of high self-esteem. 

Visit in summer or winter and you are sure to get a warm welcome from its very friendly people. And if you enjoy male voice choirs you will be hard-pressed to find better than the award winning Treorchy Male Voice Choir.

Congratulations Treorchy!

With every good wish
Teresa x

To check out whole story please follow this link: 
http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/small-town-in-the-welsh-valleys-named-uks-best-high-street/ar-BBZhWfZ?ocid=AARDHP

PS For further inspiration check out my website:  http://www.teresaodriscoll.co.uk 


PPS Don't forget to check out my book: 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life - which is a practical guide to joyful living!   You can see the book trailer by clicking on this link: http://youtu.be/154luv8KMns


Monday, 6 January 2020

Try something new: It's such fun!


Hello dear friend,
Thank you so much for dropping in. Wishing you a very Happy New Year! How is your year going so far? Have you made a list of New Year's Resolutions? I have a list of my own. One of them is to try new things.

With reference to that I want to tell you that I went along to an arts & crafts workshop run by my dear friend Erica Evans. (Follow this link to see her website: https://www.simplycraft.com/) These are run each month at St Teilo's church hall in Whitchurch, Cardiff.

I absolutely loved the day! I learnt so much. And met lots of lovely people too.

That day Erica demonstrated how to create greetings cards using a stamping method and applying watercolour. She also introduced us to a way of experimenting with art by using a journal which we could refer back to, or add to, as inspiration guided us.

Using her methods and with lots of guidance and encouragement, I began a journal - see a picture of my humble efforts above. I created this picture through layering of paints and stencils. Those of you who know me know that I already love to dabble in paint. But. I had never used this method before. It was such great fun that I almost floated home on a cloud of enthusiasm!

So, if you are hankering after a new hobby or activity I'd say: Go for it! It really is true that you don't know what you can do until you try.

Let me know how you get on.

All the best
Teresa x 
PS For further inspiration check out my website:  http://www.teresaodriscoll.co.uk 
And don't forget to check out my book: 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life - which is a practical guide to joyful living!   You can see the book trailer by clicking on this link:  http://youtu.be/154luv8KMns





  

Thursday, 3 October 2019

National Poetry Day: Athens Revisited



Hello dear friend,
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Today is National Poetry Day. Perhaps you too are trying your hand at a bit of rhyming. I have dabbled - no more - all my life. Recently I began penning 'snapshots' of holiday moments. I recommend it. It's fun if you keep it very simple and short.

Having just returned from a visit to friends in Athens I wanted to share one of those snapshots with you today. I would love to read some of yours as a swap.

Love and blessings
Teresa x

Edom CafĂ© at Sunset (7 pm Sat 21st September 19)
By Teresa O'Driscoll

Gentle whoosh of waves on shore
Chatter of voices, clink of glasses and ice
Lowering sun winks off watching apartment windows
Edom, Athens, am here once more!

A palm tree clacks its leaves at me
As the wind is kicking up and turning chilly
The sun is a tangerine on the mountain
Its rays a slash of gold on the sea. []

PS Don't forget to take a look at my other blog:  http://teresaodriscoll.blogspot.co.uk/

Also, for further inspiration check out my website:  http://www.teresaodriscoll.co.uk 

PPS Don't forget to check out my book: 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life - which is a practical guide to joyful living!   You can see the book trailer by clicking on this link:  http://youtu.be/154luv8KMns



Friday, 15 March 2019

Use any Supermarket Car Park in UK? Read this to prevent a hefty fine!



                                                  When in Rome do as the Romans!


You know someone actually complimented me on my driving today, they left a note on my windscreen, it said, 'Parking Fine'.
                                                           Tommy Cooper     


Hello dear friend,
I have been meaning to pass on this warning for some time now, but better late than never I think. If you use any supermarket car park in the UK please take note: Have a good look around the car park for signs listing the rules for using that facility.  It could save you from a hefty fine!

It doesn't seem to matter where you are in the country or which supermarket chain you are stopping to shop at. Unless you familiarize yourself with conditions under which you are allowed to park you could come a cropper. From listening to friends and their problems with such parking I'd advise you to especially scour the rules for two things: 1) The length of time you are allotted to do your shopping. 2) If it states you are only allowed to park within the marked spaces.

The first one seems obvious - though not necessarily. A friend, at Christmas time was in an Aldi car park up north. She did her shopping. Had to queue for ages due to seasonal peak of customers. And then went back into the shop to buy a plant she had seen but couldn't carry until she'd stowed her groceries. She later, in the post, got a letter containing notification of a £70 fine, along with a photograph of her car both arriving and leaving the car park. Bah humbug, eh! And the photos were really spooky - big brother and all that! George Orwell certainly knew a thing or two.

My lovely friend had legitimately been shopping at Aldi's for the whole time, but the parking policy was to allow only 1 hour 30 minutes to do so. The queuing and the plant had cost her an extra £70! She was understandably very angry. When she made inquiries in shop she was told - very politely -that it was not the responsibility of the shop but that it was down to the company running the car park. (You make up your own mind about that...!)

Another friend was fined £80, in - as far as I can remember - a Marks & Spencer car park in Manchester, for parking with one wheel very slightly on one of the white lines marking the parking space.

With these two friends as a warning I made sure, that when I first parked in the car park of a new Aldi's I visited, I read the warning board. There, among a list of many things, I found I could only park for 2 hours - fine for me generally, but at least I knew to keep an eye on the time and not get too caught up in shopping. I also read the 'park within the marked bay' rule. And when a couple parked beside me, straddling a line I told them about the rule, and they corrected their parking.

And now I have told you.

Happy shopping!

And if you have your own story to tell I'd love to hear from you.

Love and blessings

Teresa x
PS Don't forget to take a look at my other blogs:  http://teresaodriscoll.blogspot.co.uk/  and http://teresaodriscolldeardiary.blogspot.com/
 plus my website  http://www.teresaodriscoll.co.uk   for further inspiration!

PPS Don't forget to check out my book: 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life - which is a practical guide to joyful living!   You can see the book trailer by clicking on this link:  http://youtu.be/154luv8KMns

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Sinus Problems? I have a solution!


Alonissos, Greece

The green and beautiful Greek island of Alonisos - photo from Greece Travel - see link below

Hello dear friend,
Thanks for stopping by!

I am blessed, generally, with good health. But sometimes I get a problem with my sinuses which may or may not be painful. Sometimes, like now, it is just plain debilitating. If this is your problem too I have the solution – well something which works brilliantly for me, so I wanted to pass the info along.

My tip is a homeopathic remedy. Yes, I do know that homeopathy is, and may always remain, a controversial alternative treatment. So, if that immediately makes you want to move off this page I urge you to linger long enough to find out more; from my personal experience.

Many years ago I had my first, and rather acute, bout of sinusitis. Three lots of antibiotics later (yes, I know, but I now avoid these like the plague if I can) I was no better. In desperation I walked into my nearest health food shop and asked for help. They recommended me to try a homeopathic solution: Combination Q. Imagine my surprise when these tiny, melt on your tongue, tablets did the trick. From the ineffectual sledgehammer of antibiotics to these powerful yet gentle tissue salts, I was, by experience, persuaded by the effectiveness of homeopathy.

In Athens I was happy to discover that homeopathy owes its resurgence of popularity to an eminent Greek doctor: #George Vithoulkas. He opened the #International Academy of Classical Homeopathy on the green and beautiful island of #Alonisos (visit their website: https://www.vithoulkas.com  for more info). In Greece all homeopathic practitioners must first be a fully qualified conventional medical doctor.

Homeopathy has been around for over 200 years and was discovered by an eminent German physician, #Samuel Hahnemann. In 1831 the success of his therapy during a typhoid epidemic bordered on the miraculous. Later, his cures of patients suffering from scarlet fever and cholera were epic.

Homeopathy is often dismissed by classical medicine because it is still not really understood how it works. Some experts in the homeopathy field maintain that it is an “energy medicine” based on biophysics, quantum physics, and electromagnetic fields. I do not pretend to understand most (any?) of that. But similarly, I don’t really understand how electricity works either. I only know that when I plug in my electric kettle it heats the water. And I only know that Combination Q alleviated my sinus problem. And has done so numerous times over the years.

The brand I recommend is #New Era, Mineral Tissue Salt, Combination Q. If you buy another brand make sure they are fast melt tablets. Don't touch the tablets just shake them into the lid and drop them onto your tongue. I tried something else last year and you had to chew them to get them down. This chomping goes against my research in the use of homeopathy. 

Wishing you all the best. Please let me know how you get on with these tablets if you try them.

Love and blessings

Teresa
PS for more info on the island of #Alonisos visit: https://www.greecetravel.com/aegean/alonissos.htm Here you will find an interesting article on the island co-authored by #Alexia Amvrazi - a former colleague of mine at the Athens News!

PPS Don't forget to take a look at my other blogs:  http://teresaodriscoll.blogspot.co.uk/  and http://teresaodriscolldeardiary.blogspot.com/
 plus my website  http://www.teresaodriscoll.co.uk   for further inspiration!
And then there is my book: 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life - which is a practical guide to joyful living!   You can see the book trailer by clicking on this link:  http://youtu.be/154luv8KMns



Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Feel As Free As A Bird!


Red kites swooping down for their daily feed at #Gigrin Farm, Rhayer, photo by Teresa O'Driscoll

Hello there, 
In my last post I mentioned the book of verse, #Escaped As A Bird, from patients at the #Oshima Leprosy Hospital in Japan. I quoted a poem relating to Christmas. Reading my Bible the other day I was surprised to discover the book’s unusual title in a line of a Psalm. Since the content of the book was written by members of the Christian Poetry Club at the hospital I suppose it was not surprising.

The title, in the context of the whole Psalm, is so very revealing. It gives an insight into the whole picture of the experience of the people, who, because of an illness were forced by the State, between 1907 and 1996, to leave family and home and live in isolation on a small island: Oshima. Their choice of title and Psalm clearly shows their faith in God.
Psalm 124

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,
let Israel now say –
if it had not been the Lord who was on our side,
when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us.
Then over us would have gone the raging waters.

Blessed be the Lord,
who has not given us
as prey to their teeth!
We have escaped as a bird
from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken and we have escaped!

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

In 2001 a Japanese court ruled that the policy of segregating suffers of leprosy – otherwise known as Hansen’s disease - was unconstitutional and should have been discontinued after effective multidrug therapies were made widely available by the end of the 1950s.

For more info and lots of photos of Oshima I recommend an article: Oshima, the Forbidden Island, by David Billa. He has documented his visit to the island – where he met some of the people still living there – with lots of photos as well as some powerful observations.


Wishing you love and blessings.

Teresa x
PS I hope you like the photo of the red kites which I took when watching feeding time from a hide at #Gigrin Farm in Wales. See: http://www.gigrin.co.uk
  
 PPS Don't forget to take a look at my other blogs:  http://teresaodriscoll.blogspot.co.uk/  and http://teresaodriscolldeardiary.blogspot.com/

Plus my website:  http://www.teresaodriscoll.co.uk   for further inspiration!

And then there is my book: 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life - which is a practical guide to joyful living!   You can see the book trailer by clicking on this link:  http://youtu.be/154luv8KMns