Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Keep yourself and your pets safe in the heat!


My cat Smudgy

Hello dear friend,

Thank you for stopping by! If you are in the UK, watching the weather forecasts and waiting for the soaring temperatures in Europe to hit us within days, I hope that you will plan ahead. Having lived in Athens, Greece for many years I know it will be a very testing time. (I don't like it too warm!) And please don't think that the risks don't concern you if you are young and healthy, that's just not true. While in Athens I vividly remember hearing of the death of a fit twenty-six year old by heatstroke in the city centre. It was shocking. I took notice, I hope you do too. Of course, all the vulnerable are at highest risk, including the very young, the elderly, and those with medical problems. 

Please see below a list of things we can all do to prevent heatstroke. (The Mayo site gives comprehensive info about the whole topic.) Also, having lived in a hot climate, I can tell you, from personal experience, that even a mild case of dehydration feels horrible - nausea and so on. The main point I want to raise is that, strangely, when you are dehydrated, you stop feeling thirsty! So, in the heat, keep drinking water regularly whether you feel thirsty or not.

The best fluid to drink in a heatwave is Water. I could always spot the tourists in Greece by the fact that they were carrying bottles of soft drinks and not water. Those of us living there would not go anywhere without a bottle of water. Actually, though I have been back in Wales for some years, I still carry water when out and about. It's a good habit which I recommend. If you really won't drink water then take your fluids as you want to; but not alcohol; which is dehydrating!

Prevention of heatstroke

Heatstroke is predictable and preventable. Take these steps to prevent heatstroke during hot weather:

·         Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. Wearing excess clothing or clothing that fits tightly won't allow your body to cool properly.  

·         Protect against sunburn. Sunburn affects your body's ability to cool itself, so protect yourself outdoors with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you're swimming or sweating.

·         Drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated will help your body sweat and maintain a normal body temperature.

·         Take extra precautions with certain medications. Be on the lookout for heat-related problems if you take medications that can affect your body's ability to stay hydrated and dissipate heat.

·         Never leave anyone in a parked car. This is a common cause of heat-related deaths in children. When parked in the sun, the temperature in your car can rise 20 degrees F (more than 11 C) in 10 minutes. It's not safe to leave a person in a parked car in warm or hot weather, even if the windows are cracked or the car is in shade. When your car is parked, keep it locked to prevent a child from getting inside.

·         Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day. If you can't avoid strenuous activity in hot weather, drink fluids and rest frequently in a cool spot. Try to schedule exercise or physical labour for cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or evening.

·         Get acclimated. Limit time spent working or exercising in heat until you're conditioned to it. People who are not used to hot weather are especially susceptible to heat-related illness. It can take several weeks for your body to adjust to hot weather.

·         Be cautious if you're at increased risk. If you take medications or have a condition that increases your risk of heat-related problems, avoid the heat and act quickly if you notice symptoms of overheating. If you participate in a strenuous sporting event or activity in hot weather, make sure there are medical services available in case of a heat emergency.

Keeping your pets safe in a heatwave

If you have a cat, as I do, (see a photo of my Smudgy above!) here is a link for tips to keep them safe in a heatwave.

The item that jumped out at me was to keep the cat indoors at this time... About keeping up their fluids Smudgy doesn't drink a lot of water so I'll get him some packets of cat soup and put them in the fridge. He's not keen on them generally, but he will lick the gravy, so that's the plan. 

If you have a dog the link below gives lots of info. It mentions not leaving an animal in a car. Yesterday I heard that even leaving them for 10-15 minutes can cause death, so please don't do that!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the sunshine safely.

Love and blessings

Teresa x

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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
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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

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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: 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 
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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. []

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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
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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:  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

PS for more info on the island of #Alonisos visit: Here you will find an interesting article on the island co-authored by #Alexia Amvrazi - a former colleague of mine at the Athens News!

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