Walking is good.



Apart from admiring cyclamen we are now trying to go for our daily walks again. Over the last couple of months we were either busy getting dressed or trying to get undressed. In between we have had an  unrelenting regime, meeting with doctors, nurses, home-carers and physiotherapists. And that is apart from keeping up with provisions, paying gas bills and doing what my mother used to call ‘in between’ jobs. I have learnt so much about fashion. Believe you me, there are a perplexing variety of female  clothes with incomprehensible ways of putting them on. ( and off) Where is the neck or what are the arm openings and what are all those hanging bits about? And despite all that loose-ness in their clothes, why are the leg openings so tight and why also do the sleeves end up inside out?

So this morning it came about that we went for a walk. Not too far, as Helvi is still not as sure footed as she used to be before her crash downwards towards a concrete drive-way. We sauntered past our common drive-way where are neighbour was snipping away at the garden. He likes doing that but we wished he would allow things to grow instead of manicuring every bit of greenery in this place. But, live and let live with tolerance is the answer to cheerfulness and optimism. I am trying to stay away from grumpiness, so I greeted the neighbour with ‘doing a bit of a spring cleaning?’

We ended our walk at Bradman Cricket Oval. In the world of cricket, this oval is the equivalent in Australia of the Egyptian Pyramid of Cheops or The Great Chinese Wall. It holds The International Great Hall of Cricket.https://internationalcrickethall.com/the-bradman-museum-is-now-the-international-cricket-hall-of-fame/

Lots of buses with hordes of people all the way from India, Pakistan, Fiji, Shri Lanka and many other cricket loving countries visit this famous cricket mausoleum, and file teary eyed, past Lenin like tombs of expired cricketers. Donald Bradman is the most famous of cricketers, and new comers to Australia have been threatened to lose their visas if not sufficiently versed in Bradman cricket matches with correct dates, number of runs and Ducks mandatory.

We found a nice seat in the sun and Helvi and I really appreciated this nice park. The children and their mums were playing in a playground but noticed that the iPhone now seems to have morphed into some kind of umbilical cord. Most mothers allowed their kids to break legs or fall off slippery dips without even a flicker away from their iPhones. I would love to know what the urgency is. Should I ask?

Anyway, we walked slowly back home and our neighbour had slunk inside, happy with the day’s snipping and shortening of bushes.

We had a nice walk and had some yoghurt afterwards.

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18 Responses to “Walking is good.”

  1. Dora Jahnes Says:

    Glad to hear life is slowly getting back to normal.

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  2. freefall852 Says:

    Gerard..it is so good to see that Spring has brought a spring back into yours and Helvi’s step….there’s nothing that can refresh like “taking the airs” with a good cheery walk…
    And I couldn’t help but notice when I “liked” your post that the young person before me whose gravitar is just there also demonstrates that same sentiment in her gravitar comment…ie :

    ” I am passionate about showing others that no matter what you have been through, you CAN improve your life and feel good again!”

    …and I have to agree that the young lady exhibits all those sentiments in delightful display…if only us “oldies” could once more also show such vim and vigour!..But there..I can see that both you, Gerard and Helvi give good example!…Best wishes to you both..

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  3. janesmudgeegarden Says:

    Was the photo taken on the day of your walk Gerard? It looks slightly Autumnal. And what is all that water doing there? If it’s a recent photo, you must have received rain in that last system. Lucky you!
    I’m glad to read that Helvi is making such good progress. It’s uplifting to get out and about in the fresh air.

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  4. auntyuta Says:

    Hi Gerard and Helvi, it is so good you both were able to enjoy your little walk in beautiful spring weather. Peter and I try to keep up with walking a bit every day too. 🙂
    It would be nice if we could join you at the Bradman Cricket Oval maybe sometime soon! 🙂

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  5. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Glad to see you and Helvi out walking again, Gerard. I have to confess, if knowledge of cricket is required for being in Australia, I’d be kicked out in minutes. 🙂 –Curt

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  6. shoreacres Says:

    The only crickets I know are the ones that chirp, but from what you say, your cricket fans can chirp, too.

    I laughed at your rhetorical question — “why also do the sleeves end up inside out?” It’s a fact, and I can’t explain it, either, any more than I can explain how it is that pairs of socks divorce in the dryer and one takes off for parts unknown, never to be seen again.

    At least you’re getting out for walks now, and spring is coming. Just be sure that when you pass that obsessive neighbor, you don’t let him snip away at your cheefulness!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Socks tend to turn up unexpectedly. Earrings are a difficult subject at the moment. I find them difficult, worse than dentures. But all those issues are now behind with Helvi and her arms getting enormous help from a physio balance group at the local hospital.
      Yes, that snipping neighbour is a worry. He cut the top of a silver birch tree that we planted some years ago. Unbelievable!

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  7. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    A few years ago, I met a well-seasoned couple who had been married for many, many, many years. Sadly, she got Alzheimers disease. I was amazed at how he got her dressed, jewelry on, make up on, hair done…sometimes a cute hat on or a purse to carry… 🙂 I told him, “I don’t think my husband would ever attempt all of that for me even if he had to!” 😉 The man smiled, and said, “Before my wife got ill she always loved dressing up…she loved clothes, shoes, makeup, etc. And even though, now, she doesn’t even know how she looks, or doesn’t care how she looks, I still want her have something of her former self at the forefront. So I give it my best shot to dress her up every morning.”
    I thought that was so sweet! 🙂

    Thank you for helping Helvi with her fashion-ing! You are a wonderful man! 🙂

    Glad you two got out for a walk and some yogurt! 🙂

    Don’t even get me started on moms, or anyone, who has their nose in their phone when they should be paying attention to someone, or something else! :-/ Grr! Ack!! Argh!!! 😦

    HUGS to you and Helvi!!! 🙂 🙂
    PATS and RUBS to Milo!!! 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I am now a ‘make-up artist’, Carolyn. I love applying the rouge and lipstick on Helvi. It mustn’t show according to Helvi but’ just accentuate what is already there.’

      iPhone usage is abnormal and at plague proportions. I see mums giving their toddlers their iPhone in order to sooth them into compliance and quietness. It doesn’t take long for the little ones to get hooked to all those flickering images. Many accidents occur while people are staring at iPhones, texting while driving, or having conferences while packing the shopping trolley.
      Hugs to you too from Gerard

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