Thursday, 10 November 2016

Auntie Glad Catch Up


Another miserable and depressing day of rain started with a mega downpour at 7 am. I was already soaked after walking the dogs, so I guess it didn't really matter me getting drenched again when some frantic honking from the geese got me racing over to the field with a torch.
It wasn't a fox that was bothering them but a collie dog, which I caught peeping through the goose house window. He ran off towards the livery stables after I yelled a sharp "getaway ! " 
The rest of the morning was filled with shopping, buying some adhesive to stick down the loose bath surround, meeting a sad work colleague for coffee and calling in to the feed wholesalers to buy layers pellets.
On the way home I called into see Auntie Glad.
One of the care home staff told me that she was " quite confused today " but I found her as sprightly and bright as ever even though she later insisted that her husband Bob Railway was still alive and in the next room .
Gladys told me that she had been booked to make her famous scones that afternoon, then waved her arms angrily at some of the other resident ladies who were sat, sleeping off their lunches in the day room. " They are a miserable lot, always complaining about the food!" She snapped " They make my blood boil "
The one thing Gladys hates above anything is ingratitude .

She took me to her neat little room, where I read out the Parish Magazine to her and she recounted recent visits from Christine (Chapel House), the vicar and from various members of the male voice choir before letting the conversation fade to old times and vague but happy days from years ago.

As she walked me back to the day room a cheerful young woman in an apron called her over to a table on which was sat a massive mixing bowl full of flour and sultanas " I told you I'm making scones this afternoon " Gladys chirped brightly " we shall be having them for tea!"

55 comments:

  1. Love this. Love Auntie Glad. Love you for going to visit her and for reporting in to us on how she is.
    I bet her scones were perfectly delicious!

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  2. I am happy to hear how she is doing. I agree with Mw Moon, Auntie Glads' scones must be wonderful.

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  3. My idea of heaven is someone else cooking for me, I love eating but hate cooking, ungrateful lot...

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  4. So lovely to hear news of Auntie Glad!

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  5. This makes the care home sound pretty great. Glad her scone-baking skills are being appreciated!

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  6. This is what life is made of. Wonderful stuff, indeed!

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  7. Thank you , John! I needed auntie Glad today, after the Asshole won the election.....

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    1. lynda, I love you . lol ....

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  8. So pleased to hear about Auntie Glad making scones and looking so well.

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  9. How nice that they arrange for her to keep her 'hand in', so to speak. She's quite remarkable for her age. Do you take after her side of the family? :)

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    1. "Auntie glad" is a generic title, everyone in the village refers to her as that

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  10. Love that Aunty Glad is making scones for tea today! Love that you have visited her and shared this here. She's so right: the oldies always complain about the food. xx

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  11. John, gratitude, kindness, helpfulness, love...
    are values of which you are a fine example.
    "What goes around, comes around".
    Greetings Maria x

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  12. Thank you for this John. It's made my day. X

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  13. Just lovely hearing about Auntie Glad - you are such a wonderful, caring person John.
    Nothing better than a fresh baked scone - except one piled high with Devonshire or Cornish cream and homemade strawberry jam!
    Mary -

    P.S. I am originally from Devon but must admit, when I come over to visit, I've found Cornwall does make wonderful clotted cream these days!

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  14. Bless you John for your visits to her.
    It probably means the world to Aunt Glad.

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    1. If she remembers it x

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    2. It doesn't matter in the slightest if she remembers the visit or not ... in the moment you were there, you were there ... and THAT is when she will have appreciated your visit.

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  15. Auntie Glad is a survivor and a role model for aging gracefully, or as I tell my friends, my personal goal is of aging disgracefully and breaking a few rules now and again. I know she treasures your visits and glad to hear other village friends visit her too.

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  16. I was wondering how she was doing. I remember when you said she was going to that place and thinking that it would make her slide downhill only faster. I'm happy to hear that she still has her fingers in what she loves the best. I'm glad that she still has her touch with reality - and maybe it doesn't hurt that she thinks her husband is in the next room. Whatever comforts ...

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  17. An entire male voice choir queuing up to visit a woman in her home? Tongues will be wagging.

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  18. Thanks for this post, John. We all needed a little Auntie Glad...

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  19. Thank you for keeping us updated on Auntie Glad! I wish I could visit with her and taste one of her scones. The place she's at is certainly lucky to have her there!!! I hope they appreciate what a rare treasure she is.

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  20. What a sweet daydream, to visit Trelawnyd and have tea and scones with Aunt Glad.

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  21. Good to hear that she's still making those famous scones. What a wonderful lady she is.

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  22. I'm so happy to hear that Auntie Glad was making scones at her new home.

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  23. So glad that she's doing well and that the care home seems to care enough to help her continue her baking - lucky residents are in for a treat.

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  24. Good to hear about your visit, and I'm glad she's getting along pretty well.

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  25. Oh to taste those scones...sounds like she's settling in nicely...probably is the secret to her longevity - roll with what life brings you...

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  26. You and Auntie Glad make any day brighter... well ALWAYS Auntie Glad... But you are both inspirations.

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  27. I needed this today, john. I bet her scones tasted like they always do.

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  28. Isn't it good that she has settled in so well John? It sounds as though she gets plenty of visitors - and I am sure that you always brighten her day.

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  29. That Collie would have ruined the geese's morning! I presume it couldn't have done with than scare the wits out of them though?

    Glad to hear Aunt Glad is settling into her new home - and that she's not putting up with nonsense from the old moaners! Good on you for visiting her (and telling us about how she is). Of course she remembers - she recalled her other visitors, didn't she!
    Thanks John.

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    1. It did they were bad tempered and skittish all morning

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  30. I needed to read this.
    And am so very glad that she is able to continue to bake.

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  31. That's great that Auntie Glad is getting visitors from the village. I bet she brought some sunshine to your dismal day.

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  32. God love her. I bet she was a very attractive woman in her day - and I hate to say this but she dresses better than I do. Anna

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  33. What a rock she is. She'll be in her element making the scones!

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  34. Thank you John for sharing your visit. With the shitty days we have been having in US, getting away for just a little bit for a visit sounds like heaven...

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    1. I Thought you all may like itx

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  35. Please tell me there is a vacancy in your village. It is time for a kinder gentler life. Scones and new friends and good deeds. Cheers to aunty. Thank you

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  36. Millicent has already commented something I was going to type. It's grand that you and others are still having regular visits to Auntie Glad. If she remembers them only as they are occurring...well that is so good for her.

    I would like to sample those scones...with butter and jam, please.

    xo

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  37. It sounds like you perked up her day, John, and she did the same for you.

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  38. It good to hear she is doing well. Send her our love.

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  39. The power of scones/purpose/visitors.....powerful medicine!

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  40. Hey John
    Don't know if you'll get the before your next post.
    I saw your replies to Jon on his blog, and appreciate the neutral stance.
    I don't know what to say to the guy...I don't react to deliberate meanness well, not to me, but to people he knows nothing about. He seems to do it for fun, which puts him in the category of sociopath. I don't think he is a nice person. I think there is probably a reason he lives alone, isolated, in the Tennessee woods.
    And he does remind me of Trump....mostly in his twisting of words and hatefulness.
    He's not someone I'd have a pint with.
    Cheers,
    Mike

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    1. It's easy to take offence when you are alone....the problem with blogging is that the commentators are generally faceless.....like emails inference can be taken from comments that were probably meant objectively......
      By his own words, Jon can be waspish, perhaps religion and politics should be off the radar!

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  41. Scones make many things better.

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  42. John thanks for the update on Auntie Glad....she feels part of the family. I'm sure she'll keep the other residents in line. x

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  43. It's heart warming to know that Aunty Gladys has settled into her new surroundings and is keeping the other residents on their toes.

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  44. Has Auntie Gladys ever shared her scone recipe? Her scones are the nicest scones I've ever tasted!

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  45. It's great that the people where Aunty Glad is living understand the importance of purpose to he quality of life. And friendship <3

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  46. Oh I'm so glad that there are still Aunt Gladys' scones to be had for some people, it's a shame you weren't there after the baking had taken place :-)

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