About me

I have been writing poetry and stories since I was a child, and a love of reading was instilled in me from an early age. I am passionate about writing, and hope you enjoy the books I have written. Whilst most of you sleep soundly in your beds, like many Parkinson’s patients, insomnia dictates, so during those hours that sleep eludes me, the house is tranquil and quiet, an atmosphere perfect to immerse myself in writing. My life has been a series of strange events, which have without doubt contributed to my creativity. To publish anything is to bear one’s soul to the world. It is to stand naked and let everyone see who you really are. I have poured my heart and soul out on paper and I hope to share this journey, immersing you in a story, capturing your attention and firing the imagination. Through my writing and public speaking I hope to bring greater awareness to the general public about living with chronic disease.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Centipede saga continued...

If you have been following my blog, you will no doubt have read my entry on 24th March, and my antics with a live a centipede I found in the kitchen sink early that morning. I managed to catch this unwelcome guest alive despite it putting up quite a fight as it struggled frantically to escape being incarcerated in a Tupperware box. I don't think Tupperware intended their boxes to be used for this purpose, but at the time it was all I could grab quickly. As I previously explained, a friend of my daughter is studying entomology and her homework was to find 30 different specimens of bugs and insects. Seeing this marvellous specimen of a centipede, brightly coloured with orange/red and black markings I was determined to catch it for her. Giving  all the bugs I had found in the garden in different containers to this young lady, I proudly pointed to my interesting centipede measuring an impressive 6 inches long with pincer type horns. She was horrified to see what I had caught with great difficulty, not realising that this little critter actually was very dangerous. I now know that this particular centipede is in fact poisonous, very fast and I had been extremely lucky it had not bitten me. I was fortunate this story didn't end up with a visit to the local hospital. So a word of advice for anyone who should happen to find a brightly coloured centipede …. leave well alone! Next time I hear of some homework project that entails capturing insects or bugs, I'll curb my enthusiasm!

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