October 28, 2020

The Wounded Surgeon Plies the Steel…..T S ELIOT

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:25 am by Aleksan

One of the issues that my Jungian Analyst, Dr Lotte Rosenberg, brought up early in our work together in the early 70s, was the fact that I was both sick with a Neurogical disease but also a Doctor/Healer – she was fond of quoting these lines from TS Eliot

“The wounded surgeon plies the steel
That questions the distempered part;
Beneath the bleeding hands we feel
The sharp compassion of the healer’s art
Resolving the enigma of the fever chart.
Our only health is the disease
If we obey the dying nurse
Whose constant care is not to please
But remind of our, and Adam’s curse,
And that, to be restored, our sickness must grow worse.
The whole earth is our hospital
Endowed by the ruined millionaire”

October 26, 2020

Please respect that I am shielding….

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:37 pm by Aleksan

It’s lovely to see visitors, but please respect the fact that I am shielding, and recovering from serious infections and a stroke. Please keep 2 metres away, no physical contact and wear a face mask. Stay in the garden if possible, but if not come in and leave the door open. Make your visits short, as I get very tired. Thank you for caring and showing respect – with love, Sandy x

Mac, given to me for my 11th Birthday, 1955

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:51 pm by Aleksan

This is “Mac” – given to me by mum and dad on my 11th Birthday in 1955. He was a very much a farm Westie, and I only saw him in school holidays and days back home because I was at boarding school. He was an independent character, and really became dad’s dog if he was anyone’s dog. I used to love to see him biting my farmer dad’s boots as dad tried in vain to kick him off, when dad came back fro anywhere. Every night at school I prayed for my family and this always included Mac, Jock and Frosty. Jock was a lovely dog too, and I learnt to ride on Frosty, our New Forest Pony.


Posted in Uncategorized at 10:01 am by Aleksan

Clopi is round of face and pink of hue
He sits is a dish ready for me
Beside some food, and I will eat him
Clopi is my new medicine, thinner of blood
I hope he will help keep me well and free from strokes
But more than anything I love his silly name
Clopidogrel, Clip clop,
And so here I write some Doggerel
In his honour

October 25, 2020

Free School Meals in the Christmas Holidays

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:17 am by Aleksan

It’s going to be a bleak Winter, Covid restrictions and many with less income and resources. Children should receive free school meals during the Christmas holidays, in addition to the Universal Credit for families in need.

A nation is rightly judged by how it treats its poor, vulnerable, sick and disadvantaged. To me it’s a “No brainer”. Anything to reduce the disparity between rich and poor must be a priority, but most importantly it’s the kind and caring thing to do…

October 21, 2020

October – the driest month no more…

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:28 am by Aleksan

October is always the driest month of the year, said my Farmer father – and year after year I noticed he was right – a dry month every year. He died in 1980, and the dry October’s continued on – until now.

This is a very wet October, and no doubt a consequence of man made climate change over the years. We have to face up to this, but it’s nothing to what the Inui people in the Arctic are having to deal with…

October 19, 2020


Posted in Uncategorized at 11:38 am by Aleksan

Just for fun I though I would list a selection of my physical defects – why Penny says I am a “walking medical dictionary”

Diseased brain for 50 years, Asthma, Gastric Reflux disorder, Aortic Heart valve defect, Cystic “Dromedary” kidneys, Christmas Tree bladder – needs intermittent catheterising, osteoarthritis right knee …..enough to be going with no doubt.

I was told on Saturday that I am very frail, my body is 85 equivalent, and I will not survive a heart attack, my Carotid arteries are furred up – should seriously consider signing a DO NOT ACTIVELY RESUSCITATE FORM – happy to do this, guess I am worn out – so much I learned from my day at Winchester Hospital – where I was born and where I later delivered babies…

October 18, 2020

A tall order……

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:36 pm by Aleksan

Thanks Christina – whichever way it goes I am OK about my fate – lost so much of my body in this life surprised to still be here – I have no fear of death, but would rather feel well when it happens! Perhaps a tall order…..

We can only live now in the fleeting present moment – the past is no more, and the future can be anything.

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:38 am by Aleksan

October 16, 2020

My grandad, John Bright of Bossington Farm, now known as Bright’s Farm

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My Grandad, John Bright (distantly related to his famous namesake, the reforming MP) used to rent the land in front of us.

He drove precariously on the hill below the Broughton Beeches, with me, a teenager as his terrified passenger. We went to visit his herd of Steers on the hill, and he had made a pet of several of them, I especially remember his favourite, Tommy.

A few years later I was on the combine at Harvest time, in the flatter fields beyond Wallop Brook – when it caught fire, and I had to drive it away from the precious yellow crop, at my own peril!

Grandad went “Dimblebee-ing” on fine evenings, tapping on the windows of courting couples. When they opened the car window he had long conversations with them about where they came from, their jobs, families and background – I loved my eccentric Grandad, who in many ways farmed as Victorian…

At Christmas he always sang a melancholy song “The Mistletoe Bough” in a scary voice, lit by firelight


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