Monthly Archives: August 2014

Continuing Health Care

Continuing Health Care seems to be a popular topic when I talk with my friends.  We joke about it and our futures not really knowing what it holds for us.  Some of us are even planning to book our places now when we see the lovely homes around the country.  In fact, we were only playing golf at Cherwell Edge Ladies Open last week and saw Chacombe Park – it looks beautiful, don’t you think?

Chacombe Park

But joking apart, I know I for one, am doing my best to stay healthy, not just for now, but for future years.  It’s one of the reasons I take my daily ‘slug’ of aloe and my vitamins.  I don’t feel so creaky when I get up in the morning and neither do I seem to suffer from the annual colds – yes plural; I didn’t just get the one in a year.  Neither do I seem to have that 3pm lull where I want a Siesta.


Will this mean I won’t need any long time care? – I have no idea.

I think this quote by Hunter S Thompson says it all for me – ‘Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming — WOW– What a Ride!’  And if I’m going to that I need some assistance.

What are the odds of that happening?

What are the odds of that happening?  The odds of what? – I hear you cry.  Well, here is your answer.

The odds for an amateur golfer hitting a hole in one are 12,500 to 1.  That is exactly what my husband did last week at Feldon Valley Golf Club. 

Feldon Valley Golf

There were cheers, whoops and handshakes.  And then ………  the next golfer, on the very next shot, on the very same hole went and did the same – hit a hole in one.  The odds of that 156,250,000!  The chances of winning the National Lottery are 13,983,816 to show what an amazing feat it was.  Needless to say they both bought lottery tickets on Friday night and both are keeping very quiet.


So this week is a celebration of those things that seem impossible but with application; repetition and some faith show anything really is possible.

The Greatest Game Ever Played

The Greatest Game Ever Played

The Greatest Game Ever Played is a film about two golfing greats – Harry Vardon and Francis Ouimet.  However, it is far more about life itself and how we view others and how others view us.

I was privileged to be with Tom Barrett last week – along with 299 others – where we watched and considered the impact people’s words and actions have on others lives. It struck me that so many people have had an impact on my life which has then resulted in the way I, in turn, treat others.

One such person was my Mathematics teacher, Miss Mansley, who, at a difficult time in my life made a positive comment to me which I have carried with me since.  She asked me if I was happy in my work and I replied that I was.  She then said, ‘I knew you would always be happy in whatever you did, Caroline.’ And so, I determined I would be, and if not I would move on to another venture.

At some stage of our lives we need the support of others to believe in ourselves and at other times people need that belief from us. The third person I have not mentioned is Eddie – so many lessons to be learned from him!  He was there when Francis needed him.