Once again I’ve let my blogging slip. At least this gap was only a month and a half. It has been a pretty crazy month and a half (she says, trying to make herself feel better)!
The remainder of Action on Stroke Month went as well as the beginning. I recently put together all the statistics for the month in Wales and we took over 1200 blood pressures! That’s 1200 people who are now aware how important blood pressure checks are and many of whom have been told to have another check up within the month, if not the week, as their reading was on the high side. I’ve never been unlucky enough to have to send someone straight to their doctor! (Definitely just jinxed myself) Thoroughly enjoyed my second year of our Pop Up Shop, this time with an added art exhibition.
With May over it was then time to look to our Life After #StrokeAwards at the beginning of June. We had a Welsh winner again this year! Angharad Lloyd-Thomas, from Bancyfelin, won the Adult Courage Award for her strength and determination after having a stroke half way through her university degree. She’s a stubborn young woman and managed to complete her degree with a 2:1 and graduate with her friends! I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to get to know her through her volunteering efforts over the last six months. She’s done so many favours for me by getting involved in my media work and it helps she’s a whizz on social media. I had to include the shot of her posing with Russell Howard in the #StrokeAwards photo booth. Bless him!
In my personal life I’ve had a busy few weeks going to a couple of impromptu gigs, looking after dogs and rabbits, joining a local choir and organising afternoon teas so my lady friends and I could stuff our faces with tiny sandwiches and scones.
I won’t go mad with detail but I was thrilled to be able to attend another Hot 8 performance and this time down the road in The Globe. It was a sweaty evening of singing (without quite knowing the words) and having my first dance in months.
My room mate, Michal Iwanowski, had another exhibition this time showcasing tattoos on the skin of people over 50. I was thrilled to be able to find a few friendly faces who were willing to join the project, No Regrets. It had an interesting slant to it in that the images were displayed outside on boards, that didn’t feel perfectly smooth, to imitate skin.
I’m thrilled to call myself a member of the Roath Community Chorus. I joined a month before their WWI centenary concert so that was a bit nerve wracking but I got away with it (apart from a cheeky duet with a fellow alto when we weren’t actually meant to be singing)! I offered my services for social media purposes and should be taking on their Facebook shortly. I’ve also asked my friend Rich Owen to get involved on the marketing side as the posters need sprucing up. He’s doing some great stuff at the moment (I would say this as he’s made a Star Trek poster).
To finish, I had the chance to see some of my favourite people in the flesh two weeks ago: Penn and Teller. As expected I spent the entire show with a huge grin on my face. They did a mix of old and new routines, some of which I’d seen before but was happy to see live. Particularly the Fundamentals of Sleight of Hand with Penn on his double bass *happy noises*
It has been a brilliant few weeks but I’m happy work has quietened down a bit and I’ve had a few weeks before we’re off to London again and then the Royal Welsh Show! Phew!