In Sickness and in Laughter

Sorry my blog has been a bit quiet of late.  Over three weeks ago I came down with a very bad case of glandular fever.  Not only swallow, sore throat, but nauseous, high temperature and dragging my feet.  I ended up a few days off work in bed which after a week I began to feel some relief, except, I lost my voice, totally! That’s right for the next four days nothing came out.  Medication, sprays and lozenges eventually got it back although a rather deep unrecognisable one.  Work loved it of course, you can imagine the jokes.  Anyway, since then, along with my deep voice I have been struck with a hacking cough that refuses to go away.  I am now heading into my fourth week and I need to get rid of it soon as I am off on holiday in two weeks…. Sigh.

With a beautiful long summers weekend now upon us, and looking for something cheerful or interesting to take the mind off a problem, if only for a moment, a recent blog post on a friend’s blog did just that.  Listen to this video on her blog…       although this is an unusually somber poem than the normal laugh out loud quirky ones Pam Ayres is usually known for, I am always amazed at her talent and her incredible memory.  I have listened and watched her on shows since… oohh I don’t know how long.  She is a master in her craft, which by the way includes writing in various genres for children.  I suggested to my writing buddy, Catherine, about posting some more of Pam’s incredible work so others who are unfamiliar may enjoy.

Here’s a recent treat…..

Here is Pam in all her wit….

Go on tell me you aren’t laughing after this….

Here is Pam being interviewed on radio here in New Zealand when she visited last year.  Great listening to her getting her start in her craft, winning  the Opportunity Knocks programme, and great information for poets and writers about public speaking…..


About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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16 Responses to In Sickness and in Laughter

  1. So sorry to hear you’ve been ill, but happy you’re on the mend – may I just add my fav: salt-water gargle!

  2. Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

    Holiday coming – you must get well quickly! Sending you healign thoughts!

  3. Your trip is approaching, please take care and get well quick. Heard on the news that a new strain of the flu has come out of Austrailia. Sounds like you may have gotten it.

    • I know Pat, I need to get rid of this hacking cough. The voice I can live with.. 🙂 Not sure if that flu has arrived here yet. We heard on the news it was due our winter.

  4. Feel better soon, Diane!

  5. Darlene says:

    You poor dear, sounds like you got it bad. Once when I lost my voice for a few days, my dear hubby look upwards and said, “Thank you.” He can be quite cheeky at times. Please take care of yourself. Hugs, from Canada.

  6. Catherine Johnson says:

    So sorry to here you’ve been unwell, Diane. A lot of bloggers have been quiet, we should take more interest to find out they are okay and not just having a break. Thanks so much for bringing some more Pam Ayres delights! Take care!

  7. I hope you get better! I am sending you cyber chicken soup!

  8. Joanna says:

    Get better soon, Diane, you need to be fighting fit for that holiday!

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