• Thanks Terry

    Yes it is lovely, I live in mini mountains, wonderful clean air, when folk aren’t having bonfires!! but these same mini mountains really stop me from getting out on foot, so I have to drive, can’t even go down into my basement, well can go down but can hardly get up again even on oxygen.

    The goat patrol sounds wonderful what a…[Read more]

  • Oh Terry, what a shame that eh one park you wanted to go to has completely closed.

    I am very lucky I live in a national park here, no where near as magnificent as yours but still beautiful, at the moment there are fields and fields of wild daffodils and with this lockdown the Parisians cannot come down and trample everything down in their greed…[Read more]

  • Hi Terry

    Re putting fuel in your tank, I have to do it myself,  hand sanitizer is like hens teeth, not to be found so  I carry around in a zip lock bag, and fresh every time I go out, two or three pieces of kitchen paper towel which I have dampened with a disinfectant product, 1 sheet as I pick up the pump, clean hands when finished, one sheets w…[Read more]

  • Hi Wendy


    Just been announced that our lockdown (very strict) has been extended for another two months .  Luckily my oxygen 24/7 now,  is a concentrator run by electricity,  or a battery back pack. Only thing I will have to do is save my pipes, sterilize them more I suppose they wont go too stiff as the weather is warming up


    Keep safe.

  • Hi Charlene

    I am so very glad to be out in the country where I can actually take the dogs 6kms from here to walk in a flat area and am allowed to because there is no one there and it is for MY health as well as the dogs. In the cities people in flats are only allowed to relieve their dogs within 100 metres of the block and for no more than 30…[Read more]

  • Yes thanks Charlene still walking in the forest.  Was at the supermarket Wednesday 1.30pm and I was the only one in the shop !!!!! shelves are full and fresh food freely available. There are lines marked out on the floor at check out to keep every one at least a metre apart and only one person at a time through the actual check out so as the girl…[Read more]

  • This severe lockdown is actually in my favour, even though I have to have a legal paper each day to go out I am to out every day and into the forest with my dogs or the supermarket, at 1.30 it is deserted so I can do my shopping in peace, I am not hoarding just topping up my reserves so that when the ban is lifted I don’t need to go out except for…[Read more]

  • Hi Charlene,

    Macrons lockdown is draconian and the French do tend to obey rules however idiotic they seem to be. Lucky to be right out in the country where I can defy the ruling, still had my obligatory document with me when defying though, we have to have signed a statement as to why we are breaking the ban on being outside of the house. There…[Read more]

  • Hi Joe

    Yur last response doesn’t sound quite so disheartened. It must be very annoying to have your lungs fail having been a runner, I have never before been an exercise lover, used to walk a fair bit over the 7 sisters when I lived there but that was decades ago, now I realise the importance of staying as fit as our konked out lungs will allow.…[Read more]

  • Susan Howitt posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    I know it is dangerous getting down to such low numbers, happens for no apparent reason , even just getting into bed can have me at 79 so I just have to get on with it, never adjust my ambulatory oxygen, that was set by the doctor, but do turn up and back down again the house oxy, like the other day, got the house covered in smoke from neighbour…[Read more]

  • Hi Joe


    Keep walking, you can do up the headlands?  even at a crawl, that is brilliant.I walk too but on the flat. Good for us. Years ago I used to live by the sea,  7 sisters area.  Please don’t be pessimistic, I will be 74 this year, was given 3 years done 2 1/2 of those three years, there is no way in this world that I will let that dire pr…[Read more]

  • Susan Howitt posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    Hi Army Pete, It has taken a LOT of hard work, pain and panic and 2 years to be able to do that, and now only on the flat, depending on the weather too, has to be warm and sunny, not too dry, lot of things but there is no way I want to lose any of this ability, I do have to stop fairly often to get my sats back up can suddenly drop to 79 or…[Read more]

  • Hi  Wendy

    By ambulatory oxygen do you mean you have a back pack or tank on wheels only?  I have the two sorts, back pack plus static oxygen recouperator. (can’t think how to spell that in English),  ooh brain going already  lol  I just turn the static one up or down as I need, the ambulatory one is on its highest setting.   Knowing the UK their…[Read more]

  • Morning all


    The whole of France is on *lockdown*  since yesterday, we risk being fined if we stick our noses out doors, luckily living in the wilds I shall take my dogs to the forest daily for their health and mine.
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  • I have the double whammy of a PF cough plus a Bronchectasis one, latter being worse most of the time.  I do have Gababentine but take that as little as possible, prednisolone helps with the PF cough plus Bronchocod syrup but that may not be helpful for IPF, I also chew gum, was told that peppermint is not recommended for lung complaints, no idea…[Read more]

  • Hi Charlene

    No worries re identification.   Yes the exhausting, persistent and for me very loud cough does attract stares and people moving away, that doesn’t really bother me, think if the boot was on the other foot and I was being honest, I might be the one moving away a bit too, no one want to risk catching something do they.  My back pack is…[Read more]

  • That is awful Mary, makes you feel like a leper doesn’t it?  Glad you have your husband to stand up for you.

    I shall definitely have a retort ready if it happens to me again, Richard’s is the easiest to translate and easily springs to mind, thank you Richard, was caught so unawares this first time in my blissful ignorance that people couldn’t…[Read more]

  • Oh Karen so sorry you have had this too, it hurts doesn’t it.   I’m used to the stares, funnily enough more from the middle aged than the young. !! Had to laugh at one little boy (about 5) he asked his mother why Pappy couldn’t have had a *pipe* in his nose rather than is his *bits* as it would have been more comfortable, bless him.

    Love your s…[Read more]

  • Wish I had thought of a quick reply like that.   Will keep it in mind as it is true  Thanks   So what if it is not politically correct.  I like it

  • Thank you Wendy.  Poor man, people can be so horrid, ignorant and racist, if they were truly concerned they wouldn’t have touched him for fear of contamination would they?  Just an excuse for violence.   Don’t think it was racism with me as I had never seen the woman before and you can’t cough with a foreign accent can you lol. I am English but…[Read more]

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