It’s nearly the end of June and still raining. The parks and gardens are loving it. Plants and weeds are flourishing, the drought is receding and England is greener than ever. The rain keeps coming and the thought of braving the weather which started off as annoying and has now turned to frustration. While marooned in the house, unable to drive and with low vision I have decided to continue my efforts to embrace more of what new technology has to offer.
There is the easy option of recorded programmes on the tivo box and I’m looking forward, with some guilt, to watching the Paxman/ Chloe Smith interview on iplayer. I download books onto Kindle and ipad in large text and have only slightly reduced my reading. Best of all, my friend Liz is showing me how to blog. I have long been a fan of her blog.
What do I have to say? I’m not sure yet. I think I would like this blog to reach people of all ages but I expect it will inevitably lean towards what interests me as an old person. However, I don’t think it is useful to be pigeonholed at any age, hence the title.
What are the things that do interest me? Reading, tv, news, Guardian quick crossword (often completed by text with my son in London), two book groups, voluntary work at a local drop in advice centre one day a week, gardening (with the help of a friend and my 14 year old neighbour volunteering to help me as part of his Duke of Edinburgh award), shopping, using the internet, figuring out public transport, NHS, friends and family.
As for technology, I can make no claims at competence but it does seem to feature largely in my life so I am taking it as a starting point. Good friends help me when I end up in difficulties and I see it as a very useful tool. One way or another it has made some very positive changes in my life.
The rain has stopped now so here’s hoping for some sunshine tomorrow.