“All the pages are my days”

GrumbleSmiles was set up to provide innovative answers to tackling the problems of loneliness in later life.    Many older people are less able to get out and about, which can be the first steps towards a life of isolation.

So starting today I invite you to join me on a trip to unknown destinations around the world and an opportunity to talk to new and interesting people.    All at no cost and from the comfort of your own armchair.

We are going cloudsurfing.



My first trip is travelling with Mike Rodriquez in Aspen, Colorado, specifically to see the Maroon Bells mountains.  Although I’ve been to America many times, I’ve never been to Colorado.  So Mike’s blog and his wonderful photographs gave me a real insight into how wonderful the landscape is.

The photograph below is one of many views that Mike captured on his trip in October 2017.

2017 Favorites: Maroon Bells

If you click on the link below, it will take you to Mike’s blog site which is called “All the pages are my days”, where you can see much more.  I thank him for giving me permission to use this photograph and the link and I’m sure Mike would love to hear from you.

Mike’s Colorado Trip

In the weeks ahead, I will publish more blogs and photographs from my cloud surfing travels.

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4 Responses to “All the pages are my days”

  1. A wonderful mind trip! I cannot reflect in the wilder parts of the USA? I drift and dream of those parts of the UK that bring peace of mind, such as the Cornish coastline and country side and yet again, the wild Pennines, the north York Moors, and the lake district, not forgetting Ayrshire and Burns countryside. Many a wry smile and a warm memory as I reflect where have I been too, what did I do, and who with??

  2. I am drifting and dreaming again, back in the old west riding. Otley agricultural show used to be one of the first agricultural shows of the calendar year[May]-Held on the banks of the River Wharfe in Otley, and then the biggee The ‘Great Yorkshire Agricultural show’ in July[??] held in the show ground on the outskirts of Harrogate, a wonderful meeting of all communities, family friends, and life in general taking place in that Place ‘YORKshire’ a place I am and pleased to call ”Home” all though I was born a Lancastrian, on the banks of the Mersey.

  3. here again I dream of life that has gone past me, but retained in many a memory. The school yard playing ‘Kingee'[ the game were you all put a foot in the circle-touching, throw a tennis ball in the air, and the foot that the ball lands on is Kingee} then with the ball the kingee has to run around the yard hit a person below the knee! If successful then they become kingee together, chasing all that had a foot in the circle. the kingee’s can run and pass the ball but must stand still to throw it at the subject person. Last man standing is the winner, and begins the next game by throwing up the ball in the air to land on someones foot within the circle? mixed boys and girls can play.

  4. Here again rhymes from the school yard, my great gand daughter taught or is teaching me the rhymes for whos on? in a game of tig or blind mans buff, or hide and seek? The rhyme starts ”’ eni menii minee mo catch a minee by the toe” and so on. This reminded me of the rhyme when one put both fist in the circle, and the saying ; ”one potatoe two potatoe three potatoe four, five potatoe six potatoe, seven potatoe more [At this point that person dropped a fist: and around one when in the circle , again and again until there was only one person left with one fist up! and they were on for that game..
    Then I chanted a rhyme to my great grand daughter t thought was more appropriate for the school yard we/I used to chant: it went -”inky pinky pen and inky who made that awful stinky? It was you, and the person in the circle to whom the finger was poiting was out, this was repeated until the last person standing and then they were on! and the game began.

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