Cloud Surfing – North Carolina

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.

My travel around the clouds continue (you can see more of my travel adventures by clicking on CLOUD SURFING in the TAG CLOUD).   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 to North Carolina in the Spring.

Courtesy of a blogger and photographer Barbara Rogers.  She has a lot in common with my career history, as before she retired she was an Activity Director in a retirement village.  Now she makes beautiful pottery and writes an excellent blog called “Alchemy of Clay”.




The photograph on the left is one illustration of a walk near Lake Tomahawk which Barbara did on the 3rd May this year.  You can see the rest of this blog by clicking on the link below.





This is another trip Barbara made in 2017 to Bean Station, Tennessee.  The blog contains some really interesting descriptions of the early history of settlers moving from the Appalachian Mountains into the Wild West.

Barbara Rogers’ whole blog is very well illustrated and has some excellent photographs of her ceramics as well as some great photographs of nature.  The site is well worth a visit and can be found on the link below.

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


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1 Response to Cloud Surfing – North Carolina

  1. Dreamon

    The ‘thunderer’ remember the old name for the ‘TIMES’ newspaper, so you dear John are on your soapbox giving out views and options for the elderly of the UK and in fact any community of the world? We all need LOUVE! Dear John, us oldies??? Amongst us.

    This weeks ‘blog’ a cloud surf in North Carolina is very absorbing, and thought provoking! By Barbara Rogers, and the invite to the web connections revealing, as to what one can do in the latter years of ones’ life? The views and vistas of the North Carolina hinterland are like a trip down memory lane? Not traversing the American Byways but ones UK or Europe in ones’ youth, especially family days out and walks in the lakes and fells of the Pennines or the shores of Devon and Cornwall, or a bit more remote in Scotland or Wales.

    What you have done dear John is attempt to open up the worldwide net, and friendly sites that one can visit to exchange images and rekindle memories of a life past, when one was more active and mobile {maybe for some amongst us who are house bound.}

    I remember in my youth [teenage years] the older generation used to have social meetings and evenings in the local halls-tearooms under the banner of ‘’Darby and Joan’’: Today as I enter facilities on the internet for the elderly I am met by the choice of daily social centres for the elderly, within a local community; however at night they return to the confines of their living quarters whether it be a house/flat, within a community building or along a street. Then one alights on the web upon a retirement complex, or maybe a village for a number of elderly citizens to dwell and socialise, on a continuous 24 hour basis with added support. It is difficult to be too negative society is caring about the elderly, however one cannot afford to be complacent, as the older one gets, and less agile in the mind, then what one takes for granted is that’’ My front door’’ is a barrier between me and the world. So long as the door remains closed one is safe?? Supposedly? Do not forget the ‘ world wide web’ or ‘internet’ Here John if one becomes reliant on banking and shopping for daily goods, and payment over the net one needs and we all demand a secure system: However as the elderly we trust people, and some of those out there are charlatans, vagabonds and rogues, and we need or may need the interface of a reliable human being to give us confidence in what we are trying to achieve, hence the need for day centres and a reference point of what is security? One side issue to this within a retirement complex/village, one has secure surroundings for entry and exit, and staff on hand to refer too, and then ones fellow residents who patrol the ‘Grapevine’ sometimes talking nonsense, but at least offering an honest opinion about the people who reside and work within the complex. It is all life’s rich pattern.

    Back to the ‘worldwide web-internet’ on one site I note that far eastern hieroglyphics are appearing in great numbers, without an apparent reason other than to cause confusion? Should this phenomena become the norm them I regret to say some guardian will have to invoke a web site, with security that is true to form-But user friendly to those over 70+?

    Some societies in this world do not care whom they hurt, rob or injure, we are cursed with a modern democratic society open to all acts and opinions within reason?

    My final thought along this line that now I am more tied to the residence in which I live, and I have to trust those around me, so the local community centres, and retirement complexes and villages where I can converse with similar people of my age who are not as yet mentally impaired, I can learn to trust the people and organisations and so when my time comes, myself, my wife and children will understand what Life style I may wish to lead? Amongst my friends and neighbours.

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