Monday, December 21, 2009

The Elderly

I do so enjoy taking photos whilst driving. In fact, some of my best photos have been taken from the car.
I took the photo above today whilst I was driving around The Eastern Suburbs of Sydney with my newly-arrived from California Best Friend, Marge. Whilst stopped at traffic lights, we both marvelled at this Dazzling Array of walking frames & wondered when the time came for us, whether we'd be able to choose one. I tentatively chose the cherry red & grey combo whilst Marge felt that she just couldn't go past the Elegant White.
Anyway, I feel sooo tired & weary tonite that the thought of not just a walking frame, but a fully-fledged motorized wheelchair, sounds v. enticing.

Marge & her family of husband Kenny & son Neddy are v. briefly here to visit her 96 year old mother Aileen, who I'm sure I've featured on the blog or at the v. least, my flickr site over the past year. She still lives on her own & travels by bus to The Bank, a favourite destination of The Elderly.
Here we are in Aileen's apartment. Note that the blinds are v. purposely drawn.
What is it about about The Elderly having the blinds drawn at ten o'clock in the morning when it's a beautiful day?
Is it simply Pure Terror that the Soft Furnishings will fade, I wonder?
Oh dear, I do sound a trifle Sneery & Snotty about The Elderly. I must cut this out immediately. It's not as if it's Their Fault that they're old. Like they deliberately planned it or something just to irritate us Real People. The only comfort that I have about when I become Elderly, is that by the time I get there, they'll be more of us. 96 year old are still Quite Rare.
Back to Me & the photo. Marge has her eyes closed because she is experiencing jet lag.
I, on the other hand, am not experiencing jet lag. Do look at my of course thrifted from 'BednobsEtc' Trent Nathan knit dress. I can't think of anything more to say about it except that it's one of those items that I keep on wearing even though I don't think it's that great especially when I have a gigantic wardrobe to choose from.
That was Rather Smug, wasn't it?
In case you were wondering about how I am going with the Gradual Fake Tan, I'll now give you an update: Quite well, although I do look a little pale. Perhaps even Washed Out. But not Washed Up.

Lastly, look at my friend The Ex-School Nurse .
She made a Home Visit to me on saturday & I couldn't help but take this snap of all her wonderful jewels that are from 'Dinosaur Designs'. Its such an unusual & fantastic look, worthy, I think of inclusion in Advanced Style.

Lastly Lastly, look at all MY jewels. I just couldn't be outdone so after The EXS Nurse left, I really piled them on even though I was just prancing around my apartment on my own.
Mother of pearl, macrame, text, piano keys & plastic. Surely a Winning Combination.


Rebecca said...

Be still my heart! I instantly sighted that turquoise walking frame! As quickly as my arthritic fingers permitted, I clicked on the picture to see it up close. Is it not arm pads I see? Do those fit under one's arm pits or is it made for a tall person? Do you think it is still available? I think it would be wisdom to choose one now so that "when the time comes for us" (as you so delicately put it) we will be sporting something consistent with our wishes.

Della Street Dreaming said...

Absolutely Rebecca. I know how you feel about a turquoise frame! But I can't imagine you having arthritic fingers at all. If you did, how could you possibly manage your coterie of blogs?

see you there! said...

Children, children, play nice with those walkers. I'm first sure I'll need one before either of you do. I have to go back and see if any have the ends of the leg stuffed into tennis balls. That's all the rage here. Makes them more a scooter than a walker.

I'm quite taken with that white on white get up.


Della Street Dreaming said...

Stuffed into tennis balls? How strange !