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It has been a super week weathewise and I have been out and about most days looking at all the lovely spring flowers starting to bloom.

Every day though, I said to myself 'Take your iPad and photograph the crocus, daffodils etc.' And every day I forgot. Until yesterday! So the following photos are for us all to enjoy. The sun decided not to come out I'm afraid, but they are all clear. My good friend Chris and her dog Mr Larkin came for an hour's walk with me and I took these snaps.

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Primulas I think!

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Lovely daffodils on a grass verge near to where I live.

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My neighbours Chris and Steve's whacky garden! They won't mind me saying this!! I should add that Chris is the main gardener and decorator!

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Even the owl has a knitted scarf!

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Lots of hearts in Chris and Steve's garden and Mr Woodentop!

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Giant snowdrops and I am not sure of the name of the red flowers - can you help?

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Chris and Steve's dog Mr Larkin eyeing up a row of crocus. He obliged for the photo!

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Superb double headed daffodil!

The fact mentioned above that I forgot my ipad when the sun was out has made me realise that if I do not write things down and remember where I have put the pieces of paper, I forget. I think it is because my brain is thinking about 101 zillion things at the same time! 

I have to learn the words to over 20 songs for two performances at the Courtyard in Hereford at the end of May with HVS. The show is called Don't Stop Believing. I thought I would never manage to learn the words when we performed with Blake, but amazingly everything went perfectly!

Here are a few memory tips, starting with a post our good friend Fred Walton sent me.

One of the things about getting old is that your memory is no longer what it was, as long as you remember to go to bed at night, get up in the morning, and feed yourself, it isn't too much of a problem. But when you forget to order your tablets like I often do and you always seem to run out out one of them on a Saturday and probably won't get a replacement until Tuesday, that can be a problem. Fortunately I am only on five a day, same as the vegetables, but I still manage to run out of at least one of them on a regular basis. I came up with an idea which I think some of you who do the same as me, might find helpful. In an empty tablet box I have put a weeks supply of each tablet and marked it EMERGENCY SUPPLY, and put it in my medication shoe box, so if I do run out of any tablet I have enough to keep me going until my new supplies arrive. By changing them for new tablets once a year you will keep inside the expiry date. Now I only have to remember to replace any that I use, that could be a problem.

Here are some of my tips.

I never go to town without a shopping list.

I write post it notes and stick them to the bookcase in front of my computer and on the doors in the house.

I put messages in my shoes.

I txt a message into the draft section of my phone.

I play the HVS cd's over and over in the car until I am BORED rigid with them!!

I keep a notepad and pens in the car.

Do some mental arithmetic every day and maybe a crossword.

I ask Derek to remind me certain things, he then says ‘Who will remind me to remind you?!’

This website has some good tips. Please share some of yours with us?

Have a good week everyone!

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Hi, my name is Janice and I am the founder of www.OAPSchat.co.uk.This stands for Optimistic and ProActive Seniors Chat. OAPSchat was born in April 2013 as a Facebook page. To date there are over 1362 FB likes. It was in November 2013 that I decided I had enough material and confidence to launch the website.

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