Watch an artist at work in wood carving demonstrations, and see the unveiling of a striking new sculpture at Hyde Park Cemetery, Doncaster, on Sunday, 7 June from 11 to 3 pm.
“The tree trail is for everyone: whether you’re a child, or someone who loves nature, while the barn owl is a magnificent addition to Doncaster’s public art, including the wonderful variety of stone carvings found throughout this cemetery,” said Richard Bell, Chair of the Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery.
The Friends launch their new, free “Tree Trail” on Sunday. The trail guides you around 12 different types of trees in the beautiful setting of the 15 acre cemetery. Sunday’s events start at the main entrance at Carr Lane, Doncaster DN4 5AA, near the side of Adrian Welch Glass & Glazing.
A stunning hand carved sign about the trail is already in place near the entrance, carved by acclaimed artist Leon Clemitshaw, who also created the barn owl sculpture being unveiled at the event.
Leon will demonstrate his wood carving skills on the day. There is also an additional sculpture by Leon, which joins the barn owl by the entrance.
The cemetery, which opened in 1856, contains the graves of many of Doncaster’s famous Victorian residents. Their story is the story of the town.
For more information about the tree trail, and about Sunday’s events, see fohpc.or.uk.
I’m starting work lining up my creative writing class for homeschoolers for this fall. I had three names from this spring that were interested and so I called them first. All three still sound interested, so I am hoping to get one more and have a nice little four-person class for two months. I don’t think it should interfere with my classes since I’ll be finished before I have to go up to the W for a conference they’re holding in October. And I want to keep working at something so I don’t feel like a total leech at home. Talked to three interested mamas this morning, and they all still sound interested so maybe it will pan out for this semester.
I’m gong to write my advisor this morning and get my enrollment information so I can sign up for classes. I’m just going to take the one writing for new media class and see how it goes. If things go well both in fall and spring, I may sign up for two classes next fall. I think the new media class will be the most challenging one because I am technologically challenged. I was told back in 2007 that I had a nonverbal learning disorder, and I’m not sure he isn’t right. I have a hard time learning things with my hands. But we will see.
My mood is really up considering it’s summertime. I’m not manic; I’m not making grandiose plans or anything like that. BUt for the first time in a long time, I feel just garden-variety happy. I’ve made it into the graduate program and have so much to look forward to there, and my kids are doing well, and my husband seems content with everything that is going on. I’m hoping that maybe I’ll get a few more years of stability under my belt and I can hopefully get a real, live, full-time job after the degree. I want to. I don’t want to be on disability the rest of my life. So we will see. I’m already praying about what I need to be looking at after I finish. So we will see.
I have been having problems with food allergies for a few years now. Actually, these are not the full fledged anaphylactic reaction (where your throat closes up and without an epinephrine shot, you have danger of dying) kind of allergies, I suppose my allergies would be better described as food sensitivities. My symptoms are not the typical gastrointestinal ones, but rather are joint pains and fatigue. A few years ago, I was tested for food allergies using an IgG test, by a rather unconventional doctor. My tests came out positive for many food, including bananas, beef, corn, wheat, rice, casein (a milk protein). I stayed off those foods for a year and then tried to add them in, unfortunately, it didn’t really help. Then when I moved to Louisville, I went to a doctor in Cincinnati, an extremely unconventional doctor, to the point of charlatanism. He offered to cure my bipolar disorder! That’s when I stopped seeing him. Now I am seeing an allergist, he has done IgE food allergy testing and found I am allergic to about 12 foods. I’ve been avoiding those foods for two months. A few days ago, I added dairy back in and started having knee pain and fatigue. Darn! I love ice cream, and whipped cream, and butter and Flan! Now I will have to go off dairy for a year.
Considering my food allergies and my having bipolar disorder (BPD), I decided to do a search about food and bipolar d/o. Below is an article I found about the five so called worst foods for bipolar d/o. In my experience, caffeine is only bad when I am not on Lithium, when my mood is controlled on Lithium, I can have 5 cups of coffee and I will not get jittery, hyper, neither will my muscles start trembling, all the case if I am not on Lithium. I once asked my doctor, a long time ago, if Caffeine can push someone with BPD into mania, because I had felt the “upness” after having coffee. He didn’t really have an answer for me. Now I believe it can, if your mood is not managed wit Lithium (for me) or another mood stabilizer.
Alcohol, definitely reacts badly with the medications used for BPD. The meds potentiate the effect of alcohol, which means a very little amount of alcohol can have quite a big effect. I drink one glass of wine and my dead starts swimming, although it does make me really happy :-) It says below that people with BPD can become addicted to alcohol easily, may well be the case, but not in my experience.
Sugar can of course. spike your blood sugar, and the ensuing elevation in Insulin can make your blood sugar levels drop. Not so good for people with mood disorders. Stability, evenness, and steadiness are the most coveted states, in sugar levels and moods for any one with BPD!
Salt can interfere with Lithium metabolism and of course, water metabolism. When one is on Lithium, one has to stay very well hydrated as Lithium is a diuretic as well as a mood stabilizer. Also salt can be dehydrating, with Lithium, that is not a good idea. I find that I crave salt when I’m on 900 mg of Lithium. I don’t eat too much salt, but neither do I restrict my salt intake. And my doctor told me to eat more salt if my side effects such as fine muscle tremors (mostly in my right hand) get to be too bothersome. I suppose the extra salt lowering Lithium levels to stop the tremors.
Fat, I don’t understand why fat is on the list below… Good fats such as nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are actually quite beneficial for the brain. The cell membranes of neurons, as well as glia are made of fat, so this one, I don’t know. I would leave fat off the list of the five worst foods for BPD.
The Five Worst Foods for Bipolar Disorder