Friday, February 13, 2009


Firstly I would like to say how devastated I was to see the news this morning of plane crash at buffalo with a loss of 49 lives. I cannot even begin to imagine the grief of the families who lost their loved ones. My heart goes out to them.

I have a genuine fear ( more like a terror) of flying!
I expect all those of you who regularly fly from place to place around the world will not quite understand this fear. Perhaps not all of you are always comfortable when boarding a plane, even nervous -- BUT YOU DO IT! I cannot. It has been a dread of mine since I was young and repeatedly had nightmares about a plane crashing. Bizarrely so, I was never actually in the plane when it crashed.

Actually, I did try flying 3 times! When I was in my late twenties and was an executive , I had to fly from Manchester to the Isle of Man for meetings. The situation was that I found I couldn't let go of the seat, I felt so traumatised. Each time it got worse so that was the end of that.

Pills, potions, drink, hypnosis, counselling etc etc, all of those were never an option for me. I am anti all drugs, and a control freak and always have been . So now we travel around Europe on terra firma in a camping car, which is great- honestly! Nevertheless I do have this nagging feeling now I am pegging on a bit, that I will never get to see the really exotic places. Oh I forgot to mention that I am also not happy on a boat either, unless I see land in view! I can hear you thinking " this lady is a freak", and you might be right, although friends and family consider me to be reasonabley normal.
Ah well I guess I shall just have to live with it unless anyone can come up with a solution?


  1. I have never been on a plane and have not the slightest inclination to... people always look at me puzzled when they find this out and constantly coax me to ... I love it here so why do I need to.. I am an armchair traveller and that's the way I'll stay..

    I like your writing... It is a pleasure to learn about you and your life and your past..

  2. Thankyou for visiting my blog Gwen, and I am so pleased that you understand my fear of flying . This blogging is so good for the soul isn't it?

  3. Yes indeed... I now know that there are lovely people out there in the big wide world that contemplate things I think about too!!

    and What a photograph!! of your Doberman on the white couch with everything pale surrounding it... it is wonderful..