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my friend helen

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Have been away in Suffolk - celebrated our Ruby Wedding last Sunday with the girls and Dan and Helen's godmother Wendy and her husband Tim and son Digby - whilst in the area caught up with other old friends too including an afternoon with this very special lady

I used to teach with helen in the eighties

she is one of the nicest and most interesting person I have known

she is now 81 and has only peripheral vision but lives happily and independently in Norwich, indeed houses a grand-daughter who is at UEA

using a program that enlarges everything and a speech program too she is putting the finishing touches to her family history which earned her an MA from Aberystwyth and which they want for their library

she has had more problems than most - being widowed when her youngest (of 6 - 5 boys 1 girl) was just a baby - her Mum came to her aid - so that by the time I met her she had a family of 4 very strong minded children at home and an elderly mother to look after!

I remember going round once after we had finished working together and she was starting to learn Greek!

as well as teaching she gave piano lessons - her family is incredibly musical and at 'get togethers' the eldest sorts a part out for his peers and their children and they all play together - video I asked - no!

as her family are in Poland and Brussels as well as England the computer has been a lifeline for years and she was the first person I knew to talk on line - and it is now a really useful link to other blind people - when I went it was time for a weekly conference with people she had never met but were all blind - she just said hello and sorry but she was busy - but her face was full of smiles as she spoke to them - great to see

5th Aug 2007, 13:01   | tags:

hello helen

5th Aug 2007, 13:10

Viv says:

oh you'd love this lady Para'

5th Aug 2007, 13:29

yes she sounds my kind of woman!

5th Aug 2007, 15:07

Viv says:

she's a geographer too and her father's home was Wales - that is the part of the family tree she researched for the MA

5th Aug 2007, 16:02

Helen says:

She looks rather well for it all.

5th Aug 2007, 16:26

Viv says:

Yes I didn't take this
Zybys had taken it and sent it to her
and I showed her how to forward it to me -

for all she uses her PC her knowledge of email is rudimentary!

and yes I was pleased to see her so well after the terrible stress of the last year - she had just come back from a week in Holland - a treat from Jan and she has had time in Brussels with Joe and Poland with Andrzej since I last saw her

she is an inspiration and Stefa pulled through - so has a little more time

5th Aug 2007, 16:55

MaggieD says:

This is a lovely portrait of what sounds like quite a remarkable woman ..... I love hearing about women like Helen, I am in awe and inspired! ....

5th Aug 2007, 18:30

looker says:

I like to hear stories about people like Helen. She never let life get her down for long. It gives me strength to get through a tough day when I think of people like her. Thank you for sharing her story and say hi and thank you to her.

6th Aug 2007, 06:22

beth says:

she looks wonderful.. it's a lovely picture too, glad to see it. isn't she one of the reasons helen is called helen?


6th Aug 2007, 13:59

Viv says:

I think it is although it wasn't a conscious decision to name her after her!

6th Aug 2007, 15:25

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