Jeanne Ellin

About Jeanne Ellin

I am a poet working at living a creative life in a one room flat, companioned by a menagerie of chronic health problems. I began this series of posts after being inspired by two women younger than myself, who, fearful of their imagined old age spent in ill health and poverty, committed suicide. I explore every year as a bonus of adventures, with moments of discomfort or fear, but with unexpected treasure to be found - helped by a sense of the ridiculous, a world perspective and creativity.

Jeanne Ellin: speed dating and jam

Jeanne Ellin: speed dating and jam

Speed dating and jam I was in Waitrose’s jam section. An unlikely pick up point. I was just browsing the jewel toned jams, Crab Apple, Cherry, Fig, Greengage, Gooseberry, Ginger, Loganberry Pineapple, Rhubarb. I have very little jam, just the occasional teaspoon for a jam omelette. The sensible option is the mini-jars, but they only […]

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Jeanne Ellin: touch

Jeanne Ellin: touch

Touch Many older men coming out of long relationships are seeking a belated wild youth or to have one last adventure. They are looking for a vital woman in her forties or even early fifties. They often specify good health and fitness. This is a common requirement even without a specified age. Others are looking […]

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Jeanne Ellin: on the RADIO!

Jeanne Ellin: on the RADIO!

On the RADIO! I volunteer for a charity, Silverlinks, that offers repairs and adaptations among other services to elderly and or disabled people. My input is often by phone, to offer support to people deciding to downsize or considering sheltered housing among other things. I was feeling that I have not done much for them […]

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Jeanne Ellin: deliveries and daffodils

Jeanne Ellin: deliveries and daffodils

“What is it like to be old?” I told them it was a real adventure. Scary, uncomfortable, uncertain, with real Dragons and real Treasure. Deliveries and daffodils Being inside for several days my observations have been very small scale and window wide. A daffodil with its trumpet kissing the grass after a stormy night. Over several […]

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Jeanne Ellin: shipwrecked

Jeanne Ellin: shipwrecked

Shipwrecked The shipwreck happened, a health crash that meant early retirement and was followed by several other diagnoses over the next two years. A positive menagerie of conditions all requiring care and attention. M.E. is the main protagonist, aided and abetted, amongst others, by diabetes, coeliac disease and high blood pressure. But I refuse to […]

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Jeanne Ellin: a good week

Jeanne Ellin: a good week

A good week I am triumphant. I have been to an exhibition! The first such outing for over three years. This had to be planned like a military expedition. Meals pre-cooked for the day and two days after. Transport booked and extra quiet days before. Just basic feeding and watering for me and Little Cat […]

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Jeanne Ellin: Little Cat Friday

Jeanne Ellin: Little Cat Friday

Little Cat Friday My closest companion is Little Cat Friday, an eccentric tabby of uncertain temper, erratic digestion and unsocial habits. She is a rescue cat. The charity looking after her was not even posting her on their website because of her temperament. Since I could not then offer a garden or lively company I […]

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