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1 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives Images and words of womens views of mid-life Isabel de Salis Anthropologist Ian Beesley Photographer Ian McMillan Poet

2 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives I just feel stronger and better and more confident every, every year really, which is weird because I obviously am getting more frail and less strong. At 51 I feel better about myself than I did when I was 30.

3 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives Aims Explore womens feelings about this time of life Understand how getting older relates to the experience of menopause Look at attitudes to menopause and aging Relate these experiences to biological markers Provide a photographic record of women and their families Website, Comics, Book of Experiences, Poetry Book

4 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives Sleep... difficult to say as I have slept so long with depression.... now I have something to stay awake for.... I sleep less... and so much more peacefully.... I guess I like having someone to sleep with....

5 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives Research methods...so far Observation of Focus on Mothers clinic Photography Project Interviews Website

6 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives I spent the evening after I saw you dancing my socks off and have been suffering with a hip injury ever since....knew i wasn't really 25, but forgot...

7 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives The same as any woman I hate my legs. In my family we all live to ninety, but we have hips. Heavy hips and a long life. 90% of people just let themselves go and just dont worry about putting on paunches and things like that… I just want to try and remain as young as I can really and still look as [young as] I can.

8 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives Doing the verbal fluency test: The menopause is lovely (sardonic) On the doorstep: Thats the menopausal brain for you – just to give you an idea of whats going on In the sitting room: So I do think, is that because Im so busy?…. or is it my hormones?…. or a steady decline into senility?

9 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives I am more aware of my body rather than just living in my head

10 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives I dont have happy dreams anymore and I did used to, I used to have erm, quite nice dreams, erm, and the odd nightmare but never these, oh end of the world type feeling dreams and that is something that has happened in the last few years.

11 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives A realisation you are mortal and things pack up. Your biological usefulness is over, you are no longer fit for purpose... you just accept it. When dad goes, Im next.... like I washed my dad yesterday and he used to be a really strong man like Arnie Schwarzeneggar and his arms are so thin now. And as I washed his hands I could see my own arms in his arms... I knew I was from him. And I thought how hed declined. He was like the old elephant. We all get old and wither. Its OK thats just how it is... its natural.

12 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives Jackie magazine there was this sort of teenage magazine I used to always get … and I think in the Jackie Magazine world if you had a problem it would all be sorted out and saved by if you met the right man and everybody would live happily ever after…. and I think in the past I always lived as if somebody else would make it right or fate would make it right or religion or something. So I reject that now…. I suppose it is growing up and Ive always thought that Ive never grown up really.

13 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives I sobbed, I sobbed all the way back [from taking her to university] And I was seriously depressed for three or four weeks. And now its like, almost like a love affair…. because I think oh Im going to see her and then all day I get really, really excited..

14 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives The house became much quieter and emptier – it was awful, your life revolves around them. Then, they are gone What are you going to do.

15 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives The only thing I noticed was the house was tidier. Its not a static process,they keep coming and going in and out of your life, but it takes some getting used to.

16 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives We were prepared for it – Lucy had been way a number of times before. It was her entourage that we missed, all her friends coming and going –the house was suddenly so much quieter.

17 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives His dad cant stand football, so I took him to his first football match City vs Rovers (Bristol) - he has been a fan ever since.

18 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives Retirement And what would you like to do, when you said in terms of your retirement, what would you like to be doing? A good holiday! Id like to stop working but somebody pay my wages into the bank and then I could go out and I do lady what lunches!....I could go out and I could still go shopping, I could go on nice holidays. I could go out and use that sunbed, I could go out and lie down, read books, lots of books and I wouldnt have to finish that Masters.

19 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives When I got together with my partner I just said the shops shut. I dont think anything works, ever so sorry....... Well anyway, bless his heart. He opened the shop, put the awnings out, the whole bloody array of everything on display and Oh my God... Im having a wonderful time. Ive come alive... Now everything [reproductive] has packed up... everything is bloody good actually. Now that bit doesnt make me feel old.

20 The words and images used here are not necessarily of or from the same person Time of our lives You beat me to it – I was just typing out the recipe for you. (I remembered to do it without having to write myself a reminder!) Hope you like the cake! That famous HRT cake Makes two! 100g Soya flour 100g Whole wheat flour 100g porridge oats 100g linseeds 50 g sunflower seeds 50g pumpkin seeds 50g sesame seeds 50g flakestem ginger, finely chopped 200g raisins Approx 0.75l soya milk 1 tbs malt extract s almonds 2 pieces ½ tsp nutmeg ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger Put the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the soya milk and malt extract. Mix well and leave to soak for about 30 mins. If the mixture is too stiff, add more soya milk. Spoon into loaf tins lined with greaseproof paper and oil. Bake in oven Gas mark 5 /190˚C for about 1¼ hours until cooked through. (Test with a skewer). Turn out and leave to cool. Delicious with butter or spread. Ideally, eat a slice a day!


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