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Monday, 16 October 2017

Many Miles Travelled....

It’s been a while since my last post, but the past couple of weeks have been a bit frantic, with my friend from Green Bay, Wisconsin πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ staying here with me in England. 




I rather like this quote about female friendship. It certainly rings true to me...



When you actually sit down and think about it, friendship is a wonderful thing, which adds so much joy to our lives. Sometimes we have known friends for as long as we can remember, and sometimes friends come into our lives suddenly and unexpectedly, just when we were least expecting it. 




It’s funny how you really connect with some people, and feel that you have known them for ever. I read a quote a while ago, by S E Hall, which said “Maybe it’s not about the length of time you’ve known someone; maybe it’s about instant recognition on an unconscious level.  Our souls know each other.”

I do believe that - how else can we explain that instant connection, or spark, with someone when we meet them for the first time. All part of life’s deep mystery, I suppose. 

I certainly believe that there is much more to
life than we could ever imagine. It’s like when there are tragedies, and you hear people telling the story of how they had decided to have a lie in that morning, or take a different route, thereby saving their lives.  Simply by changing their daily routine for some unexplained reason. 

Well, I’ve gone off on a complete tangent here, as I’ve just seen the title of this Post. I was going to tell you about the miles we covered during my friend’s visit, but that will have to wait for the next time.

Suffice it to say that these two ladies ‘of a certain age’ (or have we now passed that certain age?!) had a wonderful time, with much fun and laughter. 




Hope all is going well with you. 







Friday, 22 September 2017

Autumn Gently Creeps In ....

It's that day again....yes, Friday!  I came across this quote by Oscar Wilde this week, and I thought it was very appropriate right now ...



Summer does seem to be collapsing quite quickly over here in ye merry olde England!  I'm still hoping for an Indian Summer, as my friend from Wisconsin arrives next week!  



It will be lovely to see her again. With all this modern technology, it is so much easier to keep in touch with family and friends who live long distances away, but you can't beat actually sitting right there with them, laughing at silly things, and generally putting the world to rights. It would be lovely if you could all send some positive vibes this way, so that we are blessed with some good weather while she is here. Thank you!

But we started off talking about Autumn....these two pics taken in my garden last year sum up the season very well, I think. There's always this wonderful light in Autumn, when everything  seems so crisp and clear. 





Going back to the Oscar Wilde quotation at the beginning of this Post,  there is another one that is a favourite of mine, and I actually have it on a little plaque here in the home ...



Most of my long term bloggy friends, know how much I love quotations, and I'm always looking out for new ones. Pinterest is a wonderful source for doing this. Sometimes you read a quote, and you just think, 'yes', that's exactly it!  

I'm sure most of us love taking photos, be it of our family, times spent with friends, our gardens, places we have visited, or just anything that takes our eye.  This quote fits the bill exactly, for we truly are capturing a moment in time and, of course, these days most of us carry our phones with us, so there is no excuse to miss a magic moment!



Well my friends, I'll wind it up again for now. I'm sure I will be taking lots of photos over the next couple of weeks to share with you later on!  It's quite fascinating I find, when you are taking a friend to places  you've known all your life.  Because they have never been to those places before, you suddenly see locations  in a whole different light.

Enjoy your weekend and be safe. I'll leave you with the following ....



There's a new Featured Post up today.  Just click on the link at the top of the column on the right hand side - it's all about the bigger picture. 

After writing the above post, I have discovered that today is the Autumn Equinox - don't say that I'm not ahead of the game!! 😊😊

Any images today that are not my own, are courtesy of Pinterest.com

Friday, 8 September 2017

Not Friday Again Already, Surely?!



Good morning, good afternoon, good evening folks - there, I think I've covered all the greetings for wherever you might be in the world as you read this little Post. 

I simply can't believe that it's Friday again already - my life is simply disappearing before my very eyes, and at my age, that's not such a good thing !  I suppose I'm in the Autumn of my life.  Well, Autumn can be quite delightful, so I intend to sit back and enjoy the ride. 

To be honest, I am very grateful to still be around. I have lost several friends over the years that have died far too young.  A couple very suddenly, and a couple after suffering illness, but I'm grateful that they were in my life, and for the happy memories that they left behind. 

In this country, we talk about the weather quite a lot, but, my goodness, I'm thankful that our weather is fairly steady, when I look at what is going on in America at the moment. 

Raging fires in some States, the devastation in Texas, which I touched on in a previous Post, and now they have Hurricane Irma threatening to hit Florida quite soon. I pray for all those involved and that all my bloggy friends down that way will keep safe.  What a worry that must be!

My last Post involved the word Kindness. It's really spooky, but I have seen that word mentioned on Facebook quite a lot since I wrote it. I really like this picture ....



There is a little story behind the photo. Harper Collins UK made this postbox so that all those working in the building could post kind notes to each other, to coincide with publication of that little book on kindness. 

Well, my youngest grandchildren went back to school this week, so I won't be seeing them quite so much again now, but I'm grateful for all the fun and happy times that I spent with them during the Summer holidays. Memories made and precious times to be treasured. 









My eldest granddaughter returned to University this week, and I am so proud of her, as she starts her third year at Madrid University.  


So looking back, yes, it's been a good Summer and once again, I feel thankful. 

So little peeps, I wish you a happy weekend ahead, and for those in America affected by the weather, I hope you all stay safe. 

This one made me smile ....




Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Just One Word - Kindness

Just a simple little post today, from me to you, and it features one of my favourite words .... KINDNESS.  





We need more kindness in the world today, and, yes, gentleness and respect. We need far less hate and aggression.  Less pulling people down, and more building people up. 





The quotes today are all courtesy of Pinterest. I came across this Interview with Roald Dahl, and I couldn't agree with him more....

"I think kindness is my number one attribute in a human being.  I'll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity, or anything else."

Interviewer.. "or brains even?"

"Oh, gosh, yes.  Brains is one of the least. You can be a lovely person without brains, absolutely lovely. Kindness - that simple word.  To be kind - it covers everything, in my mind.  If you're kind, that's it."







Perhaps you might have your own favourite word as to how life should be lived ....but, to my mind, if you're kind, you care for others, you love, you have empathy, you have generosity of spirit, and you want the very best for that other person. 

May you be surrounded by kindness as you go through your week ❤️



Saturday, 26 August 2017

So August is almost over ....

Hallo again lovely peeps. As I write this, here in England, we are enjoying a warm, sunny, long Bank Holiday weekend. Now I have to tell you that this is very unusual - Bank Holidays in this country are usually wet, windy, dreary affairs! 

People can be seen wandering aimlessly along, wrapped up as though it were Winter, battling the elements, and trying to put a brave face on things.  It's what we British do best!! 

But, this weekend, the weather Gods are smiling down at us and the weather is, well, just like Summer! 😊. In fact, this weekend is our last Bank Holiday until Christmas. (There! I've mentioned the 'C' word). 

Holidaymakers are heading to our wonderful beaches in their droves, blocking up the lanes for mile after mile, whilst local people try to find a peaceful spot to enjoy some family time,  before the children return to school in early September. 

Caravans crawl along our narrow roads, totally oblivious of the five mile tailback behind them.  Here are a couple of photos of places near where I live, to give you some idea of the roads around here....







Driving across Dartmoor, you also have  the sheep πŸ‘ that wander across the road! 


 
But it's sad to think that Summer will be soon be coming to an end, as the evenings gradually start to pull in. We were having a lovely Summer....we even managed a couple of heatwaves, would you believe, when people could be seen trudging along, muttering to themselves..."it's too hot!  It's TOO hot!!"  Alright, I'll admit it, that would have been me then.

But, of course, as soon as the schools closed for the Summer, everything went downhill, and August has been a very unsettled month. 

So this latest spell of lovely (but definitely not too hot) weather has come along just at the right time.

Talking about weather, my thoughts and prayers are with people in certain areas of Texas at the moment, with Hurricane Harvey causing widespread damage. 

Well, I think that's all for the moment, so I'll close again for now. 

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Real Blogging Friendships

I've been thinking of when I first started blogging, which was in 2010.  Daughter number one was home on a visit from Paris, and she suggested that I start a Blog. She was already writing a Fashion Blog herself at that time. 

Anyway, she helped me set it up and off I went. It's really strange when you write your first Post, as you can never imagine anyone out there reading it.  



But, somehow, people do find you - you visit other peoples' blogs, leave a comment, and it gradually builds up from there. My daughter also bought me this little notebook, and it was lovely to find this little note inside it!





Lots of my original bloggy friends no longer write any more, but the lovely thing is, we all keep in touch with each other via Facebook. 

I have some local friends who simply cannot understand friendships via the Internet. But I can honestly say that I have forged really good friendships over these past seven years, with people from this Country, Australia, America, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, France, to name but a few. 



We have encouraged and supported each other, seen each other through illnesses, and a myriad of experiences that life tends to throw at us when we least expect it. 



Equally, we have all been there to share in happy times, to see our children and grandchildren grow and flourish, and I know we all take such pride in that.




It's amazing  in those seven years, to see little ones grow from babies, into beautiful children and young adults. I do pray that this crazy world we live in at the moment, will be kind to all these young people of the future. I continue to pray that good WILL overcome evil.

So to each and every one of my friends who I have never actually met, I certainly feel that I know you, and I salute you, for the special people you are, and don't forget ....




Some bright sunflowers to end with, which I spotted yesterday, and I hope you have a lovely weekend. See you again soon. 



Sunday, 13 August 2017

Misty Summer Morning

A happy Sunday to you all.  It's one of those perfect Summer mornings here in heavenly Devon, with the mist rising across the fields - all is quiet and peaceful, with just the sound of a solitary bird singing on a nearby shrub. 



I love early mornings like this, when I could be the only person in the world, and everything is fresh and new. These moments refresh my soul, and make me forget about the fighting and violence I watched on my TV screen last night. Butterflies are fluttering amongst the roses, and I pause to count my blessings. So many good things to be thankful for.  



It's going to be a good day, and I am very lucky to be living here in the South Hams, the most beautiful part of heavenly Devon, and, yes, I'm proud to be a 'Devon maid', born and bred. 





Life is slower in our little corner of England, and I'm grateful for it. Right now, our little lanes are busy with holidaymakers who come down each year for the wonderful beaches, wild Dartmoor, and wonderful local food. I can think of nothing better, on a warm Summer day, than to sit outside, eating good food, with my obligatory glass of RosΓ¨, looking at the sea. Bliss!  

So dear holidaymaker, it's lovely to have you here, but it will be wonderful to have our beauty spots nice and peaceful again! 

Even my little orchid is loving life at the moment!






Sending sunshine and positive vibes to all my Followers out there. Thank you for taking the time to read my rambling thoughts 😊


Sunday, 30 July 2017

This And That, Some Memories And A Few Photos.

Good morning peeps.  It is I - had you forgotten me?!  I see my last post was dated the 25th June - eeeek! Where did that time go, and here we are approaching the month of August. 

I seem to remember as a child that August was always a wonderful month, full of sunshine and blue skies, sundresses and sandals, swimming and donkey rides, lying on the grass watching the fluffy clouds float by overhead, and picking out shapes. 

I do feel lucky in that I think our childhoods (for people of a certain age!) were much more relaxed, and yes, with less expected of us. We were allowed to be children and to enjoy those precious years. 

We were being blessed with a lovely Summer this year, over here in heavenly Devon, but as soon as the children broke up from school, yes, you've guessed it, the sun disappeared and the rains came. Hopefully the sun will return. 

In fact, it had been so hot, that my daughter suggested putting up a pool in the back garden. The little ones had a wonderful time! 







Since I last posted, my grandson had his 9th birthday and will soon be as tall as me! 





I was taken out for a very special lunch, as part of my on-going 70th birthday celebrations, and this week, another friend is taking me to the Theatre. I do love these 'big' birthdays !



And, of course, I've been on some lovely walks by the coast here in heavenly Devon. 





My two daughters and their families are all together in Ibiza at the moment. It makes me happy, as a mum, to know that they're making memories together with their own families. 





I can't end without also posting a photo of my beautiful eldest granddaughter, who is also spending the Summer in Ibiza, before she returns to Uni in Madrid at the end of August.





So then, I feel very blessed.  Blessed to be able to do the things I do, and blessed with a loving family and some very special friends. 

I hope that you are all doing well at the moment and I'll see you again soon.