She Came From a Land Down Under

You know you must have done something right when someone from Australia gets in touch to say they'll be in London and wants to meet up. The young lady in question is the grand daughter of Mum's penfriend, Kay, and I haven't seen her since The Brainy One and I visited Australia in 2005. We … Continue reading She Came From a Land Down Under

TGIF | With A Difference

The lovely Mary-Lou of Patio Postcards blog pointed me recently in the direction of Brené Brown's new weekly gratitude practice, TGIF. Most of us would recognise TGIF as an acronym for Thank God It's Friday, but in Brené's world it stands for Trusting, Grateful, Inspired and Fun. Chihuly at Kew Gardens Trusting: that The Boy … Continue reading TGIF | With A Difference

What Solo International Travel Has Taught Me

I'm heading out on a solo adventure shortly and I'm excited! My first taste of solo international travel took me all the way to Gibraltar in February, 2003 - chosen for the short flight time, its innate Britishness coupled with a 'foreign' appeal and English as the national language. I went for just 2 nights … Continue reading What Solo International Travel Has Taught Me

What I Learned From Being Ghosted

In June, 2017, I wrote that I had been on the receiving end of the cruel act of ghosting and was asked recently if the situation behind the ghosting had been resolved. Almost two years on and no, it hasn't. I've hesitated about commenting further here about what happened to me and, ultimately, have decided … Continue reading What I Learned From Being Ghosted

The History Project | Revisited

I signed up for Kerri Bradford's online class, The History Project, in January 2015, full of enthusiasm, but somehow it became one of those online courses that I didn't complete. I came across my uncompleted work in a drawer recently when looking for Lego instructions (as you do). As I flicked through the worksheets, I … Continue reading The History Project | Revisited

Stranger Things

Do you remember when you were a child and your parents warned you not to talk to strangers? Do you remember constantly telling your children today not to meet up with 'friends' they met on the internet? The Boy Child and I recently did both of those things. We even met arranged to meet a … Continue reading Stranger Things

For the Love of a Cavachon

What's a Cavachon, you might ask?  A Cavachon is a cross-breed dog, part Bischon Frise and part King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. Me, looking pretty thrilled to have a 7-week-old Tilly asleep on my leg. And this Cavachon is the newest member of our family.  For online purposes, let's call her Tilly.  Apart from being completely … Continue reading For the Love of a Cavachon

Finishing Up The One Little Word Traveler’s Notebook | Nourish

How I love the look and feel of this traveler's notebook!  Turns out that 2018 was an excellent year in which to decide to nourish myself.The last few entries are, as you might expect, Christmas related.  There was lunch with two of my local girlfriends. There was that visit to the Royal Albert Hall.  And yes, … Continue reading Finishing Up The One Little Word Traveler’s Notebook | Nourish

Five Things to Stop Doing

A new year.  A new beginning.  I've pretty much dispensed with resolutions these last few years, and, for 2019, have settled on stopping doing the things that aren't good for me.Living in the past:  It’s easy to live in the past to avoid dealing with problems or difficulties in the here and now. Even though … Continue reading Five Things to Stop Doing

10 Things About 10 Years of Blogging

I wrote my first {short} blog post on the 2nd February, 2008.  During 2018, I wrote a series of posts called On This Day where I randomly selected dates to look back at. I can hardly believe that as I move into year eleven, here I am, still tapping away at the keyboard and hitting … Continue reading 10 Things About 10 Years of Blogging