A well written novel can take you to so many different places geographically. Here's a just for fun list of my 5 favourite novels set around the globe: A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute: My all time favourite novel. We meet our heroine, Jean Paget, post Second World War when she lives in my bit of West … Continue reading Reading My Way Around the World
Welcome to my favourite scrapbooking project of the year! Let's take a look at how days 1-5 turned out: Day 1: The day that Elvis the Elf makes an appearance and returns The Boy Child's letter to Santa, which has been stamped as either Naughty or Nice.I think the glimpse of my feet in my slippers … Continue reading December Daily | Days 1-5
Last Friday, the BBC launched its annual fundraising initiative for Children in Need. Throughout the day, BBC Radio2 played musical selections chosen by charities CiN had supported over the last year.There I was, pottering around the kitchen, wrapping up the ironing before the weekend and enjoying the late morning sunshine streaming through the window. There I … Continue reading The Power of a Musical Memory
Roy Stewart Wilson, service number 64904, was a pilot in the Royal Air Force and he died on 14 July 1941. He was just nineteen years old and the son of James and Eileen Wilson. I have no connection to him whatsoever. Yet on Sunday morning, I placed a cross at our local War Memorial in his honour (and … Continue reading We’ll Remember You
I walked past this bench the other day and barely glanced at it. But in that split second, the text resonated with me so much that I stopped in my tracks, backed up a few paces and stood looking at it for what seemed an age.Over the years, I'd had conversations with my parents about whether 'ordinary' … Continue reading What Caught My Eye #13
I own a Kindle by default. I don't love it particularly, but nor do I hate it. It is what it is. My Kindle began life as a Christmas gift for my lovely Father-in-Law and, when he passed away in 2012, it then found a new home with Mum. When she died early last year, it ended up with … Continue reading Kindle | Love It? Hate It?
It dawned on me recently that my top three favourite books are my top three for a reason. Sure, they're brilliantly written and one definitely counts as a modern classic, but the real reason I love them is because parts of my life are in them. I know that sounds a wee bit fanciful, but let me … Continue reading My Life in Three Books
There are a number of things in my house now that were once in Mum's house.A piece of furniture, an ornament or two, this and this.But which thing of hers brings me most comfort?This key ring. Once Mum's estate had been wound up, I remembered to ask if I could have it, and it arrived yesterday.When … Continue reading The Little Things
Someone told me recently that my sole reasonfor sending reams of Happy Mail over the yearswas because I wanted to receive comments about how kind I am.That, apparently, I "only do things that give gratification."Wow, don't hold back, why don't you tell me what you really think?(I'm putting their comments down to a bad day. … Continue reading Happy Mail and Its Purpose
In retrospect, it was/is funny.But it wasn't.Me: Hi, good morning. I need help to unlock the Apple ID on my late mother's iPad. Meeter and Greeter Guy: "Right, okay, not a problem ...er, did you just say your late mother?"Me: Yes.Meeter and Greeter Guy: Cool.Me: Erm, no, it's not cool, actually. Meeter and Greeter: Oh. Right.