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Town and country sunrise… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo — November 9, 2017

Town and country sunrise… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

A beautiful sunrise and inspirational post from Sue.

“I can’t remember ever actually watching a dawn,” said my son in a plaintive little voice.  He had been looking at some of my dawn photos, taken that morning from my doorstep. He …

Source: Town and country sunrise… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

What My Sisters Mean to Me — November 7, 2017

What My Sisters Mean to Me

A sister is a good friend

Who knows you very well

A sister is a confidante

To whom secrets you can tell

A sister is a shoulder

To cry on when you’re sad

A sister is a comfort

For when things turn out bad

A sister is a treasure

More precious than pure gold

A sister can be relied on

Whatever the future holds

A sister will support you

In all you say and so

A sister is a Godsend

And lucky me to have two!

Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Happiness — June 22, 2016

Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Happiness

It is Ronovan’s turn this week to give us the prompt word for his and Colleen’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday Challenge and he has come up with ‘happiness.’  This quote says it all really; sometimes we are looking so hard for something, we don’t realise that it is there right under our noses!

Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it!

–  William Feather.

 

When the sun is shining

and there’s a gentle, cooling breeze

When the birds are singing

And playing in the trees.

When the flowers are blooming

With all their vibrant hues

When I have a day off work

And can get an extra-long snooze!

When I bump into an old friend

I haven’t seen for a while

When my great-niece Molly

Gives me a gummy smile

When I get to spend time

With all my family

When my husband cooks me

My favourite meal for tea!

When someone says ‘thank you’

As they know, you did your best

When I had my daughter

For that, I am truly blessed.

All these little pleasures

Are not that far away

They are things that make me happy

And brighten up my day.

 

Photography 101: Connect & Tags — March 14, 2016

Photography 101: Connect & Tags

Wedding

Today’s Photography 101 challenge is all about the word ‘connect’ and what it means to me. As you can see from my photo, this was taken at a family wedding.

This speaks of connections on so many levels. Not just the couple that are getting married and starting a new life together, but of the friends and the family that are invited to share the day with them too.

The gathering together of all those people with one common connection, celebrating a marriage,  despite many of them not knowing each other. Eating together, dancing together, and meeting new and interesting people that you may not have otherwise encountered, is certainly making connections!

Photography 101: Bliss and Captions — March 10, 2016

Photography 101: Bliss and Captions

Mum's Birthday
Some of my (rather large) family!

Today for Photography 101, we are to post a photo of ‘bliss.’ This could be anything that brings us joy and happiness. Also, the task is to caption the photo.

This was quite easy for me actually as this photo captures several elements that are important to make in making me happy.

Firstly, being with family; yes we get on each other’s nerves at times and we have our quarrels, but we also have a great laugh as well, and some wonderful times together.

Food.Whenever there is food around, I am happy! Especially if it is a BBQ.

Fine weather. Now I love a bit of sunshine and sitting outside on a warm summer’s evening. I am a bit fussy though in that if it is too hot, I will moan (there is no pleasing some people, I know)!

The only thing missing from this picture is the beach. I do love swimming in the sea, and lazing about on the sand feasting on a picnic!

 

Photography 101: Home — March 7, 2016

Photography 101: Home

As some of you may know, I enrolled myself on the Photography 101 course as my skills are seriously lacking! I do try and take some photos to accompany my posts but they are a bit hit and miss.

The very first thing we have been asked to do is to take a photo of ‘home’ and whatever that means to us. No fancy editing here, just a good old plain photo.

Home

Home to me is my front room. We have quite a small house so it really is the room where I spend most of my time. Home, of course, is also where my family are. Mr Grump and Roxy snuggled up together is a very common sight. Miss Hap is normally up in her room blasting out Justin Bieber songs or something, but I ‘encouraged’ (bribed)  her to be in the photo.

As you can see, she is lolling all over the settee with her phone clamped tightly in her sweaty little mitts! Oh, and the daffies you can see in the photo were an extra Mother’s day prezzie (I got a lovely teddy and also a cushion), she had picked for me  ‘from the roadside’ (I am hoping not to get a bang on the door from an irate neighbour whose garden has been pillaged!)!

 

Well Here it is! — March 5, 2016

Well Here it is!

 

I am very thrilled and delighted to show you my beautiful, shiny new book! Chris at The Story Reading Ape has done an absolutely brilliant job of designing the perfect cover for it too.  He was so helpful and accommodating to me, despite my inexperience in these matters and problems with my e-mail!

At the moment, it is available at CreateSpace, and is now available on Kindle and Amazon.

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I had been encouraged to publish a collection of my poems, and now I have finally done it! I do love to rhyme things and this book is pretty much a compilation of some of my favourites! I have even included some of the raunchier ones to add a little extra spice!

 

 

 

 

The Great Book of Lists 2.2 Words That Matter — February 18, 2016

The Great Book of Lists 2.2 Words That Matter

Beauty

Today we are concentrating on words for the Duchesse’s Great Book of Lists.  As you know, I love words, normally the wackier the better. However, today I will be concentrating on words that matter. This prompt was suggested by the lovely Rosema who wanted us to think about words  that have had some kind of positive impact in our lives. words that have given us encouragement helped us when we were down or propelled us forward. Words that matter, indeed.  Here are some of mine that come to mind…

  • You are a valued member of our team Jude, and I just want you to know that. This was said to me just today actually by one of the senior nurses on my team. It really meant a lot to me hearing that, as I always try to work hard, so it is lovely to feel that it is appreciated.
  • I love you, Mama. Whenever Miss Haps says this, it really melts my heart. We have our ups and downs and because of her Asperger’s, she can be extremely blunt, which can be very hurtful at times, so when I hear this, it always lifts me up and keeps me going!
  • You look pretty today. Occasionally I do actually make an effort to look nice, and sometimes Mr Grump notices! It is always lovely getting compliments and it gives me just a little extra boost!
  • Believe in yourself, and if at first you  don’t succeed then try, try again. This really is  something that I try and remember. It is surprising how many things I have achieved that I had never dreamed I would be able to do. Alright, I may not be the best writer, poet, seamstress, cook or even the best mum, but I try! I get it wrong probably more times than I get it right, but I don’t give up. I am very determined that I will succeed, and that is because I believe that I can do it.

Although there are probably plenty more examples of words that matter, these are the ones that immediately spring to mind as being important to  me.

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge Week 12 – Games — February 14, 2016

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge Week 12 – Games

Games

For Hugh’ s weekly photo challenge this week, we were given ‘games’ which was chosen by Ronovan  who is looking after Hugh’s blog whilst he is busy settling into his new place.

Now I like games, especially charades. Things can get pretty ugly in our family when the board games come out, though, as everyone loves to win, and although no one will admit it, they are all competitive.

However, the games I am going for are the video games. I have to say, I love the Sims games and can spend hours on them, I also get right into my CSI games too,  pondering on the evidence and trying to find clues! I find them a great way to escape from ‘real life’ and lose myself for a while.

 

 

Just Jot It January 26th – Oneness — January 26, 2016

Just Jot It January 26th – Oneness

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Quite an interesting word for Linda’s Just Jot it January prompt today, ‘oneness.’ This speaks to me of being united in something, or being of the same mind. I wonder though if it is possible to be totally ‘at one’ with someone.

As you may know, I am one of six children, Despite most of us having the same upbringing, we are all completely different in our views and outlooks. We vote for different political parties, each having our own thoughts on how the country should be run. We all think differently about religion, out of the four that are christened, only two make the odd appearance at church, the third goes at weddings and funerals, and the fourth is an atheist! The two that are not christened, do go to church occasionally but feel a little uncomfortable, as they can’t accept communion with everyone else.

We have all chosen different career paths, to match our personalities! Three enjoy the cut and thrust of sales, two work in health and social care, and one is an electrician. We even speak differently from each other! One has a very pronounced west country accent, one a northern accent and the rest of us a pretty standard southern accent.

As far as my siblings are concerned, there are definitely major differences. What about my husband? Well, we are pretty different characters as well as far as our personalities go. He is definitely more outgoing and sociable than I am. He is grumpy, I am not (well, not always), he is a real bargain hunter and canny shopper, whereas I just chuck stuff in the trolley that takes my fancy!

However, we do have many similarities, being very routine oriented, and having a similar political and religious outlook. He loves to cook, and I love to eat, and we both arrive everywhere twenty minutes early as we hate to be late!!

It’s funny really, as, although my siblings, husband and friends have very different personalities, views and beliefs, I have found something that we all have in common, and that is a very similar sense of humour!

I don’t think it matters if two people are totally at one with each other. In fact, for some, it is their differences that attract them together in the first place.

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