If a psychic claimed spirits would haunt you unless you never stopped building a house, most people would dismiss it. Sarah Winchester embarked on a building project that lasted until her death in 1922.
Early in the week, for whatever reason...I received a couple of DOZEN requests to Skype men. Among them, THREE 'GENERALS'? a Deputy General...a 'Sir' and a doctor. Only two women made the same request. I have no intention of Skyping any of them...
This great-looking faux sheepskin slipper from Cosyfeet comes in an EEEEE+ fitting for extra wide or swollen feet. Made from soft, breathable microfibre with a luxurious, fleecy lining, it’s as warm and comfy as it looks.
Thank you for inviting me to your blog and asking me to tell you about my life. They say that life begins at forty but for me it began at sixty. My dream was to become a published author before I was sixty and as time slipped by I was beginning to think I’d never achieve my dream.
Here is a humorous short poem to remind us of ageing!
Got all the ingredients to make my special chocolates again this year. Chocolate marzipan cherries.
Milk Chocolate Mousse In A dark Chocolate Circle, Shavings Of Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate Tuile And Physalis Sauce
Here is a recipe to share with you for October. I hope you enjoy making and eating this fabulous desert!
Autumn is a beautiful time of the year. Scenes to teasure. A short poem as autumn is slowly turning to Winter
Some of you may by now have seen the new Coeliac UK TV advert, the one with a woman having her midriff squashed by a snake and carrying her own bodyweight in fatigue around with her.
You know Christmas is just around the corner when:
A poem to share with you all. I hope you enjoy reading it!
At a time when many people are searching for the top 10 gifts for gadget lovers, ideas to treat Mum and the best gifts under a fiver for the office secret Santa, there will be around 500,000* older people who are all alone. If we all work together and give the alternative gift of friendship this Christmas, we will help make the festive period less lonely for older people.
I wonder what our parents and grandparents would have said about the dangers we seem to be facing today, exemplified by the recent Paris terrorism? After all, their generation lived through wartime periods of clear and present danger to their lives, whether they were serving in combat, or enduring the Blitz.
A Macmillan Coffee Morning Including With Some Super Craft Items And Introducing My Wonderful New Dog, Alfie To Everyone!
Macmillan charity has always been close to my heart. When we got married my husband and I decided to ask for donations instead of gifts and managed to raise approx £2,000 for this cause thanks to generosity of family and friends.My Dad had died from cancer two years before so we wanted to give something back.
The world is bright and shiny and sometimes hard to bear. There are times when all you need is a memory, a reminder, a comforting form of nostalgia to ‘take you back’ to the good old days.
The view of the coast of Croatia as we approached Dubrovnic was breathtaking. The last time I had been there , the approach was from the road high above the town so the view from the sea was totally different.
A few years back I went on a Caribbean cruise, and one of the places I visited was Antigua. I used to dive with snorkel and aqualung in the UK, and have snorkelled in Malta, Spain, and the Bahamas, and a visit to Stingray City was a must.
Yes, we followed our guides all around Tuscany and then the Adriatic. It was certainly a holiday to remember. My husband had never been on a cruise and as my experience of cruising left me many happy memories, I thought we could create even more.
We all want to be happy don't we? I hope you enjoy the poem I have written.
Jan has invited me to tell you a little bit about each of the three books I am donating as a 'giveaway' on the website. They are all available to buy on Amazon.
Who Loves Marshmallows? You Will Be Delighted With The Flavours From Belinda Clark Gourmet Marshmallows!
Did you enjoy eating marshmallows as a child or indeed as an adult? I know I did when I was little and I loved the way they melted in your mouth. But they were only pink and white and both colours tasted the same. Bascially just like eating sugar! So I was intrigued by a website I came across whereby a lady was making and selling gourmet marshmallows!
Crikey Bikey Go From Strength To Strength - What A Fantastic Achievement For Two Young Entrepreneurs!
I am delighted to welcome Kia and Sky from Crikey Bikey. Since I published their story on the website, they are busier than ever which is fantastic! Let's sit down and have a cup of tea and some chocolate biscuits. Thank you both for agreeing to answer some questions for us.
I am delighted to introduce another great new feature to the website. Talented private chef Michel BRU is going to share one recipe a month with us starting from October. Here is an introduction to Michel and a recipe from September 2015.
Music had always been a hobby. But today my hobby has become my work and travel the UK and Europe doing it. How did that happen? I've been playing jazz since I was 15. Over the years I've been fortunate, as a semi-pro, to work with a number of excellent bands, but always as a paid hobby.
An 11 year old invents a product for her homework. 18 months later it is on the shelves in two national retailers and she and her sister, Kia, are up against the adults, pitching to the Dragons in Dragons’ Den!
They say that traits and talents can lie dormant for years before emerging, and there’s some truth in that. Some families are musical, blessed souls, with little Johnny taking up the bassoon like his granddad (or the other way around); others adept at a myriad other pursuits, but with most folk busy earning a crust, they don’t have time to follow their dreams or fancies (down lads).
I am delighted to welcome Bill Sewell of Cafe at All Saints, Hereford and MichaelHouse Cambridge. Bill is going to be sharing some of his delicious recipes with us. We are starting with a pork dish. As Bill states 'Pulled pork isn’t pretty but goodness it’s delicious. Proper caveman food.'
Love heels but have swollen feet? This shoe could be for you. The Hettie has a 4cm dressy heel and it’s so comfy you won’t want to take it off!
AirBnB is a relatively young company started in the US by a couple of young enterprising lads who wanted to travel and keep the costs down. They did this by staying with locals who opened their homes to them.
Forget diamonds, there’s only one thing a middle-aged woman needs for a solo trip round Cornwall and Devon – and that’s a reliable Satnav. If you’ve ever tried to drive and read a map while a dizzying bend, or terrifying roundabout, loom up ahead, I’m sure you’ll be nodding wisely at this point. One of the benefits of getting older is recognising that stress just ain’t worth it.
I came back from Nepal about a month ago. I have friends there, but had had mixed feelings about going. I needed to know that they were safe and well after the earthquake. But it also troubles me when visitors see disasters as some sort of tourist attraction.
If you live in or around Herefordshire, there is going to be an open evening on 21st September 2015 for you to come along and see what fun we have with the choir that I belong to. New members are always welcome, so if you would like to see for yourself, please do!
The winning entry for The Forum Recipe Competition "Share a Recipe, Win a Prize!" has been won by Adrienne Laverick. I spent an afternoon making the delicious soup myself. It is a great value for money lunchtime or light evening meal.
I do realise that others people's holidays can be terribly boring but I promise this was a bit different.
Photo copyright Marilyn Rodwell
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, romance novelists can belong to a professional writing organisation called The Romantic Novelists’ Association. The RNA gives support and encouragement to writers, organises really useful conferences, a chance to network and holds fabulous parties.
Photo taken by Janice Rosser
Most women love a good wedding! Me included. The clothes we wear, the Church, the nervous bridegroom, the vows, the tears, the reception, the champagne, and of course The Bride And her Bridesmaids, and the Eternal question 'what will they be wearing'?!
The title intrigued me before I opened the first page…so a good start!
Popcorn. Memories of buying and eating from fairgrounds from my early childhood was not something I was ever that fond of. You ate it back then because, well, all your friends did and it was a change from candyfloss!
When you have an apple tree in the garden there comes a point in the year when you have to deal with it! Some years there is only a limited amount of fruit but other years there is a massive crop!