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 have two faces don't we?? I have written a short poem to share with you all.
Summer is well and truly upon us now and here are some super photos from the gardens of our friends and my own. Hope you enjoy looking at the photos and agree how lovely they all are.
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!
‘And take your blue budgie with you!’ David’s last angry words rang in my ears as he slammed the front door of the police house in my face, and on my marriage.
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.
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!
The best thing about this tomato flan is, you can make it the quick and simple way for every day lunch or you can jazz it up and it looks good enough for the centre piece of a special buffet.
Would you like to be a 'Time' Traveller? A poem I have written recalls previous eras.
Sandals with socks have the ability to divide the nation as much as Marmite or a General Election. Some detest the look while others love the comfort.
We all have photos stored in boxes that recall happy, sad, eventful times. Here is a short poem I have written.
Do you know, since I decided to keep you up-to-date with how I’m taking on retirement head on, I just haven’t had a moment to tell you about it!
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.
You are never too old have a go at something different, that’s what I try and tell myself.
We all remember that dreadful day on 11th September 2001. Here is a short poem I have written to share with you all.
Photo by courtesy of Brian O'Donahue
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!
On June 19th 2015, I met Titli Nihaan founder of Titli's Busy Kitchen and spent an entertaining and very interesting two hours with her. Here are some questions Titli has kindly answered for us.
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At 4.15am this morning I was looking at the sky which was a vivid red colour. As the saying goes, "red sky in the morning,shepherds warning". I should have taken a photo of it with my ipad.
A poem I have just written, rather apt in the current climate.
Why Not Try Cooking This Eggless, Fatless, Sugarless Cake? It is Delicious! Maybe Make One For Fathers Day Tea?
This is a truly delicious cake, which is perfect for those on a diet as there's no added fat or sugar. The sweetness comes from the fruit. I even make it at Christmas. It's great covered in marzipan and icing.
Fed Up With Meat Curries? Try This Aubergine And Chickpea Curry, It Is Very Tasty And Perfect For Vegetarians Too!!
Here is an excellent vegetarian curry which is easy to prepare and delicious to eat. The following recipe will serve two - three people.
The title intrigued me before I opened the first page…so a good start!
Can You Help Hereford Guide Dogs For The Blind By Voting For Them To Become Hereford Sainsbury's Charity Of The Year?
If you are a Herefordshire resident, you may not be surprised to learn that this beautiful rural county homes the highest percentile of people living with sight loss, around 3.9%, in comparison to the rest of the UK, which currently stands at an estimated 2.95%.
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!
A poem I would like to share with you.
Whether you believe in it or not, superstition plays a role in all our lives. Each of us uses it to one extent or another and I wouldn’t believe anyone who said they didn’t.
It all started many months ago. The company, Exclusive Ballooning, sent an intriguing e mail asking if we would like to take part in a cross London flight. It would be in aid of The Lord Mayor’s charity and all those interested should apply.
On my 50th birthday - almost ten years ago now - I was in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, on a holiday that took me to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and all points in between.
Do Support Debbie Flint's Table Top Sale At Wotton Village Hall On Saturday August 8th In Aid Of Medical Detection Dogs!
On Saturday August 8th, Debbie Flint is holding a tabletop sale at Wotton Village Hall between 11am and 5pm in aid of a cause close to her heart, Medical Detection Dogs.
If you suffer with swollen feet, finding footwear for a summer wedding or party can seem like ‘mission impossible’. Luckily, Cosyfeet offer a gorgeous lightweight sling-back that lets you look great without your feet having to pay the price.
Did you know that natural Aloe Vera soothes sunburn? Out in the sun, even when using sun cream, we can all overdo it sometimes.
Swanwick Writer’s School has been happening at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire each summer for 67 years. I first heard the name when my mother came in the early years, with members of Nottingham Writers Club.
I have been thinking about British traditions and have found one for each month of the year. Here’s a list of events you may or may not have heard of. Some ancient, some new and some downright quirky events that will, or have continued, to take place in Britain this year.
Every man likes to have a good shave I am sure without any rash developing or painful nicks from a razor. The Personal Barber sends out monthly supplies and may well solve all your problems and ensure an excellent result every day.
Thank you to everyone who took part in my Lipogram Competition. Two winners have been chosen. It was a difficult decision for the judge who enjoyed reading all of your superb entries. Lipograms are difficult to write, but highly satisfying to complete.
When we came back to the UK in 2002 it was to move into a house we had bought four years earlier. We slowly got dragged into village life and never realised how our lives would change through joining our Community Council.
Today I am thrilled to be interviewing MasterChef Champion 2015, Simon Wood. A very worthy winner I am sure you will agree!
Here is a sad poem for all feline lovers out there.
For many years now, herbalists have been campaigning for statutory state regulation, both to protect the public from unqualified practitioners and to secure our legal status.
A recent debate on another site for the more mature browser really surprised me. Being of the mature generation myself, I was surprised to read my contemporaries ranting on about the 'waste of money', 'all a con', 'just a way to charge more' and so on.
Time to declutter my clothes, I must do it, but can I really throw away my Jeff Banks jacket from 1970? Yes, you read that correctly, 1970. And it still fits!! But I will probably never wear it again. Is it time for eBay maybe? Then there are my Levi's from the same year. They don't fit. And goodness, a Laura Ashley full length dress. Too scared to try that on! I distinctly remember buying the dress from one of the first Laura Ashley shops that opened in Oxford in 1972.
The dragon and her winged sister were chatting on the phone last week and decided it would be nice to get together; they haven’t seeneach other for all of a month. She came down here last time, so it was the fire breather’s turn to go up there; up there, being Glasgow.