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.
The weather has just begun to warm up, the daffodils and forsythia have just about flowered (although they seem very late this year) and I have just begun a spring clear out. This is a prelude to the spring clean. And for which, there is a reason.
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.
Today I am interviewing best selling novelist Janice Horton.Good morning Janice and thank you for agreeing to answer some questions for us.
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.
Here is my version of roast leg of lamb. I buy my joints of meat from a "proper" butcher (Andre Gourmet in Torrevieja). It may seem expensive but, there is always enough for two days meals for two people and usually some remaining for a snack or a sandwich.
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.
Here are a few bits of trivia for you to look through. These are from an email which is circulating widely. I have no idea who wrote these 'facts', but some of them are interesting!
While the cat's away, the mice will do all the work. She only went on Friday evening and I'm knackered already.
It was the year 3015. During the last 1000 years, Earth had faced many disasters, mostly man-made. Global warming projections had proved devastatingly correct. Rising sea levels meant almost a third of the planet was underwater. In fact, you could take a glass-bottom boat to view part of New York under the sea – hailed as the New Lost Atlantis.
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.
Cambodia, another South East Asian country remembered for all the wrong reasons.
Today I am thrilled to be interviewing MasterChef Champion 2015, Simon Wood. A very worthy winner I am sure you will agree!
Hush little baby
Where the tree-top grows
Lost lonely moonbeam
Where a dark light glows.
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.
Ever thought about taking up Quilling? I am interviewing Tina K Burton today and am about to find out for myself!
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.
We're always being told how good it is for us to exercise, and how a daily walk can keep us trim and healthy, but what if we can't find comfy shoes to fit due to extra wide or swollen feet? This spring, Cosyfeet are launching a pretty, sporty shoe for ladies with extra wide feet. Called the Belle, this supportive shoe is made with soft, premium leathers.
If you grow any of your own herbs, you’re bound to have a surplus at some point. Green leaves can be frozen, but the old-fashioned ways are still the most popular.
Have you ever written a Lipogram? They are very difficult, but not impossible and can be a fun way to spend an hour or two!
Three excellent poems from Joy: one about Spring, one about the gun and one about Charlotte Bronte.
Hives in New Zealand
As the spring days begin to lengthen, we are reminded that soon the long, glorious days of summer will be here – or at least we hope! But in our gardens the year is already well advanced with the garden echoing to the sound of humming and buzzing emanating from a variety of winged creatures including the ever industrious bees.
I am delighted to welcome Tony Laithwaite of Laithwaites Wines to answer some questions for Oapschat.
This is another great recipe from my current box of Simply Cook meals. We are 'travelling' to Korea this time!
I was not sure what to expect of Vietnam, would they be anti west? Was there still animosity over the war? I needn't have worried, the welcome was warm and genuine.
Between 2004 and 2006, David Thomas experienced a series of disasters in his life, culminating in being told that he only had terminal cancer and only a short time left to live.
By Masturbius (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A few weeks ago an invitation dropped through our letter box inviting us to a reception on board HMS Argyll. It has been a some years since we were last on a ship. Edward was a career Naval Officer for many years, so it was going back to the past.
My box of Simply Cook recipes and ingredients to try is proving irresistible!. The next dish I cooked was Hot Cajun Meatballs.
Early spring is always an anxious time for the dedicated water vole fan. Each year, some colonies come back as strongly as ever, some might disappear, while others decide to shift themselves along the water course and pop up where you didn't expect them.
I have to admit that I do tend to cheat with curries and use a well known jar of curry sauce, so this was going to be an interesting and hopefully, an enjoyable experience eating this type of curry.
What do you do with a mob of middle-aged people who will not accept that the fun is over?
Interview with Kate Cotton And Louise Ferguson, Founders Of Skinny Tan And Backed By Dragons Den Kelly Hoppen and Piers Linney
Today I am thrilled to be interviewing Kate Cotton and Louise Ferguson founders of skinnytan.co.uk.
Whenever I speak, my accent betrays me. I am an Aussie, and despite more than 15 years living in the UK, I still speak like an Aussie.
This poem was meant for my greyhound friends, but applies to all rescued pets.
For as long as I can remember I have had a passion for taking photographs. The first camera I owned was bought in British Homes Stores and cost less than five shillings. It served me well for several years, however the cost of a roll of black and white film and the developing was always a problem. With my meagre pocket money I would save like mad so I could afford a 12 picture roll film and then before I knew it, I had finished it!
Copyright Columbia Records
On April 12th 2015, me and my husband (I can’t say my husband and I, or I would sound like the queen) left our home in Cornwall and set off ‘up country’.
Our first stop was in Laos, Luang Prabang to be exact (Luang meaning ancient and former capital and Prabang is the name of the golden Buddha that was left in the temple when the capital relocated).
Would your readers be interested in a Yorkshire based fiction e-magazine?
Me? Get scammed? Behave yourself! A cynical old ex-journalist who knows all about due diligence? Who's done hard selling and studied the psychology of selling? Never!
Do you help run a group, club or charity that benefits older people? Could your organisation do things better with a £500 award?
My four young children were growing up (far too quickly as far as I was concerned), but then comes a moment: a moment that makes you stop and think. Perhaps they are appreciating living in the countryside after all? The link between us humans and those other living beings is not so tenuous after all?
Some more 'facts' that are circulating around the internet, source unknown. Thirty five of them in all. I do not know if they are 'facts' or not!
Coffee, lots of different types of coffee, all strengths, all flavours, some instant, some ground, some good, some awful. So, I saw the website https://www.pactcoffee.com/and they have very kindly sent me a pack to try!
Snow Maidens, a Star and an unknown quantity - read on!
We lived halfway between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye ('in the middle of nowhere' as far as the children were concerned). The two older children were bussed into Hereford every school day and, consequently, did not have the opportunity to see much of their friends outside school hours during their first few months at senior school. Well, I knew that countryside life would be a big bonus for them as far as their future memories were concerned, but totally depriving them of their friends company except during school hours would have been too much of an imposition (having children brings back memories for all parents – no matter from how long ago).