Bunged Up 'Doze'? If, like me, you appreciate a natural approach to healthcare, you might like to try this highly effective remedy for instant relief from bunged up noses.
These are traditional small cakes that are crisp on the outside and gorgeously gooey on the inside.
My son told me about Georges Perec, a French author who wrote a 300 page lipogram which means he didn't use the letter e. As e is the most widely used letter I was fascinated by this. Here is my (much shorter) lipogram.
Here is my review of some of the more unusual stories that made the headlines in 2014. This is only a snapshot, but I hope you enjoy reading the articles I have chosen.
I am back from my Mediterranean cruise and thought this week and next week I'd tell you about some of the highlights. We embarked at Valencia, Spain, which is about an hour from my home, but the journey took us about two hours by the time we stopped at various pick up points along the way.
The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London
Sunday 7 December 2014
Forty years ago this week a folk song about homeless people narrowly missed the Christmas number one slot in the pop charts. 'Streets of London' peaked at number two in the 1975 New Year chart, and Ralph Mctell became a TV celebrity and household name.
Ginger - In Its Many Forms Is Delicious - The Wonderful Aid To Digestion, Nausea, Travel Sickness And Much More!
I have been a fan of ginger for years and eat Gin Gins every day. My favourite ones are the original ones in the green box!
Digital cameras have been a boon to most photographers, and most especially those who enjoy taking pictures of wildlife. The shy, contrary nature of animals in their natural habitat tends to make them tricky subjects to capture, so for the modern photographer there's real freedom in the knowledge that you can fire off hundreds of snaps at once, in the hope that one or two will turn out to be half-decent.
I am a model! Well ok, I'm not really, but I am modelling two products for Damart in my own home!
Winter Weather In Britain - Will It Snow in the 2014/2015 Winter? Will We Get a White Christmas This Year?
The papers lately have been warning us of a cold winter again with talk of snow on Christmas Day. Will it happen I wonder.
Gardening - The Joy of Planting, Including Clematis, Calistemen And Ferns. Not Forgetting Watching Birds Feed.
First of all before I start my article I must say that any link between me and a gardener is pure fiction.
This recipe is a bit of fun for us all to know what NOT to do when making our Christmas cakes!
As Winter draws near, food consumed changes in most households.
It's billed as the place to see when you visit Paphos and during our one-week stay there, my wife and I decided to give it a go.
Fentimans Soft Drinks Selection - Ginger Beer, Curiosity Cola, Victorian Lemonade And Many Other Flavours!
I have been a lover of all things ginger as some of you will know form aprevious article I have written. My favourite soft drink is Fentimans Ginger Beer.I contacted the company to ask if they would be interested in being featured on the website and I have been sent a case of Fentimans drinks to evaluate.
Photo courtesy of Will McCarthy Music Productions
Over the years I have seen Ralph Mctell perform many times and each time, there always seems to be a new selection of wonderful guitars.
Back in October I finally went with my husband to Israel. Niall was there as a gap-year Kibbutz volunteer in 1985 and it's a place I've always wanted to visit but it just never seemed to be the right time to make the trip together.
Copyright Warner Brothers
The fifties were coming to an end and music was really starting to take off on all levels.
This is a new feature which will be available every Thursday, where I choose my top three YouTube videos of the week.
Photo courtesy of Will McCarthy Music Promotions
I asked Ralph Mctell when did he realise that he wanted to be a full time musician and he told me that you just don't dare believe it can happen.
Red feathers puffed against ice-crystal,
All is quiet.
White shivers across the grass,
As branches glisten in the morning light -
Copyright Transatlantic Records
On 16th October 2014, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my all time favourite singer songwriters, poet and author Ralph McTell.
We all love to receive flowers at any time of the year, and following on from my article last year, I am once again thinking about the bouquets I am going to send to a few special people this Christmas.
So there we were in the P & O waiting room in Southampton. I had dreamt about going on a cruise since I was a little girl.
Since when did Britain become so Americanised? I know I haven't lived there for nearly eight years but come on, Black Friday? What is that all about?
Photo courtesy of Galloway Gazette
In August this year Cosyfeet announced the winners of this year's Cosyfeet Community Award and I can announce that Priory Knit Wits were the lucky recipients of £500!
Crackers - And Other Christmas Traditions,Including Sackposset, Christingles, The Twelve Days Of Christmas,Eating And Drinking!
It was an Englishman, Tom Smith, who introduced the world to Christmas crackers. A baker and wedding cake maker by profession, he visited Paris in 1840 and found the bonbon - sugared almonds wrapped in a twist of tissue paper.
I was so frustrated yesterday, trolling around and around a well known department store looking for a decent pair of warmer 'winter' trousers.When you are on limited time, and you have to visit so many different places in the store to look before you can even decide which to try on, it becomes a chore rather than a pleasure doesn't it.
The first introductory 'Whistle Stop Tour' of Italy's most famous cities almost scrambled my brains.
Last but not at all least, was driving along part of the iconic Route 66.......where yes, we did get our kicks!!!
Holidaying in Talsarnau - One Of North Wales Hidden Beauty Spots - Beaches, Mountains, Walks and Much More. Day 7
Saturday September 27th
This was to our last full day in North Wales. The rain was lashing down. The sheep and cattle in the fields near to our cottage looked bedraggled and sad. Did they know we were soon to be leaving?
Next box to be ticked was Mesa Verde. To be honest tho' we hadn't heard of it.....it was only when visiting one of the Welcome Centers that it was mentioned.
Holidaying in Talsarnau - One Of North Wales Hidden Beauty Spots - Beaches, Mountains, Walks and Much More. Day 6
Friday September 26th
We were up bright and early as today was the day we were treating ourselves big time! The rain had stopped but it was very misty and murky. We drove to Porthmadog to catch a train on the The Welsh Highland Railway.http://www.festrail.co.uk/ The train was called Welsh Pony. We had booked into a First Class carriage!
Christmas cards! Love 'em or hate em the seasonal flurry is with us. Soon it will have developed into a full blown blizzard and the annual game of trying to find extra space to display all those expressions of seasonal good wishes from people we only ever hear from at Christmas will be underway.
Holidaying in Talsarnau - One Of North Wales Hidden Beauty Spots - Beaches, Mountains, Walks and Much More. Day 5
Thursday September 25th
Poor weather greeted us this morning. Raining and windy and couldn't see very much out of our kitchen window due to mist. So we
caught the train to Barmouth. A pleasant forty minute journey passing through countryside and coastal scenery. Because the weather was not photo inducing, I didn't take any from the train windows!
Our USA Road Trip - 4500 Miles Taking In The Grand Canyon, Durango, Colorado, Route 66 And Much Much! More! Part 1
I have been friends with Janice for about 30 years!!! We met at Hampton Park Playgroup. My eldest is now 35 .......the youngest 32......and Janice's two boys are of a similar age. From the playgroup our friendship carried on to Hampton Dene Primary School.....through to Bishops School. We then lost touch (as you do) as the boys went on to Sixth Form/Tech college and varying universities.
Holidaying in Talsarnau - One Of North Wales Hidden Beauty Spots - Beaches, Mountains, Walks and Much More. Day 4
WEDNESDAY Sept 24th
Today we drove to Snowdonia. The weather was dry, but there was sign of the sun when we left. Another very scenic route along mountain roads.
Kettle Chips - Much More Than Your Average Crisp - Stilton, Salsa, Mesquite, Cheshire Cheese And Many Other Delicious Flavours!
There are crisps and there are special crisps. These are very special crisps, they are even called chips!
Holidaying in Talsarnau - One Of North Wales Hidden Beauty Spots - Beaches, Mountains, Walks and Much More. Day 3
Tuesday September 23rd
Today was to be a long drive around The Lleyn Peninsula. We were up early, the weather was not looking promising, dark clouds and the sun was not planning on showing its' face.
Last week I said I would write about Corsica and Palma de Mallorca.
We continued on our journey aboard the M/V Sovereign of Pullmantur Cruise Company, and went ashore at Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica, and the island's largest city.
Holidaying in Talsarnau - One Of North Wales Hidden Beauty Spots - Beaches, Mountains, Walks and Much More. Day 2
MONDAY Sept 22nd
Today was an exciting one, for Derek and I were going to meet fellow Opaschatters, Dorothy Roberts and her husband Ken!
Gift cards can be really popular to receive. The recipient can buy whatever suits him or her from the stores associated with the gift card scheme or on line where the list is endless. You don't have to end up receiving some awful cd you know will never be listened to or a scarf that will never be worn.Instead, you choose what you want when you want to!
Holidaying in Talsarnau - One Of North Wales Hidden Beauty Spots - Beaches, Mountains, Walks and Much More. Day 1
September 21st 2014. A four hour drive, no motorways, just winding A roads, villages, small towns, sheep, lots and lots of sheep.
I recently saw a fashion article in Woman's Weekly about winter boots to fit problem feet. I was especially interested in some boots with an Elastane 'front', which stretch to fit. They're a well thought-through problem solver and they look great too.
If houses had fingertips the famous hanging houses (Las Casas Colgados) at Cuenca would be they. The houses are the only buildings left standing of the type which would have been common in the city many years ago. built above the Huecar river gorge.
Of all the things I expected to experience on a visit to Monaco, going to a jumble sale was definitely not on the list.
On January 14th 2010, one week shy of my 60th birthday, I crawled out of bed at five in the morning, to be ready for work at seven. Drinking the first cuppa while checking the news on the web, I felt a pain in my chest. Not surprising. I was a heavy smoker. Then it spread to my left arm, and I made the connection immediately.