• A tale of the unexpected

    Last week whilst I was staying in Devon I came across the Seaton Labyrinth click here to read all about it I read the information board which explained its origins and then proceeded to walk barefoot around the grassy walkway. Later that day I texted my daughters to tell them what I'd been doing. One said "What's a labyrinth" and the other said "Are you alright Mum, have you been eating magic mushrooms?"

    Fast forward to Sunday when I arrived at Keggy's house for a few days. Keggy suggested we went out for a late sandwich lunch at Audleys Wood hotel which was absolutely perfect. As we walked back to her car I told Keggy all about the labyrinth and then we drove out to a remote Hampshire village that she wanted to show me. We parked beside the village pond and watched a family of ducklings sleeping in the sunshine. Then Keggy showed me this defunct telephone box (look closely at the interior).


    Immediately my eyes alighted on this book ......


    How spooky was that?

    I am now in the process of reading the book.

  • Spicing things up a bit ......

    My life has been a bit 'peculiar' of late so I'm going to have a bit of a change. On Monday I am going to travel down to Devon to visit my friend and once time employer where I'll be returning the lamb costume I borrowed for Babes in the Wood (ages ago I know!!!)

    Then I am travelling on to Middleton-on-Sea on Saturday where I will be crashing out for one night with another friend I met in the good old SPICE days.

    To add to the excitement I'm even getting time to spend with my blog buddy Keggy. No doubt we will put the world to rights BIG TIME! :>>

    Right better get some washing out on the line and think about packing but first I'll have to crawl under my bed in search of Shaun! :crazy:

    :wave: Byeeeeeee.......

  • Relationships


  • What a difference!

    This picture shows the football kit I bought for Louis in February 2012

    Man of the match

    Here are the very same shorts worn at last week's school sports day!

    Sports Day 2

  • As a cucumber!!!!

    As you may have read from my previous post, Aimee is off to London tomorrow for a casting interview for Junior Masterchef. Talk about being cool .... this is a message from her mum:

    'Dress rehearsal' went well. She seems quite relaxed about it all – I think she’s looking forward to a girly day out more than anything

    She basically said if they don’t put her through it’s their loss – how old is she again?

    I'll let you know how she gets on ...... :yes:

  • Junior Masterchef

    Aimee (my 12 year old granddaughter) has applied to go on Junior Masterchef. Following her application form both she and her mum were subjected to telephone interviews. Aimee is one of 25 out of 700 to go through to the next stage. This from the person who interviewed Aimee:

    Dear Aimee

    We were very impressed with your audition and we are pleased to invite you to attend our casting day.

    I can confirm that your appointment is on Saturday 21st June at 13:40. We ask that you please arrive 15 minutes before.

    The address is:

    Shine Soho, Suite 1.1, Moray House, 23-31 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PA - please see map attached for directions and local parking facilities.

    The audition will last approximately 15-20 minutes and there will be 2 people from the Junior MasterChef team in the room during you audition. We will be filming the audition for our purposes (we will not use this footage for use on the TV or show it outside of the Junior MasterChef team) and you may choose if you would like your parent or guardian to join you in the audition.

    Please bring a dish with you that you love to cook and that you think is delicious so that we can taste it.

    You only need to bring one dish which you will need to prepare/cook in advance

    It does not need to be a big portion and it can be sweet or savoury but it must be something we can eat cold and will travel well

    There are no heating or cooking facilities at the venue so please remember to bear this in mind – we will take into account when tasting your food that it is cold and you have travelled with it
    It would be great to see you present the dish on plate so please bear this in mind when planning the dish

    Plates, knives, cutlery and a chopping board will be provided (PLEASE DO NOT BRING THESE WITH YOU)

    Absolutely no fish, seafood or shellfish raw or cooked

    I asked her mum what she's decided to make and this is her reply:

    She is going for South African Bobotie, yellow rice and tomato and onion salad – as it’s got lots of flavour and will travel well.

    She said it would also be a good dish because she could talk about how she first had it 4 years ago during World Cup from SA and that she also loves sweet / savoury dishes (it’s got sultanas and mango chutney in the bobotie and sugar in the rice)

    So she’s thought it all through bless her!

    Train booked – we get into Euston at 12.15, she’ll be finished by 2.15 and we get train home at 17.30. So gives us a couple of hours to go and get something to eat. Exciting!

  • This I like........

    It's like all of the bad stuff, Marian, is just training so that you can fly higher into the light, on magic wings, over the rainbow, on a white unicorn, with your best friends, and live happily-ever-after.

  • Makes sense to me .......

    If you have to ask for "signs," let this need of yours be a "sign" that you should make haste very s-l-o-w-l-y.

  • Going Wilde in Dublin


    I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. ~Oscar Wilde

  • Hello hello ......

    Just thought it was time to catch up on my blog.

    I know it's been ages since I wrote anything on here but here goes.

    I've just returned from spending 5 days in Dublin which was a lovely break. Went to the Abbey Theatre on Thursday evening and saw a fantastic production called "Sive". The play was set in 1950's Ireland. Sive is a beautiful young orphan who lives with her aunt, uncle and grandmother in rural Kerry. An elderly local farmer offers her guardians a large amount of money in return for her hand in marriage. The story is one of greed and passion and I highly recommend it.

    My poetry reading is proving very popular and I am hoping to get an open mic slot at Zefferelis in Ambleside on Wednesday evening. Failing that my next one will be at The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal the following weekend. I gave some readings at The Mortal Man in Troutbeck the other week where I received a warm and generous welcome from Kate Barkes the lovely landlady there. Thank you Kate!

    I am still enjoying life back in the UK and have been rediscovering parts of Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire as well as discovering a few hidden gems such as Semer Water near Aysgarth. It's also great to be able to go and see live theatre and recently enjoyed a wonderful production of "An August Bank Holiday Lark" at The Duke's in Lancaster. This play is currently on tour in the UK and is well worth seeing.

    My 'personal life' continues to be complicated and I am struggling to make sense of it. Thankfully I have friends and family I can share some of the issues with. The remainder I deal with the best I can.

    In the meantime I am looking forward to my trip to the Fjords with Murphymole in early May - nothing will get in the way of us enjoying every minute of that!

    That's about it for now folks ~ I could moan about the very painful sore throat I came back from Ireland with .... but won't!!!! :no:


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