Sunday, 26 April 2015


I am very slowly managing to scrap some of my holiday photos. In no particular date order, just as and when the mood takes me.

This is a collage from an afternoon's walk along the Llangollen Canal at Whixall, North Shropshire. Lovely area and very peaceful. I wouldn't mind a canal holiday up there. The date of this walk was 22nd May 2011 so very nearly four years ago. Time flies.


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

The Big, Red Beast.

For many years I have coveted a KitchenAid Artisan foodmixer. They are hugely expensive, hence the reason why I've never bought one but this year I have decluttered my house and my personal belongings and managed to raise enough money to actually buy one. Granted, I got an excellent deal on ebay but it does just go to show if you want something badly enough you can probably manage to get it if you try.

So far I have made corn bread, date and pecan loaf and baby bundt cakes with it. It is an awesome beast and weighs a ton.

The Baby Bundt is a Bakewell Bundt cake and the recipe is from Dolly Bakes. I actually reduced the sugar by half and that is plenty sweet enough.

I can't wait to make a meringue next.

By for now

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Happy Hippy

The time has flown again and I don't know where it's gone. Christmas and New Year came and went. I spent Christmas Day on my own this time. My choice. I actually took a picnic and a flask and went to Lake Vyrnwy. I was actually surprised at just how many folks were there. And I wasn't the only nutcase having a picnic on Christmas day either thankfully. I took Moss and we went for a lovely walk.

We are now in April and my pots and containers are all looking gorgeous. Full of tete a tete daffodils all nodding their gorgeous little, yellow heads. There are lots of birds on the feeders and I even have a resident wren.

I am finally at peace with myself and life. I still have a way to go but on the whole I am calm and very happy and content.

My house is all painted and fresh. I still have one room to do but not this week. The garden is tidy and the flowers and fruit trees and bushes are starting to spring into life too.

I have had a massive clearout of stuff I no longer need, want or serves a purpose. Very feng shui I must say and it really does feel great. I feel like a snake shedding old skin.

My digital art has kept me sane too. I'm no longer in that dark place. It's now full of light and love and more importantly love for myself.

I promise I will post at least once a week. For my benefit more than anybody else's.

Toodle pip for now.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014


I know it's been a couple of months since I last posted. There has been a very good reason. I have been in a very dark place and really couldn't see anything light or positive to write about. So, I didn't. I'm sure we all have our dark places and I'm sure you don't want to be dragged into mine.

Although I am very slowly getting over my marriage breakdown and I've accepted that, I appear to have another problem to deal with. A total phobia of going out and having to deal with people. It's not like agoraphobia, I'm happy in wide, open spaces as long as there aren't any people in it, especially ones that might talk to me. Odd for me as I'm very sociable normally. Working on it!

Anyway, it looks like I have managed to finally find a house to rent that will accept me and my dog, Moss. Rented property that'll accept a dog is very hard to find so I'm grateful to have found this. It's going to need some TLC but I can paint so it's something to look forward to. It's got a nice patio and small garden which I'm looking forward to sitting out on and planting flowers in.

It has some "interesting" colours on the walls but I think I'm going to paint everywhere either white of ivory cream. Nice and light. I'm hoping to go for the simple, uncluttered look too but........

Anyway, off to sort through some more boxes. It's been nearly 12 months since I've seen what's in these boxes so should be fun.
Bye for now.
J xxx

Sunday, 8 June 2014


I came across a little book that I had written a few bits in earlier today. I had written a few lists of things I want to do less of and more of and other things. Some bits got me thinking too.

Some things in life confuse me, well a lot of things in life confuse me to be honest. I often post or repost inspirational quotes on my Facebook page and quite often those quotes mention Blame. Stop blaming others, stop blaming yourself etc. Now, sometimes you have to blame. I mean the child that's the victim of child abuse or the woman/girl that's been raped or the animal that has been abused are never to blame but their abusers are. Right? So, what about the wife/husband that's the victim of domestic abuse? Is she/he to blame or is the abuser to blame? Should she/he have stopped the abuse or should the abuser not have abused. Actually, I'm talking about a special form of abuse. The Passive Aggressive Abuser. So, in reality it's not that obvious that you're being abused. It's not like a punch or verbal abuse, it's very sneaky and underhand, like dripping water it erodes your self esteem, your self worth etc. and has you believing everything is your fault. In fact you're told everything is your fault and even though you know it's not you start to believe it. You question yourself constantly, you even think you're going a tad crazy. So does the abused blame herself/himself or do you blame the abuser? Or, with the passive/aggressive abuser, which is also classed as a form of mental illness, albeit a mild sort, is there no blame/fault at all? Is the abuser aware of what they're doing?

Also, if you're married to somebody, do you not try to be a good spouse? Do you put up with stuff because you're married and you want that marriage to work or should you do as you would if it was another person and tell them to take a hike?

If anybody has any insights or thoughts on this I'd love to know.

And, on a lighter note, here's a picture for you.

Toodlepip for now. xx


Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Further intentions

OK, so not gotten much further with my life's intentions from my last post but I have sorted out just about all of the people I need to legally notify about my name change including my passport. I was going to leave that until it ran out but apparently you can't as it can be misconstrued as you trying to be fraudulent so I've had to change that too. I am on the housing list now for Shropshire. Just waiting to hear about the decision, which I believe takes a few weeks. Fingers crossed I get to go home.

I've been down to Rochester in Kent to spend a few days with my youngest son. I confess, I hadn't seen him for 4 or 5 years and that is bad of me. Was lovely to catch up with him again and also have a mooch around Rochester again. Although I lived in the Medway towns for many years and frequently went to Rochester I had never been in the cathedral before, so I had a mooch around there too. Lovely building, apparently the second oldest in the UK. Canterbury is older so I'm told.

Rochester Cathedral

I also found a gorgeous shop called The Vintage Dove in Rainham shopping precinct. I wanted everything but refrained except for a pot of chalk paint and clear wax, oh! And a little scented bag thingy. It's a gorgeous shabby chic type shop full of gorgeous scrumminess. Good job I don't live there anymore or I could get into serious trouble.

I can't think of anymore news at the mo so I'll say toodlepip for now.

Take care.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

More Intentions

Last week I made the decision to move back to Shropshire. I've still got to get on the housing list and be able to bid on houses etc. but that's where I'd like to be. I'm Shropshire born and Shropshire bred and nearly all my family still live there. I'd like to spend more time with my now elderly parents, especially my mum. Now whether or not this all comes about is yet to be seen but for now it's a plan and I need a plan, a sense of direction. Something to work towards. I just wish all my family could live close to one another so I could see them all instead of being scattered all over England.

I love Belper and the surrounding countryside of Derbyshire and will miss it but everything I do here at the moment just feels so empty. Hard to describe it really but I feel like I'm going through the motions that don't mean anything. I've been to the cinema a couple of times and whilst it was nice to see the films it seemed a bit pointless on my own.

The secret of a happy life isn't buried in a treasure chest it lies within your heart....

I have also changed my name by deed poll too. I've reverted back to my maiden name so I'm slowly changing all the legal documents over to my new/old name. Feels quite good too.

More of life's intentions to come so toodle pip for now.


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