Tuesday, 29 December 2009

A little Experiment

Today, I have actually had a bit of “Me” time so I’ve been playing with a few photos, some taken by me and the others taken by son no1. I love experimenting with layers etc. I’m not really very good at it but I like to fiddle anyway. Here are a few I did earlier today.

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Taken by me!

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Taken by Robert!


Another one taken by Robert.

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Monday, 7 December 2009

This and That.

I can’t believe it’s been a whole month since I posted to my Blog. Bad Joy.

Well, I have managed to survive my first week in M&S – just. I have never been so knackered in all my life. My legs are ready to drop off but it’s been a real eye opener. Not only do we have bras that look like body armour and would do someone serious harm if you were to hug them whilst they were wearing a bra like these, e.g., break their ribs or seriously crack them but we also have bras that wouldn’t look out of place in the hammock section of a garden centre. But…………… the best one is Memory Foam knickers. I need to investigate further. I haven’t quite worked out how these work. I’ll report back in due course. I may even buy a pair to see what the real advantages are. Maybe they double up as a comfy pillow if you get marooned somewhere. LOL

On an entirely different note, as some of you know I have been writing a book. I have just done another edit on it and it is coming along nicely. I am not sure when it will be released but it is quite exciting if not a bit weird seeing your name in print and even more alarming seeing you ugly mug in the back of the book with a biography.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Are You Being Served?

Well, today I went for an interview at Marks and Sparks for a temporary Christmas job. Well after a a rather horrid role play assessment which I did absolutely awful at they offered me the job. It’s only for a month but guess which department it’s in? It’s right up my street an’ all. Yep, you’ve guessed LINGERIE, Mrs Slocombe eat your heart out.

There’s a faint resemblance. I don’t think. I wonder if my pussy will be OK??????

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

A Gentle Reminder

Just lately I have been running around like a headless chicken trying to meet deadlines and get organised. I am getting there and hopefully all will be revealed sooner rather than later but for now I thought I’d just share a poem with you that reminds us to take things slower.


Have you ever watched kids
on a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain
slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down
Don’t dance so fast

Time is short
The music won’t last

Do you run through each day
On the fly

When you ask “How are you?”
Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done,
do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores
running through your head?

You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast

Time is short
The music won’t last

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste,
not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die

‘Cause you never had time
To call and say “Hi”?

You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast

Time is short
The music won’t last

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift….Thrown away…

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower

Hear the music
Before the song is over.

Davic L. Weatherford


I am an incurable romantic at heart but shhh! Don’t tell anybody.

Monday, 28 September 2009

What a Fabulous Day

We live not far from RAF Shawbury and every year they have a Landowner’s Day. This is a special day  thank the owners of the land over which they fly the helicopters. Now we don’t own the land we live on but we do live in a house that is on land over which they fly so this year we were lucky enough to be invited to attend.

We had a briefing by the new Group Captain, Warren James, Station Commander before making our way to another briefing by a helicopter navigator who has recently been serving in Afghanistan. It was a fantastic briefing and we saw pictures of the land that you don’t normally see on TV etc. It is so barren and desolate yet the people still manage to farm it. I take my hats off the those very hardworking people. There are virtually no roads, very little water and hardly any greenery.

Next off we went for a 30 minute ride in a Squirrel helicopter. In this helicopter there was just the pilot, Richard, myself and my hubby. I got to sit in the front with Richard and wear a silly hat, OK flying helmet. And just in case you might be wondering – there are no photos of me in a flying helmet. We flew over our house several times and Richard would have been quite happy to have landed the helicopter in the field next to the house but they were classifying cows in the yard so we decided against it. We didn’t want a stampede on our hands. Next we flew over to Telford, not actually the prettiest of places to fly over and in hindsight we should have gone somewhere else but we did fly over my dad and stepmom’s house. Things look so different from 1000ft.

Next we were treated to a display by the Red Arrows. They are just so fantastic. I never tire of watching them.

Monday 28 September

1030 – Reds depart SCAMPTON

1046 – Reds arrive SHAWBURY

1236 – Reds depart SHAWBURY

1240 – Reds display SHAWBURY (Closed Military Event) That’s Us

1308 – Reds recover SHAWBURY

1450 – Reds depart SHAWBURY

1505 – Reds flypast ARELWAS RAFA

1523 – Reds arrive FILTON

After we watched the Red arrows do their thing we then went for lunch in the Officer’s Mess and had a gorgeous 3 course meal and I managed to polish off the best part of a bottle of red wine. I glowed all the way home. :-)

Below are some photographs of our fabulous day.





Ian having his headset adjusted. The guy with Ian wasn’t our pilot by the way. He was already strapped into his helicopter.




Just hovering above the ground.


Cor! All those dials and knobs.


Up, up and away.


Our house!



Sansaw Hall


Clive Church and the fields below Grinshill.


The Wrekin!


Dawley Church.


My dad and stepmom’s bungalow, bottom right corner.


Rowan Avenue.


Moreton Corbett Castle


The helicopter we flew in.


All lined up and ready to go.



A briefing and running commentary by Graeme Bagnall, one of the Red Arrow pilots.DSCF5170

Nice scenery.






The cloud did break during the display and I managed to capture this. 



The Red Arrow pilots. They are so young as well. Sign I’m nearly 23.


The Officer’s Mess


Din dins in the Officer’s Mess.


What a brilliant day!

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Bits and Bats

Nothing in particular just some piccies I have taken today and recently. 


The view from my kitchen window – Grinshill.


A rose in my back garden.


Mossy – all grown up but can still get through the cat flap.



I have a plant in my back garden, it’s a sedum I think and it is just covered in butterflies, moths and bees, both honey and bumble bees.

Kilburn church tree

Kilburn, North Yorkshire.


Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

Some pictures taken whilst we were on holiday in Hereford this year.


Hereford, somewhere near where we stayed in our caravan.DSCF4698

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Ledbury Church


Another bit of Ledbury church.




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