Saturday, 17 February 2018

Spring comes creeping!

Hello my friends
thank you so much for taking the time to write me.
I haven't kept up with blogging
the way I've hoped to
each time I've written.
I'm not making promises  but
one blog at a time… eh!!

It's hard to believe I know
but the winter is gradually moving on.
Even though it's been very cold here in Wales
there are already signs
of snowdrops
I always think of them as the harbinger of spring.

The hedges here in Wales
a full of these brave little flowers!
They are just so pretty
nodding their little heads in the breeze.

Daffodils are starting to appear.....
in sheltered areas of the garden.
I love to see the sunshine of their faces 
brightening up the corners.

1st March is St David's Day....
the patron saint of Wales
and daffodils along with leaks are 
the emblem of Wales.

On St David's Day
it's lovely to see the children going to school
dressed in Welsh costume.
The girls wear a skirt, shawl and the bonnet.
The boys wear Welsh rugby shirts.

I think I've written that I do a voluntary job.....
guiding visitors around a local castle.
A new enterprise at the castle
is something called
The Secret Owl Garden. 
The other day I visited this garden to see the owls.

I've heard extremely good reports of this enterprise.
I wasn't disappointed.
They house about 20 owls from all over the world and
hope to house even more.

Now when people ask me.....
is it worth going to see them?
I have no hesitation in recommending them.

I haven't really read anything special recently
as I have been totally focused
on trying to make a good job of my assignment.
I think I told you that....
I have had to defer last year due to illness
and, certainly, picking up where I left off has been
very hard. However I think I am beginning 
to get a handle on the Latin.
It's difficult but I am determined to
finish this year and progress 
to the courses that I really want to do.
Everything has been focused on this assignment
and I finally finished it
and submitted it
this morning.
Can you hear the loud cheers?
I am so relieved!

I haven't even done much crafting this week
which is a pity because it does relax me.

It's half term this week
and I'm intending to travel to the Midlands
to visit my mother.
I wasn't looking forward to the driving
especially  with my respiratory problem but
last night my daughter texted 
and asked if I would like her and her children
to come with me.
I am just so delighted.
The company will be lovely.
I'm sure that my mother will be really thrilled
as she hasn't seen them for over a year.

Once again, I intend to get in touch......
with all of you who wrote to me.
It was so lovely
to hear from you, as each one of you
is special to me.
Just seeing your names
as they came up on my computer
made me  so delighted!
I really hope
to continue what I've started again.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Trying Again!!

If you go by the pictures
I'm posting
You will lose your bearings
as I picked them, 
at random, from a lot of photos!

They are pictures from all over
and from different times of the year!

I've been thinking and thinking 
that I want to write another
but then thought
'but I've got no photos.'
And so the time has passed!!

This afternoon I decided
to write anyway.
Again, I'm apologising that it's been
a long while.
As always, life has not been easy!
I was hospitalised
and from that came the diagnosis
of quite a serious and rare condition.
Not cancer
but not good!
It's taken me a while
not just to recover but, also,
to come to terms with it all!!

enough about health...
How are all of you I wonder!?
I have to confess that it's been a while since
I looked at any blogs!

What have I been doing?
I've been very involved with scrapbooking
and am on Instagram.
Scrapbooking I can sit down
and take it easy whilst being creative.
I'll show some of my spreads another time.
If you want to look for yourself its....
guess what??...
I'll post some pics next time ....
when I'm more organised!!

I'm also back at studying Classics
at the Open University.
I had to defer last year when I was so ill.
Again I am having to relearn Latin...
not my favourite!!

I am also enjoying reading books
for a publishing house.
Yesterday I finished a book that really
impacted me!
It's about the Comfort Women of Korea
who were captured, used and abused 
by the invading Japanese soldiers.
Totally enthralling
but also eye opening
I don't think I will ever forget it!!
If you want to read it
it's called
'The White Chrysanthemum'
A thoroughly recommended book!!

I think that I have probably written enough
for now!
I look forwards to catching up 
with you all again xx

#thewhitechrysanthemum   #netgalley

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Sooooo Sorry!!!

Our hearts cannot understand
in this day
such an awful attack should have happened
to ordinary people
enjoying an evening of music.

There are no words to convey what is in our hearts.
To all affected
not just those who were there
but the wider society
of families, friends neighbourhoods
and those dealing with the awful aftermath
we send our heartfelt love
and support!

Sunrise over the mountains.
A start of a lovely day!
We had to travel
100 miles to the hospital where 
I had major ankle surgery
last December
for my final check up.
The surgeon is very pleased and
I've been discharged
so that is good.
What is even more good 
is that for the first time in 9 years
I can walk without crutches.
Something to celebrate!!

I have continued doing voluntary work
at a local castle.
I started last year just to get me out of the house and
meeting people again
and loved it!!

Last year I also
started training as one of the 
Castle Guides.
I have always loved visiting
the castle and its
beautiful grounds.....
in fact...
I have shared many photos from
the gardens in the past.
So it is a no-brainer
that I love 
introducing people to
the castle
and its history!

As we walk through the arch
and see the start
of a castle built
in 1300s
the story unfolds....

It was actually attacked
in the Civil War

and there are many
of rich and famous!

What else has been happening??

I had a pergola in the back yard.
The operative word being HAD.

I decided to strip
all the plants and climbing roses off it
as they had gone 
well past it.

I went to work
and came home to discover
that hubby had decided to'help' me!
Which apparently meant
firing an arrow 
over it to carry rope
and then attaching it to the car to pull
et voila!!

A half down pergola

He pulled the rest down the next day!
Such a good help.....

My university course
starts again this weekend.
As you may remember, it is a distance learning one.
I was in my fourth year last year
was so unwell 
after my ankle op .....
I just couldn't keep up
and had to defer to this year!
I love the history component and probably
could have managed that
but the Latin
I just floundered at!
Ah well
Let's hope I do better this year !!

I am continuing to 
enjoy working in my planners...
decorating etc

Especially in my TNs.

I enjoy finding quirky pictures 
and sayings to use

I particularly enjoy
using questions from people like
to stimulate thoughts and ideas!

that's me....
at the moment.
What about you.....?
I think it's time that I closed the computer
and started visiting!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

September Already!!
When I last posted at the end of May...
I fondly imagined
that I was going to start blogging again
at least weekly!!
But ....
within a few days....
I was back in hospital......
this time for 2 weeks!

It was all a bit shocking
as ....
I had taken my husband for an appointment
to investigate whether he had had
a TIA a few days before....
My asthma was not good....
it happens!
The registrar took one look at me....
practically pushed my husband out of the way....
took out his stethoscope....
and told me he was admitting me immediately...
shouted for a nurse to get a wheel chair.
I was in hospital for 2 weeks!
I didn't get to answer your lovely comments.
I am soooooo sorry!

It was so encouraging to read.......
that so many remembered me..
and had been wondering what had happened to me!
Thank you all so very much!
I intend to try to post more often ....
and visit....
and reply to your comments!
This last time in hospital was such a shock
as I thought that at last
I had finished with all the orthopaedic operations.
I was off crutches for the first time in
9 years....
and then.....
I ended up back in hospital!!
Ah me....

These pictures were taken yesterday.
It was a lovely afternoon
so we enjoyed the sunshine in the
walled garden
of a local castle.

How has the summer been for everyone?
I have to say
that, here in Wales,
it has not been very good.
Have felt so sorry for the holiday makers.....
particularly those with young children!
The coast is wonderful in good weather......
but it must be awful trying to entertain
young children
in a tent, or caravan,in the rain!

Last week seemed to have been one for
animals breaking out!!
First, on Tuesday,our own cattle
broke out of the back field onto my front lawn;
then, on Thursday and Friday, our neighbour's goat
got out and, as it was a billy goat,
put the fear of....
into a friend who was helping me in the garden;
then, on Friday,
our other neighbour's cattle broke into our farmyard
(luckily I had shut the farmyard gate
the night before!!
Lastly, ALL Saturday night
our bull
walked up and down the field
under our bedroom window........
roaring and bellowing...
to a neighbour's heifer......
 ...who was obviously in season!!
Who would live in the country??!!

what's happening in my life?
Well I had to defer
my university course last winter as I was just
not well enough
after major surgery on my ankle.
I had got half way through....
but have to say
I was not enjoying relearning Latin.
I hated it the first time!!
I banked my first 3 assignments as I had good marks.
Now I must make sure that I don't slack with the studies.....
otherwise I will find it hard to pick up in February!
Oh joy!!
As I'm doing my degree distance learning
it will take me 6 years.
I have completed 3 and was half way through my 4th
I had to stop!

These last couple of years
I have taken up
scrapbooking and decorating my planners...
I really enjoy it and find it very relaxing!

I am going to start a course
for a couple of hours
once a week
on album making.
The examples I've seen are really lovely
but I'm sure that it will take me a while to get
anything like!!

I also enjoy
memory keeping/journaling in
my Traveller's' Notebook (TN)........
Sometimes I write and decorate
every day
At other times...
it can be quite a few days!
My family may enjoy reading about me...
and the things I enjoy
after my days..
on the other hand.....
they may just throw them away.
It doesn't matter as...
I have enjoyed doing it!!
So....there you are....
I think that I've about caught up!
I shall enjoy becoming reacquainted with you!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

So Long



I can't believe that it has been so long since I last posted.
I don't know why I haven't written.
Life just seemed to get too full and it's too easy
to let time without posting....
drift by.
I have had several more operations.......
one because the fixing in my back loosened.....
so they had to reopen and start again!!

I was also studying with the Open University.
It was supposed to take
16/18 hours per week......
I'm afraid I took much longer!!
My assessments gained good marks though!
So, here I am
I'm looking forwards to catching up again.
I wonder if there are many out there
who remember me???

These photos are from a holiday

I took in Dorset
with a friend
The top 2 are a beach at Charmouth.
Although it was out of season
there were still a lot of people scouring the beaches at low
tide trying to find fossils.
This is an area well known for fossils.
I did have a look but
ended up buying some to bring home.
It's so hard to believe that
the stone you have in the palm of your hand
is an animal
that lived 195 million years ago!!


These next few photos are from West Bay.
A popular UK detective series was filmed here
My friend was an avid follower
 so we had to have a lot of photos taken here.
I have to say that the rock face was stunning!!
We drove further along the coast to
Hive Bay
and saw the other side of the hill

There was an artist on the beach
and he looked so small against the cliffs

It was good to come home again
and see our hedgerows
full of flowers


we are just so fortunate where we live!!


We even have wild garlic
in our hedgerows
One thing I have started to enjoy
since I last wrote is

There's something very calming
and satisfying
about choosing stickers and placing them.
I hadn't realised what
a huge community there is
of those who enjoy, and take great pleasure in sharing,
their finished spreads!
I love starting with a blank page....
perhaps colouring it a little..
before fixing..
different shapes...
and journaling around them
This one is particularly pretty.....
sells some beautiful foiled stickers in...
her etsy shop

So....there we are.
I think that I've caught up?!
I look forwards to visiting you.....
and seeing what is happening in your lives!