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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Misty Summer Morning

A happy Sunday to you all.  It's one of those perfect Summer mornings here in heavenly Devon, with the mist rising across the fields - all is quiet and peaceful, with just the sound of a solitary bird singing on a nearby shrub. 

I love early mornings like this, when I could be the only person in the world, and everything is fresh and new. These moments refresh my soul, and make me forget about the fighting and violence I watched on my TV screen last night. Butterflies are fluttering amongst the roses, and I pause to count my blessings. So many good things to be thankful for.  

It's going to be a good day, and I am very lucky to be living here in the South Hams, the most beautiful part of heavenly Devon, and, yes, I'm proud to be a 'Devon maid', born and bred. 

Life is slower in our little corner of England, and I'm grateful for it. Right now, our little lanes are busy with holidaymakers who come down each year for the wonderful beaches, wild Dartmoor, and wonderful local food. I can think of nothing better, on a warm Summer day, than to sit outside, eating good food, with my obligatory glass of RosΓ¨, looking at the sea. Bliss!  

So dear holidaymaker, it's lovely to have you here, but it will be wonderful to have our beauty spots nice and peaceful again! 

Even my little orchid is loving life at the moment!

Sending sunshine and positive vibes to all my Followers out there. Thank you for taking the time to read my rambling thoughts 😊

Sunday, 30 July 2017

This And That, Some Memories And A Few Photos.

Good morning peeps.  It is I - had you forgotten me?!  I see my last post was dated the 25th June - eeeek! Where did that time go, and here we are approaching the month of August. 

I seem to remember as a child that August was always a wonderful month, full of sunshine and blue skies, sundresses and sandals, swimming and donkey rides, lying on the grass watching the fluffy clouds float by overhead, and picking out shapes. 

I do feel lucky in that I think our childhoods (for people of a certain age!) were much more relaxed, and yes, with less expected of us. We were allowed to be children and to enjoy those precious years. 

We were being blessed with a lovely Summer this year, over here in heavenly Devon, but as soon as the children broke up from school, yes, you've guessed it, the sun disappeared and the rains came. Hopefully the sun will return. 

In fact, it had been so hot, that my daughter suggested putting up a pool in the back garden. The little ones had a wonderful time! 

Since I last posted, my grandson had his 9th birthday and will soon be as tall as me! 

I was taken out for a very special lunch, as part of my on-going 70th birthday celebrations, and this week, another friend is taking me to the Theatre. I do love these 'big' birthdays !

And, of course, I've been on some lovely walks by the coast here in heavenly Devon. 

My two daughters and their families are all together in Ibiza at the moment. It makes me happy, as a mum, to know that they're making memories together with their own families. 

I can't end without also posting a photo of my beautiful eldest granddaughter, who is also spending the Summer in Ibiza, before she returns to Uni in Madrid at the end of August.

So then, I feel very blessed.  Blessed to be able to do the things I do, and blessed with a loving family and some very special friends. 

I hope that you are all doing well at the moment and I'll see you again soon. 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Bigger Picture....

Hello again to you on this last Sunday in June.  I'm pleased to say that the heatwave we had here is over, and we're back to the cooler temperatures that we're used to. It was fine for a couple of days, but then it got a bit too much for me, I must admit, although I'm sure there were others that were loving the hot temperatures, especially the lovely Summer evenings that came with it, where you could stay outside until dusk.

I have to be honest here, and say that the idea for this blog post came from a friend, Penny Gadd, who writes a very interesting blog, entitled Autumn Leaves.  Thank you for the idea, Penny!  Quotes today, as always, from


I was sat in the garden the other day, with one of my daughters, bemoaning the fact that the garden wasn't looking as good as it could. Too many weeds had suddenly appeared. As soon as I cleared one patch, they would appear elsewhere. Shrubs needed to be cut back, the gazebo's needed painting.  My daughter told me that I was a perfectionist.  I suppose that could be true - I used to be able to spend hours out in the garden, making sure it all looked lovely. Unfortunately, I'm not able to do that any more. Well, to be honest, I don't WANT to do it any more. It's all become a bit of a chore, which is not what it's supposed to be. 


So here's where we come to the title of my Post today. Am I worrying unnecessarily about this?  When others visit, do they see the garden through my eyes, or do they see the bigger picture and admire the profusion of roses, the pots of coloured geraniums, the perennial plants waving in the Summer breeze, with the view of the fields beyond?  In other words, as I have mentioned many times before, am I sweating the small stuff, instead of seeing that bigger picture ?!  Answers on a postcard please! 😊😊.

So I have decided that I must just do what I can, and what doesn't get done will have to wait for another day, and I will try, once again, to just live in the moment...


On another tack, I think we must also  be gentle with ourselves if we don't feel awesome every day.  We are going to get days when we feel a little out of kilter with the world, but that's okay too. This too shall pass ....

On a lighter note, this is the best advice we can give ourselves - a quote from Elizabeth Taylor, another lady who I greatly admired...


That's about it for today then.  May you find many blessings in the week ahead. Look after yourselves out there ❤️

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Mid-Summer Days Here In Heavenly Devon...

It's almost mid Summer's day, and we are being blessed with sunshine, bright blue skies and lovely warm air. How lovely it is to feel the warmth of the sun and to feel a cooling breeze. When we have weather like this, it really is heavenly Devon in my little part of the world. A time to drive to the coast and watch the sun disappear over the edge of the ocean, and when I'm driving my Mini to the beach, life suddenly seems much simpler and more relaxed.


The seasons change .... far too quickly for me these days... and, with this glorious spell of weather, the farmers are out making the first cut of the grass before the hay making begins. As you will see from my new header photo above, I see this at very close quarters!

We're having some glorious Summer evenings at the moment, and it's lovely to sit outside with a glass of RosΓ¨ and appreciate the garden, rather than working hard on it all the time.  Very soon, I expect the hot air balloons will start to float just above the fields. I had a ride in a hot air balloon once and enjoyed champagne at 1,000 feet. I enjoyed it, until it was time to land!



I really like this last quote (all quotes today are courtesy of by the way, where you can find anything and everything).

In June, the world smells of roses, and I have more than my fair share in the garden at the moment..





I do hope that you are enjoying some sunshine as you read this, although I realise that for some of you, it will be the season of Winter. Anyway, wherever you are, try to take some time just for YOU - we have to look after ourselves, in order that we may help others.  Sunny and positive thoughts are coming your way from here in deepest Devon.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Sunshine and Blue Skies

My last post was on the 28th May, and here we are at the 11th June. June is supposed to be Summertime in the U.K., but this past week has brought dark days, fierce winds and heavy rain. 

Fortunately, I have been visiting one of my daughters on the island of Ibiza, just off the coast of Spain, where the weather has been warm and sunny, with endless blue skies.  My eldest granddaughter has also been here, as she is on holiday from Madrid University - it's always such a treat to get to spend time with her, as we don't get to see each other so often now. 


Life is so easy and relaxed on this beautiful Island, although for the next couple of months, the population will increase considerably with the influx of visitors - which also happens where I live, in heavenly Devon.  A price we have to pay for living in such a beautiful place. 

I was interested to learn that UNESCO has officially named the harbour area of Ibiza Town as a world heritage site, owing to its 'majestic and staggeringly chic' appearance. Daughter number one and I, with Ibiza Old Town in the background.  


The Island is also known as the White Isle, because of its predominantly white houses, and due to the fact that the sun nearly always shines all year round. 



Tomorrow, I will be boarding a plane to fly homeward once more, and very much hoping that I will be taking some of this sunshine back to Devon with me 🌞

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Carpe diem.... not to mention tempus fugit...

Today I thought I would show you a few photos of the garden, with apologies to my Facebook friends who will have already seen them!


So then, another week is over, and on Thursday we will enter the month of June. JUNE!! Surely it was only five minutes ago that I was packing all the Christmas baubles back into their boxes for another year. 


Hence my thoughts today on seize the day, and time flies. How many of you Seize the Day?!  Or do you just live life in a routine sort of way?  Which I suspect most of us do, especially if we are still  working.  Of course, finances also play a big part in what we are able to do with our lives. 


Certainly, since I retired, life has taken on a new meaning for me, as I have the freedom of time to be with people I want to spend time with, and to do things that I love doing. How many times do we hear people saying, "I don't know how I ever had the time to go to work!"
There are so many Opportunities these days, as well, for women of a certain age to learn new things and to get involved in so many interesting things. Far, far more, for example, than women of my mum's generation ever had. 


Yes, I love to go out to lunch with friends every so often, but there are so many other  things to do, which doesn't involve spending money. 

Most of you know that I love walking by the sea.... I also love watching sunsets, reading a good book or meeting up with friends for a chat. I have a large garden and I used to love spending time out there, but these days I find that to be a little too much like hard work, to keep on top of it all, as I do love it to look nice...BUT it has to be done, and it's all good exercise for me. I think the wonderful thing about not working anymore is to NOT be tied to time and to be able to do things when YOU want to do them. 


There is, however, one thing that wastes quite a lot of my time, and that is....wait for it....FACEBOOK!  When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is to check to see what everyone has been up to and then I check my Instagram account to look at all the amazing photos that people have posted on 
there, and, before I know it, almost an hour has gone by, and, if I'm being honest with you, sometimes it's more than that. 


My daughters are always telling me that I don't have to comment on every single thing I see - I admire them, as they very rarely go on to Facebook. You could say that they're too busy living life in the real world!


I daren't actually own up to how long I spend on there each week. That would be time that I could spend on much more productive things. Now, I don't want you to think that I am some sort of saddo here, because I do lots of other things as well during the week, and meet up
with friends for 'real' conversations. 

A couple of sunset photos for you now. Both of these were taken in Door County, Wisconsin, where I  was lucky enough to be last year. 


To give me motivation to spend less time on Facebook, I'm putting it out there that I am going to spend far less time online - perhaps just 30 minutes of an evening, if that. Eeeeek!  

I'm aware that it's Memorial weekend over in America, so I wish you all a happy weekend. Here it's a Bank Holiday weekend, so a time for families to spend time together.  

I hope you are all keeping well, and in fine spirits. Certainly, events that have occurred in this Country this past week make me feel very lucky and glad to be alive. 

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The World Is Stunned Once Again ......


So we have encountered another act of mindless and senseless terrorism, this time right here in the heart of the United Kingdom..  no matter how often these outrages occur, we are still shocked to the core for all those poor people who have lost their lives, and for their heartbroken family and friends who are left behind to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives - lives that can never be the same again. 

This latest act seems even more shocking, as it was targeted at youngsters, many of them only children, who, only a few hours previously had been so excited at going to a Concert. I suspect for many of them, it was their first ever Concert. Many would have been given the tickets as birthday, or Christmas presents, and we can all imagine how excited they felt as the day of the Concert drew closer. 

I well recall taking my youngest daughter and a friend up to London to see Madonna, at Wembley Stadium, and I can remember how they were excitedly chattering away as they lined up to buy a souvenir programme. Put yourself in the position of some of the parents today, many of them who don't even know if their youngsters are dead or alive. 

The majority of us will never be able to understand the mind of a terrorist, as they set off to carry out their despicable acts. Our Security Service in this Country is second to none, and we know that they have foiled many, many planned terrorist attacks over the last few years, and we give thanks to them for that. But how can you stop a suicide bomber who is hellbent on creating carnage?  

We give thanks for all the rescue services who, once again, concentrated on helping others, with no thought for their own personal safety. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been affected by the events of last night.  This will remain with these youngsters for many, many years...I'm sure of that, and I hope that everyone will get all the support they need to try to come to terms with this evil in our Society. 

As an additional thought today, we all enjoy using Facebook for purely innocent postings, but I can't help thinking that Social Media has a much darker side, as it helps the evil and perverted people in our world to pass information so quickly to each other.  Does anyone else agree? 

I have said this many, many times before, but we HAVE to keep thinking of the good things in our world, for all the GOOD PEOPLE in our world, and continue to pray that good will always overcome evil.  

Today we must hold dear our loved ones, friends as well as family, whether they are near or far. Tell them how much they mean to you, tell them you love them, and remember all those who, sadly, are unable to do that any more. 

Let us continue to pray for peace all over the world. 

Friday, 19 May 2017

A Wandering Mind....

Since last weekend, the weather has been pretty miserable here in heavenly Devon. In fact, it has been raining heavily every day. 

So, when I should be out working in the garden, I find myself confined to the house.  What to do ... shall I tackle that pile of ironing, get the duster out, or.... write a blog post. Well, as you can see, I opted for the latter option, so here I am to entertain you once again 😳.

Isn't it funny how our mind works sometimes?   Well, this girl's mind anyway and, yes, even at my age, I still think of myself as a girl, albeit a slightly 'worn out' girl. 

Last evening I found myself thinking of school milk, back in the 50s. Ugh! In the Summer, the crates of milk used to sit there in the heat of the classroom until the Milk Monitor (a much fought after position) distributed them among the pupils. Then, in the Winter, the bottle tops would be frozen. 

Incidentally, who remembers Jack Frost making patterns on the INSIDE of their bedroom windows?  Not forgetting the liberty bodices we wore as little girls. Although I don't remember mine being quite as posh looking as the one in this picture. (All images today courtesy of Google). 

I'm including this next picture, again from Google, because this little girl looks exactly like me at that age. In fact, I think it is ME!! πŸ˜‚


My mind then turned to roller skates. Almost every child in my neighbourhood had a pair of these.  I remember them being great fun. As you can see, they were the height of sophistication - NOT!


I then moved forward a few years to the navy blue regulation school knickers we used to have to wear when doing PT, or netball and πŸ‘ hockey. I remember them having a sort of fleece like lining. All the girls hated them and would try to hide in the changing rooms, rather than having to parade around outside in them. Horror of horrors!!  Until the Gym Mistress used to stride in looking for us. Oh my goodness, the Gym Mistresses of the 1950's. My, they were a frightening lot. Just think of the most officious Sergeant in the Army, and you still wouldn't be close!  Bear in mind, this was a totally different era. We were total innocents back then. I'm sure these days, the girls would be taking selfies of themselves and posting the photos on Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat!  


Talking of my early school days, I found this photo of my first school class, which would have been taken in 1952.  


I hope you have enjoyed my reminiscing today, and perhaps it might have brought back some memories of your own school days. Anytime you want to enlarge a photo from my blog, just double tap on it, and that should do the trick. 

Happy weekend everyone. Look after yourselves.