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Thursday, 21 March 2019

Spring Has Officially Arrived ....

Hallo to you all once again.  So yesterday was the first day of Spring, and I’m certainly looking forward to it. We haven’t had a particularly hard Winter here in Devon, but I think we just all want the longer days once again.  As I write this, I’m well aware that some of my Followers will be heading into Autumn, so forgive me! 


I do think that Spring has to be one of my favourite months.  Simply because it follows the dark days of Winter, I suppose. But it’s more than that - Spring brings hope, as we see new life appearing all around us.  From the bulbs poking out of the earth, the garden gradually coming back to life, and the lambs gambolling in the fields. How can our souls and spirits not be lifted?  




You would have to be a bit of a curmudgeon if your heart wasn’t lifted by the sight of daffodils everywhere. They bring their own sunshine, don’t they? 



 The Poet, William Wordsworth, summed it up perfectly in his poem, “I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud”, also known as the daffodil poem ......



We are now in the Star Sign of Aries, and I am an Aries person - Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac.  We are supposed to be the trailblazers, although, to be honest, I’m not sure that I’ve done much trail blazing in my life.  Although, I think we always tend to think of things being done in a very outward way, with all guns blazing if you like.  But, thinking about it, things can also be done in quiet ways.  Aries are supposed to be passionate and independent, and I certainly see that in myself.  Although with regard to the independent bit, I always thought that had something to do with me being an only child.  They are also supposed to be loyal and impulsive.  I like to think that I am a loyal friend, and I am certainly impulsive!



I’m sure there are people reading this, who do not believe in such ‘nonsense’!  But I believe that there must be something that determines us from the month that we  are born.  After all, the earth is ruled by the moon and the pull of the sea, as they both wax and wane.  My mind has always been open to everything alternative, really.  It would be a foolish person to dismiss these things.




Anyway, I will leave you for now.  Thank you, as always, for taking the time to read my scribblings!  (All images today, apart from the daffodils, are courtesy of Pinterest).  Oh, and here’s a pic of my little pup, walking through the Spring flowers in my garden....





Friday, 8 March 2019

Today, on the 8th March, we once again celebrate International Women's Day. The theme for 2019 is #balanceforbetter, with the aim of making a global push for professional and social equality. This is being described as a "business issue", and the aim of the theme is to encourage gender balance in the Boardrooms (which is badly needed), in the media, and, also, in wealth, so that economies can thrive. 

 
I think it is important to talk about this event each year on my Blog, as we celebrate women everywhere, all over the world, and recognise the progress that has been achieved, and to give thanks for all the courageous women over many, many years, who have fought for women's rights. Rights that promote a position of legal and social equality of women with men. 

 

 Huge strides have been made over the years. Certainly since the 1960's when I was a young woman.  We didn't have a lot of the freedoms or rights that women have these days. Women certainly were not allowed to get credit under their own name. So a mortgage would be out of the question. Women at that time were very much looked on as mothers and homemakers.  Hard to believe, but right up until the late 60's, women were not allowed to wear trousers in the workplace. 

Of course, if modern mums want to still be stay at home mums and raise their children themselves, there is certainly nothing wrong with that. In fact, in my eyes, that is to be lauded. Many women these days, of course, HAVE to work, purely for financial reasons. 

I suppose my point is, that the younger women now have CHOICE, which was certainly not available before, and that, surely, has to be good for everyone. 

 

 
 

My wish is that my granddaughters will live in a world where they can be anything they want to be.  I also take this opportunity of celebrating all the women that follow my Blog. Remember, you are ALL special and you are ALL important. 



Wednesday, 6 March 2019

What Happened to Spring?!

Hallo again little peeps. As I write this new Blog Post, I had to move my little puppy to one side - he never likes to stray too far away from me, as you can see! ๐Ÿถ.  Anyway, he's now having a little nap, so I should be alright for a little while. 





Tomorrow, Benji will have his final injection, so I'm delighted to say that I will finally be able to take him out to explore the big, wide world. Well, my little corner of it, here in heavenly Devon, anyway!

After a real touch of Spring a couple of weeks ago (well, it was almost like Summer, really), I'm afraid to say that we are now having very heavy rain, and the forecast for the next week isn't looking  good either. Despite that, there are signs of Spring appearing in the garden.  As usual, I have to apologize  to my Facebook friends, as they will have seen some of these pics before. 











I was thinking about my eldest daughter and my eldest granddaughter, and I can quite appreciate why they would never want to come back to this Country to live. Why would they, when they can have blue skies almost all year round, and the Winters are warm?!  Daughter lives in Ibiza and granddaughter is at University in Madrid. To be honest, I think my granddaughter feels that she is really European now. 

You obviously miss family when they have to move away from their home location - years ago, families all lived very close together. Sometimes even on different levels of the same house. That way, there was always someone to keep an eye on babies, youngsters, teenagers and the older ones of the family. 

But things move on, and I don't suppose we will ever go back to that situation. 

Well, I will leave you again for now. I don't want to bore you!!  What's that you say..."too late!".  

Anyway, look at the gorgeous blue sky in this photo - not bad  for February! 



Bye for now. I hope all is well with you, wherever you may be reading this. ❤️

Sunday, 17 February 2019

KINDNESS ....

Hallo my friends.  Who knew, but today, apparently, is ๐Ÿ’ซRandom Acts of Kindness Day๐Ÿ’ซ.  I have often written a post about Kindness, as it really is one of my favourite words. I think ๐ŸŒŸHope๐ŸŒŸ would be another.



In the world we live in today, I think it is even more important to be kind to each other.  Kind to people we know, kind to people we love, kind to that person in the local store, and everyone, really, that we come into contact with. I know myself, when I'm out and about, just how a smile from a stranger can really lift me. 



Having looked up the actual definition of Kindness, it is "the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate".  I think it means to care and be concerned for the well-being of others - simple as that, really!






So, today, I thought I would send out some Kindness to all of you through my Blog, as I can't actually be with you in person. 



Wouldn't it be wonderful if EVERY day was a Random Act of Kindness Day ๐ŸŒŸ⭐️๐Ÿ’ซ.

All images today courtesy of Pinterest.com .... and, remember ....



Bye for now ❤️

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Whisper it quietly ......




Hallo again everyone!  Yes, whisper it very quietly, but we are in the final week of January.  Yay, I’m doing a happy dance here in deepest Devon.  So on Friday, we will be entering the month of February, and already the mornings and evenings are starting to get a tad lighter.  Primroses are in the garden, and lots of bulbs are peeping through already. My winter flowering pansies are still putting on a good show, but we have been pretty fortunate, in that we have only had a couple of frosty mornings so far.  I have a yellow camellia with around 40 buds on it, so I’m really hoping that we don’t suddenly get a hard frost.  Daffodils are now on sale in the shops, which I always think are a real sign of the Spring yet to come.  This photo was taken last year.  It really is like having a little bowl of sunshine in the house.




I realise that there could  well be people reading this, whose Season might be completely the reverse of what we have over here in England.  It’s a funny old world, isn’t it?!  Even here in the UK, the weather can vary tremendously.  I live right down in the South West of England, next to Cornwall, and Devon and Cornwall are amongst the mildest Counties in the Country.  Our flowers are always a few weeks ahead of everyone else.  



Oh! My life has changed somewhat since I last wrote a Blog Post.  I have a little puppy, and he is the cutest little thing.  I have only had him for six days, but he has settled in so well, and is such a good little pup.  This is a completely new experience for me - I was avidly reading a puppy handbook before he arrived, but, really, SO FAR (!), it has been much better than I could have hoped for.  He is a Cavapoo, and a cross between a King Charles Spaniel and a toy poodle, so he will only be a small dog.  But then, I am only a small person, so we will fit together nicely!  I can’t wait until I can take him out to the beach!  At the moment, he can only go in the garden, until he has had all his injections.  Anyway, here he is! 



Who could not love that cute little face?!

Well, I’ll leave you again for now, hoping that all is well in your little corner of the world.  See you again soon!



I love reading, and have done so since I was a little girl.  I’m sure many of you also love settling down with a good book.  Anyway, I came across this quote on Pinterest, and thought it was rather lovely, so decided to share it with you here today ....





Sunday, 13 January 2019

Sunday, Sunday....



Hello..... It’s me!  How are you all on this January Sunday?  The celebrations are all over once again, and it’s time to get back to the nitty gritty of life.  Just a short Post today, but I thought I would  drop in at the beginning of 2019, to wish you well for the year ahead. 



Who knows what the year ahead will hold for any of us.  Being now in my 70’s, apart from wishing happiness for my little family, I tend to pray that I will remain in good health. Whenever I’m out on my walks, I never take anything for granted.  I always look around, take in the beauty around me, and be thankful that I can still enjoy those moments. 



I’m sure this new year will bring the usual share of ups and downs. Hopefully, we will have many joyful moments, but the disappointments will be there as well. Sometimes it’s really hard to deal with those disappointments, and we struggle to see the wood for the trees (I think that’s how the saying goes!).  It is at times like that, we have to try to remember what we DO have in our lives, and try to carry on the best way we know how. 



So I’ll leave you again for now, in the hope that this year - no matter how it might have started - will be a good one for all of us. See you again soon ❤️



All images today courtesy of Pinterest.com

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Christmas Memories ....



Hallo again peeps.  I know I said in my last Blog Post that I probably wouldn’t be writing again until after Christmas, but here I am, the little Christmas elf, just dropping by to make sure you’re still being good and that all your preparations are going well..  I don’t know how many of you will actually be travelling to spend the festive Season with family and friends, but if you are, I wish you safe travels, with no delays.  Sometimes it’s not the easiest time of the year to be travelling, is it?

I seem to have gained quite a few new Followers to my Southhamsdarling Facebook page, which is rather nice.  I would like to welcome you all, and to thank you for joining me, especially at this festive time of the year ❤️

Most of my Facebook friends know that I love vintage Christmas images, so I thought I would include a few for you today.  I suppose they take me back to a less complicated world, a kinder world, when Christmas didn’t start three months before the 25th December!










One of the things I remember so well as a child, was visiting all the local Department Stores and to stare in wonder at the magnificent Christmas displays - each huge window telling a different story, and the outside of the Stores had Christmas trees on every corner of the building. A couple of years ago, whilst staying with my eldest daughter, who lived in Paris at the time, I felt the same wonder whilst walking by Galeries Layfayette.

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Our Christmas trees would be dripping with shiny slivers of silver icicles and the ceiling would be festooned with brightly coloured paper garlands, which were eventually taken over by metallic ones.  I can’t remember now when we stopped doing that! These are the Christmas trees lights on our tree when I was a little girl...





Here you can see how the paper decorations gradually changed to the more modern metallic ones!












As a little girl, Christmas Eve was always a special day for me, when my dad and I would go out to collect the goose from the market, which had already been ordered, and we would then choose a Christmas present for my mum.  We never had Thanksgiving over here, and I’m almost sure that the tree didn’t go up until a couple of days before Christmas. Imagine that!

It’s nice to be nostalgic sometimes, and remember how things were.  As I say, they were simpler times, and, to be honest, I’m glad I grew up when I did. Glad that I was a little girl in the 50’s and glad I was a teenager in the 1960’s, when fashion and music ๐ŸŽถ were changing so much, and there just didn’t seem to be the pressure that the young ones have these days.  No social media for a start!  What am I talking about - we didn’t even have a television until I was 14, and my mum and dad only had a telephone installed when I got married at 19, and had to move a few miles away!  I well remember going out to the old, red phone boxes in the dark and rain, so that I could call them.  So mobile phones have to be one of the best inventions!!

I think that’s the end of my Christmas reminiscing, so I’ll finish off this Post, once again wishing you blessings at Christmas, and to remind you of the reason for the Season ....May God bless you all ❤️



As a Postscript, I’ve also published a new Featured Post today - just click on the link at the top of the sidebar on the right hand side. ❤️
(Images today courtesy of Pinterest.com)