Grateful For A Sunset Sky With A Twist Of Lime

I am going to try my hand at this week’s SHARE YOUR WORLD questions, which is currently being hosted by Melanie B Cee… over at sparksfromacombustiblemind as you can see in her post below:

This week’s questions are:

What Is Your Favourite Beverage? 


I love variety.  I can’t stick to one thing.  But occasionally I go through a stage of having a favourite. My favourites change regularly, but these past summer months this has been my favourite beverage:


It has been so refreshing to drink throughout the hottest summer we have had in over thirty years.

But now that there is a chill in the air, my tastes are already changing and I have started to enjoy steaming hot cups of tea again.

What Is Your Interpretation of ‘The Golden Rule”?  Are there ramifications to breaking it?

All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them.

It is one of the most widely agreed on and simple yet profound pieces of wisdom ever recorded.  Putting it into practice is well worth it, but you have to remember that in this world where not everyone lives by it, there will be times when you feel disappointed in the behaviour and actions of those around you.

If everyone did practice it…well, there would be no crime, no war, no abuse, no discrimination and no fierceness.  Paradise!

Sunrise person or sunset person? 

Oooooh so hard to pick!  But I guess I have caught a lot more spectacular sunsets than sunrises partly because of my waking hours.

Do people in modern society anthropomorphise animals too much?

I think it is cute…

My only worry is when someone can’t enjoy normal relationships with other humans because they feel nobody understands them as well as their cat or dog.

My sister Mandy did exactly that during a tempestuous phase she went though as a child.  She had a little suitcase permanently packed and ready so she could run away from home with her best friend, our pet cat Tamara.  She used to dress the cat in dolls clothes and talk to the cat.  She did not feel as if anyone understood her or loved her as much as the cat did.

and finally

What Were You Grateful For During the Past Week?

I was extremely grateful and relieved to discover that Goldfinch was not ignoring my messages.  He was abroad and did not have his personal phone with him because of the cost of calls abroad.

Love or hate this song – here is how it made me feel:


I Used To Live In The Middle Of Nowhere

I used to live down a little lane almost identical to this one.  I lived on an estate with woodlands full of ancient oak and enormous trees. There were meadows and an orchard, a vegetable garden and formal lawns.

There were miles and miles of green fields all around the estate.  It was a walker’s paradise…rolling fells and beautiful glens and streams and hollows that were almost a secret from most of the world.  I explored them for the three and a half years I dwelt way out in the sticks (or the boondocks).  I have walked for miles without seeing a single soul!


For now, I live in London…miles away from the boondocks!  During the coming autumnal months I plan to escape the big chokey smoke and pay my respects to the countryside as often as possible.  Here is a taste of where I used to live:

I only left my paradise home because I was invited to become a full-time international volunteer based in London.  My first assignment was to an infirmary where I was caring for other volunteers who were now touching one hundred years of age.  I had to train a team of volunteers how to use hoists and how to assist with patients with dementia.

That’s how I met Jack.  He moved to London a few months after I did.  He was already a success as a celebrity, but he was passionate about working for charities and he had also accepted an invitation to make his main focus working as a volunteer.  I admired him immediately because I knew he was sacrificing other opportunities in order to give unselfishly of himself. Jack has always been an inspiration to me and always will be.

I don’t have any regrets about any of my own sacrifices.  The rewards were incredible!


This was my response to Laura M Bailey’s 3-way-prompt:

Welcome to Manic Mondays 3 way prompt  9/17/18.  A word, A picture, A song. I post 3 prompts each Monday.  Pick 1, a combination or all 3!  
Write a post using any or all prompts. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction or drawing, painting….the only limitation is your own imagination! Go wild! 
Once you are done, create a pingback to this post THEN come back here and  leave a link to your post in the comments so everyone can enjoy see your entry.

Without further adieu, our word prompt is:  Boondocks

Definition of boondocks

1rough country filled with dense brush

2a rural area sticks