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Romance And Reality

Most of us have a romantic side to us somewhere, and the right person can make that romantic side flourish. The questions from Melanie, the creator of sparksfromacombustiblemind, certainly made me think back on a wonderful year of romance and love. Yet the reality is…there is no real romance for me on the horizon here. I had a coffee-date this week that went well, but was decidedly unromantic.


Here are Melanie’s questions for this week’s SHARE YOUR WORLD:

What’s wrong but sounds right?

There is something I often hear people say and it sounds lovely…three pretty little words:

Follow your heart

…but when they say it to me, I really can’t help look at them and think, “you really do not have the foggiest clue about life do you?!!!” Follow my heart!!! Why don’t I just kick myself at the same time? Ay karumba!! That is perhaps one of the silliest pieces of advice to give.

It might sound very romantic, but I know from experience that it is not wise and not safe to follow my heart.

Most of us would get into an awful lot of serious trouble if we followed our heart. I know I would! I am so glad I have some very sage friends who I can turn to for reasonable balanced advice rather than soppy, sentimental nonsense!

If you follow your feelings, follow your heart, and ignore reason and reality – you are very likely to just keep on being bruised and battered.

What physical action or gesture do you find romantic?

Aaaaaah! Where do I begin?

I loved that Goldfinch held my hand everywhere we went. I mean I wanted it, but I never had to initiate it. He grabbed my hand and kept tight hold.

I loved it when Goldfinch would wrap his arms around me at a bus-stop or an a tube station platform. I would be facing him and he kept me tightly wrapped up in his arms.

When Goldfinch danced with me in public – at stations, in the middle of the city centre – juts completely randomly and abruptly. I loved the spontaneous moments when he would grab my hand and pull me close and hold me tight and dance with me.

One summery evening, when the sky was still blue,  he pointed at a crane that was pointing up into the sky and the moon was shining down. He said to me, “they decided to use that crane to hoist the moon into the perfect place just for you and me.” And we danced together under that moonlight, people staring at us.

There was something else I loved.

There were times this past summer when we would just lay in a park either in Coventry or one of the beautiful locations he took me to, and he would just hold me tight. I could feel his chest expanding as he breathed in. My heart would slow down and I felt I wanted to stay there in his arms for hours. I felt safe and loved.

Suddenly this past summer seems too short and fleeting. So much love, so little time with him.

What’s something you really resent paying for?

I can’t think of anything right now. I don”t have much money, so I tend to only spend the little money I do have on things that I need. But they all seem a fair enough deal.

Hmm. One thing that did shock me last year was when I was trying to find a concert that Goldfinch might like. The cost of tickets to some shows was ridiculously high!

What’s your favourite romance movie?  A movie you may find romantic, even if that’s not the genre. 

For me acts of self-sacrifice due to love are the most romantic. The first film that springs to mind is one I already created a post about last week: “Life Is Beautiful”. I published a post featuring it last week:

La Vida Es Bella

The love that man shows for his family despite the most horrific of ordeals! But because I have already told you all about that, I am going to try to think of another one.

Hmm. Well, there was another movie I saw many years ago which has a kind of teenager feel to it, well I think the characters are teenagers. I don’t know if its a little corny, well a lot of romantic movies are a bit corny aren’t they? I did quite like it. I can’t watch it now, because the ending touches a real raw nerve with me. Here is a trailer to the film: “A Walk To Remember”.

What were you uplifted by in the past week?

Goldfinch sent me a lovely message just before I went for a coffee-date with another man. I was so grateful for him reaching out 10,100 miles all the way to my downcast heart to reassure me. Some nice things have happened this week, but to be honest, that message was my special moment.


It’s All A Matter Of Training

Has anyone asked you a question which was so interesting to you, that you found it hard just to give a short simple reply? My thoughts have been chopping and changing for the past few days, like a restless sea! Well, partly that was due to my determination to keep guessing the mystery blogger on Rory’s challenge!

Melanie, the creator of sparksfromacombustiblemind has asked some fascinating questions this week as many of you already know. I am late again this week because I have pondering them at length! Just in case you have not had chance to see Melanie’s questions yet, please take a look at her post below:



If your five year old self woke up in your current body, what would happen, what would you say?

I would be alarmed. I am sure it would feel very disturbing to have an adult body with these two huge lumps on the front of me. I can imagine being very embarrassed at the age of five.

I would instantly think of that film with Tom Hanks “Big”.

I think as time passed, I might start to think of some of the things I might be allowed to do. There would be rides at the theme part that a five-year old me would not have been tall enough to go on, but in an adult body I would love to go on all the big rides at the theme park. I would probably make myself quite ill!

And I would go to a department store and try on all the lip-stick and perfume like the grown-up ladies do. Five-year old me was in awe of my Mum and her high heels and her lip-sticks. Now I hardly ever wear make-up (just for big nights out, but not on a day to day basis), but five-me old me would have been very interested in make-up counters.

If I had money in my pocket, I would probably also buy myself lots of sweets. More than I could ever eat. Probably make myself ill again!

And I would boss my sister Mandy around and exult in being taller than her. Mandy is two years younger than me, but she has always been two inches taller than me, since I can remember.

What is a relationship deal breaker for you?  Whether you are talking about a romantic one, a friendship or a related to sort of relationship?

Great question!

I feel like I can get on with most people. I would always treat people with kindness and dignity. But as for those I choose as close friends or to have a romantic relationship with…well there are a few things that would make that unlikely.

I love people. But I find it hard to be around certain habits or practices. If someone swears like a trooper making the air turn blue, or if they smoke or drink to the point that they don’t make sense and look like an idiot, I just don’t want to be in their presence. I don’t feel attracted at all to that.

I can’t bear violence, so if someone wanted to watch violent films or play violent video games I would recoil from them. I don’t like aggression, so if someone was regularly losing their temper, I would avoid them.

There is no perfect person. Some have not been raised to be clean, or tidy, or organized. I can believe that anyone might make a mistake, or give into occasional weakness, whether it be a lie or a wrong desire. But what do they do a bout their mistakes? Do they feel sorry afterwards? Do they try to fix any damage they have caused? But when someone is deliberately doing something they know is wrong and could harm others, I find myself putting a distance between myself and them.

There are certain attitudes that I don’t think I could tolerate at all though, including racism and bigotry. I don’t like it when I hear someone being unkind about others, making fun of them in a cruel way or using sarcasm to humiliate them or malicious gossip about them. I don’t like arrogance or conceit.

My parents have trained me to be clean, respectful, kind, considerate, helpful, gentle, mild, peaceable and to dignify others. If I was with someone who clearly had not had that training…I am still kind to them, and I would only ever be respectful to them, but I don’t feel a close rapport with them. A romantic relationship would probably be impossible, because how could I respect a man who I thought was a total loser?

Is there something out there, a thought, an idea, a current event, or a fear that you find deeply unsettling?

Several. Racism is insane and horrid for a start.

I find it very frightening that some people are playing the most unimaginably violent video games. It’s as if they are training their minds for sadistic crimes or warfare.

I know people might not go out and do in real life the things they might do in a game…however, it seems as if they are programming their brains to react to a perceived threat and to  lose respect for the value of human life. We live in a world that is at risk of becoming more and more divided politically, if someone has been training their thinking to be violent, I fear what they might do during a time of upheaval.

I do believe that there are violent times ahead. When people get very upset about an issue…violence sadly can spread quickly. Society is tempestuous even now. What will spark even more turbulent times?

My parents used to explain to me that people’s behaviour can change overnight during times of hardship and political turbulence. They said those can times can “test a person’s metal” so to speak. Some people are quick to express their anger with unimaginable acts of violence themselves.

And one that is a bit whimsical:

whimsical.pngA whimsical thought?

Well…I have never been interested in fantasy characters like fairies or unicrons. But I keep hearing people say they are convinced they are real. Adults. I know some adults personally who seem really obsessed with magical fantasy characters fairies, wizerds, unicrons – I find it bizarre.

But then even as I child, I didn’t like reading or watching anything about magic. I was offended when I realized that so many children’s stories were make-believe. I wanted people to be straight with me and tell me what was real and what was not, rather than telling stories that played with my emotions.

If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done?

I hope they would presume it has all been a big mistake or I have broken a law I was not even aware of. My parents trained me to obey the law and pay my taxes and show respect. So they would not expect me to anything other.

The only time I would ever conflict with what “Ceasar” asked of me, is if something  was asked of me that was totally against my conscience like being asked to go out and kill someone in a war. Currently that does not happen here, but there are still countries where rather than providing a non-military service for citizens, the government will imprison young men whose conscience does not allow them to be trained in warfare.

It’s quite an emotional subject to me because I had the privilege of working with some remarkable older German volunteers who were survivors of concentration camps under Hitler’s Nazi government. These survivors were not sent to concentration camps because of their ethnic origin. Rather they were detained because they refused to salute Hitler and they refused to join the war effort. They were very inspiring. I helped to arrange several events for National Holocaust Memorial Day over the years and of all the people I have met, I was moved by them. I ought to write about them really, there is so much to share.


What were you grateful for this week?  Something that brought some joy into your world?

I bought a train ticket which will take me over 200 miles across the country and it only cost me £8.00. That is an amazing price!

handsoapI am also grateful for the “posh” hand-soap and “posh “hand-cream I mentioned in a post yesterday. A very kind friend, who perhaps overvalues soap, sent me a gift.

And I am very grateful for the gloves I received from another friend! I am all for practical gifts. Don’t give me jewellery, I will probably break it or lose it. Don’t give me chocolates, I want to lose some weight. But hand-soap and gloves are very useful and appreciated.


Now there were some rather gloomy images in my post…and you know me, I like to maintain a joyful spirit to life. So I am going to end on what I hope for the future for you and for me and for our entire human family. This is what is in my heart and this is what I am training my brain for:



Conspiracies, Controversies And Catering Calamities

Probing questions – we love them!  Melanie, creator of sparksfromacombustiblemind is hosting “SHARE-YOUR-WORLD” and has provided this week’s questions so that we can share a bit of our world with other bloggers.  Have a look at her post below to see the original questions and see how to get involved yourself:


This Week’s Questions

What’s the biggest screw up in the kitchen that you were responsible for?

Not many myself in all honesty.  I faithfully follow recipes so normally things turn out quite well for me. My own biggest mistake I confessed in a post I published a while ago.

But my friends and flatmates have been involved in some memorable mistakes.

paprika chickenDid I ever tell you about the day my friends on the catering team went out and bought ingredients needed for feeding four hundred volunteers working on a project?  That day they were going to make Paprika Chicken and a vegetarian option for around thirty of us who were vegetarians.

Well, they bought the spices in bulk from a wholesaler. Only someone made a mistake somewhere along the line (I don’t think we will ever know exactly who) and the tub that had been labelled “PAPRIKA” turned out to be chilli powder.  The discovery that all of the chicken had been smothered with chilli powder was made so late in the course of the meal preparation, that they had to concoct a desperate plan to rescue lunch.

Orange juice in pitcher. Isolated on white backgroundThe solution?  Enormous quantities of orange juice. Apparently, that was the way to tone down the chilli powder.  So lunch became Orange and Chilli Chicken, which, I could see from the faces of everyone sitting around me tucking into it, was a quite strange concept to most of the Welsh volunteers on that project.

There was an evening when Ella had been mixing her batter for a cake.  She opened the oven door and somehow managed to throw the contents of the cake tin all over the oven, stove, worktop, it started dripping down over the cupboards and drawers below.  I helped her clear it up and Ella would not allow any of the make occupants of our flat into he kitchen until all evidence of the mishap had vanished. Ella and I were laughing the whole time we were cleaning up.

Another time I was part of a catering team on a project in Bristol.  They had a very well-equipped kitchen with brand new everything, including brand new knives. Every single one of us cut ourselves within the first half-hour.  There were so many blue plasters on our hands and digits that day.

The more I think about, it the more stories are popping into my head.  I have worked on a lot of catering teams and I can remember some hilarious mistakes being made.  I will have to include them in other posts.

What, in your opinion, makes people believe absurd conspiracy theories?

Some years ago, I used to regularly deal with a patient who was trying to recover from a serious addiction to the misuse of drugs. I was always friendly and supportive towards him.  He had a very strong belief in conspiracies.  In fact I remember him telling me that “it is all a conspiracy, we are all being tricked, it’s like the Matrix”. (Well, I have never seen that film, but I get the idea.)

Sometimes, he would be more specific.  He claimed man had never walked on the moon, that it was all a hoax.  He claimed man has never been in “outer space” at all.  He insisted the earth is flat and not a sphere or globe. He said that aliens are ruling the planet and stripping the planet of all it’s resources. He also claimed brain surgery is a hoax.  He does not believe it possible that people can actually have their brains operated on.

One day he was speaking to me very intensely and seriously about “the big conspiracy” we are all being duped by.  He referred to the beast, the wild beast and he said it’s all happening just as the prophets said. Then he told me what had helped him to to recognise “the big conspiracy” was how little things are changing all around us all the time.  The changes are so imperceptible that most people will not notice.  He said that the spelling of Febreze had changed.  He said it should be Febreeze, but they had dropped a letter hoping nobody would notice.  He also said that there have been mysterious changes to KitKats, and it is all part of “the big conspiracy”.

Now, I was not going to take issue with any of the things he said. I asked him what he thinks the future holds.  He said the end of the planet, which the aliens will cause once they have stripped the planet of all valuable resources. I was distressed by his state of mind and in a way how vulnerable he was. But I could tell he liked me and he was trying to enlighten me by sharing all his ideas with me. All I could do was offer him encouragement to continue attending his appointments and make healthy habits a part of his life.

With regards to beliefs.  I think some approach information in a very cautious manner, with a streak of scepticism.  I think it is right to test out information and ask who is saying this? What is their motive? What evidence do they have to support their claim? Is that evidence authentic and trustworthy? I think there are some clever people who can come over as very convincing and genuine, but often they are very misguided or have their own questionable or even sinister motives. However, that doesn’t mean you should suspect everyone is out to con you. You have to be able to trust to be able to function. Don’t be paranoid about everyone or everything.

Some people accept information more readily because it is what they want to believe. They might overlook shaky evidence as they are happy with the conclusion and disregard any holes in the evidence.

I do think a lot of us are far more easily influenced than we may ever imagine we are. The power of advertising and the media is phenomenal. Many are so eager to obtain a body shape or a fitness level, they try every new diet, every new vitamin, every new exercise regime.  I think for the most part, living a balanced way of life and avoiding extremes or harmful habits works well. But if people want to go along with the latest information on diets and health regimes, I guess that is not necessarily harmful, so long as they don’t go to extremes that would damage their health in the long run.

Some of the mis-information out there is not too harmful in itself.  But I do think there is false information, whether it be conspiracies or propaganda that is very harmful.

In 40 years what will people be nostalgic for?

Hmm.  Well…I am not sure.

When I was a lass, we were allowed to play outside for hours with our friends.  We would roam across quite a wide area. There was a huge county park not far from where we lived.  A group of us children would wander over there and climb trees or play “hide and seek”. We would ride our bikes for miles. If I was a parent nowadays, I would not feel happy at all to allow a child that freedom. Especially not after becoming the victim of  serious crime myself.

I can only imagine that while some humans continue to feed their own minds on harmful material, we are only going to have to be more aware of our personal safety, not less. So in 40 years time, will people look back and wish that we lived in a more innocent era, when you did not have to think so much about who might be out there waiting for an opportunity to carry out some heinous act?

Is a hot dog a sandwich?  

Ooooh – I am too scared to be overly forthright about this. Isn’t it a bit pedantic to start defining and departmentalising what we have for lunch?

Is a pitta bread stuffed with falafel and salad a sandwich?

What about a tortilla wrap stuffed with veggies and salad? Is that a sandwich?

I know not, nor do I care.  I prefer them to a cheese and pickle in between two square slices of bread sandwich.  But, I guess in my mind they are more sandwich alternatives than sandwiches.  I have not had a hot-dog in thirty years, but I guess I would include that as a sandwich alternative.  Something that might have similarities (bread…filling etc) but is rather more than we would expect if we were told it is sandwiches for lunch today.

And finally:

What wonderful thing happened to you this week that you’d like to share?  It can be a gratitude moment or something that just made you feel very happy at the time or made you laugh.

There was one day this past week which was very hectic. I slept through my alarm and so did not have time for breakfast before I left the little nest. I went to an appointment, and although I arrived on time, they were running late, I had to rush to be at work on time and didn’t have time to pick up some lunch.  Normally I am more organized but I had only arrived home the night before after midnight, so I had not prepared anything in advance.

Around 3.30pm hunger started to kick in.  I was finishing my shift that night at 8pm.  I was convinced I needed food but I was on my own at work.  There is nowhere nearby where I could run in and grab a sandwich, but there are restaurants that I thought would do take-away like “Wagamamas”.  So I called Wagamamas and ordered a vegan option and I mentioned to the lady on the phone, that I would have to run over and grab it quickly as I was on my own at work. Well, fifteen minutes later, I was getting ready to do exactly that when she appeared with my food.  She told me she thought it might help me. Oh it did, it really did!  She was so kind and thoughtful to do that.  Thank you lovely Wagamamas lady – whoever you are.  You made my day.  And the food was delicious!

I Would Love To Get My Steam Iron Over That When She Has Finished Her Swan Lake Routine


Hey ho October here we go!  What better way to start a month than by answering the questions from “SHARE YOUR WORLD” hosted by sparksfromacombustiblemind as you can see from her post below:



What’s your go-to for unwinding after a stressful event or day?   Can be someone or something – music, pets, family or whatever you choose.

My current accommodation feels like a “hide-away”.  It is behind two huge locked gates and when I disappear into my little abode, I feel safe from the outside world – as if nobody can get at  me.  Even better is that because the property is so big, we don’t seem to get any mobile phone reception, which is also a way to feel I am escaping the demands of the outside world.

ironingSo just arriving and feeling safe within my little nest helps me start to relax.

One of the things that makes me “de-stress” almost instantly is ironing. It’s like straightening out all the complications and creases in one’s life, problems melt away and everything is orderly and neat and and ylang ylang secented.

I love the calm that descends over me when I am ironing!

The plane you’re flying in is going to crash, no survivors.  If you had one song you could listen to before it happens, what would it be?  (credit to NewEpicAuthor for this one).  Please share the link to the song if you can.

What’s that song…you know the one with the bloke who thinks he can fly?…Errrm let me come back to this one…I have fogotten who he is.

I can’t let my mind go there! The whole scenario of plane about to crash, no survivors…it is too awful and it has happened…I can’t let my mind imagine how awful it must be. I am going to think happy thoughts about planes so that I don’t have fear of flying over 10,000 miles to visit Goldfinch in Australia.

What is one thing you’re really, really good at and not ashamed to admit it?  I worded that deliberately because aren’t we taught to be humble and not pushy about our achievements? Celebrate your ability!

I am good at following written instructions…

When I bake it turns out well, because I don’t experiment…I follow the recipe!

If I can read how to do a task and see the instructions written down, I can usually carry out the task rather than being told what to do or shown what to do.  My mind seems to be wired for learning that way.  Written instructions are so much easier to follow for me.

Over the years I have won trophies, prizes, medals for swimming, maths and karaoke (singing).  But lots of years of practice and training from others have gone into any accomplishments in those areas.

Would you rather lose all of your money and valuables or all of the pictures you have ever taken?

In all honesty, I don’t have a lot of either money/valuables or pictures.  My possessions fit into a suitcase.  I have very few pictures/photos.  I want to be able to up sticks and go back to my home on the other side of London whenever it is possible (and from there to be sent anywhere in the world there is a need for volunteers). I am still a concern because of the strange results from my CT scans.  But I feel ok…so I have to be patient and wait for them to give me the thumbs up that I am ok.

I am not afraid of losing things.  They are just things. They are not worth getting upset about.  Oh hold on…maybe I would miss my iron and ironing board!

I am afraid of not having a purpose, not having inspiration or motivation, not having special people and memories and experiences and values that shape who I am. That would make me feel truly lost.

It’s not losing things that frightens me, it’s losing myself.  Losing my way in a world that seems to be obsessed with money/valuables. I certainly don’t see any need to worry about capturing every moment in a selfie or through a lens.  I just want to live every moment with gusto!

And lastly

What were you grateful for or something that made you smile during the past month?

I am grateful that it did not rain at the weekend.  It meant that we could saunter along through the woods for hours on dry ground and the sunshine and gentle breeze made it such a perfect day for walking.

I am deeply grateful for a wonderful Goldfinch who flew into my life almost one year ago and has made me feel like flying ever since!

In Summary:

Loves To Iron

Likes To Fly

Lives Out Of A Suitcase

Loves Her Goldfinch

Likes To Follow Written Instructions

Lives Each Moment With Gusto



Oh I have got him – the flying guy:

If I Sound A Bit Confused, Maybe That’s Because I Ran Out Of Coffee Today

Another week has flown by and it is time for this week’s SHARE YOUR WORLD questions, currently being hosted by Melanie B Cee… over at sparksfromacombustiblemind as you can see in her post below:


This week’s questions are:

Last week I asked a question about favourite beverages and the overwhelming favourite was coffee. If you drink coffee, how do you like it best?  Hot, cold, iced, with cream, with sugar or black as black? 

I have always loved the taste and aroma of coffee flavouring. (For some reason all I can think of is Tales from the mind of Kristian shaking his head and rolling his eyes in disgust!)

I think I mentioned in another post that when I was around six or seven I became a bit addicted to coffee. I was convinced that it helped me to swim faster (my sisters and I were competition swimmers).  I would have milky coffee and about six biscuits believing this was some amazing wonder-fuel.

My mother was so concerned about the amount of coffee I was drinking at a tender age that she banned me from coffee!

Also my singing teacher told me to avoid hot drinks so for at least fifteen years I didn’t have coffee or tea.

Then in my early twenties I discovered iced coffee.  Loved that… until I found out how many calories my favourite iced coffee had tucked away – scary!

When I moved to London I started waking up every day at five o’clock in the morning.  I soon found a new appreciation for very strong espresso.

When I lived with Italians, they had a great coffee machine and they were very good at making sure everyone was well caffeinated early in the morning.  I also worked with lots of Italians.  They took responsibility for making the coffee at break-time as they were less than impressed at the dishwater the rest of us called coffee!

In your opinion, what’s the greatest invention of our age?     

My opinion is probably not worth toffee…I am sure others will think of better inventions.  I am going to mention something though I realize makes a big difference to me and my loved ones:

When I think of inventions I think of things than have been designed to make life easier, or speed tasks up or even accomplish things we may never have imagined were possible. Although I am a bit of a technophobe and I am very wary of those who use it for sinister intentions…I think the internet and electronic messaging services are remarkable.

Do you realize that when my Goldfinch moves back to Australia in November…I will be able to send him an e-mail from the opposite side of the planet and it will arrive within seconds?!!

I have family members working in lands in Africa, parts of Russia, the Middle East, South East Asia and Central and South America…I can e-mail them or Skype them…and it is all for free!  Astonishing!

So despite it’s many drawbacks, (and I must admit I don’t like the crazy pace of life that everything seems to run at today) it is pretty amazing that I can communicate with someone I love who is so far away.

global.jpgIf only all the amazing tools that have been invented were only entrusted to good people who would use them to promote good things…and those who had harmful intentions were not allowed access to those tools…I don’t know, I guess it is not as simple as my mum confiscating their phone or tablet or computer until they have learnt their lesson and changed their heart.

Global warming?  Reality or myth?

I am surprised it has become such a debate.  It is of interest to me that some believe and some doubt that human activity is causing a detrimental effect to our global climate on a scale never yet seen in the course of human history.  I have heard people’s views and read articles quoting  various scientists.  Some very persuasively argue that temperatures are rising and this is effecting weather patterns and increasing the frequency and force of extreme weather conditions.  I do take the warnings about global warming seriously.

I am not sure my knowledge and understanding on a scientific level are worth adding to the multitude of words that have been published on this subject.

What registered in my mind some years ago was a verse I have read many times that says the Creator will bring to ruin those who are ruining the earth.  He will not allow it to be ruined completely.  And as far as I can see it is only in recent times that due to the scale of industrialisation, the burning of fossil fuels and the pollution of our air and water, we have reached a stage where humankind have the ability to “ruin” the earth.

So yes, I do believe that if allowed to continue at this pace, human activity could potentially ruin the cycles and forces that have regulated our planet’s climate.  Do I believe it will become so bad that human life itself will be wiped out by our own activity?  Well, I don’t believe that the Creator would tolerate that.  Nobody who had built a house and allowed tenants to live there (who started wreaking havoc on the property), would let the house be ruined beyond recovery.  Bad tenants are eventually evicted, good tenants remain. Scores of passages refer to how He will change the way this planet is governed.

Are you an explorer or more a home body?

travelerI am currently separated from my real home which is on the other side of London.  So, I kind of feel as if I am camping out here in my current accommodation (very pretty though it is). I have always loved travel.  But I long for my real home…it’s been over three years since I was there and I ache to return.

I think once I feel settled back into my own home, then my desire to explore the rest of this beautiful planet will return to me.  Until then I am reading lots of travel blogs!!  Travel bloggers produce such stunning posts.

and last:

What were you grateful for this week?

My two younger sisters came to visit me here in London at the weekend.  It was wonderful!

To sum up:

A Technophobe Who Thinks The Internet Is Super (When Used By Good Hearted Peeps)….

And Wants To Go Home So She Can Start Travelling Again….

And Who Drinks Coffee Anyway It Comes….

And Is Grateful For Her Family And Her Adorable Sisters…

And Hopes For This Earth To Be In Much Better Hands One Day

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: