Sunday, 8 April 2018


Yesterday I was lucky enough
to spend the morning
with three of my grandsons.

I say 'lucky' because
it means 
that I get the chance 
to do things that otherwise......
I would probably not bother to do!!

We had intended to go to see the owls.
as the weather 
wasn't to good it meant that the owls 
would not be out flying
we decided to go to Scolton Manor.
A large Victorian country house
(that had been used as a convalescent hospital for servicemen during the second world war)
but now is the responsibility
of the Local Council.

I have to say that I was really impressed
as it had been a very long time
since I last visited
and it had certainly been
restored and dressed really well.
They, also, had spent a lot of time and effort
in thinking of ways
to entertain the children.

My grandsons certainly, were soon
holding clipboards and trying to find various
objects in the rooms
so that they could gain a prize!
There were also craft rooms for them to use
and several other ways where
we could have spent a lot of time... 
and this was only inside!!
I have the feeling we will be visiting there again soon!

I think that we will leave it a few weeks yet 
so that the ground can dry up
and we can take advantage..... 
of the woodland walks etc.

What else has been happening?
Well, I have been bows under trying
to complete my fifth assignment for my degree course..
which has been extremely interesting....but....
caused me an inordinate amount
of stress!!

I had an extension, 
as my health has been so poor,
and I have had to be backwards and forwards 
to hospital so much that I lost a lot of time!
I only have one more assignment to do
in the middle of May...
and then the exam 7th of June.
I shall have to make a start on revising!

How did your Easter Holidays go?
We have had a lovely time 
and spent quite a lot of it with some of the grandchildren.....always fun!

Apart from that
and too much chocolate
we haven't done much as I was busy studying!

I have done a certain amount of craft work
and posted some of it on my IG account.
I was trying a couple of pictures, from my iPad to show you, but it's just not happening.....sorry!

I have been so tired this last week that I usually
fall into bed and sleep.
I have managed
to read a Mills and Boon compendium of books..
under the title of.....
'A Bride for the Playboy Prince'
Sharon Kendrick, Sandra Martin and  Maisy Yates.
somehow the title caught my eye.
After all... we have a Prince's wedding
happening in the UK
in the not too distant future.

You can't go far wrong with Mills and Boon
and this was 
an enjoyable and easy read!!
I particularly
liked the last book where a wedding planner
had a very exciting time...
No....I'm not telling you any more!!

So ...those are the pictures
of Scolton Manor.
The paths along side the woods
were full of primroses...
really beautiful
I love the scent of primroses!

It's hard to see as the light was quite poor
but, interspersed with the yellow..
were some deep red..
and pink primroses......
Really lovely!

#millsandboon #abridefortheplayboyprince #netgalley

Tuesday, 27 March 2018


It was a glorious afternoon
on Sunday
The first, official, day of Summer
so my cousin and I 
decided to go for a walk on a local beach...
Broad Haven.

The rock on the right is called
the Lion rock.
I suppose that it does look a bit like a lion??!

It seemed that we were not the only ones
who had decided to celebrate summer
by walking on the beach!

There were a lot of people
and their dogs.
Then a group of girls arrived....
riding their ponies!
The ponies really seemed to love it....
as did the girls!

The mothers put out some tall sticks....
and the girls and ponies
did a sort of slalem
through them.
You can tell I know nothing about ponies!!

It was brilliantly sunny
bitterly cold!!
Even so....I saw some children...
and their game parents..

I suppose the dog owners and ponies 
need to make the most of it
as from 1st April until
1st September
dogs and horses will not be allowed
on this beach.
Some large beaches
have an area where dog owners can walk their dogs.

My cousin said I could post pictures
with her in so here we are!
Then she went a bit mad.....
I suppose modelling had gone to her head!!
.......or feet!!

She accused me 
of hoping she would fall in
and I suppose...
.....I might have!!

Apart from all of this
I am, once again, head down
and trying to get
my next assignment done!
It is due in on Thursday
but there's no way I can manage it.
This new condition of mine means that I regularly
spend half a day in the hospital.
I had to do an hours drive
to a centre where the Disabled Students' Association
wanted to review my needs......
and know how to help me.
I must say over these last few years
they have helped me so much..
the only problem
that was another half day gone!
Tomorrow afternoon
I have to go back into hospital
for more injections.
Oh Joy!!

I am still planning
and was trying to show you some photos
but the 'puter is playing up!
I shall just have to show you some more beach photos

I haven't been doing much reading recently
that is ....apart from studying.
I finished 
The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale.
It is a magical book
obviously about a toymaker
who makes really magical toys, 
His two sons, who are each desperately vying 
with each other
to make a better and more magical toy!
It is interspersed with stories of their background
and how they became who they are...
it also almost has an ethical twist..
making the reader stop and think

The other one 
that I have just finished is called
Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson.
Such a lovely, friendly easy read.
Still the wonderful insight that she shows into the grief
of her main character
whose husband has died suddenly and far too young.
If I were still counselling
this would be a book that I would buy 
by the dozen
for anyone who has lost a dear one!
In fact ....I just have !!
Debbie also shows a lot of insight into the minds 
of teenagers.
There are so many hilarious episodes.
I would thoroughly recommend it!

I think that's it
I hope this finds you well and enjoying
whichever season you are in.
Will look forwards to visiting with you.......

#netgalley  #thetoymakers  

Monday, 12 March 2018

March Comes in Like a Lion?? Or Does It?!

This is the point where I should be showing you
photos of the snow covered countryside!
Because, although Pembrokeshire
doesn't usually suffer snow,
last weekend,
when 'The Beast From The East'
(as the weathermen called the really cold weather 
that we suffered)
we had snow for several days!!

In fact when the snow melted.....
so did the water pipes
and our mains water (and our neighbours')
was off for 3 days!
Hard enough for us.....
but a real worry was seeing to water for the cattle!
We sorted ours and then managed to help our neighbour.

Eventually all was well
but, even though our water has been back nearly a week
the quality of the mains water
we are receiving is foul and we are.... 
still having to use bottled water!

These pictures were taken on a walk
just before the snow arrived.
The first one is on the way to Fishguard
(where the ferries leave for Ireland)
The rock formation is called by some.......
Maiden Castle.
I suppose it does look a bit like a maiden 
looking at a castle??

The rest are taken at Goodwick
where the ferry terminal is situated.
Although the ferry had 
already left when we arrived!

It was a glorious afternoon
and we were so glad that we had braved the cold.
On one side, and in amongst the trees,
is a large hotel where there are many wedding receptions!
We have been to quite a few.
It's a stunning location!

I have been back
volunteering as a guide at Picton Castle.
They have changed the hours
a little so there is at least 
an opportunityto have a cup of tea 
and something to eat!

I love the way they have made seats
around the tree.
It used to be more overhung and secluded
but they've lopped quite a lot away..
pity really!

Some of the trees are incredible.
As you can probably imagine...
the children love... 
climbing and hanging from...
the branches!

The camellias are starting to open
and are looking glorious.
These photos were taken before the snow
so goodness knows 
what they look like now!

I must explore next week!

I'm not going this week
as I have to be in the hospital 
for another set of injections on Wednesday.

The pond was frozen so the tadpoles
had obviously and wisely, sunk to the bottom
but it didn't seem to bother
this dragonfly!

What else have I been up to??
Well, I am still
involved in decorating in my planners.....
and also my Travellor's Notebooks (TNs)

Isn't this a lovely kit?
Its from @sparklesdelight
I really love the colours and the owls are so cute!
I suppose I like them even more having seen 
the lovely owls at Picton Castle?

I am also very busy studying for my degree.
I find the Latin really hard
and, basically, remember nothing from my school days!

I had a good grade for my last assignment though
so I'm pleased about that.
Hopefully, if I pass the exams in June,
I will be on to the next level 
that I'm really looking forward to studying.
Don't get me wrong.....
the literature side of this course has been 
soooo interesting!
I love it!

I'm also, when I have time,
reading a very magical book called....
'The Toymakers' 
by Robert Dinsdale.
It is absolutely intriguing about an Emporium in London
and the old man who makes,
with his sons,
these magical toys that seem
to bring you back 
to the way you perceived things as a child!
Magical toys 
an old man with an unusual history.
I have a job putting it down!!

I suppose I had better close for now.
Once I start speaking with you
I don't want to stop!!

#sparklesdelight  #thetoymakers  #netgalley

Tuesday, 27 February 2018


Last week I took the opportunity
to visit my mother.
I was only there for a couple of days
but one afternoon
we decided to visit Broadway.

It was a really cold day
but the sun was shining and so……
We wrapped up warm
and wandered along the pavements of
this lovely Cotswold village.

Cotswold stone is such a beautiful mellow colour
and the older villages
look beautiful  with or without sunshine.

We also went into Stratford-upon-Avon.
Such a busy town
so much busier than when I lived here.
Still there's something about
the old houses.

Are you able to see how they spelt chemist
over the old chemist shop
next door to WH Smith.

If you look for it, there are many unusual things
apart from the obvious
in Stratford.

The town hall on the left
and in the distance the guild chapel
where the schoolboys... 
(from the school Shakespeare attended) 
hold special services.

In the afternoon my mother and I
drove through the older
part of Stratford.
Areas where I used to amble with my school friends
on a warm summer's evening.
I felt very nostalgic!!
Especially when we arrived at Holy Trinity Church.
The church where Shakespeare's remains
are buried.
With my friends we would often
one through its grounds.
Sometimes sitting on a handy gravestone
while we chatted.
Those were long warm evenings
and we were in our teens
happy memories!!

I wouldn't normally add this
but the carpet of snowdrops is so beautiful
I felt I had to!
This is the crematorium
where my fathers ashes are buried.

On the way home we drove past
the remains of Raglan Castle.
It's a place I've often wanted to visit
but I'm either in a hurry
to get to my mother,
or in a hurry
to get home to my husband!

It's been very cold here recently. 
One sunny day
last week
we went to a nearby beach called Gellyswick.
It's not a sandy beach...
but small pebbles.
So one cannot say that it's a tourist attraction
and it's mainly just locals
who sit on the step by the wall.

Do you notice the Napoleonic fort?
There are forts all-round the Milford Haven estuary.
In fact my grandfather
was posted in one of the offshore forts...
in the First World War.
It is how he met my grandmother!
While he and others
had been taken ashore....and
were walking in to Milford for R and R...
he met my grandmother,
a farmer's daughter,
sitting outside their house on a wall.

these three photos
make a panoramic view of the bay.

What else have I been doing?
Well, as you know, I have started going to a crafting group
and making albums.
I've actually made three 
and some other notebooks etc.

This is one I made for my mother.

Inside I placed pictures of her father and family...
as well as her close friends...
and the younger members of her family.
I suppose, thinking about it,
I should have taken pictures of the inside too for you to see?
Too late now, I've given it to mum.
I'm pleased to say she was absolutely delighted!

This is another album that I made
the top opens upwards,
and then inside two leaves open like a book.
I've left this one with my mother
and again,
I suppose I should have taken photos of the inside 
to show you.

What else have I been up to?

Well, I'm still very much enjoying
working with my planners.
These three photos...
show pictures of an absolutely beautiful kit by
I love the way she works with foiling!

Recently I have just finished reading a book called
"the Duchess Deal" by Tessa Dare.
It was light and easy to read
and I loved it!!!
The characters were funny and just so believable
and got so tangled up in situations...
I couldn't put it down!

Well that's it for now.
I have to go back to my studying.
Latin awaits!!
Oh Joy!!

#theduchessdeal  #netgalley  #poppywillowco