Warmth….

 With the  sun streaming in from the side, and the cherries glinting like rubies this upside down cake provides warmth in more ways than one. Just fresh from the oven and turned out in a plate! Delicious 💕

Architecture….

What better way to showcase architecture than this monochrome beauty. The downside is you can’t see the blue azure sky, although  it can be seen that the sky is cloudless. ☀️

A Pop of Colour

A thistle, the flower of Scotland. To many this is a weed and not a thing of beauty, but as a Scot this always brightens my mood when I see the swathe of purple spikes, reminiscent of a punk hairdo! 

Home …..

They say home is where the heart is and if so my family and friends are my home!  Having moved from Scotland in the late sixties I have lived in eight houses over 50+ years, with 26 of those in our current house. A house is a building, a home is a warm feeling that…

Australia has a new citizen

​​ Earlier today and thousands of miles away Australia gained a new citizen in Andrew Morley.  I can’t believe that it is almost 6 years since Andrew got engaged, graduated from Brunel and travelled to Australia with Lis.  How that time has flown and as we approach his birthday I ponder on how those 28…

New beginnings and goodbyes…..

Today we said goodbye to Jenny (far right) after four years at SJP.  I first met Jenny when she worked at another school and was thrilled when she applied for the job in 2012.  Duly appointed, she brought so much to the school and students. A real techie and always there with a smile; Sara…

May Day, May Day!….

Traditionally May Day is a distress call, used generally for sea faring emergencies, but our day started with a vehicular kind.  Jay and Nina had only just left for work when the call was made. Her car was completely dead, and could I get there quickly to take them to work? I wasn’t dressed and…

The other side of the coin…

Heard on Friday that a teacher at school and his wife were safely delivered of a daughter. That’s the news I’ve been hoping for. New life, and the hope and optimism it brings with it. Dreams and plans for the family and future open up. But how quickly it goes. Terrible twos, teenage dirtbags, all…

See good in something every day…..

Such sadness over the last few weeks both privately and publicly! There is a need for happier, joyful news……    My dear friend, Debbie, posted the above today and it is so true. It is better to look for something to smile about than dwell on the sadder elements of life. I have decided for…

Flower of Scotland

Yesterday brought sad news, once again, that a very special teacher at school, had passed away. Tony Ward had suffered a stroke whilst on a field trip on the 21st March and spent his remaining days in hospital, surrounded by family and friends. He appeared to rally, then falter, rally and then pneumonia set in….

Celebration of life

I have been dreading today as it was the day that I would say farewell to my dear friend Sian. Her mum had said that they wanted to celebrate her life and that was achieved in no small measure. The tributes began with her brother Aled recanting stories from her younger years and beyond. The…

Parental guidance

For mum’s 80th birthday we bought her an iPad and to her credit she has coped wonderfully with the technology. We rarely speak on the phone these days, preferring FaceTime and that provides the opportunity to see each other too. Oh and occasionally I enjoy the waist high view of my Dad!  Mum sent me…