Silence is Golden

I'm not a quiet person. I'm enthusiastic and chatty, a real social being. I've been told to be quiet - once (memorably) during a Christmas celebration no less. I've challenged people who've told me off for being loud despite them being way louder than I, who then firmly rejected that fact when I pointed it... Continue Reading →

What is it about Black Cats?

I was reminded of this by yet another animal shelter here in the UK putting out a plea on social media for people to consider providing a home to black cats to save them from being euthanised. Many years ago, my much loved black cat was shot by an air rifle. I was shocked, yet... Continue Reading →

In praise of Parks

London is famed for it's vast array of parks. Indeed, I'd not be surprised to find out it has more green space than most towns and cities in the UK's southeast. It's one of the many things I love about our capital city. Whilst providing green space for the many residents who have none of... Continue Reading →

How was your Week?

For the past year to 18 months, life has largely followed the same pattern on a daily, weekly, even monthly basis. Of course I'm not alone in this and while there have been memorable highlights of the "got to hold my new grandchild, play with the first grandchild and squeeze my daughter tight" basis, more... Continue Reading →


I recently met (virtually in these days of COVID) a lovely lady who's a professional Declutterer. While not a hoarder by any means, I know I have stuff which is surplus to requirements. I've admitted to myself that there's stuff which remains, not because I'm unable to let go of the items themselves, but because... Continue Reading →

Clothes maketh Man

Or, in this case - woman.  I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that I've just had my colours done. You may well ask why I feel this way and, in truth, what I actually feel is a bit daft. Daft that, at my significant age, I doubted my ability to select a wardrobe for myself without... Continue Reading →

The Bishop had a Palace… with a Garden

There once was a Roman city called Noviomagus Reginorum, which was entirely encircled within walls. No longer Roman, that city is located in the county of West Sussex where I now reside. Those walls are still largely in place, and in their southwest corner stands the Cathedral, together with the Bishop's official residence known as... Continue Reading →

Customer Service

We're a tad more laid back about customer service in the UK. Politeness is generally required, except in those up-market venues when snootiness is mysteriously not only accepted but expected. We don't do American levels of "have a nice day!" and calling people "m'am" or "sir", and I've also noticed my South African friends have... Continue Reading →

Blogging Goals

There are times when I have those "why do I blog" conversations with myself. Not because I don't enjoy what I do, but because I wonder if there shouldn't be more purpose to it. Earlier this year I spotted some questions on LA's blog (I think) - if I've got that wrong, do forgive an... Continue Reading →

What’s in a Name?

In the UK, there's been an amusing piece of news referred to as "the caterpillar wars". This relates to one premium brand store suing a budget brand store for producing a similar caterpillar birthday cake to their own. The premium brand store's product is known as Colin, whereas the budget brand store named their offering... Continue Reading →

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