• 28Sep

    Last night I had a dream about people I knew in Chambersbury School. Those in my dream weren’t people I especially got on with or had thought about in years! Then typically I couldn’t get back to sleep, often a problem with my overactive brain, so started remembering all the people I could from junior school days (yes I must have too much time on my hands). I started at Chambersbury School, Hill Common, Hemel Hempstead, in Mrs Trotman’s class in September 1972 and left in 1979. I wonder if anyone will find this page who remembers some of the same people? If so I hope you’ll add your comments. Read more »

  • 24Sep
    Categories: Photography Comments: 1

    Me beside one of the most spectacular of the displays, originally uploaded by Light Reflections.

    What an incredible evening, I’d never seen anything like this before. For three nights in September the Lower Gardens in Bournemouth are transformed by the Carabosse artists of France. They are fire alchemists who create incredible atmospheric structures laced with hundreds of flaming firepots, mechanical fire machines, charcoal braziers and live music to create a magical environment. Read more »

  • 22Sep
    Categories: Photography Comments Off on Old church gateway

    Old church gateway, originally uploaded by Light Reflections.

    Just trying out this link from Flickr. Last weekend we took a trip to the pretty village of Sway in the New Forest. We walked around the country lanes, ate a gorgeous lunch (brocolli and stilton soup, mmm!) at the Hare & Hounds pub and found this pretty little church.

  • 14Sep

    peanut.jpgI’ve started small here, no longer buying peanut butter that has palm oil in. For years I loved Sunpat but after looking in health food shops found Meridian’s wonderful range of nut spreads with nothing added except a little salt (less than 1%) if you want. The crunchy peanut butter is to die for, I can’t believe it is purely peanuts, no added ingredients!! Practically all other companies add an emulsifier to avoid separation, usually palm oil, but we can all stir it before spreading — we aren’t that lazy yet are we?! Read more »

  • 12Sep


    September 19th — next Wednesday — be International Talk Like A Pirate Day! This be yer one-week reminder.

    The big news this year, matey, be that they be raisin’ money fer Marie Curie Cancer Care again – wi’ a PIRATE DAY CHARITY SINGLE! They be registered fer the charts an’ everythin’, an’ if yer fancy downloadin’ a copy, they should be sailin’ straight fer the Top 40! Ye can have a listen t’ “On A Pirate Ship”, by Jay Foreman feat. Mad Cap’n Tom, an’ watch the fantastic video here – an’ ye can pre-order a copy right now, it be just 79p, at www.indiestore.com/pirate

    For more information yer better visit the Talk Like a Pirate Day UK website me hearties.

  • 05Sep
    Categories: Journal entries Comments Off on From Guildford to Bournemouth

    removalssmall.JPGWe moved from Guildford to Bournemouth two weeks ago and this was taken from our window whilst the van was being loaded, in between madly getting the place clean before leaving for good! It’s just as well you can’t fit in your head all there is to do for a house move, the best thing is to take it a step at a time or you’d never sleep. If you want any packing or moving tips just ask, I’m sure I could write a book on the subject now.

    We thought we were extremely organised and started clearing the loft plus getting rid of stuff months ago. Perhaps we were too smug, the last 2 days before move day were completely manic, non-stop box making and filling. It didn’t help that we only exchanged on the Wednesday (after weeks of expectation) when we were set to move the following Tuesday. A big sigh of relief when it all came together with no plans needing to be changed. Read more »