Today’s learning experience

Today has been a little stressful, but that’s life isn’t it? Life goes on – and whatever we face can either be ignored or dealt with.

It can also be used as a learning experience……

…….and sometimes a re-learning experience.


Well, let’s just say that today I discovered that the soup won’t get hot unless you apply heat to the base of the saucepan…..

Cold soup anyone?


Can you tell I’m excited?

Today is lunch day

Meeting with friends in Farnham

Raymond Blanc awaits!


Or, to put it another way,

Can you tell I don’t get out very much?


A word for the year?

I’ve been reading a lot of blogs with emphasis on a word for the new year. I thought I’d share my thoughts with you.


I’m greedy!

Yes, I’m afraid it’s true. One word is not enough. I’m currently working with far more than one, but today I will only share one with you.


A New Year brings change, and who knows what the rest of the year has in store. I’m using these words in my art and the second one is Renew. It might be a while before you discover any more – there are quite a few.


This doesn’t really count as a work of art – it’s just a quick expression.

Time for change – I can feel it happening already.

Minor irritations

The Daily prompt is not something I usually follow or use as inspiration. However, today I am boldly going where I have not gone before. I am going to answer with a question…..

Should the prompt be ‘Daring TO do’?


‘Derring Do’


Back later with the Weekly Photo Challenge if it inspires ;)

  1. The Train On The Tracks | The Jittery Goat
  2. Minor irritations | Chittle Chattle
  3. Daring Do | Geek Ergo Sum
  4. Daily Prompt: Daring Do | Under the Monkey Tree
  5. Daily Prompt: Daring Do | Diary of Dennis
  6. Daily Prompt: Daring Do | kimmiecode :)
  7. El Hombre Viril: The Abridged Epic of Julio and the Sun God | Finale to an Entrance
  8. Saving an abused child | alienorajt
  9. An 8 month old called Lili | The Number FiftyTwo
  10. Daily Prompt: Daring Do | Basically Beyond Basic
  11. bold | yi-ching lin photography
  12. Saved the Giddy Goat | Underneath her little mind
  13. Daring Do At Your Rescue | Kansa Muse
  14. When I Was Supermom | mycookinglifebypatty
  15. Daily Prompt: Daring Do | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  16. …is beautiful | peacefulblessedstar

Capture the Moment – August #22 or – Another Limerick

There’s something that has to be said!
When having a pain in the head,
Regardless of time -
It ISN’T a crime
To rest it away on the bed.

Stress and a Limerick

I have had a very stressful and worrying few weeks, no need to burden anyone, but today I am feeling more stressed than ever. It will pass, and I’m not really worried. However, it isn’t a state in which I often find myself. Nothing to do with the situation, but all this probably shows in the following rather tasteless Limerick which was written as a response to Harry’s challenge.

When taking a walk or a hike
With someone you don’t really like,
The pond is the place
If you run out of grace
You can feed them head first to the Pike!

I’ll find my grace soon, but at the moment it is being sadly tried. Maybe it’s partly because my current ‘theme’ of artwork is ‘Alzheimers’. Here’s just a quick glimpse.


It won’t mean much to you in this form, but maybe I’ll show you more in the near future. I’m ‘Artist in Residence’ at Missenden Abbey on Tuesday, I’ll have some of it with me and will hopefully be doing more while I’m there. If you are in the neighbourhood why not come and see what’s going on? Just ask at reception and they’ll tell you where to find me.

To my first born

Sweet babe in arms
for then
You were the centre of my world.
I gave you life
and LOVE, unmeasured,
knew no bounds.

I gave you life
and thought not, then,
of future and of pain.
Your world was mine,
and I would give you ALL
if that were asked.

So, now as then
YOUR peace and freedom
do I seek.
Your beauty is unchanged
but now I see
you as full grown

With strength and courage,
deep within your soul,
your Spirit free,
accountable and honest.
Your heart is full with
patience and compassion.

I still would give you all
for such is mother’s love
but now your ties are broken
and my heart is glad
to see you wander free
but firmly planted.

Another thought for the day

Note to self. Don’t write a new blog post if your device uses prescriptive text! My earlier post should have read

‘The tortoise may have won the race


the hare burned more calories’

It’s corrected now, but it really offended my eyes when I read it, hope you weren’t too shocked to read ‘hair’ instead! Prescriptive text is now turned off!


Did I tell you I love figs?

I’m sure I’ve told you this story. No? Well, here we go

It was my brother’s 21st birthday. We had all gathered at a big fancy restaurant for dinner. How fancy? Well, I was wearing a long dress and long gloves! It must have been pretty fancy, but my dress would not have disguised the fact that I was pregnant. Apart from ourselves and my brother, my parents, and two uncle and aunts were there, along with a couple of cousins. We had great fun, lots of chatter, lots of wine including champagne (I’m trying to set the scene here!). (This was in the days when a glass or so of red wine was considered good for the baby, I hasten to add)

The dishes were served silently, coming and going with an effortless ease. We didn’t really notice the waiters, it was a really special evening. I have no memory of the first or main course. They must have been good, or I would have remembered them as bad. Finally the dessert menu was presented, and I chose fresh figs. Well……
It now transpired that the Maitre d’ was Greek. He suddenly went into ecstasy mode.! The whole restaurant became silent and everyone looked in our direction. ‘Madame! Madame! Madame, she want figs! Madame, she want fresh figs! She want FIGS! She is pregnant and she want FIGS! In my country, we know when a lady want figs when she is pregnant, she is expecting a boy. More champagne! She is expecting a boy.’ He went on in this vein for some time, the whole restaurant cheered, and we did indeed get a free bottle of champagne. I duly ate my figs and went home.

Three months later I gave birth to our daughter. I remembered this the other day when I read this post. Have you had your fig today? ;)