Posted in Bloggage, Celebration, Holidays, Life, Not Taken By Me, Seasons, Twitter

Stations of the Cross 8 – 14 (via Rev. Richard Coles)


Posted in Books, Holidays, Husband, Reading


I’m sitting up in a London Hotel bedroom.  It’s almost 07:30 and I’ve been awake since 06:00.

Breakfast will be served soon, although I still have to wait.

I’ve started to read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and I’m using the map of London to plot Smilies first day in the book.


Posted in Bloggage, Books, Holidays, Reading

Holiday Plans #1

This morning, on the bus going to work, I decided to put my mind to a very important decision.

What books will I bring on holidays?

This will dictate the mood of the holiday.

I’m thinking Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and a Poirot.


We’re only away on a city break for a week – I doubt I’ll even get half of one read!

Posted in Celebration, Christmas, general, Holidays, Life, Not Taken By Me, Photography, Seasons, Snow, Weather


If you know me, then you know I have a thing about snow.  I love it.  Actually, I love what is generally considered bad weather.

I also like to take photos.  There are a great many photographers out there that I wish I had but a fraction of their talent, but there is one photographer who takes the photos I’d love to take!

Meet Christophe Jacrot:  Facebook, Twitter, Website

On his site he has them all grouped – How about:


Melting Greenland (a sad thought for such beautiful photographs)

Winter In Town

and most recently White Iceland the photo on this page that I love is The Orange Tunnel!

this is a sample of his fantastic work:

SantaClaus – not going to make it too big – click on the links behind them holds such beautiful visions!

This is the one thing that isn’t making me smile – he had an exhibition in Paris November-ish time and we just couldn’t get over.  Hohum – I’ll just have to keep checking back just in case there’s another one.

Posted in Christmas, Holidays, Not Taken By Me, Photography, Seasons, Weather

Two Of My Favourite Things

Snow covered Champs-Elysées Avenue by Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images


Snow & Paris – what more could you ask for in May?

Posted in Books, Cats, Holidays, Photography, Seasons, Weather

A Rare Sunny Bank holiday Monday

I had been out the back but went into the house for a minute – it would seem that no space in sacred.

Here’s Daisy

Posted in Holidays, Seasons, Weather

Skiing in Montmartre

This is a video that contains two of my favourite things (Do not start singing that song from the sound of music – ok do:) )

Anyway – SNOW & PARIS -talk about heavenly!


Posted in Childhood Memories, Christmas, Cooking, Films, Food, Holidays, Life, Television

Heston Blementhal’s Perfect Christmas

I’m not treading a fine line on is it too early to mention Christmas?  For me it’s never too early 🙂

I saw this a few years ago and there was another one made subsequently but for me this is the one to watch – it’s pure magic!

Heston’s Perfect Christmas

I’ve been trying to embed it but am not having any luck so please click the link and start to feel the spirit of Christmas even if you don’t tell anybody 😉

Posted in Holidays, Life

Home From Our Travels

For the last few days we’ve been in Paris, France and it has been glorious!
Most of my annual leave for this year has been used for Doctor & Hospital visits so this holiday was very much overdue.
Alas now it is over and I must return to work tomorrow so it’s an early (ish) night with the end of my Ian Rankin book and a mug of hot chocolate – with a dash of cinnamon.

Tomorrow I will upload a few of the pictures – but be warned I’m not the greatest of photographers 😉

Posted in Holidays, Life

Packing Lists & Postcards

Packing lists are always very handy and always used so why don’t I have a permanent one? I think it’s because I love making lists. It’s the making, the sitting down and deciding that I enjoy – it all adds to the build up of anticipation. Will I bring this? Will I bring that? Do I even need that? I haven’t used this is three months, will I bring it on holidays? Yes there are times, early on in the list making process when I’ve included everything (yes that does mean the kitchen sink – well it deserves a holiday too!)
Yesterday I bought a notebook specifically for making up this years packing list, I’m also going to write up addresses for Post Cards so I’m not ringing home looking for them. I don’t know what it is – I’m completely rubbish at letter writing but send me to a new city and everybody has to get a postcard sent to them. It must be a family thing – my parents send them when they go away and I send them too. I often wonder if it’s something that’s dying out (so to speak) I never hear of colleagues sending postcards either that or they’re just not mental enough to send them into work!!
Ah well – I can’t stay here typing all day I now have to go an decide which bags I’m bringing – ones to be packed and ones for walking around on holidays with – all very important decisions 🙂