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My name is Frances Rose Agnes Napper aka SmileyRose. I am a friendly and fun loving individual. I like meeting new/old friends. Although I love being with friends, I also enjoy my own space from time to time. I have a number of hobbies. I enjoy taking photographs, going to the theatre, travel (visiting new and exciting places), reading, films and listening to music. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I particularly enjoy it when we all get together. I was a full-time mother for both of my daughters and I did not go back to work until they both reached primary school age. The UK has a lot to offer because there are so many picturesque places to visit. I particularly enjoy the British countryside. My home town was in Stamford, Lincolnshire although I am currently living in Peterborough. My Father was a serving member of the RAF. I'd consider myself well travelled from a very early age (6 months old). Divorced - for 10yrs. Currently single. I am interested in meeting nice folk only. :) Star sign - Leo the Lion. Birthday -July 29th. That's me in a nutshell. :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

No.1 Golfer

Lee Westwood is the newly ranked No.1 Golfer who supersedes Tiger Woods.

He's a Brit and he's become the first European in 16 years, since Nick Faldo, to be No. 1 in the world.

Good for him! ;)

"Straight Down The Middle" by Bing Crosby

SmileyRose  x

Keeping Warm

How about wearing this outfit to keep youself nice and warm?  It's a snuggly body sweater. :)

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SmileyRose x


"I'm Flying Without Wings" :)

One of my favourite bands ever! I'm a huge fan. :)

SmileyRose x

I'm Flying Without Wings ;)

Although I know many of the Beatles songs, I suppose I was rather young to actually remember the Beatles when they were at the height of their fame.  However I was old enough to remember the band 'Wings.'

I have been enjoying watching Wings: Band On The Run on the TV this evening. I remember buying the album and I simply loved many of the songs on that album. It was nice to listen to Paul McCartney go down memory lane. :)

One of my favourite 'Wings' songs ever:

"Mull Of Kintrye"

SmileyRose (Fran) x

British TV Costume Drama

Downton Abbey

I've spent the past few Sundays really getting into the new costume drama shown on ITV. The setting of this series is Highclere Castle, Berkshire. It was used as the setting for Downton Abbey.  The year is 1912 and it follows the lives of the Crawley Family and their servants.

This evenings episode had the dashing Matthew Crawley rescuing Lady Sybil. 

Mr Crawley also asks Lady Mary for her hand in marriage.

Gripping stuff. I am look forward to watching the next episode. ;)

SmileyRose x


I'm listening to "Fame" by Irene Cara :)

SmileyRose x


I'm listening to "Hollywood" by Michael Buble. :)

SmileyRose x

Awww Bugs Bunny :)

:) Eh...Whats Up, Doc?

Bugs Bunny is probably the greatest catoon character of all time. He was born in 1940 in New York.

His catchprase is: "Eh...What's up, doc?"

Other well known Bugs Bunny phrases are:

"Of course you realize, this means war"

"Ain't I a stinker?"

"What a maroon!"

"What a Rube!"


"I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque"

He was a favourite cartoon character in many households when I was growing up. :)

SmileyRose x

"Up Where We Belong"

I'm listening to "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.:)

SmileyRose  x


It's almost that time of year again when I get to do my Christmast shopping. I think it must be force of habbit, however it's usually about this time of year when I slip a bottle or two of my favourite Crofts sherry into my shopping trolley. I'm quite partial to a tipple or two glasses of sherry over the Christmas period.  I'm not a huge drinker, but it is Christmas after all and who can deny me? 

I'm not a drink driver and I won't step behind the wheel of a vehicle if I've had any alcohol to drink. I hope you all take some good tips from me here. Keep safe over Christmas and please don't drink and drive. :)

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"Drink!" from The Student Prince by Mario Lanza

SmileyRose x


I'm listening to "Amazing" by Bruno Mars at number 3 in the charts. :)

by Cheryl Cole has reached number 2. Not bad. :)

Erm unsure about the lyrics of the number 1 song. Too risky for my liking and I'm not going to encourage any of the kids with it. A bit OTT for a song which is supposed to appeal to the young. She should leave her sexual antics for the bedroom.

Sorry, but either of the No 1 or No 2 songs should have been number 1 this week.  :)
It's "Angels" all over again, whereby the No. 1 song is definitely not the best of the chart songs this week. :)

SmileyRose  x

Photo Of The Day

My photo of the day was taken during my recent visit to Edinburgh.

I wonder what Scotsmen really wear underneath their kilts? ;)
Perhaps some snazzy underwear like this! :)

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SmileyRose x

Traveling - "Love Train"

I particularly like to travel and I have done so since the age of 6 months.  I don't have to travel too far away to enjoy myself.  Quite often I enjoy hopping on a train and traveling to wherever my heart desires.  I often pop to London for the day. The last train journey I had was to my home town in Stamford. Prior to that it was up to Edinburgh with one of my daughters to meet with a friend and her daughter. 

As a child my father bought me a Hornby train set for one of my birthdays.  He also took my sister and I to watch 'The Railway Children' at the cinema. My grandfather used to work as a train driver. I've loved trains ever since I was a child.

I love those train songs. ;)

All aboard the love train!!!! ;)

"Love Train" by The O'Jays

"Don't Stop Believing" by Journey

"The Locomotion" by Kylie

"Morning Town" by The Seekers

"Chatanooga Choo Choo" by Frances Langford

SmileyRose  x

My New Outfit

I wore my brand new virgin white jacket and black and white dress from M&S yesterday. I love the outfit. I almost forgot, I also wore my cat ears.   :)
"Dressed For Success" by Roxette

"The Look"

SmileyRose x

"Sex On Fire"

I'm listening to "Sex On Fire" by Kings Of Leon

SmileyRose x

A Good Fry Up!

Sex is always great when with the 'right' man and preferably within a relationship. If he's not the right man then of course one could almost agree with Stephen Fry and his apparent recent outburst.:)

I am the sort of woman who has never had to use sex to manipulate any man before...I've never been that desperate!  The way I see it, if a man was interested in me, then he would show an interest. If he isn't interested, then he would indeed show the complete opposite.

What is Mr Fry talking about?  A woman most certainly cannot manipulate a man into having a relationship, mainly because a man is often far too smart for that. If I have ever managed to snare a man, it's often because he's wanted to get to know me better as a person....there's no sexual enticement whatsoever. :)

Sex is good when you have it, but it is not the be all and end all. I have never gone out of my way  looking for sex/relationships. When it happens it's often happened because i have not had to try too hard.

I have never gone out dressed in order to trap a man into falsely thinking he should now ask me out or have a  relationship with me. I'm not terribly skilled at manipulation. Quite the contrary. I have often dressed to please myself only. If a man happens to approach me because he likes what he sees, then it's not because I have tried too hard to snare him. I don't think any woman can be that manipulative unless they are that way inclined by their very nature. I wouldn't really know what type of nature that would be because it's not in my nature to behave in a manipulative manner.  More fool any man who can be manipulated by a womans wordly charms...unfortunately I am not that skilled in the art of snaring. :)

I suppose I've often been shy when it comes to approaching men and maybe that was what attracted many of my dates in the past. Who knows? I wouldn't say that I was shy within a relationship with a man, however I am most certainly shy at approaching any man.:)  I am a little old fashioned and I like the man to take the initiative when it comes to asking a woman out however I am not too shy to say "no" if the guy turns out to be totally incompatible with me.:)

Past relationships have always begun without me ever having to try very hard.  The way I see things, if a man can't initally be attracted to you just for being you from the beginning, then he's going to be in for a shock if he's only in the relationship because he was lulled falsely into it by a skilled woman who is out to snare him and she has him trapped inside her web so to speak.;)  It is far better that he accepts me for who I am from the start that way he's less likely to wake up one day with cold sweats because he's wanting to escape the trammels of a loveless relationship. :)

SmileyRose x

A Full English Breakfast

Now this is what I call a hearty meal. ;)

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SmileyRose  x


I'm listening to "Lost" by Michael Buble

SmileyRose x


I hope all of you kids have a fun halloween. :)

Someone recently sent me this halloween e-card. I'd like to share it. It's a little spooky so click at your own risk. LOL
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SmileyRose  x

"Don't Know Why"

I'm listening to "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones

SmileyRose  x

Pudsey Bear & Blush

I recently bought a couple of 'Children In Need' badges. They feature both Pudsey Bear and Blush. :)

Quote: "Blush is quite shy as she's not used to the attention that Pudsey gets so she'll be by Pudsey's side occasionally but will be helping out most definitely behind the scenes! In the past you may have noticed Pudsey and Blush appearing in their dancing outfits to get into the spirit of Strictly Come Dancing as they love to dance together, but this year you'll hopefully see Blush a little more.

Pudsey is so happy that his friend Blush is helping out this year; he thinks she's perfect for the job because she's caring, helpful and kind.

If you spot Blush out and about, be sure to say hello!"

Awwwww :o)

"Children Of The Earth" 2010 Charity Song by Sonnets Theatre Arts School

SmileyRose x

"Crazy For You"

I'm listening to "Crazy For You" by Madonna :)

SmileyRose x

"Super Trooper"

by Abba :)

SmileyRose  x

Mulligatawny Soup

Speaking of food, there is nothing I like better than having a nice bowl of soup with a freshly baked bread roll.  Hmmmm delicious!

I have a number of favourite soups which include French onion soup, Pumpkin & Potato soup and Cream of Mushroom soup, however Mulligatawny is a particular favourite. :)

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
½ red pepper, chopped
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp turmeric
1 chicken stock cube
handful diced pineapple
75ml/3fl oz double cream

Preparation method

*Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onion and pepper, frying gently for three minutes, to soften.
*Add the spices and cook for a minute.
*Crumble over the chicken stock cube and add a splash of water and the diced pineapple. Let it cook gently for ten minutes.
*Add the double cream and let it simmer to reduce and thicken. Serve straight away.
*Delicious, delicious.
*Don't forget the freshly baked bread roll to go with it. :)

"The Soup Soup Song"....ooops a daisy, I think it may be the "Shoop Shoop Song" by Cher...close enough!!!!! ;)

SmileyRose  x


I ate a delicious pizza with a friend yesterday evening at Pizza Express. It was yummy. We stopped off at the old haunt, a place I used to frequent with my children a few years ago. When we lived in Stamford we used to stop there for dinner quite often.  I loved sitting outside on the balcony overlooking the river on a nice sunny day. I know it's the wrong time of the year for that, but they do make lovely pizzas. It was good to go back.  :)

Afterwards it was a quick dart up the road to visit with my folks for some tea and cake and then one last stop at the George Hotel, Stamford for a last drink.

This evening brought back a few happy memories of the time I took the girls out for the evening and I dressed them up for halloween. I'd made them a couple of witch outfits and they wore face masks. We went trick or treating and stopped off at my folks to spook them. :)  Although this time I did not have the girls with me, I still stopped off to tickle my folks for halloween dressed up as a black and white cat and my friend went wearing a scary mask. LOL

Hmmm it was good to visit my home town. :)

SmileyRose x


I'm listening to "Angels" by Robbie Williams :)

SmileyRose x

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's Time!

Don't forget to turn the clocks back this evening. You get an extra hour in bed. ;)

SmileyRose x

Do You Fall In Love Easilly?

I certainly don't.  I have heard that some folk can fall in love very easilly, in fact as many as five times within a week. Ewwww. Now that's shocking news!

Ewww don't you think it's terrible when some folk think Love is just a game.  :)

"When I Fall In Love"....It will be forever or I'll never fall in love....;)

SmileyRose x

True Beauty!

Ewwww! I do not know what television channel I was watching recently, however I had to switch the programme off after watching it for only 10 minutes.

There were young ladette type females on the programme and they wouldn't stop waffling on about the way others looked. They were being uncomplimentary about the way 'normal' folk looked. They had quite loud Southern English accents.  They were made up to the nines and they thought they looked the bees knees. Kermit the Frog springs to mind when I think about each of them.

Do they not realize that beauty lies within the eye of the beholder.  Being beautiful has much to do with having a beautiful personality too. Beauty can come from within the heart, soul and the mind.  Beauty is definitely not just about the way a person looks. Only a really shallow person would think that way.

When I look at a painting, initially I will be attracted by the beautiful colours I see, however when I really look at its true beauty I become more focusesd on what i see inside that painting. The true beauty always lies within. :)

SmileyRose  x

Friday, October 29, 2010

Sorry To See Him Go...

Sorry to see him go. I watched John being voted off the X-Factor this evening. It was sad because he's given a good performance for a number of weeks leading into the programme, however his last performance was not up to his usual standard. It's sad because he is a really good singer, but I think his nerves got the better of him this week.

SmileyRose  x


Never mind about X-Factor, what about the Excitement? ;)

Michael Buble was on the X-Factor this evening singing his single "Hollywood"'s brilliant. :)


For all of those guys who are wild about Cheryl Cole, she sang her new single "Promise" on the X-Factor this evening....I really like the song. :)

SmileyRose  x

Bangers 'N' Mash

I popped over to Sainsburys to do a little shopping yesterday evening and I had dinner there too.  I ate Bangers 'N' Mash and I must say, it was delicious. :) The meal is something I used to prepare much of the time for both of my daughters when they were much younger, it certainly was a hit with them.  Thick gravy over Bangers 'N' Mash is just yummy. ;)

SmileyRose x


One of my work colleagues has left work today. Aww I'll miss him. I wish him the best of luck with whatever it is he does next when he moves on to pastures new. Thank you for making me smile. ((((((((hugs)))))))):)

I'm sure he'll be missing the night shifts...NOT!
This is for all of those who miss night shifts..Not! ;)

"Miss You Nights" by Cliff Richard

SmileyRose x

Everyone Was In For A Treat Today! ;)

Here's my Tail. :)

I had quite a Cat-astrophic day today.

No I wasn't feeling Paw-ley.  :)

I was feeling Fur-ny. ;)

Please, no Catty remarks re me being an alley cat. :)

There were a Cat-alogue of events but it's not unusual for me to come out looking

Purr-fect yet again. ;)

Yes I'm "Amazing" by Bruno Mars. ;)

Cya later!

I'm being Whiskered away as I'm just about to go and sharpen my claws. :)

Having recently come back from a holiday in Paw-tucal

I now need to go and Paws for some more thought. ;)

"Cool For Cats" by Squeeze


SmileyRose x

Trick or Treat? :)

They say that in America they tend to celebrate Halloween far more than we do here in the UK however when my children were growing up I tended to go the full works and we quite often had a little party whereby they'd invite a few friends. I'd dress the girls up as witches/or whatever and we'd go trick or treating.  We always spent Halloween decorating a pumpkin and we'd leave it outside with a candle glowing in it. I also had a number of other decorative items around the home just to keep with the theme. I would usually keep sweeties in a jar for some of the other callers.   :)

When we went trick or treating we usually only knocked on the doors of those folk who we knew, mostly friends or relatives only, this way it was safe and we felt that we were not annoying others. We'd have fun. :)

My niece 'Angel' dressed as a ghost last weekend. She spooked me. :)

SmileyRose x

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

~The following Halloween page was made for my children some years ago. I have noticed that many of the graphics are no longer there, however if you scroll down you will see some photos.

Click Here - Halloween Pages

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)   from Macbeth

A dark Cave. In the middle, a Caldron boiling. Thunder.
Enter the three Witches.

1 WITCH. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.

2 WITCH. Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin'd.

3 WITCH. Harpier cries:—'tis time! 'tis time!

1 WITCH. Round about the caldron go;

In the poison'd entrails throw.—
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot!
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

2 WITCH. Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

3 WITCH. Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf;
Witches' mummy; maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark;
Root of hemlock digg'd i the dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,—
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingrediants of our caldron.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

2 WITCH. Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

"Thriller" by Michael Jackson

SmileyRose  x

'The One Gentleman'

Wow ladies. You're in for a treat if you happen to know any guys who have tried the cologne 'The One Gentleman' by Dolce & Gabbana. One whiff of this and it's guaranteed to make your toes curl. ;)

SmileyRose  x

Spending Money!

I desperately needed some new footwear today because my shoes were starting to look a bit tatty. They looked like they'd seen better days and so I  decided to dash down to M&S to see what they had in the footwear department. I managed to buy a really cool pair of boots instead of shoes because I knew that I would be needing some new winter boots, which defeats the object of why I went shopping in the first place. Oh well. :)
"These Boots Are Made For Walking" by Nancy Sinatra :)

SmileyRose x

'The Million Pound Drop'

I managed to catch the live quiz programme 'The Million Pound Drop' recently and it seemed to be an exciting show. The programme is hosted by Divina McCall. One of the couples on the progamme seemed to be doing very well because they managed to answer most of the questions from the different categories they were able to choose from, some which proved to be quite difficult.  There were screams all around when they answered the politics question correctly. They were heading for home and were so close to winning at this stage however the final categories gave them a choice of  Reality TV, X Factor or Strictly Come Dancing. What a disaster! Unfortunately,  they lost at this stage. Commiserations to the couple for managing to do so well but only failing at the final hurdle. :(

SmileyRose x

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Freezing Eggs

For those of you considering starting a family later on in life leading scientists have now suggested that you could be able to freeze your eggs ready for the 'nappy' occasion when you are older.

Hmmm that's a point. Maybe I can freeze mine ready to start family number two when i'm 90. ;)

SmileyRose x

Baby Funnies

*What did the mummy snake say to the crying baby snake? Stop crying and viper your nose.

*What would you get if you crossed a new-born snake with a basketball?  A bouncing baby boa.

*I see the baby's nose is running again," said a worried father. "For goodness sake!" snapped his wife. "Can't you think of anything other than horse racing?"

*How do you get a baby astronaut to sleep? You rock-et.

*Three men were discussing at a bar about coincidences. The first man said, " my wife was reading a "tale of two cities" and she gave birth to twins" "That's funny", the second man remarked, "my wife was reading 'the three musketeers' and she gave birth to triplets" The third man shouted, "Good God, I have to rush home!" When asked what the problem was, he exclaimed, " When I left the house, my wife was reading Ali baba and the forty Thieves"!!!

*What do you get if you cross a mountain and a baby ?A cry for Alp !

*What do you get if you cross a baby with soldiers ? Infantry !

SmileyRose  x

"Baby Love"

by The Supremes

SmileyRose  x

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Aspects Of Love"

Speaking of roly things, It reminds me of Michael Ball.  I have been a huge fan of this guy ever since I first went to see "Aspects Of Love" at the West End a number of years ago.  He was simply fabulous.  I had a great view of the show because I sat up right at the front of the Theatre. :)

Michael reminds me of a little boy I once knew when I was about 5yrs old. We used to play together. He had the same curly hair and funnily enough his name was Michael Ball too. I had better not mention the skinny dipping just in case he turns out to be the same Michael Ball. Now that would be embarrassing.;)

SmileyRose  x

The Rolly Pollies

Does anyone remember these? The Rolly Pollies and the very funny Les Dawson LOL

SmileyRose  x

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Skinny Cow

Hmm I'm just about to have a mug of hot chocolate before I go to bed. :)

SmileyRose  x

"When You're Smiling"

SmileyRose  x


One of the first sentences I ever learned to write was "The Cat Sat On The Mat."  I remember learning how to write this sentence long before I ever began school.

Poor old Mat. I hope she wasn't too heavy for him. ;)

SmileyRose x

Cat Fight!!!!

I can admit to having a cat fight once when I was a teenage. It did lead to a bit of falling out but to think it all began because we were squabbling over what tv channel we wanted to watch.

Personally speaking I don't like to get mixed up with cat fights....however I have seen a few in my time, particularly when I used to attend school. Ewwwww some of the fights used to get really nasty at times. I remember the teachers/prefects would have to tear the cats apart sometimes. What used to tickle me the most was when someone shouted "Cat Fight" everyone else in the school playground would come running until there was a huge circle of pupils just watching and egging them on. Not nice at all. Sometimes I would be the only one watching from afar.    :)

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"Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas

SmileyRose x

"Take That"

"Take That" have recently announced the dates of their tour with newly assigned band member Robbie Williams. It has been 16 years since the band last 'all' toured together. Apparently they will take their show across the UK and also Europe. Tickets go on sale this week. Their new album 'Progress' is due to be released next month. I can't wait to listen to it. :)

SmileyRose x

"When A Man Loves A Woman"

by Percy Sledge. :)

SmileyRose x

Fortunate In Love

A man was wandering around in a field, thinking about how good his wife had been to him and how fortunate he was to have her.

He asked God, "Why did you make her so kind-hearted?"

The Lord responded, "So you could love her, my son."

"Why did you make her so good-looking?"

"So you could love her, my son."

"Why did you make her such a good cook?"

"So you could love her, my son."

The man thought about this. Then he said, "I don't mean to seem ungrateful or anything, but ... why did you make her so stupid?"

"So she could love you, my son."

SmileyRose x

If you could instantly become an expert at one style of dance, what style would you pick?

Disco....and I'd be jumping around to this tune. ;) :)

Would you rather have the ability to fly, or the ability to breathe underwater?

The ability to fly would be fabulous. I'm flying without wings. ;)

Having Problems With Parking?

For those of you who are adverse to catching public transport/buses to get you "to" and "from" work... here's the answer to all of your solutions. How about a Segway? :)

Click Here: The Segway

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SmileyRose  x

Monday, October 25, 2010

I Really Like This....!

I couldn't stop reading extracts from the "Stephen Fry in America" book recently; as broadcasted on BBC TV. Bearing in mind my own trip to the USA was only last year, I found myself wanting to read more.  I loved what I read. For those of you who have never read any of the SF books before, they are very easy going, funny and basically he tells it as it is.  Once you read the first few paragraphs, it is very difficult to put the book down.

Stephen Fry spent the best part of a year travelling around all of the different States in the USA. They included Indiana and California. It was nice to see that he actually visited my name sake, Napa Valley. :)

The book is most enjoyable and so is the TV series. Although I have only managed to catch a couple of the programmes on TV, they were indeed very good and I have heard many good reviews from others who have watched it..:)

I first took an interest in Mr Fry a few years ago when I read that he attended the boys school at Uppingham, Rutland. Although I did not attend the same school as himself, being a girl could have had something to do with this fact, I did however attend another school in Uppingham.

Rutland is known as the smallest country in England and only the very best have been privileged enough to have been schooled there. ;) :)

SmileyRose  x

"Banana Split"

Photo Of The Day!
Me eating a banana split when on a recent holiday in Portugal. ;)

SmileyRose  x

"Love You More"

I'm listening to "Love You More" by JLS

SmileyRose  x

"Promise This"

I really like this new Cheryl Cole song. :)

SmileyRose x


Isn't it great when you think you've run out of cappuccino sachets, then you go to your cupboard and you find just one left. Hmmmm I am drinking a nice cup of cappuccino. ;)

SmileyRose  x

What would you NEVER do, even when never say never comes along?

I would NEVER smoke a cigarette. :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

What is the best thing about Autumn?

The beautiful colours of the leaves when they start to turn.

Ask Me Anything, Just As Long As It's Within Reason. :)


My favourites this week. The acts which stood out and the acts which did not.  :)

One Direction -  They were great!

Mary Bryne - Excellent! I loved her song.

John Adeleye - Fabulous!

Aiden Grimshaw - A good song this week. I loved it.

Rebecca Fergusson - Fabulous! Very classy.

Bellamie -  I actually stopped to listen to this band this week. I loved their song. Much better! :)


I was very disappointed with Matts chosen song this week. Not one of my favourites. Sorry.

Wanna be singer Cher looked like a sickly skeleton...yet again! 

Wagner - Was entertaining in a fun manner. :)

SmileyRose  x

Chat Show Hosts

After Michael Parkinson retired as a chat show host I didn't think there would be anyone of the same calibre to succeed him....well not until I watched the Pierce Morgan Life Stories on the tv recently.  I have been following some of his life story programmes and I really quite like them. :)

SmileyRose x

Saturday, October 23, 2010

SmileyRose Discussion Board :)

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I'm listening to "Fame" by Irene Cara. :)

SmileyRose x


by Genesis. One of the best bands ever. :)

SmileyRose x

"Love You More"

I'm listening to "Love You More" by JLS

SmileyRose x

My Girls! :)

SmileyRose x

"Shaken But Not Stirred"

There's nothing I like better than a nice cocktail from time to time. One of my favourites is of course a Pina Colada. ;)

Old-style recipe for this popular drink. The coconut cream needs to have the right consistency, some find the alternative, coconut milk to be too thin, however you can add condensed milk to coconut milk to bring up it’s thickness. Add pineapple juice if desired.

3 oz Cockspur 5 Star Rum
3 tbsp coconut cream
3 tbsp crushed pineapples

Put all ingredients into an electric blender with 2 cups of crushed ice. Blend at a high speed for a short length of time. Strain into a glass and serve with a straw.

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SmileyRose x

We Just Did Not...............!

When I was a teenager we would go out to parties/dances/nightclubs sometimes however many of my friends and I were only sociable drinkers, but they mostly knew where to draw the line. The ones who went over that line (just one or two) I tended to want to keep away from them as they were often a bad influence. It made it a little awkward sometimes when some of those folk attended the same parties as me though.

We didn't have as many binge drinkers around, not as many as there are today.  It seems binge drinking among some of the youngsters these days is really hitting this country (UK) hugely.  It was recently reported that it's costing tax payers as much as 19 million pounds a year! 

Ps By the way, in my profile picture above I am drinking Diet Coke with the meal I'm about to enjoy.:)

SmileyRose x

"My Generation"

by The Who :)

SmileyRose x

Over 45's...But When i'm 64...?

I'm certainly no where near 64 yrs old yet, however when it comes to making friends I would certainly say that I much prefer making good friends with the folk who are over 45 yrs old (my own age family members not included)....although I will get along with almost anybody. :)

But....will you all still need me when I'm 64? :)
by Paul McCarthy

SmileyRose x


I'm listening to "Gold" by Spandau Ballet. :)


"Quality" - Planet Earth

Not a lot of folk know this however as a small child, I was about 5yrs old, I used to go to bed with a very special book hidden underneath my pillow. Every child has a favourite book and mine was a small pocket sized book which featured David Attenborough. The book was filled with lots of wild animals. It was an absolute favoroute book.

There was one particular picture of a monkey in the book and I'd kiss it every single night before I went to sleep. I was extremely fond of monkeys from an early age particularly as I used to keep a stuffed toy monkey named Jacko in my bedroom. He used to go everywere with me. When I was 3 yrs old he was almost bigger than me, however it was almost like having a best friend, particularly as we flew him over to Penang with us when my father was posted to Malaya.

My father was based in RAF Butterworth in Malaya and there was this one particular park we used to frequent as a family together. There were monkeys which ran around wild in the park and my mother and father would buy me this coned shaped newpaper carton which was filled with nuts. I'd often feed the monkeys after school. It was a fabulous experience for any small child and memories which I shall always cherish.

When the BBC first screened the Planet Earth TV Series back in 2006, my eyes were glued to the TV.  I simply loved it and it was what I call 'Quality' TV viewing.  David Attenburgh of course narrated and I think Sigourney Weaver narrated the American version of the series.

The series was simply wonderful and even both of my children were sat glued to the TV watching. My influences seemed to have rubbed off onto them both because they really do like the Quality programmes. ;)

"Bird Of Paradise" by Snowy White

SmileyRose x

When Bambi Meets Flower

I simply loved this film and this is one of my favourite clips in the film. Awww I remember crying and crying when watching the film, particularly the part when Bambi loses his mummy. Oh dear! :(

SmileyRose x


Flowers go to all of those folk I know who are currently in hospital/they are home after a stay at hospital. Get well soon. x

SmileyRose x

H~a~p~p~y B~i~r~t~h~d~a~y To You

Happy Birthday to two family members who both celebrate their birthdays this weekend. :)

SmileyRose x

1961: The Year The Birth Control Pill 'Available To all'

Ewww! But remember, some pills don't always agree with everybody. The side effects can be extreme sometimes.

Click Here: Article Relating To Above :)

SmileyRose x

Doctor! Doctor!

by The Thompson Twins Vs Micky D Remix :)

SmileyRose x

Family Weddings ;)

Funny guy. :)

SmileyRose x

Crazy Hamster Dance

SmileyRose x

Friday, October 22, 2010

Awww! Do You Remember These? :)

Has anyone watched the film Marley and Me?  It stars Jennifer Anniston.  I watched the film when I was flying out to the USA last year and I really loved the film. :)

I have always been a dog lover ever since the "Lassie Come Home" and all of the other Lassie days...awww such good memories.  :)

Then there was Beethoven, the great big clumsy Dulux dog. :)

Not forgetting Scooby Do. ;)

Oh and of course there was "Greyfriars Bobby"....nobody ever prepared me for watching this film.  I advise everyone to have a box of tissues at the ready if you ever get to watch it. :)

SmileyRose x

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ah That's Better

Let's get this monitor nice and clean. :)

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Remembering Jesse

Sadly Jesse passed away almost a couple of years ago.  Although she was my fathers pet dog, she brought great pleasure to the whole family. She had such a good nature and we all miss her terribly.

I spent an afternoon with Jesse just a few weeks before she died. Here's Jesse settling down for an afternoon nap.

"Remembering You"

SmileyRose x

Burghley House

Burghley House, Nr Stamford

If you ever get the chance to visit this splendid house, then I well recommend it. I have visited a number of times over the years. :)

Some useful facts:

Burghley was built for Sir William Cecil, later 1st Baron Burghley.

Lady Victoria Leatham, one of the daughters of the 6th Marquess aka known antiques expert and television personality ran the House as a Director of the Trust from 1982 to 2007.

Lady Victoria Leatham has been succeeded by her daughter Miranda Rock.

The house is one of the principal examples of 16th century English Elizabethan architecture.

The main part of the house has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors.

There are more than 80 lesser rooms and halls, corridors, bathrooms and service areas.

The house was built in the letter E in honour of Queen Elizabeth, it is now missing its north-west wing.

During the period of the 9th Earl's ownership, and under the guidance of "Capability" Brown, the south front was raised to alter the roof line, and the north-west wing was demolished to allow better views of the new parkland.

"Country House" by Blur

SmileyRose x

Such Elegance

How elegant these Sarees look? :)

Click Here - Sareeworld


"Happy Talk"

by Captain Sensible

I like "Happy Talk" let's talk some more "Happy Talk" ;)

SmileyRose x

What makes you happy?

It's hard to say. I suppose it doesn't take much too make me happy. I suppose if I am happy in my work and my private life, then I am indeed very happy.:)

"H.A.P.P.Y Radio" :)

by Edwin Star
SmileyRose x

Do You Want To See A Real Dummy?

Just visit Madamme Tussauds in London, there are plenty of waxwork dummies in there. It's well worth a visit. ;)

SmileyRose x

Would you ever have a tattoo?

No, not ever because they just would not suit me. I have tried the non permenant transfer tattoos during my teenage years. They were usually placed in discreet areas on my body. I didn't mind those because they tended to fade after I washed.  :)

Get Well Soon

Lady Thatcher was admitted to hospital in west London this evening for treatment of an infection. The same infection caused her to miss her 85th birthday party last week. 

Here's wishing Mrs Thatcher a speedy recovery. :)

"Maggie May" by Rod Stewart

SmileyRose x

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Some Folk!!!!

What is it with some folk!!!

Just for the record!  I looked after my children as a full-time mother, however during my stay at home I did not sit back and watch day time TV all day long! Those jibes can become a little tiresome at times. Being a full time Mother is a full time job in itself and if you also have other jobs to do at the same time, it can become quite stressful to say the least.

Whilst taking care of my children I also joined two committees within the local vicinity of where I was residing.  I was secretary on both of those committees, therefore I was able to keep up with some of the skills I had already achieved, baring in my mind that being a secretary on a committee does not only entail sitting and typing up letters.  A secretary on a committee actually helps to organize events too. I helped out on a Mothers & Toddlers committee and I also helped out at a Pre-School committee. I did not receive any payment for my work as it was all done in a voluntary capacity. 

I had already achieved RSA secretarial qualifications shortly after I left school, a skill which worked well as it so happens when it came to working and caring for my children. There are a number of voluntary organizations which folk can help out at, particularly if they would like to get back to work after caring for their children. 

When the children were a little older I decided to take on a few little jobs. I worked for a while as an Avon Representative and I also worked one day and one evening a week at a Peterborough clothing outlet for a large company. 

I would advise eveyone to have a skill of some sort to always fall back on should they not make it in their chosen careers, particularly all of those would be models/pop stars/actresses etc, just in case they do not make it into the world of showbiz or when they become of an age whereby newer and younger models take over. ;)

When my children were older, before going back to work, I decided to go back to full time education as a mature student within a the local college. It was here that I brushed up on all of the skills I had already achieved. I wanted to show that just because I took those qualifications a number of years ago, that I wasn't past it and that I was still capable of doing a good job even though there was a short break away from full time work in order for me to take care of my children.  I still have some of my old RSA certificates, however I now have some recent RSA (Royal Society of Arts) Certificates, plus more. :)

It was all a good experience and I wouldn't change it for the world. :)

SmileyRose x

My Visit To The USA

Last year I was fortunate enough to visit Hollywood (Tinseltown) in the USA.  I simply loved the place, mainly because I have always been a fan of the movies/films.  Yes! It was totally awesome to actually see those famous Hollywood Hills and the world famous Hollywood sign. :)

I also visited Hollywood Boulevard and I had the chance to walk up those famous steps at the Kodak Theatre, where they hold the Academy awards (the Oscars).

I loved the fact that I had the chance to walk down the Hollywood walk of fame. It was all a great experience, particularly for someone such as me. Someone who isn't in the slightest bit famous.

Before anyone I was not dangling on the end of some famous movie stars arms and no I was not there to receive an award either.  I was merely having a good holiday. :)

SmileyRose x


I am listening to "Hollywood" by Michael Buble. I really like this song. :)

SmileyRose x

"When Will I Be Famous"

Does anyone remember Bros?  They were around in the 80's and they were a huge sensation, particularly with us females. ;)  Apparently, Matt Goss will be chatting to presenters on the radio later this morning. I may not be around to hear it though and he's totally gorgeous. :(

SmileyRose x

"It's Raining Men"

by the Weather Girls

SmileyRose x

"Can You Feel The Force"

I'm listening to "Can You Feel The Force" by The Real Thing

SmileyRose x

"Oh Lord It's Hard To Be Humble~"

Can You Associate Anyone With This Song? "Oh Lord Its Hard To Be Humble"  by Mac Davis :)

SmileyRose x


I'm listening to "Rythm Is A Dancer" by Snap. :)

SmileyRose x

The Smart Squirrel Who Gets The Nut


SmileyRose x

Mission Impossible IV

I can't wait!  I loved all of the other Mission Impossible films which of course starred Tom Cruise. :)

SmileyRose x

I Am Tired......!

I am tired of watching the reality shows such as X Factor and the judges who are promoting young 'skinny' looking underfed girls on their programme.  I have young teenage daughters of my own and I'm worried about the way they see society and how it is encouraging young girls to look underfed and undernourished.

Some models in the girls magazines do not help.

I can't stress enough how much distress it causes some of us parents who have to live with seeing our children suffer to the point of not eating properly. 

I have noticed at least one of the young female wannabe pop stars recently and she looks so thin.  She most certainly does not look in the best of health and I would like to see her voted off the X Factor. I know she is perhaps looking for a recording contract, however she needs to portray herself as a healthy and fit young pop star in order to make me take notice of her.  I am tired of Cheryl telling her she's fabulous/brilliant etc...when she is quite clearly not!!!

Cheryl...take a good look at her. She looks like a skeleton *Tuts*  You do not have children  of your own to know how it feels to see them suffer in silence. They want to live up to an image because people like you are creating the wrong type of image for our kids.  I happen to love my children and I don't want them to think they have to look like a skeleton in order for them to be accepted/liked in this world.

SmileyRose x

"All Rise"

by Blue

I went to see this band play live at the Peterborough Embankment a few years ago with my eldest daughter. They were awesome. :)

SmileyRose x

Be Prepared For A Rise In TV Licencing Fees....Perhaps/Maybe?

...unless of course you are over 75yrs old, in which case your licence is likely to be free. Ewwww! The elderly always seem to get the good perks?

I wonder if this means that we will get to watch better quality programmes on the TV in the future or else what is the point of having one?  Please, I can't stand anymore reality programmes.

Why not just reduce the licence for everyone who owns a television, it would make us all a lot happier.

"If There's Any Justice In The World" by Lemar

SmileyRose x

Monday, October 18, 2010

"Do You Feel My Love"

Or perhaps you were talking about Eddie Grant? ;)

SmileyRose x

What's your favourite Grant movie?

I presume we are talking about Hugh and not Cary? I have so many. Probably "Notting Hill" "About A Boy" "Four weddings...." and "Love Actually" :)

Have you ever visited Tunis on a holiday? I have a friend who has just returned and she said it was awsome.

Yes I have visited Tunisia many years ago with an old school friend. It was one of our first holidays abroad without parents. It was a good experience. :)

Did you gamble in Macau? I will go there next month for business trip. I am in Shenzhen City, which is very near to HK. Have you been in Shenzhen?

No I didn't gamble in Macau. I just enjoyed the lovely beach and scenery. :) No I did not go to Shenzhen. Maybe another time. :)

Do you believe this hgclaretjug is real Hugh Grant?

I think it is. You can never be 100% sure, but I have a feeling it could be. I only came across him by accident too. :)

If you could dedicate a song to Hugh Grant,which would it be?

LOL what a question! How about "Dream Lover" ;)

Whilst We Are On The Subject Of Birds....

Let's all do a turn.....after 3! 
1,2,3. :) ;)

SmileyRose x

Winter Must Be On It's Way!

I saw a little robin today. Doesn't that mean that the wintery weather is on its way? :)

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"Rockin Robin" by The Jackson 5

SmileyRose x

Some Musical Fun

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Q.How is a heart like a musician?
A.They both have a beat

Did you hear about the classical pianist who was not a good speller? When she went out to buy something she left a sign on her door that said: “Out Chopin. Be Bach in a minuet”

Knock Knock
Who’s there !
Bach who ?
Bach to work!

Q: What’s musical and handy in a supermarket?
A: A Chopin Liszt.

SmileyRose x

PoP! Goes My Heart :)

by Hugh Grant

SmileyRose x

"Heart Vacancy"

I'm loving the new song by The Wanted. I'm excited by all of the boy bands and their new songs.  Take That, JLS and now The Wanted, they are all quality. :)

SmileyRose x

Sniff Sniff Sniff Sniff - Phooooey!

I've heard it all now.  It was recently revealed that speed dating is no longer and replacing it there is something called 'Sniff Dating.'   This cannot be serious!  I mean, who would want to go up to someone and start sniffing them? 

I like to smell of Anais Anais much of the time because it smells fairly sweet on me.  I know others who have used the same perfumes and it can smell rather bad on them so it's great when you find a perfume which is affordable and it smells great on you, particularly if you use it during the day time/most days. It can work out quite expensive otherwise.

Ewwww but the thought of having a man hovering around me, sniffing me, it sounds a right turn off. Unless of course you are already dating a person who sniffs you and tells you that you smell lovely, I just can't see it working. :)

SmileyRose x

Goodnight - "I'll Be Back" Arnie Schwarzenegger once said ;)

But in the mean time....Goodnight sweethearts x :)

SmileyRose x

The Apprentice

Eww! Sir Alan Sugar has just pointed his finger and he's fired Joy.  What did she do? Did she do anything?....Was the the reason he fired her because she didn't do anything?  :) Agreed! The idea of the beach book reader was a little like taking a music stand out onto the beach, it was hardly a novel idea . :)

Personally speaking I think the person who came up with the bad idea was to blame, however would it seem fair to blame someone for coming up with a suggestion? It seems that her idea was the best one suggested at the time and everyone else did go along with it. Therefore could it be that the team leader to blame, but what was her alternative? Was there a better idea for her to go along with at the time?  Perhaps not.  Hmm one of life's little dilemmas. So, who should Alan Sugar have sacked? Someone had to go.

If it is a majority decision to go ahead with a project and the team leader makes the decision for it to go ahead....what happens if it all falls flat, then who is to blame?  One wonders?  Perhaps it was the fault of the whole team for going along with the bad idea in the first place. ;) 

Ps There was an awful lot of bickering going on in that board room, it hardly sounded professional.

I know....let's blame it on the boogie. ;)

SmileyRose x