Friday, August 26, 2011

"The Last Post"



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"Queen Of My Heart"

by Westlife :)  A feel good song as I walk away. ;)



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"Everytime We Say Goodbye"

by Simply Red :)




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Farewell :)

Well I've just had an exciting few days with one of my daughters whilst holidaying at Matlock. Unfortunately Catherine could not come with us this year as she is planning ahead for University.  Although there was just the two of us this year we still had a great time together. :)


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The B&B was very pleasant however our room was on the top floor of a three story building (no lifts)…..it gave me plenty of practice ready for the long climb up to the top of the Blue John mine...yes all 250 odd steps! It was exhausting to say the least...but I made it to the top again.  :)


Our B&B (A great little place which served a great full English breakfast)
























Lauren and I down in the Blue John mines

















































We also enjoyed a very pleasant day at the Heights of Abraham. Hmm it is a long walk up to the top of the cliff however you have the option of using the cable cars if you are feeling less energetic. :)




























Cable cars up to Abraham Heights



Lauren and I at Abraham Heights


















OMG! Look what we spotted during our visit  ;)

























Awww we befriended a peacock ;)

























Some more caves. :)

 





















We examined some fossils :)


















Less than 10 mins away by car was Matlock Bath. It has grown a little commercialized for me however it was a pleasant days outing just the same. Mmm I'm far more in favour of the quieter and more relaxed places to visit. :)


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We managed to find a couple of great pubs which served excellent bar snacks. There was one pub just outside of Matlock and another at Castleton. They were both brilliant and I shall definitely return in the future as the food was very good indeed. ;)

We spent a day at Chatsworth House the home of the Cavendish family and it is of course where they filmed 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'The Duchess'.

We also managed to visit the Freshfields Donkey Village nr Buxton in Derbyshire...It was brilliant and you must check it out if ever you get the chance to visit. Click Here



























Freshfields Donkey Village  (Kissing Donkey's)













































































We took advantage of an opportunity to visit Caudwell's Mill & Craft Centre. It's an excellent example of a working 19th century mill, with water turbines powering the machinery :)



Caudwell's Mill & Craft Centre














































I've spent many times during my younger years visiting Matlock, Derbyshire and its surrounding villages...it was so lovely to go back again. :)

One of my favourite places in Derbyshire is of course Castleton. We stopped off here for a lovely bar snack. The buildings in the village are just beautiful. :)



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Lauren and I even had the time for a girly evening in. We decided to pamper ourselves and we began with a peel off face mask. LOL it looks a bit grusome but it was really fun to do. ;)




























*Giggles* I even bought a huge pair of knickers whilst on holiday. :)

 




























Lauren and I spent a day at Chatsworth House. As we were staying in the area I thought it would be great to go and see the house again however I was a little disappointed not to be able to photograph the house in its glory due to the scaffolding to one side of the house. :(



























































































































































































It was also great to be eating a cooked breakfast each morning at a very pleasant family based B&B. It was also great to sit at the breakfast table with some very nice company too.  :)

GCSE results

We managed to return home today without any hitches...and I even managed to make it back to my youngest daughter's school on time so that she could pick up her GCSE results.....hmm my second daughter Lauren is a smarty pants as well. She's made me extremely proud. I love you to bits you've worked very hard over the past year. Well done! :)

Chilling Out Watching TV
This evening I managed to sit back and watch a little TV. I managed to catch 'Top Gear' ....hmmm and Jeremy Clarkson doing a flip in a long tunnel whilst driving a Renault. Wow! :) I also managed to catch Esther Rantzen tracing back her family history in the series 'Who Do You Think You Are' ...it was very interesting indeed. :)

Other News

Well that's just about all I have time for except to say that I have noted in today's newspaper that it mentions how British guys prefer brunettes (nice).....however, apparently not the brown eyed kind.:(  *It appears that some guys just don't have a lot of taste* ;)

The recent poll seems to suggest that men prefer brunettes who do not have brown eyes!!!!....Hmmm I couldn't even begin to compete as I am a naturally dark brown eyed brunette and very proud of it I must add. ;)  I cannot possibly compete with the younger women so perhaps it is time for me to hang my stockings and to let someone else take the limelight for a change....although there will never be another SmileyRose quite like me. ;)

I hope you've all enjoyed reading some of my posts over the years and I hope you have fun on the sites which enable you to oggle at all of the younger women instead.  Have fun. :) ;)

Bye bye and please close the door as you leave. Please don't come back here as I am only interested in the nice guys. ;)

Hmmm and now for a fitting song. Let me think. :)  You remember the song from the film 'The Sound of Music' when the very last little person sings farewell to everyone as they all entertain the crowd of folk before heading off to bed?  Well that's like me. ;)

Its So Hard To Say Goodbye by Boyz To Men :)




SmileyRose x

Well Done! Another Smarty Pants In The Family! :)

Lauren
























There were more tears today....they're tears of joy. :o)  I know there are going to be moments in my lifetime when my joy will turn into tears of sadness,  perhaps one day in the future however for now I would like to gather all of my thoughts and feelings together and praise my youngest daughter Lauren for achieving some good exam results. I am so proud of you!!!! 

I was extremely glad we made it back today just in time to get your results.  I saw the brown envelope in your hand as you came towards me and I felt my tummy do a double flip. I was feeling nervous as well as excited about seeing your GCSE results.  You have a little way to go however you are well on your way to achieving those grades you'd really like, therefore I am wishing you and all of your friends the very best for the next few years.  If I had a crystal ball I feel sure that it would tell me you're heading towards another successful year... I have my fingers crossed for you. ;)  Keep up the good work. ;)

I watched you take your first steps and I heard you say your very first words. We spent much time together when you were younger and I enjoyed every minute of being a full-time mother to both you and your big sister. There were very few days we spent apart however I remember the week I was admitted into hospital when you were barely 3 yrs old. You came to visit me in hospital and I had the drip attached to me. You almost ran a mile when you saw me because you thought someone was hurting me.  Put it this way, if I had never gone into hospital at that time I probably wouldn't have been around to see you getting along so well today.  I am thankful for you and thanks for making me feel so proud. :)



















"Congratulations" by Cliff Richard



Yay! Let's get excited girls :)

























SmileyRose x

September, October, November and December Birthdays

Happy Birthday to all of those family and friends who are celebrating their birthday in the months of September, Ocober, November and December. I hope you all have a fabulous time.  I just wanted to wish you all a happy birthday before my final post.  You'll get to read about it soon.  :) XXX








































































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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Classy or Tacky?????

CLICK HERE :)

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What kind of folk do you like to listen to on the TV or on the Radio?

I mostly enjoy listening to folk who speak with a nicely spoken English accent. :)

When I'm sitting back relaxed in front of the TV for the evening I really do not like having to try too hard to understand the person to whom I'm listening to. I much prefer to sit back and I enjoy listening to those folk who speak with a nice English/British accent. It doesn't have to sound too posh however I much prefer to listen to folk who know how to pronounce their words nicely and who do not speak in a slang manner. Eww! Slang in not good.

I prefer it when folk are not rushing their talk as it is likely to make it harder to understand them. A nice steady flow of words always sounds much nicer. :)

Apparently the foreigners living abroad likes to hear a nicely spoken British accent. There ought to be a marker which shows excellence, quality and it ought to show off the good standards when it comes to folk who have a speaking part in any of the TV/radio programmes or films. ;)

Typical examples of folk who speak well without sounding too posh are Phil Schofield, Noel Edmunds, Emma Forbes, Cliff Richard, Lenny Henry, Dawn French, Sean Connery, Terry Wogan and Ann Diamond...they all have nicely spoken English/British accents. :) Not that I mind Posh as this is good to listen to also. David Attenborough, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Joanna Lumley, Roger Moore and Julie Andrews are all fine examples. :)

When it comes to singing then it's great just to sit back and to listen to the artist/s singing their songs. Most can sing really well...it's just awful when you have to listen to some pop stars speak sometimes as occasionally their standards tend to drop a little when they speak. ;)

I'm not a great fan of some reality TV programmes because I do not like to hear/listen to folk who speak in a coarse/vulgar manner. Anyone who drops below a certain standard when they are speaking shouldn't be heard on the TV..... or the radio as far as I am concerned. ;)


SmileyRose x

What kind of venues/places do you like to visit?

I'm rather fond of the venues which encourage nice folk....mainly the types of folk who take a pride in the way they look/like to dress, even when they are dressed casually.

I do not have a problem with casually dressed folk just as long as the venue doesn't encourage folk who prefer to dress in a tacky manner. There is a difference between dressing up casually and dressing in a tacky manner.

I attended a golf club venue with my folk not so long ago and the place was heaving with nice folk. I liked the fact that the venue did not accept just any person who chose to drink and eat there. There was a notice on the door mentioning the fact that anyone who was considered as dressing too informally or inappropriately would be refused entry.

I remember the days I used to go out to a night club for the evening and the guys on the door used to turn away folk who were not dressed appropriately. Those were in the good old days when you mostly saw women and men going out for the evening and actually looking as if they made the effort to get dressed rather than just falling straight out of bed and showing up for a night out. Ewwww! It doesn't look all that exciting when some look as if they're wearing their bed attire to go out for the evening. :)

I remember dating guys who actually wore a nice shirt and trousers for the evening and on some occasions they even wore a tie.

I'm just not used to attending venues whereby some of the chaps/chapesses are all wearing jeans which hang down showing off the cracks of their bottoms. Ewww it's not a nice look at all! Nor am I used to large ladies showing off their bosoms in a distasteful manner. Some look as if they're trying desperately hard to squeeze their bosoms into something which really doesn't fit terribly well. Some hardly looked dressed up to go out for the day!

It is really lovely to see those folk who at least like to make a bit an effort to go out. :)

SmileyRose x

What's the strangest thing you've eaten?

Red Hot Chilly Peppers. Unfortunately I still can't eat them as hot as my father likes them. They make my eyes water. ;)

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

Sad News

Ever since I was a little girl I have been a huge fan of the Red Arrows.  It was shocking news to hear that one of the Red Arrow pilots was killed just moments after completing an aerobatic display in the South of England today. The pilot who was married came from my old stomping grounds in Rutland.  Such sad news.


SmileyRose x

Saturday, August 20, 2011

"Sisters Are Doing For Themselves!"

I'm listening to "Sisters Are Doing For Themselves" by The Eurythmics :)

SmileyRose x

Who Me???? An Ageing Film Star??? :o)

Someone who is known to me very recently cheekily described me as looking like an ageing film star....and as usual I like to think the best in folk and so I took the comment to be a compliment.

Firstly, to be told that I look like a film star was actually a lovely compliment, mainly because most film stars, particularly the females, often look well groomed. I would think they look this way purely because many film stars can afford to spend lots of money on themselves in order for them to look much nicer than the average bear, so to speak. :) I don't earn anywhere near as much money as many actresses can earn, however I work very hard for a living and if the odd line starts to appear on my face in the future then I would know the natural ageing process is forming. I would have to face that day as a good trooper would have to do. ;)

I have been through a lot of hard times in my life therefore one would respect the fact that some of us don't always look the way a super star can make themselves look. :) I like to look well groomed and I tend to spend a little money on the simple things, such as make-up and nice clothes in order to help with the well groomed look.

The ageing process begins from the day we are born and before many of us know it we've all reached that certain age very quickly! I did not take offence to the term 'ageing' because this is what we all do. An actress who is in her 20's is still ageing. ;) Many actresses who are in the limelight will age before our very eyes sometimes, as they are always on our screens or in the media. We'll pick up a magazine and we'll often see their faces in it and we'll notice the fact that they are ageing.

For instance the actress Elizabeth Taylor is fondly remembered for starring in the Lassie films when she was a mere slip of a girl. Ageing comes to us all and I for one accept the fact that I'm getting older.

I have found the nicest thing about my own personal circumstance when it comes to ageing is just how many folk look a bit stunned after I tell them how old I am. My ageing process has mostly been aided with little finances. I tend to use very inexpensive facial creams....so when told that I look young for my years.... I often feel really good about this very fact. :)

Ps  Thanks for the compliment. ;)

SmileyRose x

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Most Inspirational Figures In Their 50's

Colin Firth and Hugh Grant have been named among the most inspirational figures in their 50s...they were ranked in second and third places for the list of leading fiftysomethings. :):)

SmileyRose x

On your SmileyRose Ramblings Blog, what kind of things do you like to write about? Sum it up in one word.

"QUALITY"

If you were going to perform in the circus, what would you do?

I'd be a clown and I'd throw custard pies at all of my favourite folk. ;)

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

"A Million Love Songs"

I'm listening to "A Million Love Songs"  by Take That :)

SmileyRose x

A Star :)

Yay!  Actor Danny Devito has recently been honoured with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Mr Devito starred in the long running TV series "Taxi" and he also had a hand at directing such films as "The War of the Roses"....and one of my all time favourite films "The Jewel of the Nile."  

Awww does this mean I have to return to Hollywood one day to take the picture of the star?  Hmmm one I would have missed when I visited the Hollywood Walk of Fame a couple of years ago.  Any excuse. ;)

"When The Going Gets Tough" by Billy Ocean (I love this song) ;)


SmileyRose x

Thursday, August 18, 2011

"Daydream Believer"

I'm listening to "Daydream Believer" by The Monkees :)

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Smarty Pants! ;o)

Catherine

I have tears in my eyes. The butterflies have stopped fluttering around in my tummy. I am almost screaming with joy and excitement. I cannot possibly speak for the other Mums however today I feel like the proudest Mother in the world. :)

It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago when I was pushing you around in your pushchair and we were pointing out to all of the different things around us and learning how to say the words together. I remember taking you to school on your first day...you were a little nervous but we managed to get around that one. :)  It doesn't seem all that long ago when we were spending time together sitting and reading all of your favourite books. I remember the time you'd finish the sentences when I read some of your favourite stories to you. One of your favourites was a story about the farm animals and when the Mummy's had lost their babies. You always looked so sad until we turned over the next page together only to find the Mummy had found her babies again. I'm hoping I haven't lost you and you'll always be on the next page not a million miles away from me. ;)

You are now officially a member of the Smarty Club! :)  Well done to all of your friends who managed to get the results they ideally wanted to get into Uni this year too.;)

Congratulations Catherine for getting the grades you really wanted and without a doubt quite rightly deserve. I wish you all of the very best when you get to University. I love you more than words can say. You actually passed the test 19yrs ago and only now have you just confirmed what I have always thought about you. You are indeed a Smarty Pants...welcome to the club. ;)
























"You're My Number One" by S-Club-7

It doesn't seem like all that long ago when you were dancing around to this. ;)



































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Yay! Let's get excited girls :)



SmileyRose x