Friday, September 30, 2011

"The Ketchup Song"



SmileyRose x

Tomatoes

I have to show you all these!!!

Recently I've taken to growing my own tomatoes. Although they may be a little late ripening I picked the better ones to photograph today.  Here they are. :)

I can't believe I actually grew these. :)



SmileyRose x

"I Feel Love"

I'm listening to "I Feel Love" by Donna Summer :)

SmileyRose x

Elderberry Wine

Goodness!  When you think folk have fallen off the face of the earth...you then go and bump into one!  I saw an old friend from years ago this afternoon.  Oooo and he used to make great Elderberry Wine. :)

It was nice to catch up but I was also saddened to learn that someone I knew a number of years ago had passed away.  It came as a bit of a shock and I'm thinking about her family today. She was such a lovely person who used to reside in my old home town. I often used to chat to her when passing. We also attended one or two social events many years ago. Such sad news.  XXX

SmileyRose x

Bare Necessities

From the film Jungle Book. ;)



SmileyRose x

It's Hot

Danny Mac was crowned the Sexiest Male star at this week's Inside Soap Awards.  For those of you who do not know who he is, he stars in Hollyoaks and he has a very tanned and toned physique according to recent photos of him sunning himself in this Indian summer weather we have been having. ;)


SmileyRose x

Baby Tango

Parents puzzled over new addition - Offbeat, Breaking News - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk

A Francois' langur (one of the worlds rarest monkeys). :)

SmileyRose x

Thursday, September 29, 2011

"If You're Not The One"

I'm listening to "If You're Not The One" by Daniel Bedingfield :)

SmileyRose x

"In The Summertime"

by Mungo Jerry



SmileyRose x

Indian Summer

Isn't this Indian summer great?

Phew! I was really hot today. ;)

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"Better The Devil You Know"

Pop band Steps are getting back together again. :)

Awww it takes me back a few years ago when I used to dance around the living room with both of my daughters.  We loved learning some of the dance routines together...they were much better at the dances than me though. ;)


SmileyRose x

What car breakdown service are you with?

I’m with the RAC. My father has spent a number of years with the RAC too.

To date every time I've owned a car I have always been with the RAC.

SmileyRose x


£380-A-Night-Suite Down Under!

How about spending £380-a-night to stay in a hotel suite 509 ft underground in a cave? Whatever next? Yes Sweden has the most unusual hotel suite I've seen to date. The hotel room can only be accessed through a mine lift shaft. The Silver mine in the town of Sala was originally dug out by the miners and they carried the silver ore out by hand.

It all looks very nice however I think I'll give it a miss for the time being as I'm not ready to go and sleep that far underground just yet. ;)

SmileyRose x

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

~A Rose Within~

A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully,
and before it blossomed, he examined it.
He saw the bud that would soon blossom and
also the thorns. And he thought,
"How can any beautiful flower come from a plant
burdened with so many sharp thorns?"
Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose,
and before it was ready to bloom, it died.

So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose.
The God-like qualities planted in us at birth
grow amid the thorns of our faults.
Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns and the defects.
We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us.
We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies.
We never realize our potential.
Some people do not see the rose within themselves;
someone else must show it to them.

One of the greatest gifts a person can possess
is to be able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others.
This is the characteristic of love, to look at a person,
and knowing his faults, recognize the nobility in his soul,
and help him realize that he can overcome his faults.
If we show him the rose, he will conquer the thorns.
Then will he blossom, blooming forth thirty,
sixty, a hundred fold as it is given to him.

Our duty in this world is to help others by showing
them their roses and not their thorns.
Only then can we achieve the love we should feel for
each other.........
Only then can we bloom in our own garden!

by Unknown Author


SmileyRose x

POETS Day

Three girls all worked in the same office with the same female boss, each friday, they noticed the boss left work early.

One day, the girls decided that, when the boss left, they would leave right behind her. After all, she never called or came back to work, so how would she know they went home early?

Rosie was thrilled to be home early. She did a little gardening, spent playtime with her daughter, and went to bed early.

Shirl was elated to be able to get in a quick workout at the spa before meeting a dinner date.

Connie was happy to get home early and surprise her husband, but when she got to her bedroom, she heard a muffled noise from inside. Slowly and quietly, she cracked open the door and was horrified to see her husband in bed with her boss! Gently, she closed the door and crept out of her house.

The next day, at their coffee break, Rosie and Shirl planned to leave early again that coming Friday, and they asked Connie if she was going to go with them.

“No way,” Connie exclaimed. ” I almost got caught last week!”


SmileyRose x

Shakespeare's Sister

"Stay"


SmileyRose x

Ewwww!

It can be quite comforting sometimes when a reassuring arm comes from someone who understands just how you might be feeling, particularly when it comes from someone who has been through tons herself. I once thought I was on my own, but it seems that is not the case.  Although I threw myself into work I really didn't have too much heart in it today.  I just couldn't wait until the clock whizzed around to home time. I had a bad evening the night before and everything seemed to take its toll. It doesn't feel so good when you're feeling a bit under the weather. Ewww!

SmileyRose x

Basically Chickens Are Omlettes!! - Children Say The Funniest Things. ;)

Aww I've just been listening to the Kev & Roz radio breakfast show. This morning Kev played back a recording of his young daughter's conversation with him at bedtime and the million and one questions a child will ask you before going to bed.  Some would do anything to delay bedtime. I loved the question she asked him... "Where do chickens come from?"  and then she went on to ask "Where do eggs come from?"  finally after all of the questions she decided that chickens are basically omelettes’!  Why not? ;)  I had to chuckle as it reminded me of my own children.  Those were the days. :)

PS  I only hope he had his daughter's permission to play that recording live over the air this morning?  I don't think I would want to embarrass my daughters with such a thing.  It shouldn't be allowed really.

SmileyRose x

Monday, September 26, 2011

"Flying Without Wings"




SmileyRose x

"Angels"

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

SmileyRose x

Royal Air Force Journal - September 1943

I have the 3rd Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Royal Air Force Journal to read through this evening. It all looks really interesting. :)

The Epitome of the Spit by a WAAF is my next read. Page 14. ;)

SmileyRose x

What did you have for dinner today?

A Curry. :)

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

Bright Orange!

Iron Ore/Gavin Henson's fake suntan?????  That is the question????

Apparently fishermen were alarmed over the weekend when they noticed a part of the river Neath in Wales turning bright orange!  It resulted in dozens of fish being killed.  One local believes it could be the result of iron ore leaking from an old mine. Investigations to find the source are to continue today.

Hmm at least that rules me out. I don't have the need for a fake suntan as mine is pretty natural. ;) 

SmileyRose x

She's The Apple Of My Eye - "No Place That Far"

My youngest daughter and I went to visit my eldest daughter at Uni last on Sunday. The journey seemed to be a bit of a strain on my poor old car however it seemed to keep going. Put it this way, it took me there and back again because I feel sure it knew just how badly I wanted to see her.  It was quite funny really because we seemed to have an escort of motorcyclists ahead of us when we were only a few miles away from our destination. Lol there was a motorcyclist with a huge cuddly Tigger sitting at the back of a sidecar.  It appeared to be waving to us at first glance. It gave us a few chuckles which in turn helped to break up the long tedious journey. :)

When we reached our destination my daughter seemed very pleased to see us. The lifts weren't working and I had to climb what appeared to be a million steps to the 5th floor.  I was exhausted but I showed willing as she couldn't wait to show us around. She eventually made me a cuppa tea with a slice of cake soon after we arrived....hmm a moment I shall always treasure as this was the first cup of tea she has every made me. ;)

I was introduced to a couple of her new friends.  They both seemed very nice indeed. I decided to treat them all out to lunch and my daughter's new flat mate came with us.  I felt quite relieved to know Catherine was chirpy and happy to be meeting new friends. :)

We spent the rest of the afternoon looking around a few fashion shops together.

Very soon it was time for us to depart on our long trek home again.  As we set off in the car and I watched Catherine waving to us at the side of the pathway.  I tried very hard not to look at her as I began to get quite upset.  Luckilly I had Lauren with me who seemed to cheer me up. She also kept my mind nicely focussed as she chatted to me. Nobody told me that this would be tough on the parents. I watched my baby grow before my very eyes and it seemed quite unbelievable just how much of a young lady she has become, she's the apple of my eye. :)

Oh well. My little car managed to get us home ok but she's looking a little worn out and fragile. I'll have to try not to slog her so hard the next time or else she might totally give up on me. Well that would be the only way it would keep me from wanting to visit my daughter.

"No Place That Far" by Westlife

SmileyRose x

Spread The Word

Apparently it is World Marmite Day sometime this week.  Some may argue the fact it's today, however I recently read the actual date for celebrating World Marmite Day will be on Wednesday (28th).  Whichever, it's still nice to know folk like to celebrate the stuff we were all brought up on as children.  I'm still loving Marmite. I have a pot of Marmite with a touch of Champagne in my cupboard.  Hmmm it's yummy. The label is quite appropriate too. It has a gold heart and has the words "I Love You" on it.....It's true...I love my Marmite. :)

SmileyRose x

"Simply The Best"

I'm listening to "Simply The Best" by Tina Turner :)

SmileyRose x

The Secret Of A Long Marriage

Some people ask the secret of Anthony's long marriage.

They take time to go to a restaurant two times a week: a little candlelight dinner, soft music, and a slow walk home.

The Mrs goes Tuesdays; He goes Fridays.  ;) :)


SmileyRose x

How many times have you been married?

I don't make a habit of getting married. Just the once. :)

SmileyRose x

Sunday, September 25, 2011

What accent do you have? I'd like to watch a programme suitably entitled "The Only Way Is Cambridge." I'm desperate to hear how normal folk talk again!

They speak very nicely in Cambridge so why not? Hmm I would approve as most folk presume I am from Cambridge anyway. :)

SmileyRose x



A Lovely Day :)

One of my favourite little villages of all time is of course a little village called Grantchester, near Cambridge.  I've often admired the village and only today I was driven through the very same village enroute to a barbecue whereby I met up with most of my family members.

We had a super day and I Thank Fiona for organizing a fabulous get together. :)

Here's a poem I found relating to Grantmanchester some years ago. It's called The Old Vicarage and written by a gentleman named Rupert Brooke. :)



Just now the lilac is in bloom,
All before my little room;
And in my flower-beds, I think,
Smile the carnation and the pink;
And down the borders, well I know,
The poppy and the pansy blow . . .
Oh! there the chestnuts, summer through,

Beside the river make for you
A tunnel of green gloom, and sleep
Deeply above; and green and deep
The stream mysterious glides beneath,
Green as a dream and deep as death.
— Oh, damn! I know it! and I know

How the May fields all golden show,
And when the day is young and sweet,
Gild gloriously the bare feet
That run to bathe . . .
'Du lieber Gott!'

Here am I, sweating, sick, and hot,
And there the shadowed waters fresh
Lean up to embrace the naked flesh.
Temperamentvoll German Jews
Drink beer around; — and THERE the dews
Are soft beneath a morn of gold.
Here tulips bloom as they are told;
Unkempt about those hedges blows
An English unofficial rose;
And there the unregulated sun
Slopes down to rest when day is done,
And wakes a vague unpunctual star,

A slippered Hesper; and there are
Meads towards Haslingfield and Coton
Where das Betreten's not verboten.

ειθε γενοιμην . . . would I were
In Grantchester, in Grantchester! —
Some, it may be, can get in touch
With Nature there, or Earth, or such.
And clever modern men have seen
A Faun a-peeping through the green,
And felt the Classics were not dead,
To glimpse a Naiad's reedy head,
Or hear the Goat-foot piping low: . . .
But these are things I do not know.
I only know that you may lie
Day long and watch the Cambridge sky,
And, flower-lulled in sleepy grass,
Hear the cool lapse of hours pass,
Until the centuries blend and blur

In Grantchester, in Grantchester. . . .
Still in the dawnlit waters cool
His ghostly Lordship swims his pool,
And tries the strokes, essays the tricks,
Long learnt on Hellespont, or Styx.
Dan Chaucer hears his river still
Chatter beneath a phantom mill.
Tennyson notes, with studious eye,
How Cambridge waters hurry by . . .
And in that garden, black and white,
Creep whispers through the grass all night;
And spectral dance, before the dawn,
A hundred Vicars down the lawn;
Curates, long dust, will come and go
On lissom, clerical, printless toe;
And oft between the boughs is seen
The sly shade of a Rural Dean . . .
Till, at a shiver in the skies,
Vanishing with Satanic cries,
The prim ecclesiastic rout
Leaves but a startled sleeper-out,
Grey heavens, the first bird's drowsy calls,
The falling house that never falls.

God! I will pack, and take a train,
And get me to England once again!
For England's the one land, I know,
Where men with Splendid Hearts may go;
And Cambridgeshire, of all England,
The shire for Men who Understand;
And of THAT district I prefer
The lovely hamlet Grantchester.

For Cambridge people rarely smile,
Being urban, squat, and packed with guile;
And Royston men in the far South
Are black and fierce and strange of mouth;
At Over they fling oaths at one,
And worse than oaths at Trumpington,
And Ditton girls are mean and dirty,
And there's none in Harston under thirty,
And folks in Shelford and those parts
Have twisted lips and twisted hearts,
And Barton men make Cockney rhymes,
And Coton's full of nameless crimes,
And things are done you'd not believe
At Madingley on Christmas Eve.
Strong men have run for miles and miles,
When one from Cherry Hinton smiles;
Strong men have blanched, and shot their wives,
Rather than send them to St. Ives;
Strong men have cried like babes, bydam,
To hear what happened at Babraham.

But Grantchester! ah, Grantchester!
There's peace and holy quiet there,
Great clouds along pacific skies,
And men and women with straight eyes,
Lithe children lovelier than a dream,
A bosky wood, a slumbrous stream,
And little kindly winds that creep
Round twilight corners, half asleep.
In Grantchester their skins are white;
They bathe by day, they bathe by night;
The women there do all they ought;
The men observe the Rules of Thought.
They love the Good; they worship Truth;
They laugh uproariously in youth;
(And when they get to feeling old,
They up and shoot themselves, I'm told) . . .

Ah God! to see the branches stir
Across the moon at Grantchester!
To smell the thrilling-sweet and rotten
Unforgettable, unforgotten
River-smell, and hear the breeze
Sobbing in the little trees.
Say, do the elm-clumps greatly stand
Still guardians of that holy land?
The chestnuts shade, in reverend dream,
The yet unacademic stream?
Is dawn a secret shy and cold
Anadyomene, silver-gold?
And sunset still a golden sea
From Haslingfield to Madingley?
And after, ere the night is born,
Do hares come out about the corn?
Oh, is the water sweet and cool,
Gentle and brown, above the pool?
And laughs the immortal river still
Under the mill, under the mill?
Say, is there Beauty yet to find?
And Certainty? and Quiet kind?
Deep meadows yet, for to forget
The lies, and truths, and pain? . . . oh! yet
Stands the Church clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea?


SmileyRose x

Saturday, September 24, 2011

"Uptown Girl"

I'm listening to "Uptown Girl" from my Billy Joel album 'Innocent Man.'  I own both the CD and the vinyl album. I love all of the songs on it. It's a great album if anyone hasn't heard it before. I know it's old but it doesn't sound dated at all. :)

SmileyRose x

Friday, September 23, 2011

What political issue is most important to you?

When I sit down and think about it carefully there are probably many political issues I would like to see changed. I really don't think someone like me is going to make a difference in the world therefore I think it is far better that I don't go too deeply into politics here. :)

If I were to get political then I would pass one law very quickly!  I have a number but I'm not really into politics...I just have a heart.

The law needs to toughen up on this one!!!!

I have mentioned this subject on a previous occasion. Re: Couples who go through divorce. They should be forced to live within a 40 mile radius of each other so that both parents can take a part in the bringing up of their children. If one parent is allowed to move away from the area they reside and they have permission to take the children to live with them then they should still remain in the same or nearby Town/City whereby both parents can continue to see their children as often as possible. In many divorce cases it is the adults who do not get along together however 'both' parents can have a great relationship with their children.

The law should definitely change re this particularly if one parent comes from another country. Children should not be shunted back and forth between two different countries when they are young, they need to have a sense of belonging and they feel happy and secure knowing that both parents love them and cherish them. They need to be able to see both of their parents regularly in order for them to have a healthy and happy upbringing.  Children need both parents which is the reason why a child will become very saddened for a very long time if he/she lost one of their parents through death. 

A child does not understand divorce during their tender young years therefore they need to understand that both parents still love them even though they are not living together anymore.   They need to know that the non resident parent is close enough to see them still.

SmileyRose x

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

Best Thought Of The Day!

Mark Wright wearing the briefest pair of Ralph Lauren underpants. ;)



SmileyRose x

There's A Light At The End Of The Tunnel :)



























SmileyRose x

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Are you hugely overweight or could you do with just losing a few lbs?

I have never been hugely overweight and if I really put my mind to it I could lose the few lbs which I have gained when I've been away on my holidays? I have to be in the right frame of mind in order for me to want to lose weight though ie., happy/contented. :)

SmileyRose x

Hussssssssssssh! Listen! It's The Sound Of The Giant Whale



SmileyRose x

Do you ever fly into a rage? What makes you jealous?

I do not think flying into a rage really did anyone any good but depending on the circumstance I think everyone is capable of feeling jealous. It's how you deal with those emotions which make the difference though. Some folk are likely to fly into a frenzy/rage and others are likely to deal with it in a calmer manner.

Jealousy is likely to exist if the tormenter is well practiced at antagonizing their victim to try and provoke a reaction. If you suspect someone is doing this intentionally then the best way to deal with them is to ignore them in the hope they'd eventually give up. Provided they are not physically or mentally hurting the other person then it’s good to ignore but if it gets too out of hand then it's ok to take action.

If it's a work related matter, make a note of the incident, when and where the incident occurred and then let a manager know the full circumstance so that they are aware of what is going on. If the incident continues then again let the managers know. It is not called tittle-tattle either. Nobody needs to fly into a rage although it doesn't do any harm telling the person to "please stop” in a firm voice, particularly if you don't want matters to get out of hand.

Road rage is definitely a no, no. Taking matters into your own hands if there is a neighbour dispute is definitely a no, no too.

If you want to stop matters getting out of hand and you don't want things to go too far, then ask to speak to the person in private unless of course you think matters would be made worse by speaking directly to the person in question, in which case if things are really bad it should be reported. 

Within a relationship it can be a little awkward sometimes particularly if someone has cheated on you. Flying into a jealous rage isn't going to make any wrong doing right again. You have to learn to deal with it in a mature manner or in the best way you possibly can. You don't have to continue with the relationship but you don't have to fly into a rage about it all either. It is unlikely you'd want to remain on speaking terms with your partner if physical body contact was made by your partner, in a sexual manner, with another person.....unless of course you both had an agreement to having an open relationship that is. Hmmm what ever floats your boat, although it's not my cup of tea so to speak. :)

So there you have it. There are ways of dealing with certain matters without anyone needing to fly into a rage/frenzy/jealous rage. :)

"Stop" by Sam Brown

SmileyRose x

Brief Appearance

Cheryl Cole made a very brief appearance on the X-Factor show in the USA recently.  Goodness! Have Simon Cowell and Cheryl finally made up or did he pay her huge amounts of money to make the brief appearance one wonders? ;)

SmileyRose x

Why do some men change towards their wives once they're married and particularly once the kids come along? They seem to notice other females more and they're easilly lead/tempted playing away.

I wouldn't like to say that all men are like that but maybe in your experience they are. If you are worried about meeting another man like this, I am presuming you've been in a bad relationship like this previously? Anyway, you should try dating a man for a considerable length of time. Once you learn to trust him, then let the relationship progress. Or once you are married you should try just living together as a couple for a little while before rushing straight into having a family. You need to spend some time as a couple together learning/getting to know each other well before having children. :)

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Do you ever date guys? If so you never seem to discuss them on your site. Nobody really knows what you're doing?

I tend to keep my love life quite private and I only like to reveal to folk what I don't mind them knowing. :) As for dating, yes of course I have dated guys and mainly because I tend to enjoy/prefer male company. I don't think I need go any further here as that is all I am prepared to say about the subject. It's not really the kind of topic I want to discuss with anyone else. I've also had to go through all of the heartache of dealing with break-ups too. It's something many of us experience during our lifetime.:)

I am quite single right now and that's the way it's going to remain until such a time I am willing to put my trust in another man.

Some folk tend to feel sorry for me because I am single still but they ought to look at it from a different perspective. Firstly, I am not a spinster because I have been in a fairly long and mostly happy marriage. Spinsters usually relate to those females who have never married before. :) I am not exactly a new comer to relationships/dating either. Even though my marriage ended It has never really put me off men completely because I know that every guy is different and I'm just waiting for that 'one' guy who turns out to be different in the nicest possible way of course. ;)

If he doesn't happen to come along now then at least I could always say that it's better to have loved once, twice or more even, then to have never loved at all.;)

The way I look at things is if there's someone out there for me then we'll meet one day but if there isn't anyone then I suppose I'll just have to remain a singleton for a very long time. ;)

What's your least favorite vegetable?

Vegetables as they become wrinkled tend to lose their taste sometimes particularly the turnips. :)

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

Awww Bringing Back Some Fun Memories :)

This reminds me of bathtime with the Napper children when they were much younger. They splashed around at bathtime just like the baby gorilla. ;)



SmileyRose x

A Special Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Catherine. I hope you have a lovely day and I am wishing you all the very best. :)

               
             


SmileyRose x

How Not To Pull A Smart Woman :)

When Bob found out he was going to inherit a fortune after his father dies, he decided he needed a woman to enjoy it with. So one evening he went to a singles club where he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.

Her natural beauty took his breath away. "I may look like just an ordinary man," he said as he walked up to her, "but in just a week or two my father will die because he's a very ill man and I'll inherit 20 million pounds."

Impressed, the woman went home with him that evening.

Three days later, she became his stepmother. :)

SmileyRose x

Happy Birthday To My Brother & Sister

Happy Birthday :)





With love from

SmileyRose x

Unbelievable Inheritance Stories :)

1.  A Portuguese man made an unusual distribution of his money after his death: 70 people listed in a Lisbon phone directory were contacted out of the blue after his death to be told he had made them his beneficiaries. They had been chosen at random from the directory, in front of two witnesses at a registry office 13 years before. It certainly came as a shock to them. In the first place, people do not, as a rule, make wills in Portugal. In the second, Portuguese aristocrats are getting thin on the ground, let alone eccentric ones. In the third - to be chosen by phone directory? No wonder that some feared they were being scammed.


2. In 1992, a young girl who was 17 yrs old and working a restaurant in her hometown of Chagrin Falls, about 15 miles east of Cleveland. She was a good employee – bright, friendly and helpful. One customer, liked her so much that he always sat in her section. A widower with no children, he went daily to the restaurant for his meals and some company, so they became friends. In addition to being his regular waitress, she helped him around the house and ran errands for him. The girl became so important to customer that he rewrote his will, making her the main beneficiary. He died aged 82 of heart failure in November 1992 and left her half a million dollars

3. New York hotelier and real estate billionaire called the Queen of Mean left $12m (£5.97m) to her pet dog, Trouble. The pampered pooch received the largest bequest while some human members the lady's family fared less well, with two of her four grandchildren cut out of the will entirely.

The money for Trouble's upkeep was left in the hands of her brother, who inherited $10m himself.

SmileyRose x

Have you ever received an inheritance from a rich aunt or someone like that? If you did what would you do with the money?

No I have never received any inheritance money. I don't know of any rich relatives outside of my immediate family certainly none who have left me anything in their will. It's a nice thought but I feel quite fortunate that my immediate family are still alive and if it meant wealth or health then I would rather keep all of my family healthy rather than for me be wealthy if that makes any sense? ;)

If I did what would I do with it? How do I know?  I would probably buy myself a passage to India...I've always wanted to visit the far east. :)

SmileyRose x

Can money buy happiness?

I don't think money can buy you happiness but money can certainly ease the pain a little. :)

Happiness is what you make of life in general. I didn't grow up in a particularly wealthy family however my parents both worked hard to keep us all warm, fed and clothed. I grew up in a small market town and we had a very nice family home which both of my parents worked hard for. We didn't have any rich relatives who left my folk any money and everything my parents owned, they worked hard for by themselves. I am truly grateful my parents did all of that for us. :)

SmileyRose x

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wow! I Can't Believe It!!!!

























I would just like to thank two very special family members who have really helped me recently. Wow! I cannot believe how lovely you both managed to give my garden a great make-over over the past few months.  I simply love it!!! Words really cannot express how much I appreciate 'BOTH' of you for helping me turn the garden into something which would have taken me years to achieve.  Nick you have been a treasure.  It's simply the best!

Thank You. :)

To my mum! x

I knew I loved you before I met you. ;)




SmileyRose x

Have you met a famous celebrity before? If so, who did you meet?

Not knowingly! Not ever! Having said that I have seen a number of celebs when I've been to watch them in a show or in concert etc but I've not met any. I'm not particularly a star struck sort of person but I appreciate those good quality stars/celebs and what they do. I suppose celebs are just normal folk at the end of the day. It's the celebs who would be lucky to meet me. ;)

Monday, September 19, 2011

What's your favorite card game?

Stripping!!!! Basically you need two or more players. You find a room in the house which needs decorating (ie., has wall paper in it), then each time you lose a hand in a game of cards (for instance Snap) then the player who loses has to spend at least 10 mins of their time stipping wall paper. It's one way of playing cards and stripping the wall paper (decorating) at the same time. :)

Wow! SmileyRose it has come to my notice that 50 is definitely the new 40. I had lunch this afternoon with this woman who is 51 and she was a stunner. Whatever is in her water or whatever pills she takes I want some because she's hot!! Brunettes rock!!!

Yes I dare say there are many 50 plus year old women who look fabulous for their age and they shouldn't be compared with women who are half their age. :) I have to say that I totally agree with you...brunettes rock that's because I am one. Thank you. :)

SmileyRose x




Sunday, September 18, 2011

"If You're Not The One"

I'm listening to "If You're Not The One" by Daniel Bedingfield

SmileyRose x

It's Back!

Downton Abbey

The new series of Downton Abbey began this evening. I simply love good quality costume dramas and Downton Abbey certainly features in my top five favourite TV programmes. I enjoyed the last series and I could not wait for it to return.:)

SmileyRose x

Bringing Back Good Memories

I am really loving the new John Lewis advertisement.  I have have just watched it for the first time and it really brings back some good memories for me. It takes me back to my own young days. :)

SmileyRose x

Belvoir Castle

I really enjoyed photographing Belvoir Castle, Nr Grantham recently.  The grounds are very pretty and I had a very pleasant day taking a few photographs.  It's a shame I could not take any photographs inside the castle because ideally I would have liked to have included it on my blog as it was so very beautiful.... however rules are rules. ;)






























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































SmileyRose x

"High Hopes"

I have "High Hopes" for my daughter...so here's wishing her all of the best. Take care Catherine. ;)

Love Mummy xxx






Let's jazz it up a little. ;)




SmileyRose x

Saying Goodbye To Catherine

I recently took my daughter out for a farewell drink before she heads off to study at University.  It was quite hard for me to do however I managed to get through the farewells ok. :)  I was a bit teary eyed but I know she will enjoy her days at Uni...I just hope I get the opportunity to see her as often as I can. :)

We decided to go to the Pike & Eel just outside Needingworth, St Ives.  Although the venue was rather nice as the hotel was set around a very nice marina I was a little reluctant to want to go back again.  I much prefer to go to the venues whereby the females working behind the bar dress a little more appropriately. Ewww I usually associate women who show off their tattoos as looking quite masculine therefore I was a little surprised to see a women of that calibre working behind the bar of a really nice pub/hotel.  Hmm it's a shame because the venue looked rather nice and I would have liked to have dined there perhaps one day in the future. Don't get me wrong...I have nothing against females having tattoos, just as long as they cover them up and they are not fully on display when in the work place!!  They don't always look very lady-like especially when they are wearing a small vest top with no sleeves and they are serving behind the bar. Ewwww!

When I am spending my money it usually makes a difference to the types of folk employed at a venue as to whether or not I tend to go back again. 

SmileyRose x

Saturday, September 17, 2011

It's Hard To Leave!

It's really hard to leave. I had to come back to say just how much I really enjoyed The Jonathan Ross Show this evening....his guests were all very good. :)

The first guest on the programme was Peter Kay. He has a habit of making me laugh out loud. ;) He was on the programme to plug his new book and I was really tickled when he walked on stage wearing his book (his head poking through a huge cardboard cut out picture of his book). ;)

Then there was Stephen Fry. He always comes across as a thoroughly nice guy. He talked about dinner table etiquette and how one should talk to folk who may appear to look as if they are being left out of a conversation. I totally agree it is always much nicer to talk to those who may appear to be left out and to join them in a conversation. It doesn't matter how many folk are talking just as long as everyone joins in. ;)  They then showed a quick clip of Stephen Fry in Kenya. I'd really like to watch the whole documentary. He mentioned how there were over 50 languages spoken in Kenya alone....hmm we've come a long way from the days of hieroglyphics. ;)

Next on the programme was Hugh Jackman (the body) making a grand entrance on this evenings programme. Hehe he managed to catch Jonathan Ross out when he made him jump a little.;) Hugh Jackman talked about his new film which is due to be released in October. The film looks to be a huge hit with kids and the big kids too amongst us too. ;) I saw a small clip which looked to be really exciting. It has fighting robots. It was mentioned that Hugh was actually given tips by boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard.  This is definitely a film to watch out for. :)  Did you know Hugh is also a very good singer? :)

Last but not least was Will Young singing a fabulous single called "Hearts On Fire." I really enjoyed it. :)



SmileyRose x

Friday, September 16, 2011

Prenuptial Agreements

Someone once asked me what I thought about prenuptial agreements. I mentioned to the person that I didn't really think about them at all because I have never had to think about them. :) It is not something which I have ever been faced with making a decision about. If I were faced with such a decision I would probably wonder why my partner was asking for this. :)


Hmm it would make me wonder why someone would need a prenuptial agreement if they were planning to stay faithful and happily married to me. If you love someone deeply enough you wouldn't be asking how much money should be divided if you both divorced surely? This question should be furthest from your minds? :)

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

ATM - Male and Female Procedures...Has Someone Been Spying On Me? ;)

A new sign in the Bank Lobby reads:

"Please note that this Bank is installing new Drive-through ATM machines enabling customers to withdraw cash without leaving their vehicles. Customers using this new facility are requested to use the procedures outlined below when accessing their accounts.

After months of careful research, MALE and FEMALE procedures have been developed.

Please follow the appropriate steps for your gender:


MALE PROCEDURE

1. Drive up to the cash machine.
2. Put down your car window.
3. Insert card into machine and enter PIN.
4. Enter amount of cash required and withdraw.
5. Retrieve card, cash and receipt.
6. Put window up.
7. Drive off.

FEMALE PROCEDURE
1. Drive up to cash machine.
2. Reverse and back up the required amount to align car window with the machine.
3. Set parking brake, put the window down.
4. Find handbag, remove all contents on to passenger seat to locate card.
5. Tell person on cell phone you will call them back and hang up.
6. Attempt to insert card into machine.
7. Open car door to allow easier access to machine due to its excessive distance from the car.
8. Insert card.
9. Re-insert card the right way.
10. Dig through handbag to find diary with your PIN written on the inside back page.
11. Enter PIN.
12. Press cancel and re-enter correct PIN.
13. Enter amount of cash required.
14. Check makeup in rear view mirror.
15. Retrieve cash and receipt.
16. Empty handbag again to locate wallet and place cash inside.
17. Write debit amount in check register and place receipt in back of checkbook.
18. Re-check makeup.
19. Drive forward 2 feet.
20. Reverse back to cash machine.
21. Retrieve card.
22. Re-empty hand bag, locate card holder, and place card into the slot provided.
23. Give dirty look to irate male driver waiting behind you.
24. Restart stalled engine and pull off.
25. Redial person on cell phone.
26. Drive for 2 to 3 miles.
27. Release Parking Brake.


SmileyRose x

I've Just Been Reading A.....

....Recent Poll :)

Question:

Is the PM right to insist that migrant workers must learn English?


So far the results are as follows:

6% say NO

94% say YES

Goodness! That's quite a lot of folk. :)

SmileyRose x

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What Do You Look For In A Man?

Eww! That's a really tough question. What do I look for in a man?  Now let me see. :)

Well apart from the obvious I suppose I prefer the trustworthy sort. Although looks are not a great importance to me I suppose he would have to look reasonable and I would have to fancy him. He would not be unkempt, dirty/unclean looking or all of the usual stuff which tend to put a woman off a man. :)

I prefer guys who do not spend all of their time drinking alcohol/smoking cigarettes etc. My environment at work promotes and encourages healthy living therefore I would want to be with a partner who takes good care of himself. I know everyone is capable of falling ill but I believe in prevention of illness if/when it can be helped. If you know something is likely to harm/damage your health then the best option is to stop/change your lifestyle to make it better therefore a man who takes good care of himself sounds far more appealing to me then a man who smokes 1/2 packets of cigarettes a day and who develops a bad cough because he is smoking too much! Ewww! :(

I prefer a guy who knows how to treat a lady accordingly. In the past I've dated guys who expect me to pay my own way however they wouldn't dream of treating a lady to a bunch of flowers or out on a dinner date.

Some men expect you to treat them back if for instance they buy you a bunch of flowers. Whatever happened to the gentlemen who believed in giving someone something as a gesture of their good will and because they wanted to make you feel special? *tuts*

I suppose the idea of being with a guy who knows how to be at least a little romantic with a female sounds nice and appealing to me however it would be asking too much perhaps as there are many guys out there who really don't know where to start when it comes to expressing themselves, particularly in a romantic sense.:)

I tend to thrive on the guys who know how to make me chuckle therefore a good sense of humour is always good because I love to laugh. :)

I'm a simple sort of person and it doesn't really take a lot to keep me happy in a relationship. I'm not high maintenance and I'm quite a homely sort of person therefore I'd expect to be with someone who respected me and the way I am. I don't really ask for much but I expect to be treated with the respect that I quite rightly deserve....so a respectful guy is definitely placed high on my list. :)

'MISSING MILLIONS'

I sat down to watch 'Missing Millions' this evening. The programme searches for the families/loved ones of folk who have passed away and who have left small fortunes in unclaimed insurance policies etc. The programme is a bit like a modern day 'Surprise Surprise' and Melanie Sykes and the other host of the programme both go in search of family members. Once they are traced they are presented with the unclaimed monies. The look of surprise on their faces made me smile as they are totally unsuspecting of why they are being approached.

Hmmm it's always nice to be totally unsuspecting only to find you have a nice little surprise at the end of it.;)

It's a shame as I don't think I have any rich relatives who have passed away or who are likely to have left me a small fortune in their wills, therefore I'm not really expecting any surprises at this stage of my life. Wouldn't it be great to have someone turn up on your doorstep with a cheque in hand? :)

Ps 

It was great to see Melanie Sykes back on the box again.

SmileyRose x

A Super Weekend

I had a busy, but super weekend.  Saturday was spent travelling to Ipswich for the very first time. What a lovely town.  I really liked the old buildings in the town and the marina was absolutely lovely. Ipswich also has a University campus which is centrally located by the marina.  What a beautiful setting. I was very impressed.  :)



































































































Sunday was spent at Uppingham, Rutland where they had the classic car show.  There was a number of very well kept vintage cars on display and I also had the chance to sit on an old Formula 1 car.  My favourite car of the day was of course the very nice Morgan, it was lovely. :)

We also had the Morris dancers to entertain us and a very pleasant day was had by all.  Of course I am very familiar with Uppingham as I used to attend a secondary school in Uppingham a number of years ago therefore it was great to go back and visit. :)

To end the afternoon I had a very lovely Sunday dinner at the Falcon Hotel, Uppingham.  It was delicious. :)

















































































































































































































































































SmileyRose x