Monday, August 27, 2012

"It's A Long Way To Tipperary" ;o)

I have had the most wonderful evening. :) I cooked Catherine and I dinner and we chatted and we chatted..non stop together!!! ;) After dinner we listened to some old time music on my iPod. We both started singing along to some old war time songs together ie., "It's a long way to Tipperary" "Pack up you troubles in your old kit bag" "We'll meet again" etc. It then stopped for Mr Churchill's speech. We then heard some old war time sirens after the last track. It was a very different kind of an evening. :) There are some really good tracks on there.

It doesn't hurt your children to listen/learn some of those war time songs. Some of them were good sing-alongs. I learnt some of the songs by listening to some of my Mother and Father's tapes many years ago. :)
 


SmileyRose x

"Wide Awake"





I really like this song by Katy Perry

SmileyRose x

How Flattering! ;o)

Oh my! :o) Whilst out shopping this morning someone whistled at me and he made a flattering comment to me *blushes* I was wearing a tight fitted top which drew this guys attention. How flattering that a man who appeared to be younger than me, would actually find me attractive enough to comment *blushes again*....at least I am not crass enough to photograph myself or anyone elses attributes for that matter and plaster it on facebook for everyone else to see, unlike some of my less refined... so called friends.

OMG and the photographs this so called friend has plastered on her facebook site looks like women with droopy attributes. They look as if they have huge over the shoulder boulder holders to hold them up!!!!

OMG! One of them has wrinkly ones. :) I shall not be looking at her facebook pages for a while. Not interested in the slightest!!!!

SmileyRose x




A Visit To Althorp House

I had a fabulous day today when I met some friends at Althorp House, Northants...the family home of the late Princess Diana.  The house was stunning to say the least.

I browsed the house. I particularly enjoyed the portraits. Afterwards we walked in the gardens and around the beautiful lake.  We later sat out in the sunshine at the cafe. I also enjoyed the exhibitions which included the beautiful wedding gown the late Princess wore on her weddng day. It also included cine film footage of the Princess during her younger days.

Photography was not allowed inside the house. :)




Me at the lake at Althorp House :)





















Here are a few photographs I enjoyed taking this afternoon:







































































































































































































































































































































































































SmileyRose x

Sunday, August 26, 2012

"Candle In The Wind (Goodbye England's Rose)"





by Elton John

SmileyRose x

Witty/Funny Sense of Humour Is My Favourite

I love a witty/funny sense of humour. These days there seem to be very little of it on our televisions. Some of those really funny comedies have been repeated time and time again because comedy seems to have died a sudden death.

A friend of mine once told someone a joke and they looked at her with a blank expression. She didn't realize until afterwards that the person spoke/understood very little English....let alone understand the joke she was telling!  

I particularly loved the double entendre jokes in some of the sitcoms...you can't beat some of those old classics. The Two Ronnies used to have me in hysterics...they were so funny. :)

I think many comedians/writers are afraid to tell a good joke these days in fear of it upsetting/offending someone. As long as someone isn't being offensive/rude/crude in any way and the joke they are telling is all in good humour, then it shouldn't really matter.

My favourite comedy writers are: John Sullivan (saddly missed) and Carla Lane. :)

Comedies which made me laugh: Only Fools and Horses, Bread, Butterflies, My Family, Just Good Friends, The Thin Blue Line, Mr Bean, Duty Free, As Time Goes By, Absolutely Fabulous, Fawlty Towers, The Good Life....There are a few more but they were good, clean family sitcoms.
Why can't we bring back some of the old days, but with new material, new comedies? :)
SmileyRose x

"I Swear" - All 4 One

When folk swear on the TV at least it's easy to bleep them out on many of those programmes. It is a shame you can't bleep them out in real life though....wash your mouths out! :)  *tuts*

Why can't some folk just have an ordinary conversation without bringing up just one little swear word? :) Eww and it sounds far worse when a lady uses a swear word. If I can go without using a single swear word just in ordinary conversation then anyone can do it. It's not difficult. :)

Neither my ex husband or I ever swore in front of our children. Heaven forbid. Our children never picked up any bad cursing words from us. I've never heard either of my daughters use such bad language either.  If I ever heard someone else swear in our home or wherever, particularly when the girls were young, then I'd say to the girls "Ooo they've just been brought up badly, you don't say those kind of things" :) The girls have certainly never sworn in front of me before. :)

Some of my friends swear and I sometimes sit there in total silence just listening to them. It can make me cringe sometimes but I have learned to smile sweetly and like a trooper, I have learned to carry on regardless.;o)

I do make allowances occasionally and I do understand that some folk have a need to curse, but there are times and places...or circumstances when I think it is OK to do so. ;o)

LOL do you remember the old Swear Boxes?  I think I'd be rich if all of the folk I knew put 50 pence inside a swear box every time they cursed! ;) 

Maybe I should set one up. I'd be well on my way to becoming a millionairess by now if I'd set one up a few years ago. ;)
SmileyRoseFrances x

My Little Orange Book


Yay! I wondered If Heart Radio would play my first ever single bought by me on the radio during their special Disco weekend of disco songs....they're playing it now!!! :)

I'm listening to "Native New Yorker" by Odyssey. I remember buying this single at the Stamford Music Shop, Stamford...a place I used frequent from the age of 16yrs old. This was the very first single which was also recorded in my little orange book, a book I used to record all of my bought singles/Lp's and now CD's :)

SmileyRose x

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Commander of Apollo 11 Mission Dies


So sad. Astronaut Neil Armstrong the first man on the moon (July 21st, 1969) dies at the age of 82 years.  He recently underwent a heart bypass earlier in the month.  He was undoubtedly one of the heros of our time.

Well remembered historic statement when he radioed back to earth: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Neil Armstrong loved flying. He was a Navy fighter pilot, test pilot and then an astronaut. What a hero...he will not be forgotton.

He received the Congressional Gold Medal last November, along with three other astronauts, it is the highest US civilian award.

RIP Neil Armstrong. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

SmileyRose x

"Wings"






by Little Mix....this song is really catchy. :)



SmileyRose x

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Message from Prince Harry Re: Paralympic Torch Relay



SmileyRose x

"Scandalous" - Your Private Life Shoud Be Just That...PRIVATE!!!!

Re: Recent photographs featuring Prince Harry in the nude....or whatever. I've not seen the photographs and I can't really say that I am excited at the thought of seeing them either. :) I think it should be made illegal to publish any photograph which shows someone in a detrimental manner. If new laws were brought in to stop this from happening then the world would be a much better place. If you are publishing photographs featuring something good which someone has done...or even fun, that's fine...but not when it's done to try and bring someone's reputation down. Ok some might say that if the person stayed out of trouble then they wouldn't get themselves in the newspapers in such compromising positions, however your private life should remain just that.....PRIVATE!!!!!!!! If you choose to make something public because you've chosen to do so, then that should be your prerogative.
 




by Mis Teeq


SmileyRose x

Thursday, August 23, 2012

"I Can't Smile Without You"



SmileyRose x

Another Goodbye!!! A Lady Who Will Be Sadly Missed By Me

Dear God give me strength today as I say goodbye to yet another family friend.

I have recently learned that another of my long term friends, Mrs Ash,  died.  I am truly very thankful that I picked up the telephone to chat to her not very long ago. She was such a lovely lady.

Mrs Ash and I had been friends for many years. She was not only a family friend but also and ex neighbour. She was a member of the Mothers Union. She had a very caring and loving nature.  She attended my children's birthday parties and sometimes she would drop by for a chat. Recalls the time the children's entertainer pretended to squeeze a bottle of tomato sauce over her head. You'll be pleased to it wasn't real tomato sauce.

There were a number of occasions when I would chat to her over her garden gate whenever I passed by her home on the way to the shops or during my walks around the village. 

A number of years ago I remember inviting Mrs Ash to a farm outing on Mothers day with the girls and I and my ex Mother-In-Law. It was a beautiful day and she was very sweet to both of my children.

We attended a flower arranging evening together once. I loved Mrs Ash's company. :)

When my children were much younger I was a member of the Mother and Toddler Committee Group. I attended the group sessions with my children at least once a week.  Mrs Ash always attended the same group sessions too along with the Mothers Union ladies. They were extremely helpful. They often helped to serve coffee and teas to the parents... and soft drinks were given to the children.

The girls and I once had lunch with both Mrs Ash and her dear husband, at their home.  Mr Ash was a true gentleman.

I remember Mrs Ash's 70th Birthday party with great fondness. I was honoured to have been invited and to have shared her special day with her and her family members. She had a great number of guests who all attended that lovely evening. I shall treasure those memories always.

My heart goes out to all of her family at this very sad time. The news was very upsetting to say the least. Thinking about your smiling face. RIP Mrs Ash. XXX































SmileyRose x

I Loved The Holidays With My Children :)

Report on the news this morning. A high percentage of Mothers ready for their children to go back to school because they have used up all of their budget entertaining and catering for their children over the Summer holidays.

You don't always have to spend lots of money to keep your children entertained. We always managed and we weren't mega rich. I remember on a few occasions packing up some ske...
tch pads and just taking a simple walk down to the local church. We sat out on the grass on a beautiful summer day with a picnic and sketch pad....sketching. It didn't cost a penny and it kept my children entertained for the entire afternoon. :)

Crikey! Was I one of the few Mothers who actually loved being a full time Mother for a few years? I loved being off with my children and I dreaded the moment at the end of the school holidays when they went back to school.

Aww I miss those days. It's a good job some of us are different. :)

SmileyRose x

Good Luck To The SmileyRose Baby Of The Family ;o)


Good luck to one of my special[ist] people in the world today when you pick up your GCSE results. I have my fingers, toes and everything else I can possibly cross for you. I love you. XXXXXX  ;o)





















SmileyRose x

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"Better The Devil You Know" by Steps

Yay! :o)  Steps are making a come back. I remember dancing across the living room floor or at the parties with my daughters to Steps.  They absolutely loved them....and so did I. ;o)

"Better The Devil You Know" was a favourite of mine....I used to sing and dance this one. Loved it. ;o)



SmileyRose x

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Peterborough Cathedral

My recent photographs of the Peterborough Cathedral - taken Saturday 18th August 2012 :)














































SmileyRose x

A Great Saturday Afternoon ;o)

I had a super afternoon in Peterborough town centre today.

I went to watch Louis Smith being presented with his award by the Town Mayor.  Louis is a gymnast and has won a number of medals over the years for the same.

CLICK HERE

Afterwards I went shopping and then met a friend for lunch. I ate the most delicious Panini and I also had a Frappe to drink. :)


























































































































































































































SmileyRose x

Hello Campers!!!! ;o)


Hi Di Hi. :) Hello Campers. :o)

I have had a number of camping holidays with family and friends over the years. In fact when I as a young girl my parents used to take me camping at the beach in Cyprus. We had some fabulous camping holidays together.

I have camped out in tents, camper vans and caravans during my time. We have had some great holidays. :)

A few years ago I erected a tent in the back garden. We had tea light candles around the garden. The children invited their friends around. We had a party in the garden and then they all spent the night camping out in the garden. It was great fun to do. I quite often had the children's friends around at our home. It was always a very busy household. It helped that I was a full time mother at the time. :)

One of our favourite family camping holidays was at Searles, Hunstanton. The family often used this venue as a second holiday. It was often spent with the grandparents and the children. Both Catherine and Lauren loved the children's entertainer Rolo and of course their favourite was Sidney the Seal. ;o)

Catherine, Lauren and I once camped with a friend and her family at Searles. Both of our husband's were shift workers at the time and we decided to take our children away for the weekend whilst our hubbies were working shifts. LOL that was the year something went wrong with my car alarm. We had to call friends hubby to rescue us. Ewww. :)

More recently I have camped out in a camper van with another friend. Yes! :o) That was the year my daughter locked us out of the car and we tried all sorts to break into my car! The magnet on a string did not work! ;o) LOL thank goodness for the RAC. :) Oh yes and that was the time I also spent one evening having one too many drinks and I spent the evening singing to everyone. LOL unbeknown to me my friends' young daughter was recording me singing "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth"...I cringed when she played it back to me. :o)

Yes I have had some fun camping holidays in my time. I have been known to camp out in a tent when it was freezing cold.....and it was snowing!!!! Ah but that's another story. ;o)

SmileyRose x

Monday, August 13, 2012

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside...& Alford Manor House ;o)

I woke up at the crack of dawn today and I ate my breakfast outside on the patio. Breakfast included a huge slice of melon. ;O)

After breakfast I managed to get one or two jobs done before heading for Sainsbury and Thomas Cook. I then drove down to Alford Manor House and I spent the morning looking around the house and gardens. I wanted somewhere different to photograph and it looks like I found it. ;o)

The Manor House has been through much restoration. I like the fact they decided to restore the old cobbled courtyard and the walled garden which was designed by Jane Leach. The rest of the garden and the garden structures have been completed by the Trust and is mainly maintained by volunteers. It was very pretty indeed.

On my arrival at the Manor it seemed as if I was welcomed by some local Morris Dancers. LOL I was the only person standing and watching to begin with...I was also the only one standing around to applaud after their first dance. ;O)

After visiting the Manor House I then decided to drive towards Skegness, particularly as it was so close by. :)

This week was carnival week at Skegness and my word didn't I know it!! The traffic was exceptionally very bad trying to get into Skegness. I must admit the main carnival procession had almost finished by the time I arrived, however I managed to park ok and just as I walked to the Sea front there was a marching band ending this afternoon’s procession. They were playing "Marry You" the Bruno Mars song. LOL It would have made the perfect marriage proposal in front of 100's of folk who were all enjoying their holiday. :o)

After the procession I walked through the fair grounds and then along the sea front. I also walked along the Skegness Pier. It was quite breezy. I managed to find a couple of folk who took my photograph on the pier. Hehe they also wanted to get in the photograph, therefore I also have a photograph taken with me and two complete strangers. :) I must say they were very colourfully dressed in their saris.;)

I decided to treat myself to an ice cream...I had one large scooped ice cream with two flakes which was dipped in hundreds and thousands.

I had a beautiful day just resting and enjoying the sunhshine and the sea air. :o)

Afterwards I drove home listening and singing along to The Carpenters Greatest Hits. Along the way I dropped in to the local cinema to watch 'Ice Age 4 - Continental Drift' which was absolutely brilliant!!!

I remember watching the original 'Ice Age' film some years ago. I remember immediately going out to buy the film on video. I watched the film in 3D...lol I looked funny wearing the glasses :) I absolutely loved the film.

I really enjoyed watching the adventures of Manny, Diego and Sid Embark. They end up on an iceberg which they use as a ship. They encounter pirates and sea creatures. I simply loved the humour in the film. The film wasn't just for the children....because I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. :)

A good day was had by all. ;o)

SmileyRose x