Monday, December 29, 2014

"Heal the World"

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"Black or White"

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Skin Tones! :)

LOL I have never used skin lightening creams on myself. I am proud of my colour, it is natural and it is not a sun tan. :)

We have brown & white skin tones in our family tree! Something to be proud off! :)

Haha there are so many folk who sit underneath sunbeds or they use tanning sprays etc. I have never needed to use either. I suppose I am quite lucky in that respect. :)

Both of my children have natural and beautiful skin tones as well. :)  It makes no difference if you're black or white, Brown or Yellow ;)



SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, December 28, 2014

"A Good Year for The Roses"

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As We Look To The New Year!











































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"Perfect Christmas"

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Of course when the girls where younger, this was their favourite band....mine too. I love this Christmas song. ;)

This Christmas week I spent my time with Friends and family :)
I had a lovely Christmas day with friends. My thanks to them for a lovely day which was filled with laughter and cheer. x

Saturday, December 27, 2014

"Unbreakable" by Westlife - Our Song! My Daughters Catherine, Lauren and I :)

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"Paddington" :)

Yesterday, Lauren my youngest daughter came over to stay and I cooked a traditional Christmas dinner for us after we spent the early afternoon browsing through the clothing stores. :) After dinner I mentioned to Lauren that it would be really nice if we both went to watch "Paddington" at the cinema. We could then come home and eat our pudding afterwards. She loved that idea. :)

Before setting off I had a few tears as I opened both of my daughters Christmas presents to me. They bought me something which I really wanted and I was so overwhelmed whilst I opened it :)

On our way to the cinema it started to snow,  however by the time we came out of the cinema the snow turned to rain, therefore the snow did not settle at all in this area. :)

Paddington was such a good film. It was a very funny and heartwarming film. In fact it was one of the best family films I have watched in a long time. It was just excellent. LOL just call me Paddington Bear, he was a little like me......all cute and cuddly. OK! I know I'm a female, but females can be cute and cuddly too. ;)

The film starred: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw.  Colin Firth was originally chosen to do the Paddington Bear voiceover, however it was thought his voice was too mature for the role. :)

After the film, we came home, we got into our jim jams, we put the front room fire on, we put the Christmas tree lights on and all of the other soft lighting, we brought Bradley Olaf Bunny to cosy up in the front room with us and we ate our pudding with a nice hot drink to warm us up. We then settled down to watch the Frozen DVD together. It was so lovely. We've both watched the film before, but it was good to watch it again...and to sing along to the songs ;)

It was so lovely having Lauren over to stay. My baby. ;o)

A good day was had by all. It was sad Catherine could not be with us as she had to work during the Christmas holidays. :( No doubt we will catch up together soon and we have chatted together on the telephone rather a lot over the Christmas period. I can't wait to see her. :) X

Below: This is one of the Christmas presents Catherine my daughter knitted for me. Mother and Child. :)






















 SmileyRoseFrances x

Thursday, December 25, 2014

"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

SmileyRoseFrances x

Happy Christmas And A Very Prosperous New Year To You All

Hi

I would just like to take this opportunity in wishing everyone I know (and those I don't know) a very happy Christmas and a very prosperous New Year.

I have had a super 2014. This year seemed to go by very quickly. I have enjoyed some memorable moments with my family and friends. The most memorable moment of the year for me, was when I attended my daughter Catherine's graduation day. When I saw her on the stage collecting her award, I couldn't help but think back to the time I first saw her in her school nativity play. Goodness! Where have the years gone! When you have children, they seem to roll by so quickly. :)

This year, my youngest daughter Lauren began University. The children are growing up so fast! :)

I enjoyed a very memorable holiday abroad in Zante. The weather and food were absolutely glorious and it was great to have a friend to share it all with. We had such good fun. :)

I was over the moon when my good friend from Cyprus, along with her family, were able to meet up with my daughter and I in England. We've been friends for what seems like a lifetime. It's always good to meet old friends. :)

I've spent many happy occasions with my family members and friends over the past year.  I feel truly blessed. Thank you to all who have been there for me. You know who you are. I'd like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. X

Earlier this year, I sadly lost my beloved pet cockatiel Rosie. She will be sadly missed by me.

Earlier this month I added a new addition to my family.  I now have a pet bunny named Bradley.  He is still only a few weeks old, however he is much loved. :)

Let's take a moment to remember what Christmas is really all about and it is not just about tinsel and the opening of presents. Let's take the time to remember our faith and Jesus and how this one man from so long ago, taught us how to love, respect, forgive each other and to live our lives with compassion. He did this through his teachings and prayers. Let's take a moment to remember how a long time ago, a child was born in Bethlehem. His name was Jesus.

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Finally, let's hope 2015 brings us all good health and happiness.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas.

With much love

from

Frances Napper (Aka SmileyRose)

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We Are Who We Are!!!

Recently whilst someone was chatting to me, they very innocently referred to me as a Spanish lady!  I suppose it was meant in the nicest possible taste and It was quite a compliment, particularly as I consider many Spanish ladies can look very lovely. However, the way I look and who I actually am, couldn't be much further away from the truth. :)

I am indeed a British citizen who can only speak the English language. I am proud of this fact. Let's face it, Britain is a country whereby many folk from lands afar want to live/make their permenant residence in. Therefore why shouldn't I be proud of the country I have grown up in....and be proud of our language too. English is indeed a language many want to learn to speak. :)

I think you can tell a lot about someone by asking what their Mother tongue is/Native language is before you go assuming they are from another country.

The language I speak, when speaking to my family members and friends, is indeed English. Unlike many foreigners these days who can speak as many as 4/5 different languages, I'm ashamed to say, I cannot speak any other languages other than English. :)

When I attended school, I did indeed learn a little school girl French, however much of this has been forgotten as I gave up learning the language when I was in the third year at Secondary school.  :)

I think a person can look like they come from another country, they can be born in another country too, however English can still be their first and in many cases, their only language.

So to sum it all up, let's not assume someone does not speak the English language fluently, because they may not look British. Let's not assume they don't speak the language fluently because they were born in another country. Let's not assume they are not proud of the country they have grown up in, even if they were born abroad!!! Let's not assume they don't hold a high regard for the country they were born in, even if they've not visited it since they were 5 months old. We are who we are. ;)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Whole New World

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Aladdin :)

I had great fun last night. I went to watch 'Aladdin' at The Cresset, Bretton with a friend. We were like a pair of kids. I loved shouting out and doing the wriggly worm song. Loved the Panto. I loved being entertained by a great cast. Loved Widow Twanky, Wishy Washy and Aladdin the best......and the female slave had a good voice. They did make me laugh. Afterwards we went into town for a Greek meal at the Salami's Restaurant, Peteroborough. I enjoyed taramasalata, moussaka and baklava for my dinner, along with the lovely greek music. LOL it reminded me of our holiday in Zante in Septemeber. Such fun. We later caught a taxi home, as I don't like to drink and drive.:)















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"White Christmas" 1954

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Pussycat Dolls feat A.R. Rahman - Jai Ho ( TRUE HD )

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I like this song because it's from the film Slumdog Millionaire.....and of course some of my roots are indeed from India.....and not Pakistan. There is a difference! I'm proud of my roots. :)

I would love to visit one day. I was only 5 months old when I last visited. Far too young to remember. I'd like to see the Taj Mahal and a few other of India's exotic charms. Apparently, my father mentioned there was a very picuresque place up in a hilly area. It is an area the British love when they visit and there is a beautiful hotel there. I saw some photos when my sister and father visited a few years ago. It looked beautiful. 

SmileyRose x :)



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To All Of Those We've Loved And Lost.....Taking A Moment To Remember Them!

 Let's take a moment to remember all of those we've loved and lost this Christmas x























SmileyRoseFrances x

A Christmas Wish To My Friends

A quick message to all of my friends. :)

Goodness! If you don't know who you are, then I hope this helps :)

I was asked to define friendship not so long ago.  It wasn't an easy task for me, as friendship covers so much.  I attempted to define friendship in my own little way. So here goes! :)

I would say that I have had a number of friends over the years. :) So,  who would I consider  my friend/s? I consider my friends are all of those folk I have never fallen out with, I have no reason to fall out with and all of those I have still remained friends/in contact with over the years.  Basically, if I know your address/ phone number/contact details etc and we haven't been in contact with each other for the past few years, then we've either fallen out or we were never really friends to begin with. The only exception to this rule is, if I have called you a friend previously, however we've lost contact details/we've never exchanged details or if there is another good reason why we're not in contact.

Friendship to me is  all about trusting someone and forming a close mutual relationship together. Being around for someone when they need you. Listening to them when they have the odd rant now and again. Showing a caring concern for someone if you know they're having a bad patch in their lives. Showing someone an act of friendliness. Yes! You can love a close friend, there's no harm in loving someone you feel a close connection to. You don't have to be registered to Facebook to be a friend either. ;)

So, here's a simple message sent to all of my friends. This little greeting goes to you all. I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and i wish you all a prosperous new year, whatever your circumstance, I wish you all a cheery greeting from me, to you. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

The Menopause!

I hope this is helpful to all of those of you who are currently experiencing Menopausal symptoms.. Both men and women experience the menopause. Although it is usual for a woman to experience the menopause in her 50's, it isn't unusual for a woman to experience the menopause much earlier in years. In very rare cases, in her 20's even.

It is usual for a man to go through the menopause in his late 40's to 50's. After the age 30, the average man's testosterone level declines 1 percent each year. 

The menopause is often referred to as 'The Change' or the 'Midlife Crisis'  

Here are a couple of useful links.

Useful links:

The Menopause - NHS Choices

Male-Menopause - NHS Choices

Please note that I am not a Doctor or a Nurse, therefore I cannot offer you any advice on the above.


SmileyRoseFrances  x

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

'Strictly Come Dancing'

I've always loved the programme 'Strictly Come Dancing' because it reminds me of the days when my Mother and Father used to ballroom dance.  They were both excellent dancers in their time. In fact, I remember attending a few do's with my parents when I was much younger and everytime they danced, the whole dance floor would clear so that they could dance. They always received a round of applause afterwards. They both amazed me!

As much as I like the series, I cannot help but feel that the programme is missing a male host. Apart from liking the male species, I was so used to Bruce Forsythe being the host on the programme. The show is about dancing, whereby males partner females.  It would be nice to see the same when they are hosting the programe too.  It's just a slight observation.  It's not the same anymore.  You cannot liken it to the Ant and Dec's Takeaway programe, because it is a different kind of a programme. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Friday, November 21, 2014

I'm A Doodler! :D

I'm a doodler. ;)

We were discussing doodles earlier today. I mentioned that I like to doodle rabbits and cubes mostly, however looking back on one of my doodle pads, I also have a few little hearts and stars on there stars too. I used to doodle houses when i was very young ( a sign of insecurity), but not anymore.

I usually tend to doodle if I'm chatting to someone, without really thinking about what it is I'm doodling. Anyway, we analyzed what types of people we were
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This is what my doodles tell me, about me. 

Apparently, drawing rabbits suggests I'm usually a busy, bouncy person.

The cube suggests I'm likely to be a very efficient, analytical person who can deal with difficult situations.
Drawing Stars are often drawn by ambitious people. Lots of little stars indicate optimism. If you’ve drawn one big, bold, embellished star, you’ve got a definite goal in your sights. Neat, uniform stars suggest good mental focus, while freehand, asymmetric stars show an energetic personality....which fits in with the bouncy rabbit. :)

I feel so much better for knowing all of this now.:)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Monday, November 17, 2014

Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014)

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Me with Pudsey Bear :)

Whilst viisting London on Friday I was fortunate to bump into Pudsey Bear. Blushes. ;)

























SmileyRoseFrances x

Tower of London Poppies

I was extremely fortunat to make it to London last Friday, just in time to see  the Tower of London poppies.  The artist is to be commended as the scene was well worth a visit. In fact, after reading the newspaper today, I see that volunteers have completely dismantled the scene of all of the ceremic poppies now.

In total, there were 888,246 hand-made poppies. Each poppy represented the death of a British and Commonwealth soldier during World War One.

I was fortunate to enjoy my day in London and I even managed to take a few photographs on the day. :)


































 






































 




































 



































 











































SmileyRoseFrances x

Thursday, November 13, 2014

On The Wings Of Love - Jeffrey Osborne (with Lyrics)

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Day Out At The Duxford Imperial War Museum - Remembrance Sunday

I had the most fabulous day on Remembrance Sunday. The weather was beautiful. There was sunshine all day. I spent much of the day at Duxford Imperial War Museum. There were huge crowds of folk everywhere. I did a lot of walking. I had a great photography day. It's a day I like to get away from it all and just spend my time taking lots of photographs. It's far better going alone so that I can hurry along to where I want to go, and not where anyone else wants me to go! This way I can photograph what I like, when I like. It's nice to have days such as today. It can be quite peaceful and relaxing. 

When I reached Duxford, I parked my car in a large field. I wished I'd made a note of where exactly I parked the vehicle, because on the way back, I couldn't remember where I'd parked. LOL there were hundreds of cars parked in the same field! Thankfully, I managed to find it after careful searching. Phew!
I strolled over the footbridge, towards the Imperial War Museum. I was just in time to watch a few aeroplanes take off/land and a special Memorial marching band.

I decided to start the afternoon by viewing the Warfare Museum, before heading towards the American hanger. I took a number of photographs, nothing unusual for me. It was so enjoyable taking photographs. Later, I took a short break. I found a nice bench in the sunshine overlooking the planes. I treated myself to donuts and a mug of tea. I eventually ended my day at Hanger 1, where the Concorde aircraft was displayed to visitors. It was lovely boarding Concorde and taking a good look inside it. I managed to end my afternoon before it became too dark. Of course it starts getting dark here fairly early these days (at 4pm).

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Armistice Day

Today is Armistice Day. I really appreciate the fact that some of the ladies who I work with, took the time to stop what they were doing and a two minute silence was observed. There was complete silence in the crowded room, you could almost hear a pin drop. Today we honoured all of those fallen in conflict. In the first minute we showed our sign of respect for all 20 million people (or thereabouts), who died in the war. The second minute was dedicated to those left behind ie wives, children and families of those who lost their lives. A very poignant moment. Lest we forget!

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SmileyRoseFrances x

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Interstellar" :)

I have had the most lovely day today. :)  The weather was beautiful. There was sunshine all day.  :) I spent much of the day at Duxford Imperial War Museum. There were huge crowds of folk. :) I did a lot of walking, but I enjoyed every minute of it. It was a photography day. It's a day I like to get away and just spend my time taking lots of photographs.  It's far better going alone so that I can hurry along to where I want to go,  and not where anyone else wants to go! ;)  This way I can photograph what I like, when I like.  It's nice to have days like today.  It can be quite peaceful and relaxing. ;)

When I reached Duxford, I parked my car in a large field.  I wished I'd made a note of where exactly I parked the vehicle, because on the way back, I couldn't remember where I'd parked it! LOL there were hundreds of cars parked in the same field!  Thankfully, I managed to find it after careful searching. Phew! :D

I strolled over the footbridge, towards the Imperial War Museum. I was just in time to watch a few aeroplanes take off/land and a special Memorial marching band.

I decided to start by viewing the Warfare Museum, before I headed towards the American  hanger. I took a number of photographs today, nothing unusual for me. ;) It was so enjoyable taking photographs of it all.  Later, I took a short break. I found a nice bench in the sunshine overlooking the planes. I treated myself to donuts and a mug of tea. :)  I eventually ended my day at Hanger 1, where the Concorde aircraft was displayed to visitors.  It was lovely boarding Concorde and taking a good look inside it.:) I managed to end my afternoon before it became too dark.  Of course it starts getting dark here fairly early these days (at 4pm). :)

After reaching home, I cooked myself dinner, a lovely steak etc. It was a nice treat.:)

I had such a good day, I didn't really want it to end and so I decided to go and watch the film "Interstellar"  at the Showcase cinema. The film starred Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hatheway, Matt Damon and Michael Caine. In fact there was a host of other good actors in the film too.

The film was directed by Christopher Nolan. What can I say?! Films just don't get much better than this one. It gets my top marks as there wasn't anything I didn't enjoy about the film.  It had me gripped to my seat from start to finish!!! :D

I'm not going to be a spoiler here -The story in brief: Humanity is facing extinction. NASA arrange for a group of explorers to go on a space Intersteller voyage, into the unknown. Coop (Cooper), the pilot is faced with a heartrending decision, does he see his children again or does look to saving the future of the human race?  Anyway, I will stop right here as I don't want to spoil it for anyone else.

Hmm wonders if Cooper lives happily ever after with Brand? ;)

It's a fabulous film! Definitely one to watch! :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Gareth Malone's All Star Choir - Wake Me Up

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Michael Ball & The Overtones - Let It Be Me

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Lest We Forget

Remember Me
(The voice of the dead)


Remember me
Duty called and I went to war
Though I'd never fired a gun before
I paid the price for your new day
As all my dreams were blown away

Remember me
We all stood true as whistles blew
And faced the shell and stench of Hell
Now battle's done, there is no sound
Our bones decay beneath the ground
We cannot see, or smell, or hear
There is no death, or hope or fear

Remember me
Once we, like you, would laugh and talk
And run and walk and do the things that you all do
But now we lie in rows so neat
Beneath the soil, beneath your feet

Remember me
In mud and gore and the blood of war
We fought and fell and move no more
Remember me, I am not dead
I'm just a voice within your head

Harry Riley


















































SmileyRoseFrances x

Thursday, November 06, 2014

A Trip To See Lauren (Daughter) :)




















I recently visited my daughter Lauren at University. It was great to spend some time together, something we don't seem to do as often these days due to other commitments. It's always good to see both of my daughters. I also had the opportunity to meet some of her friends too. :)













SmileyRose xxx

Sade - By Your Side

SmileyRoseFrances x

Remember, Remember....

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

I hope everyone has had a good Bonfire Night. :)























SmileyRoseFrances x

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Love, Rosie :)

Picture this! :) Two people who have known each other for what seems like a lifetime. They become great friends. They have a special bond together. Could they possibly be right for each other? One would expect so....but perhaps not. :)

If you fall for someone, should you tell them how you feel? Could you risk losing someone you love because you didn't tell them how you felt about them at the time? What if you love someone, but the feeling is not mutual? There are many questions. :)

This evening I went to the Showcase Cinema to watch the film 'Love Rosie'  and I must say that I enjoyed the film immensely.  :)

The film was adapted from the book 'Where Rainbow's End' and it was written by romantic novelist Cecelia Ahern.

The film starred Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. :)

Without being a complete spoiler, I found the film to be very charming....and it even has a happy ending,.  :)

Basically: Boy and girl have a special bond together. They both attend the same prom night, but they don't attend with each other.  They both lose their virginity, but not with each other. They barely kiss, let alone anything else, but they form a special kind of love for one another. The inevitable happens right at the end, but not without all of the drama in between. They live happily ever after, but do they find that special love toether, the one that only two people can share together in order to find completeness.  I won't become a complete spoiler here, however the film is definitely worth a watch. 

The end. ;)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Harry's South Pole Hero's

I am watching "Harry's South Pole Hero's" on the TV.   It's a documentary about three teams uniting and racing a 200km trek to the South Pole.

Four wounded British soldiers are led by Prince Harry to race to the South Pole. The teams are: The UK, The USA and The Commonwealth.

The teams all set off from the Antarctica and they all face challenging experiences during their race.

We get to meet each of the team members and we take a look at each of their individual profiles. We learn about each member and the seriousness of their injuries...and how they overcame life changing injuries. Team UK: Prince Harry, Duncan Slater, Ibrar Ali MC, Kate Philp, Guy Disney and guide Conrad Dickinson.  


Before the team set off, they visit Buckingham Palace to meet The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. It's a special honour for them all. 

They all seem excited however there are tearful goodbyes as the teams set off from Heathrow Airport, a 6 hour flight.  When they arrive, it is -40C. Brrrr that sounds a wee bit cold to me. :)

....and so it's time for the race to begin!!!!

I am really looking forward to watching the second part of this documentary. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Turning Back The Clocks

I hope everyone has remembered to turn the clocks back this weekend. It's means we will all gain an extra hour in bed. Yay! I am mighty pleased about this, as I really enjoyed my extra hour in bed this morning. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Catherine's (daughter) - Graduation Day















When people ask what my proudest accomplishment is, I often say 'My Children' :) 

Nothing could prepare me for the moment when I heard my daughter Catherine's name being called yesterday.... and I then watched her proudly walk onto the stage to be confirmed with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. A proud moment for both her Dad and I. Catherine Graduated with honours, 1st Class in English! When you see your child achieve something like that, it's a very emotional moment, believe me. :) 

My day began with a train journey to Ipswich. I headed for the Ipswich Town Hall, a very imposing building which dates back to around 1868. The Graduation ceremony was very lovely 


indeed. We later enjoyed canopes and wine in the marquee, where we met up with our newly graduated daughter, her lecturers and her close friends. It was an absolutely beautiful day, one I shall always treasure. 

I have taken plenty of photographs to remind me of the day. ;) 

After Catherine had a few official photographs taken, she handed in her robe and mortarboard and we then headed for somewhere to eat and drink. A good day was had by all. I later headed back to the railway station to catch my return train back to Peterborough. I had a quiet, but very pleasant journey home. I love my daughters!!!! :) 

SmileyRoseFrances x