Friday, January 24, 2014

Good-Bye Rosie - I Will Miss You!

RIP ROSIE 






















Last Sunday I visited the Showcase Cinema and after I returned I noticed Rosie was feeling under the weather.  I immediately emailed the vet to explain  the situation to them just to see If they could help me however Rosie sadly died the next morning. She had become part of my family for the past 12yrs. I've cried many tears over the past few days. She was my friend and I will miss her terribly.

This past week has been a very sad week for me. I lost my beloved pet 'Rosie' the Cockatiel.  She had been a part of my family for the past 12 years and she will be greatly missed by me.  I remember the very first day I set my eyes on Rosie.  She was about 9 weeks old and she was hand-reared. When I walked into the Notcutts pet centre I first saw her sitting on a perch with some other baby Cockatiels.  I immediately asked the assistant if I could hold her. From that moment I knew she would be coming home with me.

Rosie was an extremely affectionate cockatiel. She loved to sit on her perch whilst I stroked the top of her head. Sometimes when I went out, Rosie would tweet really loudly just as soon as she heard me put the key in the door.  She loved listening to the radio. She soon became very fond of the Rutland Radio DJ's and then she became and avid listener to Heart Radio.  Whenever I went out, I left the radio on for her. Music seemed to make her feel very calm and relaxed. A few years ago I remember coming downstairs one Easter Sunday and both of my daughters seemed really excited that Rosie had laid two eggs!  I assumed that they were playing a trick on me as the eggs looked like little mini eggs, however they both assured me that they were real! I remember examining the eggs very carefully. They were real!

These past few days I have been feeling a little down. I am hoping tomorrow turns out to be a much better day. 

I would like to thank my Mum for coming over to give me a helping hand the other day re burying her.  I was most tearful. 

RIP ROSIE

With all of my love

SmileyRoseFrances x

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SmileyRoseFrances x

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Very Pleasant Dinner Date

 I recently had a very pleasant dinner date with some of the elderly folk at St Clements in Stamford.

We ate a three course meal. It was very nice indeed. I even got to sit at the head of the table! :) I chatted with a number of lovely folk. I was very pleasantly surprised when I ended up sitting next to one of my old school teachers, Mr Rowbottom and his good lady wife. :)  What a lovely man and I was pleasantly surprised to see him.  As we were chatting he mentioned how nice it would have been for him to have seen some old school photographs of the old Exeter C of E Secondary School, Stamford before they pulled it down. Unfortunately, I'm not in touch with anyone who may have some photographs. It's such a shame.

I mentioned that I had been in touch with another of the teachers who taught me at the same school, Miss Griffen. He asked me to remember him to her should I see her in passing again. :)

Thanks to my Father and Marion for inviting me. I had a really pleasant afternoon and I met some very nice folk. :)


SmileyRoseFrances x

'The Railway Man'

I recently went to watch 'The Railway Man' at the Showcase Cinema. Hehe I enjoy chatting to friendly folk whilst I'm standing in the queue sometimes. ;)

I really enjoy the film. It told the very poignant story of a man named Eric Lomax who is suffering psychological trauma after his wartime experience, during the second world war. The film stars the fabulous actors Colin firth and Nicole Kidman.

A Slight Spoiler, So Close Your eyes!

Eric is forced to work on the railway after being captured and held at a POW camp.  He builds a radio and he draws a map of the railway because he is a Railway enthusiast, for this he is tortured like an animal!

Many years later, after the war is over, he meets and falls in love with Patti.  His best friend and his wife think it would be a good idea to find and confront one of  his Japanese captures, Takashi Nagase in order to free him of his tormented mind which causes him to suffer hatred for the man Nagase.

He manages to track down Naase who is working as a tourist operator. After he catches up with him, he means to torture and let Nagase suffer in the same manner he had to endure such suffering, however he doesn't have the heart to and he decides to forgive him instead!  The two men eventually form a solid friendship together.

It was a really good little film and I certainly loved watching this film. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Thursday, January 16, 2014

'12 Years A Slave' and A Day Out With My Daughter

Today I had the day off work and what better way to spend it, than to spend the day with one of my daughters. :)

Lauren, my youngest daughter passed her driving test not too long ago and I could not wait to go for a ride in her new car.  Our luncheon venue was 'The Taproom' in St Ives.  What a lovely place for Mum and daughter to spend an afternoon, just catching up together.  It was a very pleasant meal to say the least. It meant a great deal to me to be able to treat my daughter. I know how hard she has been working recently and I also know how thrilled to bits she is at having passed her driving test. Every moment I spend with my either of children are the best times ever. The bond I still have with both of them can never be removed, no matter what!!!

After we said our good-byes this afternoon, I decided to drive to the Showcase Cinema to watch the feature film '12 Years A Slave.'  There are some films you just have to go and watch on your own! This film is now firmly in my top 10 rated films.  I can honestly say that I did not leave the Cinema with dry eyes, the film was that good!!!!  It told the harrowing true story of Solomon Northup who was sold into slavery after he was kidnapped in Washington, D.C.  He was a New York State-born 'free' negro.

The film is an adaptation of the 1853 book with the same title, written by Solomon Northup himself. It was directed by Steve McQueen (Brilliant!) and it stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, who incidentally is outstanding in his portrayal of Solomon Northup. The film also starred Michael Fassbender and there was a short appearance in the film by Brad Pitt.

I have also noted that the film has outstanding cinematography. Absolutely fabulous!

A Slight Spoiler

Continuing with the film story and my thoughts: The film captivated me from start to finish!  Solomon Northup was a carpenter and fiddle player who lived with his wife and two children in Saratago Springs, New York. After being kidnapped, he was sold to slavery whereby he watched a female slave being sold and parted from her children. She never gets over her grief. Soloman and his fellow slaves were lashed/whipped repeatedly for not picking enough bales of cotton and he was almost left hanging from a tree with only his toes to provide him with a stable balance, all because he dared to stand up for himself!  The one thought which kept him alive was the thought of becoming a free man again and going home to his wife and children.  He watched slaves who were murdered and raped by their torturers/masters. Human beings being ill-treated in such a manner, how and why were people so cruel, purely because of the colour of ones skin! The treatment and the ordeal all of those folk went through is beyond belief! Thank God for Abraham Lincoln!

Eventually Northup meets a Canadian laborer named Bass (Brad Pitt).  As they both work on building a gazebo together Northup decides to confide in him about his kidnapping. Bass risks his own life when he promises to send word to Saratoga Springs of Northup's whereabouts.

After being a slave for 12 years Northup is finally freed when he is rescued by the Sheriff and a shop keeper from Saratoga who recognises him. He is taken home to be with his family again.  Northrup and his legal council eventually prosecute the men responsible for him being sold to slavery and until this date it still remains a mystery re Nothrup's eventual death and burial.

During every lash of the whip, I could feel myself wince as I recalled the extreme pain I felt when a teacher once hit me with a plastic ruler on the back of my hand. I could feel that sheer pain go to my head as I felt the agony of the sting I received from it. I did not deserve it! Can you imagine the sheer pain those folk must have endured whilst being whipped repeatedly in such a way? None of them deserved the hell they must have gone through.  

Indeed, a very sad tale.  A film which will leave you feeling very emotional afterwards.

I loved the film. It is well worth a watch.

SmileyRoseFrances x

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

'Time'

I recently heard a couple of the tracks from the Rod Stewart album 'Time'.....I really like it.  His voice has definitely mellowed with age, however I have been a fan of his songs for a very long time.  :)

My favourites Rod songs are:

Sailing

Tonight's The Night 

Have I Told You Lately

You're In My Heart

The Way You Look Tonight

Some Guys Have All The Luck

Hotlegs

Da Ya Think I'm Sexy

I Don't Want To Talk About It

Forever Young

SmileyRoseFrances x

Monday, January 06, 2014

'American Hustle'

I began this evening by visiting my Mother. We had both decided to eat Chinese food together, which is a little different to my usual Sunday roast dinner, but I enjoyed it just the same.

I then  made my way to the Showcase cinema to watch the new David O Russell film 'American Hustle.' I would admit to being pleasantly surprised because I knew absolutely nothing about the film until I went to see it this evening.

It is a comedy drama film which is loosely based on a true life event which took place in the late 1970's to early 1980's.  It tells the story of a couple of con artists and an FBI agent, who set up an operation to unveil corrupt politicians and a mayor. 

The film starred Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams. I thought their versatility as actors really shone in this film. 

I love a good comedy and the film definitely had me chuckling in the aisles. There was a toilet scene, something I've chuckled at in some of the other films I've watched. ;)  Ha ha at Jenifer Lawrence when dancing to "Live And Let Die" it was just hilarious, she reminds me of me when I'm doing the housework. ;)  I loved her acting.  In fact there were a number of laugh out loud chuckles from me throughout the film.

There were great performances coming from Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams.

I laughed out loud when Bradley Cooper went to deal with his obstinate and grumpy boss. Haha yes we've all felt that way at some stage in our lives. LOL at his hair curlers too.  ;o)

I also laughed out loud at the fake Sheik. ;)

I won't be a complete spoiler here, however it was a bit of a sad ending for Richie Di Maso. Wonders if he goes back to his waiting fiance, laughs out loud!

The soundtrack to the film was excellent. I was bopping my head along to some of the tunes. I loved them! :)

It's definitely a film to go and watch. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Dating Outside Of England!!! ....and Relationships :o)

I must admit that I have NEVER had a long-distant relationship with anyone, it's not something I have ever really considered having before. It's true, I have friends who reside in different parts of the world, however I have never conducted a long-term relationship with any of them before. All of my previous boyfriends, including my ex-husband, were all England based only! :)

LOL I was recently asked what I considered a long-distance relationship to be. A long distance relationship is havin a relationship with someone living in a different country and spending the majority of the time commuting/plane hopping from country to country in order to be with each other. I must admit that I wouldn't really want to get on an plane every time I wanted to be intimate with a partner, or if I wanted a hug from a partner. I'm not fond of conducting a relationship over the internet either as I find it time consuming and boring. Life is too short! :)

I'm the sort of person who believes that as a couple it is always nice to have your own space and to allow each other time on their own to pursue other interests, however it's nice to know the person isn't too far away when you need them to snuggle up to. I'm a more tactile type of a lady. ;) 

I've never really dated anyone who was in the armed forces apart from once many years ago. All of my previous relationships have always been very local. Although I have dated guys who live a little further away, most of those just fizzled out after a short period, because they've lived too far away. :)

I have never said never, but so far I have yet to find anyone I've been crazy enough to fall in love with and who lives a million miles away from me. Besides, I think I would appear to be a little bit of a hussy if all I ever did was meet up for casual sex with someone for a few days, every few months. I wouldn't class it as a proper relationship.  I would need to see someone much more regularly than that if I was going to call it a relationship or else you may as well call each other sex buddies. ;)

A relationship is when two people look forward to spending time with each other because they cannot get enough of each other.  It means they see each other often.  They enjoy each others company. They tenderly kiss and caress each other......need I go on. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Saturday, January 04, 2014

'Only Fools And Horses'

Del boy and Rodney are to appear in a Sports Relief Sketch. It will be the first time the pair have appeared together since their Christmas Special more than 10 years ago. Roll on March!  I loved the 'Only Fools and Horses' comedy. John Sullivan is sadly missed by me. He was indeed one of the best comedy writers in our time. :)

You can't beat some of the old comedies. Many were cleverly written and they were simply the best. ;)

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SmileyRoseFrances x

Stop Living The Lie

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Stamford And The Ghosts Of My Past

A few years ago I found myself in a very lonely situation. I was going through a divorce and I felt very scared and alone. I was living in my old home town of Stamford at the time and I spent many days taking long walks around the old town trying to get over a sad stage in my life. Sometimes I would bump into a few old friends in the town, one or two would stop and have a coffee with me, however some of them quite often hurriedly said 'Hi' and they passed me by.

I suppose nobody really wants to hear your sad woes, not that I talked much about my divorce as I am quite a private person when it comes to my private life. In other words, I don't really mind telling people what I don't mind them knowing, however there are a lot of things which I prefer to keep private.

Divorce is always a very sad situation for anyone to find themselves in, but nobody else really knows what to say to you at the time. I think many folk would much rather avoid you rather than to stop and have a coffee, with the exception of just a few. :)

I sometimes chatted with some of the elderly folk around Stamford, many I'd known since my childhood. Some were parents of old friends who had moved away from the area. We'd sometimes chat and pass the time away.  I used to frequent one particular cafe and an elderly gentleman I'd known for many years used to frequent the same place. One day he beckoned me to go and sit with him and he bought me a cup of tea. We sat together and we chatted.  It's amazing how much you can learn from the elderly folk sometimes. I loved our conversations together. He told me about some of the old stories and his childhood. He of course grew up in the same area, therefore I found him very interesting to listen to.  We once walked over the Stamford Bridge together and we stopped to look at my favourite willow tree on the Stamford Meadows. He told me how old the tree was. I used to call her Old Mother Willow. It's the very same willow tree I used to sit underneath and read during those long hot summer months when I was a teenager. I saw the gentleman quite frequently and I would often pass the time of day with him.  I even got to know his good lady wife.

I visited my folk in Stamford recently and whilst I talked with them, they mentioned that the gentleman I became so fond off had recently passed away.  I was very saddened by the news.

During the times I would sit and talk with the gentleman, there was one song which used to play on the radio rather a lot. It will always remind me of the him.

My thoughts and prayers are with his dear wife.

RIP Mr Christie X

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SmileyRoseFrances x

Friday, January 03, 2014

A Happy New Year and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty :)

This Christmas and the New Year seemed to come and then go by very quickly even though my Christmas time seemed to last for days. :)

After spending Christmas in Stamford I enjoyed a fabulous evening watching Beauty and the Beast at this years Pantomime.  We had such good fun and front row seats! My favorite characters in the Pantomime were Billy and Dame Dolly Doughnut. :)

The weekend was spent cooking Christmas dinner and spending a lovely and relaxing weekend with both of my daughters Catherine and Lauren. We had such good fun together.  Our day began with a shopping spree and then just chilling out at home doing the fun family stuff.  Dinner seemed to go down a treat and the girls seemed to like Mums Christmas cooking. As usual our time together seemed to go by very quickly.  Sunday was spent taking the girls to visit all of their Grand-parents in the same day!!!!  The girls found it fun calling on them and we spent some family time together catching up on what we've all been doing over the past year.

New Years Eve was spent working and then later bringing in the New Year at a friends home. It was great fun! We even spent some of the evening playing 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' on friends play-station.  I particularly enjoyed myself as I managed to win £1,000,000...it's just a shame it wasn't real. ;)

New Years Day was spent having a lovely dinner at my Mum's place. I ate a fabulous dinner and I felt absolutely stuffed! Thankfully there were enough left overs for my Mum to make me a little pack-up for the following day. ;)

It's nice to have a few days off this New Year. Yippee! No work for a few days!!!! :)

Not A Complete Spoiler

This evening was spent meeting up with a friend and going to the Showcase Cinema to watch 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' It starred Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig and Shirley MacLaine. The film was based on the book by James Thurber, it tells the story of a man who spends much of his time day-dreaming. He escapes life by disappearing into a world of fantasies whereby he often becomes the hero whilst romantically fantasizing about a work colleague.

Walter eventually finds himself fantasizing less when he embarks on a real life adventure which takes him on global travels. The scenery in the film is fabulous and amazing, particularly whilst Walter was up in the Himalayan Mountains. Fantastic!!!  I loved the film.  :)

A film which is definitely worth a watch! I loved it! :)

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very prosperous New Year.  Here's to better times.  Happy New Year! :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Wednesday, January 01, 2014