Monday, March 31, 2014

Mother's Day 2014 & 'Ride Along' :)

Mother's Day 2014 - I didn't see either of my daughters today. :( I did however manage to visit my Mum. :)I took her some flowers, a card and we spent some time together....Nick even left me some cake. :)

I did miss my two monkey's today, however I have heard from them both, which was brilliant!!! Unfortunately Catherine has a heavy work schedule at Uni and Lauren was working today. I love them both very much and I missed spending Mother's Day with them but now they are both busy young ladies it's not always possible to spend every 'Special' Occasion with them both. Thankfully Lauren and I had a good day together a couple of weekends ago when we went to the coast together and Catherine and I will hopefully make up for it soon.

I hope some of you managed to make some happy and cherished memories with your loved ones. xx

I would like to take this opportunity to spend some time thinking about all of you lovely folk who are missing your loved ones on this day. It can't be a very easy time for any of you so my thoughts and prayers are with you all. xx

After visiting my Mum today I went to see the film 'Ride Along' at the Showcase Cinema. The film starred Ice Cube (James) and Kevin Hart (Ben). It was indeed a funny film about a rookie cop. It tickled me and it was well worth a watch. The film actually reminded me a little of Eddie Murphy in the '48 Hours' film, which also starred Nick Nolte. I loved that film.  :)

A good day was had by all. x




SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, March 23, 2014

"Rather Be" :)

SmileyRoseFrances x



I Love this song :)

Thinks Facebook Can Help To Bring You Closer Together ;o)

The best thing about Facebook! It has allowed me to be in closer contact with my overseas friends. It's not always easy to keep in touch by letter as often as you would like to, therefore I am thankful I have found some of my overseas friends on Facebook. Also, when my sister and her family are visiting abroad (they travel to the USA often) it enables me to keep us in closer contact with them. :)

Having said all of that.....I am seeing my sister and her family later today. Now that was big surprise. I didn't expect that! We haven't seen each other since Christmas. Yes I am so thankful to have a few friends who live abroad. It has given me a good reason to visit their country and experience their culture when I travel abroad. I have travelled to Cyprus in recent years and I have visited my friends whilst there. They too have visited me here in the UK....it's been great to see each other in person and to continue our friendship via Facebook. :)

Now that my nieces are getting older, it has been lovely to share their photographs when they are abroad in the USA. It has helped to bring us closer together. ;) 

Of course Facebook has also helped me to keep in touch with folk in one place, particularly when they are all spread out all over the UK.  

It is also good to keep in touch with your favourite folk altogether.... and who lived close by too. ;) 

SmileyRoseFrances x

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

An Evening With Ken Follett ;)

I have just spent the most fabulous evening listening to a talk by Ken Follett at the Peterborough City Cathedral, courtesy of Neil Ritchie my Manager. I would just like to thank Neil very much for the ticket. I thoroughly enjoyed this evening. Ken Follet was a very interesting speaker and he was a pleasure to listen to.

For those of you who do not know who Ken Follet is, he is the Welsh author of mostly thrillers and historical novels. One of his best known novels is 'The Pillars of the Earth' It is a novel about building a Cathedral in the Middle Ages. It was on the New York Times bestseller list for a total of 18 weeks. It was also on the German best seller list for 6 years and reached No. 1 on the bestseller list here in Great Britain too.

Ken Follett's other works: Look out for 'Edge of Eternity', the conclusion to the Century trilogy. It is due to be published later this year. I think I'd like to read 'Fall of the Giants' and 'Winter of the World' before the end of the year.

Whilst attending the talk this evening it also gave me the opportunity to take some photographs at the Peterborough Cathedral. I loved it.

This evening, when Ken Follett was asked to name his favourite Cathedrals, he named Peterborough Cathedral as being a favourite, then he also mentioned The Canterbury Cathedral. I am also very pleased that he mentioned The Salisbury Cathedral too. The Salisbury Cathedral is a favourite Cathedral of mine also. I used to reside in Salisbury when I was a young girl and one of the things i remember doing as a child was sitting outside the Salisbury Cathedral on one beautiful summers day and I sketched it in all of it's glory. I remember the really tall spire of the Cathedral. The building was beautiful, hence my love for photographing old buildings. Of course the Cathedral used to be just a hop, skip and a jump away from where I used to live and I admired it often.

I really enjoyed the talk this evening, it was the perfect venue. Just brilliant!:)


SmileyRoseFrances x

Photos to follow :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Catherine, Lauren and I :)






















HaPpY St PaTriCks Day

Ps I LoVe YoU :)

 SmileyRoseFrances x

Friday, March 07, 2014

A New York Winters Tale

A New York Winters Tale _ It was a very watchable supernatural film which stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe and Will Smith.  The film is based on a novel of the same title by Mark Helprin.

Spoiler - Look Away

The film tells the story of a man named Peter Lake. Peter is rescued by a mysterious white horse. The horse encourages Peter to steal from a mansion, the home of Beverly Penn, a young woman dying from tuberculosis.

Instead of stealing from her, Peter befriends Beverly and the couple fall in love.

Peter is raised by a demon named Pearly Soames who poses as a gangster. Peter decides to leave the gang , much to Pearly's disappointment.  He orders his gang to track Peter down. One of Pearly's men, secretly disguised as a waiter, poisons Beverly.  Peter tries to save Beverly by placing her on a miracle bed in the greenhouse, only it is too late and Beverly dies. 

Pearly's gang eventually catch up with Peter and he is thrown off a bridge and  left to die.

Peter survives the fall. When he come around, he wanders the city with amnesia for a whole century, drawing chalk art of a red headed girl on the pavements.

100 years later he bumps into Abby, a young girl with beautiful red hair, just like the chalk art.  Peter learns from Abby's mother, that she is dying of cancer. He convinces Abby's Mother that he could be Abby's miracle. He mentioned the bed in the greenhouse and that he wanted to take Abby there to see if she could be cured. They set out on their journey and they manage to make it to the Greenhouse after a run-in with Pearly.

Abby becomes weaker and her life is slipping away but they manage to place Abby on top of the bed in the Greenhouse just in time.  The miracle starts to work and Abby is saved.

The film ends when Peter flies into the sky on the white horse.

Aww a romantic films, you can't beat them!

SmileyRoseFrances x

Monday, March 03, 2014

On The Good Ship Lollipop

SmileyRoseFrances x

Sad News: Child star Shirley Temple has died aged 85. I am a huge fan of old films. They used to put a decent 'Golden Oldie' film on the Television every Sunday afternoon when I was growing up and I got to watch a few Shirley Temple films.  They were lovely.

Of course 'Lollipop' is the nickname I like to call my daughter Lauren. 

"The Book Thief"

This afternoon started with me going for a good  2 1/2 mile walk around Ferry Meadows, Peterborough.  It was a little breezy to say the least, however a friend and I struggled whilst we walked against the strong winds.  It was lovely to see some of the blossoms just appearing on the trees. Very pretty indeed. :)

Although I was feeling rather tired after my walk, I decided to go and do a little shoe shopping. Goodness only knows how many pairs of shoes I have now, however I managed to find just what I'd been looking for, therefore I came home feeling very pleased with myself.  A little bit of retail therapy never did anyone any harm ;)

Later in the evening, after dinner,  I went to see "The Book Thief" at the Showcase Cinema. The film was very good indeed :) There were lots of very touching moments in the film. Yes I had teary eyes....It was definitely worth a watch. :)

A Little Spoiler

"The Book Thief" starred Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Sophie Nelissse as Liesel Meminger.

The film is an adaption  of a novel by Australian author Markus Zusak. It told the story of a young girl named Liesel who is sent to live with foster parents during World War II Germany. It shows how she transforms the lives of many folk she comes into contact with, which include a young Jewish man who is hidden in the basement of the house during the escalation of war.

Liesel acquires herself a little job whereby she is asked to visit the mayor in order to drop off laundry. Ilsa, the mayor's wife introduces Liesel to her library and its books. The mayor isn't pleased therefore he eventually discharges Liesel. She breaks into the library and begins "borrowing" books from Ilsa's library, hence earning the nickname "The Book Thief". :)

Himmel Street, where her family and friends all live, is bombed. Her foster parents and best friend Rudy are all killed during the attack. She is saved and rescued from underneath all of the rubble. The mayor and his wife go to search for Liesel.

Liesel has a fondness for books. She loved to read. In fact she reminded me very much of my own daughter, Catherine, LOL I don't think I've seen her in recent years without her reading or writing something! Ever since she was a 3 year old she has had a great fondness for reading books. . ;)

I'm not going to be a great spoiler here, however the film was excellent and I thoroughly recommend watching it. :)

I am really tired now.  Good night. :)


SmileyRoseFrances  x