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My name is Frances Rose Agnes Napper aka SmileyRose. I am a friendly and fun loving individual. I like meeting new/old friends. Although I love being with friends, I also enjoy my own space from time to time. I have a number of hobbies. I enjoy taking photographs, going to the theatre, travel (visiting new and exciting places), reading, films and listening to music. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I particularly enjoy it when we all get together. I was a full-time mother for both of my daughters and I did not go back to work until they both reached primary school age. The UK has a lot to offer because there are so many picturesque places to visit. I particularly enjoy the British countryside. My home town was in Stamford, Lincolnshire although I am currently living in Peterborough. My Father was a serving member of the RAF. I'd consider myself well travelled from a very early age (6 months old). Divorced - for 10yrs. Currently single. I am interested in meeting nice folk only. :) Star sign - Leo the Lion. Birthday -July 29th. That's me in a nutshell. :)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

'The Love Punch' :)

This afternoon Lauren (my daughter) and I went to watch the film 'The Love Punch' at Cineworld, Huntingdon.

I must admit to laughing out loud and simply loving this film. I love romcoms, the funnier, the better. It was just what the doctor ordered, a bit of laughter and good humour never hurt anyone.

Close your eyes now. A little spoiler.

The film told the story of a divorced couple, Richard and Kate. They are both guests at a wedding when they meet again some years later. They're still on talking terms after he left her to have an affair with a new and much younger lover. The affair eventually fizzles out.

He is close to retirement, however he discovers their retirement nest egg has been stolen and they plot to recover it by finding the French Financier who defrauded his investment company.

They travel to France together, with their former neighbours. They decide to steal a huge diamond worth 10 million pounds. Kate recalls the diamond was bought by the French financier for his bride, Sophie. LOL so funny! They plot to gate crash a wedding. They are aware the couple would be attending and so they plan to steal the diamond.

Sophie is angry with her husband because she learns he doesn't really love her in the way she'd like him to love her.

After already befriending Kate, Sophie is thankful for Kate's advice and she gives them the diamond in an attempt to give them what was rightfully theirs, after she decides her husband isn't the man for her!!!

Richard confirms a deal of 15 million pounds when he sells the diamond to a diamond dealer.

The couple rekindle their love for each other after Kate briefly meets and has sex with a much younger man she'd been chatting with on a dating site, however she's not interested in having a relationship with the young man. 

She finds Richard and they both realize that as they become older and wiser, that they are both aging and how much nicer it would be to grow old together!!!

A lovely film. It was also very funny. ;)

Me! With my 'almost' Emma Thompson hairstyle ;)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Two TV Documentaries I Have Watched Recently

Firstly, I'll discuss the first documentary I watched. It was about caring for our parents in their old age. The couple featured were Len and Kathleen. They'd both worked hard for all of their lives. They paid their taxes. They have a beautiful home together. In their old age Kathleen became bedridden and frail, Len had become very frail and he found it a struggle to help Kathleen as much as he would have preferred. The couple had been in and out of hospital. Kathleen had become a nuisance to the emergency services because she would keep dialing 999 in order to call someone out to help turn her or if she'd slipped down her bed, she could not assist herself back into a comfortable position again. At this stage, you could not help but feel sorry for the couple, but it was costing a lot of money each and every time she called out the emergency services.

The couple were adamant they wanted to stay in their own home, so they asked for around the clock services of a care assistant, however, because they could not afford to pay for this service they were limited to how many carers would call each day (not many). So Kathleen continued to dial 999 every time she wanted the assistance of someone to help her.

The couple both wanted to die peacefully in the surroundings of their own home. They'd been married for 60 years but they did not have a family of their own.

After they were both hospitalized on the last occasion, the social services and the medical profession began to put pressure on the couple to go into a care home. They both refused and they asked for more assistance with their care which was quite plainly what they both needed if they were to remain living in their home together. I can understand why they would feel more comfortable in their own home.

My question! Why shouldn't someone who has worked hard for their home, they've paid into a tax system for all of their lives, get more assistance? Surely it was costing enough to call out the emergency services each and everytime Kathleen needed assistance and it would have perhaps have saved time and money sending another care assistant!

There are folk living in this country who have NEVER worked/folk coming into this country who have never worked/they've never paid a penny into the tax system, they don't have their own homes but they are entitled to care. Why can't someone who has paid into a system be entitled to MORE care? Are we encouraging the British public to say "Up Yours! I don't want to work!!!"

You couldn't help but shed a tear or two for the couple because they both insisted upon remaining in their home and they are standing up for something which they strongly believe in. I can't say that I really blame either of them!

The second documentary I watched was: 'How To Get A Council House.' They featured a young woman who had child after child but she didn't work for a living. It also featured another young woman who lived in a huge home with her parents, but wanted a council property so that she could have her own independence. She was working. Another lady they featured on the programme had to flee her husband with her children because of a bad marriage and lastly, there was a single man who can't get a job! All of these people were in need of somewhere to live.

Eww why does this government encourage unmarried folk to have as many children as they like just so they can have a council house? Thinks the Fathers of the children should be forced to work in whatever job... so that they can provide some income for their own child/ren! Why did the woman need to remain within a London borough, where it is expensive for her to live? If she doesn't want to work and insists upon having more children, she has four children in total, then she should be forced to live somewhere cheaper! After my marriage ended, I was forced to live in a less expensive area and we owned our own home. I used to live in Stamford where the cost of a home is expensive! If I had to move in order to find a cheaper home after my marriage ended and to find work...then why can't someone who has NEVER worked before, who doesn't own their home and who has child after child, why does she need to stay in an expensive area? Why can't the housing association find her accommodation further up North where it is cheaper and she can still get benefits whilst she is not working, because she as four very young children ?

When I was down and out a number of years ago, I was in my 20's, I was working in a full time job, however I had to rent whatever accommodation there was, in a room as a lodger. Why does the other woman feel she needs to have a council house all to herself? The other two are quite understandably in need of a council property, because of their genuine circumstances. Still thinks this government encourages some folk to shy away from work and to have loads of children when they can't afford to have them!!! They seem to live the life of riley!!!

Thinks they ought to cut child benefits for anyone who has more than two children, particularly if they can't afford to pay for their own children and they expect tax payers to keep paying for them!!! 

OK! Moan over.:)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Monday, April 21, 2014

"Noah" :)

I sometimes question what the meaning of life is. What is the meaning of life? Why are we here on this earth?  I think the reason we are all in this world is because when you look at it, it is a beautiful world God created for us all to live peacefully and happily within it.  God, through his teachings, he taught us how to love. God is love. However, there are always going to be those folk who ruin it for those of us who want to live by Gods teachings.

God didn't give us all of the answers, however he taught us right from wrong and good from evil.  We are here to prove to God that we can make this world a better place if we all choose to do so. If we deviate from what we've been taught then our paths go off in different directions and then the future generations will suffer for it, because they don't have God in their lives. Thinks you have to see the beauty in the world to really appreciate what the meaning of life is really all about. :)

There's a song I love, it's called "The Greatest Love Of All" by Whitney Houston. It starts off:

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be.........

One my earliest childhood memories of any of the Biblical stories told to me, was indeed the story of 'Noah's Ark' Genesis chapter 6 starts with the conditions before the great flood, leading to chapter 6:9-10 when Noah was instructed by God to "make an ark" and then in chapter 6:11-22 it ends when Noah loaded the ark with two of almost every living thing.

I remember reading the story to my own children. In fact, my then husband and I often read the bible stories at bedtime to our children when they were young.:)

Yesterday evening I went to watch 'Noah' at our local Showcase Cinema.  It gets a big thumbs up from me as I loved the film! :)  It told the story of Noah, who was chosen by God to rescue all of the innocent before an apocualyptic flood comes to cleanse the wicked from the world. There are a host of stars in this film. They include: Russel Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Nick Nolte and Finn Wittrock.:)

So the story begins again with Adam and Eve....:)

(Gen 1:1 NKJV) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day. Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day. Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; "and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day. Then God said, "Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens." So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." So the evening and the morning were the fifth day. Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind"; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." And God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.  "Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food"; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush.The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;  "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." And the LORD God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: "This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man." Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden' "but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. "For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?" So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself." And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?" Then the man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate." And the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."To the woman He said: "I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you."Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': "Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return."nd Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever"; therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

So there you have it, how the world as we know, began. :)

I once nicknamed my folk who live in Stamford, as 'Adam and Eve'....they were both pictured in a photograph I'd posted on an American forum a number of years ago. :)

As in the film, I went on to have two beautiful daughters called Catherine and Lauren and I suppose if the world were to begin with just us again, I'd be quite happy....they're not quite twins, but they're like the terrible twins. ;) I am hoping that they both meet two equally nice gentleman to marry one day......a mother's wish.

Yes! I now have my own little ark.  ;)

I hope you all enjoy the film and it's definitely worth a watch. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Royal Tour 2014

I have been enjoying looking at the newspaper reports and the photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's recent Royal Tour to New Zealand and Australia. :)

The photographs and all of the stories which I have read so far have all be really lovely, particular the photographs and the snippets I've read about the young Prince George. :)  He is looking adorable. :)

I suppose their tour must be drawing towards the end.  It looks as if it has been a very pleasurable trip. :)

The Duchess has looked absolutely lovely in all of her outfits, in all of the photographs I have seen. Well done to whoever chose the wardrobe for the Royal Journey, they chose well.  ;)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lulu & Russell Watson - The Prayer Live - One Of My Favourite Songs Ever

SmileyRoseFrances x

Friday, April 18, 2014

This Blog Site

Unfortunately, I have not had the same time to blog as often as I did when I was studying/full-time Mum therefore I'm  unable to spend as much time on this blog site as previously. :)

Although I enjoy blogging it takes time to establish oneself as a blogger, therefore you will have to bear with me if you see any mistakes etc and you will need to give me a little time in order to come back and correct them. ;)

I am keen on keeping this blog site going however I may ask for the help of a younger member, a keen writer, in order to help me out a little later in the year.  It is always nice to have younger input too. A new partner so to speak. ;)

I'm quite keen to add another writer/blogger....especially one who I completely trust to make a good job of keeping this blog site going. ;)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Let's Take A Moment This Easter Time.....

Many of us will be spending time with out loved ones/families/friends over the next few days, however I would just like to spare a thought this Easter for all of those folk who will be spending time apart from their loved ones/family members or friends...for whatever their reasons.  Easter time is a time to think about all of those folk, past and present who have come into our lives and who have left an imprint in hour hearts. God came into my life from a very young age.

My Easter Prayer:

Thank you Lord,
For rising from the tomb
To live in our hearts.
May the innocence of each child remind us of the joy of sharing
Your love,
May the caroling of each bird remind us to sing
Your praises
May the majesty of each sunrise remind us to shine in
Your light.
May the beauty of each flower remind us Jesus lives
and is Lord of Life.
And it's good.
Thank you, Holy Father, for Easter,
for Jesus
and for all
Your goodness
Stay with us this happy day
and always
In Jesus' name, we thank You!


Let's take a moment this Easter Time to think about what Easter is really all about. Easter is not just about Easter eggs and Easter bunnies.  Easter is a time to remember Jesus and how he died on the cross all of those years ago because he had a belief. He wanted to teach us. Jesus died for our sins, in accordance with the scriptures.... Christians meditate on Jesus' suffering and death on the cross, and the meaning of their faith.
Holy week - This is the week leading up to Easter. 

Palm Sunday - This is the day Jesus arrived in Jerusalem.  The people of Jerusalem waved palm leaves during the arrival of Jesus.

Ash Wednesday - This is the day when the crosses displayed in homes as a mark of respect for the death of Jesus. The crosses are burned at the start of Lent the next year and it provides the ash for Ash Wednesday. 

Maundy Thursday - This is the Thursday before Easter. It's the day of the Last Supper when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, the ceremony known as the  Eucharist.

Today is Good Friday: It's the day when Christians mourn the death of Jesus, who they believed to be the Son of God. 

Tomorrow will be Holy Saturday. The day Christians lay waiting and watching in the hope that Christ would return at midnight.

Easter Sunday -  This day commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians celebrate this day with the greatest joy, hence the Easter Eggs and Easter Bunnies we have to celebrate Easter today.

Let's take a moment this Easter Time to remember why we celebrate this day. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

God Bless You All This Easter Time x

A Very Happy Easter To You All :)

To All of my Family and Friends and to those I hold closest to my heart. I love you all and I hope you have a very Happy Easter xxx

Love SmileyRoseFrances xx

Uninvited by the Freemasons

SmileyRoseFrances x

What do I think about Freemasons?  :)  I think most Freemasons are very nice people who all have lovely fact, they have simply the best families. ;)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This Tickled Me!!!! ;o)

Funniest thing ever! I overheard a Scots guy talking to a Polish guy. Both had really broad accents but they were trying to speak to each other in English. I managed to catch some of the conversation but even I was struggling to understand either of them! Then the Scots guy tells the Polish guy to speak in English!!! LOL so funny. ;o)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Something Fruity!

I recently photographed a small bunch of bananas. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Speaking In English :)

There have been many occasions when I have telephoned outside agencies and I have had to speak to Secretaries/Office Staff who have different accents which I am unfamiliar with and I sometimes find it a struggle to understand them clearly, however I find this acceptable because the person whom you are telephoning/speaking to lives abroad in his/her own country to begin with and that person is making a very good effort to speak to us in English. I think it's remarkable that many foreigners make the effort to speak the English language in the first place and I applaud anyone who can speak another language as their second language. Very well done to them! :)

I think the English in particular expect folk who come from abroad to all speak their language, when really we should be thankful that the foreigners make an effort to speak to us in English or else how else would we get by? :)  The English are a nation who don't really make the effort to learn to speak other languages yet I have spoken to foreigners who can all speak 4/5 different languages! In fairness to some of the English folk I speak to, many of them often say that they've NEVER had any intention of living abroad in the first place, therefore why should they learn a foreign language which I can also understand too. Many are older folk who were born in the Country and they feel as if there has been an intrusion on their lifestyles ever since the foreigners who do speak another language first came to live in their country. It can take a bit of getting used to, particularly when you live in a large City like Peterborough. Sometimes all you ever hear is a foreigner speaking in his/her own language and it can get you down if you're living in your own country. 

Having said this, today I spoke to someone who works within a job here in England. I really did struggle to understand what she was asking me, even though she was speaking to me in English. LOL I ended up having to guess what it was she was actually saying because her accent was very strong and unfamiliar to me!

Personally speaking I think folk who live and work within a job here in the UK, and their job entails communicating with others on a daily basis, then their accents should be clearly understood no matter where they come from! It really can be a struggle to understand some folk otherwise. Even funnier still, I have friends who live abroad who speak the English language as their second language and they can speak English far more clear than this person I spoke to today!!! :)

I would say that I am a pretty tolerant person, however sometimes you have to say just what you really think!:)

SmileyRoseFrances x

What A Transformation!

Mmm I'm feeling very relaxed. I came home this evening and I went out into the garden to do a little planting. I've managed to plant all of my dahlias outside. I really like them. There will be an abundance of flowers in my garden this year. I can't wait! :)

Considering my garden was filled with huge conifer trees when I first moved here, It's really starting to take shape thanks to two members of my family who helped to transform it. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Which Celebrity.........?

Someone recently asked which celebrity I would most like to look like. It's a tough decision to make! I suppose one of the prettiest starlets of today has to be Selena Gomez. ;o)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Friday, April 11, 2014

'Witches of Eastwick' :)

I have just had a super evening at The Key Theatre, Peterborough. I went to watch 'Witches of Eastwick' at Vivacity Peterborough.....and I enjoyed the show immensely. :)

The show is a musical set in the quiet New England town of Eastwick. It tells the story of three bored divorced housewives who are wishing they'd find the perfect man. LOL is there such a man? Does one actually exist? Could it be in the form of the devilish Darryl Van Horne? Hmm one wonders?  ;)

The singing, acting and the orchestra were all marvellous.  I found myself spellbound *Cackles*  :)

The show did contain scenes of a mildly sexual nature and occasional strong language..however there is a warning on the site informing you of this beforehand.

It was a fun outing for both friend and I. We had great seats, which were right on the front row of the Theatre. I was very pleased about this. It was a shame we didn't get a piece of the orchestras cake though

Thanks to the whole cast of 'Witches of Eastwick' for entertaining me this evening.

SmileyRoseFrances x

I've Never Lived Outside Of The UK For More Than 3 yrs :).

What's the longest period of time you've ever lived OUTSIDE of the United Kingdom continuously for?

I lived in Cyprus for 3 years when I was a child (8yrs - 11yrs old) because my father was posted to Cyprus with the RAF. It's the longest period of time I have ever lived away from the UK. :)

I must also admit that when most of your friends are British and you attend an English School, it didn't feel like i was living abroad sometimes. Cyprus was a lovely Country.:)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Sorry, I Didn't Quite Catch That!

Sometimes, a person might think they speak the English language, however if they do not speak the language clearly enough to be understood by someone who does speak the language, then they quite probably only speak it well enough to get by in the event of an emergency. 

It can be quite awkward at times, because when you haven't quite understood what the other person has asked and you really don't want to offend anyone by telling them you haven't understood them clearly. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x 

Tuesday, April 08, 2014


I'm friendly with a talented person who has an artistic flare. She's also a work colleague who works as a nurse at the same place as me.

She recently made me a very pretty card which has my name 'FRAN' printed on it. 'F.R.A.N' are also my initials. I think it's a nice little touch to have it personalized. She makes a number of different cards to order.

If anyone else has a special card in mind for someone special, for that special occasion, just let me know and I'll give you her telephone number (She's OK'd this) :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Monday, April 07, 2014


SmileyRoseFrances x

I really like this song. :)


Divergent - A Bit Of A Spoiler

I've just been to see the film 'Divergent' at the Showcase Cinema. I really loved it!

The film stars: Shailene Woodley, the very handsome Theo James, Ashley Judd, Zoe Kravitz....and the lovely Kate Winslett.The film is a Sci-Fi action film based on the novel of the same name. It tells the story of how people are divided into smaller groups/factions, depending on human virtues. The five factions are: Selfless, Peaceful, Truthful, Intelligent and Brave.

Beatrice takes an aptitude test and they discover that because she has several different factions which relate to her being Divergent, it means that she can think independently therefore proving a threat to society. She's asked to keep her test results quiet in case she gets found out and subsequently killed because of it.

There is a 'Choosing ceremony, a little like a graduation, ah I remember mine well. ;)  Beatrice chooses Dauntless (Brave) as her chosen faction.

She then has to go through various physical initiation tests, however after starting off a little poor, she makes a remarkable improvement and before long she is considered to be the best. ;)

After the Dauntless training she is then put through simulations in order to help her face all of her fears. She excels at all of the tests.

Beatrice soon learns from her brother that the Selfless faction are plotting to become the ruling faction. Beatrice puts her trust in Four and she falls in love him. He prepares her for the final initiation test, which she passes with flying colours.

The plot continues and everyone is injected with a mind-controlling serum. There is an attempt to take over all other factions. Beatrice, along with trusted friends and family members, goes back to Dauntless and they try to stop Janine from her mission by injecting her with the serum and ordering her to stop and delete the programme.

I suppose I can be a bit of a Divergent. I feel quite brave, so you call me Beatrice if you like.;)

It is a very good film and well worth a watch. I can't wait to see the sequel.

SmileyRoseFrances x  :)

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The Winner.......

....of the 2014 Crabbie's Grand National was the 11 year old  'Pineau De Re' ridden by Leighton Aspell.  The race had one false start, however it soon got underway.  :)

Unfortunately, all three of the horses I chose to place my bet on, did not even come in the top four winners!!! :(  The horses I placed my bets on were as follows: Rose of the Moon, Lion Na Bearnai and The Rainbow Hunter. I now wished I placed my bets on the No.29, my birth date.:)

Oh well! There's always another chance to have a little flutter, next year. ;)

SmileyRoseFrances x

"And I Am Telling You" - The Voice UK :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

I simply loved Jermain's song "And I Am Telling You" ....he was just fabulous on The Voice and he was a well deserved winner on tonight's programme. :)

SmileyRose x

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Childhood Memories ;)

Thanks to Friend Julie for posting this recently on her Facebook page....It pretty sums up what I've written previously and what good days they were when I was growing up! :)

LOL re below (A secret) ;)  I used to play British Bulldogs with a boy called Alistair Fraser at school....hehe I used to let him catch me on purpose because I fancied him like mad. ;)

I remember the old test card of the girl playing naughts and crosses after TV shut down. 

Remembers the boys riding around on their Chopper bikes.

I remember play marbles and hopscotch with friends who lived nearby. 

Oh I remember so much. :)  I am likely to get on with other friends who all share the same childhood memories as me. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x