Welcome To SmileyRose Ramblings
Hi I'm Frances Rose Agnes Napper AKA SmileyRose. This blog is about me and some of my adventures. It includes photos/places I've visited and some events I've enjoyed (past & present). My posts are a varied selection. :)*Note - ALL photos are taken by me unless of course they feature me in them (I sometimes use a tripod). If I use any other photographs, I'll link it back to the site or i'll acknowledge the sender :)
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. :)
Recently someone asked me what my main spoken language was! :) LOL I was
quite taken aback because although I have quite dusky looks, my mother
tongue is indeed the English language. :)
I was brought up in England to both parents who only spoke the English
language, therefore it is only natural that I speak the same language as
my family, particularly as English was the only language spoken within our
It was not unusual that when I
had my own two children, who
are now 18yrs and 21yrs old, that they should speak the same language as
me too within our family home, particularly as my ex-husband was an
I was overjoyed when my eldest daughter Catherine told me that her
chosen subject at University, was English. Later this year I am
very much looking forward to attending her graduation. She was an
excellent student, who received the highest grades in her chosen
subject, something for a Mother to indeed be very proud off.:)
I am very proud of my language, it is the only one I know. I am very
flattered that so many folk also like the English language as much as i
do, particularly as so many people want to learn to speak the language
I'm also very proud of my culture. I was brought up in England within a
christian family. I have never wanted to change my religion, nor my
culture. I only have a British nationality. :)
So, just in case anyone else is wondering, my main and only language is
English, although I speak a little school girl French as it was
compulsory for all scholars to learn another language at school. It was
a subject we could drop when we reached the 3rd year at secondary
school. I then chose secretarial and office studies at school and I
decided to drop French. :)
I hope this clears it all up for anyone else who was wondering.;)
PS Yes! It is possible to be born in another country, yet English is still your first and ONLY language (your mother tongue). :) Therefore contrary to popular belief, I am NOT Italian or Spanish, although quite often I get mistaken for being this because of my swarthy complexion. :)
Yesterday was spent visiting Stilton for lunch and then a quick walk around the Folksworth Church. It was a lovely afternoon and it didn't rain once! I suppose it was too good to be true that the whole bank holiday weekend could stay rain free. Bank holiday Monday is a total wash out! :)
Yesterday afternoon I went to see "What If" at the local Peterborough Showcase Cinema. It was a charming little film which starred Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. :) It told the story of boy meets girl, they get along together really well. They become best friends.
Wallace is a medical school drop out and Chantry lives with her boyfriend. Does love conquer all? What happens when you fall in love with your best friend? :)
It's a lovely film and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. :)
RIP Sir Richard Attenborough who sadly passed away yesterday. Sir Richard, an Actor, Film Producer and Director, was best known for winning the Best Director Academy award for the 1983 film "Gandhi." The film also won an Academy award for Best Picture. He was the President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He was 90 yrs old. A great British Veteran Actor and Director who will be sadly missed by many.
RIP Actor Robin Williams who recently died. The actor was best loved for his TV role Mork in the sitcom 'Mork and Mindy' and his films "Mrs Doubtfire" "Happy Feet" "Nine Months" "Good Morning Vietnam" and "Good Will Hunting." Such a great actor who will be sadly missed by many.
A few years ago I was fortunate enough to take a trip to the USA. I
toured California. It was simply wonderful to say the least. I was made
to feel very welcome and I had the time of my life. I went on my own,
however I soon met a number of lovely folk on my tour trip. I didn't
feel very alone. ;)
The Hotel Del Corenado, off Orange Street, San Diago, the hotel where they filmed 'Some Like It Hot'...it starred Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon :)
What can I say! I have another 'smart' daughter! :)
students across Britain have all been receiving their 'A' Level results
over the past week, my daughter Lauren being one of them. For all of
you who have done well, many congratulations to you all, however I would
just like to wish my daughter Lauren many congratulation for passing
her 'A' Levels and for making me so proud of her. She has worked
exceptionally hard this year and it hasn't gone unnoticed by me. You
are wonderful, beautiful and no words can express how much I love you.
It's off to University for Lauren and I am so glad
because she gets to attend her first choice of Universities. I am
hoping you have lots of fun between now and then as I know how hard you
have to work over the next few years.
Wow! One daughter
just about to begin University and Catherine, my eldest daughter will
be graduating from University in the next few weeks. What more can a
mother ask for! I not only have two beautiful daughters, but they BOTH
have brains! ;) Brightness seems to run in the family. Thinks it's not
just about looking beautiful....you have to have the brains to go with
it to complete the whole package. ;)
Good luck to Lauren and the very best of Luck to Catherine. I wish you both well. I love you to bits. :)
Yay! We're all in the 'A' Team now. ;)
I applaud anyone who can apply themselves and who can get further to
achieve something beyond just school level. Further education isn't
always easy, particularly if you are studying full time. It can
sometimes make you feel a little down when you see some of your friends
working and earning a wage and you're still studying. Thinking positive
at this stage and looking to the future can make the difference and I
am sure the workforce will welcome many new Graduates. :)
This morning I went to pick
my daughter Catherine up so that we could spend some time together. Our
morning began with a slight hiccup however when the RAC man told me
there was nothing to worry about, we were soon on our way again. :)
stopped off at a quaint little village pub, The Prince of Wales PH,
Hilton to have a drink before we set off again to grab a light lunch
together. Afterwards we went to book our cinema tickets at Cineworld. The film we went to watch was "Nut Job" ...an animated film. I enjoyed the film
immensely. The characters were really colourful.
The film starred: Will Arnette as Surly, Liam Neeson as Racoon and Robert Tinkler as Buddy, it was well worth a watch. :)
So funny! Parking
the car at the Cineworld car-park turned out to be somewhat amusing!
The only space I
could find in the whole of the car-park, left half of my car parked in a
huge puddle. I was unable to get out of
the drivers side, therefore I had to climb out of the car from the
passenger side! Eww I had a fitted skirt on at the time. It was
hilarious to say the
least. My daughter Catherine was in fits of laughter. It seems you have
two pathways in life and I chose the correct one on this occasion,
apart from the gear stick. ;o) Thankfully the drainage system worked by
the time we got back to
the car after the film. ;)
wondering... If you knew someone for almost a lifetime, could you really
love with the person many years later? Is that possible? Is it likely
to spoil the good relationship/friendship which you already have
together? Ah! But what if you knew each other when you were children,
but you don't meet up again until you're adults? Would you still see
that person as the same child you once knew, or would you see them in a
different light? :)
When I was growing up we did not have Facebook or Twitter, therefore without
the social networking sites that you have today, it wasn't possible to
keep in touch with all of your school chums and childhood friends, those you
knew when you were a child. Therefore, if you've not known too much
about a person for a number of years, if you meet up together many years
later, it's likely to be similar to meeting any stranger for the first
time. You begin by getting to know the person all over again. You're
likely to get along, or you're likely to hate each other because people
tend to change as they get older. ;) That's unless you've remained in
contact with each other throughout the years. :)
Hmm I don't know. So far I've never managed to fall in love with anyone I knew as a child. I've never said never though.;)
have managed to make contact with a few childhood male friends in the
past couple of years. LOL I've not fallen for any of them though....besides, they're all married now. :o)
I used to be a fan of Twitter, but I am afraid to say that ever
since they've made all of the photographs only viewable singularly, so that
it magnifies part of a photograph only, I am sad to say that I am not a fan of it anymore!!!
all very well being able to post photographs onto the site, however I much prefer to
view the whole picture and not when it only magnifies part of the
photograph! I have noticed that some of my photographs only zoom in
on my chest! I don't want anyone zooming in on my chest. I have more to me than just my chest!
I used to like Twitter, however I am
definitely NOT a fan of it anymore! Well not until they change it back
to how it used to be that is.:)
This evening I went to see the brilliant film "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes". I thoroughly enjoyed watching the film. The film starred Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Andy Serkis :)
I almost did not go to watch the film this evening. It was a spur of the moment decision. I had originally thought about going to Tolethorpe to watch a Shakespeare play with a friend, however things don't always go according to the way they are planned sometimes. To weather wasn't good at all for going to an open air theatre. ;o)
I used to be a huge fan of the TV series named "Planet of the Apes" when I was a child. The actor Roddy McDowell used to play the part of Galen, who was the main character in the programme. The computer generated characters in the film were just brilliant! The apes looked so life like. Amazing!
The war between man and ape was not a war between good and evil, it was war of fear, revenge and misunderstandings which left us all in a dilemma of not really knowing whose side you wanted to be on. You could understand both sides of their story and why it was necessary for them to stand up for what they believe in.
Haha there was a laugh out loud moment from me! The part when one of the apes discovers the human hideout and their many weapons. The ape was filled with anger but it was so funny when he tries to save himself and his 'angry look' changed very quickly from complete anger to totally dopey! He blows a raspberry!! So funny. ;)
I've had a fabulous weekend. This evening was the climax of such a great week of birthday fun which included a trip to London with my Mum. :)
I went to watch "Guardians of the Galaxy" this evening. What a fabulous film!!! I thoroughly enjoyed the film. It was an action packed Sci-Fi film with a difference. The film was filled with good humour.... and what a great sound-track! :)
The film starred: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro. What a fabulous cast!
There were a few laugh out loud moments. LOL right at the beginning when Star-Lord starts dancing. You don't expect it. So funny! I was amused throughout the film.
I loved the end when the stick started dancing to the Michael Jackson song. So funny. ;) The film is definitely worth a watch, especially to see the cute little character 'Rocket'.
The film tells the story of Star-Lord Aka Quill who steals a mysterious orb and he becomes the target of a manhunt led by Ronan the Accuser. Quill creates a team known as the 'Guardians
of the Galaxy' to save the world from the villain Ronan who sets out rule the Galaxy with the powers of the orb. The soundtrack is amazing. I loved it! I can't wait until the sequel. :)