My Sunday Photo: By the sea…

At the end of half-term we won’t away for a few days to
South West Scotland, not quite sure what to expect as it’s not somewhere we’d been before but also because it was Scotland at the end of October. I expected rain. We got glorious sunshine. Plus a lovely beach perfect for hunting in rock pools.

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Unfortunately, the angle of the sun made most of my photos too dark but this one captures just how glorious the day and the view were I think.

Emma x

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Made it myself: French Toast (with an ice-cream twist)

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I am a big believer in breakfast – well on a weekend at least, where we tend to go all out on at least one of the two “S” days.  One of the things I like best is it gets the family round the table (with even my mom and dad coming over) and there isn’t much better than that.

A firm favourite is French Toast, which I have been making for years.  It isn’t your standard “eggy bread” in that it’s pretty much a heart attack on a plate given how much cream I use but it’s oh so good.  Continue reading

Do I want or do I need “it”?

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Earlier this week, I was reading an article about Affluenza, the idea that we are a consumerist society and we buy what we want, when we want it, and that this way of living puts the way we live in danger.  So, the example is given, if we are thirsty and out and about, we buy a bottle of water – drinking the water and throwing away the bottle, giving no thought to the natural resources that have gone into making that bottle (resources that are finite) or to the damage that bottle might be doing to the environment.

The article wasn’t saying that we shouldn’t buy things but it was making the case that, as a society, we are somewhat addicted to buying things for the sake of buying them.  It was saying that if you buy something then love it, care for it, and use it until it needs replacing.  Only this way will we change the way we live and the way we think.  We will all end up better off financially and mentally because an addiction to buying things can be more than a bit stressful. Continue reading

Music for Monday: Ghost Town by The Specials

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This weekend we were away, doing all types of Halloween-y things, including dancing one too many times to The Time Warp and Monster Mash.  It was fun though and, at first I was going to share one of these songs with you today.  Then, yesterday, whilst carving pumpkins and talking ghosts I started singing Ghost Town by The Specials.  And now it’s stuck in my head and I can’t get it out.  I know technically it’s not a spooky song (given it’s about how crappy life was in the late 70’s if you were unemployed in Britain – though maybe that makes it a scary song?) but it’s got ghost in the title so it fits – kind of – with the season….
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My Sunday Photo: a spooky sarcophagus (just for Halloween)…

In keeping with the season, I thought I would share a photo I actually took this summer on a visit to Witley Court & Gardens and the neighbouring Great Witley Parish Church.

There, we were able to take a tour of the crypt – where this photo was taken and where I get to the “in keeping with the season” as the crypt, like this photo, was just a little bit spooky …

p.s. I’m also quite please how this turned out given it was behind glass – no glare!

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Smile (it might make someone’s day)…

selfie-465563_1920A couple of years ago, at a work’s conference, I was lucky enough to hear from a guest speaker who told the story of how he had been contemplating suicide and how a complete stranger, seeing he was in trouble, had taken the time to stop and talk to him, to find out what was going on and help him get help.

It was an amazingly powerful story but one thing in particular stuck with me.  It was when he said that, as he went out on what he thought would be his last day, he had made himself a deal – if one person smiled at him, just one, he wouldn’t kill himself.  For people who are feeling sad or lonely, he said, one smile can make all the difference. Continue reading

Music for Monday: Road to Nowhere

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This week, it feels like I have been bumping into Talking Heads – there music has in the movies my daughter has been watching (yes, kids movies) and it’s been on the TV shows I’ve been watching (well one – Mindhunter, which you should definitely check out).

Talking Heads are a band I used to love but seem to have forgotten about.  The same with David Byrne, who I have seen live two or three times and think is brilliant as a live act.  Not anymore.  They have been on repeat on Spotify this whole last week and the vinyl has been dug out and danced along too.  I have missed them!

This was the song that started it, so I thought I would share…

What do you think – are you a Talking Heads fan? And what have you been listening to this week – let me know I’m nosey and need to know!

Enjoy!

Emma x

Favourite things #3: running apps

favourite thingsEarlier this week, I wrote about my new found love for running.  And when I say new, I mean very new, in that I’ve only been doing it for four weeks.  Perhaps it’s not as odd as I first thought that I enjoy it as I used to do long distance and cross country running at school.  It isn’t like this is the first time I have tried running again though in the 30-ish years since I last donned my trainers properly.  It’s just the first time it seems to have stuck.

The reason – running apps – and this whole idea of going from “couch to 5K” in eight weeks.  Whilst I know they won’t be for everyone, they have worked for me.  There are a lot out there, and I feel like I’ve tried them all, well at least the free ones (because I’m cheap!).  Three have stood out and I thought I would share them here for anyone who, like me, needs a little motivation to get out there… Continue reading

Feeling the burn…

So, something has happened to me these last few weeks, something I never in a million years would have expected.  It started when I quit work and began planning for the future me, the one that wouldn’t always be tired, and stressed, and grumpy with – well, pretty much anyone who crossed my path some days.

First off, I decided to get a little creative and start using a bullet journal.  It was fun.  I got a bit carried away.  One of the things I got carried away with was putting together an exercise plan.  Wasn’t one of my goals now I had time on my hands to get fit after all?  It’s not the prettiest plan you’ve ever seen (though it does have different coloured squares for different exercises) but it turns out it works.  Every day I take a look and do what it tells me to do. Continue reading