Maggie is our host this week and you can find her post here
Maybe it’s a song that brings back good memories. Maybe it was your first radio or record player – or iPod depending on your age. Maybe it is the song that always moves you to tears. What song was played at your wedding? Did you have band posters hanging on your bedroom walls? What are your music-connected memories?
Music has played a very important part in my life and it is with regret that I am unable to play the piano as much as I used to due to the arthritis in my hands.
The links above go to earlier posts about how much my music meant to me, and if you haven’t read them, might be worth a look. They are a bit long winded though as I wrote them when I first started my blog in 2013.
I now have a Yamaha digital piano, and play it occasionally. Continue reading
KL Caley is our hostess for the Thursday Write Photo. You can join in here
Images : KL Caley
For visually challenged writers, the image shows lots of trays of British money from coppers to notes.
Money. I hate it, hate being out of touch with it, hate it when people earning tens of thousands say they cannot manage, hate it when the politicians bleed the little guy to fund their expense account and pay rises.
As a kid, I had pocket money to the tune of six shillings (that would be 30p in today’s money) and at 12 when I was having my piano lessons, it was ‘increased’ to £1, but my 14 shilling lesson had to come out of that, so I still had my six bob.
I had a Post Office account and when I’d saved a pound or two, made a deposit into it.
I also had a sweet tooth, so it took a while to save a pound, but I got there, especially if I wanted something in particular.
Everyone bought me Lego for birthdays or Christmas (I’d actually wanted Meccano but they misunderstood), Continue reading
Stephanie Colpron is our hostess for MLMM’s Tale Weaver. You can find out more and join in here
Today I’d like you to share a story of fear. Because whether we like it or not, we all have them. They sometimes shape us as much as our successes and failures, our relationships or our education… So what place does fear have in your life? Is there one specific fear you have conquered? Or one you just can’t confront? I’ve tried numerous times to confront my terror of heights; but every time I lose.
My biggest fear is still spiders, though I am not as bad as I was. I wrote about it originally here and reblogged it last year for another challenge as it stems from having one thrown at me as a child.
I tried self help by watching the movie Arachnid Continue reading
Welcome to my daily Three Things Challenge.
Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. Simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.
You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
Remember to tag your responses with 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC and you can also add my logo if you wish, the roses of which are from our Peace bush last year.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. You might like to check out some of the other contributions while you’re there.
I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
I look forward to reading your responses, and as always thank you all for your continued support.
Your three things today are:
It is midnight plus forty five, so the day has just started but we haven’t signed off for the night. I couldn’t tell you what the weather is doing as it’s dark outside, but it’s pretty quiet, so it’s not raining or windy.
It’s a special day today as my late FIL would have been 100 years old today. Sadly he passed away in 2004, but we shall be lighting a candle for him later in the day.
I had a soft spot for Hubby’s Dad. It took a while to appreciate his sense of humour, but we got on very well and I have a host of fond memories concerning cakes, playing Father Christmas, roast dinners, and our debates. Oh how I miss our debates. Sometimes he would deliberately take the opposite view and although sometimes things got a bit heated, it was just the passion of what we believed or how we felt.
He was already retired from the army when Hubby and I got together, though he did have his reservations when we first met. Apparently he said I seemed like a nice girl, but did he (Hubby) know what he was doing?
He was over the moon for us when we paid off our mortgage, bartered with us for a new computer when he gave up driving and insisted Hubby have his car which was only a few years old, and I have visions of him chatting with my Dad over a glass of homebrew and tucking into one of my Mum’s apple pies.
Happy birthday Dad. We miss you ❤
Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is our lovely hostess for the Friday Fictioneers photo challenge.
Our photo this week is courtesy of Liz Young.
So pretty and dazzling,
Lights shimmering, reflective:
What lies beneath though
Is empty and deceptive.
Hypnotic and inviting
Summon you to spend
On trinkets and tacky items
You don’t want in the end.
Sparkle banners glisten,
Music tinkles in your ear,
All part of the process
Of drawing you ever near.
At the touch of a switch
Power motors fade away
Darkness falls and silence,
Marks another profitable day.
Oh wow. This is Fandango’s question this week:
If you were forced to choose, would you rather live without the internet or live without air conditioning and heating? Why?
We don’t have air conditioning in our property (other than opening the windows or door), but we do have central heating. This is run by gas, but requires electricity to run the pump. If the electricity fails, we have no heat as there is no other source of heat here.
In the cottage, we were all electric with oil fired central heating, which again required an electric pump. However, we had a multi purpose stove (log burner) in our lounge and could boil a kettle or cook a meal on the top in a pan if necessary.
Modern properties rely too much on electricity IMO, so without it, there would be a lot of discomfort in the colder months, many people dying of hypothermia being unable to heat their homes or cook themselves a hot meal.
It is something we have been thinking about actually, as although our house is very well insulated, if we can’t get it warm to start with, basically we’re stuffed.
The internet is useful, informative and a source of entertainment, plus our blogs are a pleasure for us both. Take that away, and after the initial shock of having to do without, we would find other means to occupy our time.
So in answer to Fandango’s question, I refuse to be cold for the sake of a sometimes iffy signal, and being old school anyway, would probably welcome going back to ‘the old ways’.
It is a beautiful day and this was what we saw when we pulled back the curtains at 6.30 this morning:
I cropped it to give you a better view:
We’re going for a walk this morning before we settle down to do anything as it is such a lovely day. I have a letter to post to my Aunt and I’ll be writing my Hello cards to our friends this weekend. I am hoping to make some more suitable cards for that this afternoon as my supply is very low.
We had a walk round the park last night and it was so peaceful. The geese are everywhere, flying off during the day and returning in the evening. We must have had well over 100 fly over the house the other night.
Hubby took this of our Dipper family. We think these are the last of the ducklings, and so nice to see the family intact from the first time we saw them. So cute.
The pictures in this post were taken with the Nikon.
Have a lovely day everyone. Keep safe and take care.