It was different……..

In my earlier Today is………….. post I said our time was our own and we wouldn’t be doing very much.

Well, the paper flowers weren’t experimented with, a little bit of shopping was done, the chili and pasta didn’t work for Hubby, we’ve resolved the mystery of an intermittent bip, my laptop has fully recovered from battery drainage, we’ve painted the ceiling in the hall, and managed a walk round the block.

Town was busy today, and we were in and out of the supermarket as fast as we could. It was not pleasant, but we got what we wanted, and Hubby bought me some flowers!

Dinner was OK for me, but the pasta, although cooked long and thoroughly, was too chewy for Hubs, so he ended up ditching his dinner and having a frozen lasagna instead, which did go down very well, so no major hunger stakes.

Yesterday my laptop suddenly died, everything went black and all the lights went off. Continue reading

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Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: 2021: Week #16

Roger Shipp is our host for FFftPP. You can find out more here

Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner is a weekly writing challenge designed for both the flash fiction newbie and the more experienced writer. It is the desire of this challenge to allow writers the opportunity to clear the cobwebs from a more tedious and involved project. Becoming a part of a new and growing writer’s community might be just what the doctor ordered to rejuvenate your writing juices.

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He was late and she’d kill him.
Traffic was horrendous, yet he’d allowed plenty of time.
Just his luck to get caught behind a dawdler, and there was no place for him to safely pass.
He looked at his watch. Ten minutes had stretched to twenty, then thirty.
He was a dead man walking, or maybe driving. She would never forgive him for this.
He eventually made the turn and pulled up outside, just as another car screeched to a standstill about a foot from his front bumper.
His bride hit the gravel running from the back seat, then stopped dead in her tracks.
Then they both burst out laughing and walked into the little chapel arm in arm.

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A life well lived…

Thank you.

France & Vincent

Excerpts from the funeral service held at Watermead Crematorium, Aylesbury…



Sue Vincent, 14th September 1958 – 29th March 2021

‘We prepare to receive one whose life has been well lived…’


Procession entry music: ‘Vincent’, Don Maclean…


The best of times, the worst of times…

Sue was born in Yorkshire in 1958, into a family that was about as spiritually eclectic as you can get. The various members were Jewish / Buddhist / Methodist (with High Church for special occasions), with one grandfather who taught her very early about the Qabalistic Tree of Life, the other a Spiritualist minister, and one grandmother a noted psychic, like her mother before her. She attended the Zion Baptist Sunday School with Hindu and Moslem friends…

A better culture for one who was destined to serve as a Priestess of the Western Magical Tradition could hardly be imagined…


Sue’s first…

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Friday Fictioneers: 23rd April

Check out Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneer challenge here
Our photo this week is provided by David Stewart

The blue and pink orbs glowed in the darkness, shuffling forward in silence.
They were told to follow The Light.
The Light held the answer and would deliver them.
The Wheel of Light beckoned, and once absorbed into its white brightness, they would become pure and eternal.

47 words

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A Farewell to Sue Vincent

Thank you for letting us know and for sharing this saddest time.
Thoughts are with you all today. R.I.P Sue.

Sun in Gemini

Today will be the funeral of our dear friend and fellow Director of the Silent Eye, Sue Vincent. Many words have been said over the past two weeks… Today is a simple goodbye for a few family and friends.

For those who might wish to know what is happening today, we include, above, the two pages of a simple tri-fold ‘Order of Service’ document, that we have produced, ourselves, for distribution at the Crematorium in Aylesbury. As you can see, many people have contributed content for this. The Celebrant is an old friend and fellow light-worker, Lorraine Munn, asked by Sue, prior to her death, to conduct this. There is also a poem by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, Director of the Servants of the Light. Two poems written by Sue feature in the programme.

In honour of Sue, this will be our last post of this week.

Thank you to everyone who…

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Lookie Lookie!!

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed on their blogs, but my viewing figures have dropped considerably over the past month.

Not that I’m worried as I tend to go more with the comments than views, but it’s definitely noticeable, though I had a good day on Monday with 383 views having published 8 posts (it was a challenge day).

Today in my notifications, I had a newbie.

I wonder why WP picked out this number for recognition?

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Today is Wednesday 21st April

Happy Birthday to our Queen who is 95 today. After recent events and Covid, there will be no National celebrations, but from what I’ve read, the Royal Family will be visiting her in relay to mark the occasion.
The day has dawned cold and windy. We turned the heating off yesterday as we have several times during the day over the past week as it’s been so warm and sunny, but my feet and hands are cold so it’s going on again together with the kettle for a third cuppa!

I have done my Rita Meter Maid impression and we are looking good, having used just £9 of energy this week. My new spreadsheet is working well, as this includes the daily standard charge too, so when our bills come in, I’ll have no nasty surprises. We take full advantage of fixed tariffs, and this one expires at the end of September. Even if the new company end up charging us monthly in full rather than a budget plan spreading the cost over the year, I’m getting a good idea of how much we spend. It may sound a little extreme or obsessive, but we refuse to be cold in the winter and I can make allowances elsewhere.

Today will see day 2 of the chili I made yesterday. Hubby managed it with no problems after whizzing his portion, and today he fancies pasta rather than a jacket potato with it. Using the same quills as I do for his McCheese this should also be OK. We’re getting there.
Tomorrow will see us with either stew or something shop-bought depending on when we get back from his hospital appointment.

The other day I was cutting out flowers and butterflies from pretty paper bags. I might have a go at using them today and see how they work out. Pointless doing loads and then finding them no good. I’ve thought about if the double sided tape shows through and have decided to do thin strips radiating out from the centre to the edge which might make it look like part of the petal rather than an ugly blob. We shall see. I’ve also got an idea for abstracts which might work for my Hello cards.

Our day is otherwise our own to do as we please, though with this wind, we will not be venturing far. What are your plans?

Take care and keep safe everyone.



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Three Things Challenge #575

Welcome to The 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.
You can use 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and my logo if you wish.

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:


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5 Things Tuesday —- 5 Favourite Canned Foods

Nip over to Dr Tanya at Salted Caramel and have some fun with this!

Although it cannot take the place of fresh food, you can’t beat tinned food for convenience. Requiring no special storage conditions and taking up very little storage space, canned food can be a life saver.
Today she asks you to name 5 favourites. These can be ready to eat or ingredients for your recipes.
1. I remember as a kid Mum buying me small tins of Heinz Beans with sausages for the holidays. We had no microwave but it was something I could put in a saucepan and heat for my lunch at an early age as I had already mastered TOAST!
Those sausages had a taste al of their own.

2. Peaches. I love tinned peaches, preferring the slices to halves as you seemed to get more. Great with evaporated milk or ice cream!

3. Corned beef. A good standby for a hash with beans and potatoes, also out of tins by the way.

4. Tapioca pudding. Much as rice pudding is OK, there is something about tapioca, which is delicious hot or cold.

5. Tuna fish. Mix with mash for fish cakes, or use in a freshly baked baguette with mayo. It’s also a good filling for a jacket potato or with salad.

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Photo Challenge #362

Nekneeraj is back with our Tuesday photo challenge. You can find out more here

Photo by Kamil Rybarski on
We were inseparable you and I,
Together forever under blue skies
Our hearts echoed each other
As love sought to smother
Differences in culture and pain.
Now here alone I sit,
Watching the waters drift
Taking my memories with it.
This is my parting gift
Until we meet again.
Your essence is the light within,
The water cools my naked skin,
Contrasts always, a fight we can’t win,
How can True Love be considered a sin?
My world is empty without you.
I’ll be with you my dearest, in time,
I have your heart, I gave you mine,
Our limbs and bodies will once more entwine,
United, inseparable, the perfect design,
Together forever under skies of blue.

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