Headline comment: can you believe it?

I saw this yesterday and shook my head in disbelief (source).

Every bride-to-be wants a day to remember, but I have to ask if this is a legitimate report about someone who has no sense of monetary value, or a wind up for attention press.

Ten thousand pounds could pay for an entire wedding, but obviously exotic surroundings and ‘appearances’ count more than the importance of the ceremony itself as a couple commit themselves to each other for life.
Call me old fashioned, and even as a divorcee on her second marriage, I took my vows very seriously and our wedding day in 1991 was for us, not the world or our relatives to awe at.

Ten thousand pounds per person, and the bride is upset that her sibling simply cannot afford it for herself, let alone her partner and child.
Ten thousand pounds to attend a wedding that seems to lack common sense and practicality for guests, even if there was possibly a short holiday at the same time.
Ten thousand pounds is more than some people earn in a year.

Then you have the parents offering to pay!
Nice thought, and they obviously haven’t got money problems and their other daughter is marrying into money anyway. Talk about how the other half live.
It’s unreal, it’s selfish and it’s cruel, and emphasises that there are many who have no idea about money, assume they can have everything they want, when they want it and where, and that everyone they know can afford to watch.

Of course have a wonderful wedding in paradise if that’s what you want and cost is not an issue. A private affair with a select few who can afford to attend without hardship, and then have a fantastic celebration party for all your friends and family when you get back.

As an aside:
My niece had an exotic wedding attended by both sets of parents and a few friends.
It lasted less than a year, but wow, my sister got to swim with dolphins and at least she didn’t have to foot the bill.

I’m with the sister on this, and the purchase of a house is more practical than someone’s Big Day. Just think of the waste of all those tens of thousands of pounds that lined someone else’s pocket if this one went belly up. No refunds obviously and the credit companies are increasing their shares dividends.

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Heaven on my ceiling

I am lying here on the bed
The fan going above my head,
Such bliss I feel in the breeze,
From my toes and across my knees,
Over my stomach, up to my chest,
Luxury coolness, the very best.
Maggie is snoring at my side,
Stretched out herself, no longer fried,
Content and comfy, bless her cotton socks,
So glad all the contents were in the box:
Touch and go with some missing screws
Attached elsewhere, no doubt to amuse
The packers on the factory floor
Hiding those vital securing four.
All installed and working a treat,
Finally we’ll all get a good night’s sleep!

Photo: pre fan, May 2019

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Tagged for December

I like being prepared, and those familiar with my blog know I prefer to make my own cards rather than buy them.
Last year, I used every Christmas card I had, so started making a few at a time when I felt in the mood to have a session.

It’s been hot and muggy again today. We got the washing done and out on the line before 8am, had breakfast and then took the dog for a walk before going to the garden centre.
We were after a ceramic pot for our ginger roots and the ones locally were upwards of £25.
I anticipated the garden centre would be more expensive, but they had a 50% discount sale on and quite a choice. We settled on a large green pot that goes well with a ceramic plate we bought last year, and believe it had the wrong sticker on it so we got it for £7.49 instead of £14.50 as were other pots of that size.

After lunch, I got my card making kit out and got busy.
Some time ago I bought 3 packs of festive parcel tags and have been using those for my cards with pretty paper backgrounds.
So far, they’ve come up really well and these are from today’s session and one last week.

Also today I made a couple of flowery ones for birthdays which were a bit fiddly as the quality wasn’t that good (aka cheap at 50p a sheet!) and the perforations not all complete so I had to be careful not to tear the layers.

But as always there is one that I am really pleased with and it’s neither for friend nor family, but a young man who lives in the next road who lives with his Dad who is not in good health.
Not knowing his tastes or interests, I wanted something basic but attractive, and I think this went together very well. I added a ‘Happy Birthday’ on the inside.

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Sunshine Blogger award nomination

Many thanks to Sadje who has kindly nominated me for this award.
Congratulations to her for the multiple nominations in multiple categories which are all very well deserved!

The Sunshine Blogger Award is peers recognition award for bloggers who inspire readers by promoting positivity and bringing joy.


• Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.

• Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.

• Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.

• Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.

• List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.
I have this one a couple of times under my belt, but it’s always nice to be nominated for such things, and I like to participate by answering the questions.

Sadje’s are:

1. What is the most important thing in life for you?
Being loved and allowed to love in return.

2. Do your friends and family support you in blogging ( or any other passion of your’s)?
I think those who know about it do sometimes.

3. Which is your favorite flavor, in ice cream?
Honeycomb and butterscotch.

4. What would be your dream job?
I had it in 1996 to 2001 as a financial analyst for the bank before being made redundant.

5. Who is your favorite actor, or author ( if you don’t watch movies)?
Hugh Jackman currently, though I did like Clint Walker and James Stewart.

6.What are your ambitions for the next year?
We want to get our health issues sorted.

7. How do you think the world is going to cope with environmental challenges?
It’s all words and no action IMO, and I wish there was a reset switch.

8. What would be your ideal holiday?
Visiting Bro again in NZ

9. How has your way of thinking changed with age?
I’m not so trusting and think things through more. That might make me cynical but too many people have been nice to me only for what I can do for them, and I’ve had enough.

10. Which season describes your personality?
Depends on my mood which is as changeable and unpredictable as the seasons themselves. If I had to chose one, I’d probably go with Autumn, casting off the old, having a rest and then looking for fresher times and ideas.

Crunch time for nominees now and I’m at a loss as most of my choices have already been nominated!
I’ll throw out 11 questions though for anyone who’d like to answer.

1. Did you imagine having a blog five years before you actually started one?

2. Mother, Father, Uncle, Aunt, Sibling, grandparent, son, daughter………… who are you closest to in your family?

3. How many jobs have you held throughout your working life and which was your favourite?

4. Would you rather have a million bucks/pounds in one hit tax free, or a million spread over the next ten years?

5. What is your favourite plant/flower?

6. What, in your opinion, is the most useful household gadget/appliance?

7. Would you like a trip to the Moon?

8. What is the best thing about your life at the moment?

9. What is your favourite hobby, or one you would like to take up?

10. Eating out and a two course meal, would you have a
starter and main
main and dessert?

11. What is your favourite thing in Nature (can be animal, landscape, season etc)

Once again, thanks to Sadje for the nomination.

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Sunday Photo Fiction: 21st July

Thanks Donna for setting the challenge this week:

Photo by Arun Sharma on Unsplash

The room housed eight chairs and a small table.
At first it looked like a railway carriage, but apart from a no smoking sign under the window that looked out over nothing in particular and a nondescript painting on the wall, it was pretty featureless.
Patients were shown inside and allocated a seat with a curt
‘The Doctor will be with you shortly.’

NHS Medicine had come a long way over the last seventy five years, but little had been spent in the way of surroundings and comfort.
Your fate was in the colour upon which you sat, but you didn’t realise that.
Out of every eight that entered, only two left.
All were sedated via the overhead vent, and those on the lighter chairs euthanised as their ailments were considered expensive to treat and a drain on society. The two that remained were injected with mind changing medication, coming out feeling miraculously cured and totally unaware of the other six people that had entered the room with them.
It was a licence to kill, but for the common good as human decency had long since been disbanded.

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Sunday Whirl wordle #413

Welcome to this week’s Sunday Whirl courtesy of BWarren.

He was so smug because he found it simple to channel his charm to the limit, and hold no conscience for hurting anyone in his way.
Sage was facing the trauma of indecision and wanted to claw his eyes out, punch that fine chiselled rock chin into next week. All she needed was the signal from her superior and she could let fly, then run like hell.

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FOWC with Fandango — Productive

It was only a small concern, a side line behind a cafe, but productive.
Ages of staff ranged from 13 to 80, each assigned to what they were capable of, the youngest with the nimblest fingers putting the finishing touches to the product.
The goods were weighed, bagged, sealed, boxed and cellophaned, then packed together in multiples of dozens and gross in brown paper for delivery.
It was a good job, and you got free samples.

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