John Wasn't
Sixty Years

Summer is on it's way. 

Summer is on its way at last. I recently took the above pano of the very colourful beach huts along the seafront at Hove. For those of you who know us, NO that is not Geoff jogging along the seafront!

The other sign that summer is on its way is that we went out today and purchased a motor home. It is being 'bespoke' (so to speak) at present and Read More...

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Snow in Sussex 

Well after visiting Lancashire and admiring the snow up there it must have 'followed us home' to Sussex. Last Sunday we had quite a covering here in Worthing. But by time we went out on Monday it had already started disappearing from the downs. The above pano was taken from 'Jack and Jill' windmills to the north of Brighton. Today I've been out in the garden putting in my Sweet Peas and it was really warm in the sun . This weather is really unpredictable. I do like the way the press have stopped using the phrase global warming and have replaced it with the phrase climate change. I'm sorry but I for one am not convinced - I really don't think the records go back far enough for anyone to say that there is any significant changes. It is generally agreed that there have been three mini ice ages, beginning about 1650, about 1770, and 1850, each separated by slight warming intervals, but the scientists are still arguing and debating about those! I love the comment I heard the other day that weather forecasters are the only people who continually mess up their jobs but still manage not to get sacked! Me I'll just carry on taking the weather as it comes!

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Back From Lancashire 

We have not long returned from a visit to Lancashire and whilst there we also enjoyed travelling round Yorkshire Derbyshire & Cumbria. There was just a light dusting of snow which wasn't enough to stop us exploring but as you can see from above did add to the scenic beauty of the places visited. The wind was biting at times and as they say in Lancs it was a 'lazy' wind - went straight through you instead of round! It bought back memories of my Mum trudging me around Chorley Market to get her bargains whilst I complained constantly how cold I was, she must have had some patience! Whenever I say to people down here in Sussex that I am visiting Lancashire their eyes glaze over and they don't look impressed at all but it will never stop me enthusing about the place. The countryside is beautiful, the markets are PROPER markets, the cost of living is still cheaper,(Just!) and the people are friendlier! Just wish it was a bit warmer but you can't have everything.

We also visited Worden Park in Leyland which was the inspiration for my Dragon Story in the hope I could get some more inspiration and continue the story!!! I really must - so watch this space. Trouble is I must become more disciplined in my writing, I easily become distracted and I like to think that the housework shopping etc is done before I sit down to write.

I'm off to get myself in the right frame of mind!

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Sorry this is just me testing that the emoticons I have downloaded actually work!

bobobo ))))))))))!!


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Mothers Day 
Well isn't Mothers day early this year? I wonder how many people have been caught out. My son visited and I enjoyed a nice meal last night, breakfast in bed, and some lovely pressies! Mothers day always brings to mind mine and my husbands Mums who sadly are no longer with us. I can remember when I was younger 'the oldies' used to come out with what I felt were stupid statements at the time but the older I become the more I can relate to those words of wisdom. Today I really now know you don't know what you've got till it's gone.But I found this while smurfing the net and it made me smile.....................


1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
" Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your Neck, you're not going
to the store with me."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your Neck!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."

19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My mother taught me HUMOUR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

25. And my favourite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you"

Well I know I'm proud of my son, I just hope Mum was proud of me!
Happy mothers day to all mums everywhere, sometimes it's a hard job - but we all get our rewards one way or another!


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