Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Nuclear war ? No Problem We Are British And We Have Tea

I drink tea , I love tea and when I am not drinking tea I am thinking about tea and I even it times of adversity people have always though of tea . Threat of nuclear way well jolly make sure we have tea and a source of hot water it won't matter that you can't go outside for a million years just as long as us British have the tea we will be ok .

I love cats as well and I've written about cats and tea too , in fact I writing this now drinking tea . I’ve a habit of saying where and I want to go and I’ve a habit of if I want something I’ll get it 

“ Sod it if I want a cream tea I’ll jolly well have it “

Tea I love tea.

"Happiness is just a tea cup away "

Happiness Is Just A Tea Cup Away

Sometimes I just speak my mind but always with politeness ever so much politeness and I wonder because I choose to speak my mind if that perplexes people. People always have a concept of how you are how you should be how you should act. But if I have a cup of tea with a friend and cake then I really can be myself with no filters and that’s refreshing because people really do like me for who I am .

I had tea with a friend and I was brought coffee by mistake and I nearly just settled with it just to be polite.But I was encouraged to speak up speak out and go for my beloved cup of tea and I was jolly glad I did. If I don’t get my tea levels I do go feral as I have to keep my tea levels topped up.

“happiness is just a tea cup away “

Tea I love tea be it virtual and or real tea I just love tea .

Being myself is really important and I like that and you know what even the other day I treated myself to some new socks , I love socks as much as I like a cup of tea.

Cat Ownership

Cat ownership

Cat ownership it is a slippery slope I tell you well obviously you start with a cat or maybe 2 or perhaps a herd then you find yourself owning

1. A Cat blouse
2. Cat socks
3. Cat jumper
4. Cat mugs
5. Cat ornaments

And speak nothing of all the paraphallnallia  that comes with the cat bed, food, toys and more toys , I am frightened randomly when the cat dives towards the chair giving me a heart attack. Though I do suspect my cat is trying to kill me especially as it hides on the stairs I always have to make sure I turn the landing light on as it sides on the middle stair being helpful.

And you’re not really a cat owner unless you’ve apologised to your cat ...


You don’t know what you’ve done wrong but you know you’ve done something and nothing holds a grudge like a cat can.

That’s when your cat isn’t trying to star in it’s own art house noir film.


Friday, 9 March 2018

Cats with Whisker Stress

Cats with Whisker stress it isn't a cat that is stressed with a certain brand of cat food but more a cat with sensitive whiskers 

I had noticed Jack dropping his food on the floor and far from being fickler picky  I thought that something else had to be going on and thats' when I came across whisker stress. Whisker stress means a cat could be sensitive to their whiskers touching the sides of their bowl.

Some common signs of this sensitivity are:
  • Scooping the food out of the bowl onto the floor
  • Taking a few bites and walking away and then coming back
  • Leaving the bottom or side layer of food in the bowl most of the time
A simple solution to reduce or eliminate whisker stress is to switch their food and water dishes to flatter, wider-style bowls.

And I know that I could just put down a saucer but Jack is an older cat and I believe our pets deserve to be treated with respect in their older years.

I tried ordering a bowl off Amazon but it wasn't what I wanted and for the money I just knew something better had to be out there , Jack didn't need fancy bowl personalisation I mean cats can't read can they although I am pretty sure they can when I try to give my middle class cat a cheaper brand of cat food.So after scouring the internet I came across the Oblik Lordly Puss bowl which is art in a cat bowl and as well as helping to relieve whisker stress it also aids with good posture and we all know good posture is part of good manners.

Yes the cat bowl his £12.95 and yes the delivery was £2.95 but I think my cat is worth it and it is a bowl that will last.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Having A Nemesis In Life

We’ve all had a nemesis(an arch enemy ) sometime in life not perhaps a master criminal nemesis like Moriarty but a nemesis in some shape of form. One nemesis I had at school who was always trying to keep one step ahead of me , when it was GCSE's literally strolled 45 minutes into an exam and aced their English Literature exam.

My cat Jack has a nemesis, we call him ‘ Sid Vicious ‘ he’s hard core , he wears a studded collar, he listens to mean deep heavy metal  music,he probably likes Coldplay but doesn’t admit it ( some has to ), What is the measure of a cat this is a question for another time but for now it is the nemesis of ‘Sid Vicious ‘

We are having issues going outside ~ the cat not me as Sid Vicious is a big mean bully with his  studded collar and Jack is scared of him .He can’t grow a pair as the vet took them away.I mean I’m going to have to go round and talk to Sids owners.

Jack needs to reclaim the fence.

Ps Sid is gorgeous to look at though but don’t tell Jack.

Jack likes to keep lookout especially for dogs so when he spots them he can go to the front door ask to go out ( despite having a cat flap ) and sit on the door mat ( stereotypical ) and be able to taunt the dog by just being out of their reach.It is the cat equivalent of sticking 2 fingers up at someone.

He’s a mean bruiser is ‘Sid Vicious ‘ all muscle and he goes 

“Meow Meow hiss Meow Hiss Meow growl “

He’s probably got knuckle dusters as well in his cat basket and watches film like “ Lock Stock and 2 smoking kittens “

I’m not saying we are fanning any flames at all with comments like :

“ oooooh there’s a pussy cat in your garden “

Or “ go get him “... 

This is from Jane Willis who blogs at Onions and Papers and her crafting and cooking posts are legendary.


Sammy and Charlie were very brave cats. Their nemesis was a regular visitor to our garden and we nicknamed him The Enemy. Sammy and Charlie would spend hours sitting at the window snarling threats at him and clattering their jaws in that aggressive way cats have.......just as long as there was a thick pane of glass in between them and him. But if The Enemy ventured into the garden while they were outside, you've never seen two cats rush to the cat flap and the safety of the window quite so fast! “

Jane loves cats as much as I and love her cards that she makes especially her cat cards which are often comical in nature, many thanks to Jane for writing this passage and her crafting cat links.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Taking A Villa Holiday In St Barts

You can't help but think that after this really really cold snowy weather that rather than holidaying in Narnia for once you would like to holiday somewhere with a bit of guaranteed sunshine.I have been looking at sunshine holidays for this year as I am late in booking one, its usually myself that does the research and as a family we ultimately decide It is usually my first choice of idea ,though). I have a friend who is off to the Caribbean soon with her family and they are very excited about it. I just know I am going to have a twinge of jealously when she posts those enticing photos on social media.Now I have never been to the Caribbean but it is a travel destination I would really like to tick off my bucket list. I love travelling, and I am always wanted to do so I do think I have a rather nomadic soul.I could book a stop at a hotel which is all inclusive but there is another option which is to book a villaI could book a villa in St Barts for example.A villa is a good option whether there is a few of you or a big group there will be a villa or villas to suit your needs.

Now what can you do in St Barts?

Well asides from sipping the obligatory cocktail in St Barts there is a wealth of activities to choose from as being in the Caribbean it is the place for some serious me time.and chic French cuisine . St Barts has a  much tropical landscape of soaring mountains and isolated stretches of power soft sand sun soaked beaches there are around 22 beaches on the island and you can see all manner of marine life including turtles. St Barts has a dreamlike quality and a laid back tempo and all the beaches are accessible and free. The capital of the island is Gustavia ideal for for the designer shopping with well known designer names available and you can experience everything from fine dining gourmet restaurants to casual options. You literally can't get a bad meal  as they all serve fresh delicious food. 

You could take a boat trip around the island or learn to windsurf,surfing, kite surfing  or even scuba dive( this could be a good reason to finally learn to swim after all these years ) The water is turquoise and is instagram ready for you without the need for photo shop.St Barts is small ( eight square miles to be exact ) small but beautiful and you''ll feel that being there is very much a bespoke experience and one to savour every moment from.St Barts is a safe Caribbean holiday and that is why celebrities , rock stars and millionaires flock here but even if you aren't a millionaire you can still be part of the scene.

You’ll be aware that some of the Caribbean was devastated by Hurricane Irma , communities are pulling together to get back on their feet and that’s why they need people come and see the restoration of their beautiful islands.The community has made an impressive recovery since the hurricane and they can not wait to welcome you to their island and show you its natural splendour.

Living the Caribbean life is an easy lifestyle option and that is why so many people fall in love with the relaxed way of life, we are often so busy in our lives and don't give ourselves enough to relax rest and unwind.  I feel most relaxed just writing about the Caribbean and I can imagine the colours sights and sound and I feel ready to fly off there right now , I am sure work will not miss me.

St Barts Beach

Why not have a two centre Caribbean holiday and spent some time also in Jamaica ( which is great to take kids to)  is another place I would also like to visit some time in my life.

Disclosure this is a PR collaboration.

Monday, 5 March 2018

The Tale Of A Little Lost Book

This is take of a little lost book that had lost its way unloved unread it was crying out to be loved. It’s not selfish to want attention to be be needed to be loved to be appreciated.

A book is a must needed self indulgence and it’s not a selfish indulgence either.

A library is a care home for books and I’m the custodian , now the care home is over run you might say but who am I to turn away residents?

It was a Christmas present from grandparents to someone ( Christmas 2017)

Now who is to say why this little book lost its way and was all lost and lonely in the charity shop.

This is a book that was asking for more inasmuch as it wanted a new owner and it found one in me.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Having A Second Childhood

I think I’m having a second childhood which isn’t that bad , as basically I’ve never grown up and why should I have to ? Many will say I’m notadulating today but that not my scene to say that. I think it’s good to have a sense of wonder still as that’s what you have in childhood.In childhood you’re wide eyed with wonder and I was always asking searching questions if my school report is to be believed.

Fab ice lolly it’s down there in ice cream folklore as giving you superpowers just the same as a big foot, if you’ve a cider lolly too then I’m putty in your hands.

Cake I loved cake as a child I mean who doesn’t love cake still even in a second childhood, which has to accompanied by a nice cup of tea. Tea always to have the word “nice “ before it , it’s written in the history of tea book.

Before your fancy watches that count your steps and helpfully tell you when to breathe there was the telling the time with the blowing of a Dandelion. And when you can’t find a Dandelion then of course you tell time by “ a freckle past a hair “

Curly Wurlys are the bees knees and excuse me I retreat from the weather crisis and getting excited that there’s going to be a Karate Kid series on Netflix.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Touring North Yorkshire In 3 Days

It seems just a dream of Fish and Chips since we were at Whitby and driving across the moors on a mini tour of Yorkshire , since the teen is at York University studying Archaeology. Yorkshire is absolutely stunning and I’m noticing more and more places to visit as we travel about. I’ve got my eyes on visting Castle Howard when it opens soon as it looks magnificent and I’m a sucker for a grand country house especially one that was used in Brideshead revisited. Not forgetting there is a railway to visit and I do love the romance of the steam train and when we come back will make sure we visit the railway at the North Yorkshire Moors railway.

Whitby Abbey

After visting Whitby

Whitby Harbour

We went to stop in York overnight and caught up with our very busy student son and popped to see Black Panther at the Vue now the cinema isn’t the cheapest source of entertainment but we were pleasantly surprised it was only £4.99 each.Also there is the Designer outlet in York just waiting you to part you from your cash and it’s actually a nice shopping outlet as shopping places go, my teen managed to make me part with about £80 .No worries it’s not like it’s going to snow on again and I’ll have to have the heating on all the time ( update : it has now snow and the temperature is plummeting )

It was then onto Fountains Abbey and Studely Royal Water gardens which is a Jewel in the crown for the National Trust it is a very peaceful place and is wonderful all year round especially with the change in seasons.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Collector Of Time Am I

Collector of time am I 

Never presssed for time am I 

Never to waste time will I

I adventure to find my soul and live bold 

And wait for times love hold to show the beguiling light

Adventure is in my soul 

Adventure is is how I ultimately find myself 

And I know I’ll never find this dull 

If you ever sense a lull in my soul do tell me where I should go 

Giant Cookie Cooked In A Skillet

Giant Cookie

What is better than a normal sized cookie WHY of curse it is a Giant Cookie , do you have to share well that is open to debate !

A skillet is a handy piece of kit and it is one I am glad to have in my kitchen it is a very faithful friend  and it can be used for so many recipes and the first one I had to try was of course a giant Cookie.


125g Soft Brown Sugar 

2 teaspoons of Vanilla extract

100g(4 1/2 oz ) chocolate chips

185g of plain flour

a Tablespoon Of Nutella

a Tablespoon of peanut butter 

1/4 tea spoon of baking powder

2 eggs

Milk to bind it ( add just enough to suit )


1. Preheat your oven to 180c. I slightly greased my skillet which Hayes Garden Centre kindly sent me.

2.Using a wooden spoon or electric whisk to mix the egg into the sugar and then adding one Ingredient at a time. Mix well till mixed ! You’ll end up with Cookie dough .

3. Fill your skillet and pat down well.

4. cook at 180 c for around 25 minutes but keep at eye on it.

5. Leave to cool and serve with ice cream.

Serves 4 or 2 hungry people 

Call Of The Wild

Apologies are useless to a cat as they go in one ear and out another , I apologise for going away , I apologise for having ice cream . I apologise I want to walk up my own stairs without a cat ensnaring me ..

I apologise for taking a picture of the cat in the garden , life is one constant apology with a cat.

An apology to a cat is as useful as a chocolate fireguard but they’ll still expect it, change their cat food then apologise.

A cat will quiz you in your apology to make sure it’s heartfelt, they know if your not being sincere.

A cat will let you know that they’re listening out for an apology, if you’re thinking you can eat fruit and not apologise then think again.

But is all this standoffish behaviour just a reaction to the call of the wild perhaps?

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

History On High At Whitby

I have just got back form a whirlwind visit to Whitby , I went down Friday night and stopped at a comfortable and functional Mastons Inn Penny Hedge  which was about 2 miles from Whitby and is a leisurely stroll into the town and a bit of a climb back. I could do Whitby alright and I have Asthma ( do make sure you have your inhaler though ) Not sure how I got this long into adulthood with not having got to Whitby but I hadn't that was until this weekend just gone.

Now I just know I am going to have to go back to Whitby it is one of go those places that reels you in like a fish on a line ( well it is a port and it has a harbour ) and they smoke kippers there . If you don't have fish and chips there then at least you must have chips from one of the many Fish and Chips shops and restaurants .I with my husband ate at an old fashioned in a way Fish and Chip restaurant called Trenchers which is reasonably priced and very delicious , the portions are of your choosing. I think in this day on age but it depends if you want to make that your main meal for the day or sit down / wander round with a bag of chips ( I think it is Seaside law you have to do something like this )

There is some debate on if there is 199 tradition dictates you could them as you go, the 199 steps as I think there is that amount really are a unique attraction in Whitby, the steps lure you spa and you are truly rewarded as you climb up them. Apparently the fist steps were made of wood the steps are also known as the "Church Steps" but they were replaced later on in the 18th century.The steps lead up to St Marys Church and burials stopped in the 19th century sometime and coffins were carried up the steps , the Male relatives carried the Males coffins and like wise the female relatives carried the female relatives.So when you climb up the steps and take a seat that is where they used to rest the coffins on and the pallbearers used to rest.

The steps are now a pathway to stunning views and it is a glorious side over the views off Whitby with chimney and roofs alike and go the sea the sea that just draws you . The colours of the side side at Whitby are out of this world and no matter that the day might not be sunny , a stunning view is always stunning.Beyond the church of course is the infamous Abbey that was a draw for a particular writer in the shape of Bram Stoker and that is a blog post for another day.

Disclosure I paid for my own trip to Whitby and Fish and chips.



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