Thursday, 14 March 2019

Looking For King Size Bedding

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There are many ways to give your bedroom a new look from painting and wallpapering to changing the light fittings and curtains perhaps but there is nothing better than nice new bedding. Changing your bedding is the easier option for a new look and I have recently gone through all my old bedding and donated the ones I no longer want to charity etc. I have a king sized bed and I am always looking out for good deals on king-size bedding and this is where Yorkshire Linen comes in as they offer Kingsize quilts in multiples colours and patterns at amazing prices.

I really do think that good quality bedding does make your bedroom a calming and welcoming space and that is what both my husband and I need after a busy day. He gets up very early so I do get to enjoy the bed a little longer than he does and it also means I don't have to fight with the duvet either! We are thinking of moving our son who is at university into one of the other larger bedrooms and of course, that means a new bed and new bedding when they are university the costs never stop coming!

I have had a good look myself at Yorkshire Bedding and I am astonished at the wide choice there is so I know where I will be going to when we either need bedding for ourselves or more our son. You really do have to like the bedding you put on your bed because you spend a lot of your life in bed and you need to be comfortable and relaxed.








Disclosure This is a placed advert on behalf of Yorkshire Linen

Monday, 11 March 2019

Perfect 60th Birthday Present For Wine Lovers Review

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It’s my brother in laws 60th Birthday and he really is the lovely sort of chap that really does have everything.When someone has everything they need it really does make it nearly impossible to buy a suitable present.My brother in law adores caravanning so this was the natural starting place to make his birthday card.

Caravan Birthday card


So when the Gift Experience approached me about a review I had a good look at their products I found a wine box with tools ( where the wine box can be personalised )

Personalised Wooden Wine Box and Bar Set boasts all the tools of the trade. Pop in a bottle of the intended recipient's favourite bottle of wine and you're laughing.

Perfect 60th Birthday Present For Wine Lovers

Perfect 60th Birthday Present For Wine Lovers

Perfect 60th Birthday Present For Wine Lovers



The wood effect wine box and bar set includes Wine bottle box, with fixation for bottle with waiter's knife, bottle cap and spout, wood. The box was personalised with a message of our choice which is laser engraved onto the top of the box. Perfect for just about any occasion! And this is perfect for my brother in law to take with him when he goes caravanning and now he is retired he will be able to go whenever he wants to. You have to buy your own bottle of wine to go in the box.

Measuring 122 mm in length, width 365 mm, height 119.6 mm , the wine box and bar set is proportioned to accommodate a nice bottle of vintage. Delivered boxed.Delivery was very speedy and it arrived well in time for the birthday celebrations.

Perfect 60th Birthday Present For Wine Lovers


We all were treated to a lovely meal by my brother in law and he was thrilled by all the presents he got.


Disclosure I was offered the Wine box and tools for review , the wine is not included in the box you have to purchase that yourself. All opinions and views are my own.

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Tea And Hope Books And Scones

Tea And Hope Books and Scones really does sound like the title for a best selling book doesn't it I think set in a book shop come tea room with an air of vintage charm and days gone by.I love tea it really does give me hope there is nothing finer than a cup of tea with the spoon tinkling sound . I really think that a cup of tea is a call to arms like a raising an army and there are plenty of us in this army.And I constantly think about tea about how much I love it and how it excites me to me ,tea is life and life is tea !

A cup of tea really has been my emotional anchor of late and I really do like to think a cup of tea is an emotional anchor.




But if you want a triple anchor then add in a book and a scone and this is what I exactly did last week.












Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Dealing With My Tiredness

I'm trying more relaxed than I used to be , I did tend used to worry at every little thing and be it work, health or the cats I was pretty sure that my hair was thinner on one side . It isn't funny how we convince ourselves situations that potentiality we have no control over take my cat for instance I'm pretty sure it's plotting against me , probably as I take pictures like this of :


Cool for cats !



How I felt this morning !

This morning I was ready to tea my hair out literally as I woke every hour like a demented cuckoo clock , resulting in my telling off a black blouse for being on top of some paperwork ( I  was thinking it was the cat ) and then I handed the lemonade back to the delivery driver instead of handing him back the carrier bag ! I even drank 2 cups of coffee to try and wake up and anyone who knows me would realise that this is an extreme measure as I am a hardcore tea drinker !

I thought I had been relaxing enough but it appears not so in an attempt to get more sleep I am trying some tips to help me get a good nights sleep , now nothing is going to change the fact that I am one of those sort of people that struggle to get off to sleep . But I can do my best to hep myself to relax that at some point that I will drift off to sleep at some point some of the tips I am helping myself are as follows :

1. I allow myself to unwind 30 -45 minutes before bed and this includes make sure I don't have stimulating drinks before bedtime.

2. Having a relaxing drink be it a milky drink or a hot quiet tea especially welcoming in this cold weather brrrrrr !

3. Writing down anything I have to do in a note pad or the next few days , I do this to empty my mind so I am not there compiling a shopping lists of tasks that I can't possibly do at a silly time of night !

4. Relaxing with some music , spinning the decks with the retro vinyl ! Now you might not think of War of the Worlds as relaxing but I do uts a case of finding what works for you .



5 Making sure I do exercise earlier in the day in the form of walking , which I enjoy as it gets me out into the countryside where I take my photography to town .

When I when to the hairdressers last week , I did ask the hairdresser if I was going a little thin on either side but she said no it was just fine baby hair , I did breathe a little sigh of relief  I have to admit. 

Monday, 18 February 2019

Happiness Pioneer

Random acts of kindness should be part of your every day life and not just for one day.I  try and do this each and every day in either deeds or words , kindness doesn’t have to be expensive .From holding a door open to someone to giving someone your all day bus ticket you hope along the way that your kindness continues on. And I am loving the random acts of kindness that have been bestowed upon myself form simple messages of support to a tea and cake with a friend.On Friday my random acts of kindness was giving a cup of tea to a homeless person and giving my all day bus ticket to someone when i no longer needed it.


To put a smile upon someones face is priceless and I know if they're happy then I am happy , the world is complicated enough without people adding the complexity of not being kind.To be able to smile makes me truly feel on top of the world and when people are unkind to me then I feel as if I am a knocked down bowling pin.


I love the way my photography makes me smile because I have a unique view upon the world what I see in my minds eye I take with my camera , I see the world like no other and I am glad of this.I love to bring the wonder of the world in my photography and I am not going to hide it away.I like to think of myself as a happiness pioneer , I know I have had a very trying time of late but I want people to see my smile and know that happiness can be found again.

People often worry that you shouldn't write about sad times and  know I do but I like to balance this with the good times to show that there is light at the end of the tunnel however long that tunnel is.Everyone has a right to happiness and everyone has a right to help everyone get the happiness they deserve , life isn't a rehearsal you must live everyday as fully as you can.I struggle at times to put how I feel across and I think it is part of my autism .I am a very good friend and I will be the best friend anyone could ever wish for for I am so kind and caring.

I have a happy outlook on the world so I am going to endeavour being a Happiness Pioneer now and always ...

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Daffodils The Bringers Of Hope

As I put my daffodils in a pale glass vase I am reminded not to eat the daffodils and it is the first logical reminder of the day , yes it is Valentine day tomorrow but this is not why I have brought 3 bunches of potential ie Daffodils.I have had a trying time of late and I can only describe it as chaos unbounded. I didn't want flowers for Valentines it just seemed a sort of waste as the potential would be over in a hearbeart like a very disappointing firework display and what might you get for your mega bucks bunch of flowers.

Daffodils those simply bastions of joy with their untapped potential the Daffodils were only £1 a bunch and you know what I was rathe carefree and Bohemian I brought 3 bunches dependancy certainly has ruled my day to day.Daffodils being part of nature follow rules and at the same time don't follow rules as to say if they will bloom or not , it is that hope of untapped potential that hope that joy of Spring that calm after the solitude of Winter.


Daffodils are sunshine for the heart mind and soul ,Daffodils are the trumpeters of Spring and hope and they're in my house just waiting on putting on a show for me . And I need this little yellow piece of happiness in my soul I need it so very much I need to be me I need to whimsical and bright and light I need people to see the lightness of my soul again.Daffodils refuse to anyone refuse to let anyone feel gloomy there how selfless Daffodils are.





Tuesday, 5 February 2019

My Cat And Brexit

I’m worried for the end of March and the impact Brexit will have on the state of my food supply.I haven’t been so panicky as to pile high my favourite foods I mean my human wouldn’t let that happen would they now?! I provide a valuable service to the state of the enconomy which is of course buying my favourite cat food as I’m a cat.I like in particular at the minute Sheba cat food , I didn’t partake in Veganuary .I gave up coughing up hair balls for January and I’m raring to go for February.



I am ready to lead the country and successfully lead the country in the event of another General Election.




Friday, 1 February 2019

Grief On The Autistic Spectrum

The first time human grief really struck was when my grandad died and it was mind numbing.I would spend days in a complete trance will the world idly going about it busy frantic existence.See then I wasn’t diagnosed and I look back and can see I had total sensory overload.Threw in the complexity of family politics and you’ve hit the proverbial nail on the head. I’ve a very small family on my mothers side and on my other side well that really doesn’t warrant my time talking about .

I would describe grief as an autistic as swimming in glue with a sense of practicality.And I’ve just hit my third gluey patch of grief in as many years And they’re right time is a healer but you’re left with a hole in your life that you tissue paper over.


And I have thought long and hard on this and I’m going to seek counselling, I’ve got other issues cracking off with regards to not only my cousin dying recently but my situation with my mother has reared it’s head again.

Mental health is a ticking time bomb with care in the community that needs to be addressed .To often it is family and friends that are left to deal with the fall out pulling further on resources of an already stretched NHS.

But I have hope for a world without hope is not the correct world.

I refuse to be a kangaroo and bounce around the place aimlessly, what I do has to have real meaning and context.I have put my foot down with regards to my mother situation and time will tell if that ever works out .I have a life to lead and learn about and I fully intend to do that.


Bourton On The Water

The Cotswolds is a honeycomb coloured with all the beautiful limestone cottages and buildings just glowing warmly whatever the weather and I am very firm believer of not just visiting places when it is sunny and warm but also when it is cold or frosty etc. I do believe that weather is no barrier to getting out and about you just have to have the right clothing and footwear and you're good to go. Bourton on the water is a beautiful village  nestled in the gentle rolling hills that is located within a valley. Now it is known as the Venice of the Cotswolds and it is not hard to see why as littles bridges cross the gentle flowing River Windrush. I find it very relaxing in the Cotswolds it one of those places you can just let your troubles float away in the beautiful scenery.






In January Bourton is sleepy and not chock full of tourists and there is carparks doted about the place there is plenty to see in this quaint village some of which is open later in the season. You don't have to spend a fortune in bourbon on the water to have a go time its a place where you can just relax rest and unwind.


Come for a few days stay or just come for the day you will not be disappointed and you'll find that you will be spoilt for choice in accommodation , food and attractions to see in and around Bourton on the water.Coming in quiet times really does make the difference as you're not having to fight your way through hoards of tourists and travel is for all year round anyway.You will be charmed by the lovely rambling nature of the Cotswolds and it is a beautiful place that you will need to come back to time after time.


Now there is plenty to see in Bourton On The Water

1.Model village it is small and quaint and takes no times at all to go round and it is really cheap to visit , there at some additional charges to pay if you want to see some moanture working models we didn't bother on this occasion.







2. Dragonfly Maze again we didn't do this but I have heard that it fun to do.


3.Birdland  Now this is something we will will go to I always like with places to have something to come back to and not neccasirly hit everything in one go it keeps the mystery and adventure alive in me.


4. The Motor Museum is one agin we will come back and visit it wasn't open when we popped by for the day and it looks right up my street , and I love supporting village communities it is inspiring to give something back in life.







Monday, 28 January 2019

All She Loved

All she loved was to travel



All she loved was the history above and below 



All she loved was not be to judged



All she loved was to be free 



All she loved was to be spoken to 



All she loved was to be me 

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Living Life On The Spectrum

Living life on the Spectrum you might think ooh that's the  Spectrum computer ooh how retro and you'd be right in one sense as I truly loved my Spectrum 48 k when i was younger , I was indeed that computer nerd that loved nothing better than playing games and programming my Spectrum.

What I am really talking about is living with ASD ( or Autism ) I fit the criteria for Aspergers , did you watch Celebrity Get me Out Of Here and saw Ann Hegerty from the Chase and she said she has Aspergers then that is why I have. I am not on the Chase though I do have a immense knowledge of stuff and will gladly rattle off facts to my hearts content.


You see all the years and years I had depression and anxiety stem for the fact I had diagnosed Autism and you might think that Autism is only seen in boys /men it is not it is also seen in girls/ladies.Why you may ask are girls and ladies not diagnosed as much and the reason for this is masking


I’m constantly on the run not literally on the run but I’m hitting the ground running and adapting to my diagnosis of Autism.Being Autistic doesn’t change anything for me but it does allow me to be me.As I keep saying I’m in two worlds but one world.I can instantly see that things can be done another way saying both time and energy.

In order to respect I’m going to have to respect it’s a transition time having only had an autism diagnosis in late September.It really is like being hit by all the senses at once and all the uniqueness that made you make sense.I am pretty much black and white and if you joke it might take me a while.As long as you’re funnier than Michael Mcintyre then we will get along fine.

It took me a year to actually watch the Greatest Showmen and I’m still not taken by it .Yet people love the razzle dazzle .

Last weekend was very trying with a constant stream of problems leaving me thinking was I on a episode of Jeremy Kyle .


Masking

Girls and ladies will mask to blend in with those around and within society , and this is why of part of the reason I was forever told to smile , I do smile I really can but social convention dicatestes that to smile means we are happy and all is ok within the world and our world. It is also why I get you don’t seem autistic or I never knew.I don’t wear a label or T shirt announcing I’ve Autism!

Feelings 

Complicated one this as I don’t feel as others feel but everything almost everything is amplified.I am and other people with Autism are empathetic and our sense of justice is second to none - makes monopoly playing a bit of a nightmare !

Socialising 

Socialising for the most part feels me with fear because it’s people noise lights etc. How I can be can vary it’s like your toaster will it brown your bread the same way ~ unlikely . I get sad at times when I’m not asked to social things but it’s the way of the world.I have always slipped into the cracks of social exclusion.

I’m me still me !

I spend my whole life thinking I was broken but I’m not I’m whole as an autistic person.


Wednesday, 23 January 2019

5 Things Life Has Taught Me

As I was out walking one day I overheard a mother stressing about her child getting muddy , they were dressed appropriately and it was a damp squidgy day as only a January can be And i thought thought it is just a bit of mud don't stress there is more to life than a little mud.Life is captured in moments and they are beautiful snap shots in our lives.So a spot of mud in your day isn't really going to end the world and the child concerned was not exactly covered head to toe.I do believe in positive reienforecemnt it's ok to get dirty its ok to explore it's OK to be a child ! mud is mud and it is the adventure of life that is the all encompassing important rule in life.And who doesn’t love splashing in water !!





1. Age really honestly is just a number and it’s a journey of learning and reflection for if we didn’t do this we wouldn’t be human.We learn as we get older and getting older is a privilege and each day I try to enrich my own life and that of other people.Age has taught me to be happy in my own skin especially now .

2 If you’re in a mood it’s really imperative not to fester because of rule 1 it’s the opposite of fight club it’s a calmness. It is not twee and I’m not instructing you to do yoga or eat kale.Listen to your favourite songs / music walk outside and this includes even if it’s raining or snowing.Places matter they makes us feel alive and are an an escape when we are feeling stressed.

3.Be part of your own art masterpiece by going outside I can’t stress enough the importance of going outside.You not only connect with people but you can also commune with nature.And again I refer back to rule 1 and as ever rules are to be broken and I’m never one to do anything in order .

4 Don’t feel guilty for bringing yourself joy , people can be a judgey bunch of so and so by design- call it a design flaw.


5 A problem shared is a problem halved is so very true and we must never stop sharing .



Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Sparking Joy In Your Social Media

When you read a blog sometimes it can feel like you’re at a Middle Eastern bazar with everyone under the sun trying to hawk you their wares.Now I’ve reviewed stuff but I’ve always been subjective about it telling the truth in my own unique way.I try and always be balanced in what I say.Opinons are always going to vary but I have to always be truthful it’s literally in my DNA.My cat has even reviewed stuff before it used to be a reviewing duo but now it is up to Jack to carry on the mantle.

I would love to refer you to my five star hotel review but I’ve yet to pull off one of those but you know what you don’t always need 5 star . We are perpetually up in York picking up and dropping off our son who is studying Archaeology at York university.We have been through all sorts of hotel accommodation to Airbnb.At the moment Premier Inn is ticking boxes for us especially as we can stop just half an hour outside York making it cheaper for ourselves.

And all that money saved allows you to save up for the things you want in life for example like a new camera.I did combine this with selling my old camera on line so you’ll soon be seeing new pictures taken with my Nikon D5600.

Cat is optional with the Nikon camera 





I like to depict my life on here as it really here warts and all I don't cultivate a magazine image nor do I endorse anything that I don't believe in myself. I have however reviewed some odd stuff in my time the less said about the luminous cupcakes the better I feel.On social media it seems people are forever striving for this that or the other and if it didn't happen on social media then indeed did it really ever happen.People talk about the old days before social media and there is a strange draw back to that in the sense of feeling less pressured but there has always been pressure in society be it social or otherwise.

The simplest of ideas can be a life changer for me be it a new cup/mug to a bobble hat ( strangely I have never been offered a bobble hat to review ( I buy them though or get given them )

And no I am not going to spark joy by neatly sorting everything out in my house if you do then good that is you and not me and it is so 2019 to have your own opinion unless it is the mark of 2019 to get offended at every little thing that is said.I am sparking joy in my life by doing exactly want I want when I want to and picking tips up blog the way , life would be ever so sterile and boring if everyone lived it the same way.

Monday, 7 January 2019

How DO you Muddle Through Life ?

I have always written personal posts on my blog because I think that is where I love to be and I think to be honest and trull in ones life allures you to people and allows them to connect with you someone how.And being autistic connecting with people is difficult but it is something I did via blogging long away when I started my blog back in 1712 I mean 2011.And today it the first cup of tea on a Monday in 2019 and it really does I think help with the blues of not only Monday but the blues of the bluest Monday in the new year.

See last year from March 2018 saw my mother have a bipolar episode, my husband developed diabetes , I had a breakdown and had 6 months off work , also a Autism diagnosis for myself.

You'd think I would would to shy away what happen but instead I embrace it and study all that has happened to allow me to understand and to process the situation, life isn't easy and we have to do our very best at it.When I look back at this I see what a load I had to deal with and it isn't easy to comprehend.


You might wonder how I got through and how I continue to get through , quite honestly I couldn't do it without the support of my family , friends tea and my cat they are the fixed points in my life and I turn to them regularly.



Sunday, 6 January 2019

Paupers Cornbeef Hash

It was meant to be trendy this with scooped out jacket potatoes and mixed with Cornbeef to produce a trendy hipster Cornbeef hash with it all placed back into the potato and then taaa dah art on a plate .But no well I was doomed as I battled with the Cornbeef tin - stupid design anyway and I’m pretty sure it will be the downfall of humanity.

Ingredients 

Jacket potatoes cooked ( 4 small ones ) fir 2 people or 2 big ones potatoes not people 

Half can of Cornbeef ( do open carefully) they’ll have your eye out vicious things that they are 

Knob of butter 

Bit of water 

Method

Just smash the cooked jacket potatoes and Cornbeef together including the skin 

Add a knob of butter 

Bit of water 

Seasoning if you wish 

Maybe Worcestershire sauce 

Grease an over proof dish and bake in an oven at about 200c for 30 minutes 

Then eat 







This is this years first kamikaze cook and did you know I’m actually the muse of Gordon Ramsey ... 

Friday, 4 January 2019

The Long Of The Blackbird

The long of the Blackbird is a welcome sight in the days of January where the days are grey and muted and everything seems just a smidge out of focus , the long of the blackbird is what I need to see and need . The black of the Blackbird shines like a Jewel and is mesmerising and the long os the bird is beautiful if you haven't seen the long bird of the Blackbird then let me explain it is the simplest and most beautiful of things and the simplicity of the velvet black beauty is not only hope when the signalling that even though Spring is a way of yet it signals change.


The song of the blackbird is arguably the most beautiful that you will ever here and I love seeing them as a pair in my garden and who doesn't love an endearing love story.The world needs more hope and what better than the love story of the Blackbird, Usually the song of the Blackbird starts at he end of January but with urban birds it can start much earlier.

Blackbirds love to sing after rain and in England they will always be in song.

So much celebrated is the blackbird that it is celebrated in the song "Morning has broken "


"Morning has broken like the first morning 
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird "




I share the world of wonder with the Blackbird and that is amazing and it is not only the not so humble blackbird we need to share the world with it is all nature.

Seeing Blackbirds is a day full of joyfulness like the spurts of fluidity when you put your thumb over the end of a garden hose.




Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Saving Money If You Are Disabled On National Trust And English Heritage Membership

If you’re disabled yourself or know someone who is then you can either save money or help them save money if you’re a member of the National Trust or English Heritage then you can a companion card.Being outdoors is great it is wonderful to be with other people and it is superb for ones mental health to and who doesn't love the great outdoors.It is always best to check when you visit properties to check that the accessibility is suited to you as no likes disappointment.




If you’ve currently got membership of either of these two organisations then you can ring them up and they’ll adjust your membership.The only caveat to this is your free membership ( carer) cannot visit the property on their own , they have to be with you.The free membership is not restricted to one person so anyone can go with you and be your carer.

There is no shame in asking for this and if you’re worried about someone going for free then just buy a tea when you’re there or just donate to them as when you feel you want to etc, buy something from the shop etc.Many properties have campaigns where they are restoring for example flooring or something in the garden and they sell books or other such items to help with this. It’s about getting out and about and you engaging with the world and the world with everyone in it is a much better place.


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