Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Photography My Storytelling Behind And Beyond

It isn't nice I mean really nice to have the privilege of the great outdoor and all the benefts it can offer and I really do enjoy a good walk outside no-one can have a bad walk outside unless they're eaten by a crocodile and that would be awfully rare in here in England though it may be more common in Wales I believe and in Scotland you're are certainly going to be eaten by a wild Haggis.

I think of my photography as a storytelling behind and beyond what I see ..
















Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Tea Is My Everything

Yesterday I had my first appointment for speech therapy and it was a a good positive one and I do believe it is going to help me it is not going to solve everything about my speech but that is OK.If you didn't know I am autistic and I am totally OK with that it is OK that I have a monotone sound to my voice.There are things we may wish to change about ourselves but we can't and the the real point is to let things go that you can not change otherwise they will eat you up.


After my initial appointment for the speech therapy I decided to go into town and have a wander round which I love doing especially round the charity shops today I saw obscure vinyl record covers









and also to stop off for a obligatory cup of tea .Tea is life and life is tea and tea is law and tea is SO much better than coffee and NO I will not debate it as it is a truth written in stone somewhere yet to be discovered.I love tearooms especially ones with a vibe and a quirkiness and that old fashioned feel that is timeless , being old fashioned isn't being out of touch old fashioned is a like connective tissue it is essential to life and memory.Old fashioned is a social storytelling at its very best and I love it immensely.


I resisted an old tea shop in Derby I loved but it had been given a hipster overhaul with wooden shelves and fancy stuff here and there it was very hipster it was not the same. I saw they steal served in the vintage tea cups but there just seemed to be something lacking the old fashioned nature just didn't seem to be there.There was also background music playing where previously there was none and I am not always a fan of background music especially when it is loud and makes it hard to hold a conversation.So I left and went instead to the local museum and had tea amongst old china and tea pots and while there was still background music there was the slight hum of conversation without being unbearable.

Tea in a museum what could be better ... well if they let me use their vintage tea posts and cups maybe !!





Tea is everything to me and I am pretty sure I have a tea level that needs topping up to a certain level and without it .... no I can't bear thinking of a day without tea.


Beyond Shugborough Hall

Going beyond Shugborough last time we went to Shuborough Hall there was a firealam and we got evacuated and there was a no fireman at all.So the other day we decided we would go back and visit the house not having had opportunity to do so and we had a very pleasant amble round the house and it is chock full of history and clocks and a magnificent library and there is nothing finer than a grand library . I would be quite happy to locked away in a library with a good book and an endless supply of tea and no one else around as libraries are so very magical.





I do love a good wander and after exploring the house ( we had managed to do Lord Lichfields private apartment last time we visited luckily) we took an extensive explore of the grounds and gardens and struck out beyond the boundaries of the estate and we were not disappointed as we came across a beautiful canal which really looked liked past times a gentler time if you like. I do believe you can hire a canal boat there as well.




There is something soothing about water just as long as I am not in it only if it is a Spa and I love walking along canals it is very soothing and people are very friendly in a very non fake or forced way .People take pride in their colourful canal boats and they are very relaxed as they saunter down the river without a care in the world.

And that is what I like about my week this week I am sauntering along without a care in the world so much so I accidenly left a paper tissue in my trousers and it got caught up in the wash.




Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Whinfell Forest Center Parcs Being Mindful

It’s nearly 20 years since I was last here and that was when I had a toddler stuck to be like Lego with a vengeance, holidays are different with mini dictators. This time it was just myself and my husband with us stopping in York where our son is a University studying archaeology. Acording to Kermit it isn't easy being green I think Kermit just need to get out doors and be at one with nature which isn't hard when you're a frog.Outdoor is kindensss to the soul and to the head and to the head outdoor wouldn't judge you it will just accept you for being who you are and you you know are so very wonderful.




We put so much pressure on ourselves in our modern lives with the need to update all the time and whilst I do go on social media I am not as frantic as I used to be , in fact when I came back from Center pics where I was walking at least 8 miles a day I am finding the world a very bust and bustling place. I crave green and birds and tress and red squirrels I spent hours sitting in the bird hide with my husband looking at the red squirrels and various other birds and wildlife that came our way.Doign nothing is absolutely doing something.

Red Squirrel Feeding
Red Squirrel feeding

Being outdoors is the best prescription for the mind I believe in the whole wide world I have never been as I relaxed as when I am outdoors , there is is no pressure at all.The instagram world and that of the whole social media is bonkers as we now have controls with some intent providers at actually switching off everyones internet to get them down for dinner for example.





It is lovey yo come together in nature and connect as being outdoor has strong benefits for not only physical health but mental health as well.Being interactive outdoor has huge benefits for all ages from the youngest to the oldest it is an inclusive activity.





Disclosure Mr T took these pictures he is happy to work for peanuts literally.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Return Of Sid Vicious The Cat

Sid Vicious the cat revisited today and he’s swapped out his studded collar for a little blue number.He’s hard as nails and moonlights as security for Kanye West don’t cross him or he will take you done.He is ex military forces and taught that bloke Ant off the SAS program.



Sid the cat likes the new Taylor Swift song it goes well with his throaty meow.Sid is a culinary whizz but has never attempted a soufflĂ© or baked Alaska.Sid isn’t fussed about Game of Thrones and hasn’t ever seen one episode of Eastenders.

Sid is going for a screen test as the new cat villain in James Bond and he’s not afraid to use his claws.Sid doesn’t need you to comment on this post but safe to say he knows where you live if you don’t.

Sid does have a sensitive side he’s into flower arranging and has got the omplete collection of Downtown Abbey dvds.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Influence This With your Cup Of Tea

I think blogging has changed rather a lot in the last few years but I have never been one to follow the herd , long gone are the days of comments flooding my blog at least and this I am fine with.I mean unless your one of those keyboard warriors on the Daily Fail or on what ever account on instagram where I see such comments with utter vitriol.If and when I comment it is always constructive and with with purpose and I am very ever nasty or rude that is simply not my style. People blog how and when they want but since when did blogging become a vehicle to constantly berate your family and those around you and I realise this might seem a little pot calling the kettle black but there is such an explosion on the negative constant berating of people of late.

I continue to enjoy blogging for me blogging is how I want it to be and those who want the constant nature of comments then they are welcome to it , the world of blogging or influencing has changed with many breaking through to the world of being authors which is really exciting. I am thrilled to getting back to myself after months and months of torment personally and I am just beginning to feel my feet again.


I have never been one for in blogging posts why you must do this as I believe everyone is an individual and they will do what the hell they want.


And the thing is while I have autism and I am not going to ever hide from it it is part of who I am in recent times the overload of personal problems has fractured this from be and I am taking time to blend myself back together.

I am private but then again I am what you see is what you get and if what I write can help someone in some way then more the better I say.

So Influence this with your cup of tea I say !

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Dimples And Whiskers The Cat Detective Agency

I feel that my cat could be or indeed is a great Detective along the lines of the great Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot for who would question a cat as they're mainly sleeping or slinking their way through life.I have for example being talking to my cat for half an hour I thought my cat was in their day bed but on closer inspection thy were not the level of genius in my cat is unparallelled the level of genius in their owner is yet to be confirmed.So welcome to Dimples And Whiskers The Cat Detective Agency the only detective agency in the world run by a cat who does on occasion help Scotland yard and the FBI.




The fees for solving cases are on a case by case basis but a shed load of cat treats is usually involved.No case is out of bounds and napping on the job is compulsory but don’t be fooled into thinking nothing is happening as that is valuable thinking time.



Jack seamlessly blends into the surroundings so undercover and surveillance work is no problem.The ongoing mystery of who or what shreds both the toilet paper and kitchen roll is yet to be determined but all good detectives have their absolute nemesis.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Travelling To Venice

Now Venice is a utterly beautiful place full of architecture mystery and Gondolas and it is the place that everyone wants to visit everyone down to your cat even it is that popular a place. Now I have been to Venice myself with my family but we didn't go in the peak season when it is utterly jammed pack like a proverbial sardine tin. We went in December and yes it was cold but it was oh so magical and full of charm and it is so the right time to visit this jewel of Italy as it twinkles in the winter light and with the lights of Christmas it is just breathtaking.

You don't have ride a Gondola even when you're in Venice I know I know it is seen as a must do but you can simply just travel in the water taxi to and from the airport and that gives you a taste of the opulence of the water cancels.People will say the Venice smells well it certainly didn't when we visited in December I cannot vouch however for any time of the year that is not December.
























Venice is a truly awe inspiring place and you will be blown away by every little twist and turn you make so don't be afraid to get lost ! just go wherever your feet and heart take you , for me I adventure towards what i see in my minds eye.Losing yourself is the best way to discover the magic of Venice and your memories will thank you for it for the rest of your life and your memories will also inspire others to follow and make their own footsteps around Venice.The tiny alley ways that twist and turn along with the canals make the fabric of Venice.Venice is safe to walk around at any time of day but do make sure you follow keeping your valuables safe as you would anywhere.

Eating local isn't as expensive as you think just wander away form the tourist trap areas and you really can't go wrong the backstreet places are called bacari and it is where the locals go , they literally are hole in the walls places.The best places are crowded and this is where you will find the real and true venice.




The busiest times to avoid in Venice are summer time and Carnevale when it is absolutely rammed to full capacity and you 'll be jostling with everyone else.





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