Sunday, 7 February 2016

Her Name was Margaret

My mum passed away on Saturday, 6 February 2016.
Her name was Margaret.
She featured on my blog a lot over the years,
and it's only right and proper that her final chapter be recorded here.
She received a late diagnosis of cancer in mid-December 2015.
She chose not to share her story outside of family and close friends.
She died as she lived: with strength, grace, love and faith.

This is our beloved; this is our friend. 
Song of Songs 5:16

There will be no blog posts this coming week.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Be Visible in Your Story

Does it happen to you?
You know for certain that you have a photo of X,
but for the life of you, you cannot put your hand on it.
I have a small project in mind where I need 72 photos,
with one person appearing in all 72 images.
It's been no easy task, I can tell you. 
While rummaging through stacks of dusty papers and cards,
I came across this.
Sent by the lovely Sian back in the summer of 2014,
it's a timely reminder.
.We memory-keepers write down our stories and of those we love.
We take photos.  Thousands of photos.
We make physical memories with pretty paper and those thousands of photos.
And yet we forget to include ourselves.
My point is simple...
 be visible in your story.
In whatever form your memory-keeping takes.

Thursday, 4 February 2016


Late last year, we were given a month's free trial to Amazon Prime.
We used it primarily to order Christmas gifts: one click 
and the goods arrived within a few hours, postage free.
We did, however, also find the time to browse the Amazon Prime subscription TV channel.
And what a treat that turned out to be ... because we discovered Outlander.
The series is based on the books by Diana Gabaldon, and I first read them in the late 1990s;
so far the producers have been pretty faithful to the story.
The Brainy One summed up the general plot thus: ... "so, she gets into trouble and he has to rescue her ... and then she gets him into trouble and she has to rescue him".
That's about it, if you discount the time travel ...
I've just reread all eight books over the last two months and it's a lot of reading.
A. Lot. Of. Reading.
Book 9 is due in 2017.
So much reading in fact that I am deliberately not reading anything right now.
Jamie Fraser.  Doing it for you?  Or perhaps not?  

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Snap #3

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
 Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images.
As dog owners, we're in the local park whatever the weather.
You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Ten Equals Seventy

Our beloved pooch turned ten years old yesterday,
which makes him seventy in human years.
We can't remember what life was like before he was part of our family.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Memorandum Monday

Monday has rolled around again, and that means it's time to
join in with the lovely Sian and
 share something that I've learnt over the weekend.
Always check the timings of a kid's party before leaving home.
That way, if you turn up an hour early, you'll be prepared for 60 minutes
of moaning and whining from The Boy Child. 
You can see what Sian discovered over the weekend here

Friday, 29 January 2016


Late yesterday afternoon, I had the great privilege, alongside 300+ other mourners,
of saying farewell to our beloved Grandad P.
It's not often that you hear the words wonderful and funeral in the same sentence,
but that's what it was.
A celebration in the true sense of the word.
Of a man who gave his life to the service of this country.
Of a man who touched the lives of thousands of individuals.
Of a man who was the living embodiment of love, loyalty, duty, honour and faith.
 I hesitated about taking a photo of the hearse at the end of the service.
But then I thought how I'd always taken a photo of Grandad P every time we'd seen him.
And given that it was the last time I would see him, it seemed right and proper.
 His story is very much intertwined with my story.
For that, I am forever grateful.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

A Diary and a Pen Still Equals a Planner

I love the planners that have popped up 
in the scrapbooking world of late.
But I'm not tempted (well, maybe a little) ...
I'll stick to my diary and a pen.
 For more than twenty years, I have had an annual diary from Smythson.
It's been a yearly treat to myself.
(Which is no more expensive than some of the planners I've seen on t'internet.) 
 I add sticky stars for birthdays and anniversaries
and sticky dots for school holidays.
The diary goes in my handbag and the old ones are kept in a small drawer.
Planners?  Diary and a pen? Electronically?

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Snap #2

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
 Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images.
This month has seen me using the InterCity train network a lot.
I need a cuppa and a good book and I'm all set.
You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Scrap Happy

It's raining.
I had an hour before leaving on the school run.
What to do?
 Make a start on a page for the 2016 album.
 Finish off a page for the Texas 2015 album. 
Complete two more days in the December Daily album.
Time well spent.