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This afternoon I was a bit stuck for something to write about – well, I wasn’t but there was nothing I could write on here that is suitable for a family audience.

Many times I have contemplated started another blog on another site and calling it ‘The Dark Side’ and then posting on there all the bitching, anger, sarcasm, hurt and drama that I can’t post on here because too many people I know read this and they might be a bit shocked at what really goes on in my head. It would be a good way of getting the stuff out of my head though and freeing up a bit of room for less troublesome thoughts.

It would appear that I have a reputation for being quite outspoken. Really? You should hear the stuff I don’t say! I think I have some quite hefty filters between my brain and my mouth, really you’d be amazed at what would come out if I didn’t filter it.

The only reason I don’t start another blog (and I haven’t so don’t bother looking for it, Boofuls) is that I don’t want all that negativity in one place. Spreading it about a bit weakens it.

Anyway, back to the plot.

Because I was struggling for a topic to talk about I went onto the daily prompts and the word of the day is Winsome Obviously, my first thought, being the highly educated, well travelled  and wordly woman that I am, was ‘lose some.’

Funny thing though, I already seem to have written a blog post so I don’t need the prompt after all. Oh well, Daily prompts, some days you win some and some days you lose some.

There, did I get it in context?  hahahahahahaaa

Blog it!

I’ve been sitting here at my desk for a few minutes now wondering what I can write about now that I have the time to write.

Of course my head is blank. All I’ve done for the last two weeks is sleep, not a lot to write about there then.

Such is my blankness that I’ve even googled ‘ideas for a blog post’

Hhhmmm, let’s see…

1. Run a contest. I don’t know how to do that.

2. Review a book. Ooh, I can do that, I’ve just finished reading ‘the girl on the train’. Dammit, I’ve forgotten most of it. It’s about a girl on a train and it was obviously not that memorable.

3. Criticise a website/blog/person. No!! How mean can you get? Remember the old adage – If you can’t say something nice then don’t say anything at all.

4. Tell a secret. Ok. I scoffed a load of shortbread biscuits last night and spent all night farting. It was like the Trumpet Voluntary in my bedroom. I was offensive to myself.


It said tell a secret. That was a secret, I haven’t told anyone else about it. Actually, I did. I told my friend Fiz about it earlier while we were chatting in the queue at a coffee shop about bowel movements, or in her case, lack of them.

5.Post a cool infographic. What’s an infographic?

6. Sing a song. Ok………………Did you enjoy it?

7. Share your blogs income and traffic info. £0.00 and 4 viewers today. Wow! Record breaking.

8. Post a picture.

Full English breakfast
Full English breakfast

9. Post an obvious lie. I’m a BBC newsreader and a size 10.

10.Share food recipes. Ok. here’s my recipe for my yummy breakfast pots that I serve to the guests. Mix together, oats, almond milk, honey and vanilla extract. Leave to soak overnight. Into the bottom of small kilner jars I put various fruits, strawberry and blueberry being a favourite. Stewed apple works really nicely with it and sometimes I mix peanut butter into the oat mix and slice banana into the kilner jar. I might put cocoa into the oat mix and put mandarins in the jar, anything you like really. They are very tasty, gluten and dairy free and filling. My friend who has a B&B up the road says I serve my guests cold porridge and stewed fruit. I suppose he’s not wrong. Enjoy.

Breakfast pots
Breakfast pots

I think these were chocolate and cherry.

So there you are. Theres’ my ‘no post ideas’ post.

Did you enjoy it?

Saturday Roundup

Ok. Here we are back at Zero To Hero HQ and carrying on where we left off.

The next task is to publish a round up of blogs I’ve enjoyed reading.

Now then.

Bit tricky this and actually, as I’ve discovered over the last few weeks, the reason why I get very little traffic to my little blog-ette. It’s because I’m not so good at the blog networking and I don’t go ‘visiting’ very often.

As much as I’d love to spend hours surfing the pleasure dome  that is blogdom for hidden gems  and leaving comments here, there and everywhere I just don’t have the time to  do it.  A full time job, a family and a demanding and huge dog eat into my time leaving me precious little left for blogging. How very dare they!

Just quickly surfing around and skimming a few blogs clicking ‘like’ buttons and leaving meaningless comments on a post I haven’t properly read just to get my own stats up doesn’t really strike me as a route to go down. If I’m reading your blogs I want to savour every word of them and enjoy them. I do like the ego trip of a lot of readers though, I must admit.

There must be a middle ground somewhere.

Anyway *shakes head* Musing over.

I do have a little quick rummage round in the morning before my day starts properly, I know the dog’s sitting there with his legs crossed waiting for me to take him for his morning poo but he just has to hang on for a minute longer while I finish my coffee and read.

Yesterday little rummage uncovered a little gem. It’s a recipe for chocolate whiskey cake. I think I’ll make it for Lashes’ birthday., she’ll like that. Of course she will, not’s not to like about chocolate whiskey cake? Everyone should have a recipe for chocolate whiskey cake so here’s my first link  to Scarletscorchdroppers , brilliant name for a blog. I wish I’d thought of it.  I’m glad it’s made with Irish whiskey. Any guesses as to how I know it’s Irish? Answers on a postcard – or in the comments box.

As I’ve just found my second link I’ve realised my unintended theme for this is ‘happiness’ in one form or another. There you go folks. If you want to be  included in my round ups you’ll have to post about things that make me happy.

So. My second link is to ouidepius and it’s about a being drunk enough that all the negatives become positives. No, Im not advocating that you walk round permanently pie eyed.

Thirdly, this one, Because you’re loved was bit different as I didn’t actually come across it on WordPress. A chap I knew from college posted it on Facebook and I clicked on the link. It brought a tear to my eye. It was just so touching.

There you go. That’s my round up for this week/month/ever. I hope you enjoy reading them.

Done it!

There, I’ve done it! All my nominations for the Leibster award. I hope all the links were to the correct blog pages heheee. I get terribly kerfuffled when it comes to that kind of methodical work. My mind doesn’t really do methodical. That’s more Boofuls’ forte.

Never mind, if they aren’t all what you expect to see when you get there just think of it as going on a magical mystery tour.  All of the blogs I’ve picked really interest me for one reason or another. If you weren’t picked – it’s nothing personal. Don’t be upset.  I still love you.

Well, I’d love to stop and chat but I have to paint my bedroom. I’ll be back later to catch up with the zero to hero challenge. Enjoy your evening folks.

Leibster Award

Now then. That was a bit of a turn up.

There I was, minding my own business doing a bit of blog surfing which actually, now I come to think of it,  it wasn’t minding my own business at all was it? More like peeping into everyone else’s business. Either way I was enjoying it.

Suddenly, up popped a comment from MeeBee who’s only been and gone and nominated me for a Leibster Award. Thanks, MeeBee!


It’s a kind of blog chain letter, except you write your own letter and then pass on the challenge to ten other writers.  The purpose of it is to encourage writers of new blogs, or in my case, to support writers of blogs that have been around a while but no  one reads.  A kind of

‘ God loves a tryer award.’

Here are the rules I’ve been asked to follow, if you accept this nomination, you can do the same:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
2. You must answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominee before you.
3. Nominate 10 of your favourite blogs with fewer than 200 followers and notify them of their nomination.
4. Come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

And if you link back to this post, your response will appear as a “pingback” in the discussion section at the end of this post.

So. Laaydeez and Gennelmen, without further ado, here are the answers you didn’t know you’d been waiting for:

1. What made you start your blog?

A. College. It was part of my final project for my degree course in photography. After the course had finished I picked up blogging as a journal just to keep my memories of the little, and not so little, everyday events that would soon be swallowed up in the mists of time. I’m my own most avid ready.  Until the zero to hero challenge I was just about my only reader.

2. What special skills do you have?

A. Ummm. I can take nice photographs. For about ten years I was a microlight pilot, I’m not sure I still have the skill to fly a plane. I might need to brush up on that.  Apparently I can make people feel at ease. I can also scare the bejaysus out of them if I so feel.

3. If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?

A. As much as I don’t particularly like birds I envy their ability to fly. I’d like to be one just so I could fly. Not a manky old pigeon though. I’d be some kind of regal bird. A golden eagle or something. Or my dog. I’d like to be my dog. Without the epilepsy.

4. What one interesting thing have you learnt this week?

A. Working on the basis it’s only Monday I’ll defer on that question.  Try me again later in the week.

5. I really like English and Australian ‘red curtain’ films as devised by Baz Luhrmann. Strictly Ballroom, The Full Monty and Little Voice are my favourite films because they make me laugh out loud – mostly because they have a foot in reality and aren’t too slick.

6. What would be your perfect holiday and why?

A. See previous post.  Actually, A holiday somewhere cold to go northern light spotting (and photographing, obviously) with Boofuls and then a Caribbean cruise to warm us up again. In both instances perfection would be if  we could take Douggie the Doggie with us.

7.  If you were going to write a book what would you call it and what would it be about?

A. I’d call it ‘You Couldn’t Make It Up’ and it would be about quirky characters I’ve met over the years and some of the ridiculous and funny events that have happened as a result.

8. If you could visit any country in the world which would it be?

A. Umm, New Zealand. No, I mean Cuba. No I mean India, No, I mean……………can’t decide. Too may amazing places. The only place  that I absolutely had to visit was Lapland which we did last year.  Boofuls and I have been lucky to have done a fair amount of travelling over the years and seen lots of places on our respective bucket lists.

9. Who are some people you’d like to meet someday?

A. I’m supposed to say Nelson Mandela or Ghandi or something now, aren’t I?  Damn, I’m just not highbrow enough. I love meeting new people.  I like meeting all people ( mostly). Famous people though make me starstruck and stupid, not that I’ve met many. When I met prince Andrew a few years ago I just burbled rubbish at him. He looked at me like a was a total peasant and walked on.

10. If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn?

A. I’d learn a musical instrument. For a few years at school I played the violin and then started to play it again as an adult. After a few ears of my eardrums straining and the cat running way I gave it up again. Fair to dsay that I wasn’t great at it. Does it count if it’s something I already do? Doggie dancing is fairly random but it is a skill  Douggie and I love it.

Still here? Well done!

So there you are, that’s me in a nutshell.

So. Time for another fanfare. Who are the nominees?

In no particular order ( dim the lights and play music to build the suspense)

My Leibster Nominees are:

1. Oven dried tomatoes

2. MickMcGorman

3. Everything about my dog

4.The Flibberatic Skreebles

5. Paulsunter

6. Superdanni

7. bluchickenninja

8. Luna’s Imagination Igloo

9. Charlotte’s Big Inca Trail Challenge

10. Mind & Eye

My questions are:

1. Are you a lark or a night owl.

2. What is your proudest moment?

3. What is your favourite place and why?

4. How do you keep fit?

5. What is your favourite book/film/piece of music and why?

6. Describe yourself in five words

7.  What is your favourite childhood memory?

8.  What is your favourite hobby?

9. What would be your superpower?

10. Why did you start your blog?

…nothing was stirring, not even a mouse.

Well, that’s not strictly true.

My phone was stirring. Someone who doesn’t even have kids sent me a text message while it was still dark to wish us a Merry Christmas. Dagnabbit woman, it’s still dark!!

Two minutes after that I heard a kerfuffle downstairs and ran down thinking the dog was having a fit but he wasn’t. He was just throwing up.

Ho ho hoooooo Merry Christmas, I thought as I cleaned up the vomit. Might as well get up now and have some quiet time before the spud peeling begins.

So here I am having a nice brew, dog nodding quietly next to me wondering why I’m up so early when it isn’t even a work day.

It feels like Christmas. Even sitting here on my own.

I love this part of the day, the anticipation, the pressies all piled under the tree, the table set ready for our guests later. Once the day starts properly it’ll fly past, I’m savouring the quiet moments because the busy ones will fly by without me even noticing them.

Anyway, that’s enough musing.


Merry Christmas to all my friends and family. Merry Christmas to you bloggy readers, thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings. A special Merry Christmas to Vanessa who  feels like a friend now. I love your comments and occasional arse kickings 😀

Whatever your Christmas brings (or brought, depending on where you are and what time it is) I hope it is/was everything you hoped for. As for me and Boofuls, we’ll be going to bezzie mates to conclude the breakfast saga. Next we’ll be off to The Rev and Gembolina’s for pressies with the clingons. I hope The Rev  has sherry in.  I love a sherry at Christmas. It makes me feel like Miss Marple and I can’t help but say in a cut glass voice “More sherry, vicar?” as I hold out my glass for a refill.

After the Rev’s it’ll be back home with Big N, Lashes and Len for Christmas dinner. Munki will arrive at some point after the Queen’s speech from TTF’s full of sugar and bouncing off the walls. We have a plan for that – no it doesn’t involve sherry. Naughty!

Once they’ve all gone home it’ll be the sofa, Doctor Who and  Call the Midwife accompanied by a nice glass of something bubbly (probably water at that stage haha). A few snuggles with the hubby and the pooch should round the day off nicely.

That sounds like a perfect Christmas day to me.

What’s your idea of a perfect Christmas day?




For my Far Fetched Friend





















After posting a few photos from our rent jollies I got a lovely message from Vanessa who writes the brilliant Farfetched Friends blog. Go and check it out, you’ll enjoy it. Anyway, Vanessa feels a bit of an affinity to Spain even though she hasn’t been there so these next few images of Cartagena and surrounding area are just for her to immerse herself in and pretend she’s actually there.  Enjoy.




















The Kiss of Death

Well folks, especially those of you who have been foolhardy enough to follow my blog, for which I am truly appreciative. I have some bad news for you.

The news is that pretty much every blog I read and think, ‘Ooh, that was interesting, I’ll follow that blog’, they stop posting.

Time and time again it’s happened, it’s like I’ve put a curse on blogdom. No wonder my stats are always so low, word must have got out.

I’m doomed to just have a long blogroll of dead or dying blogs for you to click on and then gaze on in disappointment as you realise the last post was months or even years ago.

There are notable exceptions, you know, the exception the proves the rule. Most notably, Good Humored. I look forward to her posts and often laugh out loud when I read them. I’ve even been known to spit milk and cereal all over my monitor when one of her little gems catches me unawares. Did you know it’s almost impossible to laugh and swallow at the same time? I learnt that the hard way as I laughed, coughed, choked and spluttered, an inelegant and unladylike mess after one particularly funny post. Serves me right really. My Mother would have gone nuts if she knew I was seating eating at my desk instead of at the dining table as I was brought up to.

So there it is.

If an email pops up saying I’m following your blog it is undoubtedly the beginning of the end.

Be warned.