Friday, 22 May 2015

Been a While

It's been a while since I felt like blogging. I think everyone reaches that stage, where the ideas just dry up or you're too busy to remember to write. For me, it's been a bit of both. And then there's the sad fact that blogging seems to be a dying thing. More people are moving to the fast and snappy media, like Twitter. 

At first, I felt really sad about that, but then I thought about how each stage of my internet experiences have brought me new friends and knew chances to grow and learn. I "arrived" online at the moment when internet forums were the hottest new thing. I met and made wonderful friends that way and I was heart-broken when most of the forums I loved turned into ghost towns or were shut down. But then, at that time, I was just beginning to blog. And in blogging I met new wonderful people and madesome fantastic friendships.

So... as much as it will hurt my heart of blogging dies out completely, I know there will be new things to learn from and new people to meet. All part of life's journey. :-)


Friday, 1 May 2015

My First Selfie

I took my first selfie this week. Yeah, I know - I'm a late bloomer! 

I think many photographers fall into that trap of being more interested in what is around them. I love nature, I find human faces awesome (wish I was a portrait artist/photographer), but with all that looking outwards I tend to forget my eyes are in a face as well. LOL LOL 

Drum roll moment... here I am.  Taken on the spur of the moment, so excuse the crazy angle. 




Friday, 17 April 2015

Baking Frenzy

I was clearing out our digital camera yesterday and found a few photos I had forgotten were there. They're all cakes my mom has made recently. She's been in a baking frenzy. ;-D

Here's the first masterpiece - our Christmas fruit cake. I took this one on Christmas eve. You can see our blended countries decorations of Tartan and guinea fowl place settings. LOL



 This next one was made for my Hubby's birthday. It's a three layer almond sponge with whipped marscapone/cream, raspberry jam and fresh raspberries. It was sooo good that I've put in an order for one for my birthday. 


Saturday, 14 March 2015

Gift Giving Crows

I found a wonderful article on crows today. Apparently, some wild crows have been known to bring thank you gifts back to the people who feed them. Considering the fact that crows are exceptionally smart and often live in family-unit based societies... I not surprised. :-)

http://thewildlife.wbur.org/2015/03/12/the-secrets-of-gift-giving-crows/


Sunday, 1 February 2015

Hope

A friend sent me a video today. It's been a long time since I watched something that made me cry and yet gave me hope (for our planet) at the same time.Some people make you proud to be human. These are some of them...


Thursday, 29 January 2015

One Month Gone

I can't believe it's almost a month into the new year already. The month has zoomed by for our family... in a fog of ill health. We've all had a rather nasty flu bug that has left all four of us weakened and still coughing a LOT.

The hardest part of being sick has been food and drink. First tea tasted awful, then everything tasted revolting and now coffee tatstes weird! And trying to cook when food seems revolting and all of you aches is the WORST.


 Thankfully, I'm feeling a lot better and managed to cook a cottage pie last night, which most of us managed to eat.


I'll be glad when this is completely gone. I'm tired of feeling tired and sick of being sick!





Tuesday, 30 December 2014

What a Year!

I was just looking back through my calendar and thinking what a strange year this has been.

I published a second book (WISDOMS OF THE LIGHT) in December-January and I joined the Visionary Fiction Alliance.


In February I gave an author interview for a book blogger and she kindly made my book covers into bookmarks. :-)


From March I was pretty quiet on my blog, because mid-year was taken up with other people's books. I did a few reviews, I helped a friend by proofing her book for publishing and I helped someone else ghost-write another book. And in between we had another friend come stay with us for a week's holiday! 

In April one of my poems went to LA with a photography exhibition by Katherine Cooper...



















In May another lovely lady (Oribel) made one of my poems into an inspirational video...

...and for a brief while the e-book of FIRST LIGHT was number one on amazon.com

In June I published a little book of my poetry and blog stories for friends and family. Including all the poems that had a very busy 2015. ;-) In July we dashed about Scotland with our friend, so there are no July blog posts, but loads of August posts of the photos we took that wonderful summer. 
 
September was a whirlwind of emotions and happenings as I took part in the "60 ways to Peace" and Scotland steamed towards the independance referendum. I can sum up both of those events with a poster from the referendum.
September ended with me more active in politics than I have ever been in my life and I'm not the only one. The Scottish referendum set the country on fire and the blaze is still burning. It has led me to new friendships and helped inspire my Blogblast for Peace entry this November 4th.
I made another of my peace poems into a graphic for Facebook and blogs.And in October I lived up to that poem by joining several groups and organisations involved in positive change. :-)

In November I finally finished a video for my second book, WISDOMS OF THE LIGHT. 

Here's a slide from that video...


This year has had some lows as well, including the sudden death of a friend and fellow-blogger's husband. 

For Jurgis...
 
And for all those loved ones (friends or family) that we remember at this time of year...