Sunday, 30 January 2011
Funerals are grim, sad affairs. My friend told me that they had talked about it, and she said her mother wanted her departure to be more cheerful than that. She asked to be played out to the strains of "Wish me Luck as you Wave me Goodbye." There was not a dry eye in the house, but we were all smiling too.
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Monday, 24 January 2011
So that's a story written. What I'm planning to write is a review of the film, The King's Speech, which I saw last week. Better not preempt it here except to say I thought Colin Firth was absolutely marvelous. He certainly deserved that Golden Globe he won for it.
Friday, 21 January 2011
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Monday, 17 January 2011
A very fast sale at Constant Content, even before I had received the email telling me it had passed the site's review stage. A first for me. And a note from the buyer saying s/he would use me again. If that means some private requests I'll be over the moon.
Google has finally found me and this blog has a page rank at last, and it's a three. I used to check for it every couple of months, and got very frustrated when I found no result. So I gave up checking. But all of a sudden, everyone wants me to write sponsored posts. So I checked again, and there was my PR3. And don't worry. I won't write too many posts for cash. I can be choosy now.
Tomorrow is a day off to dog sit while our friends go on a jaunt to London. We will keep Ginger company, take her for a long walk and give her supper. We'll be quite late getting home but the next morning we have to get up early to dismantle beds and reorganise them before our new one is delivered, so I can look forward to some more comfy nights.
So I'm a happy bunny, or should I say otter?
This great pic is of a grinning California Sea Otter by Sstasi at Wikimedia Commons
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Monday, 10 January 2011
There wasn't time for a proper walk so I just strolled out onto the little wooden pier. The first thing I noticed was that I had the place to myself. Just two other cars were parked but their owners weren't visible. Then I saw that there was a really high tide. It was higher than I'd ever seen before, only about three feet below the wooden boards I was walking on.
The wind was gusting a bit too, so I was in danger of getting a bit wet if it dashed the waves and lifted spray, but it was really exhilarating. That five minutes at the beach was all I needed before heading home to get another article written before its deadline.
Friday, 7 January 2011
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
I wrote that post in the week before Christmas and submitted it to Social Spark2. If you are not familiar with that site, it's one that puts advertisers and bloggers together for sponsored posts. After a post has been submitted it has to be approved by the advertiser before it is published on the blog directly from Social Spark, provided the blog meets certain requirements.
When I reread the terms of service, I found that they include a rule that the post before the sponsored one has to be made within seven days, and has to be "of a reasonable length, at least one (1) paragraph, three (3) to five (5) sentences". So I guess it was no coincidence that, although I submitted it before Christmas, it didn't appear until after I posted on Monday this week. The one before that was a Wordless Wednesday, and then I took a blogging break of more than a week.
I guess I'm lucky it appeared at all. But it is still early January and I hope all of you in the UK will still be able to buy your Cadbury Wishes and help make some terminally ill children's wishes come true.
Monday, 3 January 2011
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cadbury Wishes. All opinions are 100% mine.
There's just time to buy some Cadbury Wishes before Christmas. Of course, if you can't get to the shops because of all the snow in the UK at the moment, or for whatever reasons, they'll be in the shops into January 2011.
Why not after that? Because these milk chocolate stars with mouth watering truffle centres were devised as a Christmas special, for which Cadbury teamed up with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, donating 10% of profits from all Cadbury Wishes sales to this worthwhile charity. Many a child in the UK suffering from a life threatening illness has had a wish granted by the Foundation.
For example, a little boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy was able to spend time with a fire-fighting team and become Fireman Sam for a day. You can read about Sam and other children's wishes at the Cadbury Wishes website. Just click on Wishes Granted and then on each child's star.
A couple who have been my dearest friends for many years had a son with Duchenne. Sadly he died in his early teens, but before that, I spent much time on fund-raising activities for the organisation that funded research into the disease. So I know a bit about how it affects sufferers and their families, and can only applaud efforts to bring some real enjoyment into their lives.
Cadbury have been promoting their Christmas product with magical wish-making workshops all over the UK through November and December. Imagine being able to eat your own chocolate recipe, with all you favourite ingredients incorporated. There's news about the workshops, and some photos too, on their special Cadbury Wishes page on Facebook. It looks like lots of people had a great time.
And hopefully, there will be plenty of donations to Make-a-Wish to bring some joy into the lives of children with life threatening illnesses.
Anyway, I decided now to look back on some of the highlights of 2010, and found this picture taken during our October holiday on the Welsh border country.
How's this for a bookshop? It's the Castle Bookshop in Hay on Wye. There is another way in from the other side of the building, but if you enter through a gap in the wall from the main street, this is what you see. All of this lower area has bookshelves around the walls, and you can select any book and leave the money for it in a collection box. Then you can go up the steps and into the bookshop proper, through the open door you can see in the picture. There are several dusty rooms crammed with secondhand books about everything under the sun, or so it seems. I could have spent hours just browsing if hubby hadn't been waiting for me to move on. The photo is a lovely reminder of that day.
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