I’ve never been one of these people who ‘trowels’ their make up on.  Unlike teenage girls today I didn’t really get in to make up until I’d left school.  I little eyeliner and lipgloss before then but I cleanly didn’t have a fun face of make up whilst at school.  To be honest it wasn’t until I was at University that I started wearing foundation.  I suppose I was blessed and didn’t go through the normal acne phase. In my forties now I still have a minimalist look about  my everyday make up.  I really don’t have drawers and drawers… View Post

I really don’t believe that happiness has anything to do with being lucky.  If it was then there are huge chunks of my life when I have been very unlucky.  I also don’t think it has anything to do with things that happened in a previous life.  There is the old phrase that ‘I must have been really evil/bad in a previous life to deserve this’.  I also don’t think happiness is dependant upon the perfect circumstances, or having a problem-free life, or having everything that you want. I strongly believe that happiness isn’t dependant upon a set of circumstances… View Post

I love beef stew especially at this time of year.  All rich and warming.  I could eat it everyday!  I love adding mushrooms, onions and chopped tomatoes to it and serving it with mashed potatoes or sweet potato mash. When cooking beef stew I either cook in it the oven on a low heat for 3 to 4 hours or pop it in the slow cooker mid morning and let it cook all day.  Beef stew is an easy recipe to follow and even if you class yourself as not being able to cook you can easily make this hearty… View Post

Being valentines day today I hope that your world in filled with love and happiness today but I also appreciate not everybody is currently all loved up.  Unlike a couple of generations ago relationships and marriages don’t last for life.  My parent’s who married in the late 60s were together for life.  I know many people my age (in their 40s) aren’t as lucky as my parents were, myself included and their marriages or relationships don’t last for life.  It’s always hard when you split from someone you used to love.  Somebody you set a home up with and thought… View Post

Last week I was in Bromsgrove and went to the Bromsgrove Hotel and Spa on the Sunday afternoon to sample their afternoon tea.  The hotel was extremely quite and only one other family were having lunch when we arrived.  Upon entering the hotel there was a gorgeous fire right in the centre and if I am being honest it would have been lovely to have our afternoon tea sat beside the fire instead we were seated in the bar area at the rear of this entrance lounge. Our table was laid out for us over looking a paved courtyard. I… View Post