The New Year often brings new aims for the year, new memories to be made and often new resolutions to be written along with dreams of that one impossible experience.  The New Year is all about aspirations for the future.  I personally try not to specify ‘resolutions’.  there is just something about that word that makes my brain automatically think failure but I can never pin exactly why.point why.  I know personally this year I had a look through my 50 x 50 goals and evaluated them as over the past couple of years some of these goals have become irrelevant… View Post

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