Posted on 1:40pm Friday 20th November 2015
Our friends in the USA were not comfortable about booking a hotel the night before we arrive at a location and so they found one that suited our budget, some three months ahead of our trip. We thought they had checked it and they thought we had. Result? a painful experience in not checking Trip Advisor first.
Posted on 8:48am Friday 20th November 2015
Don’t worry, I’m not about to burst into song, but what a windy week, I’ve been left holding things up, tying things down ( Including my Mother) & generally trying to batten down the hatches & I can’t help thinking it might have something to do with Karma….
Posted on 1:20pm Friday 13th November 2015
There are times when the BBC is justifiably accused of let-leaning bias but any bias among British broadcasters is made to seem infantile when you see the news programmes and reporting on the major networks in the USA.
Posted on 8:32am Friday 13th November 2015
It’s that time of year where it seems everyone’s trying to lose their wobbly bits in time for Christmas, so they can over indulge in food & drink while looking wonderful & gain their wobbly bits back again….….huh?
Posted on 1:30pm Friday 6th November 2015
We visited the land of the gentle people in Ohio, USA, and left after two days with respect for the Amish way of life and their attempts to keep as much of the modern world at bay as far as is humanly possible.
Posted on 8:47am Friday 6th November 2015
Yesterday I arrived back from Sheffield & my sisters Funeral, how come everything up North involves a steep slope? From the burial plot to the church steps, I imagined her watching in bemusement at us, the lightweight Southerners panting and trying not to skid on the wet leaves causing an avalanche and taking out the rest of the party making their way up behind us….…..
Posted on 1:30pm Friday 30th October 2015
We compromised by driving to Cleveland which enabled me to visit the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame and Ellie to be within an hour of staying in the Amish community of Ohio. As it happened, I enjoyed both experiences.
Posted on 7:54am Friday 30th October 2015
I want to start this week by thanking those of you who supported last weeks Column in tribute to my sister Michele, it was really appreciated, Michele loved words so it was rather apt. Apart from breathing in and out I really have no clue what I’m doing at the moment, nothing new there, some would say……
Posted on 1:20pm Friday 23rd October 2015
A long haul through the giant fairest that is northern USA, took us seven hours with refreshment stops, but it was worth it to see the stunning power of Niagara Falls and wonder at the course or stupidity of Annie Edison Taylor.
Posted on 8:50am Friday 23rd October 2015
I really didn’t want to write this weeks Column , but my sister, ever the professional would’ve taken a moments pause then pulled a face and told me to get on with it, so here we are. It only seems like yesterday that I was sharing with you the devastating news that due to a bout of depression my brother Michael had taken his own life, in fact it was May 6th . Since the funeral, we’ve all been trying to catch our breath, to make sense of something that seems to make no sense at all, but none of us could’ve ever imagined that our grief was about to double ……….
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 16th October 2015
We have been told we should visit Boston and now we have. As a result we will not advise anyone to visit Boston. There are many more attractive cities to visit in the USA.
Posted on 8:59am Friday 9th October 2015
I’m starting with a question, so you may need some liquid fuel first? ….Have you ever wondered with all the situations you encounter over the day big & small whether you behave like a victim or a Victor? I was feeling every bit the Victor sat here talking to you this morning, up until I dunked my chocolate digestive and it plopped into my coffee & instantly became the victim of a soggy biscuit…….
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 2nd October 2015
Grand Central Station is a building of character, nestled between and - dare I say it - dwarfed by its neighbours.
Posted on 8:44am Friday 2nd October 2015
I can’t believe it’s Friday again, where did the other six days go? So this week saw an international crisis that left thousands of people in trauma ……yes, Facebook briefly went down, forcing many back to reality and into a panic at their inability to cope. I’m sure most of you have heard of the saying Wake up and smell the Coffee? But how many of us actually do it from choice?.........
Posted on 6:20pm Friday 25th September 2015
A return to the USA after four years, we are quickly reminded about the passing of years.
Posted on 9:02am Friday 25th September 2015
I’ll try to say the following word reeeeeally quietly so it doesn’t upset anyone….winter, SSSssssh! Yes it won’t be long before thermal undies & woolly socks will be making their way out of drawers and women up and down the country will be throwing their hands up in delight at the opportunity of not having to shave their legs again til next summer , although I must say I’m not a fan of feeling like a gorilla ……..
Posted on 1:30pm Friday 18th September 2015
We have been heading back to England, prior to flying to New York. We were somewhat surprised, when attending a family wedding near Hitching, how extremely rural parts of the county still are.
Posted on 9:02am Friday 18th September 2015
For those that live on the posh side of the street the translation of this weeks title is “Having a Laugh” or if you’re really really posh “Larf” I do believe that however you say it, it’s the best medicine there is...…….
Posted on 1:10pm Friday 11th September 2015
Two weeks without the dogs. It seems very strange and just goes to show how much they grow to become an essential part of your life. Even as I type this, I am reminded I cannot reach down between thoughts, and stroke Dixie by my side.
Posted on 8:57am Friday 11th September 2015
I don’t know about you? but there’s always a zillion things I want to do, experience, challenge, defeat and conquer. I’m pretty good at starting which is the important part. I’ve partly written three books, I partly play guitar, I partly have a body like Beyoncé…I’ll let you know when I’ve found what part, but you get the drift huh?........
Posted on 12:50pm Friday 4th September 2015
Looking back on what was effectively a demotion by moving across to the Watford Observer as number two on the sports desk, after being sports editor at the West Herts Post.
Posted on 8:48am Friday 4th September 2015
Okay, gargle your coffee, warm up those voices & sing like you were Aretha Franklin…yes you men too. “R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find out what it means to me, sock it to me, sock it to me sock it to me, sock it to me….. Ah yes, Respect, remember that? While most remember the song, sadly the word hasn’t transposed well through the years…..
Posted on 12:50pm Friday 28th August 2015
I stayed in local journalism by chance. It was a happy coincidence when just as I was about to give notice, a succession of promotions resulted in my being offered a step up.
Posted on 8:53am Friday 28th August 2015
This weeks main topic also covers my M.E section for reasons that will become clear. So, what do you see when you look at me?.... apart from the nose like a ski slope ?....Yeah okay, or the double chin, geeez you know how to make a girl feel good on a Friday morning. I’m usually described as the lady with the Pink hair, oo -er did someone just call me a lady? Thing is, I would never be described as “The disabled lady” because quite simply you can’t see it…….
Posted on 1:30pm Friday 21st August 2015
Part two of a reflection on the early days when I first became a local journalist.
Posted on 9:43am Friday 21st August 2015
After slapping my wrist for being late this morning...we can begin, So I’ve never been very good at other languages, although some days due to life and circumstances my vocabulary is so littered with effs & Jeffs you could be mistaken for thinking I’d invented Profanish. But I do love connecting with other cultures whether literally or through trying out their products…..
Posted on 1:30pm Friday 14th August 2015
For a school-leaver coming into provincial newspaper journalism, it is a very different world to the one I hesitantly and nervously embraced back in 1960.
Posted on 9:35am Friday 14th August 2015
Although I’m sure they’ll be plenty of students young and mature celebrating wonderful exam results this week, I’m guessing they’ll be quite a few sucking air at clapping eyes on the poor results staring back at them? And while the immediate reaction might be that it feels like the end of the world, truth is it really doesn’t matter, yes you heard right, in fact I’ll say it again, it does not matter…….
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 7th August 2015
There is a reassurance and a relaxation about holidaying in familiar surroundings. Mentally, I used to take my brain out upon arrival and plug it in to the switch for recharging over the fortnight.
Posted on 8:22am Friday 7th August 2015
Today I am wearing my big girl ranty pants, so take cover. I can only assume the Asda advert where they tap their bottom is referring to their standard of customer care if my mothers visits are anything to go by… & Yes I do let her out from under the floorboards, well who else is going to do the weekly shop?.....…
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 31st July 2015
There is much to be said for having an annual holiday at the same place, if you can also afford second holiday exploring other countries. We have been returning to the same village for 36 years and we are not alone.
Posted on 9:30am Friday 31st July 2015
Well, before you get comfy, along with your usual cuppa and biccies I’d bring the headache pills because you could quite possibly end up banging your head on your computer desk or palm slapping your face in disbelief at this weeks ramblings quite frankly the worlds gone barking mad,or maybe its me? You decide……..
Posted on 9:05am Friday 24th July 2015
Well there’s lots of bite size pieces of news this week so grab your coffee and your own bites and we’ll begin…. I’m a shark virgin, what there is to know about sharks? I know nothing. Many years ago I remember my mother saying “One day they’ll be sharks on our own coastline you wait and see ” but unbeknown to her and me there already was/is….30 species to be exact…holy moly EVERYBODY OUT THE WATER!..........
Posted on 9:03am Friday 17th July 2015
Well it’s all the F’s this Friday, so fill up with Frappe Coffee and fig rolls and I’ll begin…I hope you’re feeling as fantabulous as I did this week when news filtered through that the vote on reforming the Fox hunting ban had flopped. There is no room in our society for this barbaric act, it’s not a sport, pastime or given right just because some upper crust toffs feel that being human gives them superiority over all living things......
Posted on 9:04am Friday 10th July 2015
I don’t know about you, but I love books. As a grown up (debateable I know) I prefer non-fiction, but still remember many childhood books that I loved, In fact I have a copy of the very first Noddy book, its without dust jacket so not valuable in money terms but it’s priceless in sentiment. Holding the book in both hands somehow manages to take me back down memory lane. Its for the same reason I prefer vinyl & Cds over downloading…..
Posted on 9:16am Friday 3rd July 2015
Some of you might recall that three weeks ago I wrote about how Facebook had banned an Ad for this column due to the lips in this logo violating their adult content policy? Well since then they’ve agreed it was a mistake and said that I could run the Ad again. I responded that the Ad was placed for a specific week & was no longer relevant. Cue Moose Number One……..
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 26th June 2015
Perhaps my music collection could be judged narrow by some, varied by others but it is the random nature of how I stumbled across my favourites, that intrigues me.
Posted on 8:54am Friday 26th June 2015
This weeks title describes me aptly, a woman of a certain age trying to shed a few pounds & get toned. I do love food tis true, its a Hart thing, and this week I’ve been discovering things you can do with it, especially bananas, ………and don’t be making up your own jokes…..
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 19th June 2015
I spent so many hours, weeks, months and over six years converting an orchard in Limousin into a lawned garden, it was quite a wrench to leave it. But I feel fine about it now.
Posted on 8:50am Friday 19th June 2015
I’m writing this weeks column from the naughty step as it seems I owe you all an apology. Those of you with a sensitive disposition look away now, apparently I’ve been posting up adult content of an excessively sexual, suggestive and provocative nature…..oo- er feed me to the lions. You’re probably asking “Where’s this content?” well go on….ask……
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 12th June 2015
It is not original for a columnist to write a column about not knowing what to write about. Almost certainly that is because it has happened to others frequently over the years. The thought-processes involved are often quite bizarre, I suspect.
Posted on 9:05am Friday 12th June 2015
Grab your coffee and ya custard creams and I’ll begin this weeks menegarie. Now I don’t know about you, but whilst on a day to day basis I consider myself a pretty tough cookie, when it comes to the dentist or hospital stuff I’d gladly let someone whack me around the head with a very large frying pan if it meant that I’d be totally knocked out…although that’s not an invitation. But how would you fancy staying awake and singing your way through brain surgery?....oh, and playing the guitar of course?.............
Posted on 1:20pm Friday 5th June 2015
I am up to my waist in pond water while Ellie is poking about in the local, communal dusting trying to retrieve an envelope for the bank, using an elongated claw. It is all part of the hectic life of retirees.
Posted on 9:04am Friday 5th June 2015
You might be mistaken into thinking with a title like Wacky N Wonderful, this weeks column is about me?…..well the wacky bit anyway? Alas no, it’s about some of the things I’ve found on my perusal around the net this week that I thought I’d share with you. If you like it I might even make it a regular feature, so let me know. First up, what’s big, green, musical & will set you back £15.000?......
Posted on 1:20pm Friday 29th May 2015
I was stunned by a sign inviting us into an eatery offering the choice of five "traditional British lunches". It did not take rocket science to note that two were Italian and one an Indian dish.
Posted on 9:19am Friday 29th May 2015
I don’t own an all singing dancing phone and have no desire to, just like I have no desire to be uploading posts to social media about my every bowel movement over the day from different parts of the country just because technology dictates I can. At the end of the day it’s about choice. Is it the phone that’s the problem or the person using it? Just because it’s called a Smartphone doesn’t necessarily mean it’s owner can boast the same pedigree? ……& before you go combustingly red and start spitting weetabix at the screen please note I said necessarily, meaning this may not apply to you…….necessarily?
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 22nd May 2015
There are various eras in one's life and I cam to the end of one last week as I approached my 74th birthday feeling distinctly exhausted. I love working outside but the time has come to ease back the throttle.
Posted on 8:56am Friday 22nd May 2015
Columns a tad longer than usual this week so you might want an extra-large cuppa? I’ve sat for over an hour trying to find the right words to start; but there are no right words. Something happened that has changed my families life forever. I’m uncomfortable talking about it so publicly, but I’ve always been honest with you by sharing the good, the bad and uglies of daily life, I’d just never bargained on my brothers death being part of that honesty…….