Beltane Blessings

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Well the weather just HAD to go rainy for Beltane. So sadly no fire outside and celebrations for us.

Instead it’s movies, and absinthe and feel good times with the family here. What witch doesn’t enjoy #PracticalMagic

I’ve also started a Maceration process on the pelvis bones we found on a walk, that was my most witchy way to celebrate Beltane.

We should be celebrating my Grandson’s 4th Birthday and my eldest daughters Wedding Anniversary, but alas the lock down continues so we can’t.

But I will be watching lots of Star Wars films on Disney+ today as its #May4th to celebrate their wedding anniversary like they will.

Looking forward to watching Rise of Skywalker.

Fourth Week #SelfIsolation

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It’s been lovely outside, and I’m immensely lucky to have a garden. So good playlists on Spotify and a garden chair, I could literally be anywhere I can imagine. Everything is better in the Sun.

Listening to #Grimes residency on Radio One and #Aurora Albums. With Dark Rum, Pineapple Juice and Lemonade, my Summer Punch. (Very addictive)

Topped with a great Sunday dinner and movie. I even had a heart shaped Yorkshire pudding. Been loving the husbands home made Yorkshires, they are like clouds. I swear he should make this his new business.

We chose #Onward which was a cute movie, a movie for the weekend.

It’s an epic journey of realization for the characters. Made us laugh, shed a tear, and just forget the world for a few hours too.
Teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley embark on a magical quest to spend one more day with their late father. Like any good adventure, their journey is filled with cryptic maps, impossible obstacles and unimaginable discoveries. But when dear Mom finds out her sons are missing, she teams up with the legendary manticore to bring her beloved boys back home.

My weeks are going faster than I thought they would, having a routine is really helping with that.

What a week of change!! First Week #SelfIsolation

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Last week I was discussing self isolation and how as a disabled person it wouldn’t be any different from my main life.

How wrong was I? It is different, we can no longer see family members, in fear we catch something, or worse pass it on to loved ones. The threat and fear of medication storages are luming in the back of my mind.

And the staggering dismissal of the deaths as they have pre existing conditions have floored me. Do they not realise, it’s not just end of life people, but people that could live another 50+ years in normal circumstances.

But here we are it’s anything but Normal is it? Schools shut indefinitely, so we collected our youngest daughter on Thursday 19th March so she wouldn’t be stuck up there alone. Though I worry equally about my other three daughters and their families.

The world is different and how different it stays remain to be seen. I’m not ashamed to say I could cry, scream, feel helpless and almost driven mad with what ifs. But I know it won’t help.

All I can do, is reduce the amount I eat and treat it with mindfulness so I can go without more, which in turn means less trips out to supermarkets.

Try to occupy my mind (As that’s my worse enemy) and perhaps step away from social media as much as possible. Everything feels so trivial in comparison to this.

So far we can still walk in the countryside, so I’m doing this for pure mental health, and vitamin D. I can handle the pubs, restaurants and cases, and retail shops shut. But it’s the but wrenching feeling, that you may never hold loved ones again, parents, grandchildren, children. It’s totally Heart breaking.

We celebrated Ostara in the woods, it felt good to have brisk winds whip around our faces, it feels good to be alive. The blue skies and birdsong lifts the spirits, and it was good to snatch that freedom of outside. I have no problems of avoiding shops, pubs but being outdoors is what feeds my soul.

Self Isolation

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As a person that is usually stuck indoors, my only appointments are being at the hospital physio once a fortnight (I’ve cancelled for a month) or going out for a brisk walk. Me being trapped inside is nothing new to me.

First thing first, stay in a routine. It’s important to get up and dressed, especially as depression and apathy will take hold if you don’t. It’s better to structure your day, as you feel more productive.

So what can we do

DIY,Garden

If you are able bodied, then maybe is a this time to catch up on all the diy you’ve been meaning to do. I would love to do this, but it isn’t possible sadly. I can’t even garden, not that I have green fingers either though.

Exercise

I personally wear myself out with daily physio,so not only am I working the leg out and trying to ease arthritis symptoms, it occupies my mind too. I find it fills a lot of my day up, as I need a long time after to recover from it too. Great mood booster though.

Craft, Hobbies

I love crafts, I have made jewellery, papercutting and I love colouring in books too, they ease the mind and fill up good chunks of time. This for me is limited now due to my hand arthritis. But I love them when it’s possible.

Reading

Who doesn’t have a book list as long as their arm, but always feel like they have no time to read. Well now you do, it is one of the most peaceful times to snatch for yourself. I’m going to re-read the Ink Heart trilogy and Beautiful Creatures.

Prime,Now,Netflix

It is a good time to catch up on tv series, binge watch all that you have saved. I have a love of European Netflix shows,a good scandi noir helps me through the long days. The Flash, Altered Carbon, Elite, Stockholm Requiem.

Organise Wardrobes

I actually badly need to do this myself. I literally live in work out wear and pjs. But I have clothes for every occasion and am a hoarder too. So it’s time to decide what to charity or bin, or give to family. Lots of ideas on Pinterest and YouTube.

Stay safe guys xx

#Halsey Manic Tour #DateDay

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It’s finally here!! After the disappointment of the #LanaDelRey concert being cancelled, we’ve literally counted down the days to this event!! Though now it’s here, I’m nervous due to the coronavirus if I’m honest.

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So we went

Instead of all we had planned, we are staying at home for the day and only coming out for this event. So no junkyard golf and club crawl beforehand. Gutted but I understand. After tonight the country may be on lockdown with all events cancelled etc.(nope they haven’t decided to do this yet)

So Manchester here we come.

We had pale waves on as an introduction, supporting act. Loved their sound. So I will look for them on Spotify.

Found our seats easily as they were shown to us, We had a great view as well, super impressed.

My only bugbear was everyone stood up, we had seating for disability so thankfully on the end, so could still see, but I spotted others that couldn’t.

Set List

  1. Nightmare
  2. Castle
  3. Heaven In Hiding
  4. Eyes Closed/ Die for Me
  5. You Should Be Sad
  6. Haunting
  7. Forever… (is a Long Time)
  8. Dominic’s Interlude (interlude)
  9. I Hate Everybody
  10. Colors pt. II / Colors
  11. Walls Could Talk
  12. Bad At Love
  13. 3am
  14. Finally // Beautiful Stranger
  15. 100 Letters (acoustic)
  16. Is There Somewhere
  17. Killing Boys
  18. Hold Me Down
  19. Clementine
  20. Graveyard
  21. 929
  22. Ashley
  23. Gasoline
  24. Without Me

The whole thing went so fast, four outfit changes, moving stages, fabulous visuals and fire. It was high energy, delicate at times, emotional in others, raging and fierce, it was a whole journey she took us on.

I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. In fact I didn’t want it to end. We had lots of Artist interaction, and talking too. Felt like it was genuine interaction, rather than staged and forced.

And now that’s me not moving for a week, we are staying in to keep our contact with others to a minimum. I cancelled my physio appointments for a month too.

61 Weeks Post #HipReplacement Physio outside

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Racing into the weeks now, it feels after Christmas the months have absolutely flown!! I can’t quite believe it’s middle of March and nearly time for Easter Holidays.

As the horrendous storms and water have reduced, it’s been good to get outside and do some nature countryside walks. They actually seem to wear me out more than a gym controlled session.

Trying to walk straight, small steps and very very controlled so the limp isn’t there. It’s only a small amount of steps I can do like this, before waddle comes back. But I’m trying to build upon it.

It’s cold for sure, but wrapped up it’s ok, and you get to feel alive for a bit. Blow the depressive thoughts away and reset your mind.

I am very lucky to live in such a pretty place. The mud makes each step a little off camber, giving the ankles more work to hold you upright and steady, so it’s working the micro muscles we don’t usually think about. But it does fatigue me very quickly.

10 years of #SBS #TheoPaphitis #PartTwo

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As previously said in prior post, I recently went to #smallbusinesssunday meet up which is hosted by former Dragon Theo Paphitis.

We arrived a bit later, while Google were doing their presentation, I arrived later as I knew it was already a bit of a long day for me, with missing an hour or two.

Some talks ran over sadly so it was less dinner time for us to eat. But the crowd didn’t seem to mind.

We saw the fabulous stats of what it means to be a winner, I’m 1 of 3000 so I do feel special, that little old me with my jewellery, caught his business eye.

We had a presentation from LinkedIn but I confess it didn’t help me understand any better.

The food was great, though the queue for it, not so much. Never had a chance with the cakes. Had a beautiful glass of bubbly though, and gorgeous (The best) coffee.

Next up for fireside chat was Sara Davies

She was a breath of fresh air, and coming from a crafters background I felt I could identify with her more. The chat was super informative, and well worth listening too.

We left after this, as my poor body couldn’t cope anymore, so time for me to retreat. It was a shame never got to see some friends, but the time literally flew away with us.

On the way out, we used our token for a goodie bag (system changed from before where you and your plus 1 got one) this time it’s just 1 per business.

Inside the cloth tote bag was all this.

Love the strong sturdy cloth bag.

Metal bottle from DHL, plug adapter from Robert Dyas, card holder from HP, pencils pens notepad and bookmark from Ryman, Pyrex dish and Bamboo cup from Robert Dyas, and Ear phones from Ryman. Screen wipe from Ryman.

10years of #SBS Theo Paphitis #PartOne

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Wow I can’t believe it’s a decade already!!

It’s my 8th one and each time I go, I have an incredible inspiring day. I get to see great friends I’ve made, hear from very successful businesses too.

So what is #sbs??

Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis in October 2010. Theo is best known for appearing on Dragons’ Den on BBC Two. He is Chairman of Ryman Stationery plus Boux Avenue lingerie, Robert Dyas and latest acquisition London Graphic Centre.

Each week, Theo rewards small businesses that tweet him @TheoPaphitis and describe their businesses in one tweet including the all-important hashtag #SBS. Only tweets made in the time slot between 5.00 PM and 7.30 PM each Sunday count.

Every Monday night at 8pm, Theo reviews and chooses his favourite lucky six who are then re-tweeted. As he has around 500k followers, this provides a massive boost to the chosen lucky businesses.

The benefits range from increased Twitter followers, to positive media publicity and crucially for many, increased sales! Of course, none of this is guaranteed as it is largely down to perseverance and hard work. A smidgen of luck comes in handy.

Lots of great businesses that lend their support, advice and mentor us. Fabulous presentations.

We have time to chat with each other, to network, and share our own businesses too.

Before sitting down listening to relevant talks.

There is drinks provided and breaks of course, and even later on the lunch is provided. The food is always outstanding.

THEO-LOGY

Theo says, “I admire people who have passion and energy. If you cannot bore your friends to death about your own small business then something is seriously wrong. I was struck by the number of business owners on Twitter who wanted to tell me about their new products and services. Small Business Sunday was born so that people have a specific time slot to tweet and can pitch their ‘sell’ directly to me.

All my businesses are privately owned and entrepreneurial in spirit. My stationery firm Ryman has thousands of small business customers, which is why they are now kindly sponsoring #SBS. I want to offer benefits to #SBS winners, past and present and the link with the stationery retailer allows me to do this, so thank you CEO Kypros Kyprianou and Co.

My vision is that everyone who has ever won an #SBS re-tweet from me becomes part of a friendly club. Like-minded individuals can share successes and learnings. This website will give a valuable profile to the winners chosen to date and should help those who have not yet won but want some tips on how to do so. You will find news about the latest winners plus events and activities of interest.

I know I have been lucky in business and I am keen now to spread goodwill to others, of course not forgetting that very often, you make your own luck by making use of every opportunity.”

Weekends Adventures

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This weekend was just about staying in, and visiting family too. and of course relaxing, as my body feels like it’s been steamrolled over!!

I can’t seem to rid myself of the constant nagging back ache. And since attempting to do more steps at home on the Aerobic step, just above my knee (about 2 inches above) has also been nagging too. Really need to question surgeon about this.

Which I will admit I’m finding boring, so how can I entertain myself yet relax too?!

First up is I’m going to binge watch #LockeAndKey on Netflix


Three siblings who move into their ancestral estate after their father’s murder discover their new home’s magical keys, which must be used in their stand against an evil creature who wants the keys and their powers. I’ve just started it, and it’s looking promising. I love the visuals too, it’s superbly filmed. I hope there is many many more series to come.

#Ragnarok also on Netflix I’ve totally enjoyed all of this. Again I’m hoping for so many more series to come.


A small Norwegian town experiencing warm winters and violent downpours seems to be headed for another Ragnarok — unless somebody intervenes in time. I was absolutely HOOKED on this one.

That was the Saturday, the Sunday was all about visiting Family and good food at their houses too.

Can’t beat a Sunday dinner made for you. It was hella tasty too!!

Thankfully the storm didn’t do too much damage around our area. But it was wild out there!!

Good Food, and Great Company

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It can’t always be doom and gloom, and this girl needs more than just outings to the hospital, or doctors surgeries. I mean you become very depressed and anxious always staying housebound and hospital bound.

Some days you have to get out and about and try to be normal.

We popped out for a Half price steak night, at Ego Resturant. It’s rare we eat red meat, and usually it’s for a posh meal. I’m using this date to celebrate my 1yr post hip replacement. As we did this exactly last year the night before my surgery.

It was nicely busy, and it was just what we needed. The atmosphere was light and bright.

And as ever the company was the BEST, it was nice to get out and treat ourselves. We all get too consumed with chores, and mundane living. So to step out for a brief time was heavenly.