Nostalgia · Prompts

Making Music

Do you see the concentration on that little face? The hands resting on the keys that, at first glance, look like the effortless hand-over-hand movement of a concert pianist? The beginning of family lessons in music, because we’re from Yorkshire and there was no point throwing good money away on an actual teacher. Learning mostly… Continue reading Making Music

Nostalgia · Prompts · Toastmasters

Most Important Advice

Our Table Topics theme at Toastmasters last week was based around the advice that we’d give to our 10-year-old selves, given the opportunity to go back and have a word. Table Topics are normally given quickly, moments before having to stand up and speak with no preparation. They’re about as ‘life on the edge’ as… Continue reading Most Important Advice


Gingerbread Men Recipe

I can’t remember ever having made Gingerbread Men before, but Mike loves having them once in a while so I thought I’d have a go at making a batch.  I found a great gingerbread men recipe on the website. The recipes there cover a really wide range, including all the traditional favourites and some… Continue reading Gingerbread Men Recipe

Out and About · Photo Projects

Scarborough Lifeboat

For “Night Shot” on the 365 Project (131 of 365) We weren’t sure what was happening here; the Scarborough lifeboat seemed to be stuck on the beach, with about 10 men winching it onto a tractor and then moving it back to the lifeboat shed. We watched them for a long time; some great teamwork… Continue reading Scarborough Lifeboat


Hotel Chocolat Christmas in November

When we arrived home from Scarborough last week, we had a fabulous box of chocolates waiting for us, courtesy of Hotel Chocolat. We’d been asked to choose something from their Chocolate Christmas Gifts range and do a little review, and we’ve had a wonderful time doing just that. This box is the Sleekster Christmas Selection,… Continue reading Hotel Chocolat Christmas in November