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Wordless Wednesday

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Going back to my old hometown | Part Two

The village of Yalding in Kent is situated on the River Medway. It’s an area that was often susceptible to flooding, although the flood defences have been improved in recent times.

There is a cafe and a teapot museum by the river, called Teapot Island. There are also a couple of marinas, caravan parks, and places to picnic.

New houses have been built overlooking Hampstead Lock on part of the former ICI Chemicals site.

The most picturesque place is where a traditional Kentish Oast House (now converted into a dwelling) stands beside the river making stunning reflections in the water. Oast Houses were originally used for drying hops to make beer.

We had an Oast House on the farm where I grew up and it was one of the first things my Dad taught me to draw.

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Going back to my old hometown | Part One

Fancy meeting you here!

Last week was quite eventful. My husband and I travelled back down south to see family. We had a surprise when we got to London though. We were walking near Trafalgar Square and I saw my cousin walking the other way. London is an enormous city and neither of us live there now, so meeting her really should be against the odds. We had a quick chat and a hug and off we went again.

A similar thing did happen to me once before. My husband and I were visiting Paddington Basin and stopped to take a photo. There were two people in the far distance when I captured the shot. London is so busy that it is virtually impossible to get a photo with nobody else in it, so I didn’t think too much about it. However, we walked towards the people who had been in my photo and saw that it was a very close friend of ours and her daughter. They were also just visiting London for the day! An incredible coincidence.

Johnny English

Later in the week we went to see the new Johnny English film with my son. The first in the series was released the same year my son was diagnosed with cancer. The DVD saw us through many blood transfusions and has remained a family favourite.

The new film had a simple and highly predictable plot with the usual Rowan Atkinson humour and a return of the original Boff. It was well worth the watch. Even better that my husband had got us discounted tickets through The Times newspaper phone app.

Child’s Play

In my post Me, the washing machine and a Panda I wrote about the towns where we went shopping when I was a child. We visited both of those towns last week. I was reminded of the swing near the Castle car park and I just had to sit on it again for old times sake.

In the next part I’ll be sharing some more photos of our trip. Please make sure you follow my blog so that you don’t miss them.


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Film Friday

Following advice from my blogging friend Renard I have cast the iOS app aside for this post, just to see how I get on.

There is no “Friday Favourites” post today because, to be honest, I think I’ve exhausted my supply where that subject is concerned (for a while at least).

I have uploaded a couple of films to YouTube this week, so I thought I’d give them a shameless plug instead.

The first comes from my archive:

I found this car journey on a memory card, alongside some other photos and videos of past times. I was very pleased I had found it

The second is more recent:

This is a walk along part of the canal in Sheffield. We will be making some more films about this canal later on.

I hope you enjoy.

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5 Reasons Why I Blog Every Day

I have read lots of ideas about how often to post and when. Many suggest that you can post too much, and that blogging every day isn’t always a good thing.

Here are my main reasons for blogging daily

1) I have a lot in my head that needs to be vented

This blog is one way that I can express myself. I feel that this is a positive thing to do. I am a creative person and writing is just one way that I can be creative.

2) I write about different things and spread the posts across the week

I post about craft on a Monday, photography on Wednesday, my favourite something on a Friday, once a month I have a Social Saturday and every Sunday I share a short video clip. In between I post about any subject I choose.

3) It gives me a routine

In addition to the above number 2 reason, it gives me something different to do everyday. It doesn’t overwhelm me when I am unwell because I make use of draft posts and scheduling. It helps distract me if I need a distraction. Part of my routine is reading other blogs and commenting as well, so I feel like I am part of a community.

4) My blog is like my notebook

If I think of something I want to write about, I can quickly open the WordPress app on my phone and start a draft post. Sometimes that might just be the title, just so I don’t forget an idea. I will come back to it later and add the detail if it is something I want to share. That is exactly how this post started.

5) It’s my blog and I’ll write if I want to

Although this is number 5, it is probably the most important one. I blog, because I want to. I write everyday, because I want to. I am not trying to monetise my blog, I am not trying to go viral, and I am not after hundreds of subscribers. I read blogging tips and I decide if they are relevant to what I want to do, rather than thinking I should do XYZ because ‘A Famous Blogger’ said so.

Thank you for reading this, I hope that it makes sense to you. If you are a blogger, please let me know a bit about your blogging schedule. I would love you to have a look at some of my other posts. All my posts are catagorised, so you can search by topic. Please use the search bar or click on a tag below.

Happy blogging!


Have you seen my earlier post? ~ Can you blog too much?

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Friday Favourites

Hello, here we are at Friday again, and it is time to share a favourite. I did mention that I might slow down these posts, but that also it is a good thing to try to find positive things to think about. So, I will carry on until I can’t think of anything else!

This post is going to be about one of my favourite places.

The Peak District is a national park in the UK. I like visiting the wide open spaces, getting some fresh air and being away from people. There are hills to climb, streams to paddle in and awesome rock formations. There are also pretty villages to explore.

My first experiences of the Peak District would have been adventurous camping holidays with my parents and my brother. I can remember it being so cold in our tents one year! There was always the excitement of being “out in the wilds” though.

Nowadays I am lucky enough to live just a few hours from the edge of the Peak District, and we can spend a day just wandering.

I made a short film about The Longshaw Estate, which is a good place for us to start our day trips from. There is a visitor centre there, so you can ‘make yourself comfortable’ before you set out. There is also a small car park, but you need to get there early to get a space.

At Padley Gorge, there is an ice cream van, which is very popular.Surprise View

Thank you for reading, please drop me a comment about your favourite place or leave me some feedback on my video. It is always good to hear about other places people like to go.

Happy travels!