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A Picnic in my Kitchen: Not Doing the Lyke Wake Walk

I have had picnics in the rain before. I am a member of that family who would sit on the beach in our raincoats eating jam sandwiches and blue and white striped crisps, determined to enjoy our day by the sea whatever the weather. I would swim in the sea with the rain pouring down.

Inspiration Comes from Living

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. Anais Nin What inspires you? Perhaps it is seeing someone else – someone you love or just someone you’ve ‘met’ on twitter – accomplish something great. How about witnessing someone overcome adversity of some kind. Or maybe it’s the sheer beauty of

Charlotte Brown: Pole Vaulter

Pole vaulting is not a Paralympic sport. That hasn’t stopped Charlotte Brown, who made the podium at the Texas State High School Championships last week. Video from Associated Press YouTube channel. Charlotte is blind. She competes in the pole vault by counting the steps of her approach run, and listens for the sound of a

{ Sunday Soliloquy } Wishing

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” – James Baraz There is a well known song in the Disney

Jack of all Trades, Master of None

I’ve said a number of times before that I definitely see myself as a jack of all trades but master of none. I like to think that I am “okay” at quite a few things; okay at playing the trombone, okay at writing, okay at photography, okay at design, okay at presenting, okay at hiking,

A Day in the Life… at Center Parcs

For BEDM today we are being encouraged to show you a day in the life. My normal life – get up, go to work, come home, cook and eat dinner, watch some rubbish on the telly and go to bed – is a bit dull really. But this week things are different as I am

Views from Lincolnshire, and Some Facts

Lincolnshire gets lots of mentions here on Splodz Blogz. No surprise really, as it’s where I live. I moved here back in 1997 with my parents when they relocated for work. We’ve done a lot of relocating over the years and this is where we ended up when I was at that moving-out age, so this is where

Always Think You Can and the Staircase to Nowhere

Back in February I wrote a list of things – goals – I wanted to achieve in 2015. One of those was to meet and chat with people who inspire me, to get to know them and learn from them and what they are doing. Following that post I received a lovely email from Jo over

Unexpected Victories

Today is the fifth of May, which means only one thing, Cinco de Mayo (and today’s BEDM topic) – ARRIBA! This is a great excuse, particularly in Mexico and the United States, to have a massive themed street party with tortilla chips and guacamole (apparently 81 million avocados are eaten on 5 May in the

Country Music

My name is Zoe. I am 34 years old. And I like country music. Sorry. You’ll no doubt assume that this is a sign of my age. Apparently we stop listening to new music when we are 33, so I guess I shall start saying “songs of today don’t have any tune” or the like soon.

{ Sunday Soliloquy } Self Care Sunday

“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” – Mandy Hale Today, in the world of BEDM, has been designated as “Self Care Sunday”. My message is simple. I urge you… take an hour for yourself today. Sixty whole minutes of whatever YOU want

Ten Random Facts About Me

Good morning Splodz Blogz readers! I have decided to take part in Blog Every Day in May this year, as I enjoyed it last time I took part (I did the November version in 2013), and from feedback I think you did too. My aim is to use the themes set by the lovely Rosalilium