Loving what life has to offer 

Of course life doesn’t always offer just good things for us to love doing but living in the moment will allow us to embrace every opportunity we have, to appreciate and enjoy all that we can.

For me the most joyous time was the birth of babies into the family, for me that is the ultimate happiness.

Loving life can be found everyday, seeing the sun come up or go down, the wonders of nature, the growth in all living things, in enjoying our favourite pastimes. Travel , Sport, Socialising, spending time with the people we love.

Taking time to appreciate the natural and more simple joys in life, I believe keeps me in a sense of balance and prepares me for the difficult times that are often just around the corner.

Over the years we have seen the places in the world become much easier to access, either by travel or via the internet, the many platforms of social media that have become a necessary part of our daily lives.

So how much of this is impacting on the ability to see what life has to offer? where is our own personal space? when did we last take time to question the balance of our own lifestyle?.

What will the real memories be as we grow older?, it won’t be what we viewed on social media but the experience we see with our own eyes.

The Cantabrica coast-  Spain- March 2017

Snow on the Pyrenees- March 2017

Boats in the Marina in the Mediterranean – May 2017

A sunset in the Mediterranean – August 2017


You and me and all we want to share!

Where to start! A little about me, I have been threatening to start my blog site for so long and today I start, my intention is to make friends and pass on interesting information on all sorts of subjects that are current, issues we face on a day to day basis, share inspirational ideas hopefully and experiences I can share that my friends can identify with. I have been writing and creating poetry for many years and until now they are in all sorts of cupboards and draws, my interests are diverse but dearest to me is the love for my family and friends, this world needs more love and peace and I believe it should be nurtured in all we do and say.

 I care deeply about what is happening in the world today and would love to make a difference in some way, I am quite spiritual and believe in the power of the universe and the energy fields we can all tap into.

I have a serious interest in Climate change and the effects, the world water crisis for developing countries and lack of clean water in the western world.

I love to laugh, have fun and be the best I can be each day!

  • I can be a bit bossy but hopefully in a good way!


A cold and Frosty morning through the window!

Winter has well and truly arrived with temperatures dropping to -4, a super moon and a clear and starry night brought the amazing scenes of winter.

Fires are lit in the nearby village, the smell of burning wood is comforting

All around the frost has wrapped itself around

The over hanging branches are laden with frost

The hardy palm leaves tinged with frost

The shrubs embrace the early frost

The beauty of the seasons are a gift from nature, sun, rain or frost!

The Global Crisis – a major implication affecting our water quality?

‘Water purification systems are needed urgently to help and address this world crisis!’

The growing population requires more food, the food needs more water- clean water is a human necessity!

By 2050 the population is estimated to grow to 9.8 billion

With 70% of the world’s water used in agriculture.

The biggest challenge facing mankind is the Agricultural pollution and waste that enters our Global water supplies

The world population doubled between 1970 to 2015.

This more intensive farming with increased irrigation and the use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers are being transported to our water sources, these harmful pollutants have become a major concern to human health.

The livestock sector is growing and intensifying faster than crop production in almost all countries. The associated waste, including manure, has serious implications for water quality.

This major increase in livestock to meet the demands of today’s more sophisticated dietary choices, has brought a new class of Agricultural pollutants with the use of Antibiotics, growth hormones, vaccines, these contaminants move from farms and enter the eco system and water supplies, where dangerous water borne pathogens are now a serious concern.

Some pathogens can survive for days or weeks in the faeces discharged onto land and may later contaminate water resources via runoff .

The increase in demand for food with high environmental footprints, such as meat from industrial farms, is contributing to unsustainable agricultural intensification and to water-quality degradation.

The future of agricultural activities will be a complex and a multi-diversional challenge and essential to stop the continued pollution to the world’s precious water resources,

The immediate solution must to address these serious issues, accelerate the use of clean water technologies that can effectively remove the inorganic substances and contaminates caused by agricultural pollutants, to ensure the safety and sustainability of water consumed, avoiding serious illness and fatalities.

For a full understanding of the water crisis caused by Agricultural activities, see below


by the Organisations of food and agriculture of the United Nations.


When the fog lifts

The fog will always clear! Whether Mother Nature decides to cover the landscape with her her heavy blanket of mist, or it may be a little brain fog caused by confusing thoughts that needs some consideration to see clearly.

Fog is the most heaviest before or the light of day, or the rays of sun burn through, it will come!

The peaceful sight of the trees taking advantage of the moisture from the morning heavy mist!

The heavy fog naturally settles over the river

The light of the day and the sun tries hard to break through

The lake looks mystical and tranquil, the sun is not far away

The journey through the fog,  slows us down giving us time to think and concentrate, a time of reflection, when the sun breaks through and we can see the light of day!

The fog will always lift! Let it remind us of the beauty of life!

A tribute – The men who fought in the trenches in World War 1 (1914-1918)

The war to end all wars

Today after watching a film/documentary today on World War 1, with basic knowledge before this , I was horrified and utterly shocked by the terrors of this atrocious conflict, amazed by the courage of so many soldiers from across the world on the Western Front.

War began on the 4th August 1914 when Germany invaded Belgium, through prior promises made to Belgium, Britain declared war on Germany
War was sparked when the Archduke Frank Ferdinand heir to the Austrian-Hungarian throne along with his wife Sophie were assassinated, when visiting Sarajevo by a Serbian Nationalist  (see the link below for more in depth information)


In 1914 the Allied forces of the British Empire, France, Belgium, Russia and later the USA would go to war with Germany, Austria, Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria.

The war was expected to last just 4 months but lasted over 4 years from 1914- 1918
A war – of man to man fighting from the trenches to the mountains, a war like no other where men battled the enemy but endured conditions beyond comprehension.

It was unbelievable to think that the trenches were sometimes as close as 30 metres to the enemy, the trenches where men retreated after taking it in turns going to the front, with approximately 5 million British men involved.
In 1914 on Christmas Day, a truce of peace was held where soldiers from both sides could recover bodies, exchange souvenirs and in fact they held a game of football on the area between them known as ‘no mans land’ this time of peace and humanity would revert the very day to fighting.

The trenches full of mud were horrendous, inhabited by rats and lice, latrines overflowed, when it rained they could be waist high in water.
The trench routine would be 4 days at the front, 4 days in close reserve, 4 days of rest when possible.

The bloodiest battle of all on the Western front was ‘The battle of the Somme’ where 1 million men lost their lives or were injured.

The trauma endured by the soldiers in the trenches , would in many cases last a lifetime.

Today the 11th day of the 11th Month, at 11 o’clock, we remember these very brave men that gave us freedom!


Winter is on the way, Nature in all its glory!

After a wonderful October of sunny Autumn weather, the signs of winter look here to stay, the damp atmosphere doesn’t spoil  radiance all around,  the mist clings to the trees and the hill tops, giving a mystic feel!

The chimneys tops bellows out the smoke from the wood burning fires, a warm feeling of winter is all around.

There is nothing more special than being in the midst of nature, with amazing scenery around every corner

As the mist clears, the stillness of the river is clear to see

Views around the the river Dordogne, Argentat                     http://www.argentat-sur-dordogne.fr/

Reflections on the river

Whatever time of the year it is, nature will never disappoint and make us appreciate our wonderful planet.

So make sure you get amongst it!

Poppy Day for ‘Rememberence and Hope’ 

This time of the year, my thoughts go to my courageous and brave father, who at this time of the year was visibly affected by his own memories of World war 11, thinking of the many soldiers he knew who had lost their lives, expressing how fortunate he was to survive 39 raids, it was clear from conversations that this day November 11th should never be forgotten and all soldiers should command our deepest respect and support if needed.


With remembrance Day upon us where we can take time to think about the reasons behind this important day! And why we must buy a poppy!

The money raised by The Royal British Legion, will go to give support when needed, to our armed forces communities, from the past or present that have made great sacrifices for us.

The poppy appeal first began in America in 1920 by a humanitarian Moina Michael for the soldiers who had suffered in World War 1 and in particular for the Orphans left behind, she was inspired after reading a poem written by John McCrae a soldier and doctor on the battle fields of Flanders, in memory of all he had witnessed and to pay tribute to a dear friend who had been killed.

In 1921, Ann Guérin a Member of the French YWCA, had visited America and after speaking to Moina, she travelled to different parts of the world including Canada, New Zealand and Australia to promote the Poppy as the emblem of remembrance.

In the Autumn of 1921 she met with Field Marshall Earl Douglas Haig the founder and president of the Royal British Leigon where an agreement was reached to adopt the Poppy as the chosen emblem.

The Poppy Factory in Richmond, London was founded in 1922 and the workforce are made up from disabled veterans from England and Wales, today they produce approximately 36 million poppies each year.


This incredible support for our armed forces continue to help millions, read the amazing stories below!


And don’t forget to buy a poppy!

Scenes from the valley

As a keen photographer I enjoy capturing great scenes as I travel around the area, even if it is just a trip to the supermarket and take the scenic route!


Passing through the valley, see the late Autumn vineyards of Glanes.


A cold Autumn day, the vibrant trees on the plan d’leau of the hydro/electric waterway

Passing through the stunning village of Autoire with much history during the 100 year war

Hope you enjoy the route to the supermarket! Nov 8th 2017