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I'm here because it's a place where I want to be.

What do I do with my life - still pondering that, keep exploring the possibilities I suppose...

I do have another more personal moblog Vivupclose

Take a look at my daughter Beth's website...

food for thought...

Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts. -Leo Rosten, author (1908-1997)

We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry. -John Webster, playwright (c. 1580-1634)

There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. -James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)

The artist brings something into the world that didn't exist before, and he does it without destroying something else. -John Updike, writer (1932-2009)

Some people become so expert at reading between the lines they don't read the lines. -Margaret Millar, novelist (1915-1994)

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)

from A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg

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Memory Lane or should I say Murray Street ...

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Irene and I with my Gran Elizabeth Broughton and my Mum Ida Quinn at 'Murray Street' which was the big house where Granny Broughton lived with Aunty Anne, Uncle Phil and Aunty Phyllis
and cousin Bernard. The family met here every Sunday. Uncle Jack
(everybody's favourite) and Aunty Doreen, John and Roger would come
after dinner.
It had a range and we would make toast on a toasting fork and there were bells on the wall from a time past when there were servants.
If we were lucky Uncle Stan and sometimes Aunty Renee would pop in too and Anne's friends Victor and Martin. We had the freedom of the house we would dress up in Anne's clothes and when John and Roger (our cousins) came we would play hide and seek - the cellars and attics made this very
Then there would be tea and a massive game of cards or dominoes (9's) and then home covered with blankets, in the workbox attached to the side of my Dad's motorbike (JNF 127) .

My Gran would have been about 70 in these pictures. All I really remember is that she worked tirelessly and that she would sit me on her knee and sing 'The owl and the pussycat' and she gave me silver threepenny bits. She died about two weeks after having a stroke when I was about seven. She was in a coma for a couple of weeks before she died (in her room).

I loved the garden of the house too because it was walled and therefore a private world. There was a red hawthorn tree in the garden - we weren't allowed to take the flowers inside it was bad luck.

I clearly remember a summer when the deck chairs were brought out of storage and when opened up we found they had become a home for earwigs!
18th Feb 2011, 00:32   | tags:,comments (10)

my sister died this morning

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Irene was 3 years younger than me
this was her at Christmas - taken by her daughter
she had secondary breast cancer and I should have been seeing her today but her health deteriorated very rapidly over the past week...
hard to take in
9th Feb 2011, 11:07   comments (52)

my new blinds the other window

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6th Feb 2011, 12:58   | tags:comments (4)

my new blinds...

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They've been up just over a fortnight now.

Saw the material before Christmas and ordered the blinds then worried about it until they were up - so much money if they don't look right, were my measurements ok etc but I'm happy - I love the calmness of the room.

made locally In'T'rio Skipton
6th Feb 2011, 12:48   | tags:comments (10)

visitors from across the pennines

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wearing mittens from across the sea

they thought we might have a matching set of mittens as Alan's sister sent them but we didn't!

but now we have :)
23rd Jan 2011, 17:44   comments (9)

more Paul Jones

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From The Manfreds in the 60's to blues master and aficionado.

Loved 'Manfred Mann' and in the past few years have enjoyed seeing Paul Jones reunited with the Manfreds and as part of 'The Blues Band' and now close up with just Dave Kelly another blues master and member of the Blues band.

Friday night - Paul Jones and Dave Kelly

Playing for just 120 of us (a full house) at Keighley Blues Club.
Fantastic ...
privileged :)

23rd Jan 2011, 14:37   | tags:,,comments (2)

SAY NO to factory farmed cows...

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Seems I jumped to conclusions about this - I'm thinking perhaps a group moblog to explore the pro's and cons of petitions/campaigns could be interesting :)

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The petition:

To: Tony McArdle, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire County Council, all councillors in Lincolnshire and North Kesteven District Council

Please don't let plans for 'mega-dairies' go ahead in Lincolnshire.

These farms would make a big contribution to climate change and undermine more responsible, sustainable cattle farms in Lincolnshire and the rest of the UK.

Keeping cows inside almost all year is cruel and there is evidence that cows kept in factory farms suffer as a result.

Please do all you can to stop these mega-dairy style farms being built in Lincolnshire.