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Festive Fun 4..and answers to yesterdays…

So to yesterdays answers…how did you do?

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Little Donkey

The First Noel

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Once in Royal David’s City

Ding Dong Merrily on High

Jingle Bells

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

White Christmas

And so to todays final ones…answers in the morning…

G. K. W

T. H. A. T. I

C. R. O. A. O. F.

W. T. K.

T. T. D. O. C

D. T. H. W. B. O. H

G. R. Y. M. G

Festive fun 3 and answers to yesterdays….

So first the answers to yesterdays anagrams….

Unto us a child is born

Mary’s Boy Child

Jingle Bell Rock

While Shepherds Watched

O Come all ye faithful

And so to todays! Here are the first letters of some popular carols and songs…Can you work them out? I’ll do the first one to explain….

W. W. Y. A. M. C. We wish you a merry Christmas

Get the idea? So here’s a few more…10 today and final ten the day after..

O. L. T. O. B

L. D.

O. C. O. Y. F.

T. F. N.

H. T. H. A. S.

O. I. R. D. C.

D. D. M. O. H.

J. B.

R. T. R. N. R.

W.C.

Happy snowman standing in winter christmas landscape. Merry christmas and happy new year greeting card. Funny snowman in hat on snowy background. Copy space for text

Festive fun 2…plus answers from yesterday….

So how did you do with yesterdays anagrams? Here’s the answers…

Silent Night

Away in a Manger

I saw three ships

O Holy Night

In the bleak Midwinter

And today’s final 5 anagrams……..

Sun on riotous baby (4,2,1,3,2,4)

Oh icy dry balms (5,3,5)

Blinger joke LCL (6,4,4)

Which shed laws pethered (5,9,7)

May ale fill the coofu (1.4.3.2.8)

Answers tomorrow!

First day in paradise……Saturday…

I woke with a start as my alarm went off….I’d had a weird night of sleep wake sleep wake as usual, but had dreamt of my previous life where dementia hadn’t existed and different times merged into one; different people from different decades blending together to make one moment and I lay there, now awake, stunned and confused,,  trying to untangle the night that had gone….

After a shower, to wash away the night, I opened my curtains, almost to confirm where I was….yes the silhouette outline of my reassuring paradise was staring back at me….a tinge of morning starting to appear

As I walked down the steps and outside I could feel that familiar fresh clean air that exists nowhere else other than here…

The sky had a pink tinge; not the foreboding red of rain to come, but a gentle pink heralding a fine day.

I could hear the birds all around me as I walked towards the lake. Sunrise is so late that dog walkers had beaten me to me trundle and many were out and about smiling and bidding good morning as they passed by…I would leave Friars Crag until the end, so turned left into the field walk

As I walked round into the bay, the view was so still, a mirror image of the sky above reflected in the water below

The geese were busy performing their morning ablutions showering in the lake

…and even though there was noise all around, it was nature’s noise….not noise at all, but nature waking…..

You can almost feel the stillness in my photos

I made my way up towards Friars Crag, not sure if I’d have it to myself but ….thankfully, I was in luck…

I sat for a moment with my eyes close

I felt at home and at peace…

I zoomed in and saw two fortunate people at the top of Cat Bells watching the sunrise

….before realising I needed to get a wigggle on or I’d be late for breakfast….but every now and then the view would distract me. Each bay disclosing it’s own beauty

One after the other…

Geese taking flight and me desperate to get one in focus…..almost

The reflections creating a perfect mirror image…..

Must get a wiggle on 😳�…..

The sun suddenly shone a spotlight on Skiddaw and I stopped once more…

Into Hope park, almost home, but then my first Robin was spotted high up at the very top of the tree singing its morning song

I stood still watching and listening to its morning serenade ….must get a wiggle on…..😳

Finally…just coming out of Hope Park…and another beauty caught my eye, asking me to stop and look…..it stared straight at me, so close I could have reached out my hand and touched it. Neither it nor I flinched as we shared that moment

“Sylvia?” I whispered…and smiled….

…….before checking my watch….nearly 9am!!! My breakfast was at 08.30 🙈 As I wobbled as fast as I could back home…I entered the dining room and apologised breathlessly to Catherine..

“Soo sorry I’m so late, I got distracted 🙄”

“You’re not late”, she replied, “In fact you’re right on time….”

Apparently I’d messaged Catherine the night before to change the time of my breakfast from 08.30 to 9am…..🙄🙈😂…..

After a lovely breakfast, as always, I went out to get my supper. It was market day so everywhere was colourful and busy. I couldn’t decide where to walk. I decided against Walls Crag as I didn’t think the summer buses would be running and I’d seen that the launches had stopped for the season. That would mean no back up way home if I wasn’t up to it 🤔….I’d seen there was a Christmas tree festival on at one of the local churches. We have the same at Beverley Minster. Local groups and charities dress their own tree and people vote for their favourite. If I did Castlerigg stone circle, I would be back in plenty of time to go there as well…

So off I trotted. It’s the same route to start with as for Walla Crag, so with the Moot Hall behind me, I head up the side of the high street

I could sense I had company…couldn’t put my finger on it, until I saw the flash of red fly into the tree at the side of me. It was as though it was guiding me, flitting from tree to tree until I became distracted by the Highland cows in the field

Most were busy munching away, but the one in front had clearly had enough and wanted a nap instead🤣 others were simply chilling in the morning sun..

I went through the gate, following the well trodden path and as I turned the corner another flash of red landed in front of me, stopping me in my steps

We stood and stared once more and I smiled….

“You coming for a walk with me today Sylvia and she hopped onto a nearby branch

…and as I carried on, so did she, landing on a post so I could see her as I chatted away…

She posed while I snapped away, first this way…

….then hopping onto another post and facing the other way….just like Sylvia would do…

I reached into my pocket to check if I’d remembered the pink bird pellets….and I had. I unscrew the lid and was about to hold out my hand…..when a man appeared behind me…

“Morning” he bellowed…I replied, hesitantly, confused; looking around me…but the moment had gone.

“Sylvia?” I called….but no answer…..😔

Continuing up the hill, a tad deflated, but I told myself she would appear again at some point during my stay….

I’d chosen the circular route to the stones, where the hard part is at the beginning, then half way it turns to downhill walking…much the best way round. The sheep in the fields were much less colourful than in town…but what a backdrop they had….grazing here must made them very chilled and happy sheep

The sun was shining on the fells in the distance as I reached the Stones…others were enjoying the view as well

Most started to leave as I arrived…

……and when others started to arrive, that was my moment to disappear back into town

I eventually came to the bridge over the River Greta and headed towards Fitz Park….clearly the local cafe had done an Elf hunt for the children to follow….🤣

I eventually found the Christmas tree festival…my favourite was one made by little people made out of egg boxes….

I was going to go back to enjoy the carol singing and hand bells at 4…but as I sat on my bed, tapping away, I looked up and saw he sky begin to colour…it was going to be another glorious sunset. I quickly put on my coat and headed towards the lake. I was not alone as others had seen the same scene being created and had also come to watch the sun say goodnight

WOW….just another wow ending to a glorious day

From one adventure to another…..

Well after last weeks blogs about my trip to Woburn, I knew I’d only be home a few days before I headed for my Christmas visit to my paradise of Keswick! But in between was a day in Manchester to speak to a group of Jewish woman. It was a really interesting experience, but the whole day was a nightmare on the trains so I’ve purposely decided not to write about it as I don’t want to remember this one. It did make me think how maybe the time has now passed for me to do something without staying over. It’s fine when the trains work out, exhausting but fine. However when they go wrong, well it just all gets too much 🙄

But, paradise? Well, that’s a different matter. Last Friday I headed out in my taxi at 6am to catch the train. Beverley in Bloom had done an amazing job of brightening up our old tired station and given it a Christmas lift. 

Little money had been spent as you could tell things had been made with branches, foraging for foliage and children having made the treee decorations – just wonderful!

I’d message Catherine the night before and she’d told me my room was all ready and waiting 🥰….It was also the Victorian Christmas Fayre weekend so it would be very festive. I spent the whole journey deleting photos 🤣 it was amazing how quickly the journey passed ….I didn’t dare message anyone as everything was on time 😳….maybe British rail hadn’t noticed I was travelling again today 😂…..loved this sign at the station….🤣

I got off at the town bus stop, walked along to get my supper before it shut, then went straight to Appletrees. What a welcome I got….Christmas was everywhere. Catherine loves Christmas as much as I do!…she’d found this enormous Santa to greet her guests

The hall and landing were tinselled, each room had been bedecked with loveliness and the sitting room had a guest tree complete with pressies underneath. Each window having a centre piece of sparkle

Even my room hadn’t been forgotten and after several hugs and catch up chatter, I sat with a cuppa looking out at my favourite view and felt totally relaxed and at peace..

After a cuppa or 3, I just had time for a short trundle before it got dark…so I ambled down towards the lake. It was so lovely to see the sheep back grazing meaning I’d see them from my window each morning 🥰�…their markings turned them into moving rainbows

Different colours, different meanings….

Now the leaves had gone I could even see Appletrees from afar….what a back drop for the guests that have the rear view

The clouds told me there was going to be a possibility of a colourful sunset…🤔

Even the sun decided to shine, giving everything in front of me a silhouette appearance

I was drawn once more to the amazing sky above

Even the geese were swimming in a line heading for their nighttime spot

The lowering sun was catching the very top of Cat Bells as I headed for Friars Crag….casting a beam of light across the water..

The lower the sun fell, the scene in front of me took on a sepia colouring

Friars Crag was busy; no bench to myself but I knew, maybe in the morning, that I’d find my solitude. I’ll let others share my favourite place for now😂

I turned around and headed back to my room; others now relaxing their minds by the multi coloured sheep

As I was tapping away, cuppa tea by my side, I looked up and the sky was turning just as I thought it would.

Within minutes, the show was over….but was a glorious end to my day in paradise

P.S ……As darkness fell, it was only 4.30, so couldn’t resist gong to see the Christmas light in the High Street….sooo glad I did, they were FABULOUS!!!

My 2023 calendar now on sale….last two boxes…..

The detail below is the same, however, Margaret in the US, who kindly offered to receive a bundle from me, will have two spare when she receives them. So if anyone in the US would like one sent direct to you from Margaret please get in touch with me – email below – last chance!

As for folks here in the UK, I started off with 11 boxes and am now down to my last 2 so if anyone would like to support me please email me – details below.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has so kindly supported me so far. I finally topped a £1000 profit last week 🥵

Just in case anyone missed this when it came out in September….…😊 and a HUGE thank you to all who have bought one so far 🤗x

Yes, I know it’s only September but if I leave it too long you might have already bought one for next year! All the profit will be shared once more between my dementia support group, Minds and Voices and various groups.

All the monthly photos were taken in and around the village. The cover photo is the only one not taken in the village but just a mile down the road at the Westwood of our lovely Black Mill at sunrise.

I had to think long and hard whether to do another one as it’s a lot of work and needs masses of energy and concentration to co-ordinate everything 🥴, but I do get a thrill seeing my piccies on a calendar🥰, so that’s another reason for giving myself plenty of time.

It took me forever to decide which 12 photographs would make it. I wanted each one to have been taken in the month they represent making it even harder to pin down. Some months had a bumper choice, others just 2 or 3. I had several deer and hare photos to choose from and in the end had to put it out to public vote on Facebook and Twitter. However, they were no help at all as each one got a similar amount of votes 🙄🤣, but some reasons for choosing helped me pin down the winner in the end.

I wanted to make the photos different from last years. Some months I could have had the same kind of photo as last year, for example, the May blossom outside the church, but, although it did look spectacular again this year, it would have been too similar, so something different takes it place this year. Here’s a sneaky peek at July…

I’ve also put captions on each this time around as I realised last year that some people never see the birds or wildlife and want to know what they are.

My lovely village printer got to work and kindly delivered my boxes, even carrying them into the house and putting them where they were going to live – hopefully for not too long! He also made a wonderfully kind generous donation as well, which felt like the icing on the cake ☺️

Anyway….so how can you get hold of one?

Well, the price is the same as last year – £10 per calendar or 2 for £15, however, the postage has come in at £3.35. It’s the same postage whether you buy one or two as the weight comes in the same price bracket.

I prefer to be contacted by email please:

Wendy7713@icloud.com

Please don’t use my blog to contact me as I find it hard to retrieve all the information from there.

I’ll need your name and address and how many you would like

You can pay by either cheque or bank transfer. I’ll send you my details in answer to your emails.

So just to clarify:

£10 for 1 calendar plus £3.35 postage

£15 for 2 calendars plus £3.35 postage.

Contact me by email – wendy7713@icloud.com including your name, address and quantity.

P.S I’ve decided this will be my last calendar, not because I don’t love doing it, but because it has got harder each year and a third may just be that one year too many of a good thing.

My 2023 calendar now on sale….! Reblog…

Just in case anyone missed this when it came out in September….…😊 and a HUGE thank you to all who have bought one so far 🤗x

Yes, I know it’s only September but if I leave it too long you might have already bought one for next year! All the profit will be shared once more between my dementia support group, Minds and Voices and various groups.

All the monthly photos were taken in and around the village. The cover photo is the only one not taken in the village but just a mile down the road at the Westwood of our lovely Black Mill at sunrise.

I had to think long and hard whether to do another one as it’s a lot of work and needs masses of energy and concentration to co-ordinate everything 🥴, but I do get a thrill seeing my piccies on a calendar🥰, so that’s another reason for giving myself plenty of time.

It took me forever to decide which 12 photographs would make it. I wanted each one to have been taken in the month they represent making it even harder to pin down. Some months had a bumper choice, others just 2 or 3. I had several deer and hare photos to choose from and in the end had to put it out to public vote on Facebook and Twitter. However, they were no help at all as each one got a similar amount of votes 🙄🤣, but some reasons for choosing helped me pin down the winner in the end.

I wanted to make the photos different from last years. Some months I could have had the same kind of photo as last year, for example, the May blossom outside the church, but, although it did look spectacular again this year, it would have been too similar, so something different takes it place this year. Here’s a sneaky peek at July…

I’ve also put captions on each this time around as I realised last year that some people never see the birds or wildlife and want to know what they are.

My lovely village printer got to work and kindly delivered my boxes, even carrying them into the house and putting them where they were going to live – hopefully for not too long! He also made a wonderfully kind generous donation as well, which felt like the icing on the cake ☺️

Anyway….so how can you get hold of one?

Well, the price is the same as last year – £10 per calendar or 2 for £15, however, the postage has increased significantly 🙈 coming in at £5.35. It’s the same postage whether you buy one or two as the weight comes in the same price bracket.

I prefer to be contacted by email please:

Wendy7713@icloud.com

Please don’t use my blog to contact me as I find it hard to retrieve all the information from there.

I’ll need your name and address and how many you would like

You can pay by either cheque or bank transfer. I’ll send you my details in answer to your emails.

So just to clarify:

£10 for 1 calendar plus £3.35 postage

£15 for 2 calendars plus £3.35 postage.

Contact me by email – wendy7713@icloud.com including your name, address and quantity.

P.S I’ve decided this will be my last calendar, not because I don’t love doing it, but because it has got harder each year and a third may just be that one year too many of a good thing.

A blog just for my American friends…..final chance!

Hello all my American friends. Thank you to all those patiently waiting for their calendars after emailing me. I havn’t forgotten and me and Margaret have been busy in the background sorting out the logistics. This weekend is the final chance for an US friends to email me with requests for a calendar. See below for details. Hopefully I’ll be able to send them over to Margaret next week 🤞 so if you’d like one, please email me wendy7713@icloud.com

Hello all in the US.

Some of you have asked how much it would be to post a calendar to you. Well my blog follower, Margaret Steiner from America as come up with an idea. If I send a bulk order, depending on interest, to her, Margaret will then post them out from the US. I’m not very good at dollars so this is what Margaret said:

“the recipient could get a calendar from me for a total of about $23.50, instead of $34 directly from you. ”

So you would save roughly 10 dollars. We’d know the exact price once we knew numbers and Margaret had a chance to weigh them at her post office. Obviously this depends if enough of you would like one. It would take a while for you to get it as I would need to ship them across at economy rate and then Margaret would need to post them to you.

If anyone is interested could you email me in the first instance on wendy7713@icloud.com

If there’s enough interest, we’ll go ahead, just let me know as soon as pretty please.