Song Lyric Sunday’s – Windmills of your Mind.

This post was written for Jim Adam’s challenge – Inside our heads.

 This week we have the prompts of Brain/Mind/Think 

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it contains the prompt words or not.  If it does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.  Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be.
• Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

I have chosen the song Windmills of Your Mind.

Windmills of Your Mind

Round like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain, or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that’s turning running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind!
Like a tunnel that you follow to a tunnel of its own
Down a hollow to a cavern where the sun has never shone
Like a door that keeps revolving in a half forgotten dream
Or the ripples from a pebble someone tosses in a stream
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind!
Keys that jingle in your pocket, words that jangle in your head
Why did summer go so quickly, was it something that you said?
Lovers walking along a shore and leave their footprints in the sand
Is the sound of distant drumming just the fingers of your hand?
Pictures hanging in a hallway and the fragment of a song
Half remembered names and faces, but to whom do they belong?
When you knew that it was over you were suddenly aware
That the autumn leaves were turning to the color of her hair!
Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel
As the images unwind, like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind!

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Marilyn Bergman / Michel Legrand / Alan BergmanWindmills of Your Mind lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management

There are many versions of this song, but the one I love is by Alison Moyet and I’ve linked to a Youtube video below:

The Word of the Day prompt today is also MIND


Victory in Europe day – 75 years since the end of WWII in Europe. Time for a Sing Song

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So, 75 years ago today it was Victory in Europe day, V.E day. That’s a fact.

The war in the far east rattled on for a few more months, but the war in Europe was finally over and peace was restored.

Seeing the crowds gathering in the streets to celebrate the end of a long and desperate war must have been a sight to behold.

To celebrate I have recorded new versions of two wartime classics.



FOWC with Fandango — Fact


This is my tribute to health workers – They Are the Champions.

OK, so I know I’m not the greatest singer in the world, I don’t aspire to be, and I didn’t practice or warm-up, so it’s not a great rendition, but I certainly gave it my all!

It’s my tribute to all the health workers who are the Champions and make us all feel better. 

This is probably a sign that I’m cracking under the strain of staying indoors, who knows what crazy antics I’ll be getting up to tonight?!?

FOWC with Fandango — Tonight


A Murder Mystery – Epilogue


Last year I tried my hand at writing an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery. The main character was Lady Audrey Patterson, who was my ‘Miss Marple’. You can read the start of this particular story here:

When I wrote the ending (linked below) I always intended to write an epilogue to tie up loose ends. This is the Epilogue.


Her nephew lay on the cold kitchen floor completely knocked unconscious. Mrs Buscombe, the cook still held the large frying pan in her hand and a look of pure acrimony on her face.

“He was the one that Killed my Elsie! I knew it as soon as he tried to run through here.”

Four tall policemen came into the kitchen followed by her guests still looking confused.

As the police carried her nephew’s unconscious body away, Lord Halifax spoke.

“I Still don’t understand why he killed Claudia? Were they lovers?”

“No, Claudia liked to flirt with the young men, but they didn’t really mean anything to her. I think his motives were more financial than sexual. Charles, you see, liked to borrow money, I think she indulged him, just like I did because he was young and handsome and full of life. I think she decided to stop giving him money, maybe she threatened to tell you about it. That’s what caused him to act, I think.”

“Oh, I see, all her loveliness and vivaciousness snuffed out for mere cash.”

Lady Patterson shook her head, to someone as wealthy as Lord Halifax, he could never understand the desperate lengths some people would go to acquire more money. Unfortunately, her nephew was one of those people to whom morals were less important than the meeting of his own desires.

Continue reading A Murder Mystery – Epilogue

Scene Cuts – A Comedy Selection.


I have been tagged by my Pal, Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess, to take part in this fun challenge, click on the link to see her post:

Scene Cuts ~ Comedy

Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, created this game, so I’d like to thank Beckie for tagging me and Rory for creating it. 🙂



Scene Cuts created by A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!

Once a week, l will pick a Film Genre, post three film clips and tag three readers who in turn will post three film clips on the chosen film genre and tag 3 of their own readers.

Guidelines: Scene Cuts!

Thank the Selector 

Select three film clips

Select 3 readers to take part in Scene Cuts


So, the Genre is Comedy and as many of you will know, I have a love for old films, so my first clip is from an old British comedy, called Blithe Spirit, based on a play by Noel Coward.


For my second choice is another British institution, the Carry On films, and a clip from one of my favourites, Carry On Cleo, which was a parody of Cleopatra.


And finally, the Steve Martin film, The Man with Two Brains.


I hope you enjoyed those clips. 🙂

The Mystery Blogger Award Nomination


I am cock-a-hoop and over the moon to have been nominated for this award by my great blogging pal and current collaborator, Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess.

Check out her post here:

The Mystery Blogger Award

Also, we have recently collaborated on two poems,

  1. In Search of Happiness:


2. The Creation (about the Creative writing process)

A Collaboration By Beckie of “Beckie’s Mental Mess” and Kristian of “Tales From The Mind of Kristian” ~ The Creation ~ The Final Piece


Now, what’s the Mystery Blogger Award?

“It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”



  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Answer the 5 questions you were asked
  6. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  7. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  9. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question
  10. Share a link to your best post(s). (I’ve linked to the two posts I have worked with Beckie on above, and I’m really proud of the results)


Three Things About Me:

  1. I work for the National Health Service as a Data Analyst and I have never worked with so many truly dedicated people before (no insult intended to any previous work colleagues).
  2. I love writing and I’ll keep doing it, regardless of whether the results are any good or not.
  3. I have been blogging now since March 2018 and while I don’t have as much time to blog since starting my new job, I am still loving the process and I have nearly 1000 followers, which I am really excited about! Thank you to all of the people who have decided to follow me, and to all my regular readers, you keep me going (and kept me going last year when I was going through some dark times).

My Five Questions from Beckie:

  1. If you were to have one wish come true, what would it be? Hmm, It would probably be to get some kind of major recognition of my writing, a publishing contract for my stories or poems, that would be really lovely.
  2. What is the least favourite thing about yourself that you wish you could change? – My constant anxiety, I wish I stopped worrying about things and just lived!
  3. What was the last funniest thing to happen to you? – I’ve probably told this story before, but I once nearly got arrested for dancing in a car park. I had been to visit my cousin who teaches Latin and Ballroom dancing, and she’d taught me a few steps, then I went to visit my Aunt for tea, and she’d just popped out, so while I was waiting, I decided to practice my dance steps. It was broad daylight and I wasn’t drunk or anything. It seemed to make perfect sense to me. Anyway, my Aunt returned and we had a nice cup of tea. meanwhile a police car, lights blazing, pulled into the car park, blocked my car in and began searching the area. Apparently, a neighbour had seen me and reported that there was a lunatic in the area! I remain at large 😉 
  4. What was your favourite subject in school? –  I enjoyed Geology and History. A lot depended on the teacher. If I got on well with them, then I enjoyed learning, if not, then it was torture. 
  5. Weird/Strange Question… If you could have dinner with anybody (Dead or Alive) who would that be, and what would you like to ask them? – There are so many people. I’d love to have dinner with our Current Queen because she is such an interesting and intelligent person, I’d love to find out what she really thinks about things. I’d also love to chat with lots of dearly departed. Film stars, like Margaret Lockwood, Margaret Rutherford and Greer Garson (and if you’ve heard of them, I’m impressed!). 


My Questions for my nominees:

  1. Did you have any childhood goals and have you achieved them?
  2. What is something you have always wanted to do but never have?
  3. What is something you are proud of?
  4. What is your favourite film/movie?
  5. Because I loved Beckie’s question so much, I’m going to copy hers. Weird/Strange Question… If you could have dinner with anybody (Dead or Alive) who would that be, and what would you like to ask them?


So this is the bit I find so hard because there are so many bloggers I admire, Beckie’s already nominated a lot of them, also there are a lot of great bloggers who do not accept awards, and I worry that if I nominate them, they’ll get annoyed at me. This fills me with a great deal of anxiety. I am going to pick some lovely bloggers who have been very supportive of me, and hope they will forgive me if they do not do these things.

Poblano Strips with Cream – Rajas con Crema

Someone, anyone?



This is the tip of the iceberg of those wonderful bloggers who deserve this award.

There is absolutely no obligation to do this, I know they are time-consuming, but just a bit THANK YOU from me.



Nine Monthiversary!!!

Today, Nine months ago, on the 7th of March 2018 I started out on a journey. I had no idea how to blog, I had no idea if it would work out at all.

I had written ‘stuff’ for years. The odd poem, a few short stories, even a fantasy novel. All my material had languished at the bottom of drawers on in abandoned files. I hadn’t shared it with anyone.

Then in January, I was bought a present of a few Creative Writing Lessons as CityLit academy in London. This experienced opened up my mind.

It inspired me to share my work more widely.

I discovered WordPress who made it very easy for someone like me who is a bit of a technophobe, to create a blog.

Here I am Nine Months Later.

I wish to thank every one who has visited my blog, liked my posts and left me helpful and positive comments. I would not still be doing this after Nine months without YOU. THANK YOU.

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Followers: 605

Total Views: 33,184

Total Likes: 19,315

Countries who have viewed my blog the most:

  1. United States of America – 14,689
  2. India – 6,439
  3. United Kingdom – 3,341
  4. Canada – 3,032
  5. Australia – 1,021

Those are the top 5, Thank you very much. 🙂 

Total Posts: 1030

Total Words: 329,885

I would like to thank the following bloggers who are my top 5 commenters on my blog:

That’s a bit of a close up!

I would also like to thank the following bloggers who are the most recent followers of my blog:

So thank you and welcome to my blog. I hope you continue to like what I do.

I would also like to say a huge thank you to the follower bloggers who have been following me since March. Thank you for putting up with me. 🙂

I would also like to thank those people who create the various challenges that I take part in on a regular basis.

Laura M Bailey – All the Shoes I wear.

Kat Myrman – Twittering Tales

Debbie Whittam – 50 Word Thursdays

And Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

And the Word Prompts that took over from the Daily Post

Firstly is the one that I collaborate with on, with Cyranny of Cyranny’s Cove and Dee Kelly of Thriving not Surviving. That is The Word of the Day.

This also includes Kira’s Sunday Scribbles

The Ragtag Daily Prompt

Fandango’s FOWC

Sheryl’s Your daily word challenge.

And also all the wonderful challenges that Teresa, the Haunted Wordsmith does:

Well that ended up a bit longer than I thought, but I have a lot of people to thank and that was just the tip of the iceberg.

Thank YOU for reading. 

White Elephant – Tagged by the Haunted Wordsmith

It is with much chagrin that I apologise for not posting this yesterday. I rarely seem to get much blogging time on Saturday’s for some reason.

The Haunted Wordsmith Tagged me in this:

This is what Teresa says about it:

How is this going to work? Like this:

Every day I kick the party off by listing three fellow bloggers and the gift I give them. No one is obligated to participate (though if people do, it’ll be more fun). If the gift recipient wants to participate, they will pick three bloggers and give them gifts. And so on until the following day. At that time I will share some of the funnier gifts that people have given or received.

So three people and three gifts.

Firstly I choose, The Britchy one of Bitchin’ in the Kitchen,

My gift for her is a picture of my Christmas tree (I haven’t put it up yet, I don’t put up decorations until the middle of December, this is a picture from a couple of years ago but I always decorate my tree the same; It’s Tradition.

Secondly I choose my friend, Mel at Crushed Caramel,

She liked similar music to me and Teresa, The haunted wordsmith gifted me with a song by Weird Al Yankovic which I loved, so continuing in that theme, here is another by that wacky songsmith:

And thirdly I choose my friend Laura M Bailey from All the Shoes I Wear.

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Here’s hoping your feeling better now. 🙂 

So with some exhilaration for getting this post done, and looking forward to some relative quiet today, I wish you all a Happy Sunday. 


Thanks for the Chat – The Talkative Tag

I came across this idea when Theresaly520 of the Blog Culture Shocks posted this:

I thought this was such a fantastic idea. If you are not aware of her blog, just pop along and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. 

I followed the Blogging trail along to find that the original creator of this idea was a blog called The Eclectic Contrarian, and the name of the blog is enough to make you want to click and have a look, doesn’t it? Here is the link to the original Talkative Tag post.

So without further ado and in a spirit of camaraderie

I would like to thank EVERYONE who has left me a comment. I am very grateful to you for taking that time. Time is the enemy when it comes to blogging. Trying to find the time to write, read, like and to comment is quite difficult. 

Here are my Super Commenters.

These are all great blogs who obviously make the time to comment and so please take the time to visit and say Hi.

What can I say? I am grateful to everyone who takes the time to read what I write, then like and then comment. I really appreciate it. 

I still struggle to get the balance right. That makes me appreciate you even more. 


A Tribute to Chas Hodges of Chas & Dave


A Music legend died yesterday on the 22nd of September 2018. He was 74 years old.

His name was Charles Hodges, (known as Chas) and he was half of a musical Duo that has been around since the late 1970’s, called Chas & Dave.

Chas Hodges and his friend Dave Peacock decided to form a band to write and perform songs in their native Cockney tongue, so if you want to hear what a proper Cockney sounds like, then have a listen.

Their music is a bit like the equivalent of Bluegrass. It is a remnant of a folksy tradition of singing around an old out of tune pub piano that came out of East London.

I don’t expect their music has travelled far afield out of the UK, but in tribute to Chas Hodges, I would like to share a few examples.

This one was their first big hit – Called ‘Gertcha’.


This is another typical example of their music.


And this one is my personal favourite, It’s a little bit more commercial.


It’s called ‘Ain’t no pleasing you.’

Any Rest in Peace Chas Hodges. Thank you for the music.