There So much SUNSHINE around


I have the Stupendous honour to have been nominated for The Sunshine Bloggers award by two of my Blogging friends at once!

Firstly, Belle of Wandering Belle has nominated me, see the post here:

Belle started her blog in September, reach out and say HI to a relatively new member of our blogosphere.

Secondly, Laura M Bailey of All the Shoes I wear has also nominated me, see the post here:

Laura has just one question that requires a full answer:

Share a special holiday memory with me.

I recently posted about a family holiday to Ireland.

I’ve had some nice comments about this, and so I thought I would elaborate further on this.

This holiday occurred in the early 1990s and was before the age of digital photography, and so I can’t share any photos of the trip, however, I have visited some of the same sights since and so will share a couple of more recent photo’s.

My Parents bought a Caravan back int he late 1980’s and we used to like going for a weekend away all over England. As I got older and bigger, rather than share the space in the caravan, I would pitch a tent in the awning outside, which gave them more space and privacy.

My Dad decided that he wanted to visit Southern Ireland, as his ancestors came from there and he retained a certain appearance and also the Irish name, Fogarty, that had derived from O’Fogartaich, apparently. We had a coat of arms too.

There were still troubles in Ireland, between the Irish Republican Army and The Ulster Paramilitaries. It wasn’t long after the IRA had set a bomb in a Manchester shopping centre, killing many innocents. They had also blown up a Hotel in Brighton and London was frequently on high alert. The problems were mainly in Northern Ireland, but my Mum and I were still a little worried that we would be Denounced in Southern Ireland for being English. The Ulster paramilitaries had committed atrocities in the Republic of Ireland, particularly Dublin.

We found that contrary to our worries, we were welcomed with open arms by people all over Southern Ireland. They were outraged at the extortionate cost of catching a Ferry from Holyhead in Wales to Dun Laoghaire in Dublin and seemed to want to encourage more visitors.

We spent some time in Dublin, which is a fantastic city and also County Wicklow, which is sunny and has less rain than other parts of Ireland. It has a similar Climate to the South east corner of England, where I’m from.

We then drove around the south coast to County Cork and Bantry Bay.

I remember, we arrived at our next destination, a bit travel dusty and decided to go to a local pub for a meal. In the reception room next to the public bar there was a wedding going on. Ireland is a musical place, there’s always someone in a pub playing the violin, or flute or drum. The music coming from the wedding was really marvellous. After we’d eaten, a man came into the bar and invited everyone there to join the wedding party. As we were only visitors and were not really appropriately dressed, my parents declined. Then the father of the bride came over and personally invited us in to join them. We all had a bit of a jig and couldn’t have had a nicer evening.

Another time, we were in a bookshop, and I spotted an old Hardback version of an Agatha Christie book that I hadn’t read. It was marked up for £10 for sale. The owner of the bookshop asked how long we were staying in town, which was five days then said “Oh, well you might as well borrow the book. Drop it back when you’re finished before you go.”

I couldn’t believe it! He didn’t know us from Adam, and yet would let me borrow this rare edition book. After a few days, it became clear that I wouldn’t finish it in time. We went back and My mum said she’d buy it for me. The owner then said he couldn’t charge us the £10 so sold it to us for a Fiver instead!

It was such a lovely trip, and of course, I’ll always have a major soft spot for Ireland. I’ll tell you a national secret too. Most English people love the Irish people, it is just such a shame that our governments just don’t seem to feel the same way sometimes.

Blarney Castle – I didn’t kiss the stone, I didn’t think I needed to.

Questions from Belle

  1. What makes you the happiest about your blog? – I love getting inspired by a word or a picture and letting my imagination run wild. I love writing stories and poems and sharing them with others. I love getting responses that indicate other people like what I am doing. It is all very gratifying. I have also loved the added bonus of meeting so many lovely and supportive people.
  2. What is your all time top goal? – Once I wanted to rule the world, I thought I could do a better job than the current World Order. Now I would be content to write and be published.
  3. What is one thing on your bucket list? – To meet the Queen of England. I’d like to have a nice informal chat over a cup of tea and a sandwich.
  4. Where would you suggest someone go visit? – Budapest is a fantastic city, I would recommend people visit and go to one of the many Turkish baths that are in the city.
  5. What do you think would make a difference to this world? – Proper education. Ignorance leads to being easily persuaded by others, with Knowledge comes truth and freedom.
  6. What is a hobby you wish you had more time to enjoy? – Gardening and walking in nature. 
  7. What is your favorite song right now? –  There is nothing from the charts at the moment, its all rubbish. 
  8. What would you like others to know about you?  – Nothing really, a mystery is more enigmatic. 
  9. Have you ever written a book? What is the name of that book if so? – I was sharing on my blog a fantasy fiction story I wrote about 18 years ago. It was never published though.
  10. What is one thing that would make you happy right now? – A nice Cup of Tea
  11. List 5 things you love. – Tea, Trees, Daffodils, My Chickens and Holidays.

There you go:

I will only be asking three questions.

  1. What will you be eating on the 25th of December?
  2. What would you like to see happen in 2019?
  3. Name three things you are grateful for.

My Nominees:

The Haunted Wordsmith

A Guy Called Bloke

The Britchy One

Kristian from Lessons from around the dinner table


Jade M Wong

JP the Wide-Eyed Wanderer

Paula Light at Light Motifs II

Irene from A Slice of Mexico.

Thank you again to Laura and to Belle,

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


The Journey of Life – Game on – Series 2 – Adventures and Travels.

A Guy Called Bloke has asked the following questions to anyone who fancies answering them. Take a look below:

Game On – Series 2 – Adventures and Travels

In his own words:

Game On – S2 Created by A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!

This twice-weekly game will be 21 questions or in truth 16 flexi questions, because there will be five permanent that must stay in place at all time.

But apart from those 5 permanent questions, should you choose to reblog, then you can change any of the other 16 questions or create 16 of your own, that’s down to you, however, you must stick to the Daily Topic Subject.

The Rules …

1] Leave the Permanent Questions [PQ] always in place PLEASE.

2] Reblog should you so desire

3] If you do reblog, a pingback would always be welcomed so l don’t miss it.

4] This is a non-tagger/ non-nomination game.

Today’s questions are perhaps a little bit more taxing, however, this is the way of life as we know it, and there is never anything wrong with a little bit of thought provocation is there?


Daily Topic Subject – Adventures and Travels

Q1] What is the last holiday you took?

My Last holiday was to Whitby, which is in the northeast corner of England in the county of Yorkshire.

I posted about it here:

Here are a couple more photos.

Q2] What is your most favourite place in all of the world that you have seen?

Difficult. One of my favourite places is the Isle of Wight, I love its gentle charm and the feel that you are going back in time. I have also been so some beautiful places in New Zealand and Australia.

Highlights for me are:

Pahia and the Bay of Islands – New Zealand

Kata TJuta (The Olgas) – Australia

Lake Windermere – The Lake District, England.

The View from Arthur’s Seat – Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Fairy Glen – Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Bantry Bay and Garinish Island Gardens – Co, Cork, Ireland

Just a few.

Q3] Do you think travelling enriches your life, your learning, your wisdom or it’s just time off?

For me going on holiday (taking a vacation) must include an element of seeing things and learning about something. I am not someone who can just sit by a pool and drink cocktails. I would be bored in 10 seconds flat, in fact, I am bored just thinking about it.

I have to explore, scenery, culture, history, the lot. So for me travelling enriches the mind. I don’t need an expensive holiday, or to travel far afield but I get withdrawal symptoms if I haven’t been away for a least a long weekend for a while. My Last holiday was in May so I am champing at the bit waiting for my next one. Luckily that is next week. 🙂

Q4] Recently l read, and it’s not new about windowless aircraft which will be the future of air travel, what are your views on this?

Well at the moment I am terrified of flying. Even the thought of flying makes me feel anxious and short of breath. I don’t like the idea of windowless planes, I think that it will lead to an increase in travel sickness and vomiting on flights which will greatly diminish peoples enjoyment of the experience.

PQ5] In your opinion what is a great quote that symbolises adventuring and travelling?

Well I had a little look and this one appealed to me:

 “ I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” – John Green.

Q6] Since you have begun travelling have you noticed any change in who you have become as a person?

No, I think it has enhanced what was already there, someone genuinely interested in the world. It gives me more to talk about, much to the chagrin of my colleagues.

PQ7] What is a great song to get you in the mood for adventuring? [provide link please]

I’ve always like this one:

Q8] When on holiday, travelling or adventuring – do you take books/kindle to read or simply rest on the knowledge that your time away is enough to provide all your stimulation anyway?

I do take a book, but I often find I don’t read much of it, maybe for 30 minutes before falling asleep. I tend to find my stimulation by my surroundings.

Q9] Five best holidays you have had and list why?

A trip down the Thames with my parents in a boat – Happy family memories.

A caravan holiday across Ireland with my parents – More happy memories but also of Ireland.

New Zealand, North Island – The fantastic scenery and also the last time I saw my Aunty Glynis who died not long afterwards.

Isle of Skye with my partner – The memories still linger, maybe another trip is in order.

All of my trips to the Isle of Wight – They all merge into one and every moment was joy and bliss.

Q10] Do you have a favourite blog that deals with adventuring or travelling that you read before you go?

No. I enjoy reading a lot of blogs that deal with travelling, I enjoyed Novus Lectio’s recent pictures of her trip to Ireland and also Laura M Bailey’s if Ireland too. I like seeing pictures of other people’s holidays because I get vicarious pleasure. It is the closest thing I can get to, to actually having a break myself.

Q11] Are you a soloist traveller or prefer company?

I prefer company, but it has to be specific. My Partner or a very close friend or family member. I like travelling with my Mum although we are both strong personalities who bicker all the time. We also make each other laugh.

PQ12] What is the most significant lesson you have learned when adventuring?

By all means, make judgements but never set them in stone. Keep them flexible and prepared to change or you will miss out so much in life’s adventures.

Q13]  When in a new location, what are the first five things you check or do to ensure your adventure/holiday is successful?

I always pack my teabags, so the first thing is to find out where I can get hold of the things I’ll need to have a nice cup of tea.

The other thing is to find out where the local interesting places are to visit. The museums, castles, gardens etcetera.

Q14] Are you a rigid planner for adventures, or just throw a few things into a bag and let the day take you wherever?

I have a rough idea of what I want to do but I chop and change depending on the weather or other circumstances. Sometimes you find that places you want to visit are only open on certain days. I like to leave plenty of time for unplanned adventure too.

PQ15] In your opinion what do you think is needed to make an adventure/holiday really successful?

A positive attitude.

Q16] When adventuring do you have a traditional routine or just go with the flow?

A mixture of the two. I am never one to go with the flow, I like to create my own flow.

Q17] Are you totally relaxed when holidaying/adventuring as in let your hair completely down, or hang on to a sense of reticence?

I am never completely rigid or completely loose.

Q18] How important is adventuring/holidaying away to you?

Very. I must have regular holidays and always must have one in the pipeline otherwise I feel quite depressed.

Q19] Are you completely and utterly true to your personality when ‘away’ or do you become someone else?

My personality is one that adapts to my surroundings, but I am always me. I do feel less stressed and happier when I am on holiday so there must be changes that do occur.

PQ20] Are you deleting any questions, if so which ones?

No, I didn’t feel any difficulty answering any of them.

Q21] You have been gifted a 42 day holiday of your dreams all expenses paid – where would you choose to go?

I would like to cruise around Europe. I did a Baltic Cruise a few years ago and loved the idea of visiting so many places. I would like to explore Norway, visit Iceland, Brittany, La Rochelle, Northern Spain and Portugal. Visit Gibraltar and the Balearics, Nice, Monaco and Sorrento. I would love to sail into Valletta harbour in Malta and then go on to Dubrovnik and the Greek Islands.

I am planning it now, so I hope I win the lottery soon 😉


Whether you are on holiday, planning a holiday or are simply at home, I hope you enjoy your life’s adventures.