Give Thanks for Life, Love and Laughter – The Thanksgiving tag.

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I have been tagged by one of my Blogging pals, who shares the same name as me. Kristian from Life Lessons From Around the Dinner Table

See the link to her post here:

This tag was created by Nova at

Thanksgiving is not celebrated in the United Kingdom. It started as a commemoration for the first harvest by the first pilgrims that came to the United States and managed to survive. For that reason, it doesn’t have much meaning outside the U.S. However we all have plenty to be thankful and grateful for and I like this celebration a great deal. To me it seems to have all the virtues of Christmas, the family get together and the lovely meal, without the negative over commerciality that has unfortunately blighted Christmas. I love the Traditions of Christmas but I HATE the greed that seems to have indelibly tarnished it. 

In Kristian’s post she had given an extensive and brilliant alphabetical list of the things she is thankful for.

I will only give one thing per letter. 

A – All Things Bright and Beautiful.

B – Bees. They pollinate our crops and give us Honey. We must ensure we look after them, because they’ve looked after us.

C – Chickens – They give us Eggs (and meat) and they make lovely pets. I love my Chickens.

D – Dogs. I don’t have a pet dog, but I would LOVE one. As long as it doesn’t upset my Chickens.

E – Everything that I haven’t mentioned in this list, but should have. 

F – Family – Including those people who weren’t born family but have become family.

G – GOD – I keep my beliefs to myself and I believe that everyone has the right to believe whatever they like. I never force my beliefs on anyone. I will say no more on the subject. πŸ™‚ 

H – History – I have always been fascinated by history. I think it fuels fiction and often truth is stranger than fiction too. 

I – Imagination. – It can be a curse as well as a blessing, but I give thanks that I have a fertile imagination. 

J – Jokes – In this world where things can get rather depressing at times, Jokes can see us through.

K – Kith and Kin and also the Australian Sitcom Kath and Kim. It’s hilarious!

L – Laughter – I am also grateful to everything that has made me laugh. The Sitcom ‘Father Ted’ and the aforementioned Kath and Kim. Also Blackadder, The Good Life, The Two Ronnies, and one of my favourite films for all time, There’s Something About Mary.

M – Music. I love music from Classical to Folk, pop and Disco. I don’t particularly like much of what is currently being produced. Give me a proper tune. Music has the ability to life our mood and brighten our day.

N- Nature – Kristian and I are singing from the same hymn sheet here, she loves Music and Nature too. I like nothing more than spending time in my garden or in my allotment.

O- Opportunities. They come along when you least expect them, and give you something to hope for. 

P – Potatoes. I love Mashed potatoes, chips (fries) Roast potatoes and Jacket Potatoes. Thank goodness for Potatoes. (And despite the song, NO ONE pronounces them like PoTARtoes.)

Q – The Queen. God Bless you Ma’am. Not everyone feels the same, but I don’t think an elected politician could possibly do a better job that she does. She has been wonderful and I worry about the day when she is no longer around.

Β R – Reading – more specifically the Time to read. That is a wonderful thing.Β 

S – SUNSHINE – My Aussie friends often say to me, How do you cope with the cold weather in the UK? I reply that it isn’t really that cold. We rarely get day temperatures below freezing. What we do get are very short days and lots of gloomy rainy days, so it feels you can go a week without seeing the sun. That’s what can get me down in the Winter. Sunshine is so beautiful. I love those rare, crisp, cold Sunny Winter days. πŸ™‚Β 

T – TEA, I would DIE without my tea. Tea comes from the dried leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant and is produced in many countries. I particularly love the strong flavours of Assam tea and Kenyan Tea, but also love the lighter flavour of Ceylon tea. I do drink other types of tea on occasion but I love a good strong cup of tea, made in a teapot and brewed for 5 minutes, then poured into a large cup (with a saucer) and milk added but not too much. I don’t take sugar but I do enjoy a slice of plain cake or a biscuit (cookie).

U – Understanding. A lot of the worlds problems would get better if people spent more time trying to understand each other. Understanding and mutual respect are so important. 

V – Venice – It is a wonderful, magical place. Enjoy it before it sinks. 

W – Wales – I went to University there, in Aberystwyth, and I love it there. I am also grateful to all the people I met there who made me feel welcome. There was a particularly lovely lady who sold postcards who always asked me how I was getting on. She used to sit in the corner and knit.

X – Xenophile – Someone who finds foreign people and cultures interesting and worthwhile. It is the opposite of Xenophobe. I am a patriotic person and am sick and tired when people say, oh you must hate other cultures then. I Don’t, I find people with a different culture extremely interesting. We must learn to appreciate and respect our differences. That’s what makes the world an interesting place.

Y – Yellow Daffodils. I love Daffodils. 

Z – Zinc – It is a trace element and we need it. I am thankful for it. 

So that’s my A – Z of what I am grateful for. 

What’s yours?

I would like to nominate:

Jo The Creative PTSD Gal

Britchy of Bitchin’ in the Kitchen

Melanie B Cee

My Music – A journey into the past.

Many of you will know that I am very old-fashioned and that is no more true than in my taste in music.

I love music, I passionately believe that it has such a valuable influence over our body and health and nothing can change a mood better than music.

However, if you mentioned to me a Music artist that has only been around in the last 10 years, chances are I wouldn’t have heard of him/her/them.

I can count on one hand the number of current songs I have heard on the radio that I have liked. The most recent one I can recall Is Pharrell Williams song ‘HAPPY’ I liked that.

I’ve just looked that up, and the most contemporary song I could think of was a hit in 2014, so already 4 years old.

I do own an I-pod, it is one of those smaller ones, a Nano. It is the same colour as my friends teenage daughter and we always used to joke about the shock she’d have if she picked up mine by mistake. Although despite all the rubbish she likes, she still loves Elvis, so Kudos there.

I thought I would share with you my ten most played popular music tracks (I’ve cut out the Classical stuff).

In reverse order:

At Number 10, we have:

Unforgettable by Nat King Cole


Number 9:

9 to 5 by Dolly Parton


Number 8:

Feeling Good by Nina Simone


Number 7:

Dream a little dream of me by Mama Cass Elliot


Number 6:

Annie’s Song by John Denver


Number 5:

Your Song by Elton John


Number 4:

Let your Love Flow by The Bellamy Brothers


Number 3:

Crazy by Patsy Cline


And in Second place,

we have

We’ve only just begun by the Carpenters.


And Finally,


In first place,


the most listened to Pop track on my I-pod is:


True Love Ways by Buddy Holly



So, I told you I was old fashioned. I wonder what else these songs say about me………?

Well I hope you like this post.

Let me know which of these you liked, which Golden oldies you like that weren’t on my list.

Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below.



My Favourite Classical Music Pieces

Dr. Perry has posted a great piece on the benefits of classical music. See link below:

This has inspired me to do a post about my favourite classical pieces.

Have a look at the list and tell me what you think.

Did you like any of them in particular?

Do you have a favourite piece? Please let me know in the comments below. πŸ™‚

  1. The Pastoral Symphony by Beethoven. Also known as Beethoven;s Symphony number 6.


This was, of course, used in Disney’s Fantasia, which is where I first became aware of it.

It is such a beautiful piece, I can let it play in the background and get on with my day and it just gently lifts my spirits.

2. Finlandia by Jean Sibelius

I love this piece of music, it is so patriotic and stirring. I am not from Finland, but it is difficult to listen to this piece without feeling some kind of kinship. It starts low and brooding then builds to a stirring theme. Give it a chance to get going, at around 4 mins.



3. In the Steppes of Central Asia – Borodin

This is a lovely piece that captures the story of a caravan as it makes its way across the grassy plains of central asia. The music builds gently as the caravan passes by then diminished again into the distance.

4. Overture to the Marriage of Figaro by Mozart

5. The Dream of Olwen by Charles Williams


There are obviously lots more Classical pieces that I love, but I didn’t want to make this too bulky. I may do another post in the future.

So tell me, did you like them? What are your favourites?


A few of my favourite films (movies if you prefer).

The Haunted Wordsmith has posted her a list of movies that she loves, see her post below:

I thought I would share with you all a few of my favourites…Prepare for a trip down memory lane, because I like OLD FILMS πŸ˜‰

In no particular order:

Gone with the Wind (1939)

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All about Eve (1950)

The Slipper and the Rose (1976)

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The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972)

The Princess Bride (1987)

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Death on the Nile (1978)

Murder on the Orient Express (The version with Albert Finney and Lauren Bacall in it) (1974)

Scrooge (the Alastair Sim version made in 1951)

Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

Show Boat (two films versions, one in 1936 and another in 1951, both favourites)

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Singing in the Rain (1952)

Paddington (2014)

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

There’s something about Mary (1998)

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That’s probably enough to be getting on with. Only four of these were made AFTER I was born. Can you guess which ones?

Any on here that you love too? Let me know.