Thursday, January 30, 2014

Front Cover Stars



sometimes the post catches you by surprise!
just a wee sneeky preview of the Target MD magazine which is showcasing Scotland
(and ever hopeful too!)


















Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It's been one of *those* days...



It's been one of those days and I'm somewhat lacking in hope.
Hopeless and rather hapless too, I fear.
Work.  PMT.  
Arms aching and tired from the constant 24/7 juggling.
But then...
Hope finds me,
reaches out to me,
reigniting the scintilla within
and the day is not lost.










Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Do you speed?




And carrying on from my post yesterday, and as a wee nod to my friends in New Zealand, here is one of the best - if not THE best - car safety advert that I have ever seen.  It certainly makes me consider the speed I travel at.  Do you speed?  Speed kills the innocent.  Simple.




















Monday, January 13, 2014

Up Front and Riding Shotgun



image by Malerie Yolen-Cohen



Ever ridden shotgun?
As an adult, I frequently do, hands clammy and firmly clasped as my husband drives us to and fro!
But as a child?
Actually, probably, most definitely... for those were the days long before the need for seat belts and car seats!

Do your kids ride shotgun, up front, sitting beside you with you in the driver's seat?
It's something I have often pondered since starting the school run:
I wasn't sure it was legal...
I wasn't sure if children's car seats are designed for the different forces of impact if sitting up front...
But, I knew who to ask!



I am a bit of a self-professed (often silent however!) advocate of car safety after my friend was badly injured in a head on collision involving his vehicle - containing his wife and two sons - and a truck.  So when this question regarding safety arose I contacted Britax and was given an answer.  

Now that it's on my mind again with school returning this week, I'd like to see what you think of children sitting up front in cars?  If you could and are interested, please take a moment to fill in the survey, which will close on Monday 20th January.  I will then collate the results and report back to you with the results and also the statement from Britax.  I have to stress that this is for my own personal interest (amusement) and not for the benefit of Britax - or any other car seat manufacturer for that matter!




Thank you for your time.




Hope



The world is truly yours if you have hope.
I try so very hard to hold on to mine,
to be guided and inspired,
and to never forget
that hope is omnipresent;
I just need to close my eyes and and feel it embrace me...










"...I ask you to sustain that hope. I'm not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. I'm not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight.

"I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside - that despite all the evidence to the contrary, that we have something to keep fighting for..."

Barack Obama 2012




Thursday, January 09, 2014

It's been too long...

Typography poster, retro poster, mid century modern, kitchen art, office art, graphic design, inspirational quote - Today A3


from yumalum at etsy




It's been too long...
Since my last words were written,
since my last thoughts were typed
and my last stories told.

Life has felt so very ordinary over the last few months;
ordinary and so very, very busy!
There has been no time - nor, should I admit, inclination - to write...
And yet my mind has been quite active, thinking of blogs and comments and research
but nothing has made it to paper let alone to my blog...

What I came to realise - on listening to Duran Duran - is that I need to grab hold of my life, remember what it is I love to do, use the talents that I have, remember that I have an amazing family and a fabulous group of friends and inject the extraordinary into ordinary.

After all, this (world) life is all mine and it is most definitely worth living...

And, oh! it feels so darn good to be back!




This (world) life is mine


I heard this playing this morning:

"But I won't cry for yesterday, there's an ordinary world,
Somehow I have to find.
And as I try to make my way, to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive."

Duran Duran was the wallpaper of my youth.
We sang Wild Boys in the playground.
I loved John Taylor.
Today this song talked to me,
talked of life carrying on: 
I might not recognise this life that I am living
but it is mine
and I have to find my way,
ordinary or not,
because this (world) life is mine.






"Came in from a rainy Thursday on the avenue
Thought I heard you talking softly.
I turned on the lights, the TV and the radio
Still I can't escape the ghost of you

What has happened to it all?
Crazy, some'd say,
Where is the life that I recognise?
Gone away

But I won't cry for yesterday, there's an ordinary world,
Somehow I have to find.
And as I try to make my way, to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive.

Passion or coincidence once prompted you to say
"Pride will tear us both apart"
Well now pride's gone out the window cross the rooftops, run away,
Left me in the vacuum of my heart.

What is happening to me?
Crazy, some'd say,
Where is my friend when I need you most?
Gone away

But I won't cry for yesterday, there's an ordinary world,
Somehow I have to find.
And as I try to make my way, to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive.

Papers in the roadside tell of suffering and greed
Feared today, forgot tomorrow
Ooh, here besides the news of holy war and holy need
Ours is just a little sorrowed talk

(Just blown away)

And I don't
But I won't cry for yesterday, there's an ordinary world,
Somehow I have to find.
And as I try to make my way, to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive.

Every world, is my world (I will learn to survive)
Any world, is my world (I will learn to survive)
Any world, is my world
Every world is my world"