Wednesday, October 03, 2012

"Better The Devil You Know" by Steps ;o)




SmileyRose x

'39 Steps' At The Criterion Theatre

I had a wonderful day in London yesterday. :)

I caught the train to London Kings Cross. :)

When I reached London I browsed around one or two shops before ending up at China Town. I found a lovely little Chinese restaurant at lunchtime. I met an elderly husband and his wife who were dining at the same restaurant. I commented to the lady whilst chatting to her what beautiful skin some Chinese women had and how I noticed this during my trip to China on a holiday a few years ago. I also commented how nice Chinese food is. The lady paid me such a lovely compliment too. She told me how beautiful I looked. How sweet. She also taught me how to use chopsticks. :)

After lunch I set off for the Criterion Theatre and I booked a ticket to see '39 Steps'...the Alfred Hitchcock thriller.  It was terribly funny. I really enjoyed it because it was so cleverly acted by just four fabulous actors. :)  It was simply the best. It made me laugh out loud...which is just what I needed to help cheer me up. Whilst I was at the theatre my eyes met someone else's. Mmm wonders if we shall ever meet again? Ooo he made the blood rush to my cheeks alright. ;o)

I've met a number of lovely folk during my travels to and from London on a number of occasions.  :)

I stopped off at a really great cafe, The Caffe Concerto (my new favourite cafe). I had a cappuccino and a frangipani (delicious!) whilst chatting to a lovely lady who came from Milan. She was very interesting to chat to and we seemed to get along together really well. She was just visiting England for a few days. :)

I later went to Covent Garden and I visited the Transport Museum. :)

I felt very unsure about tube ride back to Kings Cross Station though. Ewww the tube was packed full of folk. We had to stand so close together, almost like a tin of sardines...Eww not my cup of tea. I did not enjoy that part of the day at all. Goodness! London isn't the same as it used to be. There are far too many folk living there for my liking and it totally put me off. Well the underground travel put me off mainly because it was just too busy.  Having said that...the few folk I did meet yesterday were all so lovely. :)

I chatted with a really nice guy and a couple of ladies on the train journey home. It was great to meet such nice folk. :)

It was a very tiring day....and I was absolutely shattered when I eventually reached home. I couldn't wait to make myself a nice cup of tea. ;o)


SmileyRose x

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Wonders If I Will Be Famous One Day........

like the Mona Lisa. ;o)
























Eww I had to sit nice and still in one place for the artist to sketch me for this. He thought I was a fidget. :)

SmileyRose x

Monday, October 01, 2012

'Take That'

I'm listening to "Patience" by Take That :o)

SmileyRose x

Marriage Isn't For Everyone....:o)

Yes I think everyone should marry if they are in love with each other and they are prepared to share their lives with someone else. :)

I think marriage should be taken seriously; therefore couples should look into doing so with both eyes opened so to speak.

Marriage isn't about wearing a big fancy dress or an excuse to party....there are long periods of time after the wedding day to consider as well, especially once the children arrive. :)

I was once married and I have no regrets about marriage what-so-ever. If I had to do it all over again, then I would...but only to the right man. By the way, I am indeed a woman. ;o)

Unlike Hugh I have never ruled the idea of marriage out completely. I was a little hesitant about ever considering marriage again at first. In fact it was the furthest thing away from my mind for a few years. Now some 7yrs down the line I sometimes think how nice it would be to share my life with one special person again, but I'm in no hurry to tie the knot so to speak. :)

I'm happy plodding along and if love ever grabs hold of me again then I would seriously consider it.

If two people are in love and they want to cement their relationship together or if they are gay and they want to have a civil partnershp together....then I say "Go For It" and "Good Luck" ;o)

Oh and Hugh...you should give marriage a whirl, you might actually like it. Go for it!  ;o)

Click Here: Hugh Grant Re: Marriage For Gay Couples :)
I mostly associate marriage between a man and a woman. What difference does it make if gay couples have a civil partnership...? It's all about cementing their relationship together and making a commitment to one another that makes a difference...surely?

SmileyRose x

"Stronger"




by The Sugarbabes
















Mum (Me) & Daughters :)


SmileyRose x

Sunday, September 30, 2012

"You're Beautiful"





by James Blunt

To my daughters

You're both very beautiful and I'll never be with you, not in that sense...however you will always be the apples of my eyes. Oh and we will see each other again....very soon I hope. xxx ;o)

Love you both

Mum x


SmileyRose x

My Lovely Daughters :)

I am so proud of them!















Photo taken of Catherine taken by Heather/& Lauren's photos (Lauren's collection)...both cropped by me.








SmileyRose x

"Flower"





I really like this song by Kylie. "Flower" another of my nicknames. ;)

SmileyRose x

I'm Getting Married!!!!!


Made you look!!! 

Not really. :o)

Just a bit of juicy gossip which was totally untrue of course. ;o)

SmileyRose x

A Bit Of Juicy Gossip Makes Folk Sit Up And Listen Sometimes ;o)

Definitely thinks we live in an image conscious world.:)

If you are young and beautiful (under 30) then folk sit up and they hang on every word you say.

When you get to be my age then folk aren't always that interested in what you have to say all of the time.....unless it's a bit of juicy gossip. ;)


Or sometimes if you are very rich and wealthy/famous some folk can be influenced by what you have to say becasue you are likely to be more in the limelight. ;)

I sometimes think some famous folk do things a little over the top sometimes just to get themselves into the press/noticed. :)

If all the nice/genuine folk were noticed only....wouldn't this be a much nicer world? ;)

SmileyRose x

Fitting Your Children In With Work Schedules!!!!!

I think it is every Mother's prerogative whether she chooses to work or not to work when she has children.

I did not work when my children were both young, nor did I receive an income. We managed on a tight family budget. The income was mostly spent on what we both considered important. Our main priorities were: clothing, feeding and putting a good roof over our family's head.

If the children were ill I was often around to be able to take the girls to all of their doctor/hospital appointments etc. I remember even having an overnight stay at hospital with Lauren when she had her tonsils removed. I am so glad I was able to be there for them when they were sick and I never had a job to get in the way of me being a good Mum because I married a supportive husband. As far as I am concerned, if my child needs to see a doctor then who am I to try and rearrange my child's appointment to fit in with a heavy work schedule? Surely your Childs health is far more important.

I was often asked by the various Mother's if I ever became bored being at home with my children?  The answer is quite simply "NO."  How can you get bored being at home with your children? My day never stopped until they went to bed at night. It was often spent preparing for the following day after they went to bed.
 
The moral of the story: Folk should not moan when their children don't fit in with their work schedules. Ewww :(

SmileyRose x

"I Found You" ;o)




I really like this song. :)

SmileyRose x

"Untouchable"

A FILM SPOILER*********Untouchable - Don't look!!!!

I have just had another good evening at the Showcase Cinema. I met up with a friend and we both went to watch a super little French film named "Untouchable." It is a very charming little film which was incredibly funny as well.

The film is a true life portrayal of an aristocrat named Philippe who becomes a quadriplegic after a bad accident. He
employs a carer named Driss, and then fun begins. :o)



Driss tells it like it is and Philippe finds him quite charming. He makes Philippe feel valued and gives him a whole new lease in life. :)

Phillipe has a regular lady correspondent. He thinks the lady won’t be interested in him because of his disability so he panics after arranging to meet with her for the first time. Sadly the rendezvous does not take place.

Driss becomes a budding artist and he is more than happy because Philippe manages to sell a piece of art on his behalf for a good tidy sum of money. Driss has family issues and eventually feels the time is right for him to leave.

Philippe employs a new carer, however he is terribly unhappy and he misses Driss.

Driss learns that Philippe didn’t meet the lady of his dreams so he becomes cupid and he arranges for Philippe to eventually meet up with her, by planning a restaurant date.

They all live happily ever after. :)

The film was very touching, charming and it made me laugh out loud.

The film stars Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy. If you do not understand French then don’t worry as there are English subtitles. I am so glad I went to watch the film as I was pleasantly surprised. :)

The soundtrack is excellent! :)
I enjoyed my popcorn too. ;)

After watching the film I popped over to Tesco for a little late night shopping. Ewww the time has gone by really quickly again today? :)

SmileyRose x

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Good Friends ;o)

I have enjoyed making friends with many folk who either live within the United Kingdom, as well as those who live abroad....however I am more likely to make 'GOOD' friends with all of those folk who speak the same language as my family and I. We were all brought up speaking the English language only. It's my mother tongue so to speak. Therefore if your communication skills are at a good level then I am likely to want to be a friend.

I love to go out clothes shopping from time to time, therefore if you like to dress in classic westernised clothing, I am likely to make 'good' friends with you...although I have made friends with one or two folk who like to wear their own custom clothing...but it is very unlikely that we will go clothes shopping together because our tastes differ. ;o)

My favourite shops are M&S and John Lewis, although I have shopped at other stores for clothes as well. I love the more classic styles the best rather than anything overly trendy. I tend to leave trendy for my daughters to enjoy. ;o)

Both my Mother and Father were always complimented on their style of clothing, particularly when they were younger. I remember my Mother dressing up in some really pretty cocktail dresses and my Father wearing a tuxedo whenever they went to a dance together.  They both enjoyed dancing and they were both good ballroom dancers. :)

SmileyRose x

Clothes Shopping ;o)

Absolutely blooming hilarious!!!!:o)

I get into my car with all of my shopping bags and as I do so the car parking ticket flicks up into the air.

I chuckle to myself. I then wipe the grin of my face when I can't find the ticket anywhere in sight.
Now I am not daft and I realized that the ticket has to be in the car as all of the doors were shut when
the ticket flicked out of my hand. It's made out of card. :)

I then decide to go through my handbag and shopping bags just in case it had landed inside one of them.

I take every single item out of the bags and still I could not find my car parking ticket.:( I start to worry. I'm then getting ready to drive to the exit whereby I could speak to the little man in the machine. I suddenly breath a sigh of relief. The ticket wasn't anywhere in the shopping bags or underneath the car seats as I had originally thought because I had been looking in the wrong direction/places. It had flicked up into the air and it was stuck in the car sun visor!!!! I was looking up to the ceiling in frustration and there it was. ;o)

Ewwww I couldn't do that again even if I tried to!!! :)

Ps I only hope nobody walked by me whilst my bottom was stuck up in the air when I was searching for the ticket underneath the car seats. Oh well, if they did then at least they wouldn't be able to recognise me again. ;)

SmileyRose x

Friday, September 28, 2012

Smarties :)

As much as I enjoy a tube of pink Smarties from time to time ....I think I prefer the tube of colourful Smarties the best. :)

I've just been listening to "A Million Love Songs" by Take That

SmileyRose x

"Are You Gonna Go My Way"





by Lenny Kravitz

I didn't know I could dance to this song. It's amazing to dance to. ;)

SmileyRose x

The Clangers - The Meeting ;o)



SmileyRose x

Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Love Story"



SmileyRose x

"Now Is Good"

This evening I went to watch the film "Now Is Good" at the Showcase cinema. It was a very harrowing story about a young girl who is dying of leukemia. Her last days are spent ticking off her wish list and doing all of the things she really wanted to do before she dies. I couldn't hold back the tears any longer and I am so glad I took some tissues along with me.

Dekota Fanning's portrayal of the young girl Tessa is excellent.

Something to think about: We should use our precious moments to live life fully each and every single second of every single day in our lives. Remember, doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.:)

Anyone here who has lost a close member of their family or a friend due to cancer will understand just what a devestating effect it can have on you to watch someone you love die.  If you ever watched the film 'Love Story' which starred Ryan O'Neil and Ali Mcgraw....then  you will love this film too. :)

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"

Singer/Entertertain Andy William Dies

Sad news. :( 

This guy used to have his regular TV shows when I was growing up. It was during the day when family entertainment meant good clean fun.  I loved growing up during those years. :) 
 
Of course Mr Andy Williams was wonderful because it was this man who first introduced the world to Donny Osmond and his brothers. Donny is a little bit older than me, therefore it gives you all some indication just how good my memory can be sometimes. ;)  Donny Osmond was of course my teen idol. Yes I will admit to going all gooey when I first heard him sing 'Puppy Love'. The Osmonds are of course a very talented family.  :)
 
What a great entertainer.  RIP Mr Andy Williams. 
 

Do I Know My Password?....Erm What Was It Again? ;o)

I was chatting to someone recently re passwords. Ewww If you are anything like me you will have a lot of passwords to remember.:(

Anyway, the person I was talking to mentioned that his company are provided with plastic fob keys. The keys are a good security measure as the passwords change and rotate regularly. You are assigned a pin number which you are encouraged to remember, however every time you log onto
a computer all you have to do is use the key to log onto any system using your unique pin number without you having to remember all of the different passwords. It sounds like a really great idea to me.:)

He then went on to tell me that it does save the company money in the long term as you are not telephoning the IT service team regularly in order to change your password after you forget it. :)

A system like this would free up the IT workers to sort out other matters concerning IT instead of answering numerous calls relating to folk who have forgotten their password.

What a good idea. I'm all for good initiative. ;)


SmileyRose x

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Yummy!

This evening I enjoyed some Lady Balfour potatoes with my meal. They are British and very yummy. :) 

Who was Lady Balfour, you may well ask? ;o)  Well as much as I would like to be known as "Lady"... she wasn't me. ;)


 Wikipedia - Lady Evelyn Barbara "Eve" Balfour (1899-1990) was an English farmer, educator, organic farming pioneer, and a founding figure in the organic movement. She was one of the first women to study agriculture at an English university, graduating from the University of Reading. :)


SmileyRoseFrances x

"Goodness Gracious Me" :o)




SmileyRose x

There Are A Few Of Us Sexy Ladies About!!!! ;o)




SmileyRose x

Another Sex Symbol ;o)



SmileyRose x

Another Sex Symbol - "Send In The Clowns" :)




SmileyRose x

" I Wanna Be Loved By You"





"I Wanna Be Loved by You" by Marilyn Monroe :) I simply love this song. This lady had a fabulous voice. Remember you can come across a bit ditsy sometimes, but it doesn't mean that you're not clever. ;o)


SmileyRose x

Monday, September 24, 2012

Psssst!!!!



























To all of you beautiful ladies out there. ;o)

Ps I have a nice personality too. ;o)

SmileyRose x

"Sexy Chick" - At Last! A Song About Me ;o)



I love this song!!!

David Guetta ft Akon :



 



Goodness. That was a nice compliment if ever I heard one. Someone mentioned to me that my shape in this photograph reminded them of Marilyn Monroe. I thought her shape look fabulous. :)



























SmileyRose x

'The Kings Speech II'

Wow! It was recently reported that actor Colin Firth has signed up to star in the film 'The Kings Speech II'. :)

I sincerely hope this is true as I simply loved the first film. :)

Hey Ho fingers crossed. ;o)

SmileyRose x

Robbie Williams - "Candy [Take The Crown]"



 It is just BRILLIANT!!!!!! One of his best!!!!!
























Me wearing a Clown wig. ;)


SmileyRose x

"Forever Young"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


LOL I've inverted the colours on a photograph of me wearing a clown wig. Thinks I look more like Rod Stewart now. ;o)  I love the song "Forever Young" :)
 
 
SmileyRose x

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cozy Night Indoors Watching The TV :)

I have enjoyed a very quiet and cozy night indoors watching Downton Abbey this evening. It's great to have some decent Sunday evening viewing. Thinks my character should be Lady Sybil. ;o)

I am now watching William and Kate's South Seas Tour. It is narrated by Mary Nightingale.

The couple began their tour in Singapore a place I have a few memories off during my visit some years ago when I was on my way to Malaysia with my parents. My Father was stationed at RAF Butterworth. :)

Aww Malaysia all looks very different to when I lived there. I almost don't recognise the place. I loved my time living there for a couple of years during my childhood. :) I would love to visit again one day. :)

The Malaysian press have said they will run the topless stories during Kate's visit, however they will also run the stories of their visit. I do hope for their sake the visit takes main priority and not the topless photographs....as it seems to have done everywhere else. ;) 

It is good to hear that the couple have won their case in preventing anymore photographs being printed, however it appears the damage has already been done. One hopes their priviacy is not invaded anymore and that the Duchess may learn from this experience. One should never be over trusting when sunbathing topless, particularly if one is famous as you never know who may be snapping at you. ;) 

Prince William comes across as a very warm person. He is very similar to his Mother. :)

Their visit seems to have been a very rewarding one as I feel sure the folk of Malaysia made them feel very welcomed. :)

I must say, It was good to see the old place again. :)

SmileyRose x

"It's Raining Men" ;o)

Heck! I was planning on meeting up with friends at a National Trust venue today only we postponed it for another day as the weather forecast didn't look all that brigh. I am so glad we did because it is tipping down right now. ;o)
 
SmileyRose x
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 
 




















LOL I prefer the sunshine, however I once lived in Cyprus for 3 years and we didn't see rain for about a year and a half. I remember going outside with all of my friends when it eventually rained....and we danced in it. It was so much fun. ;)
 
 
 
SmileyRose x

Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"




SmileyRose x

The X Factor

Ok I've seen talent this evening on the X factor. I have no idea what their names were however they both sang the song "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and they were absolutely brilliant. Such powerful voices. :)

I happen to like solo female artists. SmileyRose is Solo. :)
 

SmileyRose x

"The Prayer"




Charlotte and Jonathan....they're fabulous singers. ;)

SmileyRose x

Places/Countries I Have Visited

I tend to write about my own experiences of places/countries I have visited.  If I have not experienced it first hand so to speak then I tend not to mention it on here. :)

Everyone's experiences are very different and I like to see how folk treat me personally first before I ever say I like something. :) 

I cannot possibly speak for anyone else or their experiences, only my own. :)

SmileyRose x

"Beam Me Up Scotty"




I loved this programme as a youngster. :)

SmileyRose x

Suspected Meteorite Across The United Kingdom

Goodness!!! I've just been catching up on some news.

A suspected meteorite had a number of folk across the United Kingdom worrying about what it was they were actually seeing. Many likened the sky to fireworks. Apparently reports started coming in at about 23.00hrs last night. Sightings were mostly in Scotland.

I've just been reading a piece by Jonathan Amos, the Science correspondent. He writes on th
e BBC website and says Classic meteors - fragments of rock - tend to flash across the sky in an instant. These usually go unnoticed however an incoming satelite can delay the blaze of light allowing folk the chance to see it.

He also goes on to mention that there is a lot of redundant hardware/space debris up there and everything from old rocket stages to flecks of paint etc still loop around the Earth after being launched some years ago. These have floated off to space and gravity demands it all comes back to Earth eventually. Apparently the bigger the returnig object, the bigger the light.

Absolutely facinating. :)


SmileyRose x

Going Back To Work

Someone asked me when did I feel was the right time to go back to work after the children come along?.....I didn't go back to work until BOTH of my children began Secondary school, everyone is different though. :)

I did volunteer work when the children were young and I gradually went back to paid employment by firsly selling Avon. I then went back to work part-time only before eventually going back to full-time employment. I also studied before going back to work. :)

Aww I've just looked back on some facebook photographs of my first year in the work force... after children. :)

It is funny how you tend to forget about all of the things which seemed to niggle a large majority of parents re their young toddlers. There were some who complained they didn't seem to get a moment to themselves because their youngsters did nothing but cry, particularly when their youngsters were teething. Some couldn't wait to get back to work. :) I agree that Motherhood isn't the easiest job in the world and it isn't for everyone, however I have brought up two children as a full time Mum and there were times when I would be at my tether also, but when I put everything into perspective and realized there were some terribly poorly children in this world and the hardships their parents go through ie, going in and out of hospitals etc because their children are so ill I would think to myself how fortunate I was to have two healthy daughters. I ofen hugged them both tightly and I thanked God  they were both fine.

I don't knock others for leading their lives in the way they choose. Sometimes a happy mother can make a difference to a child. I was always happy being at home with my children though and if I had to do it all over again I woudn't change it for the world. :)

SmileyRose x

Photographs :)

As a full-time Mother who mostly spent her time at home with the children I was very fortunate to be able to take 100's of photographs of my two children growing up. Most of the photographs were taken with the old fashioned cameras whereby you had to pay to have the films developed. Unfortunately they didn't have digital cameras when my two children were very young....therefore it cost an absolute fortune to have those films developed. I have managed to scan and upload some of those photographs though. :)

I was the family photographer.  :)

SmileyRose x

Reading & Writing

I remember being able to read and write before I ever started school. I was 4yrs and 2 months old when I began primary school. I was one of the youngest in the class. :) We were living in Penang at the time as my Father was stationed at RAF Butterworth.  Although I attended a gindergarten just before starting school, my Mother stopped at home at the time and she didn't really go back to work until after I began school, I remember her mostly being at home.

Being the eldest out of four siblings I suppose I was quite fortunate to have my Mother at home during this time as she did eventually go back to work by the time my other siblings arrived.

I suppose I have always been fairly homely and I have tended not to really want to move too far away from either of my parents over the years. I am the only one who remains living fairly close to both of them. I tend to visit my Mother and Father often. Just recently I have been visiting them at least once a week. :)

I remember my Mother teaching me how to read and write the basic three letter words and my whole name before I began school.

I did exactly the same thing when both of my children were young. The first ever sentence I remember writing before I went to school was "The Cat Sat On The Mat. :) I taught my own children the very same. We used to make learning fun by using picture cards. :) I was somewhat surprised to see some children who attended the same pre-school as both of my children, they could hardly write their name, let alone anything else when they were young.

I felt so sorry for the primary school teachers as it just caused extra work for them when the children first began school as I think it would have been helpful if some of the children at least knew how to write and spell their own names.


SmileyRose x

Myself.....Or Trusted Family Members Only!!!!!

Now that both of my children are old enough to take care of themselves, I suppose I will never have to ever worry about childcare again. :)

Looking back, I cannot recall a time whereby I have ever paid for anyone to take care of either
of my children. I was always around to look after them particularly when they were poorly, it was
either myself or occasionally, my ex husband who would take them to the doctor/hospital. I can
even remember sleeping on the bed at the side of my youngest daughter Lauren in the children's ward when she had her tonsils removed. :) If we went out for the evening then we would only ever allow family members to take care of our girls...because they were the folk we most trusted. This was only introduced gradually. :)

I have preferred not to employ a nanny/babysitter to take care of either of my children. :) They have ONLY ever been looked after by myself, my ex husband or immediate family members ONLY! I could never trust outsiders to care for my children in the same way that I loved and cared for them...unless of course they were a close family members who I knew were going to love them and care for them in a similar manner. :)

I don't knock the really wealthy folk who employ nannies because they quite often have the money to afford the best folk to care for their children. Each to their own...however it was great being around and not missing the important stages of my childrens' lives, their informative years, the first 5 years of a childs life. :)

Almost every trusted member of BOTH sides of the family have at some stage had a part of looking after my children in my absence...even though I was their full-time Mother during their informative years.   Even when the girls started pre-school, although we paid for them to attend a couple of mornings a week, quite often I would help out at the same pre-school they both attended as a volunteer committee member.

Although they played with the other children I was quite often in the background keeping a close and
watchful eye on my own children at the same time.  When they were due to start Primary school, then only did I break them in gently and I left them at the pre-school without my presence for up to three mornings a week. They were both almost 5yrs old when I did this. Up until then they were only used to trusted family members....but mostly me. :)

Thankfully, paying for any form of childcare is something I have never had to worry about.:)

SmileyRose x

"Baby I Love You"




by Jennifer Lopez


SmileyRose x

Swaddling Your Newborn Babies

When both of my daughters were newborns they both slept in a moses basket which was placed in a their cot. I use to swaddle them both in a blanket as well so that they felt nice and secure... like they were when they were in the womb. There was an art to swaddling but it was good and it worked for us. It also stopped them from scratching their faces. :)

Unsure if most new mothers have noticed, however sometimes when your newborns are in a deep sleep they sometimes wake with a fright and their arms fly up in the air. By swaddling them it prevents them from doing this as it makes them feel nice and secure. :)

SmileyRose x

Happy Birthday......

Happy Birthday to my lovely daughter Catherine who celebrates her birthday today. I love you and I hope you have a fabulous day today. :o)
























SmileyRose x

Awww

They say Northerners are really friendly....they are indeed. :)

I have just been chatting to a guy named Stuart for a good hour or so. He's a uni student. He was one of the friendliest guys I've ever chatted with. He's a keen rugby player but he also does a lot of kick boxing. Before chatting to him I knew very little about kick boxing but it's amazing how much you can learn just by listening to someone who takes the sport quite seriously. Wonderful. :)

It was a pleasure chatting to someone who was really nice and friendly. :o)



SmileyRose x

Friday, September 21, 2012

FRANCES

Goodness! It has been surprising just how many folk have asked my name recently.  Most folk have paid me a lovely compliment and they have told me they really like my name. Frances is the name I was given at birth.

When I was much younger I never really appreciated my name....however these days I am rather happy to be called Frances. :) 

SmileyRose x

Thursday, September 20, 2012

"Goody Two Shoes" - Prefects

I was recently thinking back to my early SmileyRose days. Hmmm yes it was some years ago when someone probably saw the potential in me during my school days, well you never know. ;):)

I was once made prefect and then head prefect at one of the schools I attended. :) My teachers were named Mr Barrington and the Deputy head teacher was Mr Powers. Both teachers gave me the encouragement and the confidence at school to go on to achieve other things within my life.  When they made me prefect they showed me that they believed in me...and it helped me gain the confidence I needed at the time. :)
 
I remember standing up in front of a whole classroom full of pupils whilst we played hangman during the wet lunch hour. The prefects were responsible for entertaining the pupils during the wet breaks. Our daily duties included: standing at the vaious points around the school building, mostly near to the school entrance/exits. We were on guard and we were there to prevent other pupils from entering the school building during their breaks/lunch times etc. It was great not being treated like a child and to be given some form of responsibility whilst we were still at school. :) It was all good fun at the time but the downside was that we tended to miss out having our breaks with the rest of our friends. ;)

Ps I have to admit....most prefects I have known during my time have always been my favourite folk. We're nice folk. ;)

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Little About Me. SmileyRose In A Nutshell. :o)

I grew up in the Stamford & Rutland area. :)

My parents were both quite conservative folk and Our family home was a modest sized 3-bed detached family home in Stamford. My parents bought their home when my father was stationed at RAF North Luffenham (his last posting).

My parents are both Christian and we had a very strict upbringing. We were told off if we so much as used a swear word in the family home. We were always encouraged to dress nicely as children.

Both of my parents worked hard for a living and we were not born with a silver spoon in our mouth.

As soon as we left school we were encouraged to take up further education and to work for a living. My family members, including myself, have all been taught at English schools only, even when living abroad. :) The teachers all spoke English, unless we were learning French. RAF children aka Scale-E Brats are indeed British, therefore they had English Schools abroad. ;)

When we were growing up we learnt never to expect anything. If our parents bought us something for our birthday/Christmas then we were very grateful and appreciative for whatever we received. I am pleased to say that both of my own children are pretty much the same. :)

We were very much a close family and we had a number of family friends who mostly lived close by, with the exception of those families whom we knew from moving around whilst my father was in the Royal Air Force.

My Father retired from the RAF after completing his full service. On retirement he went to work for the Bank of England, London until he reached retirement age.

My Mother was an office Manager within the civil service. She retired on a full pension also.

I come from a family of four siblings. I am the eldest. We have all worked hard for a living.:)

I briefly gave up my job to become a full-time mother, a job role which I enjoyed immensely. My ex husband was always very supportive of me being at home with our children. Whilst I was away from full-time paid employment I kept myself busy with volunteer jobs at the Mother and toddler group sessions and at the local Pre-School. As the children became older I started back in part-time employment and I enrolled at the local college. I eventually returned to full-time employment.

When I was younger I have mostly worked in the Fashion and Jewellery retail trade and Clerical/Admin/Reception roles when older, although my early years were mainly doing the more menial jobs whilst I studied at college.

I am a mild mannered individual. When I was growing up folk were often very respectful of each other particularly in the way which they spoke to each other and how they dressed and behaved in front of each other too. I very rarely heard any of my family/female friends swear.

I am not a prude and I'm quite open minded. I'm often serious when I am working however I enjoy a good giggle when I am away from the work station. I am never too extreme when it comes to enjoying myself ie., I do not go out on a Saturday night just to get plastered!

I value quality. I don't suffer fools gladly. Smoking is a pet hate.  :)

I enjoy Family, Photography, Travel, classical/Pop/Jazz music, theatre, cinema, restaurant food/pub food/dining out, reading, writing, fashion and IT. I am a homeowner and I enjoy DIY/Gardening.

Is it too much to ask if there are any like-minded folk out there? I never seem to meet any. :)


SmileyRose x

"Angels"





Here's to all daughter's...they're our little angels. ;)

"Angels" by Robbie Williams :)


SmileyRose x

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Congratulatons And Welcome To The Daughter Club! ;)

Of course I am the mother of two daughters (Catherine and Lauren) and I am also an Aunty to my sister's two daughters...I absolutely adore them all. :)  It seems that recently there have been a number of baby daughters born to those famous folk such as Hugh Grant, Keir Simmons (twin daughters) and the recent exited father to join the club is Robbie Williams who's wife recently gave birth to a baby daughter. Congratulations to them both. They have named her Theodora ROSE Williams. Rose...my middle name. I love it!!! ;o)

Other members of the Rose club are:

Tom Cruise who named his daughter Suri..also meaning Rose and Nicole Kidman who called her baby daughter Sunday Rose. :)

SmileyRose x

God Grant Me The Serenity........




























SmileyRose x

Daniel O'Donnell - "How Great Thou Art" :)




This is such a beautiful song by a fabulous artist. :)


SmileyRose x

The Cheeky So and So!!!!!

The cheeky so and so! The other day someone asked me if my Father has converted his religion. Of course he has not!!!! My entire family, including my Mother and Father were born into a Christian family background only. We were all brought up as Christians. My children have been brought up as Christians too. Tuts!

I was also asked if I would convert my religion if I were to marry again. The answer is a definite 'NO'....I wouldn't want to change/convert my religion after all of these years. Heaven forbid. :)

My family members are either from a Church of England or a Roman Catholic background.

One of the nicest things about me visiting Rome was to see the Vatigan however I didn't get the chance to see the Pope on that occasion. Perhaps the next time around, if indeed there is a next time. :)

I love meeting up with my Father around about Christmas time as I like attending his church, St Georges at Stamford. It's a lovely little Church and the congregation are always a very friendly bunch of folk.

No I could not imagine for one minute wanting to change my religion to anything other than the one my family and I were born into.  :)

SmileyRose x

Should One Be Amused?

One wonders if the current Queen of England ever giggled her way through official engagements like Kate Middleton did when she was greeted by bare chested native women at the South Pacific Island of Tavanipupu? If she managed to giggle her way through such an event, I wonder why she's taking it so seriously re recently being snapped topless herself? Surely having the giggles at an official event is not behaving as professionally as one would expect the future Queen of England to behave.... particularly if one is trying to prevent the photographers from printing the photographs publicly after doing something similar herself? She can't be taking it all that seriously....therefore what's the point of it? :)

SmileyRose x

Monday, September 17, 2012

Family Lunch

I had a lovely time with family members dining at The Wicked Witch, Rhyall, Rutland yesterday afternoon. The place has changed a little since the Millstone days as it has now been refurbished and it is more of a restaurant as opposed to a pub and barsnack place we used to enjoy frequenting with the children.

I enjoyed my meal however I used to enjoy my Sunday lunches when it was the Millstone.

If you are just after a small family gathering and all you want is a basic Sunday lunch and nothing too fancy, then the Millstone was great! :)























SmileyRose x

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Private...Should Mean Private! There Should Be New Privacy Laws

Why someone can't enjoy a holiday away and sunbathe in private really baffles me. :(

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were recently reported to be enjoying a private holiday. If Kate Middleton chooses to sunbathe topless at a private holiday destination then it should be against the law for anyone to take photographs using a long lens camera/any camera for that matter and then to have them published in the magazines/newspapers without permission.

I too went on a holiday and I have sunbathed topless on a topless beach but I would be very cross if folk published any photographs of me doing this...even if it wasn't in private!

I really feel that photographs of this nature should not be published at all. Those newspapers/magazines are totally disgraceful!!!

If every newspaper/magazine all followed suit and they all adopted the same publishing rules/principles by only publishing decent photographs for their articles then this world would be a much better place. I'm tired of reading about folk who try to make money in this manner. Photographers of this nature are all encouraged to take photographs such as this because they are likely to make more money than the real photographers out there. Just one picture can sell thousands. It's ludicrous! It should stop! There should be new privacy laws.

SmileyRose x

Well Done! :)

Thinks back to my childhood. I really liked Murray Mints and the advertisement which said "you should never hurry a murray."  :)

It's taken 76 years however well done to Andy Murray for a male Grand Slam singles champion in the US Open final. Victory! :)

SmileyRose x

'Sexiest Man In A Suit'

David Beckham has been voted 'Sexiest Man in a Suit' :) I totally agree, he does look good in a suit *Sighs* My favourite kind of a man....I just need to meet my David Beckham now. ;)

SmileyRose x

This Will Make You Smile :) SmileyRose Young Days :)

I was recently going through some old photographs. Here are a few I'd like to share with you. They are all photographs of me. :)  Don't anyone laugh. :)  I loved the way my grandmother spent time putting ringlets in my hair especially for the occasion. I was wearing a full length sky blue lined dress with a very fine lace over the the top. It was very pretty indeed. :)























Above is a photograph of me aged just 7yrs old. I was a bridesmaid at my Uncle and Aunts wedding. LOL some things don't change and sometimes I still walk around looking at my feet. :)



This is me back in the 80's. I was very petite and I worked in a fashion boutique back in those days. I loved fashion and I would try to keep up with all of the trends during that time. I was a new romantic fan and I particularly liked the frilly blouse and the rara skirts. I remember wearing pedal pushers and knickerbockers. During my weekends I'd sometimes lounge around in a fashion pair of jeans. LOL remembers the drainpipes. Oxford bags were very in at one stage. I was far too young to really appreciate the 1960's fashion although I remember my Mum wearing mini skirts, tank tops and platform shoes...lol. :o)


























Goodness...look at my curly perm. It was indeed very fashionable back in the 80's. I liked to keep up with all of the hair trends. I tended not to go for the really short styles and I much preferred the longer styles and it tended to suit me much better. :)



























Here I am aged just 21yrs old. Still back in the 1980's and I loved this fashion. The off the shoulder look tended to suit me as I had a very petite frame with small shoulders.   :)

If I didn't feel good wearing something then I would tend to avoid wearing it. I was quite a modest dresser who preferred the classical styles in clothing, particularly as I approached my mid 20's. I tended to mostly choose the more pretty and feminine styles. :)

SmileyRose x

Friday, September 14, 2012

"Smile"

I'm not ashamed to say that today I cried in public...whilst I was at work. Something triggered off a memory and I thought about a very dear lady/friend who I lost recently. It was hard holding back the tears and still having to carry on like a trooper. We all have to do it at some stage in our lives I suppose. It seems it was my turn today.
Later on one of my colleagues who caught me crying earlier also caught me laughing because someone made me laugh out loud at work today too...I then cried with laughter. What a day. :)

SmileyRose x

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"Hello"

I'm listening to "Hello" by Lionel Richie. I've always enjoyed his songs. In fact I have a number of his singles in my collection still. It seems I was a fan when he sang with the Commodores a number of years ago. ;)

SmileyRose x

Friends ;o)

I'm thinking back to a few years ago now. I suppose I have Facebook to thank for this one. :) A friend of mine was seriously injured in a very bad accident.  Had it not been for Facebook then the message would have taken much longer to reach me had it not been for another one of his friends who was also a Member of the Facebook networking site. She realized that I was a friend and she private messaged me to let me know about the accident after I read one of her posts. She was very sweet. I didn't know her at all prior to the message. She very kindly offered to pick me up in her car at my home address and she took me to visit our friend in hospital. I was horrified to learn about the accident because this guy is a really sweet person and it upset me greatly. I've known him for a number of years and over the years I have put my trust in him as being a good friend. :)

He probably wouldn't want to hear it first hand especially as he is indeed still a Facebook friend.;)

Anyway, to cut a long story short I went to visit him in hospital after the accident. It was when he was able to talk to visitors a little more comfortably. Not only did I want to see how he was, I also needed some advice re a car. :)

I jest not when I say this guy was seriously injured. He has been through so much during his road to recovery. He may not know this but even when we're not talking in person, I still like to read his pages and to look at his photographs just to see what he's been up to. I've been enjoying some of his photographs still. He is also a keen photographer...just like me. :) I am so relieved and happy that my friend seems to be doing well these days. :)

Facebook does have its advantages sometimes...particularly when it is used correctly and folk don't abuse the way they use it.

All of my Facebook friends are folk who are all very real and all but a couple of them are known to me in person. There are a couple of friends who I've made friends with via the internet and they both share the same hobby as me. They're both serious photographers and I am so glad to have made their acquaintance. :)
It's funny how we all meet our friends. Some we meet during a night out, some we meet in the work place....whichever way we end up meeting our friends, it is always great to know what everyone is up to and for us all to keep in touch together in one place. If you look at Facebook as being one big address without the persons actual address book displayed, then it's a way of keeping track of your family and friends particularly when someone move on etc. You never really have to lose touch with anyone again.  :)
SmileyRose x

*Thinks*

Thinks I'd like to visit "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrn-drobwllllantysiliogogogoch" one day. :o)

SmileyRose x

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Peterborough Race for Life

I am just wishing those taking part in the Peterborough Race for Life, for cancer research, all the very best today.

It is slightly later than originally planned this year because the original date was cancelled due to the bad weather.

Let's hope all goes well for all of those taking part in todays event. :)


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I managed to nip down to Ferry Meadows very briefly this evening. :)























































SmileyRose x

Never Forget 9/11

In loving memory of everyone who lost their lives on September 11th 2001. My heart goes out to all of those families who lost their loved ones. God bless America. XXXX













Love

SmileyRose x

"I Could Indeed Have Changed The World." ;)

The story below, which was written by an Unknown Monk, in 1100 A.D., reflects we can only change ourselves.

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world." :)


SmileyRose x

My Family :)

This evening I made my weekly trip to my home town in Stamford. It is always lovely to spend time with family members whenever you can. I have been doing this quite a lot in recent months. I always feel so welcomed whenever I visit a family member and they often look very pleased to see me too. When we meet up we usually turn off the television and we all sit down together and we chat about all sorts of things. We make the time for each other because the older we become, time becomes very precious.

I consider myself very fortunate at this present time to have my family members around me. They're all so lovely.

Thanks God for today...and for all of those yesterdays. :)

SmileyRose x

Sunday, September 09, 2012

My Priorities In Life


SmileyRose x

Holiday Experiences

I think everyone's holiday experiences can be very different when someone is visiting even the same destination as their family/friends.

Firstly, not everyone is fortunate enough to stay in expensive 5 star hotels. Many folk who do not have the same family income can visit the same holiday destination, however the places which they stay in are not the same quality as their friends/family. Everyone's experiences can be totally different which is the reason why I often say folk should only write and post photographs of their own experiences only. Someone could visit exactly the same destination and their experience could be a bad one.

We are all individuals and what we experience in life can be very different sometimes.

When someone is married and there are two working partners, they can often visit great places and stay in the best of hotels, particularly if they don't have children.

A single parent who does not have the same kind of income...he/she can sometimes struggle to have the best of holidays. Therefore he/she would choose destinations which are not so extravagant.

Sometimes a holiday experience can be all to do with what a person can afford at the time.

I'm divorced. I'm single and I don't have two incomes coming into my household. When I choose a holiday destination it is often because I want to take photographs (hence the name SmileyRose).  It's not because I want to show off where I have visited, nor is it because I am trying to compete with friends. I have loved photography ever since I was a little girl. It's a hobby.

I know a great number of folk who are all on much higher incomes. They have two incomes coming into their family homes and they all have super holidays and they stay in some of the most fabulous hotels too. I love to look at their holiday snaps however their experience of visiting a particular destination may be very different to my own. This is the reason I like to write and post photographs about my own personal experiences ONLY. :)

Ps  I dare say had I not paid to take my daughter along with me on holiday on this occasion I could have been able to afford something a little nicer, however I wanted to take her along so that she could experience Dublin too. :)

SmileyRose x

Facebook :)

I have two adult daughters and they both have their own facebook accounts. They are both old enough to upload their own photographs onto facebook and to write about their own experiences and adventures of the places they have visited.

They have both visited some fabulous countries over the past few years. The countries include South Africa, Iceland, Spain, Austria, Poland etc. They are all countries I have never visited before myself and the girls are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit all of those places/countries whilst they were so young. Most of the trips have been made with the schools. I am sure both of my daughters have enjoyed their visits however I would not post their holiday photographs onto my facebook page mainly because they are all places which I have not visited before and everyone's experiences are very different.

I often post my own photographs, destinations and my experiences only, but I do not mind sharing some photographs with either of my daughters if they are places we have visited together, particularly as I am often the person with the camera.

There are bound to be photographs of places/destinations you are likely to visit that your children have not visited yet or visa versa... however I think you should post your own experiences only as facebook should be a place you share your own experiences/likes/dislikes with everyone and not that of your children's. :)

I sometimes wonder why certain parents post a whole set of personal photographs of their children's adventures etc abroad? I would certainly feel really cross if my children shared/posted all of my holiday snaps or photographs of places I have visited onto their own facebook sites.

It's great to share the odd one or two personal photographs with your children if they have given you a personal photograph of themselves because you were unable to attend an event.  Or personal photographs of them if they don't mind you sharing. For instance when you see your children nicely made up for an occasion and you feel very proud of them I don't see any harm in sharing the odd photograph from time to time because you are a proud parent however I think individual experiences abroad etc should be up to your children to share their own experiences and not up to you as a parent!!! :)

Ps When the girls were much younger, the only photographs I have ever posted of them were all photographs which I took of my children myself. I was a full time Mother therefore I had the opportunity to take many photographs. :)

SmileyRose x

Saturday, September 08, 2012

"Brave" - Curly Locks ;o)

I have had some good pampering this afternoon. I am now sporting an all over curly perm, a little like the hairstyle Andie MacDowell had in 'Four Weddings & A Funeral.' I really liked the 80's hair fashion and I am so pleased to hear that the curly perm is back and it's considered quite stylish again. :)

Thanks to my hairdresser Robert at the Michael John Hair Salon for giving me a 'different' and a new look. It's exactly what I asked for. ;o)

Later this evening I went to see "Brave" at the Peterborough Showcase Cinema.  It is the latest Disney film currently showing at most cinemas.  I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the film. It was just brilliant!!!! :)

The film can be watched in 3D if this is what you prefer. It is all about Princess Merida and how she wants to break with Royal tradition.

She makes a reckless choice after meeting a witch who casts an evil spell on her mother. Then steps are made to set things right again.

What an adventure. I loved the film. :)

The film had a great cast - Voices of Characters: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters and Robbie Coltrane and many more. The film was fabulous!!!! :o)

SmileyRose x

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

'Lily The Pink'


At Guinness Warehouse 2012 - Although this is a recent photograph of me -taken at the Gravity Bar, Guinness Warehouse, Dublin- it takes me back to when I once worked behind the bar at the Crown Hotel, Stamford...and not the Rovers Return. ;o)

"Cheers! ;o)


by Scaffold :)

SmileyRose x

The Dublin City Gallery -













































































































SmileyRose x