Sunday, November 23, 2014

'Strictly Come Dancing'

I've always loved the programme 'Strictly Come Dancing' because it reminds me of the days when my Mother and Father used to ballroom dance.  They were both excellent dancers in their time. In fact, I remember attending a few do's with my parents when I was much younger and everytime they danced, the whole dance floor would clear so that they could dance. They always received a round of applause afterwards. They both amazed me!

As much as I like the series, I cannot help but feel that the programme is missing a male host. Apart from liking the male species, I was so used to Bruce Forsythe being the host on the programme. The show is about dancing, whereby males partner females.  It would be nice to see the same when they are hosting the programe too.  It's just a slight observation.  It's not the same anymore.  You cannot liken it to the Ant and Dec's Takeaway programe, because it is a different kind of a programme. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Friday, November 21, 2014

I'm A Doodler! :D

I'm a doodler. ;)

We were discussing doodles earlier today. I mentioned that I like to doodle rabbits and cubes mostly, however looking back on one of my doodle pads, I also have a few little hearts and stars on there stars too. I used to doodle houses when i was very young ( a sign of insecurity), but not anymore.

I usually tend to doodle if I'm chatting to someone, without really thinking about what it is I'm doodling. Anyway, we analyzed what types of people we were
.
This is what my doodles tell me, about me. 

Apparently, drawing rabbits suggests I'm usually a busy, bouncy person.

The cube suggests I'm likely to be a very efficient, analytical person who can deal with difficult situations.
Drawing Stars are often drawn by ambitious people. Lots of little stars indicate optimism. If you’ve drawn one big, bold, embellished star, you’ve got a definite goal in your sights. Neat, uniform stars suggest good mental focus, while freehand, asymmetric stars show an energetic personality....which fits in with the bouncy rabbit. :)

I feel so much better for knowing all of this now.:)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Monday, November 17, 2014

Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Me with Pudsey Bear :)

Whilst viisting London on Friday I was fortunate to bump into Pudsey Bear. Blushes. ;)

























SmileyRoseFrances x

Tower of London Poppies

I was extremely fortunat to make it to London last Friday, just in time to see  the Tower of London poppies.  The artist is to be commended as the scene was well worth a visit. In fact, after reading the newspaper today, I see that volunteers have completely dismantled the scene of all of the ceremic poppies now.

In total, there were 888,246 hand-made poppies. Each poppy represented the death of a British and Commonwealth soldier during World War One.

I was fortunate to enjoy my day in London and I even managed to take a few photographs on the day. :)


































 






































 




































 



































 











































SmileyRoseFrances x

Thursday, November 13, 2014

On The Wings Of Love - Jeffrey Osborne (with Lyrics)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Day Out At The Duxford Imperial War Museum - Remembrance Sunday

I had the most fabulous day on Remembrance Sunday. The weather was beautiful. There was sunshine all day. I spent much of the day at Duxford Imperial War Museum. There were huge crowds of folk everywhere. I did a lot of walking. I had a great photography day. It's a day I like to get away from it all and just spend my time taking lots of photographs. It's far better going alone so that I can hurry along to where I want to go, and not where anyone else wants me to go! This way I can photograph what I like, when I like. It's nice to have days such as today. It can be quite peaceful and relaxing. 

When I reached Duxford, I parked my car in a large field. I wished I'd made a note of where exactly I parked the vehicle, because on the way back, I couldn't remember where I'd parked. LOL there were hundreds of cars parked in the same field! Thankfully, I managed to find it after careful searching. Phew!
I strolled over the footbridge, towards the Imperial War Museum. I was just in time to watch a few aeroplanes take off/land and a special Memorial marching band.

I decided to start the afternoon by viewing the Warfare Museum, before heading towards the American hanger. I took a number of photographs, nothing unusual for me. It was so enjoyable taking photographs. Later, I took a short break. I found a nice bench in the sunshine overlooking the planes. I treated myself to donuts and a mug of tea. I eventually ended my day at Hanger 1, where the Concorde aircraft was displayed to visitors. It was lovely boarding Concorde and taking a good look inside it. I managed to end my afternoon before it became too dark. Of course it starts getting dark here fairly early these days (at 4pm).

SmileyRoseFrances x





































Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Armistice Day

Today is Armistice Day. I really appreciate the fact that some of the ladies who I work with, took the time to stop what they were doing and a two minute silence was observed. There was complete silence in the crowded room, you could almost hear a pin drop. Today we honoured all of those fallen in conflict. In the first minute we showed our sign of respect for all 20 million people (or thereabouts), who died in the war. The second minute was dedicated to those left behind ie wives, children and families of those who lost their lives. A very poignant moment. Lest we forget!

Image by http://trendimages.net/remembrance-day-by-dagan-on-deviantart-2014-2



SmileyRoseFrances x

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Interstellar" :)

I have had the most lovely day today. :)  The weather was beautiful. There was sunshine all day.  :) I spent much of the day at Duxford Imperial War Museum. There were huge crowds of folk. :) I did a lot of walking, but I enjoyed every minute of it. It was a photography day. It's a day I like to get away and just spend my time taking lots of photographs.  It's far better going alone so that I can hurry along to where I want to go,  and not where anyone else wants to go! ;)  This way I can photograph what I like, when I like.  It's nice to have days like today.  It can be quite peaceful and relaxing. ;)

When I reached Duxford, I parked my car in a large field.  I wished I'd made a note of where exactly I parked the vehicle, because on the way back, I couldn't remember where I'd parked it! LOL there were hundreds of cars parked in the same field!  Thankfully, I managed to find it after careful searching. Phew! :D

I strolled over the footbridge, towards the Imperial War Museum. I was just in time to watch a few aeroplanes take off/land and a special Memorial marching band.

I decided to start by viewing the Warfare Museum, before I headed towards the American  hanger. I took a number of photographs today, nothing unusual for me. ;) It was so enjoyable taking photographs of it all.  Later, I took a short break. I found a nice bench in the sunshine overlooking the planes. I treated myself to donuts and a mug of tea. :)  I eventually ended my day at Hanger 1, where the Concorde aircraft was displayed to visitors.  It was lovely boarding Concorde and taking a good look inside it.:) I managed to end my afternoon before it became too dark.  Of course it starts getting dark here fairly early these days (at 4pm). :)

After reaching home, I cooked myself dinner, a lovely steak etc. It was a nice treat.:)

I had such a good day, I didn't really want it to end and so I decided to go and watch the film "Interstellar"  at the Showcase cinema. The film starred Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hatheway, Matt Damon and Michael Caine. In fact there was a host of other good actors in the film too.

The film was directed by Christopher Nolan. What can I say?! Films just don't get much better than this one. It gets my top marks as there wasn't anything I didn't enjoy about the film.  It had me gripped to my seat from start to finish!!! :D

I'm not going to be a spoiler here -The story in brief: Humanity is facing extinction. NASA arrange for a group of explorers to go on a space Intersteller voyage, into the unknown. Coop (Cooper), the pilot is faced with a heartrending decision, does he see his children again or does look to saving the future of the human race?  Anyway, I will stop right here as I don't want to spoil it for anyone else.

Hmm wonders if Cooper lives happily ever after with Brand? ;)

It's a fabulous film! Definitely one to watch! :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Gareth Malone's All Star Choir - Wake Me Up

SmileyRoseFrances x

Michael Ball & The Overtones - Let It Be Me

SmileyRoseFrances x

Lest We Forget

Remember Me
(The voice of the dead)


Remember me
Duty called and I went to war
Though I'd never fired a gun before
I paid the price for your new day
As all my dreams were blown away

Remember me
We all stood true as whistles blew
And faced the shell and stench of Hell
Now battle's done, there is no sound
Our bones decay beneath the ground
We cannot see, or smell, or hear
There is no death, or hope or fear

Remember me
Once we, like you, would laugh and talk
And run and walk and do the things that you all do
But now we lie in rows so neat
Beneath the soil, beneath your feet

Remember me
In mud and gore and the blood of war
We fought and fell and move no more
Remember me, I am not dead
I'm just a voice within your head

Harry Riley


















































SmileyRoseFrances x

Thursday, November 06, 2014

A Trip To See Lauren (Daughter) :)




















I recently visited my daughter Lauren at University. It was great to spend some time together, something we don't seem to do as often these days due to other commitments. It's always good to see both of my daughters. I also had the opportunity to meet some of her friends too. :)













SmileyRose xxx

Sade - By Your Side

SmileyRoseFrances x

Remember, Remember....

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

I hope everyone has had a good Bonfire Night. :)























SmileyRoseFrances x

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Love, Rosie :)

Picture this! :) Two people who have known each other for what seems like a lifetime. They become great friends. They have a special bond together. Could they possibly be right for each other? One would expect so....but perhaps not. :)

If you fall for someone, should you tell them how you feel? Could you risk losing someone you love because you didn't tell them how you felt about them at the time? What if you love someone, but the feeling is not mutual? There are many questions. :)

This evening I went to the Showcase Cinema to watch the film 'Love Rosie'  and I must say that I enjoyed the film immensely.  :)

The film was adapted from the book 'Where Rainbow's End' and it was written by romantic novelist Cecelia Ahern.

The film starred Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. :)

Without being a complete spoiler, I found the film to be very charming....and it even has a happy ending,.  :)

Basically: Boy and girl have a special bond together. They both attend the same prom night, but they don't attend with each other.  They both lose their virginity, but not with each other. They barely kiss, let alone anything else, but they form a special kind of love for one another. The inevitable happens right at the end, but not without all of the drama in between. They live happily ever after, but do they find that special love toether, the one that only two people can share together in order to find completeness.  I won't become a complete spoiler here, however the film is definitely worth a watch. 

The end. ;)

SmileyRoseFrances x