Monday, February 23, 2015

I Need A Rest!






























SmileyRoseFrances x

Taking A Break! :)

I have decided to take a well earned break from social networking. I may pop in occasionally, however I have so many different pursuits I'd like to get on with, but I don't have a lot of free time, therefore I have decided to give it a rest for a while. :)  

If anyone wants me just inbox me. :)

Quote from Nanny Mcphee: There is something you should understand about the way I work. When you need me but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me but no longer need me, then I have to go. It's rather sad, really, but there it is. :)

I'll pop back from time to time.:)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Saturday, February 21, 2015

"Thinking Out Loud"

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My Childhood Prayer :)


When I was a little girl I used to have a special prayer which I would say every night before I went to sleep.  When my own children were young, I taught them both to say the same prayer. :)

The prayer:

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray to God my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
I pray to God my soul to take.
Amen

...and then I would ask God to bless everyone I know. :)





 Picture sourch :)


















SmileyRose
Frances x

"Lay Me Down"

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Eastenders! :)

Happy 30th Birthday Eastenders :D

Aww I can remember the very first episode of Eastenders, all of those years ago. I must be getting old(er) ;) I can remember watching that episode with my Mum. The cast included Dirty Den (Leslie Grantham) and Angie (Anita Dobson) back in those days. This evening both mum and I sat down to watch Eastenders together.....it was the live episode of 'Who killed Lucy Beale'.  I must say, it was one of the best episodes of Eastenders I have watched in a long time!  :)

OMG! It was Bobby! He killed Lucy! Who would have thought! There hasn't been so much hype in the soaps since 'Who Killed JR' in Dallas. LOL No! It wasn't Bobby on that occasion. ;) 

Congratulations to the entire cast of Eastenders....because I really loved tonights episode. :)  

There was some amazing acting tonight, particularly from actor Adam Woodyatt who plays Ian Beale ..Goodnesss, I can remember him 30yrs ago! ;) Ooo and I see Barbara Windsor has returned to the Queen Vic/Square. Excitement!:)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Aww Such A Cutie ;)

Aww my recent photograph of Bradley :)




















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Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Trip To Stamford

 Here are a few photographs I took during a short visit to Stamford :)
























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Monday, February 16, 2015

Aww So Cute ;)























 Picture Source :)

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"Love Me Like You Do"

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My Wild Imagination. All In A Days Shopping Trip. ;)

My day off work. An afternoon in Stamford: :)

Last Friday I decided to go on a shopping trip to Stamford. I had not been to the Stamford Market in ages. I had a little walk around the town and I took some photographs of the Stamford Meadows. I shall post some of these in the next couple of days (I've not had the time to even look at them yet). :)

The day was a little dull, but it managed to remain nice and dry for me. After walking around the town, I decided to go to The George Hotel for afternoon tea. I parked my car in the hotel carpark so that I didn't have to hurry as there is only limited car parking along Station Road.

Here's an extract from my diary:  I am sitting in my favourite arm chair in the lounge at the George Hotel, Stamford. There is an open fire, the fire is roaring. Every now and again I can hear a crackle. A very nice waiter approaches me and he asks if there is anything he can get for me. I tell him that I would like a menu and a pot of tea to begin with. He very kindly brings me my pot of tea and I browse through the menu. I wipe the drop of water from my brow, as I'd rushed into the hotel earlier and as I was sitting so close to the fire, I felt very hot, very quickly. I remove my coat and I settle down to relax in the chair. The waiter asks me for my name, he calls me Madam. It makes me feel quite important. ;)  The room is cosy. I can hear the crackle of the fire again. It sounds lovely. The room slowly begins to fill with people. I peer out of the window, it looks very dull outside still. The tea is going down a treat. I draw the waiter's attention and I ask him for scones with clotted cream. He is very obliging and he promptly brings me two scones. I look around and I smile at an elderly couple who have just entered the room. I hope they did not see me drop some of my scone onto the floor (it's a huge crumb). Oops-a-daisy!  :)

I look around the room again and somehow I feel as if I know everyone in the room. I could hear them all talking and the room is small enough to listen in to people's conversations. Another lady and a gentleman reluctantly pull themselves off the sofa and as they are about to leave, they both stop to chat with me. They eventually say goodbye. What a pleasant couple. :)The very nice manager walks by and he smiles at me. A group of people walk into the room and they greet another couple sitting in the corner of the room. There are kisses all around. I feel a little left out, as I am sitting on my own, but suddenly a grey haired gentleman walks into the lounge. He is on his own too. I immediately look over at him and my thoughts were, this guy looks a little like Richard Gere. :)  He sits down by the fire, in a single armchair. I peer at him from the corner of my eye. Oh dear! He catches me glancing at him. I blush. He smiles. Eww he caught me looking. What now?!  :)

I continue to read and I glance up again some minutes later. The guy is now reclining on his seat with his eyes closed! He looks extremely relaxed and contented. My imagination starts to run wild. :) Well he did look like Richard Gere for goodness sakes! ;) Oh dear! I can feel the blood rushing to my cheeks. I blush again. Dare I say this, but my vivid imagination starts to really run away with me even more so as i  undress the man. I think I've been reading too much 50 Shades of Grey recently. Anyway, it's not real....it's just my imagination. I had to keep telling myself this.  :) The manager walks by me again and he gives me a knowing smile and a nod. Does he know what I am thinking? I wonder. :)

I suddenly notice it getting dark outside, so I quickly fumble for my car keys. I put my coat on and I pay my bill before I leave. I had a huge smile on my face as I drove home that evening and I had a really super dream on that night too.;)

Yes! All in a days shopping trip to Stamford. I can't wait until the next time.;) :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Crazy In Love (Fifty Shades of Grey REMIX)

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Very Erotic - "50 Shades Of Grey" ;)

Not A Spoiler :)

An adult film

This evening I finally went to watch '50 Shades of Grey'....and If I had listened to some of the critics, I probably wouldn't have gone to watch it! :)

The film starred Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey...and I thoroughly enjoyed the film. :)

The film was very erotic and humorous at times.  I don't have a problem with that. ;)

There is nothing wrong with sex, whatever your desires are, just as long as it is legal and between two consenting adults. :)  Yes! I did say between TWO consenting adults, because I prefer not to share my men. ;)

Oh dear! For the record....we used to have a playroom, however it was a children's playroom! Apart from that, all seemed OK. ;)

I loved the soundtrack for "50 Shades of Grey."  I did find the film very similar to the book and I can't wait for the next installment. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Nellie The Elephant by Toy Dolls

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Trumpety, Trump, Trump, Trump ;o)

Aww how lovely! Mr Donald Trump thinks about the Elephant Man too. ;) Trumpety, Trump, Trump, Trump. ;)

















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A Lovely Evening At The Theatre - Back To The 80's :)

"Bouncers"  
(adult humour)

I have had a fabulous evening at the Key Theatre in Peterborough. :) I went to see the hilarious comedy "Bouncers" with my friend :)

"Bouncers" is a play by John Godber. It stars four brilliantly funny guys: Rob Hudson, Adrian Hood, Frazer Hammill and Chris Hannon. I laughed so much, the tears were literally rolling down my cheeks. I loved it! I've not visited the Key Theatre for quite some time, therefore I was so glad when my friend suggested we go this evening. :)

"Bouncers" told the tale of one night in a Yorkshire disco, back in the 1980's.....my favourite era. :)  I found myself laughing so much because I can remember the 1980's being just like that! ;)

Funniest laugh out loud scene: The rewind, Girls dancing around their handbags, taxi ride home and the toilet scene. :)

I don't think I've laughed that much in ages. A rolling in the aisles performance. How lovely. :)

During the interval, we decided to have a glass of red wine each to warm us up. :)

I had a lovely chat with the gentleman sitting at the side of me and a couple of members of his party. Apparently, the play has been going for a long time. I had no idea.  :)

Bearing in mind I will be going to London to watch 'The Elephant Man' for my Birthday, there was some mention of the Elephant Man.... in the performance this evening. An omen and I don't miss a trick. :)

There was a full house at the theatre this evening and a good night was had by all.  :)


























SmileyRoseFrances x

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey) :)

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Who Is My Partner? :D

I was recently asked who is my partner!

LOL When I'm not on my own....my two daughters are my partners in crime. Just the three of us. ;)

We probably don't see each other all of the time these days because my daughters are now both aduts and we have to share our lives with lots of other folk, but when we are together, it's special. I love them to bits. :)


















SmileyRoseFrances x

"Three Is Family"

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Monday, February 09, 2015

A Lovely Day In Cambridge with Catherine :)

Today I had a super day with my daughter Catheriine.  We both decided to spend the day shopping in Cambridge. We stopped off for a spot of lunch together, before continuing our shopping. It was lovely spending some Mum and daughter time together, as always. :)

We were having such a good day, we thought it would be nice to go to the cinema to end our lovely day together.  We went to see the Disney movie 'Into The Woods' which starred Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Frances de la Tour, James Cordon and Tracey Ullman :)

The film genre was fantasy/musical which was inspired by the Grimm Brothers' fairy tales: Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.

LOL Johnny Depp made a great big bad wolf! Meryl Streep played a powerful witch. She had an amazing singing voice. Emily Blunt, is such a good actress. :)

Not a spoiler :)

Basically, a childless baker and his wife set out to remove a curse put on them by a wicked witch.

LOL the film had sub-titles, so that you could feel free to sing-along. My ex recently told Catherine about a really funny incident re when I first met her dad.  We were sitting and watching a film together and we'd pressed on the sub-title button.  It was a film about General Custer and I couldn't work out who General Hubbab was!!! :D

Catherine and I both loved the film.  In fact, this afternoon, we had the whole screen at the cinema, to ourselves. :D

Hmm I feel like Cinderella....waiting for her Prince Charming, only it wasn't meant to be. ;)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Divorced!

It does annoy me when folk still assume that I am separated from my ex husband and that I still live in my marital home! We are indeed divorced!

When we parted we had a clean break. If both of us date or if we decide to go one step further and have another relationship, we have nothing to feel guilty about. We've both moved on with our lives!

I don't live in the home I shared with ex husband, therefore you can understand how annoying it is when folk assume I am still only separated.

I suppose it is because many folk never actually divorce when they part and they just live separate lives. We chose to divorce. I'm old fashioned. I would not have a relationship with anyone else if I was still married. :)

I have been divorced for almost 10yrs!

I'm happy being single and I think it would take someone very special to ever make me want to go down the marriage path again. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Friday, February 06, 2015

Calling All Brits!

So funny! Someone told me that I should always remember my roots and where I came from (the country I was born in!).  That's all very well, however I left the country I was born in at the tender age of 5 months old! Neither of my parents ever practised the same religion, nor did they speak the same language as the country I was born in, nor did they celebrate any of the same festivals etc as the country I was born in.

Both of my parents only speak the English language and they celebrated all of the christian festivals, as they do in England! Wonders which roots they would like me to remember!

I think you can be born anywhere in the world, but your background and how you percieve yourself, makes a huge difference. Besides, it says I am British on my passport. I may look a little Spanish, but it doesn't mean that I know how to speak Spanish. I've never been to Spain before. :)

I know folk who say they are British, however they have never contributed to the British tax system, as I have!  I also know folk who say they are British, but they can hardly speak a word of English!

So tell me, who is really British? :)
 
SmileyRoseFrances x

Thursday, February 05, 2015

F.R.A.N

The first letters of my full name, is an acronym of my shortened first name ...it is short for Frances, however most folk know me as just Fran.:)

I am indeed a female. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Life Is Precious....







































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World Cancer Day

























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Sunday, February 01, 2015

A Two Part Documentary :)

Our Guy In India 

This evening I watched the first part of a two part documentary, which takes us on a 1,000 mile adventure with Guy Martin.  He is on his way to a motorcycle race in Goa.  He begins his adventure by purchasing a Royal Enfield Bullet 500 motorcycle, which he manages to purchase from a guy called Lali, who is an Indian motorcycle dealer. He purchases it for £135,000 and then he is given a lesson on how to ride it, a few freebies are added and then the bike has a Hindu blessing before he can ride off with it. Can you imagine them doing that here in the UK.;)

He visits India's biggest truck yard. All of the trucks are very glitzy. Apparently, the more brightly coloured they are, the easier it is for them to sell.  He meets with a lady named Shanti who used to work as a tea lady at the truck yard, however she gave that job up so that she could fit tyres and now earns herself about £650 per month! :)

Goodness! Guy Martin then shares his experience of Delhi Belly. :) Eww and then we see the congested and polluted roads....and the bad drivers! Thinks the UK Road traffic officers would have a field time catching the bad drivers in the built up areas of India. ;)

He goes to the top of India's tallest building, a 833ft Imperial skyscraper in Mumbai. I felt dizzy watching. ;)

Thinks there is definitely two classes in India, either you're very poor or you're fairly wealthy. There are two totally different contrasts as Guy Martin finally makes his way to the beautiful and spectacular Himilayan foothills whereby he visits a lovely tea plantation. If that's not enough to tire someone out, he even tries his hand at paragliding.  The views are stunning. :)

I can't wait to watch next week, when he ends up in Goa where the Worlds largest gathering of Royal Enfield's takes place....and the 3 day 'Rider Mania'..... Excitement! :D

Part 2 :)

This evening I watch the 2nd part of 'Our Guy In India.'  As Guy continues his adventurous journey to Goa, he stops off at Mumbai where he goes to the top of a high rise flat in a slightly cronky lift,  where he watches them build.  Not for the faint hearted. It looks a little high up there. ;)

Guy gives the children of Mumbai a lesson in Internal combustion engine pistons. LOL they were very keen to learn.  I'm unsure if I understood it, let alone a child understanding it. ;)

He continues his journey whereby he stops off along the way at a small village, in order to weld his bike stand. It was a bit of a bodge job, but it seemed to work. ;)

He crosses the Arabian sea to Goa. He stops of for the night at Mahad where he watches a bit of cricket.:)

He finally reaches his destination and he arrives in Goa for the Ridermania...whereby all of the riders race their Royal Enfields. Guy's tourer becomes a racer, No 51.  The race eventually begins! Goodness there are riders falling off their bikes. I think it's due to the heat. It's hardly surprising, it's very hot and humid out there!  Guy find himself in the lead! With only 3 laps to go it looks as if Guy is winning.  He wins!  :) He does a Victory lap. :)

He recalls the highlights of his journey.  He is amazed at going to the slums and meeting a gentleman who has very little, but he doesn't want for anything and he appears to be happy with his lot.  The people in general all seem very happy, even those who have so little.

Guy puts his bike in storage for the time being, however he plans on returning to India so that he can ride his bike back to Grimsby. :)

The very best of luck to him. :)

SmileyRose x

A Pinch And A Punch..........:)

A pinch and a punch, it's the first of the month!  Where does come from? I don't  like punching folk!

Where is the year going?  I can't believe we are in february already. :)


SmileyRoseFrances x

Sporting Events In The UK :)

Although I was born in another country,  I am indeed very British and I have always supported the United Kingdom in all of their sporting events.  I mostly support England when they are playing football, or when they are not playing, I support either of the other teams which make up the United Kingdom. :)

I have spent much of my life (from the age of 5 months) residing here in the UK, therefore I think one should support ones countries teams when it comes to supporting the various sporting events.

If I have been out for an evening in the City Centre, when another countries team has played in the Cup Final, I've heard shouting and screaming in the streets of Peterborough, because some other country has won a game of football.  Yet when England have lost and they are out of the cup final, I have heard loud cheers in the streets too! It doesn't make a lot of sense to me, as I live in England and all I seem to hear in recent years, are cheers in the streets whenever England have lost! Where's the support for this country!

I support the country I grew up in.  There are lots of folk who support our benefit system alright, but when it comes to sporting events, they seem to dismiss the United Kingdom for some reason. Someone once told me it was because we have such useless teams and the other countries play much better than us, when it comes to playing a good game of football! :(

It doesn't matter how bad someone has played, surely you should be supporting the United Kingdom if you have made this your home....and not the opposition. :)  If you support another country, shouldn't you be supporting them by living in that country?

For a good number of years I have supported the Chelsea FC, although when I was a young girl I did support Liverpool, particularly when Kevin Keegan used to play.  I was a huge fan of Frank Lampard when he played for Chelsea, he is sadly missed. I also support POSH, the Peterborough football team, because it is the home team. :)

I tend not to go to too many football matches and I prefer to watch it on the TV, however I did travel to Nottingham once to watch West Bromwich Albion play Nottingham Forest. It was when Trevor Francis transferred and he was sold for the first million pounds :)

My brother has always been a huge fan of Tottenham Hotspur, for as long as I can remember. LOL someone has to support them I suppose. ;)  I will admit to supporting them a few times when I was younger. My brother is a huge fan of the game and you can't prise him away from watching the football, he is very knowledgeable when it comes to the game, particularly if it has something to do with Tottenham. :D

LOL some would say the reason my ex and I are now divorced is because he was an 'Up The Gunners' Arsenal supporter. He had his downfalls, I know. :D

When it comes to football, I love watching some of the main matches on the TV, particularly when Chelsea or England are playing. :)

I also love Wimbledon, the Grand Prix and The Grand National. I don't mind the Rugby although I usually just catch up with the highlights. I am not a huge fan of cricket, as my father and brother seem to be, however I have watched it a little and I don't mind watching occasionally. I tend not to watch Golf, however because I used to work at the Burghley Golf Club and I know a number of Golfers, I don't mind the game at all. :)

I will always support the England teams usually :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Indian Summers

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