Monday, July 24, 2017

Operation Dynamo - 'Dunkirk'

I have always said that history is very important. There wouldn't be a today if it wasn't for yesterday and all of those brave people who lost their lives during the WW2 and during 'Operation Dynamo.'

This evening I went to watch the film 'Dunkirk' .....What a fabulous ffim!

The film told the story of true events which took place during the Dunkirk evacuation, code named 'Operation Dynamo' AKA the Miracle of Dunkirk.

The film starred Kenneth Branagh,  Fiennes Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Callan Murphy, Jack Lowden and Mark Ryland.

The film is set in May 1940 when Germany advanced into France and the allied troops were trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk. Troops were slowly evacuated using every navel and civilian vessel that could be found. 333,000 soldiers were safely evacuated.

Spitfire aircraft joined the aerial battle in Dunkirk.

Winston Churchill called the events in France 'A colossal military disaster' saying "the whole root and core and brain of the British Army had been stranded at Dunkirk and seemed about to perish or be captured. In his speech, he hailed the rescue as a " Miracle of Deliverance"

3,500 British soldiers lost their lives.

The film was wonderful. Definitely one to go  and see. :)

P's When I saw the letter LC written on the side of the Spitfire, I immediately though about my daughters Catherine and Lauren.  😀


SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, July 23, 2017

I Can Only Speak English

*Tuts* Asking me to like something I do not understand completely, is asking too much. I have never learnt another language apart from schoolgirl French. I can only speak English fluently. :)

I would never live in another country whereby English was not the main spoken language. I would not expect people to understand me when I am visiting abroad, but I would expect them to be hospitable and helpful, particularly if there is a language barrier during my short visit to their country. I am not planning on permanently living anywhere that does not speak English as the main language, however I can embrace someone else's culture etc during my visit/when I am in their country.

I have lived abroad in Cyprus for 3 years, as a child. I made friends during my stay.  I learnt a little of the Cypriot language, but not enough as I had no plans to live in a non English speaking country. My Father was only based there temporarily with the RAF. I respected the Cyprus people/Cypriots and their culture during my stay. They are indeed such lovely people. I have since visited friends who live there. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wimbledon :(

Oh no! So sorry to see him out! An injury may cause #AndyMurray to take a break after losing a five-set battle to Sam Querry.:

SmileyRoseFrances x

Antarctic Iceberg and Climate Change

The UK needs to urgently tackle climate change after the recent Antarctic iceberg, the size of Wales and four times the size of London, splits from ice shelf.

Scientists say the iceberg would not have an effect on global sea levels as it was already floating on water.

Click Here
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/28/science/what-is-climate-change.html



SmileyRoseFrances x

More Breaking News- GP's To Take Part In A Ballot

Some More Breaking news - GP's are to take part in a ballot later on this year. They are considering stopping the registration of all new patients. About 23,000  GP' s in England are to take part in the ballot. It could see them collectively suspending all new registrations. People moving area/home could be left without a GP.
If all in favour, a second ballot will take place and it will determine if closures will go ahead.

These drastic measures are said to be necessary to defend patient
Safety, morale and health. The increase arose after mounting pressure on the GP Surgeries  re mounting workloads and patients requiring double slots for their appointments, if they do not speak the English language, because they need to allow the extra time for interpreters etc.

In the mean time, GP's in Northern Ireland are carrying out a ballot over whether or not to resign from the NHS and consider charging for appointments.

Click here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4524240/GPs-threaten-stop-taking-new-patients-protest.html


SmileyRoseFrances x

Pig Skin Bra

Apparently, there is a new breast reconstruction procedure called Braxon. It is for women who choose to have reconstruction after having a mastectomy.  The procedure entails a mesh made up of specially treated pig skin, like an internal bra, to hold the silicone implants in place. It helps to give women a more natural look after having a mastectomy. It can be modelled into a natural breast shape and it integrates well inside the human body.

Another medical breakthrough. ☺

SmileyRoseFrances x

Finger Prick Test For Stroke Patients

Some more breaking news. Apparently,  there is a new finger prick test which could help to save a Stroke patient's life by cutting diagnosis time to under 5 minutes. A simple drop of blood entered onto a reader, detects purine levels within minutes. This can help identify an acute brain injury and help to save someones life.

As some of you may already  know, my late Father was a stroke patient. I am so pleased to hear this news. :)


SmileyRoseFrances x

Breaking news:

Breaking news: A meningitis vaccine could help combat sexual disease and protect you from gonorrhoea.

SmileyRoseFrances x

Twister























SmileyRoseFrances x

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Board Games :)

I have just read an article in today's Daily Mail re how families are returning to playing board games and completing jigsaw puzzles. Board games seemed to die down for a while, with more and more youngsters favouring Computer games instead.☺

Personally speaking, I love playing Scrabble, Monopoly and Trivial Persuit,  however as a child I had hours of fun playing card games ie; Patience, Mouse Trap, Connect 4, Twister and Buckeroo. I also loved to play dice games, such as Ludo, Snakes and Ladders and Frustration.  I was very fond of playing Draghts with my cousin, who believed strategy was the only way to win! In more recent years, I have played Who Wants to be a Millionaire with a friend;) .☺

My grandmother was very fond of card games. We spent many hours playing cards together, when I was a child.  There was a fabulous board game I remember, called Carroms. I remember playing it with my Father, uncle and cousins. It was a favourite game. The board game originated from India. :)

When I eventually had children of my own, I encouraged them to play lots of board games too. It didn't do them any harm :)

My thoughts on the subject: I think playing board games are a great way of interacting together, as family. It's fun too. The only disadvantage is losing! Lol I am a bad loser. 😅



SmileyRoseFrances x

Monday, July 10, 2017

An English Accent


There are a lot of folk who can speak the English language, who all live in England, however not everyone has an English accent. ☺

I have an English accent, some people call it RP,  Received Pronunciation, it's the accent of Standard English and it used to be commonly used in mostly the Southern part of England. The English language is the language I was taught as a young child, by both of my parents. I was born in 1961. ☺

There are also regional accents around England. Depending upon where you grow up, you are likely to have a regional accent. This is still typically known as having an English accent. :)

Again, there is also a diifference in accents across the United Kingdom as a whole. You can often tell the difference between the English, Irish, Welsh and Scottish accents.

SmileyRoseFrances x

"The Last Word"

The Last Word

I simply loved this film. A very touching film which stars the brilliant actress #ShirleyMacLaine and #AmandaSeyfried. :)

Spoiler Alert

The film tells the story of a wealthy business lady named Harriet, who hires a young writer, Anne, to write her obituary. Her expectations of having a great obituary written about her soon fade when she learns that not many people actually have a good word to say about her. She trys to reshape her life, with the help of Anne. The two women strike up a strong bond together. Anne encourages Harriet to change her legacy  so that she is remembered and at the same time, Harriet encourages Anne to take a good look at reshaping own future as a writer.

I found the film very touching and funny. ☺

SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Miss you Dad on Father's Day xx

Miss you Dad. The first Father's Day without you. Xx







































SmileyRoseFrances x

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

How Pretty :)

Truly lovely.  A poppy in my Mum's garden #SoPretty

























SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Wonder Woman :)

I have had a lovely day today. I didn't wake too early. It was a typicalazy Sunday. I met with a friend and we went for a lovely walk around Ferry Meadows. We stopped off for a cappuccino.

I later visited my Mum.

This evening I went to the Showcase De Lux Cinema. I love the reclining seats at the cinema. I went to see Wonder Woman, based on the DC comics character of the same name.  The film starred Gal Gabon as Wonder Woman and Chris Pine as Steven.

I loved the film. It was full of action and we'll worth a trip to the cinema to watch. :)















Me doing my Wonder Woman impersonation ;)





















SmileyRoseFrances x

Here's To My Children and Childhood Memories

Goodness! I have so many wonderful childhood memories, however I was once a full-time Mother myself.  I have some great memories of both of my children's childhood, as well as my own.  :)

I cannot believe that as from a couple of weeks ago, I have no more children in full time education. My youngest daughter has just completed University.

Both of my daughters have made me so proud. I am very honoured to be their Mum. I don't know where all of the years have gone, as both of my daughters are now in their 20's. We just need to get Lauren into a job, but after she has some breathing space and time to relax.

#LoveYou

Mummy xx

SmileyRoseFrances x

The Real Monsters!!!



SmileyRoseFrances x

My Thoughts and Prayers Are With London

I am deeply shocked by this mornings news. #DevestatingNewsForLondon #SoSad My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. :(































SmileyRoseFrances x

Saturday, June 03, 2017

A Flower In The Woods

What a pretty wild flower. I saw it as I was walking in the woods yesterday.  :)

























SmileyRoseFrances x

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Thoughts and Prayers Are With Manchester

My thoughts and prayers are with all of  those killed in the bomb attacks last night and to  their families. #Tears #SoSad































SmileyRoseFrances x

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Taj Mahal :)

Here is a place I would ideally love to visit one day. It is the Taj Mahal, meaning Crown of the Palace. It is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. A truly magnificent building. :)


















SmileyRoseFrances x

Salisbury, Wiltshire Used To Be My Home Town :)

Aww my conversation with work colleagues this lunch time, brought back such happy memories of me spending a fortnight in the Salisbury, Wiltshire hospital. It was back in the late 60's/early 70's. I remember sobbing my heart out when I had to leave the hospital because the staff on the children's ward were so lovely to me. One nurse in particular was very kind to me. ☺

It was also the first time a guy, other than my father, ever told me he loved me.;)  Lol I was 7yrs old at the time, having my tonsils removed and this young boy kept holding my hand to reassure me. He looked after me during my entire stay at the hospital. ☺

I have such fond memories of living in Salisbury. My Father was in the RAF and he was based at RAF Old Sarum and Netherhaven. I attended the Fisherton Anger Primary School.  I also attended Saturday School at the Catholic Church. Father Barry used to pick me up every weekend. My school teacher was lovely, her name was Miss Strudwick. She encouraged all of my class mates to write me a little note, which they all put in a huge sack. It was delivered to me at the hospital. I remember reading every one of those notes. My teacher even sent me a copy of the book we had all been reading in class, "The Unicorn.":)

Aww where have all of the years gone? ☺

SmileyRoseFrances ☺

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Well Done Portugal :)

Well done Portugal for winning the Eurovision song contest. The song has such a pretty tune. It was my favourite to win. I love this ballad.  I hope it is released in English. :)

“AMAR PELOS DOIS” ENGLISH LYRICS / TRANSLATION
If one day someone asks about me
Tell them I lived to love you
Before you, I only existed
Tired and with nothing to give

My dear, listen to my prayers
I beg you to return, to want me again
I know that one can’t love alone
Maybe slowly you might learn again

My dear, listen to my prayers
I beg you to return, to want me again
I know that one can’t love alone
Maybe slowly you might learn again

If your heart doesn’t wish to give in
Not to feel passion, not to suffer
Without making plans of what will come after
My heart can love for the both of us


SmileyRoseFrances x

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Miss You Dad x

Today will be a very difficult day for me to get through. The 3rd May would have been my Father's birthday. Thinking of you Dad. x












































SmileyRoseFrances x

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Guardians Of The Galaxy :)

I went to the Showcase De Lux Cinema to watch 'Guardians of the Galaxy - Volume 2' this evening. I really enjoyed watching the film, especially the funny parts. :) It was actioned packed from start to finish. :)

Lol my feet were tapping away to the

I jumped at the chance to go and watch the second installment of this film, this evening.  The film starred Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Kurt Russel,  Silvester Stallone and David Hasslehoff.

 I won't be a complete spoiler, however it is definitely worth a watch.😀





























I first posted this photo of me, a number of years ago. ;)



























SmileyRoseFrances x

Monday, May 01, 2017

Good Luck Darling xxxx

Good luck to my daughter Lauren tomorrow when she will be sitting her final exams. I love you ((((((((((Hugs))))))))))

Love from Mummy xxx









































SmileyRoseFrances x

Are You Good or Clever?

Are you 'good' or 'clever'? A subject Catherine (my daughter) and I were discussing recently.  ;)

Good and Clever

If all the good people were clever,
  And all clever people were good,
The world would be nicer than ever
  We thought that it possibly could.

But somehow 'tis seldom or never
  The two hit it off as they should,
The good are so harsh to the clever,
  The clever, so rude to the good!

So friends, let it be our endeavour
  To make each by each understood;
For few can be good, like the clever,
  Or clever, so well as the good.

by Elizabeth Wordsworth


SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Day Out In Birmingham :)

I had a great day out with friends, in Birmingham. Our day began with a bottle of Prosecco and a croissant on the train #GirlyGiggles 😀

When we arrived in Birmingham we hit the shops straight away, well after heading for the loo first ; ) Shops:  Pandora, Warren James, Primark and New Look to name just a few.

We later stopped off at the Jamie Oliver restaurant for lunch. My lasagne was lovely. Julie and Sally then surprised me with a very early birthday present, It was totally unexpected!! I was lost for words for a change #Tears. They only went and bought me the earrings and the necklace I'd thought of buying for myself (at a later stage), to match the bangle I'd just bought!!!! #ThankYouBoth #SoLovely  #Wicked:)

After a few more hours looking around some more shops, we were all ready to drop! Yes the phrase 'Shop Til You Drop' really did apply. ;)

We decided to catch the train home. Only we'd realized we'd been sitting at the wrong platform and we almost missed our train home!!!! 😀

When we finally boarded the train, there were crowds of football supporters who were blocking the way to our seats (which were paid for). Julie had to push some of the guys just to get us onto the train!!!! On our journey home, at one stage, I thought I was going to faint! It was that bad. Half of the guys had not even purchased a ticket!!!!

We did eventually got to our seats, however we were almost back in Peterborough by this time!!!!!

I met some friendly and nice people today. I loved Birmingham for shopping. It was just a shame about the train journey home.  :)

Thank you to Pete, Sally's other half, for taking us to and picking us up from the train Station #SoVeryKind

I had a fabulous day. Thank you so much ladies.  xxxx  😊😊😊

SmileyRoseFrances x

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rhubarb Crumble :) #Yum

You can't beat some home cooking ;)

One of my work colleages gave me some Rhubarb from her allotment :l















.....and so I made one of my favourites, Rhubarb Crumble, with custard. #Yum  :)








































SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Me! Frances Rose Agnes Napper



























SmileyRoseFrances x

Happy St George's Day Everyone :)









Yes of course I like to remember St Georg's Day.....many of my ancestors were indeed English, hence my English accent.. :)


SmileyRoseFrances x

A Walk Around Orton Hall, Peterborough

It was such a beautiful afternoon yesterday, so friend and I had a little wander around Orton Hall. We actually went to look at price lists for their Spa Days. 😊





















































































































































SmileyRoseFrances x

Monday, April 17, 2017

'Send Our Love To Father'

I simply love this painting. It is called 'Send Our Love to Father' - The Railway Children by Timmy Mallett.


















SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Blessings





















SmileyRoseFrances x

Thinking of You Dad, this Easter Time

Today my daughter Catherine and I went to the Crematorium to pay our respects to my Father, Catherine's  Grandfather.

These are the beautiful flowers from Dad's Family members. #SoLovely








































SmileyRoseFrances x

In My Easter Bonnet









































Easter Parade


































































SmileyRoseFrances x

Easter Blessings


SmileyRoseFrances x

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Thank You!


These past few days have been filled with loved ones.....all of my nearest and dearests.

Thank you to ALL who joined us in celebrating my Father's life. I was overwhelmed by all of those people who joined us at the Church service on Thursday. Xxxxx

It was a very sombre day indeed, however thank you to everyone for making one of the hardest days of my life, so far, a joyous farewell to a man I loved and cherished. It was comforting to know that Dad had a number of friends and family who all came together to say their farewells.  You all helped to ease my sorrows.

Special acknowledgement to: family members Marion and my sister Charmaine, to those at St George's Church, Andrew Woodhouse Funeral directors, Mandy's Flower Shop, the staff at the Crown Hotel Stamford. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you all for your donations to Dementia UK.

Kind regards

SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, April 02, 2017

The first Man I Ever Loved.........

I don't have a partner currently, therefore my Father sometimes provided me with the love, support, comfort and the advice I needed, from a male perspective. But when he is no longer.....:(

Your Father is usually the first man you ever love. Xx

SmileyRoseFrances x

Saturday, April 01, 2017

My Father Had A Career In The RAF. So Proud. Lest We Forget.











When I look at photographs such as the one (below), it always makes me feel so proud. My Father was a retired RAF personnel. He did his full service in the Royal Air Force before retiring in the 1980's. His last posting was RAF North Luffenham.

Growing up as a Scale-E Brat meant that I got to tour with my Father. Some of the countries we resided at were quite exotic.

I loved experiencing the different cultures whist we lived abroad. It was a fine way to grow up.

Some of the places my Father was based at, during his RAF career:

Bedford
Grimsby
Singapore
Penang, Mayasia
Netherhaven, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Episcopi, Cyprus
North Luffenham, Rutland
Leeming, North Yorkshire
Wyton, Cambridgeshire
North Luffenham, Rutland

RIP Dad. 3rd May 1932 - 28th March 2017



https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Air_Force

http://www.raf.mod.uk/history/historyrafatwar.cfm







After my father retired from the Royal Air Force, he went to work for the Bank of England, London.

SmileyRoseFrances x

Friday, March 31, 2017

Thank You to The Outpatients Department

Crying. 😢 Thank you to all of you lovely people from the Outpatients Department at the Peterborough City Hospital, for these beautiful flowers.

When I look at them I will think about Dad and how grateful he was to some of the staff there who have helped him throughout his many years of being an Outpatient at the hospital. Dad not only suffered from Dementia in recent years, he was also a Stroke patient.

I thank you all very kindly, from the bottom of my heart.

with love

SmileyRoseFrances xxxx















































Xxxxxxx