Eight

WordPress informed me on Wednesday that I have been blogging here now for 8 years. It prompted me to go back to my first posts and have a look at what I was doing back then, and who commented on any posts. For a long time my posts had about 2 or 3 comments 😊 . Then I went looking through all the people who comment now, and in the stats there’s the ability to see when someone started following the blog. Of course there are a great many listed as following who I’ve never seen or heard, so Hi…

Sabbatical

This blog is having a little break. I don’t have enough time to do anymore of the curated series, they take a couple of days to put together, and I haven’t been on any outings with the camera this year. Sophie and I had vaguely planned to meet up this weekend, socially distancing of course, but the weather put paid to that. Still, you can find me on https://fragglesotherplace.com/ where I post movie reviews and the odd bits and pieces. I’m doing a photography course which takes up some time and also a while back now I started a project…

Dance

“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful… This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking”Agnes De Mille “Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”Friedrich Nietzsche “In a society that worships love, freedom, and beauty, dance is sacred. It is a prayer for the future, a remembrance of the past and a joyful exclamation of thanks for the present.” Amelia Atwater-Rhodes “One step, two steps, three steps; like winds of time experience joy of centuries, when movements…

Kids

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence”. —Denis Waitley “A person’s a person, no matter how small”. — Dr. Seuss Never have more children than you have car windows. — Erma Bombeck You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going. —P. J. O’Rourke Play is the royal road to childhood happiness and adult brilliance. Joseph Chilton Pearce “You know what the great thing about babies is? They are like little bundles of hope….

Family

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.     — Sigmund Freud “Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.”–Anthony Brandt “Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.”– Lisa Weed “The memories we make with our family are everything.”– Candace Cameron Bure “My children give me the gift of stepping out of the daily ordinariness into the father zone—a place where my innate curiosity, sense of adventure, and love…

Friends

“If you have good friends, no matter how much life is sucking , they can make you laugh.”― P.C. Cast Kristin Cast “Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.” —Oscar Wilde “I don’t know what I would have done so many times in my life if I hadn’t had my girlfriends.”– Reese Witherspoon “When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.”– Maria Shriver “A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.”– Douglas Pagels…

Music

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”― Edward Bulwer Lytton Histories of ages pastUnenlightened shadows cast.Down through all eternityThe crying of humanity.‘Tis then when the Hurdy Gurdy ManComes singing songs of love… —Donovan “Music is the strongest form of magic.”― Marilyn Manson “The most wretched people in the world are those who tell you they like every kind of music ‘except country.”― Chuck Klosterman,  “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”― Lao Tzu “Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed…

Cats

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.”― James Herriot, “Cats strongly believe that everywhere is designed for their comfort!”― Mehmet Murat ildan “The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal – or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be.”― Elizabeth Peters, “The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.” —Jules Renard “I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.”― Rudyard Kipling, Black cat or white cat: If it can catch mice, it’s a good cat —Deng Xiaoping “Having a bunch of cats around is good. If you’re feeling…

Hats

“Wearing a hat is fun; people have a good time when they’re wearing a hat”.    ~ Philip Treacy “And all your future lies beneath your hat”.    ~ John Oldham People, when they buy a hat, they can’t explain why they want to buy it or why they want it, but they do. It’s like chocolate.    ~ Philip Treacy “Whenever you wear your hat, your day will be special.”  ~ Margo Nickel “Personally I would never want to be a member of any group where you either have to wear a hat, or you can’t wear a hat.””~ George Carlin If you’re going to wear a cowboy…