Daily Prompt: Jiffy

Random disjointed thoughts from me today for today’s Daily Prompt word…

For some inexplicable reason it made me think first of an old ad for Jiffy condoms that ran with the not-so-subtle play-on-words strapline, ‘Real men come in a Jiffy’. And then going off on a bit of a tangent I also thought immediately afterwards of the way some men (well around here, anyway) have in the past referred to their infertile friends as being a bit of a ‘Jaffa’ – as in a seedless Jaffa orange…

OK, I’m definitely stopping there before my tangental brain takes me any further off-track! πŸ™‚

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining…


Although my husband and I had hoped to go out locally to try to see the Perseid meteor shower last night, even by 8pm (see above pic) a blanket of cloud cover was coming in – and by 11pm we couldn’t even see the moon never mind any potential meteor shower, so in the end we didn’t venture out after all.

However, our disappointment was mitigated by having spent our evening watching the Athletics World Championships (held only about a mile away in Stratford) live on TV – GB distance runner Mo Farah won a Silver medal in the men’s 5000m, as did the GB women’s 4x100m relay, and to cap it all the GB men’s 4x100m relay won Gold!

So not quite the evening of potential star-gazing we had planned, but I guess it’s true that every cloud has a silver lining – or maybe even two silvers and a gold… πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Organise

I’m actually quite an organised person, in an abstract kind of way. I’m sometimes considered a bit untidy and laissez-faire by some standards, but I generally know where all my stuff is and can usually locate it (whatever ‘it’ is!) pretty quickly, without any difficulty.

My personal filing system consists of a series of multicoloured plastic folders held upright in a plastic filing tub or two. They’re not filed alphabetically but organically, in order of logical accessibility, and with those I use most often to the front. For example I file my leftover Euros and US dollars with my passport, until the next time I need them. But my passport also lives in the same file as my birth certificate, National Insurance card, and National Health card, right at the back.

I know some people who keep everything lined up leaf by leaf in single file with almost military precision from A-Z (without deviation) in a traditional filing cabinet, and I have great respect for such uber-organisation but that level of regimentation is just not for me. To be honest I don’t think it really matters how we choose to file all our important papers, as long as we have a system that (a) works, and (b) works for us – after all, it’s our stuff!

Because I also know other people who may appear neat-freak organised on the surface because everything in their home looks neat and tidy externally, but open their carefully closed drawers or cupboards and myriad papers of all shapes and sizes are just crammed in hap-hazard all over the place in no apparent order – but to me that’s neither tidy nor organised, that’s just creating a burying-your-head-in-the-sand facade that fools no-one, least of all yourself… πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Organise


Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Guess

Apparently tonight from 11pm onwards should bring us our best opportunity to see the Perseid Meteor Shower, weather permitting.Β Apparently it’s something to do with the earth passing through a debris cloud from the Swift-Tuttle comet, which happens every year. And thankfully it does seem from the forecast for later on that weather in our part of the world does indeed permit. Hooray!

However, it has also been suggested that to have the best chance of experiencing the meteor shower, you should find a vantage point out on a wide open space as far away from buildings and trees as possible. Oh, and with not too much light. Bummer – we live in London, surrounded by buildings and/ or trees and where the light pollution is undeniably atrocious. And to cap it all, the moon is pretty bright just now – a 75% waning gibbous, to be exact.

Still, my husband and I have decided provisionally to venture out later tonight onto Wanstead Flats near to where we live, which is the nearest thing to a wide open space we have, and take pot-luck on the light pollution situation. We may see something exciting, or we may see nothing much at all. The odds do seem to be stacked against us, but we can always plan a nice romantic walk together and just see what happens…

Although of course it cannot be denied that the biggest potential barrier of all to us seeing any meteor shower may be less to do with prevailing conditions outside, and more to do with particular conditions inside our flat, namely the level of comfort afforded by our sofa at that time of night. So at the moment, at 6pm, I’d say there’s probably a fifty-fifty chance of me actually getting off my ass and out into the night to view any potential meteor shower.

But how I might be feeling by 11pm, and whether or not we actually make it out of doors as planned, is anybody’s guess… πŸ™‚

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Guess

Share Your World: 7 August 2017

What was the last URL you bookmarked?

The website for a restaurant I’d never been to before, but where we were due to meet up with friends

Do you believe in the afterlife? Reincarnation?

I’m not religious at all, so have no particular affiliation to one set of beliefs over another, but I don’t really like the idea of us just ending abruptly. I love wandering around old cemeteries, I find them really peaceful places, and sometimes I can almost feel energies from the past walking with me and keeping me company. So… hmmm… not sure what the exact answer is to that question…

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing poems, short stories or novels?Β 

Just a blogger not a writer, but it’s poems all the way for me – the framework really challenges me to find exactly the right words to convey what I want to say in as few key words as possible!

What inspired you this week?

A bunch of carnations I bought cheap at our local supermarket – they’ve been pretty much photographed to death, poor things, as anyone who regularly follows this blog will happily testify to… and I’m still not done with them yet πŸ™‚


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Share Your World: 31 July 2017

If you had to have your vision corrected, would you rather glasses or contacts? Or what do you use if you already need to have your vision corrected?

I wear reading glasses (and have done for the past few years), but am noticing my current prescription probably needs tweaking a little bit, so I suppose a visit to the optician is on the cards in the very near future.

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person?

Ah well, that depends! If I’m in an active, tramping around the countryside mood, then I’m a dog person all the way – dogs are the perfect walking companion. But if I’m in a curling up on the sofa with a good book mood, then nothing keeps you company quite like a purring cat curled up next to you. So ideally, I’d have both πŸ™‚

If you were to buy a new house/ apartment what are the top three items on your wish list?

A good sized kitchen diner, more than one bathroom, and a bit of garden all around ❀

What inspired you this past week?

My new marco conversion lens – a new toy to play with!


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Daily Prompt: Tea

Being a Brit through and through I absolutely love nothing better than a good cup of tea. I like it made traditionally with loose leaf in a teapot and served through a tea strainer into a proper cup, or made simply with a self-sufficient tea-bag in a standard mug – I’m really not fussy. But it definitely has to be brewed properly, however it’s made, and I like to drink it with a little milk but no sugar.

I really like blended black teas, but I don’t particularly have a favourite brand – I’ll drink Tetley, Typhoo, PG Tips, or most other generic supermarket brands just as long as they taste of tea. And as well as my daily dose of strong black tea, on occasion I also quite like the fragrant bergamot flavour in Earl Grey tea – I take that with just a splash of milk, too.

And sometimes I drink refreshing herbal infusions (not real tea!) – in particular I like zingy peppermint or lemon and ginger, the soft subtleness of chamomile, and the delicately-brewed floral jasmine tea you get in our local Chinese restaurant (but definitely with no milk in any of these).

I drink strong but milky coffee too at times – mine’s a frothy cafe latte incase you’re wondering – but somehow there’s nothing quite like a nice cup of tea to refresh me, comfort me, warm me up, or just help keep me going when all else around me feels like it’s falling apart… ❀

Daily Prompt: Tea


Who Loves Ya, Baby!

Macho American cop shows in the 1970s made up a huge part of my teenage weekly TV diet – in particular I was quite partial to Telly Savalas as New York’s Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak, with his trademark lollipop forever in his mouth and favourite catch-phrase ‘Who loves ya, baby!’

But of course even streetwise tough-guy-with-a-heart Kojak couldn’t hold a candle to the sublime sexiness of Starsky and Hutch – luckily for me my sister prefered David Soul’s smooth Detective Ken Hutchinson, leaving me free to dream about Paul Michael Glaser’s dark smouldering looks as the slightly-scruffier-of-the-two bit-of-rough, Detective Dave Starsky… sigh! ❀

Daily Prompt: Lollipop

Share Your World: 17 July 2017

What is your favourite cheese?

Cheddar! No… Double Gloucester… um, Wensleydale… or Lancashire… or Edam… and Gouda… and Port Salut… and Brie… and Camembert…Β  Oh, and did I mention Cheddar? I guess I just love cheese, and my favourite is generally whichever one I’m eating at the time… ❀

Are you left or right handed?

I’m right-handed, but my husband is left-handed, as is my brother and his wife, one of my two sons-in-law, and three out of five grandchildren… πŸ™‚

Do you prefer excercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?

I’ve not ever been a gym bunny, but I like to walk a lot, and I like practising yoga (even though I’m not very flexible at all, but I do keep on trying, however badly) and both help still my mind too, so that’s always good. I probably need to exercise both mind and body a lot more though.

Complete this sentence: Hot days are…?

Hot days are Hell.

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