Chai And A Chat #95 #ChaiAndAChat #CoronaDiaries Week 19

Week one of the holidays done, and I hope you’ll be proud of me. I haven’t thought of school once (except checking my email preiodically – as SLT come September, there are some responsibilities I have… but so far, no emails. And buying a couple of new books to read to the kids!)

But I have had a really great week, so if you grab that drink, we can get started.

  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that one of my two main nintentions during this break is to get some major clearing up done. If we are going to find a place and move, we need to get this house on the market pretty sharpish, and that means prettying up a rather full house… Good excuse to declutter, me thinks! So I have so far gone through my DVDs and set a box aside to donate. I think it will be ruthlessness in the wardrobes again next… not a huge progress, considering that was two small shelves, but still, baby steps.
  • If we were having chai I’d excitedly tell you that I came good, very good, on the other intention! I wanted to use time I had in the mornings, before the rest of the family rise, to write, and add words to my WIP, which will be Book Two … and I did! I think it was over 12K that I wrote this week! Phew! I am loving using Scrivener, as it helps to organise the manuscript, and the project tracker is great to help me see what my goal is, and to set a realistic word goal for a day. It looks like I shan’t take twenty years to write the sequel!
  • If we were having chai I’d have to admit to feeding my stationery addiction… I think I added six new notebooks, but they were so pretty, I couldn’t help myself, and a writer never has too many notebooks, isn’t that right?
  • If we were having chai I’d whisper that Lil Man and I have been watching an old 70s classic from British TV, this past week. Mind Your Language is a series following a teacher and his class of adult students all trying to learn English as a Second Language. I used to watch this with my family as a child and we laughed so much, so I though, what the heck? Let’s watch it together now, and reminisce the silliness of those days. Silliness, totally non-PC and a whole lot of stuff that would never get aired nowadays. So many racist slurs and stereotypes – I was shocked, but then, back in the day, it was almost normal, and no one who may have been offended complained. Still, it gave some great fodder for me to disuss with my viewing partner, who found a lot of it extremely funny, but also hard to swallow as a child of the current generation that is so aware of the BLM movement and equality for all races.
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that I have been trying out my lettering, too. I have a couple of projects on the go, but so far I managed these two. And I hope to have a couple more to share next week.
  • If we were having chai I’d confirm that I am still taking my downtime to seriously plough through that TBR list of mine… currently standing at 175 books to read! But I love reading, and it’s not a chore. I’d rather have too many books to read, than not enough.
  • If we were having chai I’d mention that a friend of mine has been experimenting in her parents Indian Sweet shop, and she trialled aa few new dishes, so I popped in to buy some bits to try, and they were delicious! A little naughty, a lot nice, though!
  • If we were having chai I’d share that we may be having a bit of a breakthrough with Lil Princess, and getting her out of her room all day, every day. Since our picnic the week before, we have met with the same friends once more, and she spent at least three afternoons out on her bike. Hallelujah! But she wasn’t impressed that we had to pop in to see her brother playing cricket on Saturday. Still, she managed an hour without too much of a mood! He’s been doing very well, too. After a one to one training session for an hour with a professional Kent Cricketer, and another booked for next week, he was over the moon, and played a great match. They won!

This week seems filled with appointments… Orthodontics, then my Rheumatology one, but that via the phone again, another bike that needs to be taken to the bike shop for a repair. Added to that, I’m booked to do a radio interview recording on Wednesday and a Podcast recording on Sunday, too! And the kids have some Zoom Tutoring sessions booked away for the key subjects, Maths and English…

And the intention is there to carry on with writing for an hour or two every day. If I can write like I did this week, that would be just awesome!

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Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 283 – Busy Doing Nothing

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“Nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.”

Lau Tzo

Thanks for the confirmation, Spidey, that doing nothing is a thing!

Actually, I say busy doing nothing, but it’s not quite true.

The holidays are here, and we have nothing specific planned. That would be better to say.

The way things are, right now, I think it’s better to not have too much planned, incase things take a turn for the worse.

Actually, as I type, the US still has cases in the high figures, and European countries that were convinced they’d kicked Covid-19 to the curb, are now reporting case numbers rising, sparking fears of a second wave.

Here, in the UK there have been few areas where numbers have spiked, causing local lockdown, rather than national. And our dear BoJo has put the brakes on any more loosening of the lockdown for a further two weeks, to curb the chances of the spikes spreading further.

When I said we had no plans, that was a little white lie.

One thing I was desperate to do (if you know me, you’ll already be able to guess what I’m about to type) was to see my parents as soon as it was humanely possible.

After factoring in orthodontic appointments, cricket trainings, and a few others, it was settled that we would go for a couple of days, to see the folks as I haven’t seen them since the New Year.

But now, hearing everything that is happening, I wonder whether that is a wise decision?

Do we go and visit them, satisfy our longing to see and hug them, but possibly put them at risk of the virus, as we will be coming in from somewhere else? Then there is the flipside, do we risk going away, even for a few days, and possibly bring something back this way?

Ideally, we (meaning the kids and I) wanted to go away as there was work that needed doing in the house. If we weren’t around then Hubby Dearest could supervise this work (supposing the builders etc. could do that week) without worrying about us all bouncing off the walls, too.

And while I ponder what to do, I still have other weeks to fill, doing nothing, too.

So, I’m writing.

That’s not nothing, agreed, but it takes a whole lot of nothing time for me to be able to create.

And so I shall, and from this ‘busy doing nothing’ time, may wonderful words be born!

So tell me, what do you do when you’re ‘busy doing nothing’?

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps  And enjoy your week! ❤ 

July 2020 Books #AmReading

Waving goodbye to July…

What book reading pleasure have I managed this month?

Departed: David and Sara (Cliffside Bay…

Departed: David and Sara by Tess Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have managed to work my way through pretty much the whole of the Cliffside Bay series this year, and I was eager to read this last instalment, but at the same time, not so, as it meant that a cast of characters that have become friends, would be wrapping up the story in this book.
I don’t know about anyone else, but with the current COVID-19 climate, I seem to have got a bit addicted to reading books that have endings that aren’t as perfect as I’d usually like, and when I started Tess’s book, I knew there would be ups and downs, then a wonderful, perfect Happily Ever After… and I wasn’t entirely sure I was ready for so much positivity.
But, reading the story of how Sara and David finally fall for each other, I proved myself wrong.
How a will, and a desire to do something good for the world, can make an ‘arrangement’ end up in True Love, was the perfect antidote for the depression that has hit my reading mind.
And I have to admit to a few happy tears at the end, as the story wraps up.
Thank you, Tess, for these wonderful characters, and I do so hope that something may just get resurrected in the future 😉

The Secret of You and Me

The Secret of You and Me by Melissa Lenhard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Form the beginning, I was captured into the story of two women, torn apart as young girls, upon discovery of their forbidden love, and how they cope with being thrown together again eighteen years later.
Nora finds herself back in her hometown after eighteen years of exile, sent away by her father, after she was found in a compromising situation with her best friend Sophie.
Sent off to join the military, Nora comes to terms with her feelings, and her attraction to both men and women, as Sophie is left back home, building her own perfect future.
The twists come hard and fast, as her father dies, and she returns for the funeral, to come face to face with her childhood love, Sophie, who is married to Charlie, who used to be Nora’s boyfriend.
Confused?
It will make sense once you read.
This is a beautifully told story of love reclaimed, and two women finally being able to be themselves, after decades of hiding their true selves. Set in a town filled with strict religious beliefs, and a whole new generation to think about, along with the older people, who see same-sex relationships as the ultimate sin, there are so many layers this story peels through.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Mills And Boon for an ARC, in exchange for my honest opinion.

Releasing on 4th August 2020

Emily, Gone

Emily, Gone by Bette Lee Crosby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first of Bette Lee Crosby’s books that I have read, and I have heard so much about it I was looking forward to getting stuck in.
A rollercoaster of a read is what I would describe it.
Imagine being pregnant, nearing the end of your pregnancy, when you go into labour, only to have the tragedy of a stillbirth?
Now, imagine, you somehow find yourself in a strangers house, and a tiny infant lays there, looking just like your baby should have?
Then, imagine being the parent who wakes after a deep slumber, caused by three sleepless nights, to find your infant gone?
All these things happen in the book, as we explore the emotions that run through the minds of both women, who have motherhood robbed of them, in two deeply tragic ways.
We experience the fear of a woman on the run, and the faith of a woman ever hopeful… With twists and turns to accompany every step of the story.
A well-written story, with loss at the centre, but ringed with hope all the way through.

The Secret Letters

Read as an Arc. Full review in post in Augus

The Secret Letters by Taryn Leigh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rachel is a woman who has worked hard to get where she is now, in her own clinic as a psychiatrist. In a long-standing relationship with Will, her boyfriend, she thinks things are moving slowly, but in the right direction, but at the back of her mind, there are niggles.
Then she is attacked in her own home, by the same man who attempted to rape her as a teenager.
What follows is the story of how she overcomes her fears, sheds the dead weight in her life and finds some amazing new friends, rekindles relationships with family, and finds her forever love, too.
The Secret Letters is a bittersweet romance, covering some serious issues within, including attempted rape, estranged families and unfaithfulness.
Written in an uncomplex way, The Secret Letters is an easy read that can be devoured in a few hours, by young adults, as well as the more grown kind.
There are some fantastic characters in the book. I almost wish there was even more development of some of them, like Mr Lemon. I loved Mr Lemon. Everyone needs a Mr Lemon in their lives!
In fact, there were some places I almost wished that the scenes took a little longer, to explore some of the issues within, or expand upon details, so it didn’t feel rushed.
I was offered a chance to read this book by the author, for an honest review.

Released 9th August, 2020

Soldier's Girl : Love Story of a Para Commando

Soldier’s Girl : Love Story of a Para Commando by Swapnil Pandey
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book but I’m sorry to say I found it so hard to finish.
Poor spelling, sentence structure, going of rails, tense mix ups… I’m not sure where to start.
Poor execution of what could have been an interesting love story.
😢

Soul Waves

Soul Waves by Sylvester L Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A beautiful set of poems and life lessons written by prolific poet, Sylvester Anderson.
This is a book you can pick up and open, to give yourselves a morsel of wisdom, or positivity, whenever you need it!

Dance in the Rain by [Shreya Dutta]

Dance in the Rain by Shreya Dutta
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An emotionally packed anthology of poems.

Down The Tubes

Down The Tubes by Kate Rigby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve had this on my Kindle for a while, now, but only just got round to reading it.
Gut-wrenching is the word I’d use to describe it.
Drug addiction is an awful thing to experience – not the highs – that’s what gets you addicted – but the lows, the cold turkey, the trying to get back on the road to normality, to ‘clean’.
This story explores addiction in a raw, sometimes difficult to read, way. Realistic. Almost too realistic.
We follow the story of a mother and her son. They’re estranged, but their life routes are parallel in so many ways.
She finds the art of being a mother to a baby addictive, but can’t deal with a baby who doesn’t act like he’s supposed to.
He finds solace in his father’s adoration, which takes a sinister turn, that ends up with him running away.
Abuse, substance misuse, deaths, births favouritism… so much discussed.
It was a hard, but very good read.

One Step Behind

One Step Behind by Lauren North
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I was approached to read this arc, I didn’t hesitate, Having been a reader of Lauren North’s previous book, The Perfect Son, despite it being a book not of my usual genre, and really enjoying it, I was more than happy to read this new one, not least because it comes out on my birthday!
Gripped.
That’s what I was, with this book.
Imagine being a busy, A & E doctor, as well as a wife, and mother to two young children, with the horror of a stalker to add to the mix?
That is the life of fear and exhaustion that the main character Jenna is facing.
Every time she goes anywhere, the feeling that she is being watched.
Each time she opens her emails to find threat filled messages.
Whenever she opens the front door. or goes to the garden, the thought that another ‘gift’ may be left.
At least she can keep her family safe in the house… until she finds out he’s been inside.
Then, as she begins to piece together evidence, and works out who this person might be, she ends up having to treat him after he is brought in with life-threatening injuries.
I really enjoyed the book, and every time I thought I’d pieced together the mystery, something else was thrown into the mix to twist the story further.
Recommended read.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Releasing 3rd September, 2020

All About Us

All About Us by Tom Ellen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How many times have you sat back and wondered ‘what if’?
Ben is having a personal crisis. The world and its aunt seems to have their lives all mapped out, from his wife, Daphne, to his old uni mucker, Herv. Everyone has goals and seems intent on getting there. Ben, however, is wallowing in a pool of self-pity. His dream of being a writer, following in the footsteps of his estranged father, seems increasingly unlikely. In fact, he is just not cut out fo this life. He’s no good for is wife, his friend, himself. Better than he walks away now, right, and steps into a relationship that was the ‘could-have-been’ in his life…
All About Us charts a Christmas Carol style tale of visitations into key points in Ben’s past, Could things really have been better if he’d done something different at these times?
It was an enjoyable read, and I especially felt for Ben, with regards to his mother. All those unspoken words, conversations that you wish you’d had when they were alive…
Oh, and, sometimes that old adage, that the grass is greener? It ain’t always true!
Many thanks to NetGalley and HQ Stories for an arc, in exchange for an honest review.

Releasing 15th October, 2020

Atomic Love

Atomic Love by Jennie Fields
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Atomic Love is a literary thriller, based in the ’50s, about a young woman, Rosalind, a scientist, whose livelihood is left in tatters after the bomb in Hiroshima. Having been involved in the Manhatten project, and the development of the Atomic Bomb, she is scarred with the guilt of all those lost lives, and to top it off, she lost her love , who sold her under the river, and disappeared,
A few years later, she is working a simple job in a department store, when he comes back, to rekindle love, or to wreak havoc again?
Enter an FBI agent scarred from his own battles in the war, who needs her help.
What follows is a story filled with emotion and twists, as Rosalind’s life is turned upside down.
Will she turn to her ex-lover, and help him with his troubles, or will she succumb to the feelings that are developing for a certain FBI agent?
This isn’t my usual genre to read, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and found myself willing my eyes to stay awake to finish the book.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Michael Joseph UK for an Arc, in exchange for an honest review.

Releasing 3rd September, 2020

Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You

Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You by Annie Lyons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having thoroughly enjoyed books like Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and seeing that parallels had been drawn, I was intrigued by the blurb, about an octogenarian, Eudora Honeysett, who is contemplating an end of life clinic in Switzerland, to be her final stop on this planet, having no one around to care.
What a fantastic book!
I loved Eudora, the staid eighty-five-year-old, who has her simple days planned out and fancies sorting her end out too, so she doesn’t become a burden upon anyone else, or have to suffer, like her own mother.
But, then along comes Rose, a ten-year-old whirlwind, who enters her life as a new neighbour, and who injects the affection into Eudora’s life. Something she’s been missing.
And I can’t forget Stanley, the fellow octogenarian widower, who craves company but has never quite got the response from Eudora, that he hoped for.
The story flits back to Eudora’s childhood formative years and key points in her past that have shaped her.
It was a heartwarming read, showing that it’s never too late to form meaningful relationships.
I really loved it.
Many thanks to NetGalley. Harper Collins and One More Chapter for an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.

Releasing 17th September, 2020

Second Chance Lane by Nicola Marsh

Second Chance Lane by Nicola Marsh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Second Chance Lane is my second read by author Nicola Marsh and a very different read to the one I read before.
Tash is living her simple life as a single mother to young Teen Isla, in her small backwater village of a hometown. No one knows the details of the father of her child, Isla included, and she plans on keeping it that way.
Until he rocks up at the house next door. Kody Lansdowne is Australia’s Rock Golden Boy. From humble beginnings, he, and his rich band have conquered the world, these past thirteen years, but nothing can prepare him for the news that he is a father. To a teenager.
Jane is fed up of her reputation as the village homewrecker. After years of putting on aa facade, her resolve crumbles, as. she finds it harder to cope with the way she is viewed by the locals, and her mother doesn’t help matters either. Then up rocks Morgan. Nerd from school who she had no time, for, but he’s not so much of a nerd now.
Second Chance Lane is a wonderfully written story, a Rural Second Chance Romance (or two of them in one book!) I enjoyed reading the story and loved the twists and turns. taken to get two couples so obviously right for each other, to realise, and get it on!
Many thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Australia, HQ & MIRA for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


Releasing 7th October, 2020

The Chalet by Catherine Cooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A captivating read!
Set in the French Alps, at a ski resort, The Chalet focuses on a tragedy that occurred in the past and moves fluidly back and forth between then, and the present, to bring the story to its conclusion.
An impromptu break for two brothers and their girlfriends in the late 90s begins well but ends in chaos as an awful tragedy occurs and the story that follows takes us through the minds of several people supposedly not connected, but in reality, they are, entwined with the death of a man, in the most complex ways.
The Chalet is an excellent psychological thriller and a fantastic debut for Catherine Cooper.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Releasing 31st October, 2020

The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thirty-seven-year-old Samira has moved back to Melbourne after years of living her own life in LA, following a painful divorce that left her reeling from the lack of support from her local Indian community.
It didn’t help that she herself was a product of a mixed marriage, with an Indian mother and an American father.
Fast forward over a decade, and she’s back, on the pretext of helping her cousin, Pia, out with her new business.
What she didn’t count on was meeting a young Aussie hunk on pretty much the first night she’s back in town.
It’s not often I come across a novel that leaves me nodding my head in agreement to much of it, but as a British born Indian, I related to a lot of scenarios covered in The Boy Toy.
I wasn’t only nodding my head, but laughing aloud, in parts, as I recalled going through similar events.
The Boy Toy covers some big issues, in an extremely light-hearted way, an easy read, with the chance of being educational to those Westerners who aren’t familiar with the Indian culture, bar eating curry at the local Indian restaurant!
Mixed race relationships and marriage, infertility, pregnancy out of wedlock, and dealing with a verbal disability, a stutter, all feature in this book. Oh, and rather a lot of naughty scenes!
And reading the taster of a Man Ban, and finding out that a certain, rather tasty Doctor from this book is featuring, I am sure I’ll be reading that too!
Many thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for an Arc, in exchange for an honest review.

Releasing 17th November, 2020

Fifteen books… not bad for the last few weeks of term, and a productive reading month, at that!

Which one tickles your fancy?

Chai And A Chat #94 #ChaiAndAChat #CoronaDiaries Week 18

Well, hello all, and welcome to a more relaxed Ritu, this Monday morning!

I’m finally on official school holidays! So, have you got your drink, yet>

  • If we were having chai I’d start with my school update. It was the last week of term, officially, for the children and us, so there was three days of enjoying time with my reduced class, and lots of silliness, as well as a day to try and get the classrooms into some sort of order… More on that, in a moment. It has ben a truly disjointed yeaar for all, staff and pupils, as well as families, because of the pandemic, as we all know, and I feel robbed of the chance to have spent aa full year with my class. There hasn’t been the same closure that we usually have at the end of the year, with hugs and laughter, a few tears, and plenty of fun. I haven’t been able to see them all blossom, as is usually the case in around term 5 of the academic year. The moment we went into lockdown was the cuspy time that many children are starting to ‘get’ things, and are feeling confident in their learning, so this was a true kick to them as well as us. However, as I said, we still had fun with the children who were in, and even though I had no expectation, as usual, they, along with certain colleagues, were so generous with gifts and cards filled with thank yous.
  • If we were having chai I’d need to explain my previous comment about the classrooms. Now, obviously, at the end of any academic year, we have great fun, trying to get all our classrooms cleared out, and prepared for the next aacademic year to start. This year is no different, though, given the fact that we have had less pupils in, some teachers have had a long time to get themselves all ready. There are countless new guidelines in place, in order to welcome the whole school back in, in September, so there has been much movement of furniture, removal of soft furnishings etc. to comply. and my room is no different. Though we are in the early years, and that means that we aren’t required to have children sitting at desks in rows, there is still a lot we needed to change; taking soft toys out, and resources that are not eaasily cleanable, removing dressing up items from the home and role play corner, etc. But for me, aside from making sure all new books were labelled up, and wall displays were sa up to date as I could manage them, I could do nothing. Because the wooden part of the flooring in my room, is being resanded and varnished during the break. The management have made a decision that the whols school building will be shut for three weeks, to allow everyone to have a full break, then we have one and a half more weeks of the break left, so if anyone needs to pop in to finish setting up, they can, before we are officially back. But, my room will be out of action for the first week of that time too, so I effectively have four weeks where I can’t go in, and I now have a pile of furniture in my room that can’t be set, until the flooring is done! It pains me to see my room as I had to leave it, but I hvea three days before we go back officially, to get it sorted… Check it out…
  • If we were having chai I’d let you know that I have a new addiction… T-shirts! I have started buying silly slogan ones, in large sizes, to chill in, and this is my newest, and favourite one!
  • If we were having chai I’d mention that we were due to have a picnic on the Friday, once school was finished, with my Tootie Frootie pals, and their kids, but it ended up being only two of us, and my friend’s sister… still, we had a great catch up. I needed that, and it was wonderful to see Lil Princess interacting with others, for a change.
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you excitedly that another review was left on Amazon for Marriage Unarranged, and it was another lovely one! Always thrills me to see ❤
  • If we were having chai I’d reassure any of you that are waiting for another book, I have managed to start getting words down, and hit 20,000 on book two this week! The hope is that I can carry on over the next four weeks, daily, and get a substantial amount down.
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that I haven’t been eating particulraly healthily this week, because there has been far too much other stuff going on! And it ended with a huge slab of cake on Saturday, as it was my sister-in-law’s birthday. No one can argue thta birthdays require cake, and it would be offensive of me to not eat my portion, would it not?

Absolutely nothing specific planned this week, apart from meeting friends again for a picnic, weather pending, and starting a blitz on the house, trying to rid the rooms of the excess ‘stuff’ that we have accumulated.

Oh, and writing, hopefully! I am aiming to give myself a couple of hours daily, while the kids are still asleep, and get words down! Wish me luck!

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Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 282 – Conversations

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“The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person…”

Andy Rooney

I absolutely love this quote, Spidey! Thank you so much!

Yesterday, I went off to do my weekly shop, mask donned, as is the new necessity now. as I left, the security alarm went off – something had been left with a tag on.

The security guard checked my receipt. “It’s probbaly the steak, or the charger that you’ve bought.” He waved me through the door.

A mature gentleman was passing through with me, and he laughed. “What have you been sneaking out?”

Luckily, I am one of those people with a sense of humour, and I knew the man was joking. So I said, “It’s either my dinner or the lifeblood for my daughter.” (Replacement charger for her phone… would have been a tragedy if I’d forgotten!)

He walked with me for a second, then started chatting about all sorts, from his hatred of modern technology, to his new way of living, in a Motor home, travelling to visit friends and family.

He’s eighty two. I think that’s pretty good going!

Obviously, a conversation with me will never last a couple of minutes, especially if there is someone of an equally taaalkative nature! (Half an hour… my ice creams were not happy with me!)

We went on to discuss the pros and cons of eReaders, vs Books, and I learned that he was an ex police man, turned university lecturer, with his Masters and PHD, specialising in Food.

We waxed lyrical about fast food vs real food.

It was a fascinating conversation, and all the while, I had my mask on. My big worry with masks, was thaat no one would know if I was smiling at them.

He said “I can tell from your eyes, you have a good nature.” I like this guy even more!

We finally parted when I checked my watch and realised how long I had been standing outside the shop, and how I might be late for Lil Man’s cricket match. (I wasn’t. The weather turned so it was cancelled.)

But I had such a lovely chat. And this man, born before the start of WW2, was so pleased to have someone to talk to.

I believe it is so important to take the time to talk to those older than us. They have much to tell us, to share, to teach. They truly are the best classroom in the world.

So tell me, have you had any eye opening conversations with elderly people?

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps  And enjoy your week! ❤ 

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