#SoCS May 27/17 – Smell

Linda’s #SoCS prompt this week.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “smell.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

The moment I read the prompt, I knew exactly what I was to write about today!


Oh man, what a smell!

This week we have been blessed with beautiful weather, finally!

It has been a pleasure to get the children from my class out into the playground, and not having to battle through getting the correct coats on, woolly hats set on heads, gloves on (Yes, seriously it’s been pretty cold here recently!).

Instead of layers, we have to remember their sun-hats and make sure the correct sunglasses are perched upon the correct noses. (Yes, every three and four-year-olds are fashion conscious that they need their sunnies!)

However… (you must have known there would be a ‘however’!) … some kind neighbour of the school has obviously thought to make the most of the glorious days, to do some gardening, in particular, spreading some kind of manure… proper cow poo styleeee… around their flower beds.

It wouldn’t be so bad, but for the last three days, every once in a while we get a whiff of being down at the farm! And today was even worse as though we had a beautiful breeze blowing, making the heat manageable, it also brought with it waves of dung odour!


And even better than that, yesterday we were having our class Teddy Bears Picnic! (x 2 as I have a morning class and an afternoon class!) Somehow the kids were oblivious, munching away on their food, but as we served them, the urge to heave was so strong, because of the smell of manure!

Seriously! What were they thinking?!

It stinks! And I can’t see it getting better with this heat! Thank goodness we are on our half term holidays now for a week!!!!!

Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you so much to Sreepriya for thinking of me for the Sunshine Blog award! I am most touched! Having already received this tag, I am reblogging her post, please do visit her Webspace!

Sreepriya Menon


Dear Bloggers

It is indeed a great pleasure for me to accept the nomination for the Sunshine Blogger award. Thank you so much Thinkandactblog  for nominating for the same and apologies for taking os long to post the details of the award nomination.  Click here to visit the blog .

Thank you again for all other bloggers who keep supporting me every day.

Let me start on with the rules of the blog :

  • Thank the person that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  • Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  • List the rules and display the award.

here are the answers to the questions asked by Thinkandactblog to me as a nominee

  1. How will you define yourself in one word?  – Optimistic
  2. Your favorite animal & why? – Cat , because they…

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Ritu’s Healthy Eating – Week 42 #icandothis

Another week, another load of lovely food, and a good few naughty treats too!

The weekly weigh-in showed… Oops! A gain of 1.5lb! But no worries, I am still under my self imposed target of 9 and a half stone!

And I am happy to say that, though my shoulder is hurting after it, I managed to get back to my bhangra class for the first time since my accident!!! I hope that a few weeks of dancing will help kick-start the next phase of my health kick, to include a little more exercise!

Until next week Peeps!


Meet the ABBA Committee! #BloggersBash

On June 10th, 2017, there will be a gathering of kindred spirits in London, at an event called the Annual Bloggers Bash. (And unless you haven’t been reading my posts, you know there are the Awards too!) Now, organising and hosting such an event is no mean feat, as I am sure you can all imagine!

#BloggersBash #London #bloggers #blogs

Two years ago, an idea was born in the crazy mind of our beloved host, Sacha Black, and a small meeting was set up, with a handful of awards given out over a meal.

It went so well that the second Bash was organised for last June. I had been unable to attend the first one but the second one, well, I was there with bells on! It was a true ball, and meeting bloggers, and my blogily, was one of the best days ever, seriously!

This year the bash is coming back, bigger and better than ever! There are more awards, more guest speakers, and there will be MORE BLOGGERS!!

But, as I said earlier, it isn’t easy to organise this kind of thing and Sacha enlisted a group of fellow bloggers, passionate about the Bash, to become her henchmen, slaves, Committee!

I thought it would be a great thing to introduce you all to them, with a set of three little questions that I asked them!

First off, we have our host, Sacha Black. Also described as Boss and Chief organiser! Sacha is a bit of a hard task master when it comes to getting things organised, but she is just as hard on herself, setting deadlines for her upcoming book release and forthcoming work! Post-its are her greatest friend! She hosts a great weekly fiction challenge, #Writespiration, in which she sets a prompt, but even crueller, she has set a 52-word limit on for the whole of this year’s pieces!

1) If you could be any book character… who would it be?
One character is HARD. I like Regina The Evil Queen from Once Upon A Time but that’s a TV show. I also luuuuuurve Deadpool’s sense of humour, but his face is mangled and I’m a bit too vain for that. I’m guessing saying Eden East, my own protagonist is cheating?! So…… ummmmm…. I might have to be a cliche and say Hermione Granger ! (No worries, Sacha, I do love a cliche!!)
2) If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life… what would it be?
If I could eat one thing and not get fat it would be chocolate. But if I’d get fat then I’d have to say raw veg salad. NOM. (So funny how both my ladies felt the food question needed to be answered first lol!)
3) What is blogging to you?
Blogging is freedom, support, creativity and rebellion. I started blogging under a pen name so I could say whatever the chuff I wanted. I was fed up of being muzzled by corporate life and I needed an outlet. It wasn’t till I had that freedom that I really realised what it meant to me and how much I NEEDED it. Over the years, I’ve come to realise that ‘Sacha’ and the blog is more representative of the real me than anything else in my life. What is blogging? It’s the lifeline that’s given me myself back again and because of that, I’ve made some of the closest friends I’ve ever had. Blogging is EVERYTHING. (Amazing answer! I totally get that feeling!!!!)

Next, comes Geoff Le Pard, affectionately known to me as His Geoffleship! Chief scout, venue finder and legal representative if anyone ends up arrested. What can I say other than I just love His Geoffleship! His humour is brilliant, his books are great to read, and his posts are an eclectic mix of creativity travel and memories. So wonderful!


1) If you could be any book character… who would it be?
This is tricky; part of me says Tintin but he’s a bit too good to be true and I like the odd flaw; another part says Rebus, the Scottish detective as he’s full of flaws but he’s really far too brave for me; and on the basis it should be someone who is rather hapless, always bounces back and manages to survive and smile Adrian Mole would appear to be appropriate. But, nah, let’s go with my real hero. Paddington. (Strangely, or not, I can see you as pretty much all of those characters, His Geoffleship!!)
2) If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life… what would it be?
Tricky, damned tricky this; given my fav meal is baked potato cheese and beans I’d say that if we were allowed a meal but since it is one thing only and I’m taking eat to mean drink as well, then a good cup of tea. (Spoken like a true Brit! And I have to agree because is Indians are the same with our tea… Though I may miss chocolate too much too!)
3) What is blogging to you?
Storytelling; humour; friendship; beauty in all its forms; unreasoning optimism and the inevitability that one day, via blogging the world will see me as a fabulously talented author (actually that falls into the unreasoning optimism category). (Another great answer! And His Geoffleship, why not be optimistic! You know for one, I think you are a great writer!)

Then we have the lovely Ali Isaac, described as the general genius and creative consultant. I also believe she restores a whole lotta calm on the proceedings when ‘organisation’ is happening! Writing about Irish mythology and an author, and in the midst of a degree too! Super Woman!


1) If you could be any book character… who would it be?
Probably Frodo Baggins, or maybe Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games! 😁
2) If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life… what would it be?
Chocolate (I like this answer! A woman after my own heart… Malteasers, anyone?)
3) What is blogging to you?
Connections! I’ve met so many lovely people through blogging, some who are bloggers, and writers, and others who are not, but share the same interests. Blogging has really opened my eyes and made me see the world differently. 😊 (Oh I totally agree, Ali!)

And last… but by no means least… Hugh Roberts, who I call Huggable Hugh! Chief Entertainer, and official Bash Hugger!!! Hug found his niche after starting blogging and suffering from dyslexia. All I know is there is no hint of dyslexia in his posts and writing, just a whole lot of strange fiction, plenty of music and some great hints and tips for bloggers too! Hugh also published a fantastic volume of short stories last year… Glimpses, highly recommended!!!


1) If you could be any book character… who would it be?
I’d be the Time Traveller in H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. It was the movie rather than the book that I saw first. From the moment I saw what was happening, I became fascinated by the thought about travelling through time. (There are many times I’d love to travel to… great choice!)
2) If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life… what would it be?
2. Pasta – Can’t live without the stuff. I’d have to have a sauce to go with it, my favourite being a tomato and basil sauce(Pasta… Mmmmm! Chocolate, tea, pasta…?I don’t think I cold choose just one…)
3) What is blogging to you?
For me, blogging is all about the community. If you don’t have a blogging community or belong to any, then it’s going to be a very lonely journey. As in life, in blogging, you need people, not just to read your posts but to comment and interact with. (Such a true thought Hugh!)

And there we have it, our committee for what will be an awesome bash!!!!!

And while we’re at it, have you voted?
My Lil Ol’ Blog has been nominated for Best Overall Blog!
Apologies in advance if you have already voted, but if you haven’t, your vote counts for a lot! Whether it is for me or one of my friends, please head over to Sacha’s post here to click your choice!
The deadline is 2nd June so please, vote soon!
If you’re looking to attend, the Bash is in London on Saturday 10th June and you can get your tickets here!
Find out more about the Bash here!
Thanking you in advance for your support Peeps!!!

Thursday photo prompt: Derelict #writephoto

Sue’s #WritePhoto prompt this week.

“Full of potential, so it says. Rustic.  Close to nature.  Compact.  Minimalistic in a traditional way. That’s what the message says.”
John read back the details that the estate agent had sent him. Then looked up at the property.
Now he knew why the guy hadn’t sent a photo. He should have waited a few more days, but Lucy was obsessed with them getting this ‘country weekend home’ sooner rather than later and she was convinced that any properties worth having were snapped up straight away
“Potentially full of damp. Rusty. Nature’s taken over. Shoebox. No plumbing or amenities. That’s what it should have read! Seriously Lucy, let’s just get back in the car and head back. It’s not even wor-“ He stopped.
Oh dear God, he knew that look. Lucy was staring at the ramshackle cottage with a look of pure love.
“Oh Johnny, it’s perfect! Think of what we could do to this place!” She turned to give him the puppy dog eyes… and he had never been able to resist that look…
He felt his wallet lighten with every step towards the building…


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