#SoCS April 14/18 – Mon

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “mon.” Use the letters “mon” in a word, or use it as a word by itself. Have fun!

The first thing that came to mind was Mon ami – which, in French, means my friend.
I wanted to start the post with a Bonjour, Mon ami! Then I realised that I would be referring to only one of you, and there are so many of you, people I consider my friends, my blog-pals, in the Blogosphere! Though I know there will only be one of you sat there, in your own space, reading it at any one time, so I guess I could make it really personal!

Bonjour, Mon ami!

I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday morning/afternoon/evening/night (delete as appropriate!)

You know what? I am dreading Monday…

These past two weeks have been wonderful, what with our little break, and finally finishing my 18-year-old WIP. And I haven’t really thought about school at all, apart from the one day I had to go in to do some preparation.

I almost don’t want to go back, to be honest!

But, it’s got to be done.

The novel isn’t published yet, it’s not a best-seller, made into a hit Hollywood/Bollywood movie, allowing me to retire and write in peace, happily ever after.

Not yet.

But I can dream, you know…

I’m off to celebrate Vaisakhi now, at the local Nagar Kirtan, or parade around the town centre so will catch up soon!

Oh, and in case you were wondering what happened with regards to my passive/aggressive Hubby Dearest, and the apartments complaint, from past week’s SoCS post… We ended up staying in the same place, but left a night early, and got a FULL REFUND! See, it pays to complain (politely) sometimes!




Happy Saturday Peeps!


#SoCS April 7/18 – Passive/Aggressive

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “passive/aggressive.” Use one, use both, bonus points if you start your post with one or the other. Enjoy!

Now, usually, I would have spent ages trying to think how I could start the post with either word, and end with it too… but as I am officially away, and I just wanted to pay lip service to my regular SoCS post, I think I can excuse the need for the bonus points!

I think I have the perfect example of passive/aggressive behaviour from this weekend alone!

We have booked a lovely serviced apartment for a few nights with the kids – a little breakaway.

Hubby Dearest is great at finding reasons for requesting upgrades etc.

This time, he had requested an apartment with a balcony. The one we paid for apparently didn’t have one, so the company offered to upgrade us to a ‘Premier’ apartment, but it was in a slightly different area.

Two bathrooms (always a bonus) and two balconies – and all the mod cons requested. Perfect!

When we got here, it was a little trek from the carpark,  and space was, shall we say, compact. Yes, there were two of everything, but it was all rather small.

He decided to contact them, to mention his disappointment.

It turns out that the reason we didn’t get the originally booked place was because there was actual damage to it. And it sounds like we didn’t even get a like for like swap.. but a downgrade, and all for the same price!

Time for him to get all passive/aggressive.

He’s good at that. Manages to make someone feel obliged to do something with his words, conveying his message in a way that sounds polite, but is actually quite harsh.

Anyway, as we sat at dinner, he was exchanging emails with this guy who then offered to taxi us to a different place (which looks better in the photos) but is in a slightly dodgy area.

So far, the plan is, we sleep on it… take em swimming in the morning and then decide on whether it’s worth moving, or arrange for some discount, and stay where we are…

Let’s see what happens eh!



Happy Saturday Peeps!


#SoCS Mar 17/18 – Buns

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “bun.” Find a word that contains “bun” or use it as a word all by itself. Have fun!

Now Linda, you are quite naughty, giving us a prompt like bun!


I could go all American and talk about the merits of the sweet buns my Hubby Dearest has (it’s just peachy!) and the fact that this past week, I have noticed that my Lil Man has suddenly started filling the back seat of his pants in a similar fashion.

Not a bad bodily trait to have inherited from his father!

In fact, I have been enjoying teasing him a little (I know, cruel mummy, but what can I do?!)  about the fact that his cute lil tushie may just start attracting the attention of the opposite sex, but you know 12 year-old-boys – that is not really on his agenda of things to do just yet!

No, I won’t write about that.

So instead, I’ll go all seasonal.

In case it’s missed your attention anywhere in the world, it is Easter weekend. Celebrating the resurrection of Christ if you are Christian and religious, and celebrating the abundance of chocolate eggs, Cadbury’s Mini Eggs, Cadbury’s Crème Eggs, chocolate bunnies… (you get the gist?) and Hot Cross Buns!

Oooh, those sweet, spiced little-crossed buns of deliciousness!

I know you can get them pretty much any time of year now, but I do associate them with Easter, and traditionally, that is when they were made.

  • Way back in the twelfth century an Anglican monk apparently made them and added the cross in honour of Good Friday.
  • The superstitious English population of the sixteenth century thought they were medicinal, or magical even, so Elizabeth the First limited their production or sale of these sweet buns to funerals, Christmas and the Friday before Easter. Though that didn’t last as people would just make them at home.
  • Did you know the belief was that if you made Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday they would never go stale??
  • People even hung buns freshly baked on Good Friday to the rafters of their houses as they thought they would ward off evil spirits in the coming year.
  • Then there was the rather lovely belief that sharing a Hot Cross Bun with loved ones guaranteed friendship in the coming year!

Now, I could have written a haibun, but a limerick came to mind instead!

There’s nothing quite like the taste
Of butter melted in haste
On a toasted cross bun
That’s hot and just YUM
But too many aren’t good for your waist!

Ritu 2018

Going back to that last belief I mentioned, I’d love to share a virtual Hot Cross Bun with all of you reading, and may our Blog-Pal-Ship last a happy, long time!

Happy Easter Peeps!

Happy Saturday Peeps!


#SoCS Mar 17/18 – Green

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “picture.” Write about, or theme your post on the first picture you see when you sit down to start writing. You don’t need to describe the picture necessarily–you can even put yourself in it if you’re not already there. Enjoy!

Well, the first picture I saw, after reading the prompt and getting ready to write was the header from Linda’s blog!

And I’ve written about snow enough recently! Though we obviously haven’t had enough… did you know here in the UK there is apparently another cold snap coming, after all this wonderful springlike weather that we’ve been experiencing… and, so the weather peeps are saying, there may be snow on the EASTER WEEKEND!



It’s bad enough that we’re losing an hour’s sleep with the clocks springing forward this weekend, but to be thinking we are going to experience more cold next week???? I can’t deal with it!

I am the first to want snow usually… during the winter months, though. And I don’t think it’s too much to ask that there be a white Christmas, but once the season has officially changed, and Spring is meant to have sprung??? No thank you!

We’ve even got frogspawn in our nursery, and the tadpoles have hatched..I’d hate if we had to release them to the cold pond, instead of a warm spring temperature pond!

Right, I am off now to nurse my still aching back and shoulders… flossing (the dance) needs a health warning… you should really warm up before attempting it for any length of time!

giphy (1)

Catch ya later Peeps!

Happy Saturday Peeps!


#SoCS Mar 17/18 – Green

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “green.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!



Gardens awakening

Rosebuds unfurling

Endless green shoots

Ever emerging

Now spring rears its head

I write this in hope, as we had a pretty glorious day yesterday, but the weatherman has predicted another cold snap, and possibly more snow this weekend, eek!

Catch ya later Peeps!

Happy Saturday Peeps!


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