Friday, 17 March 2017

Five On Friday Linkup Post 15 - the last one!

Welcome to Five On Friday!

This is the post for linking your posts to.  My post is the one before this one and will be linked below later today.

I recently announced that from 24th March the host of Five On Friday will be changing.  You can read more about this here.

Tricky and Carly from FAST blog will be the new Five On Friday hosts.  You can find FAST via this new badge.  You can copy the code for your own use.

Thank you to everyone who wished both myself and Tricky all the best with the future of Five On Friday last week, I know that we both really appreciate it.  I was so pleased to see that so many of you started using the new badge right away and that you went to visit Tricky's blog.  Thank you for that!!  I know that we are both very grateful for you doing that.

                   


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So this is the last time that we will all be linking up here each Friday.  Can you believe it.  I don't know how many posts I have written, but it is far far less than all the posts that you have all written.  Thank you all so much for all that you have done and for your love and your participation.  I have written more on my own post, but I want you to know that I am thankful for you all.

Thank you to everyone who has ever taken part in Five On Friday in any way, you have made it great and I am thankful for that!

I hope you have a great weekend, love someone close to you and be just a little kinder than you need to be!

Amy

p.s. remember, next week go to FAST to link up there!

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Five On Friday

Well folks this is the last week that I am hosting Five On Friday.  Can you believe that we have come to this time when it is time for the hosting to be passed over to someone new.  It seems to be odd that it will be the last time that I am hosting the link, it is probably odder for you than me because I have been thinking about this for a lot longer than you and I have other reasons which are making me make this change which mean that I am busy thinking about those things, the new things rather than the older things.

Anyway, time for things to move on it is and that is all good.

I said last week that I had hoped to do a big goodbye and it just didn't happen and it isn't going to happen and that is all good too.  I am learning to be much better with the that is all good point of view.  Just like you my life is a journey and I am always learning and changing and coming to new things and we will all continue along those journeys. 

So I have decided to slip quietly away from Five On Friday this week.  Despite the fact that you might think I am an extrovert - and in many ways I am if I am speaking to total strangers - really inside I am still that very shy child that was too terrified to speak to anyone.  If I think there is any likelihood of ever seeing you again I can clam up pretty well and I much prefer to just slip off than have a bit ta dah, everything is real, but it is me putting my best foot forward rather than the one that I would prefer to hide!  I am not sure if that makes sense, but make of it what you will.

Well, I am well and truly waffling now so I better get to what I want to say.

Thank you to everyone who has ever taken part in Five On Friday by reading a post, writing a post, visiting one or commenting on one.  YOU are the people who have made Five On Friday what it is and YOU are the people who will make Five On Friday what it is going to be in the future.

Despite the urge to slope off quietly and hide - because that is quite strong in me right now - I will still be blogging though - although all recent evidence is to the contrary I realise.  I am just going through a few things right now that need to be dealt with and then I will be back.  In the interests of total honesty I have found that Five On Friday has got me caught up a little and has meant that I have found other blogging difficult, I kept things for Friday or didn't have things to share on Friday so I didn't feel I could share other things and so my blogging has become harder.  Self imposed I realise, but I am releasing myself from that, so hopefully things will be easier when I just go back to random ramblings and try less to be structured about things.

Right, now I really have gone on, for even longer, so to sum up before I get to my five things....

Thank you ALL SO MUCH and know that you are wonderful and appreciated and it has been a blast!  We will carry on differently and it will be great.

I wish Tricky and Carly all of the very best, I will still be taking part, just on a more occasional than every week basis and I know that everyone else will support them and it will be great!  Have fun guys!!!!

Ok, here are my five.

This week I was very lucky to receive a wonderful gift of five Persephone books from a fellow blogger.  How kind hey!

These are the five.









Persephone books all come with a matching bookmark (shown front and back in the last two pictures above) and it was so lovely that all of these books came with theirs.  They tell you a little bit about each book and show some of the design of the end paper for that particular book.

Unfortunately my camera - and the light - were being temperamental, so these photos are not the best, but you will get the gist I am sure.  As and when I read them I will of course review them, but it will be a long time before I get to these.

So, these are my five, my last for now, but as I said I will return after a little more of a break.  I will try and Instagram - link in the sidebar or search lovemademyhome - but if you don't see me around don't worry, but do feel free to check up on me as that little shy part takes over and finds it hard to start the conversation sometimes.

Thank you all for everything.

I hope you have a great weekend, and as always, tell your loved ones that you love them and be just a little kinder than you need to.

Amy

p.s. of course, I am, for the last time, linking with Five On Friday at Love Made My Home - here - and you can find details there for the new linkup hosted by Tricky and Carly too.


Friday, 10 March 2017

Five On Friday Linkup Post 14

Welcome to Five On Friday!

This is the post for linking your posts to.  My post is the one before this one and will be linked below later today.

I recently announced that from 24th March the host of Five On Friday will be changing.  You can read more about this here.

Tricky and Carly from FAST blog will be the new Five On Friday hosts.  You can find FAST via this new badge.  You can copy the code for your own use.

Thank you to everyone who wished both myself and Tricky all the best with the future of Five On Friday last week, I know that we both really appreciate it.  I was so pleased to see that so many of you started using the new badge right away and that you went to visit Tricky's blog.  Thank you for that!!  I know that we are both very grateful for you doing that.

                   


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Please link your post for this week below though and continue to do next week as well.

Thank you to everyone who has ever taken part in Five On Friday in any way, you have made it great and I am thankful for that!

I hope you have a great weekend, love someone close to you and be just a little kinder than you need to be!

Amy

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Five On Friday

Hello everyone!

This week I feel as though I have mostly hidden away and I don't know what I have done.  Then I started making a list and realised that I had done more than I though.  I just haven't kept a note of it or taken any photos to illustrate anything.

Some reading, going to my walking group - which isn't proving to be as chatty or welcoming as I hoped it would be, although I have spoken to some lovely people, but I am finding it hard to "get in" if you know what I mean.  I also had a day at Basildon Park and - finally! - got awarded my 5 year service badge which is funny as I am now into my 7th year there.  Better late than never though.  I also reduced the height of a hedge in our garden.  We went to London to the new Hockney exhibition and spent more time looking at the Turner's than the Hockney's.  I will share more of that in some future Paint Monthly posts.  A visit to the dentists which wasn't fun, a quote to replace our garden fence which was horrifyingly expensive but needs to be done before the fence actually collapses into next doors garden.  A few other things too.

So I guess that I did more than I think, but somehow I still have a list of the things that I haven't done.  Paperwork for the tax man, housework, visiting your five on Friday posts - an epic fail for which I am extremely sorry, updating/making my new bullet journaling that I want to do so that I can keep track of and see what I have actually done, knitting as my sock is still a WIP, writing blog posts, and oh, you know 1000 other things.

That all sounds really depressing doesn't it, but it is how my mind is right now.  I am trying to travel hopefully though and hope that someday I will wake up and realise that I feel and am acting and being normal again without thinking about it.  It will come, right?

As for Five On Friday, well, I had grand plans for some sort of summing up as next week will be my last week of hosting and I know that next week I am really busy so instead Five On Friday might just slide of the radar in a quiet kind of way.  That is OK because it is heading off to pastures new so it doesn't need to worry about where it has been, it is off somewhere new!  Oh, and in case you have missed the changes you can find out more here.  Instead I will just remind you that next week is the last time I will be hosting and from the week after Tricky and Carly will be taking over as the new hosts.

For Five On Friday, because I have to have five things and because I have been looking back through my photos thinking that I need to do something with them, here are five random shots that I just like!






Thank you friends for bearing with me, I hope you have a great weekend, that you get to do fun things and that all is good in your life.  Love someone close to you and remember, be just a little kinder than you need to be!

Amy

Friday, 3 March 2017

Five On Friday Linkup Post 13

Welcome to Five On Friday!

This is the post for linking your posts to.  My post is the one before this one and will be linked below later today.

Last week I announced that from 24th March the host of Five On Friday will be changing.  You can read more about this here.

Tricky and Carly from FAST blog will be the new Five On Friday hosts.  You can find FAST via this new badge.  You can copy the code for your own use.

Thank you to everyone who wished both myself and Tricky all the best with the future of Five On Friday last week, I know that we both really appreciate it.  I was so pleased to see that so many of you started using the new badge right away and that you went to visit Tricky's blog.  Thank you for that!!  I know that we are both very grateful for you doing that.

                   


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Please link your post for this week below though and continue to do so until the 24th of March.

Thank you to everyone who has ever taken part in Five On Friday in any way, you have made it great and I am thankful for that!

I hope you have a great weekend, love someone close to you and be just a little kinder than you need to be!

Amy

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Five On Friday

Hello everyone

First of all I want to say a great big thank you to everyone for all of the kind things you said last week about Five On Friday and the changes that are afoot.  If you don't know already, from 24th March there will be a new host.  Tricky from FAST blog will be taking over.  You can find out more here.

Thank you for your kindness it really means so much to me.  Thank you for saying lovely things and for understanding that I need to make changes and move on with life.  I have some more to say about that below and will have more to say in the future I am sure, but I can say already that I feel more energised to move on with my life and in particular with my blogging.  I think that I will feel freer to do different things in future which will be great.

I am sorry that I seemed to be late reading your posts last week.  In fact I read them twice as I did a quick read when you first linked up, but I wanted to wait until all of the submissions had happened before I visited and left you all a comment, so if you haven't seen my message it is now there!  This week I am also going to be late visiting and commenting because we have a busy weekend planned with some private things so I will be around on Tuesday I expect.

One of the things I have struggled with his when I have weekends like this and trying to juggle Five On Friday so I have to say that I am glad that I will be freer in the future to blog in a way that will fit more easily around my family life.

All of that to say thank you for your loveliness, understanding and best of all for so many of you going and visiting Tricky's blog.  I saw that he had a lot of comments which really made my heart sing!  FAST is a great blog and I know that you will enjoy it and to see you going over there really makes me happy.  One of the things that I love most and try hardest to promote in life and especially in blogging is sharing and kindness and your visits to Tricky showed that you feel the same and that is just wonderful!

I also wanted to say that I am sorry that I appear to have been missing from commenting on your blogs lately.  I have been reading, but yes, I have been absent from the comments.  Although the aftermath of the funeral and everything has happened and the paperwork is now under control somehow Hubby and I are feeling that we need more time with each other now.  I think it is only as things settle more than you become more aware of the reality.  So I am taking some time in the evenings to be more with Hubby than my computer as we need to do that.  I will be back and gradually blogging and commenting will increase.  I had two posts scheduled for this week some time ago and then added another yesterday on a whim, but I am taking a bit of a general blog break too, but as I get back into the swing of things I will return and writing and sharing will increase once again.  All in good time as many of you have said to me and are well aware yourselves.

Anyway, enough wittering!!  I said in the post I wrote yesterday that I am thinking more about my writing style and one of those thoughts is to try and be more succinct and so far this post is far from succinct!

One

Spring bulbs.  Just look at the array of things coming up in our garden.  Snowdrops and miniature - and some not so miniature - daffodils and crocuses.  The pictures say it all, aren't they beautiful!.










Oh, and yes, in the next picture.  Masses and masses of moss.  We did no gardening for the second half of last year.  This is the result!  Once the snowdrops finish in late May we will be attacking the moss with the scarifer and rake, although it will always be here because of the shady conditions.  So we tolerate it and then clear it and go round and round!


Two

Other spring flowers.  Primulas and hellebores as well as other things growing and sprouting.  The rhubarb is making an appearance too which is always welcome.







Three

Crafty things.  Those of you on Instagram will have already seen my bunny sock blockers more than once, but really, you cannot show anything this cute too often can you.  Oh, and my first ever pair of knitted socks......



I am also participating in the Scheepjes Hygge CAL, it is great fun, although slightly challenging.  I am not finished with this weeks yet, but I will also share that on Instagram and more here as I make progress.  In case you are wondering, yes, the bits that look like cross stitch are cross stitch.  That is what the challenge is!


Four

Weather.  Although the weather has been great at times this week, it is still very cold and it has also been very wet.  Earlier in the week we had a torrential downpour with a lot of hail in it.  You can see just how much hail gathered in the nooks and crannies.




Five

Walking.  I have been for another walk with the group I found.  We went all through the woods this time and the weather was glorious.  I am keeping my blogger credentials under my hat for now, so I haven't taken my camera, but when we stopped for a break halfway round I snapped these photos on my phone.  The blue sky hasn't really come out, but it was beautiful, even if it was freezing cold!




Thank you for your visit today.  I hope that you have a great weekend.  Love your loved ones and be just a little kinder thank you need to be.

Amy

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Reading my books - Memoirs of an Infantry Officer

Today, the second of March, is World Book Day so it seems appropriate to have a book review today.

I don't remember World Book Day when I was a child, I will have to look back and see when it started.  I just went and looked, it started in 1995, so no, it wasn't around when I was a child!!!  I think it is great idea and a great way to get children reading for pleasure.  In fact to get anyone reading for pleasure.  I am a great advocate of just reading, something, anything.  It doesn't have to be the highest greatest literature.  Surely it is better to read something than nothing at all.

My latest finish - which I confess I still have about 10 pages to finish but I will finish it today - is Memoirs of an Infantry Officer by Siegfried Sassoon.  Sassoon is a famous for his World War 1 writings.  He wrote poetry and prose and was an officer in the army during the war.  This book is part of a series called the Sherston Trilogy and this is the middle book.  I haven't read the other two.



This book focuses on the period from spring 1916 to summer 1917 during Sassoon's period at the Somme and then being injured and sent back to England.  It tells small tales of everyday life.  Some of which are truly horrifying and others which are those little amusing anecdotes of life, such as Sassoon purchasing a whole salmon in England and then taking it back to the trenches with him...  Can you imagine.

The book is actually written as a fiction with the main character being a man called George Sherston.  However, the facts are all real, the only things that are not are the names of the characters.  This is borne out by the fact that in later life Sassoon wrote his own account of his life and events mirrored those in the Sherston Trilogy.

In a way I felt that the book was rather akin to a blog.  Sassoon simply writes, this happened today and then this happened and then this, which is the way many of us bloggers write our own records or memoirs of life isn't it. 

The book was written quite simply with just the facts and details of life being shared, no opinion, no embellishment, just a tale of life and death as it was happening.

I found the book hard going I have to say.  This was for two reasons, one the subject matter, two the style of writing.  The subject was of course very hard to read about.  Although Sassoon is almost blasé about what is happening and simply records the facts, the facts are of course horrifying and terribly upsetting to read about so I could only take so much of that at one time.  Additionally, sometimes the writing, although of course very good, seemed to go on rather.  It made me think about my own writing and how I need to work on my style more.

So this brings me round to what did I think and what will be happening to the book next.  Well, I cannot honestly say that I enjoyed this book, but, I don't think it is a book to be enjoyed.  It is a book to learn from to experience what real life was like during that time period and looking at it from that standpoint it was a good read because I certainly learned a lot.  I will not be reading this book again and I will be returning this copy to the person who gave it to me because they said they would like to have it back again if I don't wish to keep it.  So back it goes which is a good thing.

You can find all of my other book reviews here or by clicking Reading My Books at the top right of the sidebar.

I hope that whatever you are reading today on World Book Day that it is a good book, that you enjoy it or learn something from it, or just enjoy sitting with a book.  Don't worry about whether it is great literature or not, just get reading!

Happy World Book Day!

Amy

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Paint Monthly

I am delighted to be able to join back in this month with Barbara who hosts Paint Monthly.  It has been a while, but once again I am organised, I am also organised for next month too!  You can find the other posts here at Coastal Ripples.  Thank you for hosting Barbara.

So, what do I have to share with you this month.

I love to be able to share the paintings that we have at Basildon Park, so my next two choices are both paintings which reside there.  This month it is a picture of King Charles II painted by Sir Peter Lely.  Sorry the picture is a little grainy, the light has not been good!


Lely lived from 1618 to 1680.  We don't know the date the picture was painted, but it is thought that it is mid 17th Century.  King Charles II lived from 1630 to 1685, and the painting shows him in his ceremonial armour with his crown beside him.

The reason the painting has come to Basildon Park is an interesting one, and it is this aspect of the picture that I wanted to share with you.

King Charles daughter, Lady Charlotte Fitzroy, married Sir Henry Lee of Ditchfield, he went on to become 1st Earl Litchfield after being given the honour by King Charles II.  Their descendant Lady Charlotte Lee married Henry, 11th Viscount Dillon in 1744.

Many years later, Lady Iliffe's sister Irene married Michael 20th Viscount Dillon.  Lord and Lady Edward Langton Iliffe were the last owners of Basildon Park.  The Dillon family lost their family home Ditchley Park many years before the marriage between Irene and Michael, so they had many items of furniture and paintings etc to find homes for.  They decided therefore to loan a number of paintings and some furniture to Lord and Lady Iliffe to furnish a room at Basildon Park, and they continue to loan these items to the National Trust.

So, in a roundabout way Basildon Park is now able to display these paintings and a bed.  These are all housed in a bedroom and when Irene and Michael came to say they used this bedroom!

It is quite a tale to try and get your head around, but it means that we have some lovely paintings on display and they tell more of the Iliffe family story and that of their extended family.

I find it so interesting that a painting can tell us so much not only about the picture itself, but the journey that it has been on.

I wonder if you have any pictures that have been on long journeys like this one?  Do share if you have.

Amy