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Hello dear readers,

Pumpkin

not just a pumpkin!

Here we are almost at the witching hour of Halloween (ok, so for some of us the witching hour has already come and gone and it is now 1st November……whatever!!! 🙂 🙂   Wherever you are I hope you joined in the fun and got some real great treats.

As for us here in the UK and for our Americans cousins on the other side of the water, midnight is on the way and our trick or treating is yet to come.

And as it approaches do you ever stop to wonder about the what, why or how of Halloween.   Personally I love the idea, I also love the US of A for introducing us to the idea.   Any excuse for a bit of fun is good with me 🙂

I decided to do a bit of research this year, not having stopped to answer the above questions myself in the past and this is what I found:

Wikipedia:

Halloween (also spelled Hallowe’en) is an annual holiday celebrated on October 31.    It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints.    It is largely a secular celebration but some have expressed strong feelings about perceived religious overtones.

The colours black and orange have become associated with the celebrations, perhaps because of the darkness of night and the colour of fire or of pumpkins, and maybe because of the vivid contrast this presents for merchandising. Another association is with the jack-o’-lantern (named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called ignis fatuus or jack-o’-lantern).   Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, ghost tours, bonfires, visiting haunted attractions, pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.”

I am totally into things that go bump in the night, scary movies, ghost stories, haunted castles, being scared witless and having fun watching other people being scared witless;  so this type of event is right up my alley.

I was watching ‘Autumn Watch‘ on BBC2 last night and they showed Simon in Abney-Park Hackney Cemetery wandering about at night, which is so cool.  Abney-Park became the first non-denominational Victorian Cemetery.

so if you are into being scared witless, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night 🙂 why not venture into your local cemetery tonight, the UK certainly has plenty of really ancient graveyards that should fulfil your wildest nightmares 🙂 then drop by later and leave us a comment on what you got up to!

My thanks to our American cousins for introducing us to this marvellous event.   HAPPY HALLOWEEN

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Living with your car: top tips for safe night driving

 

Stock up on carrots or hang up your car keys until springtime. 🙂

Neither of these options are very useful, the simple fact being that if you want to get around at this time of year you’re going to have to get used to driving in the dark. For some that’s a terrifying prospect, but keep in mind a few simple rules and driving when it’s dark should be no more difficult than driving in daylight.

Check your lights

Drive within the speed limits

Don’t strain your eyes

Plan ahead and get some sleep (if driving long distance especially)

Be alert

Set an example – be seen

Get your eyes checked

for more on Yahoo’s top tips for driving at night, go to

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A LESSON WELL LEARNED

“I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree. The last class I had to take was Sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with. Her last project of the term was called ‘Smile.’

The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions. I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway, so, I thought, this would be a piece of cake, literally.

Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald’s one crisp March morning. It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son. We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did.

I did not move an inch…an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved.

As I turned around I smelled a horrible ‘dirty body’ smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men. As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was ‘smiling’. His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God’s Light as he searched for acceptance. He said, “Good day” as he counted the few coins he had been clutching. The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally deficient and the blue eyed gentleman was his salvation.

I held my tears as I stood there with them. The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted. He said, “Coffee is all Miss” because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm-up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).
Then I really felt it – the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes. That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action. I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray. I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot.
I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue eyed gentleman’s cold hand. He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, “Thank you.” I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, “I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope.” I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son.
When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, “That is why God gave you to me, Honey. To give me hope.”
We held hands for a moment and at that time we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give. We are not churchgoers, but we are believers.
That day showed me the pure Light of God’s sweet love.
I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand. I turned in “my project” and the instructor read it. Then she looked up at me and said, “Can I share this?”
I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class. She began to read and that is when I knew that we, as human beings and being part of God, share this need to heal people and be healed.
In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald’s, my husband, son, instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student. I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:

UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE.

Author Unknown
as read on and borrowed from Knowledge is King.

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Mobile phones could cause four different kinds of cancer, according to a survey.  The World Health Organisation research says there is a “significantly increased risk” of people developing 3 different types of brain tumour and one of salivary gland.  News of the findings, to be published within the next 2 months, has led to calls for mobiles to carry health warnings.

as read in the London Lite 26.10.09

Who is WHO?

According to Wikipedia:

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that acts as a coordinating authority on international public health. Established on 7 April 1948, and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the agency inherited the mandate and resources of its predecessor, the Health Organization, which had been an agency of the League of Nations.

Of course after reading this brief article, being a mobile phone user myself I decided to invesigate and this is what I found on the WHO site.

So it would seem that the debate is still open. However the effects of radiation are constantly in the media spotlight and after digging around on the WHO website I found this article.

It makes for interesting reading, especially that of course, we are exposed to radiation and electromagnetic fields on a daily basis in the form of our day to day household equipment.  So should we ditch the lot and go back to candles and fire?

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Young people have named Stonehenge as their favourite British landmark, according to a survey.  The megalithic World Heritage Site took top spot, followed by Hadrian’s Wall, in the Travelodge poll of eight- to 15- year olds – ahead of Buckingham Palace and the London Eye.

Other landmarks in the top 10 included Edinburgh Castle in 4th place, and the Tower of London in 6th.

as read in the London Lite 26.10.09

Sunshine over Stonehenge

Sunshine over Stonehenge

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read in the London Lite 26.10.09

Work Twitterers cost us £325m

Firms including some City banks are banning employees from accessing Twitter.

It follows a survey by IT firm Morse, which found that the social networking website costs businesses in the capital almost £325m a year in lost productivity.

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When an egg is broken from the outside, a life ends…….

When an egg is broken from within, a life begins!

Always let the great things in your life begin from within.

Anon

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BIRTH ORDER OF CHILDREN
1st baby:
You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your doctor confirms your pregnancy.
2nd baby:
You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.    
3rd baby:
Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.


Preparing for the Birth:
1st baby:
You practice your breathing religiously.
2nd baby:
You don’t bother because you remember that last time breathing didn’t do a thing.
3rd baby:
You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.


The Layette:
1st baby:
You pre-wash newborn’s clothes, color coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby ‘ s little bureau.
2nd baby:
You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.
3rd baby:
Boys can wear pink, can ‘ t they?

Worries:
1st baby:
At the first sign of distress–a whimper, a frown–you pick up the baby.
2nd baby:
You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.
3rd baby:
You teach your three-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.


Dummy:

1st baby:
If the dummy falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it.
2nd baby:
When the dummy falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby ‘ s bottle.
3rd baby:
You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.

Nappies:

1st baby:
You change your baby’s nappy every hour, whether they need it or not.
2nd baby:
You change their nappy every two to three hours, if needed.
3rd baby:
You try to change their nappy before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.

Activities:
1st baby:
You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.
2nd baby:
You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
3rd baby:
You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.

Going Out:
1st baby:
The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home five times.
2nd baby:
Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached…
3rd baby:
You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.

At Home:
1st baby
: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.
2nd baby:
You spend a bit of everyday watching to be sure your older child isn ‘ t squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.
3rd baby:
You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.

Swallowing Coins:

1st child:
When first child swallows a coin, you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays.
2nd child:
When second child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for the coin to pass.
3rd child:
When third child swallows a coin, you deduct it from his pocket money.

Pass this on to everyone you know who has children . . . or everyone who KNOWS someone who has had children … (The older the mother, the funnier this is!)

GRANDCHILDREN:
God ‘ s reward for allowing your children to live!

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Hello and welcome to my blog!

I hope that you find something of interest to you and that you enjoy my posts.

As I head off ‘Over The Hill’, I find that I am in fact enjoying the view, and am having way more fun now than I did 40 years ago (ok so that ages me a bit 🙂 )

You are cordially invited to join me on my journey as I explore the realms of the older and (hopefully) wiser generation.

My posts will be of no particular genre, merely a reflection of things I enjoy and do and I invite you to comment on those posts or request anything you would like to read about.

I am Mother to a wonderful daughter, not yet a granny! and I am passionate about travelling, saving our Planet, saving wild animals before they become extinct.  I love, cycling, photography, reading, Personal Development, writing (hence the blog), all sorts of music, dancing, a starlit night, sunsets and sunrises, the sea, the mountains……in fact I love just about everything.

Thanks for joining me, I hope we can have some fun times together.

Have a great day! 🙂

old_lady2

Not Just a Granny!

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