A different time

I recently visited my mum to retrieve some of the photos of my childhood

It was a different world back in the late 60s and 70s. Everything seemed so innocent and timid

When you look back through the photo’s of your childhood; it wasn’t the world being innocent, it was you, reflective of your age, seen through your eyes and experience

Back in the 60s and 70s the world was as it always was, intersperesped with wars conflict and injustices

My world in 2018 is still innocent, my eye’s protect me from injustices, conflict and wars. They show me hope and happiness

What do your eyes show you?

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The Wrong Watford!

My mum and sisters live in Watford, I live in Birmingham. Today I drove to see them with my daughter and granddaughter

We were happily chatting on the journey that I know like the back of my hand…or so I thought

Where on earth are we!? I proclaimed to my daughter about an hour into the trip. Neither the M6 nor the M1 have only two lanes!

She checked the maps on her phone,the A14 she replied. I don’t think I have ever been on this road before? I pondered out loud

No problem, just put”Watford” , into maps please to get us back on the right track, I asked my daughter

To my delight, the ETA to Watford was only 35mins away. I must of found a short cut by accident, I decided

6 mins to Watford came very quickly and we were in beautiful country roads, this is definitely not the Watford I grew up in.

The penny dropped in my head rapidly, the satnav has taken us to Watford Northamptonshire, home of the famous Watford Gap service station…oooops

The Lost Boys. .30 yrs on

I have watched this brilliant cult movie twice in my life

Once when it was released back in 1987. My life was yet to unfold

In 1987, I got married for the first time at the age on 20. New to life, child free. Everything ahead of me.

The movie was one of the top movies of the year, fun, the soundtrack, clothes, the hair , all depicts the area and also my life at that time. Yes, I had the “big “hair and shoulder pads

30 years on, I watched the movie in Birmingham Botanical gardens. It was called a “retro cult classic film”. I was a hundred miles from where where I first watched the movie.

The movie was the same, my life so different. Four children, one grandchild, a different city, a vastly different life.

I watched the movie with my son on his 24th birthday.

Even my children are older than I was when I watched the Lost Boys for the first time

Life. ..it keeps on moving.

Let’s pretend

Today, I was a Queen. .A kindly Queen who gave out apples to beggars in the streets

I wandered around my neighbourhood lovingly and gazed at leafs on a tree

Treachery was at large and whilst sleeping in my huge bed, I was murdered by two people with daggers .

Even more unfortunately, I awoke just before the daggers entered my body and looked on with a silent scream

The good news is the whole terrible ordeal has been filmed, so the villians can be caught 😉

What did you do today?

A funny thing happened 8 years ago

Eight years ago, I was in a park early one sunny Sunday morning

In this park with me was my daughter, my son, my partner and a man in a green morph suit

During the morning my partner chased my daughter and killed here, we all stood in a circle and took part in a strange ceremony to conquer up a large glowing ball, whilst waving our hands and chanting

Early morning dog walkers, kept their distance and looked totally alarmed

All was fine though, it was just for a friend who was filming a sci fi short play

Lightening, thunder and floods

Wow, what a lot of weather we have just had in the West Midlands

Last night I ran a spoken word event in Wolverhampton

Prior to the event when the weather started I received message after message from performers who couldn’t attend. Buses were cancelled, cars stuck, roads closed. ..

Then the lightening caused all the electricity in the pub to die. ..it was getting serious now, the pub was in darkness as the storm got even closer

But, still nothing would stop our event going ahead

Each time a sodden performer or guest arrived we gave them a round of applause for making the event

And yes, it happened with greatly reduced numbers but I can honestly say possibly the nicest event ever ☺

An adult sleep over

“What did you do last night? “I can hear you ask

My answer is, “I went to a friends and had a sleep over”

Yes, at 51 yrs old I am still having sleep overs, why should they just be for young people.

I took part in all the sleep over stuff, we ate food that was bad for us cake, chocolates etc, drank too much prosecco (being older we are allowed to have this at our sleep overs! ) we played games, listened to music, laughed, stayed up too late

I then went to sleep on the living room floor on a blanket

No matter what your age, grab a friend and have a sleep over 😉

Two tidal waves

I have experienced two tidal waves so far in my life

The first was when I was 5 years old on the beach at the Isle of Wight, I have a strong memory of a large wave coming over my head and i also remember the sea covered with random sandles, buckets, spades sunglasses etc that it had taken out with it as it receded . My final memory of this event was my mum running down to the sea with her stockings hanging so low they were reaching her ankle, crying out my name in a panic

My second experience of a tidal wave was this morning on the way to a local shop, the rain had been falling heavily all morning and caused huge puddles. A van drove too close to the curb , causing what felt like a tidal wave of rain water to engulf me as I looked on soaking wet and in shock

Nice Weather

Day after day of warm sunny weather, hardly a cloud in the sky

A huge bright sun in the sky from day break until night-time

Shorts, t-shirt, dresses and sun hats adorning smiling people

Where am I?

Yes, right here in Birmingham. What on earth is happening? We are having an early summer with. ….this is the strange bit…….stable weather!

Well, for the time being 😉