from a "click and hope" photographer


"What appears to be the end may really be a new beginning.”



“All words are pegs to hang ideas on.”
~Henry Ward Beecher~


“Happiness is like a kiss...

you must share it to enjoy it.”

~Bernard Meltzer~


“Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence.

If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.”
~Horace Mann~


Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy,

for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty.

~Henri Frederic Amiel~


"Advice is like snow;

the softer it falls;

the longer it dwells upon; the deeper it sinks into the mind."

~Samuel Taylor Coleridge~


"The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation"

~Dalai Lama~


“Perhaps nobody ever accomplishes all that he feels lies in him to do;
but nearly every one who tries his power touches the walls of his being.”
~Charles Dudley Warner~


“Iron rusts from disuse;

water loses its purity from stagnation ...

even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind.”
~Leonardo da Vinci ~


“Direction is more important than speed.

We are so busy looking at our speedometers that we forget the milestone.”



“First it is necessary to stand on your own two feet.

But the minute a man finds himself in that position,

the next thing he should do is reach out his arms.”
~Kristin Hunter~


“You can sit around and wait for the good things to happen to you,

or you can go out and make them happen.”



“Lettuce is like conversation;

it must be fresh and crisp,

so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it”
~Charles Dudley Warner~


“Know what you want to do,

hold the thought firmly,

and do every day what should be done,

and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.”
~Elbert Hubbard~


“I'm like a duck:
calm above the water,
and paddling like hell underneath.”
~Fred Shero~


For Auds with belated Birthday Wishes
“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.

May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.

May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.

And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”
~Irish Blessings~


“I love the man that can smile in trouble,

that can gather strength from distress,

and grow brave by reflection”
~Thomas Paine~


"When things are steep,

remember to stay level-headed."



"There will be times in life when impossibility is felt,
but then there are dreams -
and dreams allow us possibility."

~Jeffrey David Lang~


"To change one's life: Start immediately.

Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions."
~William James~


“I watch out my window as the planes take off into space.

Oh, that I could fly away and start fresh.

But I must realize that fresh starts also come in the pretty wrapped gift called


~Origin Unknown~


“Life is one big road with lots of signs.

So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind.

Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy.

Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality . Wake Up and Live!”
~Bob Marley~


“The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.”
~David Cecil~


"A true friend is the one who would find your tears even in the rain"



“Happiness is like a must share it to enjoy it"


“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.”
~Harvey S. Firestone~


“Always aim your goals and aspiration for the moon,

because even if you don't make it, you'll always end up reaching the stars"



“They know, they just know where to grow, how to dupe you, and how to camouflage themselves among the perfectly respectable plants, they just know, and therefore, I've concluded weeds must have brains.”
~Dianne Benson~


“Woman was taken out of man;

not out of his head to top him,

nor out of his feet to be trampled underfoot;

but out of his side to be equal to him,

under his arm to be protected,

and near his heart to be loved"



26th January 1984 – 11th November 2006

Today Rose’s Father, Andrew, and his best friend, Natalya, are setting off on a 3 day, 1,000 mile fundraising event in memory of Rose.

Right from the start it has been their intention to use their fundraising activities as a way of sharing Rose and her beautiful smile with all who read about her.

Rose was an up and coming designer and was featured at the New Designers Exhibition in London in June 2006. Sadly, that same month the family was devastated when Rose was diagnosed with a Grade 4 malignant brain tumour. Following surgery to remove the tumour treatment was started straight away and on 26th October 2006 Rose graduated with honours from Liverpool Hope University. Just two weeks later Rose was admitted to hospital and sadly passed away on 11th November 2006.

As Andrew and Natalya navigate around the UK, bloggers across the world are coming together to help them share Rose’s story and her wonderful smile.

Please click on these words if you'd like to read more about the Britball Event


“We learn the rope of life by untying its knots.”
~Jean Toomer~


beer lager
"Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer!
~Henry Lawson~


"What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul."

~Yiddish Proverb~


"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother."


"Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate.

So practice happy thinking every day.

Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit,

and life will become a continual feast."
~Norman Vincent Peale~


“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”
~George Bernard Shaw~


"Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution.
If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds."
~Norman Vincent Peale~


“Many do with opportunities as children do at the seashore;

they fill their little hands with sand, and then let the grains fall through,

one by one, till all are gone.”
~Thomas Jones~


Whatever women do they must do twice as well as man to be thought half as good

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as man to be thought half as good
Luckily this is not difficult!
~Charlotte Whitton~


"Know how to listen,

and you will profit even from those who talk badly."


Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside.

Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.

~Karl Kraus~


The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook
~Julia Child~


“Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load.”
~Charles Henry Parkhurst~


Inside every older person is a younger person:

wondering what the hell happened.

- Cora Harvey Armstrong-


Remember the tea kettle :

when it's up to it's neck in hot water :

it sings.

~Early American Proverb~


“My mission is to create a world where we can live in harmony with nature,”
~Jane Goodall~

*incredibly this butterfly sat on the strut of our pergola and allowed Nicole to stroke it's wings before it flew was a remarkable sight and a wonderful moment.


“Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
~Scott Adams~


“Before you put on a frown,
make absolutely sure there are no smiles available.”
~Jim Beggs~


A book may be compared to your neighbour:

if it be good, it cannot last too long;

if bad, you cannot get rid of it too early.

~Rupert Brooke~


May your joys be as bright as the morning,And your sorrows merely be shadows that fade,In the sunlight of love. May you have enough happiness to keep you sweet. Enough trials to keep you strong. Enough sorrows to keep you human.Enough hope to keep you happy. Enough failure to keep you humble. Enough success to keep you eager.Enough friends to give you comfort. Enough faith and courage in yourself to banish sadness. Enough wealth to meet your needs. And one thing more: enough determination to make each day a more wonderful day than the day before.
~Irish Blessing~

Tenderness contains an element of sadness. It is not the sadness of feeling sorry for yourself or feeling deprived, but it is a natural situation of fullness. You feel so full and rich, as if you were about to shed tears. Your eyes are full of tears, and the moment you blink, the tears will spill out of your eyes and roll down your cheeks. In order to be a good warrior, one has to feel this sad and tender heart. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche