from a "click and hope" photographer


"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~


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


“For there is no friend like a sister, in calm or stormy weather,

to cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray,

to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.”
~Christina G. Rossetti~


“Life is a wave, which in no two consecutive moments of its existence
is composed of the same particles.”
~Author Unknown~


“Calendars and clocks exist to measure time, but that signifies little
because we all know that an hour can seem as eternity or pass in a flash,
according to how we spend it.”
~Michael Ende ~

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