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How Are Things Going ?
I realised today that we are about a quarter of the way through the year already . . .
How’s it going ?

Sitting here in my study I feel lucky as I think and type this nonsense, I’m well-fed, there’s a bottle of claret breathing, it’s warm inside the house, the walls are wood-panelled and lined with old books and outside the snow is swirling and with the freezing gales trying to defeat the windows it seems almost Dickensian.
I’m longing for Summer but bizarrely hoping the snow will fall heavily.
I’m annoyed that I can’t find a suitable vintage camera bag and more so that I cannot find a particular style of coat . . . in short - I’m fortunate that these are the only things of concern on my mind.

Another Shot from Kate’s Visit

How Are Things Out There ?

I hear mainly tales of worry and misery but that cannot be the whole story, we’re well into a new year . . . I wonder how it will play out ?

None of us know of course, anything could be waiting to ambush us and it’s a fact of life that there seem to be more Snakes than Ladders in life but just for a change let’s try and concentrate on the ladders.

How are things out there ?
There must be some good news and there must be some good things going on in your life ?

Tell us something positive :)


  1. v said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    I always call this the ‘Glad Game ‘ , a hark back to one of my favourite childhood books ‘ Pollyanna ‘.
    ( Rejoice and be glad ) I used to say to the boys each evening …’ What have we had to be glad about today ?’ It seems they hated it at the time, but now look themselves for life’s positives.

    Glad game

    1/ I have become a grandmother hence forward to be known as Glam-ma which I consider to be more apt. Glam-ma to L*ke Jam*s. Beautiful .

    2/ Luk* J*mes has a sensible, traditional name and isn’t called Peardrop-Sausage, Moonbeam, Astala, Star , Beiber, Lenin or some such …….

    3/ My London based oldest son has a job at last; 7 days a fortnight in London and then three days a fortnight at Head Office which is ….. only three miles away from here so I will see him every fortnight now.

    4/ Wheras we originally thought we ‘d be doing well if we got 3 or 4 workshops a term, which would have been 7 or 8 between September and Easter , we have actually had 119 workshops , Sept to Easter ( over a 100 more than we ‘d hoped ) . Roll on summer !

    5/ The spring bulbs are bursting through this morning in beautiful sunshine! Nothing ever makes me feel more ‘Glad’ than that at this time of year .

    Howzat to end the winter blues?

  2. Jordan said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 9:27 am


    Good to see the lovely Kate hasn’t had botox!
    Far too many snakes i’m afraid :( so no other comment.


  3. Rod said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    that’s a veritable hat load of good news, wonderful stuff - proves not all is doom and gloom.
    I like it :)

  4. Rod said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    avoid the snakes and look for ladders, there’s always light in the dark and it could be worse, you could have seen me this morning in my fur hat :)

    This morning people were grumbling about the cold and the snow, I had my M59 on and cleared all the front of my house by 8am and then gritted it so all the mothers taking their kids to school had a section of safe passage - I enjoyed it and managed to find some pleasure in what others may regards as a chore.

    Keep smiling

  5. Little Brother said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    A lot of personal stress for me right now, my chillies are growing too quickly for my liking and do I have a glass of red or white to watch the last episode of Sandbaggers? Life the photo, sure she wasn’t downwind of your James Bond aftershave?

  6. angry_mutant said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    V, I’m with you all the way on this.

    After having suffered with depression from being in my teens (though undiagnosed until relatively recently) I have found this exercise to be the best way for me to make my world better. I still sit down every evening and list (mentally) all the things that I have been grateful for today. When I started doing this, I would struggle to find even one but, as I kept trying, I began to find more and more things to be happy about. Either I got better at spotting them, or the world suddenly became a better place. I believe that the Buddha said that we create our own reality; maybe by spending our energies on positive rather than negative thoughts, we make our world a whole lot better. I just wish I had known this 40 years ago…

    Right, I’m off to have a look at the bright sunshine outside the window - there’s something very simple, but something good for the tonight’s list. :)

  7. graham h said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

    My Late daughter always went through life with this saying.

    It’s not your final destination you think about it’ enjoying the route to it.

    She used that right up until she died even when she was suffering so badly from her illness.


  8. v said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    Graham and AM

    Yes it’s the only way to be and despite feeling that my world is crashing down around me just now and I will stop living soon, I look for the positives and hey guess what I find some .


  9. pikey pete said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    hi rod i believe your on the look out for a vintage camera bag have you seen the belstaff 556 bag or there other bags regards pete

  10. Rod said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    this snow should calm them down a bit, as to wine . . . I’d plump for a Crazy Bull - you know it makes sense !

  11. Rod said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    I’d say those are words of real wisdom, make the most of everything whilst it lasts, it’s too easy to let time slip by or to dwell on negative things - the whole point of the article really.

  12. Rod said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    I’ve seen them all, nothing big enough for my specific wants, I’ve several bags already but this one was for specific needs, those not really shared years ago I suspect.

  13. Rod said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    I think there’s much in what you say, I can’t help but feel when people are on a negative track then negative things are all you see.
    I too look out the window now as I type, does the freezing gale force wind get me down or am I grateful I have a warm home to shelter me . . .

  14. jean said,

    March 13, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

    Hi Rod,compared to year ago life is fab,diagnose what was making me ill most of my life,it was only discovered in 2008,NHS dont recognise it yet so have to buy medication from USA its the first winter in to many years that I have not had sinus problems and chest infections.The thing that gladden my heart this week is seeing all the swallows heading north,this time last year saw ospreys finding thermals to get over the local mountains,so keeping a watch for them.lastly I look forward to another year of your interests they are so varied and informative best wishes Jean

  15. Rod said,

    March 13, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

    this is wonderful - great news indeed.
    My heart has been gladdened this last 2 days when early morning walks have revealed a Kingfisher, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and many more.
    Take care and enjoy the new lease of life Jean

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