Sunday, 17 July 2011


I decided to go and visit the cemetery where my mom and dad are resting this morning to tidy up their place and also my step-sisters.

As Ive been neglecting the Family Tree lately I decided I was going to wander around and look at the headstones to see if their were any familiar names. I was rather surprised and  in a sense shocked that I came across today of all days the stone of my Auntie Doris who passed away exactly 28 years ago today. The stone was relatively new as my Uncle had passed away a few years ago. This auntie played an important part in my younger days when my mom was expecting my step-brothers and sisters as well as she wanted to adopt me due to various unpleasant things to do with my step-father. She was like a second mom to me in those early days and I always looked forward to going to see her in Great Charles Street Brownhills.

Was it a co-incidence that I decided to go to the cemetery today or something in my sub-conscious telling me to. Or maybe if you believe in these sort of things a spirit guiding me into deciding to go today.

Whatever it is a bit spooky and got me thinking do other people have these sort of moments like the telephone ringing or receiving a text message just after you have thought about someone or something.

Are these co-incidences or some yet to be determined hidden spiritual force that could be part of our lives guiding us along lifes ups and downs?

I wonder if the Euro- Millions winner who this week one £161 million had a premonition when they brought their ticket. Not that I think they will be too bothered now as their mind will be on other things especially since they went public. I put a quid on this weeks National Lottery and just cuz I thought about it. And that money is now in the Camelot pot of good causes.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Summer and the British Weather

Well we are in the middle of July now and the time when you expect the weather to be warm and sunny. Then again this is Britain I'm talking about and our weather is pretty erratic. We have had some nice and sunny warm days between April and now but more rain I think than anything. We British are typical in going on about the weather when it comes to conversation but doesn't the weather make a big difference to the way we feel whether its a good mood, bad mood, emotional or not.

I can remember how good I was feeling two years ago at this time when we must have had one of the hottest summers ever. Sweltering in the car when waiting around, getting my head burnt (losing hair must be my age) and jsut the general cool breeze of the evening. I also remember a particular Saturday two years ago this  weekend when  I climbed a very unsteady ladder against a fern type tree to rescue a kitten which had managed to get  stuck up there. It took ages to get it down as it was very scared but I think I was probably more scared as I don't like balancing on shaking ladders at heights. But the thought of a young kitten stuck up the tree overcome my fears at that time. It was a very mixed emotional day that Saturday and one that I will never forget. Coming across a creature in distress or experiencing a change in an important friendship can happen suddenly just like the British Weather when its all going okay one minute and the sun is shining and all is happy in the world and then the heavens open and the downpour begins and all manner of things happen we dont expect.

We can't change the British weather as this is a natural phenomenon but we can make the most of what we do and how we do it whether in hindsight or otherwise  come rain or shine we are only human after all and just like that rescued kitten we have to hope that lives improve for all of us. Thank God for small mercies and hope the sun shines out within our lives and beyond