Wednesday, 22 October 2014

My Father Frederick Joseph Rose at Derby Cattle Market in 1966

Sunday, 21 October 2012

It's here my sweat top arrived!

My sweat top arrived on Friday 19th October 2012 and I've been wearing it since, what do you think?

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

New writing group, Genealogy, Video and Painting

How exciting! Julie Shaw and I are going to start up a new writing group in Ashwell! It will be about learning to write for youth, women and older people. We will be analysing how writers create there own style and how to put together your own novel or feature.

I'm also now thoroughly addicted to genealogy. In fact Colin and I are going to make a documentary about my mother's family tree. I'm going to start by going to the cemetery in Duffield, Derby where they are all buried and check out all the maiden names I can find. Then I'm going to go to Allestree and do the same for the Evans family. We may go this weekend to make a start on what could be a long exploration.

The Childrens Art Club is going well I now have two good groups one with mixed ages. I really do fancy starting another adult club, anyone interested? I'm going to do more of the watercolour paintings I started at the beginning of the summer. I can feel another exhibition coming on.

The Clairefest 2011 and The Kill Bill video is now edited and written. We now have to decide how much if anything people are willing to pay to buy them and how much we have to pay to produce them. Will there be any profit for Cancer Research I wonder.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Blogs blogs and more blogs!

So how many blogs have you got now?!

I seem to be establishing rather a lot for different reasons. Not a problem as I love to write and can usually find something to say...boring or otherwise! Firstly, I blog here because it is high up the blogging scale on Google. Wendabubble is unusual so google likes it.

Secondly, I blog here because I focus my media ambition on the village where I live. Anything happens here in the positive then I blow a loud trumpet to some of the village that is electronically minded.

Thirdly, I now have my own personal website! YIPEEE! I'm seriously hoping it will find me some more work but who knows. It is of course terribly silly but it keeps you up to date with my silliness. 

Then there is my business blog, which is also a website. You can find it here Now I'm off to continue with some research because I really do need to write a novel.

So link your blogs below..lets do some blog busting!!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Clairefest 2011 and A Nile Adventure by Kim Molyneaux!

Sunday 11th September 2011

I'm having a grand day! Colin has finished editing and has written the Clairefest video to disc. It looks fantastic! It you're interested in getting a copy then you can make a request here

You can also make a donation here
We hope to make a DVD of Kill Bill @ Clairefest too so that we can raise more money for the cause!

Next up is Kim's Book A Nile Adventure - Cruising and other stories. I was lucky enough to go to Egypt on holiday this summer and while we were cruising down the River Nile I met Kim Molyneaux who was writing a journal about her experience. I'm well excited about it and I've had the pleasure of writing the Foreword for the book. You can read an excerpt and all about Kim's book and the experience she had

We're off to Balstock later as I believe there's a local band playing at the Hen and Chicken at 5.30pm! I wonder who that could be......!

Monday, 25 July 2011

I've just eaten my first piece of chocolate.....

since I got back from Egypt...!
For those of you unfamiliar with traveling to Egypt getting the run's or the trot's if you prefer is an occupational hazard!! Sorry if I've offended my American friends with my bluntness!! 

Most of those who I met out there have returned home still suffering with rumbling guts having eaten something that's been washed in foul water. Why is the water foul? 
 Well that probably has something to do with the amount of refuse dumped (scuse the pun) on the side of their waterways, all except the River Nile where there wasn't one sign of a single piece of litter. I wonder why that was?!!
The consequences of eating one piece of fruit or lettuce that has been washed in something hazardous is something similar to gastroenteritis. Fasting prevails and so therefore I haven't eaten a proper meal for a whole week. 

Seven days is a very long time to go without a piece of chocolate in my book. Worse than this they didn't have consumable chocolate there either so it's been a 3 weeks!!! 

I believe this is a certain punishment for having enjoyed the beauty of The Nile from a very decadent place. 
What makes it worse the locals where living like this:
in mud huts, catching fish with spears and riding donkeys   
but they do have satellite dishes and mobile phones! They also have some great ways of moooving their cattle around the place!  
 And seeing them ploughing the field was like stepping back in time. Their cattle don't stand in the field they stand in The Nile to keep cool after a hard days work pulling a hand driven plough.

The whole experience certainly made me feel a tad guilty. I can only console myself that at least we had the guts to go there and spend our money, which is desperately needed in the current Egyptian economic and political climate. 

There are usually 600 river ship's cruising up and down The Nile and there were only 15 last week. Of course I'm so relieved that we didn't get lots of other ships on the river.

I'm sure I will manage to get over my food poisoning with the help of Arsen Alb 30c and Dioralyte! (both from the chemist) After just 2 Imodium I was sick.

I mean how do the Egyptians cope?! When I feel bad I just think about them and their 40C heat....! Lucky them. 

Have you ever had food poisoning? How long did it last and how did you cure it?