If You Only Had Five Minutes, What Would You Save?

 

Here is my entry for The Bloggers Bash Blog Competition 2019′.  The theme this year is ‘Five’ and only 375 words can be used.

If You Only Had Five Minutes, What Would You Save?

– By Samantha Smith

“Five minutes. Save five things.”  Talking calmly, he left me on the floor beaten and crying.  “Five minutes isn’t long enough!” I pleaded.  He walked outside, I sensed he was smiling, “Tick tock” he taunted, looking at his watch.  “This house is special to me, you’re going to burn it down?” I jumped up panicking, hands on my head, scrunching my hair in my fists, spinning round on the spot.  Only five things, I had to act fast.  I began running from room to room, not thinking straight as he watched from outside.  “Five things, five minutes,” I kept repeating to myself, “why?” I didn’t understand, but I did know he was serious.  Continue reading “If You Only Had Five Minutes, What Would You Save?”

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#ThrowbackThursday – Mud? Who cares!

I originally posted this review around a year ago and because our recent dog walks have been quite muddy lately, I thought I’d post it again…

For as long as I can remember I have been around dogs.  I grew up with dogs and as soon as I left home and was able to care for one myself well, I didn’t hesitate.

Dogs have been a major part of my life and I can’t imagine my life without them.

I have spoken in previous posts about selling up to live on a boat, well the business I sold in 2017 was a Dog Walking and Petsitting business which I set up and ran for four years and if we hadn’t made the decision to move away and live on our boat, then I’d still be there dog walking and Continue reading “#ThrowbackThursday – Mud? Who cares!”

The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards Are Coming Soon! You Can Nominate Your Favourite Blogger From Today 😀

 

If you have a favourite blogger who you’d like to put forward for the awards, then

Go ahead – Nominations are Now Open!

You don’t have to be a blogger to nominate either, just follow the instructions in the link below, then in the form you’ll need to add your name and email and then give the details of the blogger(s) you’d like to nominate and the category’s you think they belong in 🙂 Continue reading “The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards Are Coming Soon! You Can Nominate Your Favourite Blogger From Today 😀”

Here’s To Another Year In The Blogging World

A Happy New Year All!

I hope everyone had a wonderful time over the Christmas and New Year period, whether that be a quiet time or big celebrations. Continue reading “Here’s To Another Year In The Blogging World”

#ThursdayThrowback – How To Create a Utility Room on a Boat

I first wrote this post in February last year when we’d only been living on the boat for three months and were short on space.  Well, this ‘utility room’ is the most useful room on board and it would be so difficult to live without it now.  It is a spare room with double bed, and yes we have had guests sleep in it.  It is the cats room, where the litter tray is and where they are fed, it’s a great store room, cloak room and it’s where the washing machine lives and we have lines up along the ceiling creating a great drying space.  It’s proved to be a brilliant room so thought I’d share it again.  Here’s the post again explaining how it was created:

In October of 2017 my partner and I picked up the last of the packing boxes, handed over the keys and walked away from our house which we’d lived in for 14 happy years. We did this with certainty in our minds that we were doing the right thing as time had very quickly, but inevitably moved on, my boys had moved away and were happily getting on with their own lives so it was now time to think out of the box, move away from a dangerously boring ‘rut’ we could’ve easily have settled in to and do something a little different ourselves.

We moved onto our canal boat, aptly named, ‘Head in the Clouds’.  No, it’s not beautifully finished, in fact there’s still quite a lot to fix, maintain and build, but hey… “we’ll manage to live on it while we finish doing it up right?” we had both said. Continue reading “#ThursdayThrowback – How To Create a Utility Room on a Boat”

My 7 Ways To Stop That Strange Feeling

Lately I’ve been a little… not sure what to call ‘it‘, ‘that feeling“.  I’m sure everyone’s felt it at some time?  That feeling…when you’re just a little ‘out of it’, not unwell, but a little…fed up?  

Is it the change of season? Am I affected by SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder?  I’m not sure, but Continue reading “My 7 Ways To Stop That Strange Feeling”

A Slow Meander to York – Part 4 – Enjoying Naburn and On To York

Here’s Part 4 of our ‘Slow Meander to York’.  

 Naburn Lock to York

We enjoyed a great cruise from Rotherham to York.

If you’d like to catch up with our big canal journey then below is;

Part 1 – A Bumpy Start

Part 2 – A Challenge On The Selby Canal

Part 3 – Tackling Our Tidal Fear – The River Ouse Continue reading “A Slow Meander to York – Part 4 – Enjoying Naburn and On To York”

#WordlessWednesday -Wood Carving or Not?

Whilst wandering around Kielder Forest last weekend, we came across these guys, but were they carved out of trees or made of plastic?

We had to get really close to make sure.  We did a little knocking and staring, but it didn’t take us long to realise they were definitely wood carvings – So glad they weren’t plastic! Continue reading “#WordlessWednesday -Wood Carving or Not?”

A Book Review – Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming

 

I had the pleasure of meeting Graeme at the Bloggers Bash in London in May of this year.    As a new, fairly nervous attendee, I was delighted when many people came to introduce themselves and made me feel so very welcome and at ease.  Graeme was one of these people.

When I first saw the cover of Graeme’s book, Ravens Gathering.  I was immediately drawn in.  I love to read a good thriller and both the cover and synopsis told me that’s exactly what it would be… Continue reading “A Book Review – Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming”

#WordlessWednesday

Power kites are so much fun! 

Whenever Jon sees an empty beach and feels a good breeze then the kite bag comes out and the dogs get excited.  I become the photographer and the Continue reading “#WordlessWednesday”

A Slow Meander to York – Part 3 – Tackling Our Tidal Fear

  Here’s Part 3 of our ‘Slow Meander to York’.   Selby Lock to Naburn Lock If you’ve read parts 1 & 2 of our cruise to York, I would firstly like to thank you for persevering, reading my ramblings and secondly, you may have realised we were not looking forward to The River Ouse part, because we’re […]

 

Here’s Part 3 of our ‘Slow Meander to York’.  

Selby Lock to Naburn Lock

If you’ve read parts 1 & 2 of our cruise to York, I would firstly like to thank you for persevering, reading my ramblings and secondly, you may have realised we were not looking forward to The River Ouse part, because we’re wimps?  Yes maybe, but also because we’d heard many boaters speak of their own experiences which ranged from being enjoyable to having to be rescued by the coastguard, (more of that story in a later post).  Other boats were doing this run everyday, (well probably not in extreme weather conditions unless they were totally nuts) so we kept saying, “If we want to take the boat to York, we have to cruise the Ouse – Let’s do this!” Continue reading “A Slow Meander to York – Part 3 – Tackling Our Tidal Fear”

#WordlessWednesday

I do love unusual clocks.

This unusual clock called The Hastings Clock stands proudly in Rotherham and was erected in 1912 to commemorate the Coronation of King George V & Queen Mary on 22 June 1911.

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I did wonder what the relevance of the hooves were under the large planter.

After doing a little research I came across this blog called ‘Memorial Drinking Fountains’ which explained it wasn’t only a clock tower, but also a drinking fountain.

The large planter was a drinking receptacle for horses, (hence the hooves).  There are smaller planters around the other side which were water fountains for the people of Rotherham to enjoy a drink of water.

If you fancy popping over to the ‘Memorial Drinking Fountains blog, click Here

I think it’s a beautiful clock and drinking fountain, what do you think?

A Slow Meander to York – Part 2 – The Selby Canal & Our First Challenge

We bought ‘Head in the Clouds’, over sixteen years ago, she was an empty rusty shell and has been transformed into our home.  There are still many things needing to be done to her, but we were able to move aboard last October and so far, we love living the boat life.

You can read this post, ‘It’s time to sell up and live on a boat where I explain a little more about her and the transformation so far.  Although we’ve had her for so long, we have only, so far enjoyed short journeys, so we thought it was time to try a bigger trip and venture up to York, which was always one ‘cruising‘ journey we wanted to do.  We were quite excited about the trip, it was a big deal for us because:- Continue reading “A Slow Meander to York – Part 2 – The Selby Canal & Our First Challenge”