I have had comments regarding my blog and how it resonates with other peoples situation and feelings.

I am lucky enough to have found a wonderful blog called My Words! and today a post that made me sit up and go “wow” this is my situation right now.   You can read more of My Words! here   or from the link on this page.

On the blog today there is a poem by Mary Oliver that brought a wee tear to my eye.  As many of you know I’m considering making a major life change.  I am planning to move (for part of the year) to Lesbos.   Although nothing has been organised yet, I have major considerations to take into question, my business, my dog, my friends but overall, what is best for me.  I feel lost at the moment, unchallenged, flatlining, bored, maybe, for once, the only thing I should consider, is me.

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice —
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do —
determined to save
the only life you could save.

— by Mary Oliver

Back to reality..

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I’m home ..  brown, relaxed and happy.

Lesbos proved to be just what I needed to get over recent disappointments and confusion in my personal life and allowed me to see things clearly and put it all into perspective.

I really do wish there was someway of being able to have an extended holiday over there .. a couple of months there would be fantastic.   Maybe it is a wee plan I should work on .. we shall see!

I have to say thanks to the “long term” visitors to the island who made us feel so welcome and it was lovely to meet such friendly and interesting people.   I was also delighted to meet Mandy and Terri from Briticana  (www.briticanamusic.com) who entertained us in the bars and on the beach (lets not mention the skinny dipping!) with wonderful music.   They really are worth a listen too .. and their music will always stir wonderful memories for me.

The girls from the Rock Club make a huge effort to welcome new people into the group and even though I didn’t feel confident enough to swim to the rock (my fear of being harpooned by some Japanese whaling trawler being the main reason!) I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Budda Bar in my role as cheerleader .. or chief coffee drinker!

We were also lucky enough to be taken under the wing of Pam Crosby who not only showed us her home and her puppies (the 4 legged type) but also some of the local area that we would never have discovered on our own .. she also introduced us to the biggest pork chops you have ever seen .. I didn’t see any pigs on the island but my gawd they must be bloody huge!

I am planning a return … unfortunately it won’t be this year due to other holiday committments but next year I will be there .. I may even try the swim .. we shall see ..  like life itself time will tell!

Closed for much needed holiday …

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This blog is officially closed until I return from Lesvos ..

We fly out on Thursday morning .. by Thursday lunchtime I will be on that beach!

I really can’t wait ..

.. I’m off to become a bronzed goddess!   (hmmmm… ok maybe I lie a little!)



Bugger it!


I’m off work today .. I felt a bit unwell at work yesterday but had a bad night and I feel totally wiped out today.

My blood pressure is  high again, I took a reading last night and again this morning and it hasn’t really changed.  It’s not at the “drop down dead” stage by any means but it is higher than it should be.

I’m not keen to do to the doctors again, the last time I had a problem with my blood pressure they couldn’t decide whether it was because I had a wee virus that was putting it up, or that it was my blood pressure that was making me feel to tired and unwell.

I am having a “doing bugger all” day just slobbing around, dozing, keeping warm and refusing to let my mind think about anything.

I am hoping that by tomorrow I am feeling a bit like myself again, I want to go out to meet the gals in Edinburgh tomorrow night.

Thankfully it is only a week until I fly off with three friends for a lovely holiday in Lesbos .. I don’t think it can come round soon enough!

I really need to chill, kick back, laugh my demons away….. even the thought of that makes me feel a wee bit better!



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