words to inspire

Words to Inspire

Words to inspire who?

Well, er...me. And maybe you too if you need words to inspire you for any reason.

We all get those days when that yappy little gremlin settles down on one shoulder and yells in our ear.

We all get those days when that yappy little gremlin settles down on one shoulder and yells in… Click To Tweet

Not sure why gremlins never yell nice stuff like, "Wow, you are a fecking genius - I LOVE you!"

I guess it's all to do with gremlin street cred. Being nice isn't what gremlins do.

Yesterday, I had two gremlins settle down for the day - one on each shoulder, both shouting crap in my ears in Ossie Osbourne's voice.

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Empty Nest
My comical, lovely little boys who were such brilliant company before the empty nest struck.

The empty nest issue is possibly one of the most emotive subjects there has ever been when it comes to being a mother.

At 60, I still have a little knot of pain that lives in the deepest part of my soul behind a door I try to keep tightly shut.

Does every mother with an empty nest have this knot of pain?

Does every mother with an empty nest have this knot of pain? Click To Tweet

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rice cakes

Rice cakes are dangerous.

I found that out today when I almost burnt my kitchen down with them. Seriously, I really did.

Although I am laughing about it, there is a serious side to this.

I have never seen anything so flammable since my son set fire to some cheese. Yes cheese - he really did. And he called the Fire Service.

But that is another story.

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Brexit

Brexit - the aftermath would be a complete joke were it not so tragic.

A civil war of words has broken out. Brexit voters are being verbally attacked by remain voters and  ironically, are being accused of intolerance, racism, selfishness and the most sadly of all, being 'old' and 'uneducated'.

Is it just me who sees the irony in what the remain voters are saying?

 

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Paul Farrow Hawkstead Place
Suffolk Barn

Suffolk Barn is one of the most elegant, private and beautiful event venues I have ever seen.

Suffolk Barn is one of the most elegant, private and beautiful event venues I have ever seen. Click To Tweet

It is nestled in private parkland just outside the beautiful town of Bury St Edmunds and has a rich history dating back to the 1400s.

As a photographer, I have seen a large number of venues used for weddings, conferences, parties and meetings.

When I walked into this one to take pictures for Paul Farrow of Trimley Herbs, (who supplied the plants seen in the images below), the scene and atmosphere took my breath away.

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Paul Farrow Hawkstead Place

Trimley Herbs is certainly making an impact in Suffolk where brides-to-be are shunning flowers in favour of herbs.

Trimley Herbs is certainly making an impact in Suffolk where brides-to-be are shunning flowers in… Click To Tweet

Hawstead Place is the site of a breathtaking Suffolk barn dating back to 1423. The ancient barn underwent a spectacular transformation recently when a young couple dressed it out for their spring wedding reception.

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Wedding herbs are the in thing for couples 'tying the knot' these days. However, herbs at weddings are nothing new.

There is a long tradition, dating back centuries, of herbs being used at weddings. When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, she  bucked the tradition of using herbs and started a new trend for flowers to be used instead.

The use of wedding herbs is, however, making a huge comeback.

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 See the stunning array of plants grown by Paul Farrow of Trimley Herbs. 

To start the slide show, click on the first small square image.

For details on what Paul does, click here to read about him in another post.

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If you would like to contact Trimley Herbs, click on the above link to find details.

Jews Burial Ground Ipswich UK 12 Two Gravestones

Forgotten people of the world are many and varied however, some of them have left clues that remind us they were once here.

Some clues are celebrated and looked after well so that future generations can understand who they were and how they lived.

Others are hidden away and left to the ravages of time and, to the rough hand of modern man who, it seems, just wants to forget that some people were ever here.

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Jews Burial Ground Ipswich UK 13 Gravestones

Historic Jewish Burial Ground Neglected and Lost In a Sea of Cars


As people scurry around Ipswich in their cars, many will come very close to a site of huge historic significance. A site that even has a connection to Suffolk's celebrated, world-renowned artist, Sir John Constable.

However, many will be unaware of the sacred, historic burial ground where the remains of the town's once thriving Jewish community were laid to rest.

Why? Because despite the deep and interesting history attached to the site, it appears to be neglected and largely ignored as part of the town's rich and diverse heritage.

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