In a couple of weeks (16th Sept), I’m off to a blogging conference run by the team at BlogOn (BlogOnuk.com) – it’s only down the road at Hotel Football, in Old Trafford, in Manchester – about three miles from my house.
I’d heard about these conferences which have been held twice a year since 2013 – everyone said how great it was. I went to one of their Conferences in May; it was really well run and very useful. I learnt so much that day, especially about Pinterest It was lovely to meet people I’ve known on Twitter/ Instagram face to face too.
My highlight of the conference was hearing Jason Todd from the Art of Brilliance talking about positive psychology in life and work. For example:
‘Every day is a Special Pants Day – Life’s too short. QUIT waiting for happiness’
This led me to attend their first Festival of Happiness in at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester in June. They’re holding another Festival in Birmingham on 29 June 2019 – info. I thoroughly recommend following them on twitter and attending their conferences. Such a wonderful, optimistic and positive day.
BlogOn – Sunday 16th September 2018 – 10-5pm, Hotel Football Manchester
Definition Glamping = a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.
“glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life’s luxuries”
There aren’t many things My Chap and I disagree on but CAMPING is one of them. He’d love to be out in a tent in the middle of nowhere, with a campfire and basic facilities – he’s camped since he was a small child.
I like the great outdoors – I like walking, hiking and gardening, of course. Definitely, I like getting away from it all, with a beautiful view, preferably by the sea. I like eating outside when it’s warm, BUT I like my creature comforts.
When I was a child I camped with the Guides, usually in fields or orchards rather than on organised campsites. I loved the campfire and cooking outdoors (still do), but I hated sleeping on the floor even with blow up mattress. Also, I hate being cold or wet -so this is a hazard of camping. Generally, I’m not a fan of noisy campsites, with a club/bar etc. Since I developed osteoarthritis, I need to sleep in a proper bed. My Chap roles his eyes about my fussiness but understands why I’m like I am. Continue reading →
He’s got some beautiful clematis, petunias, cyclamen and a yellow potentilla this week. He lives in Reading, Berkshire close enough to hear the music from the weekend festival – his teenagers are at the festival but likely to be raiding the fridge and using the showers. This really took me back as I went to school in Reading and often listened to the ‘sets’ from friends’ gardens. It was a heavy rock festival then (1970s/1980s). I’ve been now and again since then but the last time was 2007 – the band’s appearing there for the last few years haven’t been our music taste. We still go to gigs in Manchester often 🙂 Continue reading →
So the hot, sunny weather is over for the moment. It’s been raining on or off in Manchester all day, so I ran out into the garden to pick some flowers for the vase, you can still see the raindrops on the fuchsias. It’s a good thing it’s been raining, as the reservoirs, the farms and the gardens need it. The drawback for me is that my arthritis starts aching again; it’s been glorious having three months pain-free. Continue reading →
‘Happiness is like jam, you can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself’ Author: Unknown
The weather in Manchester has made a return to its usual Summer windy, soggy-ness but that’s a good thing as you almost hear the plants sucking up the water. Everything is looking a bit more chirpy than last week. I’m still pottering along gardening in the shade, sorting out the house and making changes – it’s been a good summer so far especially as my arthritis pain just about disappears when it’s very hot.
I’ve been pondering a few things this week – in the garden as out and about. We’ve got a few trips planned including a trip to Derbyshire at the weekend and a WI camping trip in September. It was jam making of all things, that inspired my In a Vase on Monday.
I’d been thinking for a while that I haven’t taken many photos or described what’s happening in our garden – so I looked around for a linkup to prompt me to join in, and found Six on Saturday – hosted by thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com (participant guide) who lives in Reading, Berkshire. That’s where I went to school, though I’ve lived in Manchester for over 20 years – so it’s a small world sometimes. I’ve been following various contributors and, as usual, been inspired by the plants they grow and what they write about – but hadn’t got my act together to take photos on a Saturday.
So I’ll be covering what’s been happening around our garden, the locality in Monton, Eccles, Greater Manchester, the North. Mostly gardens and places we visit with an emphasis on plants. Knowing me, I doubt I’ll be contributing every week as time runs away from me, but I’ll try my best 🙂 I hope this post covers the Six on Saturday brief. Continue reading →