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My September update – new home :-) new adventures?

September has been a hectic month for me in work, blogging and at home – In a good way though.  It was our first wedding anniversary at the end of September 🙂 but more of that later on.

My main news is I’ve got a shorter domain name – I’m over at www.viewsfrommygardenbench.com 

There were a few reasons I moved website hosts, some were for practical reasons, to give me more options to develop my website and writing and I really wanted a more interesting theme for my blog – to show off my photos.  Also,  I was worried I’d run out of room for photographs 😉 – an issue for some of my fellow gardening bloggers I think.

I’ll be writing with more details of why I moved, how I’m finding it all so far with my new host company during October – Lyrical Host. Short answer is: all very good :-).

I ‘think’ people are still getting notification of my new posts in the WordPress Reader and via email. But if you’re not, I thought it would be a good idea to give you an update, in case you thought I’d dropped off the side of the earth….

I have WordPress follow and like buttons on the new domain, and the design is similar, so I hope it is still familiar. There’s also an email subscription button, all my social media and RSS, bloglovin feeds.

Any queries please drop me a line on social media (on right in sidebar) or via email – viewsfrommygardenbench at gmail dot com – including if you want to know more about moving  website host.

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Here’s a summary about what I wrote about in September with links to the new content… do nip over and have a look 🙂 It would be lovely to see you – I’m looking forward to reading your comments.

#BreatheSeptember2018

I joined Gabrielle Treanor (www.gabrielletreanor.com/) who writes about ‘worrying less, enjoy life more’ – for overthinkers like me.  She runs an Instagram Photo challenge during September about pausing, being mindful and being in the moment. I need to do an update on this – I find photo prompts like this help me focus and reflect.

You can also see how people interpreted the daily prompts on Instagram #breatheseptember2018/

Blogging Resources 

One of the reasons I moved to Lyrical Host was because of the resources they provide – workbooks, stock photos, checklists and general support they provide.

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Put ‘BECINMONTON10’ in the checkout at Lyrical Host – http://www.lyricalhost.com to receive 10% off your first payment

In A Vase on Monday 

I’ve been joining up with Cathy (Rambling in the Garden) and all the gardening bloggers for over three years since the very early days of my blog.  I can’t tell you how much joy it’s brought me and how much I’ve learnt about flowers, gardening and flower arranging too.  I still tend to plonk the flowers, but I’ve learnt so much about flower arrangements too.

On the posts below there are some photos of my husband and I :-), my wedding bouquet and my purple floral wedding dress 🙂 Regular readers won’t be surprised that lavender, lilac, purple and pink are much in evidence 😉

Also, I wrote about making a pottery daisy for the garden 🙂 It’s not finished yet but I’m enjoying pottery very much indeed.

 

Six on Saturday

I’ve joined up with the Propagator-  Six on Saturday – a participant guide a couple of times now.  I’ve followed this link up for a while but only recently got my act together to take photographs.  Six things from around your garden, locality – just about anything as long as it’s garden related.  I’ve written about the new Arbour at the bottom of the garden, the salvias and hydrangeas – and Yoda too 🙂

The star of the show over the last few weeks is my neighbour’s Virginia Creeper which has gone from green to scarlet.  I’m continuing to take photos as the leaves change so look out for my blog posts as we move into October.

Our first wedding anniversary – #paperanniversary

Here are my wedding shoes which will give you an idea of just how unconventional our wedding was – My Chap is awesome and he thinks I’m awesome too.

Purple floral candy whistles Irregular Choice.

Purple floral candy whistles Irregular Choice.

#BeIrregular – wear the shoes

Adventures camping, crafting and many #onehouroutside

Oh and I’ve also been on a wonderful weekend away with my Women’s Institute buddies staying in a beautiful campsite in Cheshire owned by the Scouts.  We stayed in a dormitory, with beside a small lake among the woods…at the bottom of the hill were colourful bell tents and a campfire. We had THE BEST time – crafting, chilling, laughing dressing up and also mindfulness, dancing and singing.

If you want to read more about this and see the photos, there were many mushrooms hop over to the new blog home at www.viewsfrommygardenbench.com

On my new home, you can sign up for updates, follow in wordpress or bloglovin or find my social media.  Always plenty of pretty flower photos… 🙂

Life isn’t a dress rehearsal-wear the shoes, eat cake, drink gin, go adventures with those you love

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See you soon…. over in my new home 😉

Carpe Diem

love Bec 🙂 xx xx xx

 

 

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BlogOn Introduce Yourself – about me and why I go to Blogging conferences

Note to self: Don’t join a linkup then move to self hosted two days later – My fellow bloggers is there any chance you could comment on this post on my new site?  – BlogOn – Introduce yourself – and Why I go to blogging conferences/

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.

 

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BlogOn – Sunday 16th September 2018 – 10-5pm, Hotel Football Manchester

I hear there are some tickets left – Ticket Information

It’s not just for parent bloggers either.  The goody bag was massive with loads of useful things.

Whether you’re a new blogger or been writing for years – There’s so much to gain from attending a blogging conference:

  • update your knowledge – technical topics, photography.
  • no need to be shy we are a friendly bunch…
  • opportunity to talk to relevant brands
  • and you never know what it might lead to…

More about me: 

We’ve been asked to write a bit about ourselves and link up… So here goes… You can also have read about other people attending the conference here

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In a Vase on Monday – Raspberry (jam) and custard

‘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.

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In a vase on Monday: yarrow and marguerites

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On an adventure to BlogOn X

I’m planning on writing more this year, getting a shorter URL and I’ve got plenty of ideas for blog topics. More photos of flowers too. This weekend I’m off to a blogging conference run by the team at BlogOn (https//BlogOnuk.com) – it’s only down the road at Hotel Football, in Old Trafford, in Manchester – about three miles from my house. I’d seen bloggers taking about how well run, and useful, the conferences are, so I signed up. I wanted to learn some new skills, update my knowledge, especially about Pinterest, and maybe talk about collaborations. I’m very much looking forward to meeting some other bloggers face to face, that I know via Twitter and other social media. It’s always good to spend time with people who do a similar role to you, and have some fun.

If you’re coming to the conference come and say hello 🙂 I’m hoping I’m not a fish out of water.

We’ve been asked to write a bit about ourselves and link up… So here goes…

  • Share a recent photo of yourself

I’m Bec, I live in Monton in Eccles, which is in Salford in Lancashire. Monton is on the West of Greater Manchester, about six miles from the city centre; it’s leafy round here, with Worsley Woods, a couple of golf courses and the Bridgewater Canal is at the end of our street – we’ve got a good cafes, bars and restaurants around here and a growing number of street art bees.

I blog about flowers, gardening, wellbeing and our adventures out and about, usually in the Great Outdoors . I’m a Southerner originally, born in Berkshire. I’ve lived here for 20 years, visiting since 1989, so I’ve seen lots of changes around Manchester.

I’m definitely in my spiritual home among the friendly Northerners. Also, I know the correct words to use to order a bread role in any part of Greater Manchester. In Eccles its a barm 😉 I eat my chips with gravy, but never mushy peas (Devil’s work).

This is the first picture of me I’ve ever put on the blog. I feel like I should tell you I’m wearing a White Stuff dress, with Razzle Dazzle Irregular Choice shoes – Outfit of the Day and all that 😉 The photo was taken just before I headed out to my Hen Do afternoon tea last September.

  • What’s your favourite pizza topping?

Olives, anchovies, prosciutto, tomato, mozzarella on a super thin crust.

  • You can have dinner with any three guests dead or alive- who do you choose and why?

I could easily pick three gardeners, three historians, three chefs, three novelists, three adventures, three musicians, three scientists, the list could go on. But, I’ll confine myself to a group who’d have so much to discuss and share – Nigel Slater, Mary Beard and Charles Darwin.

  • Up to now what would you consider being your biggest life achievement?

I’ve raised alot of money for charities to research Motor Neurone Disease (because My Chap’s brother died aged 49 in 2017 from MND) and cancer (because lung cancer took my Dad 18 years ago when he was 70). In my day job, I’ve helped academics win millions in funding for research with patients in the NHS – just about any topic or disease you can think of. I’m proud I help people make a difference – and make the world a better place.

  • If you woke up tomorrow as a character from any Disney film or book who would you be and why?

I watched most of the classic Disney Films as a kid in the 1970s, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, Snow White, Lady and the Tramp, etc. My favourite is Jungle Book – I love the songs. I’ve never seen Bambi though.

However, since Disney bought the Star Wars franchise, I’m taking Leia at any age, as my character…

I was 11 in 1977 when Star Wars came out and I’d never seen a woman as the lead, a hero, in charge – it affected me deeply. The film was massive in the playground; I think I saw it three or four times that year. I was, and still am, a massive Star Wars and sci-fi geek. Wish I’d kept the light sabre though. In the recent films Leia, as a General, is only a decade or so older than me, so I hope I have her compassion, determination and wit.

Yoda and Pansies in the Spring Sunshine

    I have a special love for Yoda; he has appeared so many times in the blog he has his own Tag.

    • What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

    Stretch! Wiggle my toes and fingers. I have osteoarthritis in my fingers, toes and in my back, so I often wake up very stiff.

    • If you won the lottery what would be the very first thing you would buy and why?

    A round the world airline ticket for My Chap and I, to visit friends and family, watch some tennis, go to some gigs and walk on beaches. Then we’d come back to Manchester, pay off and do up our house and garden. We’d stay here, as we love Manchester, but we’d also love a house by the sea.

    • What is your favourite quote from a movie?

    ‘Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future’. Yoda

    • If you were a superhero what would your super power be?

    Time travel – not only because I love history – but it would mean I could visit people in a instant.

    • What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

    When I was a teenager, My Dad used to talk about ‘Things a Girl Should Know’, most were practical like how to open champagne, how to shake hands firmly, tie bow ties properly, change a tyre etc. He taught me to cook too, but that’s a whole other story.
    He told me to be true to myself, be kind, help people, when you can and say No to things you really don’t want to do.

    And to trust your gut.

    • Which emoji do you use the most?

    I’m absolutely bobbins at doing emojis, so I can only use three (typing the characters too) – 🙂 😉 😦

    • If you could go back in time and tell yourself anything what would it be?

    My Granny Dolly who was a country woman, a working class suffragette, dog breader, judge at Cruft and a terrible cook, said to use moisturiser every day. Her skin was amazing, even in her 80s, and I’m afraid I didnt take this advice. I realised the error when I turned 40 and have mostly remembered the moisturiser since then.

    • What do you currently have set as the wallpaper on your phone?

    This is the bay at Flinders, on the Mornington Peninsula, just south of Melbourne. My Australian family live here some of the time. Flinders is a village, with a General Store, one pub and a few coffee shops – it’s a peaceful, sleepy and relaxed place. I love it there.

    • If you could do anything in the world as a legitimate job what would you do?

    Be a guide around one of the great gardens, photographing people, places and plants – sharing and tweeting too.

    • Where is your favourite place in the world?

    I don’t have one favourite place – I guess mine is more about what places make me feel – a state of mind. Contentment, peace, relaxed but it would definitely have beautiful flowers.

    And now to see if I can add the link button without a laptop. It broke on Monday so I’m using the tablet at the moment (TMI probably). Oops I chopped my head of on the link box.

    Do have a look at the BlogOn X – linky for more blog and bloggers 🙂 I’ve found some new ones to follow.

    Any thing I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments.

    But, in the meantime, remember Life isn’t a dress rehearsal.

    Carpe Diem

    Love Bec xx

    Wordless Wednesday: DAY 25 WATER #blurtselfcareathon

    25 April 2018 – DAY 25 WATER #blurtselfcareathon Flinders, Mornington Peninsula, Australia

    I’m happiest by the water whether it’s rivers, lakes, the sea. All my Australian family love the sea too.

    This is Flinders, a village on the Bass Straight side of the Mornington Peninsula where they live some of the time. It’s peaceful and beautiful at Flinders. #rechargethebatteries.

    We are so excited to see our Aussie family in Melbourne next month.

    Wordless Wednesday – DAY 18 SOCIAL #blurtselfcareathon

    18 April 2018 – DAY 18 SOCIAL #blurtselfcareathon – My Australian family and friends, pals from Stirling University, Manchester work crew, RunMND posse, the Women’s Institute ladies and finally, but certainly not least my Eccles pals.

    I’m a sociable and friendly person – I’m so fortunate to have so many friends and family who’ve supported me in tough times and good. And of course, My Chap – he makes me a better person.

    Wordless Wednesday – DAY 11 ENCOURAGE #blurtselfcareathon

    11 April 2018 – DAY 11: ENCOURAGE #blurtselfcareathon Beth and My Chap raising awareness at Brighton Marathon April 2018

    My Chap, and I, do as much as we can to raise awareness and funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Here he is after pushing Beth (who lost her mum to MND), round Brighton Marathon. Beth walked over the finish line and they were both interviewed on the big screen.

    We’re all part of a group (700+) called @RunMND on Twitter and Facebook. We do all we can support and encourage each other, raising money and awareness about Motor Neurone Disease.

    Come and find us and get involved…

    #nofinishlineuntilacure