Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Balanced Hodgepodge

Middle of the week so it's time for the hodgepodge with the questions set by Joyce at the blog From This Side of the Pond. This is a great prompt based blog hop with differently themed questions every week.

1. Where do you go when you need some inspiration?

I love browsing through Pinterest, sometimes with an actual purpose in mind, but often just to see what's out there in the virtual world of ideas.

2. What's under your bed?

Sometimes there is a cat under the bed, but only when she doesn't want to leave the room when we want her to. There is bound to be dust under there, and my beloved has a box of things under there that don't fit in his bedside table.

3. Thursday, February 22nd is National Chili Day, National Margarita Day, and National Cook a Sweet Potato Day. Of the three which would you most like to celebrate? Is that likely?

Of the three options I would celebrate the Sweet Potato as I love them and they're such a versatile vegetable and so much tastier than their plain relatives.

4. What are you 'snowed under' with right now?

I'm not really snowed under with anything at the moment, though I am starting to feel the pressure build for doing the A to Z blogging challenge this year. I think I've finally decided on my theme, so now I just have to start writing my posts.

5. Tell us three to five things that make you feel balanced?

Am I allowed to say my beloved, my beloved, my beloved? No, okay I'll be good and say different things. My beloved is definitely the number one thing that helps me feel balanced, as he is the other half of my soul.

Cuddling one of our furbies is a great way to bring balance back and sometimes reading or watching tv can be a reminder that the world isn't as out of sync as it may seem.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

We are in the process of trying to integrate our new furby Lord Rocky Horror (cat) into our menagerie - it's a little bit stressful. Rocky has already put Bramble (Cocker Spaniel) in her place, which was quite funny as Bramble is so much bigger than our new little man. 

Bramble keeping a safe distance from Rocky
Princess Cookie Cat is another story altogether. She has got a constant growling hissing thing going on, to the point that she ends up coughing and growling at times. So far she has only lashed out a Rocky once, but we're making sure that we're always around when they're in the same room. They're living in different parts of the house when we're in bed or out of the house, as I worry what would happen without us here to adjudicate.

Rocky exploring his new home
What helps you to feel balanced? Before you go, make sure you pop over to Joyce's blog to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with.

Until next time we hope that all is good in your little part of the world.

Pamela & Ken

Monday, February 19, 2018


Sparks is hosted by Annie at McGuffy's Reader (visit to see everyone else's sparks) and her words are the best to use to explain:

"I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!"

The aim is to post a positive quote, thought, poem, or verse. Today's contribution is because sometimes life can feel like a bit of a race and every now and then we need to stop, and just breathe.

Pamela & Ken

Friday, February 16, 2018

Fridays Friendly Fill Ins

It's the end of another week and time for some fill ins that are set by Annie at McGuffy's Reader and Joyce at - why don't you come and join us. The words in purple are the prompts that are provided and then the rest is me. Lets raise a glass of something fizzy for the new year.

1. My Chinese zodiac animal is the Rooster, and more specifically I am an earth rooster. A famous earth rooster is Jennifer Lopez and we're meant to be 'lovely, generous, and trustworthy. My beloved is a Monkey which sounds about right.

Today being Chinese New Year we're entering the year of the dog and leaving my year, the rooster behind.

2. My zodiac sign is Capricorn which is an earth sign and I have been told several times in my life that I epitomize the personality of this sign. A Capricorn's traits are; responsible, disciplined, practical, and grounded, with them also expecting the worst and being a tad unforgiving
3. Income tax season is not something I have to worry about.

4. In hindsight, there are probably lots of things that when I look back I wonder if I should have made different decisions or chosen a different path, but at the time I made the best decision with the information I had. Besides, Lady Destiny had it all planned already.

Do you know what your Chinese Zodiac sign is? We wish you all a fabulous new year with all good things.

Pamela & Ken

P.S: Introducing our new furby, the very handsome Rocky. He joined our family yesterday and we suspect he's called Rocky because he's a bit of a fighter, having already given Bramble Jelly a whack that caused Bramble to bark and get upset, which has never happened with Princess Cookie Cat.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Top Ten Thursday - St Petersburg

Today for our top ten Tamara at Part-time Working Hockey Mom has asked us to take an imaginary city trip! We picked a location we've been wanting to visit, googled the h*** out of the internet and put together the top ten things we want to see, do, experience, eat, etc. at that place! 

So many places that I would love to visit that it was hard to decide which one to do. I could've chosen Prague, Florence, Ulan Bator, Salzburg, and the list goes on, but instead I've chosen St Petersburg in Russia.
Here's my top ten (there are many more things I'd like to do, but these are a start).

1. Drink Vodka in it's home country.

2. Visit Smolenskoe Cemetery - there are several great sounding graveyards in the city, but this is one of the older ones.

3. Wander through the Hermitage Museum which is situated in the Winter Palace.

4. Marvel at the grandeur of the Grand Palace.

5. Reflect on the beauty of the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood - the name alone is a reason to visit it. This is the church in the picture above with the iconic Russian domes.

6. Pose with the statue Monument to the Photographer.

7. Eat caviar on traditional Russian blinis (pancakes).

8. Soak in the creative vibes at the Street Art Museum.

9. Pay respects to the assassinated Czar Nicholas II in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

10. Be dazzled by the artistic beauty at the Faberge Museum.

Where would you like to visit that you've never been? So many places in this huge world of ours and it's nice to dream about visiting one day.

It's now late so I'll say Dasvidaniya (goodbye) and wish you all a wonderful day wherever you are.

Pamela & Ken

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Romantic Hodgepodge

This weeks hodgepodge falls on (supposedly) the most romantic day of the year, Valentines day so our host, Joyce, has asked questions around this theme. Make sure you visit her blog to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with for their answers - From This Side of the Pond.

1. When's the last time you had a heart to heart talk with someone? A change of heart? Experienced figurative 'heart failure?'

The last time I had heart failure was when we were packing our flat in London up and we thought our little black cat Muffin (RIP) had gone outside, somewhere she'd never been before in her life. It was about 6am in the morning in December so pitch black and we were wandering around trying to find a black cat. Thankfully we discovered that she was actually hiding behind the fridge - I think I nearly squeezed the life out of her when I got a hold of her as I was so relieved.

2. Champagne, chocolates, flowers...what's your Valentine pleasure? Any special plans for the day?

Chocolate all the way for me. We don't have any special plans for the day as I have to work until 7pm. Some years we've gone out to dinner but we just as often stay in. We always get each other a card and a small token of our love for each other. The funniest present that my beloved has ever given me was quite early in our relationship when I still hadn't aclimatised to the British weather so he gave me thermal underwear - it still makes me smile.

Here's what I received this morning when I woke up - my beloved knows me so well.

3. Are you a hopeless romantic or do you fall more in the category of practical and pragmatic? What's a gesture you find romantic?

I'd say I fall in between the two. I am hopelessly romantic but this is tinged with my natural tendency to be overly sensible. When it comes to my beloved I can't help myself when it comes to romance, as he inspires me to feel like this. If you want to understand a bit more about how I feel about my man then read this post I wrote for our 14th anniversary - 14 Years of Wedded Bliss.

I find all sorts of things romantic, especially the little things like my beloved bringing me a hot water bottle when I haven't even asked for one,

4. Do you ask a lot of questions in life or are you pretty content with what you already know?

I'm a bit of a question asker and I'm very good at yelling questions at the TV (no, I haven't gone totally crazy yet), especially when historic shows give facts about the past that I feel they have no way of truly knowing about. For example, they may be talking about the behaviour of dinosaurs to which I will sit here repeating 'how do they know that?' The I'll ask my beloved how they know that, before again asking the TV.

5. Your favorite power ballad?

So many to choose from and it totally depends on my mood for which one I'd want to listen to, but for today's post I've gone with Jeff Buckley singing Hallelujah.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

As we're about to become the proud parents of a new little black cat, I thought I would share two photos of our Muffin Monster who left us 15 months ago. She was a funny little thing that one minute could be extremely loving, including kisses on the face, and the next she could be very grumpy and scratchy. The first picture shows how we used to put the chairs on the sofa so that our old dog couldn't get on there when we were out, so the cats took advantage and made them into their special beds.

Do you like valentine's day or do you think it's an overhyped and meaningless day in the year.

Until next time we hope that all is good for you wherever you are in the world.

Pamela & Ken

Monday, February 12, 2018


Sparks is hosted by Annie at McGuffy's Reader (visit to see everyone else's sparks) and her words are the best to use to explain:

"I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!"

The aim is to post a positive quote, thought, poem, or verse. I guess my contribution this week is all about recognising that we all have our own beauty and worth.

Pamela & Ken

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Exploring Inverness Town House

This weekend there were open days at Inverness Town House to allow the public to explore the inside of this beautiful building. The Town House has recently undergone renovations which cost £3.9million. 

It's a very grand looking building, with beautiful turrets, almost like a fairytale palace. We were intrigued to see if the inside matched the outside and I was pleased to see that lots of other people wanted to see it as well.

The Town House was built in the 1770's and has some very grand chandeliers throughout - I'm glad I don't have the job of cleaning them.

The entrance way has a lovely mosaic of tiles which lead to a grand double staircase.

At the landing of the stairs, where they part to form two flights, there are these beautiful windows with plants in front of them.

One of the council rooms.

More glittering chandeliers and decorative ceiling above the council chambers.

The town hall is a huge space with paintings of important people in the history of Inverness around the walls, along with artifacts from the history of the area. There is even a sword that was used at the battle of Culloden in 1746.

Board of remembrance for highlanders that gave their lives in the first world war.

The two most common names on the boards were the Frasers and the Macphersons, but on the left hand picture there are five Forbes, which are my Scottish ancestors. In the right hand picture there are two antipodeans - Private Macarthur from Australia and Private Macdonald from New Zealand.

The windows that line the hall have clan coats of arms on them and this one really drew our attention.

The motto is; Touch Not The Cat Bot (but) A Glove! When I asked Mr Google what this was all about, it seems it is the motto of Clan Macpherson and implies that the clan has claws and you must be careful how you approach them.

A few more shots of the hall to show you how grand it is, but also to show you how many people had come in to explore their local council's chambers. What was really wonderful is that there were children running around and no one told them to be quiet.

A painting of Duncan Forbes - I wonder if he's a distant relative?

This brutal emblem was on a wall plaque and unfortunately the writing has faded so much it's impossible to read. I'm presuming it is the minotaur, but beyond that I don't know what it's for.

This plaque was near the above and I'm guessing this one is something to do with the Arctic as it has the flags of the UK, USA, and Russia.

It was great to have a look in the Town House as it's a beautiful historic building. Of course we went for coffee and cake whilst we were in town and my beloved had this very romantic looking biscuit - the cafes and bakeries are making the most of the upcoming valentines day.

Our final task for the day was to call into the SSPCA to visit the furby that we're adopting. We got to spend some time with him and he's adorable, likes to give love bites to the hands, especially Ken's, and he's impossible to get a photo of as he never stops moving.

I hope that we'll soon be able to do a post where we welcome him home to join our slightly crazy family.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and have a really wonderful week.

Pamela & Ken