Let me introduce you !
I have mentioned this guy quite a lot usually as OH but he does have an identity, this is my better half Jim, seen here with our lovely grand-daughter Tilly. I always manage to cajole him into reading what I intend to publish so that as many typos can be spotted before ‘going to press’. It is on these occasions that he has often said why don´t you write about this, or that. Sick of his suggestions I threw down the gauntlet and said OK smarty why don´t you write something instead of just talking about it. Well it has taken a long time but he has finally got around to it and I am happy to publish his first article which to save his blushes will appear on the blog while we are on holiday.
Treat him nicely he is a good guy and hopefully if his article is well accepted I can get him to write more.
The relationship between a mother and daughter is quite fragile. It keeps changing and can swing from love to hate and hopefully back to love again. There are periods when we never seem to agree with each other, perhaps because we are so alike, but we have been fortunate, in our case the bond has grown strong day by day. My daughter Kate, I think this poem sums us up quite well.
My Daughter © Deborah A. Veysey
A daughter to a mother is like a diamond in the rough.
A mother to a daughter sometimes makes life tough.
She’ll always be your little girl, whatever path she takes.
You’ll often want to help her in decisions that she makes,
But you sit back silently, you have to let her grow
Then suddenly she’s a woman and she wants you to let go.
You hold on very gently so she can’t feel your grip,
But in your heart you’ll be there just in case she slips.
She wants to share her feelings, but you won’t understand,
When she comes home and tells you that she has found her man.
That diamond in the rough I will always call her mine,
But even I can clearly see this man makes my diamond shine!
Helen Barron – Helen and her husband, Dave currently live and work in Scotland. For the past 15 years they have spent most of their holidays in Tenerife and have fallen in love with the island, particularly the all year round sunshine.
Approaching the age of “early” retirement they have found their ideal retirement home and all going well will be moving permanently in less than 2 years’ time. It already feels like home when they step off the plane at Reina Sofia airport and they are looking forward to exploring in more depth the many facets of the island and playing golf without having to wrap up as if going on a trip to the Antartic! They also want to enjoy the cultural aspect of the island and do some walking (gentle) to explore the varied landscape. Helen is hoping soon to start her own blog to chart the various hurdles to moving from one country to another but this is hampered by her currently busy work schedule.
Pat Cresswell is an Indie author he writes novels and short stories that are ‘Designed to be read by the pool, on the beach or apres ski’ – entertaining adult story lines that are easy to read, with enough action and adventure to keep you interested! And many are a little on the light hearted side.
I hope to add a few of Pat’s short stories to the blog on a regular basis.
Monica Biggs is one of those clever people you just hate. Whatever she turns her hand to she is good at, she is a great painter, photographer, but also a nice person with a wonderful sense of humour. After reading her emails of a family holiday in ROME I managed to twist her arm and got her to let me publish what they got up to. I am hoping she will be a regular guest blogger for the Red Queen.
Bambi Dhami is the choreographer for all the Decades shows at Vivo in Las Americas. I met her at the Christmas spectacular (in June!) and we got on famously. I think one of the reasons is because like me she is not the least bit embarrassed to admit that she spoils her baby Lulu a beautiful Shih Tzu. Bambi kindly gave me an insight into what it is like behind the sequins and glitter and I will share them with you in Behind the Scenes at Decades