Monthly Archives: May 2013

A fun day in the community!

This event was a great day with some awesome people!


Today’s post belongs to the vibrant venue, people and volunteers of The White Moss Youth and Community Centre.

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On Saturday May 18th White Moss held their 5th Annual  free fun day and although the weather was miserable the centre was far from it, with a range of activities, information and stalls catering to all aspects of the community, “a great day was had by all!”

Here are just a few of the dedicated volunteers;


Liam 18, who volunteers twice a week rotating between the gym and the music studio, he would like to have a career as a youth worker.


Jasmine a 12 year old volunteer, who generously gathered her  Bric- a- Brac to sell, and donated the proceeds to the centre. ( update : Jasmine raised £72)

Johnny Biggs

Johnny Biggs “a chip off the old block” Johnny has volunteered for over 16 years, helping his father John Biggs…

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I Have Funeral Etiquette Questions….

A hard time for a great guy! Made worse by people’s total lack of respect!

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When I am not playing with words this is a part of what I do, please take a look and make some suggestions to improve this as an online community support group.

Grandparent Support

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.”
— Kahlil Gibran

This quotation from the famous poet and philosopher has always been a part of my life, I have often quoted it to my children when discussing matters of the heart, and difficult relationships in particular.

Some relationships are worth ‘fighting for’ and some are just not, it’s that simple it really is, when you remove all the emotion and drama, that is the philosophy that we all come back to and settle upon.

It is a lot easier to write and quote Kahlil Gibran, than it is to live by it when you’re in the midst of a court case or as I have dramatically put it myself in the past “battling to maintain a relationship with my granddaughter”.

As a Grandmother  it is extremely hard…

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verb (used with object), be·fud·dled, be·fud·dling.


to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments: politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises.

to make stupidly drunk.
1885–90; be- + fuddle

Related forms

be·fud·dler, noun
be·fud·dle·ment, noun
1. perplex, bewilder, baffle, daze, muddle.
To be befuddled is  to be
somewhat muddled
it’s very far from
being cuddled.
when the politicians
have been huddled
you will find yourself  befuddled
and somewhat muddled
and very much puzzled
were politicians ever cuddled?
© G.W.W.2013
A silly little verse is all I can come up with as I am somewhat  befuddled myself at the moment,not enough hours in the day, for me to play with my word a day, but I’ll be back very soon  so please stay in tune for when the words will festoon!
Inspired by a suggestion from Jade go visit her in her Jungle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.





Grandparent Support

Hello everyone!

At long last I have tweeked and turned my tumblr blog and brought it over to WORDPRESS they make it  so easy, but as a lady of a  certain age the finer points sometimes escape me!

I have moved over in the hope that more people will get to  see what we are  up to!

The aim is to get as many people as possible talking about the issues that face Grandparents today!

In particular there are Grandparents out there that face the heartbreaking issue of NO CONTACT. Read my past posts to get a flavour!

There are also Grandparents out there that have already raised a family and are now inexhaustibly set to raise their Grandkids too, for whatever reason!

I want to hear from all of you, and I want to help too! posting stories, experiences and links to useful information,  and support in your local area.


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The Butler w/ Forest Whitaker & Oprah Winfrey


It's Okay To Believe

Shout out to all the butlers, maids, plumbers, electricians, and now teachers – the service Americans. There is dignity in every job! Embrace making a difference in someone’s life.

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An Exceedingly Good Poet!

This has to be my favourite poem of  all time, various lines pop  into my head at different moments lately it has to be ” the unforgiving minute”.

My best memory connected to it? When I  first introduced my daughters to it one of them (Grace) said:

”  Wow! he’s talented mum, he writes poems and bakes  cakes too!  ”




IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling

I also love  this poem because  as  any avid tennis fan knows two of the lines are inscribed  on the wall above the players entrance to Centre Court at Wimbledon

“If you can meet with triumph and disaster / And treat those two imposters just the same”

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That’s me enjoying strawberries and cream at Wimbledon in 2011 when I was lucky enough to have tickets to Centre Court.

Wimbledon championship dates 24th June- 7th July 2013



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