Today is W B Yeats’s Birthday

  These are some of my favourite lines from the poetry of WB Yeats who was born in Sandymount in Dublin on 13th June 1865 and is buried at the foot of Ben Bulben mountains in Sligo, Ireland.  Whether you are Irish or not, raise a glass of Bailey’s Irish Mist tonight in gratitude of…

Warning – A Favourite Poem by Jenny Joseph

Warning by Jenny Joseph “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,  And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter. I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m…

London’s Chelsea Flower Show

The Greatest Flower Show in the World For about the last ten years I have been an annual visitor to the Chelsea Flower Show in London – this feast for the soul from which I and countless others derive the greatest joy not just from the dazzling display of perfect flowers and plants but from…

Mothering not Smothering

“Mum, that’s not mothering, it’s smothering”,  that’s what my nineteen year old son said to me recently.  Without question I have been a protective mother but living in suburban London I would be deemed negligent if I wasn’t especially when they were young.  It’s so easy to be critical of other people’s parenting methods but…

Piece of Wisdom to Pass on to Your Children

“The secret of success is to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm”. Winston Churchill He knew all about success and failure having served as Prime Minister twice from 1940-45 and from 1951-55 leading Britain to victory in the Second World War but losing the 1945 General Election to Clement Attlee….