Category: Life

Tessa Barrie’s views on life.  Mostly her own.

CRACKING GOOD READ: This is Going to Hurt – Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

I fell in love whilst basking in the sun in Gran Canaria and the thing is with these holiday romances, they don’t last but the memories stick with you, especially when the object of your infatuation is a cracking good read. In my case, I was hopelessly gone […]

TRAVEL UNDAUNTED: Rambling around The Lakes

A local hostelry at the end of each hike is very appealing, along with the views

DOGGEREL​ DAYS – Cheating and Karma

She knows, you know.


I am very pleased to say that there was one heart-warming headline caught my eye.

The Sciatic​ Life

Despite the appealing thought of not having to cut the grass myself and being provided with free manure for the roses,  I throw on a pair of wellies and organise a one-woman Bonanza-style roundup.  

What a Nerve!

My bed had morphed into the most uncomfortable place on earth and I couldn’t sit down either.

Here’s wishing you everything you wish for yourselves …

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” ― Oprah Winfrey    

Christmas under the Sun

I love the whole kit and caboodle of our traditional Christmas. The build-up, decorating the tree and the house, the endless shopping, both in the supermarket and on Amazon.  The ding-dong merrily on high carol singers, entertaining family and friends and generally spending an inordinate amount of money to run […]

As the New Year Approaches … these are the wise words of Abhijith Padmakumar

Yes, that is true. We have all failed a lot of times in our lives. And the frustration of that loss has spoilt our days. At least I have spent days like that and it was those were the worst days. I would wake up the next day […]

14 Days and Counting and Time to press the Christmas Panic Button

It all went very smoothly, apart from the yearly dash to the shop to replace the tree lights we only bought last year.

A WRITER’S LIFE – The Run Up to Christmas

Monday – Had another very vivid dream.  I was dressed from head to toe in red and signing autographs, having just flown another sortie as a Red Arrow pilot.  I blame it on the medication myself, but I have a history of bizarre dreaming. I must stop thinking […]

Culinary Collapse

I’m still smarting from last night.  The indignity of it all.  Cooking has never been my forte but last night was my first real fail on the culinary front after my chicken risotto was deemed inedible. The thing is I thought it tasted OK.  Perhaps because my taste […]

It Goes Without Saying

I still survive on precious little sleep, but sleeping like a log or a baby is only in my dreams.

A Day in the Life of a Random Blogger

A Urinal Too Far

Remember ladies, don’t forget to pack your SheWee for the ultimate Amsterdam experience … Ja!

Armageddon Skies

Our skies took on an Armageddon hue for a while yesterday, but thankfully, we are all still here this morning.

Manners maketh a Security Man

Never mess with a depressed GOW who is leaving glorious sun-soaked weather for the rain-soaked UK. The three of us were going through security at Faro Airport this morning and it was not exceptionally busy by their standards, so it was a surprise when a young jobs-worth security […]

Home is where Cassie the Blog Dog is

“You see, sometimes in life, the best thing for all that ails you has fur and four legs.” ― Mark J. Asher, All That Ails You: The Adventures of a Canine Caregiver I am leaving this wonderful climate tomorrow … with a heavy heart. I am fully recovered […]

Holiday Read Number One: A Quiet Place by Peggy Boleat

Peggy Boleat (1922-2014) I so wish I had met Peggy Boleat having just read her extraordinary and raw account of her life in Jersey during the German occupation of the Channel Islands in the Second World War.  My life in Jersey started in 1981.  Our paths could have so […]

The Lost Blogs Video Collection

As our Lost Blogs video collection starts to grow, we have created a page for them.  If you haven’t seen any of our videos yet, view the short snippet below which gives you a clue as to what they might be about … but, always expect the unexpected. […]

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