Places in My Heart: 31 Days of Abundance, Day Two

Do you remember Charlene? She’d been to Georgia and California, Nice, Greece, Monte Carlo and Paradise, but she’d never been to me.?Meaning her, she’d never been to her? Well I’ve been to me, rather a lot, actually. But I know where she was coming from and I wonder if you do too? I’ve been to an abundance of nice places in my life, lucky me. I’ve lived all over the UK and all over London too and I’ve travelled extensively in Europe, America and the Far East. I’ve even lived in a lot of those – Malta, Cyprus, Singapore and […]

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Bucket List: My Six For Sixty

My social media chums and clients are blogging their bucket lists. Some are expressing it as the number of things they want to see, have and get done by their next significant birthday, thus thirty for 30, or forty for 40, or fifty for 50 and mine would have to be sixty for 60. Since my sixtieth birthday is only 18 months away, there are not sixty things I want to do by then nor, frankly, between now and my kicking the bucket. I am lucky in that I have achieved most, if not all, of the things I set […]

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Caribbean Christmas 30: Travelling Hopefully

I’m coming home today and that’s a phrase full of mixed emotions.   Once the day of my flight dawns, I’m keen to get the travelling over with especially considering how fraught with difficulties that can be in this day and age.   Now that I am up early and enjoying the dawn, I wish I could just rock up at the airport and get on with it.   But my flight doesn’t take off until 1700.   So what to do with my last few hours? I’m excited to be coming home, being reunited with Mitsy and all that is familiar to me, […]

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Caribbean Christmas 15: Walking The Plank

Our little holiday pad is deliciously secluded, without being remote.   We are called Anchorage and that’s situated in Point Venezia and, just like Venice, our properties are built into the water. Which means we have to walk along planks to get home.   Walking on a raised wooden platform, like a somewhat rotting boardwalk! And these planks are above water and get rained on tropically almost every day, some days that’s big rain. And so the planks can be a bit soft which is a tad scary especially if you are carrying something heavy too like 6 x 1.5 litres of Evian […]

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Caribbean Christmas 13: The Oasis of The Seas

Overnight there was a powercut; we woke up boiling alive without any air con and unable to shower which was a bit of a bummer since today we had planned a trip to Philipsburg, the Dutch Capital of Sint Maarten, to scope out the Oasis of The Seas. The Oasis is the largest cruise ship ever and today was her second visit to SXM.   This has caused a great deal of excitement locally and never ones to miss out, we popped along to see it with our own eyes. The first thing was that as soon as we left our […]

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Caribbean Christmas (7): Cops & Visions on The Beach

Well, we have been here a week now.   Time flies in paradise.   Today I considered we were acclimatised sufficiently to make it to the beach and we rocked up, as planned, at the Karakter Beach Bar & Lounge where we were welcomed kindly. We discovered the first ever beach bar I have liked.   Karakter is laid back.   It plays nice music which enhances the beach experience, a delicate call that one.   They serve great food and drinks.   They have lovely, smiley, can-do staff and lots of beautiful dogs who lie sleeping in the shade of the beach umbrellas. The wind […]

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Caribbean Christmas (6): Twitter and Tinned Butter

Mosquito solution found (of sorts): Two electric tennis rackets which you wave at the passing blighter and it eloctrocutes him. A particularly sadistic sort of revenge. We looked at these two killer bats in the apartment for several days before we worked out what they are for. Imagine the demonic she-devil laughter as another parasite is despatched and you have some idea of the celebrations here at the death of the beastie. We are also grateful for your tips from Marmite to garlic, both reminders, which we have put into play immediately.   We are also going to try something like Mosquito […]

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