Archive for April, 2010

A Cup Of Tea Old Chap?

Posted: April 30, 2010 in Opinion

I’m British, therefore I guess it’s only right that I like to drink tea! I say old chap there are many varieties but my favorite (At the moment) is ‘Yorkshire Tea’, if I’m feeling posh then a cup of ‘Earl Grey’ is just fine thank you.

I guess it’s like an addiction, the way I drink a cup of the brown stuff – & I just gotta have one in the morning else I don’t function – aah that 1st cuppa of the day, luvvly jubbly!

Whether you have full cream milk, semi-skimmed, skimmed, soya milk (Like me), with a slice of lemon – or even a little honey, this world wide institution is just great!!!

So why not put the kettle on, add your fave teabag & milk & raise a cup/mug to the delightful vessel of brown stuff!!  <– For a bit more info

Want a few tips on making the poifekt cuppa? See below:



Posted: April 29, 2010 in Opinion

So the other day my whole street, in fact I think most of the village had a power cut & it really got me thinking about how fortunate we are & how we take things for granted – I know I do.

Without the electric there was no P.C, no T.V or radio, I couldn’t charge my cell phone or boil the kettle, so I did what I do best, I took a nap!!!

I wouldn’t have thought so deeply about the lack of power if I hadn’t have heard kids playing in the street – way more than usually do. It’s such a shame that the joys of playing out with your mates is sometimes taken away by games consoles etc I guess it almost takes away the joys of childhood.

How would we cope with more than a few hours without electricity? Would we read the dust-accumulating books on the shelf? Spend more time with family/friends &/or visit the great outdoors? For the majority of us our lives would change dramatically & maybe those that don’t appreciate the glory of nature would begin to.

I guess we live in an age of convenience where almost everything is at our fingertips, but I think sometimes it’s good sit back & realise how fortunate we are.

If you know me well then you know how much I love to write, how I love to sew words together & hopefully come up with something readable.

It’s a form of expression, a way to let my vivid imagination run wild & it seeps into the dreams I have both day & night. It is everything to me, yet without me my story has no life; the characters become real & I get so emotionally involved I’ve found myself crying as if it were me living that life.

From the notes I used to slip under my Moms bedroom door cos I had no confidence  to communicate my feelings, to the weekly reviews on & maybe one day (Please God) a published novel or 2.

This is what I do, this is how I am, my words are my way of life & I treasure them so.

‘Writing is my suffering. It’s my soul’s medicine. I write about what I wanna write about. I write when I hurt. I write when I fear. Writing is my form of personal freedom. I write to save myself. I write to survive as an individual.’  Gao Xingjian.

On The Move Again

Posted: April 22, 2010 in Opinion, Other

When I was born in Nineteen Seven…. when I was born, My Father was in the Air Force & I guess in some respects that meant we were too; his work meant we moved around a lot & my 1st move was at the age of 2 months (From Lisburn to Wiltshire if I remember rightly).

Since then there have been 15 others & I am about to embark on my 17th in a couple of weeks.

Old habits die hard & I am unable to stay in one place very long, the longest I’ve lived anywhere was in Peterborough & for me the 8 years were too many – I changed the furniture in my room ’round a lot in a bid to make things different.

The bonuses of all these moves are having many friends & lots of places to stay, the ease at which I settle in somewhere & the ability to make friends quickly. The downside is that family & are not always near, but all that is about to change.

I’m moving so I can be closer to my family & although I had planned in my head to move somewhere else before I was near them, circumstances have dictated otherwise. Ok, so I don’t have to go but my heart says I should.

When I leave Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, I will have been here for 18 months, & to be here any longer would not feel right, don’t get me wrong this is a lovely place, but I just gotta keep moving.

There’s the saying ‘Thursday child has far to go.’ Maybe one day I will settle somewhere, maybe not, but there is another saying that rings true….. ‘Home is where the heart is.’ (Gotta add the video below -oooh you can almost smell the cheese!)

Rachel. xoxoxo

A Little One

Posted: April 21, 2010 in Opinion

Yesterday my 3rd niece was born (my older Brother’s 3rd child), Harriet Elisabeth Rose at 2:15pm, weighing 7lb 13oz. Mother & baby are doing very well. I cannot wait to see her, & am hoping it will be no longer than a few weeks before I do!

I shall post a picture or two when I get them!!

My family are very important to me & I had always planned to live close to them again, & now circumstances have arisen that will bring it about sooner rather than later, bring it on!! That’s what I say!! I do not have to do this, but my heart tells me it’s right.

I want to see my nieces grow up, & I want to be a successful writer so I can help provide for their future. They say you can choose your friends but you cannot choose your family, I am very fortunate to have a wonderful famliy. I am blessed.


Posted: April 20, 2010 in Opinion

I laugh a lot, yesterday I was upset because of something life has thrown at me, but in true Rachel style, I was still able to laugh.

Laughter is great therapy, and a natural de-stresser, it makes yourself & others feel good. I discovered I had the ability to make people laugh when I was about 7, I had to answer questions without using the words ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ & I came up with all sorts of answers & facial expressions to go with them. I have been laughing ever since 🙂

Maybe I just have a strange sense of humor or am mad! But laughter & smiling is good & I find it natural to play the clown.

Things in my life will be changing very soon & there will be some difficulties, buuuut I plan to do what this song says:

A Suitcase Of Happiness

Posted: April 20, 2010 in Opinion

Sometimes life can seem pretty ok , but if you’re Rachel Ellie that doesn’t last long.

I know we all have challenges and no-one’s life is easy, it’s just that right now, it’s ‘AARRRGGHHH!!!’

‘What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger’  ‘As one door closes, another opens’  ‘Things happen for a reason’

‘Your lawyer says you can’t be within 50 feet of me……’ No, wait….

Sometimes it just seems that I’m meant to almost fight my way thro what life throws at me, how strong am I supposed to be? Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the many blessings I have, maybe I’m not supposed to get complacent; I don’t know. I do know that things could always be worse and I know I have a wonderful family, many great friends and the love of Christ in my heart.

I guess it’s a journey, this life, and a suitcase of happiness and maybe a shoulder bag of good fortune is right there, maybe we’re just not reading the map correctly, or listening to the directions given.

On that note I will go change into my fave jammies and cuddle into my Piglet that…, I mean.. quick look behind you!!