Archive for June, 2010


Posted: June 26, 2010 in Opinion

Nom Nom Nom


Pikchure Tyme!

Posted: June 25, 2010 in Opinion

To the right you will see a picture of er…. someone being a bit drunk & trying to sneak in the room where there were some er… drinks of an alcoholic nature; apparently this is also my her French model pose.


<– Here we have a shot of some guy with a geetar, not quite sure who he is, but me thinks he’s a lovely chap


 Oh my damn it’s my washing machine lifting, mandolin playing, handstand push-up do-er, martial artist, bloody mary drinker friend Kevin! Despite almost being a total bad a**, he’s a really nice guy –>

‘The people shouldn’t be afraid of their government, the government should be afraid of their people’ Raymond Circa 2005; My friend, I think anyone would be afraid of you with that gun!! 🙂


Oooh Kaaaatyyyyyy ! I love this picture – so kind of Garry to help out!! This was taken at one of my mates legendary parties that consist of copious amounts of food, alcohol, music, dancing & of course Karaoke!! 🙂 —>


<– & last but not least here be a lovely picture of my friends dog Maggie, she’s a Corgi/Jack Russell cross & is an absolute delight to be around 🙂

Er the end 🙂

Kind Of An Update

Posted: June 24, 2010 in Opinion

Well hello there my friends – how the heck are ya?

It’s been a while since I blogged, but I have been rather busy of late what with work, shopping, splitting the atom & various other things so..what will I blog about……

Ok, so y’all know I do Handstands (See my blog about em here: )

I mention they help relieve stress etc – recently I was angry & I hate being angry cos it takes me forever to calm down – plus it’s not a very nice emotion – so what did I do to calm down? I did a handstand of course – this really helps drain the anger away – much more so than slamming doors or being a shouty person.

As I’m ‘Up there’ I think about what’s made me angry & I use the emotion it brings & somehow transfer it to the physical & find myself pushing hard into the floor; I guess the process of concentrating on staying up helps take my mind off what made me angry, but at the same time it usually means I’m up there for a decent amount of time.

What do I do if I can’t do a Handstand there & then? (It’s not always convenient – I could be at work, or out & about somewhere)  I hold the emotion in & keep it & the reason behind it somewhere in my mind, then when I can, I do the deed.

I remember a really frustrating part of my life where my way of dealing with the way I felt was not very…constructive – I used to punch my fridge…. Amazingly I never broke any bones – probably cos I’m very bendy & it was a bit of a rubbish fridge hahaha…aaaannyywaaayyy…

So there ya have it, that is what I do – thankfully I’m not one to get angry that often & have dealt with what was frustrating me – That chapter of my life is well & truly closed.

 I like Handstands, me. If I could, I would hug one.

Muuuuusiiiiiic Time!

Posted: June 20, 2010 in Music

Time for another tunage, I love this song & how theatrical the video is:

Shakespears Sister – I Don’t Care


Posted: June 19, 2010 in Opinion

Last Thursday I went to the local Theatre to audition for a part in a play that will be performed in October of this year – it has been ages since I did any acting & I have been meaning to get back to it for years. The auditions had been advertised in the paper so I went along & read through the play, met the existing players & spoke to the chairman, props lady & costume designer, amongst others.

I would love a big part with lots of lines – I mentioned this & they were pleased 🙂 even if I don’t get a part I can work backstage, maybe I can do both – there is a chance I may get multiple parts depending on the cast size, which will mean lots of costume changes – should be fun!

The proper audition is in about 2 weeks- Bring it on!! That’s what I say!

Oh, I’ve been told I MUST do panto 😀 hahaha – I cannot wait to get involved, I adore being on stage & was reminded of that briefly t’other day as I got up on it.

Watch this space for an update!! 😀

Helpful Bank???????

Posted: June 18, 2010 in Opinion

Natwest UnHelpful Banking – that’s the polite version of what I’m thinking just now, here’s the letter I sent them & you’ll see why:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Re: Acounts ****** ******

I wish to complain about the service I have received from Natwest over the last few days – to be honest it has been appalling; I lost my bank card (For account ending *76*) on June 16th 2010 & rang to get it cancelled, after being assured it had been cancelled & that a new one was to be sent out I felt satisfied, however, the next day I tried to use my other bank card in a cash machine only for it to be refused, I rang the helpline only to discover the wrong card had been cancelled! I needed to take money out to pay bills and I was unable to, the gentleman who answered my call was very polite & apologised many times despite the fact it was not his fault.

I was advised to go into the nearest branch & let them know the situation, the gentleman on the phone told me he would update my account with the details about what has happened, I thanked him & asked that he fill in a complaints form, he assured me this would happen, he also assured me the card for the account ending *76* had been cancelled.

 I went to a branch & the information was not on the system, so I had to explain what happened & thankfully the advisor was sympathetic to my needs & let me withdraw £***; he discovered while there that the gentleman I spoke to on the phone had not only failed to fill in the details on the system, he had also failed to cancel the card for account ending *76*.

The gentleman in branch handed me a slip as evidence that the card had been cancelled & apologised profusely. He also took the card for the account ending *73* ‘Cos it’s just a bit of plastic’.

Now, I am left with no bank cards other bills to pay & feeling extremely unhappy with the service I have been given; I have banked with Natwest for years & this is not the first time I have had a problem.

A few years ago one of my bank cards snapped, I rang & asked for a new one & was told there would be one delivered in 4-5 working days, 10 days later I still hadn’t received one & had to ring again & received one 14 days after I made the original call.

I have bills to pay, I expect to be charged for late payment, I expect my phone to be cut off because I cannot pay the bill, this is because Natwest have provided appalling service, and therefore, if I do receive late payment charges, I will be forwarding them to you.

Fortunately, I have some food in the house, no thanks to Natwest.

I would like an apology for the lack of service & some form of compensation for the stress & inconvenience this has caused.

You have 7 days from the date of this letter to respond satisfactorily, if I get no response or am not happy, I shall be contacting the Financial Ombudsman Service, I will also use my contacts in the media to highlight what Natwest have done.

I am also seriously considering banking elsewhere and updating my personal blog with the details.

I shall be keeping a copy of this letter to forward to the Ombudsman if needs be.

Yours Sincerely,

Rachel Ellie


Posted: June 16, 2010 in Opinion

‘Would you like to come Elderflower picking with me?’ Asked my Mother

‘Ok!’ I replied

For years my Mother has made the most beautiful Elderflower cordial – it’s wonderful with lemonade & it’s just the right time of year to go foraging something that tastes so good. So, off we went, leisurely walking to one of the local fields that has masses & masses of this stuff – the sun was shining, but not too bright & there was a pleasant breeze in the air.

After getting a few flowers from the field, My Mom decided that was not enough (We had a carrier bag she wanted to fill) So we traipsed along over a Stile where we came upon this beautiful bridge.

After a bit more chopping of Elderflowers (Apparently we had right of way but I had to be ‘Lookout’ in case the farmer made an appearance) we came across a beautiful lake; the atmosphere was wonderful & the weather was perfect.


On the way home we had to make a detour cos there was a MASSIVE swan & when I say MASSIVE I mean M.A.S.S.I.V.E – the picture does not do it justice & I didn’t wanna hang around to long cos she was nesting & a bit unsettled at our presence .

It was a pleasant walk & lovely to spend time with my Mother, we’ve both been busy lately so it was good to catch up.

All this wonderful scenery & it’s only 10 minutes walk from my house, I feel so fortunate.

I managed to find a copy of the recipe my Mother uses, if you’re interested: