Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Summer of 2017

July 17
Take a New View

It is not the facts it is the way we look at them that shapes our reaction. Do not like something about your life? Change it!


Take a good long look at yourself and acknowledge your personal contribution to any problem.

Do this, not to make yourself feel bad or in the wrong. But rather, to empower yourself. Because, when you accept personal responsibility you can make life-improving changes.

Though you cannot change, say, another person, you can choose to change yourself.  You do have choices.

And if you decide not to change anything?

Well, even deciding just put up with something is actually a choice. Acknowledging that choice can give you a confidence boost!  And then you will be looking at the facts in a new light.

Friday 7th July 17

Hello dear friend,
I hope you are well and enjoying some sunshine! Just think, we have passed the summer solstice and the days are now getting shorter. Gosh! But, thankfully, most of the summer is still ahead so let's make the most of it, eh. 

As some of you may know already I have been spending the last few months visiting churches promoting my book 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life. I am happy to report that I and the book have been made most welcome. Many thanks to all my new readers for your kind feedback.  

I have a number of new dates lined up and will post details of these soon. 

I also fitted in a visit to London, for a long overdue catch-up with friends. And a trip to Corfu also to stay with friends. I always have a wonderful time on that green and beautiful island. And the weather - apart from a dramatic thunderstorm - was hot and sunny so I got in lots of swimming and walking and enjoyed delicious food al fresco at tavernas. Did you catch the new series of #The Durrells? When I was there the buzz from the visiting cast and crew was still reverberating.  And the talk was of how locals were invited to be in the episodes and what fun they'd had being part of it all.

But now, it is back to work with lots of writing, but that is great too. I hope that you are enjoying your life - whatever you are doing and I wish you a fabulous weekend!

Love and blessings

PS To see my book trailer for 9 Days to Heaven, the practical guide to joyful  living, please  follow this link: #
PPS I have begun to blog again! Please follow these links to see two new posts.

Putting on a Brave Face - How to cope when things are tough

Remembering My Grey Tabby Princess

Monday, 27 July 2015

A Busy June 2015

A Different View!

If you can today, take a walk - in the city, by the sea, in a park; wherever. And as you walk, regularly: Look Up! You are sure to see something new.

Friday 19th June 15
Hello dear Friend,
Can't believe it is now June! I hope that you and yours are well! I have been on a few trips since I last wrote - lucky me!

Corfu trip
It was fantastic  to be back in my beloved Greece. The first week's weather was mixed, the second a heatwave with much swimming and walking and meeting with friends. The countryside was filled to the brim with a rainbow of spring flowers growing tall to compete for sunshine with waving grasses.
     As the people continue to suffer from imposed austerity measures my thoughts and prayers remain with them. On Wednesday I read online a very interesting article on this subject in the Independent. A lot of criticism has been thrown at the Greeks but the bottom line seems to be that the IMF have indeed shamefully let Greece down.

With friends I visited Helmsley, a lovely country town. Last weekend it held celebrations marking the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. Their involvement was due to their Baron, Robert de Ros, being one the guarantors appointed at the time to ensure King John kept his word.

If you fancy a daytrip expect lots of teashops and eateries, a castle, the historic All Saints Church, and maybe, as when we visited, a square filled with gleaming Harley Davidsons and affable riders.
      If you want to stay over there are some good hotels. We stayed at the prestigious #Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa . We were celebrating my friend Jan's birthday. The evening began with champagne in the Library, then moved to dinner in a private room. There was also unexpected dancing as the waiter brought us some speakers to link to an i-pad . The staff, as you can see, were very obliging, the accommodation special, and with a heated outdoor pool and spa what more could you want?! 
For more details see:  

I was up in London earlier this week meeting my friend Brett. We walked to Little Venice and had afternoon tea beside a pretty barge cafĂ©.
    In the evening we took in the award winning show #Sunny Afternoon  at the #Harold Pinter Theatre with #Kinks music and the story of the band's rise to success. It was brilliant: funny, moving, and great songs. The script was excellent and I take my hat off to everyone involved.

The next day we visited #Carnaby Street as my friend wanted to buy some baseball boots (?!) . The street was a disappointment as it is now lacklustre. I would like to see a history board at least with some photos its 60s heyday. But, my friend bought his boots at Office. See:
     It was onto #John Lobb the bootmaker - for bespoke boots and shoes for men and woman including royalty. We had only popped in for some shoe polish (for Victor who creates and mends shoes in Russia and swears this is the best polish ever). It was like stepping back in time. Aproned craftsmen were building shoes on lasts with painstaking effort. Rolls of assorted leather lay on counters. Racks of gleaming shoes enticed. The Queen's coat of arms spoke its own story of the quality of goods produced here.
      The person who sold us the polish (can't call him an assistant - think he was one of the craftsmen) ensured, with a demonstration, it was just the right shade of brown required. The shoes are expensive - start at £3,000+ but currently they are doing a good deal with a huge reduction if you order two pairs. What makes them different? Well, for one, as I understand it, each shoe is to last a lifetime - so repairs are free. And they look amazing and I am sure they are super comfortable.
For more info

Next it was onto the #National Gallery at Trafalgar Square. This is my favourite gallery and the place I really developed my taste in art. I marched straight to the Impressionists section and drank in the beauty of #Monet, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro, Degas, and then onto my very favourite artist, post-impressionist Van Gough. What a pleasure to be in their company again!    
For further details see:

This has turned into a book! Wishing you all a great weekend.
Love and blessings

PS To see my book trailer for #9 Days to Heaven , The practical guide to joyful  living, please  follow this link: 


Friday, 10 April 2015

Refresh Yourself

Refresh yourself!
* Breathe deeply in through the nose and out through the mouth.
* Now say,  "Today is the first day of the rest of my life!"
*  Let the relief of a new start soak right into every part of your being.

Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Hello dear friend,
How is your day going? Mine is zooming by, as per usual. But it's a good one.

As well as more writing I am, slowly, slowly, telling everyone I can about my book trailer recently posted on YouTube.

I know that unless you are registered you are not allowed to press the Like button. But that's okay.  It would still be great if you would take a look and share the link too. And I would love to hear your feedback!

So, see the intro to 9 Days to Heaven , The practical guide to joyful living by following this link. 
Wishing you a great week!
Love and blessings
Teresa x

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Book Trailer Completed!

Dear Diary

9 Days to Heaven, illustration for Day Three
– Setting up a meeting with God
Crowd (painting)
Tranquility by Toni Ndikanwu


Friday 6th February 2015

Hello dear friend,
I hope that you are having a wonderful day! In my little Welsh valley the sun shone brightly, but the air was f-f-f-freezing!!! But hey, it's winter, right.

My news today is that the video trailer of my book 9 Days to Heaven is now complete and can be viewed on YouTube by following this link. 
It would be great if you would take a look, like and share ...
And of course I would love to hear from you.
Wishing you a great weekend!
Love and blessings
Teresa x

Saturday, 11 May 2013

That Was Spring!

Wednesday 6th March 2013
Hello dear Friend,
I hope that you are well! Today has been such a fabulously sunny day that I really do believe that spring is on its way! When I walked through the little copse heading for the river the birds obviously thought that it had arrived as they were loudly twittering and singing to each other. Lovely.

Time has been whizzing by as usual. I am getting on well with my new book. At this point friends ask me: How long will it take for you to finish it? To which I usually reply: I don’t know… But I really do hope that I can make good and speedy progress on this one as it is long overdue! I will keep you posted.

Meantime I have been quite diligent in my blogging. As I predicted asking Guest Bloggers along has kept me on track. My latest post features inspiring octogenarian, Pauline Lewis, author and teacher. She tells us all about the wonderful project she presents in four schools in Porthcawl, Wales called Bible Explorer. To read more please visit:  Inspiring you to: © Be the Best You Can Be! Mind-body-soul

Veggie Recipes
You will also find on this blog post my recipe for  Leek, Potato & Cannellini Bean Stew. Those of you interested in healthy eating will be happy to learn it is a low GL / GI recipe.

Worldwide Bible Studies
I have also posted a new article on the Worldwide Bible Studies website. It is called: Make Heaven Your Goal: Be the Best You Can Be (Mt 5:48). If you would like to read it please follow this link:

I am happy to tell you that my book, 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life is now out as an eBook. For more info please follow the Amazon link:

Dear Diary Archive
To see back entries of Dear Diary. Please visit:

Inspiring Gifts
If you are seeking an inspiring gift (wide range includes t-shirts, mugs, and water bottles, and tote bags) please visit my on-line shop:

Wishing you a fabulous week! Keep in touch…
Love and blessings
Teresa x

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Snow & More Snow!

(Dear) Diary

Saturday 19th January 2013
Dear Friend,
I hope that you are having a great weekend! In this little Welsh valley we have been periodically dusted in snow since the early hours of Tuesday morning and temperatures have mostly been below zero. Finally on the Thursday the threatening ‘big snow’ arrived. The thick white blanket looks magical. But, as my mother remarked : “I used to love snow when I was a child - making snowballs and playing in it – but now I don’t like it very much” and I agreed because of the disruption it can bring. So, for those of you inconvenienced by snow in any way, shape, or form – I commiserate! (For friends in Oz, etc… enjoy your beach parties!)

Please feed the birds
This morning I watched as a sparrow hopped briefly onto my garage roof, flew down to ground level then up the garden steps skimming over the snow and so obviously seeking food. It was a reminder that the birds’ food sources are covered up. So perhaps you would like to put some food out for them during this time.

As I was writing that a snow plough trundled past my house clearing a track for transport. Very good. I won’t be venturing out in my car for now though. Having spent so much time in warmer climates for years I don’t like driving in these conditions. And actually, we are still on red alert in this area so…

As one of my New Year’s Resolutions I have been busily sending a Newsletter all around the world – to friends near and far. The last one I sent was, I think, three years ago! Oh, dear. And, I have not been much better with my Dear Diary entries, and Blog.

Hmm, my procrastination is showing! 

Having prayed about this (as always) I now plan to invite posts from Guest Bloggers. In that way, I feel that they will bring in, not only an extra dimension for readers, but also introduce the element of discipline that I need! (Fellow writers, who in absence of an outside deadline, find themselves dragging things out and getting frustrated, will know exactly what I mean by that.)

I am putting this into practice from today so please visit:  Inspiring you to: © Be the Best You Can Be! Mind-body-soul and read the heart warming memoire:
Snaggle the Turkey Was My Beloved Pet
By Lisa Barrow (a.k.a. +Lisa Acor Laurel, author of Love in the Gardens of Macantar; A Spiritual Journey of Healing from Codependency and Relationship Addiction.)

Veggie Recipes
Please also see blog for my Red Lentil and Sweet Potato soup. Those of you interested in healthy eating will be happy to learn it is a low GL / GI recipe. There is a classic cooking method and a wood burning stove cooking method.

Newsletter Feedback
Thanks to the very many friends who have responded to my newsletter. It has been fantastic hearing your news! And thank you for your generous compliments on the content. Writer that I am, I still cannot express the deep gratitude I have felt reading your words of encouragement on my work. Suffice it to say that I was humbled by them. And also inspired to continue my simple efforts.

I am happy to tell you that my book, +9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life is now out as an eBook. For more info please follow the Amazon link:

Dear Diary Archive
To see back entries of Dear Diary. Please visit:

Inspiring Gifts
If you are seeking an inspiring gift (wide range includes t-shirts, mugs, and water bottles, and tote bags) please visit my on-line shop:

Wishing you a fabulous weekend! Keep in touch…
Love and blessings
Teresa x

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Happy 2013!

Dear Friend,
Wishing you a very Happy New Year! I hope it brings you everything you are dreaming of and more! 

We have passed the winter solstice in this part of the world and have begun the upswing towards springtime. I know that sounds a bit fanciful but I like it when the days are starting to draw out instead of in. And though the coldest part of winter is approaching – snow is forecast – we are more than half way through.

My main news today is that my book, +9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life is now out as an eBook. I have been busy this week sending out a newsletter about this and with other things of interest on it. I will post that soon on my blog.

If you didn’t manage to make a gift to a charity in time for Christmas you may yet be interested in my last blog post concerning a wonderful organization called +Mary’s Meals. It is doing stellar work for impoverished children in Europe, Africa, and so on. Please see:

To see back entries of Dear Diary. Please visit:

If you are seeking an inspiring gift (wide range includes t-shirts, mugs, and water bottles, and tote bags) please visit my on-line shop:

Wishing you a fabulous weekend Keep in touch…
Love and light
Teresa x