Friday, 29 April 2016


Good Morning and welcome to another Rocking your World post to celebrate the positives, silver linings and general smiles that make you glad to be alive

I'll be honest before we start, this week has been mad crazy as my main two jobs have involved some significant work towards two financial year ends, so that has left little time for anything else, but let us see what I can drag out of the bag in the way of happy moments for this week. 

First up - arting at the weekend, I got challenged to share some art for 7 days this week and decided that some new art might be nice, they are approximately 7"x5" and are all mixed media - as for what I'm going to do with them - the answer currently is no idea, but if you've got any ideas then let me know.  

Next up managing our walk around Worsbrough Dam last weekend, in amongst the trees we spotted these little beauties and I managed a close up.  I'm lucky because, on my drive into my first job of the week my route takes me alongside an ancient wood which is absolutely awash with a carpet of purple at the moment - I'm hoping to visit and see them up close before they disappear for this season.  

Having a weekend catch up with my Mum, sister and niece was lovely, I haven't touched base with them for a few weeks, so it was nice to put the world to rights as it were.  

Mid week saw the anniversary of my Dad passing away, not a happy moment by any stretch of the imagination but I do try to reminisce and remember the happier times.  He was quite a formidable character and memory sharing makes the pain of the anniversary, that little bit more bearable.  I shared this very old scrapbook page on facebook this week documenting two photos of him and thought it would be nice to share it here as well. 

I also thought it would be nice to share some words from my lil bro, he is always so eloquent and this week, when we were all a little sombre his words reminded us of who he is - this message was for my Mum.

"Whenever the road seemed most bumpy, or the night seemed uncertain ahead, he always shared his footprints with you, and your hand was in his, as he led. 

He weathered the storm for the both of you, though sometimes if felt like he'd gone, but he left three warriors, loyal to their queen, who promised to help you carry on.  

Three versions of Paddy O'Reilly, why mammy that's more than you'll need, he walked on in front cleared the path for you and left 6 hands their to lead.  

Now he's there in the sun that shines down on you, he's in every step that you take, he's the wind at your back at journey's start and will be their at the last journey you make. 

Our bodies are vessels that are lent to us, but our heats can be given away, he gave you his heart as a young man and you carry two hearts to this day. 

 "Cities burn, people die, but real love lives forever."  

Needless to say it made us all a little bit more teary but I love how beautiful the words are and hope you don't mind me sharing them here. 

Onto other moments, I had a meeting in the middle of town this week and spotted this on my travels, a yarn-bombed tree.  I loved it, the fact someone had to stand and finish it off - brilliant! 

I've also got a new app on my phone called You, it combines a new approach to micro actions which allows you to make little changes in life, I'm a little sporadic in my usage, but one of the prompts this week was to try and have a healthy drink, so I got this little beast out of the cupboard and had a cup of herbal tea that we'd bought from the Hebden Tea Shop in York, a fabulous little shop on The Shambles which has an open window at the front with several pots of tea always on the go for you to try! 

I tried a new green tea I bought when there - Japanese Sencha cherry - smells beautiful - tastes weird and afterwards hubby made up almond and orange tea which was much more preferable if I'm honest.  
We got the warmer when we were in York last time, it kept the pot ticking along nicely if I'm honest. 

Final positive for this week, this morning's walk at 6am - it was freezing out there with a heavy crisp frost covering everything, most strange for the very end of April!  Mind you we've had snow showers this week - even weirder!

We get to enjoy some beautiful morning skies though, so despite the cold it made us both smile. 

After a very very busy week and a mass clean up this evening, with hubby and said 15 year old my plans for tomorrow is to do nothing - well not work or cleaning orientated in any event.  Although what I will actually do I don't know but then you can catch up with that next week.

I hope you've had a beautiful and blessed week and have lots of positive moments to look back on and smile about.  If you fancy joining in, pop a post together, pop back and link up so we can come and visit. 


  1. Hello, this was such a lovely post to read today. From the memory of your dear Father, the beautiful art work and the soothing looking tea, you have been blessed. Our weather here in Southern California has turned a bit chilly but no rain which we need badly down here. I'm hoping you have lots of smiles this weekend. My best to you, Pat xx

  2. this week the weather has been weird - although, according to the weather forecasters, NOT weird, but quite common for April, guess we've just been blessed in recent Aprils! Hope you have a happier week (and less busy) next week x

  3. Very strange weather this week - I got caught in the snow Tuesday lunchtime along with brilliant sunshine.
    The words about your Dad are beautiful.
    All that lovely art work - perhaps you could use them as decorative page panels in some mini books.
    Have a fabulous weekend.
    Toni xx

  4. Lovely mixed media art work. Perhaps they can be card backgrounds, or cut them up (oh horror) and make ATCs.
    I was moved by your little brother's words about your dad. I bet you were all in tears after that. Great layout too. I lost my dad in 2010.
    Lovely photos from your early morning walk. What weird weather. It's not great here either, but at least much warmer than in the UK.It is 22 degrees and very dull and cloudy.A bit of a cool wind too. But at least it's dry. It's bank holiday here and every bar or restaurant has put chairs and tables out and there is a festive atmosphere.
    Thanks for visiting and have a good week,

  5. I so love the energy you spill out during these posts. Positivity overflows your page :D The words you shared from your brother are just beautiful. I feel my Dad in the sunshine too XXX

  6. Wonderful as ever. Those 5x7s... Make one of your lovely mini books... Or a homemade art journal. Jx

  7. I do like dropping in to read about your week... I am always amazed and what you pack in :)

    Lovely words of comfort ....

    Hope you enjoy your weekend (whatever you do do!)

    Karen x

  8. A beautiful page in memory of your Dad Virginia. I could almost smell thosr bluebells, a lovely photo. Super mixed media pieces. Enjoy your weekend. Barbxx

  9. What a lovely post Virginia. I am closest to my dad in the garden. He taught me most of what I know about the flowers and veggies. He was just as interested in all the bugs as me too! You brother has given you some lovely words about your dad. Perhaps they will feature on another scrapbook layout one day, with photos of him and your mum together. I love the bluebells. As a child we always went for a walk through the bluebell woods when they were in flower. They are such a pretty shade of blue and smell divine. Have a nice relaxing weekend. Hugs. Kate x