Unconditional Love

Unconditional Mom

Mom, you’re everything a mom should be;

Your love shines bright in everything I see.

You’re parent, friend, supporter, all for me.

You give your sweet love unconditionally.

You always do what’s best for me, I know;

You mentored me to help me learn and grow.

Your kindness, caring, nurturing always show;

That’s why I love, respect and admire you so.

There aren’t enough words to say what I should say,

So now I’ll wish you Happy Mother’s Day!

By Joanna Fuchs.

The Cottingley Fairies – An amazing tale!

For me, when losing a milk or ‘baby’ tooth when I was little was a celebration in our house. Not only did I think that it was showing the world that I was growing up but also that I was going to be gifted with a visit from the tooth fairy. As a little girl with a vivid imagination I had my very own unique picture of how my tooth fairy looked and somehow it had become influenced by the famous pictures of the fairies at the bottom of the garden, otherwise known as the Cottingley Fairies.  I digress in my recollections of my youth…. but if you haven’t heard of the Cottingley Fairies, then you may remember the old black and white photos of two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright, who, back in 1917 had the country in awe with 5 photos of the dancing fairies.

Frances and the Fairies 1917
Frances and the Fairies. The first photograph 1917

The photos caused a storm of debate everywhere they were seen and prominent figures and associations of the time were drawn into the discussions surrounding the validity of the prints.

Elsie’s mother took the picture to a meeting of The Theosophical Society in Harrogate, who are united in a belief that mankind is a spiritual family. It was thought by some members that the picture could see what the naked eye could not and enhanced the thought that the prints were evidence of spirits. In fact the double exposure element of the prints created the glow that attributed to this view.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle leant his support to the idea that the photos were genuine in an article he wrote for The Strand’s Christmas edition in 1920. This would seem to me as a step outside his normal comfort zone of writing his detective novels which involved precise deliberations and fact based conclusions. However, on looking closer into Doyle’s pursuits you can see that he had harboured an interest in Spiritualism for many years and had given his first public lecture on the subject in 1917. Continue reading “The Cottingley Fairies – An amazing tale!”

App Review – WordPack

I love to blog and talk about products or ideas that really work for me and my family, this little gem fits into that niche a treat.

Its a word compilation app which forms your special phrases or words together in different shapes. This app is so easy to use that you can craft smart looking pictures in a few minutes. At Christmas I made a heart shaped design with all the family names within, popped it in a frame and within 10 minutes had a wonderful Christmas present made for my partner, perfect!

The app was really easy to work through which was a bonus for me as my attention span is pretty short. I like quick easy apps that almost shout out the steps you need to take and then just about read your mind to complete it for you.

Children from 5 or 6 onwards would have no problem with it. You can easily have an afternoon with younger ones whipping up and making gifts for very little expense.

So, getting on to how this app works….It has just 3 steps…

Step One – Input your text.

Pretty easy, here I’ve added the word Fairy in lots of different languages using google translate.

Step Two – Pick the shape, text style and colour palette you’d like to go with.

There’s loads of different shapes, I used a mushroom one here and a fair amount of colour themes which actually work really well together. In addition to the family Christmas design, I also sent a cute get well soon heart filled one to my partner which he loved.

Step Three – It’s created! You can then quickly and easily send using the share icon…or just print.

You can share using Camera, Email, Facebook or Twitter. I use it on my iPad mini and it works well.

I contacted the developer, Alex Tataurov and said that I would like to review the app for my blog. He asked if I would put a link to where it can be purchased on the App Store. I had a check today and it’s currently £0.79 ($0.99)and it looks like this Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 08.25.10

The link is: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wordpack/id730394011?mt=8

There are quite a few apps professing to do a similar job. If you like pretty instant gratification then, in my opinion, this is one of the better ones to consider. See what you think, I’d love to hear.

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5 Reasons I Believe In Fairies…..

  1. Waking up in the morning when there is sunshine shining through the window and my little boy is stood smiling at me.
  2. The toast doesn’t always fall butter side down.
  3. When I’ve gone for a walk really early, the fairy door under the tree is sometimes left ajar.
  4. I’ve been assured that the broken window in the shed was certainly not caused by the football.
  5. Because fairy dust has to come from somewhere!