My Sunday Photo January 6th 2019

Ash at 9 months

brown and white striped kitten with big wide eyes and sticking up ears.
Ash at 9 months

Christmas is over so now it’s time for a kitten catch up! Ash is now 9 months old and is getting so big, but he still has a baby face don’t you think?

He gets on with his big sister just fine now, although they fight a lot, it’s generally in play as they have never hurt each other. We have had hours of entertainment watching them play hide and seek.

My eldest daughter bought a laser pen and Ash loves it. He goes absolutely crazy running around after it. Then my daughter pointed it at the curtains and Ash dived up them like a crazed animal. It was so funny seeing him dangling on the curtains by his claws. And he will do it over and over again. The problem is, he’s ruining my curtains. I have plans for re-decorating my living room this year, so the curtains will be replaced. I just hope he grows out of climbing up them soon.

Boo and Ash

brown and white striped kitten in the arms of a little girl
Are you my Mummy?

Boo loves Ash and will spend hours cuddling him like a baby. Sometimes he protests because he wants to run amok instead. But, the love is there, he will go to her when she calls him and allow her to cuddle him. He’s not generally a fussy cat, but we are trying to teach him that sitting on our laps is a good thing.

We lost Ash yesterday, although we knew he was in the house. We had been putting away the Christmas decorations so after he’d attacked the dismantled tree he decided to go and hide. We looked everywhere for him. Of course Boo missed him first and searched the house. Then Star went for a look. Finally, I managed to do a search myself, checking all rooms and even cupboards. He was nowhere to be found.

Five minutes after my check he was mewing at the living room door to be let in!

Thanks for reading x

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My Sunday Photo 11th November 2018

The Door

The Door

It was drizzling with rain and I was making my way up the path. I was alone and the walk from the car park was proving a little difficult. I decided to wait for Graham who was moving the car to another parking place.

Then the sun came out for an instance and I wondered what this path would look like in the summer. Would there be lots of flowers among those leaves? I’m sure it would look so pretty. I thought it looked pretty anyway so I lifted up my camera and balanced myself on one stick while I took a photo. 

The photo is wonky. I could have edited it to make it straight, but I’ve not edited it at all. I think it captures that moment. My wonky moment on a path waiting for help because I couldn’t carry on. If I’d not stopped would I have noticed the door at all, would I have thought about the flowers, would I have appreciated the small burst of sunshine amid the rain. 

I wasn’t heading towards the door. The entrance to the building was directly to the left where three steps led up to a PVC door with a window. That’s why I couldn’t manage to go on. It was the steps that prevented me, something that you can’t even see here. 

The next hour or so was okay before the day went drastically downhill with a bang. But that’s a story for another day. When bad things happen it’s hard to focus on the good. This photo is the opposite of that, I saw something nice even though my path was much tougher.

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My Sunday Photo – 23rd September 2018

First Guitar Lesson

A dad and his daughter sitting on the settee, both with a guitar in their hands.

Graham has been playing the guitar since he was five years old. He was taught by his Dad and it has always been his dream to teach one of his kids. He bought this pink guitar, in the photograph, for Star when she was about 7 years old, but she didn’t really show much interest.

Last week Boo decided that she would like to learn how to play and Graham was thrilled. He pulled out Star’s old guitar which was in need of a polish and some new strings and Boo helped him to get it ready. Then she listened to him tune it up. Finally her first lesson began and she loved it. I do hope she continues to learn. When she is not playing, her Dad is asking what note each string is so that she remembers the order.

Music has always been a big part of our family on both sides. My Mum could play the piano and sing. She taught herself and could never read music, but played by ear. My eldest brother is also a guitar player and likes to play keyboard. I learnt how to play oboe at school but it’s been a while since I picked one up. I can read music though and have a Diploma in Music theory. 

My eldest daughter learnt how to play the violin, but it’s been a while since she played. I bought her a purple violin for her 16th birthday. Star loves to play the keyboard and has a lovely singing voice. (I think that skipped a generation, because unlike my Mum, I have never been much of a singer.)

Graham was taught guitar by his Dad, but his uncle was also a singer/songwriter. If Boo continues with her lessons then I guess she’ll be getting a new guitar of her own. I do hope so.

Can you play an instrument?

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My Sunday Photo – 29th April 2018

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What do you see when you look at this photo?

Do you see the pillars with their uneven stones, standing tall and inviting the the still leafless branches to crawl and caress them. Soon, they will blossom with new life and the stones will contrast their bright summer colours.

How about the fresh green grass, a canvass for the tiny flowers, playing peek-a-boo. The tiny yellow petals adding a certain vibrancy to the pallet.

Then there is the white washed building, pale and grey with bursts of colour from the blue-green window frames and roof edges, leading your eye away and seeming to sink into the grass.

Does your eye follow the stone path, leading upwards and turning just out of view. Do you wonder where it goes to next, where does it lead?

Maybe you notice the barn in the distance. Old but warm and inviting. Perhaps you’d like to go there, find out what that light is shining in the window.

Do you notice the big tall green tree brushing the edge of the barn’s roof with a rough caress. Or  the tall barren trees in the background waving their arms in the pale blue sky.

So many things to see, such a story to tell.

Do you want to know what I see?


Arrrrggghhh! Not the most welcoming sight for a wheelchair user!




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My Sunday Photo – 18th March 2018

Sunday Snowday

a black cat contrasted against the white snow

It’s Sunday, SUNday, not Snowday! I’m so fed up of snow days, enough already. Let’s have Spring now.

Yesterday the weather just couldn’t decided what to do. One minute it was snowing, the next, the sun was shining. But overnight, the snow won out…well, the sun wasn’t there to compete and I guess the moon just doesn’t have the same snow melting power.

This morning we woke up to….snow. Lots of snow. The garden is covered, the car is covered, the roads are impassible. My daughter has a hospital appointment that was re-arranged because of the snow and now we will have to re-arrange it again because of the snow.

Someone is not minding it too much though. My one remaining cat went out for a leap.

black cat leaping on the white snow

You are much braver than me Sabrina!

How is the weather bearing up for you today?




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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.