how many of these questions can you get right?

We all need a bit of fun and entertainment during these difficult times – so I’ve decided to set a quiz for my lovely readers.
The first one will be relatively easy – but be warned… They will get harder.
So, are you ready? Answers are at the bottom of this post.
Let me know what you think – and how many you got!

1 Who was the first president of the United States?
2 Which element has the chemical symbol AU?
3 Which event occurred on the 25 of December 1066?
4 Which composer wrote Swan Lake and the Nutcracker Suite?
5 Which soap opera would you find the characters Irene Roberts, Alf Stewart and Colby Thorn?
6 What type of creature is a Linnet?
7 In the nursery rhyme, who put the kettle on to make tea?
8 What is the capital of Australia?
9 Where in your body would you find your axilla’s?
10 Which film won the 2020 Oscar for best picture?
11 Who was the roman god of War?
12 In the bible, how many disciples did Jesus have?
13 What is the name of the currency used in Poland?
14 Who had an album in 2019 called Heavy is the Head?
15 Who wrote the book Wuthering Heights?
16 What fruit would you expect to find on a Hawaiian pizza?
17 Which of Henry the 8ths wives were beheaded?
18 If you were celebrating your ruby wedding anniversary, how many years would you have been married?
19 Who directed the film Jurassic Park?
20 Which celebrity wrote the memoir Alanatomy?

1 George Washington was the first president of the United States
2 AU is the chemical symbol for gold
3 William the conqueror was crowned in Westminster Abbey on 25 December 1066
4 Tchaikovsky wrote the Nutcracker Suite and Swan Lake
5 Home and Away
6 a bird
7 Polly put the kettle on
8 Canberra
9 they’re your arm pits
10 Parasite
11 Mars
12 12
13 Zloty
14 Stormsy
15 Emily Bronte
16 Pineapple
17 Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard
18 40 years
19 Steven Spielberg
20 Alan Carr

So, how did you do?
I’ll do another quiz soon – but it will be harder than this one!

slow down and enjoy the silence

When did you last listen to something other than music, books or a podcast?
When did you last take the time to concentrate on the sounds around you?
I was walking with my guide dog Jimmey the other day when I heard the sparrows chirruping away.
Now, I admit, sparrows are boring!
Their song is one of – if not the most boring of sounds!
However, in these uncertain times I found myself savouring every note!
I heard a blackbird – and just stood and listened. But also I heard how beautiful it was.
Hearing is not the same as listening.
Hearing takes a much deeper form of concentration.
It’s tempting to fill your hours, minutes and seconds with something – anything which stops us thinking about this situation.
British summer has started today – so why not learn some birdsongs and take some time out to enjoy the silence!

You can find out more about birds by visiting

when words are not enough

Hi everyone and thanks for reading this blog.
I always write poetry when I can’t make sense of things, or need to express something which is difficult to comprehend.

This poem is just to say thank you to the fantastic courage and selflessness of our NHS staff and to encourage us all to think about each other more during these uncertain times.
It’s in free verse and would be better if it was read aloud, hence there being no capital letters or correct punctuation.

Thank you

what can we do, as the invisible enemy stalks the silent empty streets.
no one can see it
but its presence means we have to be alert.
we stay away
from anyone and everyone we know.
our town does not want you here
Go home
Stay home
People don’t talk, but walk away when they see you coming
You might be the one who lets the enemy in.
Some will complain ‘cos they can’t get their hair cut
Pub’s shut.
The shopping vultures will fill their trollies with barely a thought for the nurse
Or the doctor who just wants to eat
To be healthy
To care for the one who fell ill because you were more concerned about missing out!!!
So what can we do?
We can clap, we can sing
We can find ways to be kind with a smile or a call.
We can cook
We can clean
We can dream of the day when staying away will not be the new normal.
We can unite
In the fight by saying thank you!
Thank you to the doctors and nurses
And all those who care
Who are there.
Think of their reality, not yours.
Think of our NHS and say thank you!