Putting on the Ritz!

Golden Weekend at LABBS 2015

This time last week I was in rehearsal at The Trouville Hotel in Bournemouth, in preparation for the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS) annual convention, in which my chorus The White Rosettes were competing. I have been found singing everywhere since January, when I attended their Learn To Sing Course and got completely swept…

Learning How to Machine Sew: Fleecie Monsters

Deciding it was about time I learned how to use a sewing machine, my Janome 3300 emerged from the box only eight months after receiving it, and finally saw the light of day. What a beauty – with the little red flowers promising all manner of fabulous creations – if only you could harness the…

Souvenirs

Diary of my Sahara Trek: Part 6 & Final!

Leaving the camp at Eric on the Wednesday morning felt strange as we knew we were on our way back to M’Hamid from there so past the halfway point. In some ways I wanted it to last longer. We still had 50km to cover, which is a considerable distance and by now my right foot…

Heading for Eric

Diary of my Sahara Trek: Part 5

Onto day 3 (Tuesday) of our Sahara trek and the big challenge of the day was called Eric – a 300m high sand dune! We spent our morning heading towards it: It looks close and small but let me assure you, it was neither! It took us 4 hours to get there and yes, the…

Shadows in the sand

Diary of my Sahara Trek: Part 4

Long delay between posts due to family life… First it was the Easter holidays, so I had my hands full juggling three children, sorry, two and a husband, and day trips exciting enough to keep everyone happy. Just as we were all enjoying ourselves, chicken pox struck the little one and he really suffered. He…

Start of trek

Diary of my Sahara Trek: Part 3

8:30am departure again and the final leg of our journey towards M’Hamid – the gateway to the Sahara, where the road literally ends and the desert starts, so we would be leaving the minibuses and doing the rest on foot! There was a certain restlessness among the group by now, as we were all itching…

Lamb Tagine

Diary of my Sahara Trek: Part 2

Sahara Trek Day 2 – 8:30am and we were off towards the High Atlas mountains en route to Ouarzazate. If anybody thought they would be bored on this 5 hour minibus journey, they’d be very wrong. It was fabulous as an expedition all of its own. Snow-capped mountains, traditional Berber villages, reaching heights over 4000m,…

The PANDAS team

Diary of my Sahara Trek: Part 1

I’m back…I did it…and it was more amazing than words… Now, how do I document my experience without detracting from the enormity of it? I’m not sure I can, but I need to try for the sake of posterity, for reflection, for all the people who have supported me and for those who want to…

Inspirational

Sahara here I come!

Verrrrrrry quick post tonight simply to say THANK YOU!!! To all who have sponsored me, supported me, encouraged me, and helped me along the way towards my Sahara trek – your efforts have been so much appreciated and I am a little overwhelmed to be honest. I was flabbergasted at the weekend to be thrown…

Learn to Sing

Singing Therapy

I’m sure I’ve mentioned singing therapy before, particularly as another strategy for managing mental health, although singing can provide many benefits to the singer. Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins Benefits of singing are available to all and not dependent on skill level The Therapeutic Effects of…