Hello April! Stay Warm In Your Heart!


Welcome April

The UK weather was very cold in March, and particularly in my city of Exeter. It snowed twice in a couple of weeks and lasted a few days. The snow looked pretty, but particularly the 1st time, a lot of places were closed and there were tons of people at the supermarket afterwards, flocking to stock up on food again. This was the second bout of snow. Like the first bout, it stopped public transport so I could not see my dad for his birthday, 19th of March – so he had to have a second birthday 3 days later. I was worried about my girls, (guinea pigs), so was rushing around like a headless chicken both times to stock up on hay and food for them in case no shops were open.

Whatever the weather, I hope you stay warm in your heart.

Love of love, write soon and stay quirky

Sandra xx

Something Quirky Is Going On In Exeter!


Paignton Zoo Rhino Statue

Something quirky is going on in Exeter! Around Exeter are different statues of rhinos advertising Paignton Zoo. A much more modern and novel way of marketing a business. It could also prove useful for writing inspiration. 

Being a quirkily vibrant girl, I particularly love the vibrant colours of this one!
Stay quirky and write soon

Sandra 

Good Citizenship Award


Hi everyone

On Thursday 27th of July, I attended a ceremony by the Devon and Cornwall Police. I was very pleased and honoured to have received a Good Citizenship Award.

On the 3rd of January I saw someone who looked like they were about to jump off a bridge. When I spoke to them they were sitting over the rock face of the bridge edging their way down. To cut what seemed a long time, short. By the time I had talked to her around to thinking maybe not going to do it, she was too far down the side of the bridge to get back up and I couldn’t lift her back up. There was no one else nearby. I hung on to her by one arm, with my phone in my other hand holding the phone to her ear, whilst a police lady spoke to her. With only her back gripping the rock, she wasn’t able to hold on any longer and she fell head first in the mud and water. I managed to get her head out of the water before the police and ambulance came.

She was told she wouldn’t be able to walk for 6 months but by April she could.

She has a wicked sense of humour and I am now friends with both her and the police officer.

I was keeping quiet about this but receiving my award is something to shout about. Not because of what I did but because of the life it represents. Also my photo is going to be in the local paper called the Express & Echo.

At the time I wished I could have stopped her from falling but I would have gone over too and then we would have both been in the water and who knows what else. I am just glad she is alive and happy she is my friend.

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Write soon
Sandra

 

quirkybooks – Is Shining Brighter Than Ever Before – Two Shine On Awards


Hi Everyone

I am pleased to announce that I have been awarded the Shine On award twice in recent weeks. One from Oasien at http://oasien.wordpress.com and the other is from Alastair at http://kattermonran.com

As always, with any award, there are rules to follow, so here they are:

1.) Show appreciation of the blogger/s who nominated you and link back to them in your post.  Done.

2.) Add the award logo to your blog. Done.

3.) Share 7 things about yourself.

  1. I love films with robots in them.
  2. If I have the choice to see a movie in 2D or 3D, I always choose 3D, I love it.
  3. I prefer a MAC to a PC and I recently upgraded my Mac operating system to Mountain Lion.
  4. For those of you who missed a blog post, I am going to St James’s Palace on the 15th of July, to celebrate CSV’s 50th Anniversary. (Community Service Volunteers.) In the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
  5. I am a Health Buddy for CSV. My job is to spread health messages about taboo topics, encouraging people to go for screening and work towards the 5 Ways To Wellbeing.
  6. I am also a member of BID (Be Involved Devon) that is part of CVS (Community Volunteers Services.) We have meetings relating to Mental Health organisations and the NHS.
  7. I have written 2 articles for the BID newsletter that featured on the 5 Ways To Wellbeing page.

4.) Nominate 5 – 10 or so bloggers that you admire. As I won it twice, I will nominate 10 people.

womenmakingstrides.com

subhanzein.wordpress.com

hopeoflight.wordpress.com

galuri85.wordpress.com

mikesfilmtalk.com

ladylovelyblogger.wordpress.com

bbanublog.wordpress.com

lanternpost2012.wordpress.com

followmyfreedom.wordpress.com

thedailygraff.com

5.) Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know

6.) Optional questions – Here are my 7.

  1. Do you prefer whipped cream or clotted cream?
  2. Do you prefer land or sea?
  3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  4. If you could be any animal what would you be and why?
  5. What is your favourite children’s book and why?
  6. What is your very favourite blog and why?
  7. What is your favourite book ever and why?

I look forward to reading the answers to my 7 questions from the above nominees. Congratulations to all of you and may your blogs continue to Shine On.

Write soon

Sandra

One Lovely Blog Award


One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you to everyone who has liked my blog posts, left a comment, joined my blog or Liked my Facebook page. Your support is hugely appreciated and I thoroughly enjoy interacting with you and reading your blogs too.

You may have heard that last week I was awarded the One Lovely Blog Award by Dan Balva from hurdlestohappiness, here is the Link to his site http://hurdlestohappiness.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/one-lovely-blog-award

I am extremely pleased to received this award, which is my second award to date. It is a wonderful feeling that people are enjoying my writing and that makes me feel very happy and excited about what the future holds. Dan has a great blog so you should check it out.

Oh, yes! There are a few rules which come with the receipt of this award and they are as follows:

ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD RULES: 

1. I need to thank the person who nominated me.

2. Share 7 things about myself that you still may not know

3. Nominate 15 bloggers.

4. Notify the nominees that I have done so.

5. Put the logo of the award on my blog site.

Having already completed steps 1 and 5, that leaves me with 2,3, and 4. So 7 things about me that you still may not know:

  1. I appeared as an extra in the thirteenth episode of Torchwood, at the end of series one. My character had to scream and run away from a monster. I was paid for the work I did and it was filmed in the city centre of Cardiff in front of a live street audience. I was also shown in the trailer wearing a short white jacket and yes, I still have the jacket.
  2. I have a bronze award for Freestyle Disco dancing.
  3. I used to do Irish and Appalachian dancing.
  4. I did Ballroom dancing classes when I was younger.
  5. I have been a volunteer Hospital Radio Presenter since 1995. I currently present a show on Hospital Radio Exeter on a Monday night. My show is called Dreamboat and is aired from 10pm – 11pm. Here is a link to my radio show profile page:http://www.hospitalradioexeter.com/Members/SandraBellamy
  6. When I was young I had a golden cocker-spaniel called Purdy, she was the runt of the litter but she was also my best friend.
  7. I am an only child, I have no brothers or sisters.
  8. (Bonus) I have a wonderful grandma who is 94 and still living in her own home in Dawlish in Devon.

I hope you feel you know me a little better now. If you have any questions or comments about the above, please feel free to share them.

Now to nominate the One Lovely Blog Award to some other well deserving bloggers:

  1. hutchagoodlife  This is my personal favourite, having 4 guineapigs myself, I find this blogger extremely funny and insightful. She is able to get into the mind of a guineapig and make the reader believe they are in the guineapigs’ situation, truly incredible.
  2. marthareynoldswrites.com
  3. margekatherine.com
  4. dorothystacy.wordpress.com
  5. feelgoodtribe.com
  6. hurtlingtowards60.wordpress.com
  7. lesleycarter.wordpress.com
  8. jenowenby.wordpress.com
  9. valeriedavies.com
  10. russelrayphotos2.com
  11. ilovegetttingupinthemorning.wordpress.com
  12. suewestwood.wordpress.com
  13. bradstanton.com
  14. 200positivesaboutredunancy.wordpress.com
  15. spiritualchocolate.wordpress.com

Congratulations to all of you and keep up the good work.

Write soon

Sandra