Saturday, August 28, 2010

Our House: Update on Exam Results!

Some of you may know that my daughter has been working for me during the summer - we have survived each other!

Last week (and this reminds me of Jacqui's comment on Blogger), I made a remark - in jest I hasten to add, about not paying her if she chooses to take the 31st August off. It's a Public Holiday and we are working on a Family Fun Day.

She stood in the middle of my office, hands on hips:

"Helloooooooooo, this is a third year law student you're talking to and I know my rights".

Mother: "Hellooooooooooooooo, I'm paying the fees and I know mine"

Monday, August 23, 2010

Our House: One Proud Mama!

One very proud Mama today as is the Daddy.
Still trying to bring daughter down from the ceiling.
Second year law exam results came out this morning.
She passed
Two years down - one to go!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Bridges of Madison County Moment

I am sure most people will have read Robert James Waller's 1992 best seller, 'The Bridges of Madison County', Although a work of fiction, Waller admitted in an interview that there were strong similarities between the main character and himself.

The book, which was published in the UK as "Love in Black and White' came to the screen with Streep and Eastwood (famous = when everyone in the world knows who you are even without your first name being mentioned!).

It tells the story of a four day affair between a housewife and a photographer for National Geographic and although they part and never meet again, their lives are interlocked until death according to the epilogue, 'A Thousand Country Roads'.

I am sure that throughout the world there are many couples some dead, some alive who have had a 'Bridges of Madison County' moment.

Have you?

Friday, August 13, 2010

One of My Favourite Arias

I know this is 'showing' on various pages here but I wanted to put it up not just because she's only ten and has an amazing voice which will only get better as she ages but because she's singing one of my favourite Puccini arias, .

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Forever Young A Song for Wooton Bassett


Wooton Basset in Wiltshire, England is the town known for the informal public mourning held as hearses carrying the bodies of soldiers killed in Afghanistan pass through the town from RAF Lyneham.

This amazing video made me cry. Coming from a military family I have heard the Last Post played so many times and each time... I do, I am reminded of all the parades I have attended and the sheer pride I felt at each and every one of them.

God bless our military and also those of other countries who continue to put their lives on the line.

The following is sources from YouTube as is the video. The composer of the song is Alan Pettifer.

This video has been especially commissioned to accompany the song for Wootton Bassett 'Forever Young' as a tribute to the people of Wootton Bassett and the surrounding area for the way they turn out in all weathers at the repatriation of our brave soldiers from Afghanistan. Written by Alan Pettifer, the song features: Colette Cassin vocals. The City of Bath Junior Bach Choir directed by Adrienne Hale, Mike Stainer keyboards, Alan Pettifer guitar, Peter Lamb Bass and Julian Scott Drums. Matthew Walton from Wootton Bassett Brass and Brunel Brass, playing cornet as he does for some of the repatriations. The 'Forever Young' cd single is available for �2.99 plus postage from: or as a download from: It is a permanent way of remembering these sad times as well as all profits are going to 'Afghan Heroes', a charity set up to provide support for the families of those lost in conflict. This Dvd, now available was filmed and produced by Roger Calcut of Wiltshire Media and all the cd artwork produced by Stephen Baron of 'Pope Baron designers'. All artists and contributors to the CD and DVD have given their time for free and we thank them all.
Please check out our 'myspace' page and check the blogs for some of the amazing comments we have had in the short time since we released the song:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Better Place

My husband's son's funeral takes place this morning. Fly with the angels Nicky to a better place.

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. (Isaiah 43:1)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Angels Came

On Sunday morning last
Very early
The Lord said
It was time for you
To come home

So He sent his angels
To escort you
From this place
To be with Him
In a better one

Mourning in shock and disbelief
Too young all say
But you alone knew
That it was time
And flew with angels

© Barbara M Lake 2010

In memory of my husband's son Nicholas who died last Sunday.
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