In a recent post, Chris showed us a yellow door that caused many comments from our followers.  I have always loved doors and door decoration and Chris’s post got me thinking about the many doors I have looked at and wondered about in my very long life.

Several years ago, whilst visiting my sister in London, we took a day to visit SallyAnn of Photographic Memories who lived in Oxford then.

Amongst the things we saw was this Narnia Door.  Most of us know the story of The Lion, The Witch and The Broomstick by C S Lewis and The Tales of Narnia on our tour around Oxford SallyAnn took us to see The Narnia Door.  But I still wonder what is behind that door.

And years later after the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit were a worldwide success, we took a friend to Hobbiton, a village set up to copy the village of Hobbiton.

 And then, of course, there was my adventure to Florence.  Many interesting doors and so many photographs were taken.

Six years later this appeared on the calendar page. I wonder what’s behind that door.

So Chris, thanks for reminding me of doors.   

JB Wellington NZ
August 3, 2022

A Friend in Trouble

Friendship is a rainbow
between two hearts

Judith Baxter

Sometimes you have to put aside your plans for the day when a friend needs you. Today was such a day.

I had a call at 8 am to say that a friend had been told by an organisation, he knew not who had called him having been half asleep. at the time. The gist of the conversation and thus that which I received, was that another friend had a car accident last night, had broken her leg and was in the hospital. No further information was available except that it was close to a construction site.

Oh dear me. Chinese whispers. After many phone calls (none of the friends who live close by had even heard the news), the retirement village management was not aware of this, although it transpired that in the accident, she had driven through the main complex gates and shattered them. Anyway, I eventually tracked her down in the main hospital. She had dislocated her hip and was resting and I could pick her up shortly and take her home.

So today has been all about this friend. Taking her home, making her comfortable, making sure that one of the friends who live closer than me (I am 50 km away) could call in on her tomorrow.

So why am I telling you all this? Because I eventually arrived home at 6.30 pm needing food (missed lunch completely) and I hadn’t even considered what I would write about today. So please forgive me if I reblog a post from June 2012. it was a good day, all those years ago. My faithful companion Lotte, was still with me and all was well with my world,

To read the post entitled What a /difference a Day Makes, please click here.

So from a tired and weary blogger in Wellington, NZ who is planning an early night-

JB, June 17, 2022

Sharing on Saturday

On Friday I promised No More Talk of Weather, so I will just let the photo speak for itself.

From Joanna’s Balcony

I have a longtime friend who is finding life very difficult since her husband died. She has four children none of whom live near her. Yes, she sees them from time to time and all are in touch regularly. So we meet for lunch from time to time.

We have a lunch that we tell nobody about. I pick up KFC and we eat it in splendour at her fantastic apartment. We have done this twice and both think it a great lark.

So to yesterday. – Saturday. Queen’s Birthday weekend, and as we were both alone we decided on KFC lunch. This is always accompanied by good wine (not that purchased in the supermarket as at my place), served in crystal glasses, imported crockery, and fine silver cutlery.

But all did not go to plan. I tried to have the KFC delivered – no delivery until 5 pm. Click and collect was not available at that store so I could not pre-order it, So the cab driver took me to the store and because of the traffic had to leave me to pick it up. The deal was that I would call him when I was ready. Meantime, he had obviously picked up another passenger and there were no cabs in sight as I left the store. “Oh well. It’s not far to walk” I thought and set off.

No, it wasn’t far but before I left the store, the package fell off the end of the counter. Fortunately only the wooden cutlery pieces fell out and a kindly man came over and picked up the package, rolling the top of the bag so that I could carry it.

Then I was off. After crossing over two pedestrian crossings I was stopped by a young man. He had seen me drop my phone (lesson here make sure the purse is properly closed) and after returning it to me and checking that I was alright, he took off. Only a few minutes later I dropped the phone that I had been holding in my hand and a pleasant young woman retrieved it for me.

By this time as you can imagine, this elderly woman was totally discombobulated. I staggered on until I reached my destination. The glass of wine was well received and we sat and chatted until it was time to eat.

Lunch finished, the sun came out and it was warm enough to sit outside. And then a call from a mutual friend. He had a bottle of champagne to bring to Joanna for a recent birthday. There’s nothing better than a glass of Roederer Champagne and three long time friends to share it.

Some six hours later, I was taken home by the same taxi driver. Thank goodness I had decided to leave my car at home – I wouldn’t have been able to drive after the copious amount of wine I had consumed.

I love everything that’s old, –
old friends, old times, old manners,
old books, old wine.
Oliver Goldsmith

JB June 5, 2022

Five Word Friday

Come join us in this new challenge. You know what to do. Describe your life now in only Five words and then go on to tell us more. Remember to link back here when you are done. Alternatively, post your thoughts in comments.We would love to hear from you.

My Five Words?


I was at lunch with three friends in one of their houses. It is acceptable to meet in people’s houses during our current Covid rules.

We had just sat down for lunch when I received a text message from my daughter, Cate. Her text – “Don’t panic I just tested positive for COVID. You need to self-isolate for ten days…” So the planned mah jong game with three friends didn’t take place. Hurried lunch finished, I took off for home.

I had planned to go to the garden centre for more plants. Having been away recently for seven days, the indoor plants suffered from the heat and no watering, so that was my plan. Something to put on the back burner for now.

Then various telephone calls. Cancelling hair appointment, audiologist and telling various friends of the news. I also had to cancel an appointment on Monday afternoon with a subcommittee that I am part of. I had to advise the members of our Writing Group that I wouldn’t be there on Monday, and another friend who was to come here for lunch on Tuesday had to be advised. Oh and the library because several of the books I have on loan will reach their return date during the ten days.

I wonder what I will do with all this time I will now have.

 “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” — “
Calvin and Hobbes” by Bill Watterson

But of course. Think of the hours now available to read those books in my TBR read and on my kindle.

As Bertrand Russel said –

“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it .”

And Mary Oliver says –

“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” 

JB March 4, 2022