Friday, 17 August 2012

A new family member. Introducing Darcey Rae Savell

Darcey Rae, my great-granddaughter, is now about one and a half and I am just beginning to get to know her.
She has very busy parents; one works at night the other in the day.  It was not possible to have much 'together' time with Darcey and the rest of the family.  We just had to wait and be patient until my grandson, Ben, could find time to bring her to us.

I have now seen her several times and we are beginning to make friends.  She is such an amazing little character.  I love her to bits!  She has a great character and is very determined.
Blonde hair and china blue eyes help to make this little doll a beauty.  She has her Mum's hair and eyes but there is quite a lot of Ben in her facial expressions - she certainly has his character! Watch out world for this soon to be 'heart catcher'!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Riverside Studio

Terry and I went to watch 'The Important of Being Earnest' in London today. The cast was amazingly good and Gyles Brandreth's performance as Lady Bracknell was excellent.

Friday, 16 December 2011


It's been ages since I've been on this site.

At last I am a published author with a book entitled 'True Children of the Raj'. I hope it will get some recognition. It is available to buy on, No thumbnail image yet as it is newly published but it should be on soon.

It is a book in epistolary format as letters addressed to my grandchildren, enlightening them of their Indian roots through ancestry. There is a history of Raj days; history of India going back to BCE with geographical details of both India and Pakistan. The book has coloured illustrations. I lived in Pakistan through and after the partition as we were stationed in Lahore and did not move as we were not Muslim; not Hindu but Christians and Anglo Indians. We had no need to run either way; we desired to stay in Lahore and so we stayed put through the carnage, the suffering and slaughter. We opted to stay in Lahore because we loved it. The days of horror and blood letting of 1947 was a part of what I personally experienced, but we still stayed on till 1962. My children were born there and I have a personal love for both India and Pakistan as I travelled through both countries. I love the people and the topography of each country, though sadly now divided. Perhaps one day both countries will realise how strong they could be if they became one again!
The book is mostly about how Anglo Indians originated; that mixed hybrid race of beings that turned out beautiful and amazing. The East/West mixture of genes worked out well.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

My 85 Birthday thoughts

OMG where have the years disappeared?!! I cannot believe that I am 85 but I am and thank God I am able to still enjoy life. I am a lucky person; a very lucky person. I am sort of mobile, with restrictions, but I have the capacity to thoroughly enjoy everything around me, especially my family. I see many younger than I yet worse off, both physically and mentally.

The best thing in my life is that I am surrounded by love; love of my children and grandchildren and one little great grandchild and from extended members of family and tons of friends.

Often, I am asked about the secret for my youthful looks. I really can't explain as I don't know. I think it is just a gift or a state of mind. Perhaps I just don't think 'old'. I don't associate the word with me even though I know that in actual years I am old. Perhaps my family keep me young looking but well and truly grounded! Anyway - who knows and who cares about looks? I am just grateful to be me the way I am and most grateful that my brain still works as do my reflexes!!

My birthday started a week before the actual date. My two beautiful nieces took me to lunch at a very exclusive restaurant in Essex called Great Hallingbury Manor, Lakeside Restaurant. It was hard to choose the place my nieces thought good enough. There were many rejections until between C, B and me on the internet, we finally found what seemed good enough for their Aunt's luncheon! It was exclusive, expensive and exceptionally wonderful. B at last was satisfied. I felt like and was treated like a queen!

The food was to die for. We were waited on like celebrities by the chef and two waiters. Nothing was too much trouble. I was presented with gifts and just about anything I wanted was there for me. One of my nieces is a gift from abroad; a birthday present by just being there. The other is like a ministering angel and spoiled me with expensive and thoughtful gifts. I love them both dearly. They are constantly in touch with me as is my niece in New Zealand and others from elsewhere.

On the 28 November my daughter and son-in-law from Houston, who I will in future refer to as 'the royals' arrived for yet more celebrations as it was royal HIS' birthday. We had a party in D & J's house which was just what everyone wanted and enjoyed. It went on for many hours. Then it continued at a friend's home, but I did not go as it was a bit late for some. However, I did wait up till midnight till the royals arrived to stay with me for a couple of nights.

The next day, my birthday, T, I and D were taken out to lunch by my darling 'royals'; drank Champagne in the evening and had a few friends over.

I received lots of presents and cards from family - all gratefully appreciated. One big surprise was a Kindle Reader from my very special cousin. So amazingly generous of him. He does not like me to say thanks too much - so just for the record, he has many thanks and my love. He won't read this!

Well another year gone to enjoy my children, their children and my little great-grandchild and all my loving and devoted friends over the world and in UK.
Thank you everyone and thank you God!

Saturday, 12 June 2010

All about me!

I cannot believe how long it's been since I wrote anything in my Diary!
I received a commnet yesterday on one of my posts and I suddenly remembered that I have this blog and should write my thoughts because that's what this diary is all about.

Since last writing I have obtained two degrees, a BA Open and a BA Honours in Literature. So I have accomplished something.

I am trying to learn French but find it difficult and sometimes quite tedious! I prefer Enlish Literature! Oh well, I think I will keep trying with French.

My joy of travelling around the world has been curtailed because no insurance company will cover me because of my age (84) and ailment of angina. I still love to travel - be it by air, train, sea, bus or by car. I love to be on the move. I think I love the travel almost as much as getting 'there'. My travel space is now restricted to Europe and UK.

Enough of me... I want to post something about someone I admire so please read on

I have this hankering to go now with Science. I want to learn technology which seems such a switch at the age of 84, but I have an insatiable desire to acquire knowledge in many forms. My mind is hungry to learn. I have this aspiration to be a writer, but that too has been put on the shelf. I really must get on with these tasks that I have set myself.

Monday, 26 October 2009

A Tribute to an Autumn Dawn

What an amazing sight!
The morning star glowing in the dark blue sky
A building silhouetted black against a golden glow of the sun
Deep oranage; low on the horizon, shining through the still dark trees.
The hush of dawn; the world asleep
And I look on in wonder - how beautiful is our world?