And so it begins

Wishing all of you a prosperous 2018 with more ups than downs, more triumphs than failures and more laughter than tears. Love you all and thanks for sticking with me for ten years- YES, TEN YEARS! *FACEPALM*



Bright Start to the Year

The official new year’s eve portrait….


I spent new year’s eve in church which is different to how I usually spend the evening. Usually I am at home curled up on the sofa in my PJ’s watching TV and flicking between various televised church services and Jools Holland’s Hootenanny. This year I figured I would do something a little more social and go and interract with some actual real life people, not digitised ones for a change. I’m glad I did. I saw some old students that I used to teach around 6 years ago and it was nice to see that they had grown into lovely young people. I would have missed that if I’d stayed in!

Dress- Beloved Endeavour

Blouse- Old Asos, similar one from Eloqui here

Shoes- Old Evans, similar from Debenhams here

Bag- Sold out in Topshop but there is a similar one here

World in Union


To say that 2016 was turbuent globally would really be the understatement of a generation. I don’t know what to expect from 2017 and in any case, 2016 has taught us that our expectations can mean squat. All I know is that this year I intend to stay prayerful, hopeful and continue to work towards my goals regardless. I hope you do too. Myself, 80’s Kiri and the pigeon wish you all a 2017 where the positives outweigh the negatives. Now look at those flounces.


Happy New Year!


Wishing you all a joyfully prosperous and wonderful 2015. Also extending a major THANKYOU to everyone who has helped me with Beloved Endeavour over the past year or so, whether you have bought an item, shared a post, commented, or just hit the like button. No matter how small you may think your input is, it doesn’t go unnoticed and it’s greatly appreciated. You all help me to keep going and again I thank you.

The Year Ahead

So where were you when 2009  arrived? I was at home watching Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, hoping and praying that 2009 would be a better year for us all. I think 2008 will in my books go down as the year that had a few peaks (the US election) but had a whole lotta troughs ( endless wars and global economic meltdown). I enter the year tentatively but with a glimmer of optimism. Can it get better? I fear it will get a lot worse before it gets better and it will be a long slow process where we all will be harking back to the lessons our parents and grandparents taught us (and we seem to  have ignored) about living within our means and saving hard.  Apparently, saving money is the one thing that more than 50% of us pledge to do over the coming year (according to a certain news channel), whereas in years past that was never one of our major resolutions, or at least not with the significance it has now.

My resolutions? I intend to get a new job, find a new place to live, become fitter and like that 50% of people polled by a news programme- SAVE MORE MONEY! In the meanwhile I will continue to have my fortnightly lottery flutter and hope for a miracle. If you don’t hear from me for six months I’m busy back packing across the world and batting away mosquitos in far flung corners of the globe. I can hope.

PS- And yes, I would backpack around the world if I won the lottery but I draw the line at youth hosteling. I’d be checking into the Hilton with my grubby backpack and cut off shorts.