Category Archives: Friends

An Award


In August I have been nominated  for an Award and I had it in my drafts since.

I just realised that and I am very grateful to Binky  who gave the award to me.

Thank you so much and sorry it took so long.

I have known Binky for years

and as Binky,

I saw bloggers come and go in the nearly 6 years I am blogging.

Some bloggers stopped blogging,

some went to heaven,

and also I met some bloggers personally.

It is wonderful to meet Bloggers on line and face to face.

You get connected and become friends.

There is a wonderful community out in the blogging world and

I can only express my sincere thanks to everyone of my friends, readers and commenters.

You make me happy.



Danny and Struppi


Danny travelled again for the weekend.


On the plane with a snack


in the car to the house.

In Stuttgart Airport Danny saw a many bears and talked to some.

He made friends with one, called Struppi.

Struppi then joined us on the flight back to London.


The bears had a lovely flight home and Danny is busy introducing

Struppi to everybody and the English life here.

Our bear family has grown!

Welcome Struppi!



My friends



here is Thomas again:

I wanted to introduce you to my wonderful friends:


Oups, from the planet of the Heart

and Danny, the travelled Teddy.


They are best friends and usually hang out together.


Oups is very wise, he has a huge heart,

is always positive and features in lots of books.

My mum had many of his books, here is a taster what is in it.


“Loving words and a happy smile warm every heart.”

Danny has travelled quite a bit like Germany and Spain.

That is a lot for a little bear.

Doesn’t he look cool!


Oups likes to sit with me too!


We are both equally soft.

Wishing you a super day

and a big hug from all of us,

Oups, Danny and me, Thomas!

Guest post: Cat in the Box


As my mum is out

I jumped on the computer

to show you my favourite places.

From the title you can see it is a box,

yes anything enclosed, I love

additional to my mum’s lap of course.

There are always new places appearing in my house,

boxes and others.

I utilise them all.

I promised my friend Binky to show my relaxing places.

So here we are:

the box on the sofa


the box on the floor

the tiny shoebox

the rocking chair


my mum’s computer desk,

I just swipe things of the desk and get comfortable.


the drawer in my mum’s son’s room

Yes I am allowed


Isn’t it just wonderful how many places I have to relax and snooze!

So now it’s your turn,

find a peaceful spot and have a snooze.


Wishing you all a very relaxing weekend!



Jigsaw Puzzle Review – Snowdrop Cottage


I have been given a 1000 piece Jigsaw puzzle to do and to review,

as you know I love doing puzzles.

It arrived on Friday.

I was already excited.

It is called Snowdrop Cottage and it is an original premium Ravensburger Puzzle,

Great German Quality.


It is wonderful to unpack a great quality puzzle

knowing how much I will enjoy doing it.

The joy begins on opening the box… the anticipation….

and I find the pieces, a leaflet, the 2018 catalog and a picture of the puzzle.

The picture – Snowdrop Cottage, perfect for the Winter season is  done by artist Howard Robinson.

It is the 11th in a series of English Cottages.

I love the picture.

When I study it more I find the warm cottage, lots of beautiful plants, many birds, different flowers, the well –

all in all a beautiful picture.

I already make my plan in my head how to tackle the puzzle.

Step 1 find all edge pieces

Step 2 sort colours  for house and roof

Step 3 go for it and enjoy.

Check out my progress:


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The Puzzle was a delight to do. The most satisfying moment is when you put the last piece in. You feel you have achieved something and had fun doing it.

I started on Friday evening, continued on Saturday and finished it off on Sunday afternoon.  This 1000 piece puzzle would be a great starter puzzle for someone who has only done 500 pieces, but wants to go bigger.  The motive which is the very ‘busy’ and colorful picture of Snowdrop Cottage makes it easy to sort and follow where the pieces go. The soft click technology of the well known Ravensburger Company makes it so satisfying to put piece after piece in and you feel straight away if it fits or not. The different shapes also help solving the puzzle.

The making of the puzzle was fun and relaxing for me.

Puzzles are relaxing and almost like a meditation,

when you can study the picture and enjoy every bit in detail,

no rushing involved,

but take your time and do it calmly.

You can do it together with someone else and have a good and peaceful time.

If you enjoy doing puzzles I certainly recommend this puzzle from Ravensburger


it makes a great present too.

There are plenty more puzzles to choose from if you want a bigger challenge or just more fun.


done – hurray


Looking through the catalog I found my next one already – ‘The afternoon visitor’

Merry Christmas


May your home be filled with warmth 

and good cheer this holiday.

May the glow of Christmas

fill the hearts of you and your loved ones

and bring love and peace!



Christmas Decorations





on this tree


Heartfelt Christmas greetings

from my heart to your heart.

Sending you the warmest hugs!


Much Love from 

xxx Ute xxx 



Special Weekly Inspiration No 44 – You can do it


Special Newsflash.

This weekly Inspiration is for a special person

who needs to read this

this morning.

Although I hope to give 

 all my wonderful readers 

the perfect start to a great day!

“This is your

Wednesday Morning Reminder

that you are


and you can handle anything!”


Sparkle and Shine! 

Sending much love to all!


With love

from me

❤ ❤ ❤

5 years – 9.6.2012



Today is my 5 year Blogiversary.


Since my first post I have written 545 more posts,

gained many friends all over the world

and am enjoying it even more than when I started.



Thank you to all my blogging friends,

readers,  commenters and followers,

who are caring and loving ,

who make me feel wonderful!


Top  posts of the year:

2012 –  A jar or a journal

2013 – Follow your dreams

2014 – Count your blessings 

2015 – 100,000 Wow

2016 – Piece of Paradise


Danny meets old friends


Danny traveled again this time to Germany

visiting old friends.

He met Petzi, a senior teddy,

He couldn’t hold back his excitement  and jumped right up to say hello.




Then they chatted for a long time.



In town he saw water, a plastic cow,

blue sky and beautiful snowdrops.




Danny found his favourite:

a ” Schwäbische Brezel”





Danny met also his other friend “Breuni” in Germany.




They enjoyed a good chat and cuddle next to Spring flowers.

After a week of sunshine he said good bye to Germany in rain

which gave us a beautiful picture of this snowdrop.



Wishing you all a wonderful and

love filled week !