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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

My favourite things.

Since the death of my dear sister Norma I still find it difficult to concentrate on writing, when I'm feeling sad I try to think of my Favourite things.... Of course this will bring to mind the wonderful scene in the movie of The Sound Of Music where the legendary Julie Andrews sang to the 'Von Trapp' children, whilst there was a fearsome thunderstorm......  

singing to the children.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,

Chloe my kitten cat sporting her gorgeous whiskers

 Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens,

 Brown paper packages tied up in string,

'These are a few of my favourite things'.

My favourite fireplace, where I sit in my comfy reclining chair, usually with Chloe Cat sitting on my lap, whilst I tap away on the keyboard.

The River Mersey Ferry.

My all time favourite band

The wonderful Beatles. I actually saw them performing at The Cavern in the 'sixties'. just when they were on the cusp of fame....They went on to perform on The Ed Sullivan Show...the rest is history..

So when I'm feeling sad  I think of them and the wonderful FUN we had in Liverpool watching our FAVOURITE bands performing.

'Ferry cross the Mersey', the song immortalised by Gerry and the Pacemakers, another famous Liverpool band.

One of my most Favourite dishes

   Baked Aubergines stuffed with fragrant minced lamb tomatoes and herbs

The actual name of this delicious Turkish dish is  IMAN BAYILDI, which roughly translated means, The Iman, who had a passion for Aubergines, was presented  with the new recipe, prepared by a new chef, was so delighted with it that he FAINTED....I make this often and it is truly delicious, the above picture is one of my efforts and it was truly FANTASTIC ! (She said with an air of modesty enveloping her)!

I was given this recipe by the owner of a small  FRIENDLY FAMILY RUN Locanta during on of our many travels through Turkey.

FINALLY I must FINISH by mentioning the very most FAVOURITE and treasured parts of my life...My wonderful loving husband, my FAMILY and FACEBOOK FRIENDS.

The amazing people from all over the world, who share their lives with us on Abc Wednesday.

 You all fill my life with joy and fun in so many ways. I have been particularly touched by the support and kind words expressed to me and my family during our bereavement.

 Thank you, Di xx

Thanks to Denise for devising ABCW...such a fabulous lady! Where would we be without the never faltering Roger who fastidulously supports and encourages us all to do our stuff week after week.
Not forgetting Leslie from Vancouver who also plays a big part in administration along with team of supporters who help with the visits.


  1. Wonderful post for the letter F, Di. The Beetles were one of my favorite all time bands. I can still sing all the words to several of their songs. The first time I stood on the shores of the Mersey river with my friends who were part of a band we all broke out in song and sang Ferry Cross the Mersey! A favorite memory of mine that your post brought to the forefront of my brain! Praying for continued comfort from God at the loss of your dear sister...

  2. Wonderful post Di !

    I so can relatie to your favorites things, although i'm not a big fan as you are from the beatles ;-)

    Have a nice abc-day / - week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  3. Fantastic post - I saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan and was in love! We actually had a group of 4 boys at school who made up a pseudo Beatles band and they played at the dances we had. Good memories!

    abcw team

  4. The Sound of Music is one of my favorite movies, and I love the song "My Favorite Things" too. Although loosing a loved one is not easy, you have certainly found a positive way to cope with it. Blessings, my friend.

  5. I'm sorry for the passing of your sister...It does make things difficult. To think of your Favorite things will often help.
    I love the Sound of Music and that song in particular.

  6. Lots of wonderful choices for F and delightful photos ~ love your 'fur person' ~ adorable!

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

  7. . Just to say "thinking of you and sending you hugs " You will have wonderful memories of times with your sister ..think of the good times , not the sad. A wonderful post Diane. Xx

  8. I am sorry for your loss and understand the grief that comes at most unexpected times and the way it can be partially alleviated by thinking of favourite and pleasant things. You have chosen some great things to life your spirits...memories are good for this too.

  9. Chloe is beautiful. Does she have a blog? My kitties have a blog :)

  10. and all that remain are memories. Make sure they are always things to look back and remember the fun times

    PhenoMenon, ABC Wednesday

  11. Thank yo all for your kind comments,
    they mean a lot to me,
    Best wishes from. Di,
    ABCW team xx

  12. Enjoyed every bit of your writing.Thanks for sharing.

  13. KVVS M Thank you for your kind comment

    best wishes,
    ABCW team

  14. I have so many favorites, it's hard to narrow it down. Elvis Presely is my ALL-TIME favorite singer. Today was my sisters birthday who passed away on Thanksgiving and it's been one of remembering all of favorite times with her!!!

  15. Hello Anne,
    thanks for stopping by and commenting.
    I'm so sorry to learn of your sister's
    passing and at such a memorable time of year.
    I rather liked Elvis but he was more of my sister's era.
    I liked him singing 'The Wonder Of You.

    Best wishes,
    ABCW team.

  16. I am also a big fan of the Beatles, even while I prefer classical music. They were great ! You are also one of the favourite bloggers. I admire you for your courage. I wish you a peaceful and. quiet weekend.
    Wil, ABCWTeam

  17. I haven't lost a sister, but all loss are sad. Hugs to you.


I usually like to reply to your comments but for some reason when i do post a reply it just diappears, any advice would be most welcome,Thanks Di x

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