Dear Diary

bits of information that I want to write down
about everyday life.

A Dear Diary Moment

Reminiscence for my dear diary.

A Hot Festival Weekend

More on my 1972 Windsor free festival weekend.

Baby Makes Three ( Part One )

A Dear Diary memory of giving birth in Three parts.

Baby Makes Three ( Part Three )

I was taken down to the general ward in the middle of the night. Last part of my Dear Diary memory.

Baby Makes Three ( Part Two )

It was late afternoon before the contractions became stronger... My Dear Diary moment continues...

Making plans for a free festival

Diary entry, planning our trip to Free Windsor Festival 1972.

More Festival Fun

The last instalment of my Windsor Free Festival experience.

The Beehive

A dear diary of remebered times.

Friend of Mine

~~ Dear Diary...it was my privilege to have been around in the early 1970s, some incredible memories stand out for me, though time has a habit of...

Home At Last!

Dedicated to my late Mum: 21st January 1929 to August 22nd 2001 Dear Diary Moment. Black and White days seem so far, locked away just a photo to...

Dear Diary Some Days in my Life

Names have been changed to protect identities. It's a delusion to imagine that life will remain the same forever, those fleeting short-lived sagas...
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Dear Diary Days in my Life Letters and Holidays

I was tired on this Friday evening, from a busy week at work and was looking forward to a relaxing bath then heading out to the pub. As I opened the...
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Dear Diary Days in my Life School Days and Dreamboats

As I sit here typing, I'm listening to that old Eric Clapton record; Behind the Mask, It ringed so true as to my feelings at that particular moment...
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Dear Diary Some Days in my Life A Tapestry is all that Matters

That old saying; Love Hurts is so true, whether you're the one doing the breaking up, or you're the one having your heart broken...believe me, I've...
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Dear Diary Some Days In My Life Time To Reminisce

As I look back remembering, there was a time when I was at school I would shy away from danger or the unpredictable, having been ridiculed and picked...
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Dear Diary Some Days In My Life Starting Over

There's not much I can recall about the train journey down to Tenby, but I do remember feeling apprehensive as I sat with my rucksack on the floor...
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Dear Diary Some Days In My Life Things Aren't Always What They Seem

Seeing Maggie after such a long period of time, I wanted to give her a welcome hug like we used to do, but because of her stance which seemed...
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Dear Diary Some Days In My Life Homeward Bound

The second I put the phone down, tears began to fill my eyes, pondering on my future. Here I was in Tenby with no money and nowhere to live. I'd told...
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Dear Diary Some Days In My Life Tripping In The Woods

We came to a stop as Mark turned off the engine, then got out of the van. Sliding my side of the door back, I grabbed my rucksack and climbed out...

Dear Diary Some Days In My Life Seems So Long Ago

Names have been changed to protect identities. That weekend Chris and I had really got to know each other well, it was just a case of making a...

Dear Diary Some Days In My Life The Wedding

The day of the wedding arrived and Chris was his usual calm self, while I on the other hand was quite nervous about meeting so many strangers. Chris...
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Dear Diary Some Days In My Life Contrasting Receptions

Sitting in the kitchen at Mum and Dads eating lunch, I tried to describe every moment of my visit to Holland. Mum and Dad were always eager to hear...
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Dear Diary Some Days In My Life Keeping It Pure And Simple

Dear Diary, I want to look back at the Summer of 1976, what a Summer that was, even hotter than 1975...which was saying something, the heat seemed to...
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Afghan Memories

What can be better than keeping my reminiscences alive, than writing them down? Nothing! Well for me anyway. Had so many happy Wednesday nights at...

As Good As Marmite

Dear diary...love it or hate it, I was just twelve years old when I discovered marmite...no just kidding! What I'm really trying to say is; that back...
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My Very First Visit To Wembley

Dear diary...so on Saturday July 1 st 1967, with our fifteen shilling tickets, me and my friend were given a lift by my dad to Cannon's Marsh coach...
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A Trip To Torquay

Dear Diary...here I am, some forty nine years later, sitting in front of a screen and typing, still feeling like a fourteen year old when I think...

A Trip To Torquay Continued A Night To Remember

As I lay there slithering further down the bath, I suddenly awoke with a jolt as my mouth and nose were now submerged beneath the freezing cold water...

A Trip To Torquay A Night To Remember Continued

Dear Diary...this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, so while floating around from room to room on cloud nine, full of exhilaration, I was...

My Trip To Torquay Taking The Plunge

By now everyone had adjourned to the lounge, it was becoming packed, I watched as people stood around chatting and getting their photographs taken...
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My Trip To Torquay The End Came Too Soon

This had been all I'd ever wanted for so many years, an experience like this only comes around once in a lifetime, so I was in heaven. I just had to...
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That's Life ( Pt 1 )

Dear Diary...life can never prepare you for the black clouds that can gather, leaving you feeling sad and alone, where no one understand the...
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That's Life ( Pt 2 )

There were few people in the park to my great relief, probably because although it was sunny, it was far too cold, also being a Monday morning most...
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That's Life ( Pt 3 )

After taking the pram apart and placing it in the boot of her car, I climbed in the back seat with my son, explaining how nervous I was to my health...
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That's Life ( Pt 4 )

Dear Diary...this was a particularly hard part to write about, due to one memory that almost tore me apart. I don't want the readers to feel that...
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That's Life ( Pt 5 )

It was nearing the end of February 1983 and I'd been at the refuge since the beginning of January. Because my son was born with a soft cleft, which...
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That's Life ( Pt 6 )

Once I'd managed to stop the tears, leaving the toilet I pulled myself together and made my way upstairs to the kitchen, with sore, red eyes and a...
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That's Life ( Pt 7 )

Dear Diary...It was lucky I was alert, with all the noise that was going on in the background of the hallway, my hearing must have been extra clear...
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That's Life ( Pt 8 )

Dear diary...the next day being a Sunday, I wouldn't be able to get hold of my solicitor, I'd had to contact her about arranging to go back home to...
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That's Life ( Pt 9 )

Dear diary...without any heating in my room, I placed my son in his carrycot putting one of his bonnets on him, although it was nearly Spring, it was...
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That's Life ( Pt 10 )

It was three weeks into living at the house, that I found a good doctor's surgery, which just happened to be down the road from where I was living...
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That's Life ( Pt 11 )

A note to the reader...at first I wasn't sure whether to add this part to my story, but after much consideration, I thought it might help anyone...

That's Life ( Pt 12 )

Dear Diary...it was now Easter. My son went to spend time with his dad and gran for an extra long weekend, from Good Friday, till Easter Monday. I...
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That's Life ( Pt 13 )

I awoke that morning with all the agony and torment dispersed after a good night's sleep. My new companion even made a cup of tea and bought it to me...
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That's Life ( Pt 14 )

I was a million miles away in my thoughts, not only of the extreme emotions I'd felt in the past, but tears filled my eyes and my mind was whirling...
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That's Life ( Pt 15 )

I caught the bus and returned to the house, full of my excitement at now having a son who could feed properly, just wanting to let the world know how...

That's Life ( Pt 16 )

Dear diary...after a very rough night of not much sleep, I awoke with my son still in my arms. His face red, I thought immediately; Oh! No! There's...
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That's Life ( Pt 17 )

The doctor was kind enough to get back to me that very same afternoon, telling me that I would be getting a phone call from a housing association...
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That's Life ( Pt 18 )

Dear diary...I'd decided to go out for the rest of that day, unable to stick around the musty atmosphere of the house any longer, finding the fresh...
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That's Life ( Pt 19 )

Suddenly the words I'd uttered earlier about not wanting a man in my life, had gone completely out the door and the window. This new guy I'd now...

That's Life ( Pt 20 )

Dear diary...pulling up outside the house with a feeling of trepidation not knowing what was to come next, I asked Kevin to hold my son, while I went...
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That's Life The Conclusion

After working out a time to pick up my stuff, I finally got it all back and set up home with Kevin. We had a good year of living together. He was a...

Beauty of Florida

Dear Diary...there's nothing better than recalling a memory, a chance to relive through writing some moment that plunges me straight back in time...
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Life Begins At Forty ( Pt 1 )

Dear Diary...looking back over the years, my body clock ticking away for me now as I'm in my sixties, pausing for thought I remember at forty one I...

Life Begins at Forty ( Pt 2 )

Once I'd left my friends I wandered off by myself, I was beginning to wish I'd been able to get two backstage passes as loneliness was setting in,...
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Life Begins at Forty ( Pt 3 )

Now I had my autograph I was happy, but was disappointed that I'd not achieved what I set out to do that morning, feeling so sure of being chatted up...
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Proud Moments

Dear Diary...when I first moved to Swindon in Wiltshire in 1987, I'd just got married for the second time and left all the people I knew behind in...

Proud Moments

Dear Diary...months went by as I started to make new friends at the leisure Center, hanging out in the sauna and chatting, which I found opened up...
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Proud Moments

Dear Diary...looking back now I don't know how I did all those classes, plus all the preparing for a session everyday. After my son went to school, I...
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Proud Moments

Dear Diary...After much coming and going to the beach, It was now moving towards afternoon, we just wanted to get back to the chalet to prepare for...

Anxiety of School Years

Dear Diary...the ability to fit in to what teachers and peers of society expected of me was very hard to achieve when I was young, but there was one...

Exposed Now Concealed

Dear Diary...rendering work on front of house started on Monday 18 th April 2016; finished on Friday 22 nd April 2016. Exterior ravaged by hands of...
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The Witches Came to Swindon

Dear Diary...adventuresome as I was in the 90s, I was led on a journey into the mysterious world of Roald Dahl. It all started when my friend...

Taking The Rough With The Smooth

Dear Diary...It was the middle of the 1970s , probably about 1977, the day I took a job looking after a three year old for a landlord and his wife...

What A Relief

Date 21 st July 2016 Dear Diary... After living through the hell of Tuesday's hottest day, I was so reassured that today had cooled down slightly and...
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Fresh Beginnings

Dear Diary...There were times in my life where I never thought I'd settle down, constantly searching for new challenges, wanting to experience as...
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Fresh Beginnings ( Pt 2 )

Dear Diary...one of my fondest memories of when I was in the Woman's Refuge back in the early 1980s, was when I and some of the other women would sit...

Fresh Beginnings ( Pt 3 )

Dear diary...my first year working at the car parts factory went pretty quickly. With Christmas coming and going, the festive season had been much...

Fresh Beginnings ( Pt 4 )

Dear Diary...life was dissolving one day into another. I was starting to feel like that hamster on a wheel that goes around and around. There was no...
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Our Florida Trip

Dear diary...visiting Florida for the first time back in 1990 was an experience I'll never forget. We'd put our three cats into a cattery the day...

Our Trip To Florida Part Two

Dear diary...the Magic Kingdom had left me with a feeling of much enthusiasm and anticipation of what we would see next, especially when we visited...

Our Florida Trip Part Three

Dear diary...in the blink of an eye I can recall one particular day that stands out on our Florida trip, though because this was 1990 it's hard to...
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Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining

Dear Diary...clock ticks as I type wondering where all the time has gone contemplating my options to have a hip replacement, but I don't know why It'...

Surround Them With Love

Dear diary...I light a candle. My heart dropped when I heard the news, a block of flats gone up in hellish flames; a community – hub of family life...
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I'm Going Through Changes

This is my diary account. For anyone reading this, I realize you might me irritated by this kind of writing, or annoyed at the fact I'm being...
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Hip Replacement Update

Dear diary...my brain's in a whirl with so much to do and focus on. People tell me not to worry so much, but there's so much to organize in two weeks...

Letter From Italy

Dear diary... This was a letter I wrote about my trip to Italy when I was twenty one. Luckily mum and dad kept hold of it and placed the letter in an...
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Now I'm Bionic

Dear diary... Monday 14 th August 2017. So, it's 7.30am, here I am at the hospital once more ready as I'll ever be for what's coming. Behold the...
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Now I'm Bionic Second Part

Saturday 19 th August 2017. Dear Diary... Just as I thought everything would be fine now I was home and in my own environment, another nightmare came...

Wrong Time For A Walk In The Forest

Picture from pixbay free images. Dear diary...Sunday 24 th September 2017. Awoke to a fine sunny day which added to my excitement of a trip out to...

Strength And Passion Of Women

Dear diary: In The Year Of The Woman, I needed to write this piece. By the beginning of 1988 I'd got to know many fantastic women who made such a big...
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Dad

Dear diary, keeping dad's memory. Seduced by changing tides of emotions, dad your addiction trawled through troubled waters, body cravings, stained...

Art Of Music

Dear diary... When asked the question; 'what is your favorite piece of music?' I would always say Carole King's Tapestry. There's an intimacy about...
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Wild Night At The Wrestling

Dear diary: Thinking and writing about Saturday 20 th October 2018. Daydreaming of doing different things that are out of my comfort zone are always...
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Glad To Be A Baby Boomer

Dear diary Remembering. At this time of Samhain when thoughts go out to the loss of loved ones, I want to light candles and especially remember mum...

Sunny Day Out In Oxford Part One

Dear diary... eager as I am to complete my bucket list of things to do, my partner was surprised when I declared that a trip to Oxford Castle Dungeon...

Sunny Day Out In Oxford Part Two

Next we were taken further on up the tower where more narrow steps led to this one prison cell which left me very sad indeed. Our guide told us that...

My Victor Meldrew Moment

Dear diary... It was Monday 28 th January 2019, a beautiful day and perfect for a walk into town with my partner...not too hot or too cold. I do try...
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Meet Me On The Corner

Dear diary...1977 holds a big sack of memories for me, not only was I a part time vegetarian, that is to say that throughout the working week I'd be...
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Milk Jug And Sugar Bowl

Dear diary...To remind myself next time to get a professional painter in next time I need to freshen up the decor. For days with brush and paint it...

Turning Point

Endless land thrills in silent meditation just before release of heavy showers... hedges wreathed with glistening globules as offering of puddles...

If Music Be The Food Of Love

Dear diary... Isn't it strange how things go full circle which never ceases to amaze me. I'm talking about my weekly visit to town just the other day...

Echoes Of Town

Dear diary...my trip to town on Monday 29 th July 2019. Where would we be without our dear clouds and trees? I have withered in one brief hour of...
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Periods Of Joy

Saturday 10 th August 2019 Dear diary...at last beauty can be viewed from our conservatory, able to see adorned limbs interwoven, roses climbing up...

Hamper Industry

Dear diary...It was back in the early 90s, I can't remember which years, when working for a local Christmas hamper company as that special day drew...

Dreaming Of Camelot

Dear diary... When I was a teenager I had a dream to reside in Camelot with maidens and those men with swords who fought a lot, or even undertaking...
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Allotment Space

Dear diary...There was a time when me, my partner and my son rented a two up two down terraced house, before finally affording our next town house...
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Cocktail Of Clouds And Rain

Dear diary...Sunday 22 nd September 2019 On a peaceful Sunday I awoke this morning, stretched, then crept out of warm bed, dancing in my head lively...

Nature's Ambiance

Dear diary...Thursday 10 th October 2019. It was a beautiful day for a walk, not hot, just a little sun peeping through those glorious clouds I've so...

Uncertainties

Dear diary... I feel this disharmony blemishing our world, disfiguring the innocent it churns in my stomach, young should perceive future as...
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New Beginnings

Dear diary... I stopped to think the other day how we've lived here fifteen years, moved in on November 5 th 2004. Turned up at our new property...
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Two Special Granddaughters

It's never easy trying to convey with words those emotions of love, but today at your mum's funeral my eyes overflowed with tears, these beautiful...