My dear ladies and occasional gentleman, as you may well have noticed I bypassed the ‘Season’s Greetings’ bit, I am sure that you had enough reading to do with all those Christmas cards, messages yada, yada, yada, without me adding to the burden.

But here I am wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous NEW YEAR.

Here is the ADORABLE new addition to our family POLLY. She was rescued from a PUPPY FARM by the wonderful charity MANY TEARS RESCUE

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As you can see Hirsute Roley is being an absolute STAR as they get to know one another.

If you are thinking of taking a dog into your family PLEASE DO consider ADOPTING a rescue dog.

We saved THREE dogs by adopting Polly. Polly herself, her foster parents were able to take another dog out of kennels for Christmas and the charity was able to RESCUE another dog.

Polly is an ABSOLUTE POPPET, very quiet (except when I am in the bathroom and she has taken to sitting outside giving little barks) follows me around everywhere and is happiest either on my lap or next to me (or Ronald in a pinch).

We had not planned on sharing the MARITAL BED with two dogs but Hey Ho! Saves on HOT WATER BOTTLES.

Yours Doggily





  A robin can mean many things, a loved one passed is saying hello, a bringer of good luck, a bringer of new beginnings, hope, or one of natures beautiful bounties that make us all smile..
My dear ladies and occasional gentleman, may I wish you seasons greetings and send you all warm and scrumptious love and hugs from the Ladygarden residence. 

For those of you who may be alone and for those who find Christmas a difficult time,  just remember I will be thinking of you all in our special ‘bliss’  family. (blog is such a vulgar word)

Remember it is only two days out of the year, don’t stress, relax it will pass, hopefully not like a kidney stone.

We must look forward to a new year with hope and perhaps with a resolution to be kinder to each other.  We all have our down days how much better would it make us feel if someone said something kind or did a kind deed.

Let’s try to say something nice to at least one person everyday, or give a helping hand with a task.

I am going to say something nice to Ronald in a minute, I’m going to thank him for cleaning the cooker. That’s a kind deed. What a little treasure he is.

See you all next year.

Yours Christmassy



PRINCESSES, POTATOES, PORT & VERBIAGE. Sunday, another wet and windy day, I knew I shouldn’t have given Ronald extra BRUSSELL SPROUTS.

Last night was our first rehearsal for this years village PANTOMIME, ‘THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA’ which I write with certain people in mind and which I had cast, following a read-through. Problems, last night more girls turned up who want to be PRINCESSES in the panto and someone else informed me that they would not be able to be a PRINCESS after all. So I was able to fill one role with one of the extras and today I have to write some extra lines for the other two DIVAS. It’s a good job my mind is full of MISCELLANY, I should be able to come up with some NONSENSICLE VERBIAGE!

My friend Veronica telephoned me as she is full of EXCITING IDEAS for the NEW YEAR; one of which is starting her own ‘BLISS’. I will let you know more as she gets to grip with the TECHNOLOGY.

Well I am off to pour a little PORT whilst I boil the POTATOES up ready for ROASTINGROAST POTATOES. Once they are in the oven I shall leave them to Ronald he likes a good toss before dinner. He says I don’t turn over enough so he likes to do it for himself.

Yours Portingly



My dear ladies and occasional gentleman I expect like myself and Ronald you are winding down from Christmas and winding up for the NEW YEAR celebrations. We have returned home after a very lovely Yuletide one of the highlights being the MIDNIGHT MASS. 

Just before we journeyed north for Christmas we had our own CAROL CONCERT in the village and I read a reading in my own inimitable THESPIAN LADY manner. The CHOIR were singing in the stalls, the congregation were singing a beat or two behind and the organist was at least 5 beats behind us. It was like a mad Christmas MADRIGAL! We in the  congregation tried to slow down to match the organ but that didn’t work, the choir tried to speed things up so we joined them and then the ORGANIST decided to CHANGE KEY half-way through a verse. It was impossible to suppress the giggles even the VICAR had a smirk on his face. Somehow we all managed to finish the carols but not necessarily together.

just to balance the scales the COTSWOLDS Christmas Mass was conducted at break-neck speed! The church was picture perfect, lit only by candles in chandeliers, the light flickering against the ancient stones and the wax gently plopping on the congregation below. If I angle myself right I cN get my moustache waxed at the same time!

I have never sung Christmas carols so fast in my life which was quite tricky for me as I had forgotten my glasses and was singing from memory. I came unstuck when singing the wrong verse at full volume in a quiet moment.

Morello seemed to find it amusing and snorted through the next verse.

I think it must have been the vicar’s birthday as well as Baby Jesus’s, the speedy service could only mean one thing, HE WAS ON A PROMISE!

Luck Vicar I say as the only promise I was on was finding Ronald 6 sheets to the wind on my return. When I left him he was into CHIEF STOKER mode, plying the poor wood burner with more logs than it could chew in a month and in the other hand a large GIN!
Our son had proudly told us that he had enough logs till the end of February, OH NO YOU DON’T. You’ll be lucky if they last till NEW YEAR!

My dear ladies and occasional gentleman I must be off as I am dressing up and off out for the celebrations. I will be glad to see the back of 2013 and I am looking forward to 2014.

Hello to you lovely SAGA readers who have been recommended to take a look, I hope you enjoy reading my BLISS (I don’t like the word Blog it’s too vulgar)

Thank you all my lovely readers for following me, reading my little BLISS and leaving lovely comments.

I hope to share with you my resolutions for the new year, my adventures with my best friend Veronica, Ronald’s little bits, tales of hirsute Roley, Harold the CROSS-DRESSING librarian, Gwendoline, Theresa, Gloria and all my other wonderful LADY-FRIENDS.

Yours Very Happy New Yearly


p.s. If I can work the technology I will share photographs and videos. See you next year Cx

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