Computers are all very well when the internet works, when it does not, they are objects of great stress inducement!

Norman Hereford

My blog this week is written by Norman, not me! It is an account of his stay in Herefordshire. I hope you enjoy it!!

Easter bunny

Easter weekend and the weather is not exactly spring like is it! This week has been very busy and most enjoyable with Oapschat visitor. An article will be written by one of them so I am not going to spoil the fun, by telling you where we went!

Water blog

We all need to drink water to stay alive. The staff of life. I know that bread is always called the staff of life, but I heard the other day it is now water that is quoted as such. When and if I find a link, I will post it!

Margaret and me Exeter

Another hectic week at Oapschat Towers. I had a day with a difference on Wednesday. Instead of sitting at my desk typing away, with an ever intermittent Internet and many frustrations left, right and centre, I journeyed on a lot of trains!!

Blog pillows

I am an insomniac as I am sure many of you know, I bore a lot of my friends and family members frequently as nothing seems to work as regards the big sleep issue. How often does one change one's pillow? Is this part of the problem?

 My birthday

This week has seen me reach a big birthday and I have eaten lots of meals out at various places in England and Wales!!


Why am I excited? I am going to Snowdonia today, Llanberis to be exact. A birthday treat! Walking shoes, big brolly, waterproof coats, warm clothes. Oh and a nice bottle or two of red. Not forgetting that!

Jan SchoolDays

A few childhood school memories - The Happiest Days Of Our Lives, I beg to differ on many occasions!!! Why am I thinking about my school days I wonder?


Photo copyright Brian O"Donaghue 2014

This week I have been learning some new songs for the choir that I sing with. The Helen Vereker Singers. We are performing in Sainsbury's Foyer this morning at 11am in aid of Hereford Carers Support .

 TIDY Blog

Busy week again and lots of writing, emailing and telephoning to try and encourage more people to like and join Oapschat ! I am going be more tidy in my paperwork domain!

percy plant

A busy week as usual here in the Oapschat house! The main hours have been taken up with making the website more accessible via FB and Twitter.


Another very busy week in the Oapschat household! No time to be bored!

Vera, Doris and me

What a busy week Oapschatters! A new feature on the website and a super meeting with two lovely friends that I have known since 1971!

Me on Exmouth beach

 A walk on the beach on Christmas Day and a walk around the sales at the end of December. Plus lots of walks in between!


This week has seen a few happy hours in the company of friends and animals!

Me blog wk 16

Where do the days go? Another hectic week gone by and Christmas looms ever closer!


The first week of December heralds Advent Calendars and closely followed by the start of listening to Christmas Carols in many households, churches, community centres, shopping arcades and open air markets.

 me and supermarket

I've been looking for a good deal whatever that is. This week has been a bit nuisancy - is that a word?

Me with guitar

Another week has flown by and I have been out and about. Tuesday was a great day in Birmingham.



Hasn't it been a grey November week?! A ray of sunshine is appearing as I type this on Friday, but apart from this welcoming bright circle, it has been grey skies, rain, rain and more rain. However the gardens are still flowering aren't they?



Manuka Honey

Honey Honey, how you thrill me, according to Abba

hvs choir

After an absence of a few weeks, my weekly blog has returned. Do ray mi fa


As I type this, the rain is pouring down after a second night of thunderstorms. The gardens will be pleased to have a good soaking I am sure!


I have owned the same pair of sunglasses for five years. Then this week, they decided to break.




Another week has passed. Hope it has been good to you. My mother is still giving cause for concern, so a lot of time has been spent with nurses and medical professionals.

BUT, for some reason I have made the decision that I am determined to start playing my guitar again!

Week 6 already of my blog- where does the time go?

Only a short article this week. As you know, I have been to London to The Independent Happy Party.

How's your week been everyone? Excitement starting to mount in anticipation of my big event next Thursday! Train tickets bought, hotel booked. Dress,shoes and handbag bought. Posh hairdo Monday morning.

The Back Garden has had a make over this week! With the weather finally settling down after Tuesday's downpours, some planting has been taking place. New pots are at the ready, situated around the decking. Fuschias and Petunias are getting ready to bloom-I hope!


Week 3 already of my blog and this week I'm calling it  "Getting the Back Garden into shape!" Now anyone who knows me will tell you I am NOT a gardener in any shape or form, but I do like sitting in a nice garden. My sister has a fabulous back garden in Exmouth, very peaceful, lots of different flowers and shrubs and fruit and veg as well! Me? I have chippings, some decking, a small lawn and as from yesterday a new garden table! Last night was a lovely evening and so I took a photo of my new table for you to see!

Beans on the runner!

Last month, some bean seeds were planted and refused to show their faces, so this week my beloved bought some bean plants and put them in on Tuesday. After torrential rain on Wednesday, they are slowly climbing the sticks and hopefully will yield a good crop of my favourite all time vegetable.

Bloomin lovely!

Yesterday the sun shone and my faithful hydrangea is once again starting to bloom. This has been in my garden for years and years and always produces lovely blooms.

Tomorrow, is "looking for good quality pots day". No more plastic ones, but my goodness, what a price the earthenware ones are. Sunday Garden Centres here I come!

Have a good week everyone. See you next Saturday!!


Hi everyone,

This week is called MY HAPPY WEEK!

Where has that last week gone? My feet haven't touched the ground!

Following my surprise inclusion in The Independent 100 Happy List, I was then asked to speak on BBC Hereford and Worcester which I did for nearly ten minutes on Monday teatime 26/5/14. That was nerve wracking, but the presenter Jonathan Ray was lovely and made me feel at ease, so I was happy about that.

Lots of new articles were then ready to upload onto website, that made me happy and also made the contributors very happy too. An appearance in my local paper followed, The Hereford Times on 29/5/14. More happiness and hopefully more people will come over and join Oapschat!

My front garden has had a makeover and my drive been relaid with new tarmac, so happy with that too. Do you like my roses? They smell absolutely gorgeous and roses always make a lady happy!

The word HAPPY itself conjures up images of smiles, laughter, contentment. It has been a great week.

I'm back next Saturday with latest blog. Be happy everyone!