PERUSE Feb 2019

PERUSE Feb 2019

This month in PERUSE I’m talking about my garage makeover still one or two things to finish but it’s practically there.

I’ve found some great deals on www.very.co.uk were I’ve included  a few outfits that are perfect for not only a night on the town but something you could wear in the summer too, but be quick they sell fast.

I’ve talked a little about my forthcoming book ‘Behind Closed Doors’ as well as an article I read in a daily newspaper that added to the list of crimes committed by the clergy.

And not forgetting Steve Wraith’s ‘Crime Inc’ for all you true crime lovers, if you want to hear it right from those who ‘Walked the path’ so to speak then it’s a must that you follow the Steve Wraith Crime Inc Facebook group.

Remember I’m looking for YOU! If you would like your photography, story, film or next album mentioned in PERUSE then please get in touch, It’s FREE However,  if you would like a regular monthly feature there will be a small charge. You know where to find me.

All this and much more, click the link below to read PERUSE.

PERUSE 2019

Belinda

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Food Glorious Food at BENKAZ

Food Glorious Food at BENKAZ

I’ve always been a lover of italian food and thought I would try this recommended restaurant called Benkaz in Shotts, North Lanarkshire.

I wasn’t disappointed in fact I came away feeling very satisfied rather than overly bloated.

Here is what I had:

starters – SAUTED MUSHROOMS Served in a creamy garlic sauce with side salad.

Main Course – PENNE NAPOLI PASTA in a tomato and basil sauce served with garlic bread and a side of chips.

I cannot begin to tell you how much I savoured every mouthful, I didn’t want it to end…

See more in tomorrows 05.03.2019 copy of PERUSE.

Belinda

 

What’s Your Response When Someone Tells You Your Not Very Fashion Conscious?

What’s Your Response When Someone Tells You Your Not Very Fashion Conscious?

Fashion, what’s your thoughts? In season, last season, colour coordinated or do you even care?

Well, here is my take on fashion, for one I am so LAST SEASON and I will tell you why.

I go into the shops and see something I really like then I look at the price, now I’m not a cheap skate here far from it but when I see something that I think is rather overpriced that’s it, I ain’t buying it.

Nope, instead I’ll be like ok I will keep an eye on it and when it goes on sale I will grab it, although if I feel this is an item that will fly off the shelf and I really do love it then I will make an exception.

Here’s the thing though, I may wear it once then it goes in the wardrobe or packed away until the weather permits me to wear it again, I have on occasion been very guilty of not wearing it at all and the label still be attached.

What do I do with it? I give it to charity along with countless other items even household goods. I can’t be the only person here that does this. 

The way I see it why throw it out when someone who may have nothing can get some use from it.

While I’m on the subject, something I noticed about retailers many years ago and I’m not sure if this still happens? When they put end of season cloths in the sale and those that don’t sell are all either gathered together for another store or put in a skip.

Now I know for a fact that they do or did this because I worked in retail, my thing is why not box everything up e,g men and woman’s cloths children’s cloths even household goods and put them in lorries/wagons and take them all to those in countries that are less fortunate than we are?

The homeless here in the U.K? Even people from war-torn countries who have had their homes bombed and are left with nothing.

Maybe it’s just me and yes I know those who know me are like; ‘Come on B, you want to put the world to rights but it’s not that easy’ Well actually it really is that easy but I’m not going to start ranting on about that because that is another story.

I am however and always have been colour coordinated the colour of my top must match my shoes and my handbag, even my eye makeup has a style all of its own.

I do have scruffy day’s like most people but only if I know I don’t have to leave the house and more often than not you’ll find me in my jeans.

Send me in some of your best shots in fashion I will feature them in an issue of PERUSE.

Now there is an offer you can’t refuse. (See Disclaimer)

Belinda

 

 

 

 

 

THE COLLECTION 2017/18 #photography

THE COLLECTION 2017/18

 

The Collection is just a sample of some of my best shots while on my travels this is for the purpose of a project that I am currently working on.

I mentioned before that I am working on a new Podcast which I hope to have up and running in the next couple of months, originally this was meant to begin this month.

There was a little of a setback which affected timing however, it will be going ahead just at a later date.

I will try my best to blog a little more than I am at present but with hospital appointments etc for my husband and my writing ‘Behind Closed Doors’ things will slow up just a little.

I can be contacted at any time though so remember to get your ideas to me on topics that you would like me to Podcast about, I am waiting for a new phone number that is solely for the purpose of my Website and Social Media so bear with me a little longer.

Click the link below to view The collection.

Belinda

The collection 2017:18

 

DIARY 2019

 

 

Diary 2019

Feb/March 2019 – Ireland – Tipperary & Galway (Will now coincide with my visit in July)

I will be over in Ireland talking to survivors of the Mother & Baby Home era in relation to my forthcoming book “Behind Closed Doors’ The Baby Brokers.
It has been and will continue to be a long battle for justice from the Church & State for the atrocities that were caused back in those homes, also the Magdalen Laundries, Smyllum Park Orphanage and most likely many, many others.
If you are or were in any way connected to any of the Mother & Baby Homes and would like even just a little of your story told in the book then please get in touch. If you would like to have anonymity that will not a problem.
By telling your story you are contributing to the cause,  a % of the proceeds from the book will be donated to various committees who work continually to have those who are buried in unmarked graves given a plot and proper burial whereby they may be remembered. You will also be supporting them in the fight for justice for those who suffered abuse of any kind at the hands of the Church.

 

July – Tipperary – Galway

I’ll be back in Roscrea, Tipperary for the Sean Ross Abbey Commemorations then on to Galway for a few days, staying at a well recommended hotel with the most amazing views. There will be plenty of photography on the Galway trip, as well as some In Tipperary. (Stay updated for my blog, recommendations, photography and podcast).

 
August – Jordan – Jerusalem – Bethlehem (All being well with my husbands recovery; SEE CANCER BLOG)

This trip will include a visit & stay in ‘The Walled Off Hotel’ Known for its fine art work by the likes of Banksy (Can I jump with joy)? Heck, I’m going to anyway.
I’m so excited that I will be visiting here again, it’s been a few years since my last visit and I’m looking forward to seeing our friends again.
The big event here’ My Hubby & I will be renewing our wedding vows in Bethlehem among our beautiful friends. (Filming on location)

 

September – Carcassonne – France

The Cité de Carcassonne is a medieval citadel located in the French city of Carcassonne, in the department of Aude, Occitanie region. It is located on a hill on the right bank of the River Aude, in the south-east part of the city.

(I am actually very much looking forward to my visit here and can’t wait to get my camera out for what is some of the most spectacular beauty for budding photographers, so there is going to be lots of photos for this one, as well as recommendations on hotel, food, travel and I will be going LIVE).

 

Coming in 2020 – USA Tour

There is something big happening in 2020 Stay connected all will be revealed soon!!! keep an eye on Social Media when I will be adding another trip to visit Ponte Vecchio at the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn I will tasting Mussels in a Red Tomoato Sause while enjoying a chat and a Cocktail or two with Teresa Napolitano Aprea from RHONJ and I’m looking forward to it and there are a few other surprise guests. Italians Do It Best.

Belinda

PERUSE #Magazine

It’s finally here the official launch of PERUSE

Unfortunitely I was unable to upload December’s issue of PERUSE due to having been given not one but two lots of bad news that month within my personal life.

However, I have now uploaded the official launch of PERUSE Jan 2019 (Click the link below) which I have to add is short and sweet for obvious reasons but rest assured as of Feb there is so much more to come.

Please remember I need YOU the readers to get in touch with your story’s and yes, even your fictional stories if you are an author/writer.

I am looking for your photography if you are a photographer I will pick the top three to be featured each month and you may even have your best shot on the cover of future months issues.

What you waiting for? You know where to find me!

Check out my DIARY on the left hand menu of the main page to see what’s coming next ( All will be updated in the next few hours)

So I hope you enjoy your online magazine, I’m open to any ideas on topics you would like to see featured.

peruse jan 2019 official launch

That Word: #Cancer

That word: Cancer

At the request of my husband (Jerry) I have written this blog, not something I wanted to do, however, Jerry felt he had to raise awareness about being diagnosed with an ailment that turned out to be something of a more serious nature.

Cancer a word I never thought I would ever have to write about, we hear it often many people say ‘I never thought it would happen to me’ But not me, I’ve always known that there was a possibility that it could happen to anyone even me.

They say that 1 in 2 people will at some point develop this terrible disease and for as many years as I can remember we have donated to Cancer Research yet, there are so many who don’t beat it.

Two weeks before Christmas Jerry was diagnosed and boy was that the biggest shock to the system.

It was in November that my husband went to our local doctor here in the U.K because he was experiencing difficulties after eating, he said it felt a little like the food was stuck right between his upper ribcage.

He said he felt like he wanted to rift, like he was suffering from indigestion, the doctor prescribed him with Gastro Medication saying that it was a Gastric problem!

So off Jerry goes back to Kosovo, (He works for the United Nations) and after a couple of weeks he still didn’t feel better so decided to visit his doctor over there.

The doctor sent him for an Endoscopy thinking it could have been an Ulcer which resulted in them taking a Biopsy, the results came back as negative.

The doctor wasn’t happy with the results and asked my husband to take medication for 10 days then go back and repeat the Endoscopy and so he did.

The results then came back showing a Tumour and he discussed with Jerry that the next step was a CT Scan, unbeknown to me Jerry had his suspicions and it turned out that those suspicions were correct.

The doctor explained that he had Cancer of the Stomach as you can imagine his mind went blank, thankfully he had his boss with him because I think initially he couldn’t absorb everything the doctor was telling him.

After getting his results and some time to actually think about what he had just been told, it was time to call home and tell me.

I was of course heartbroken, my husband’s employers booked a flight to come home the very next day.

The hardest thing other than being told your husband has Cancer was to tell our daughters, all sorts were running through my mind.

Only those who had or have Cancer will understand what my husband is going through and only the loved one’s of those who suffered or suffer know what we as a family are going through.

When I had to tell family and friends close to us for the first time that Jerry has this terrible disease I broke down and cried, whenever I went out in the car on my own I cried.

Myself and our girls are staying strong for Jerry but it doesn’t make it any more bearable, although Jerry’s Cancer is at the very early stages he has that on his side, since learning more about the disease I have been able to handle it better.

Jerry has since had keyhole surgery and another Endoscopy to determine if there is any floating Cancer which thank God there isn’t, it is still contained and we are now waiting for him to start Chemotherapy which will be within the next could of weeks.

I cannot thank his consultant over in Kosovo enough for what he has done for my husband, although I will do in person once treatment is all done and dusted, I also cannot thank Jerry’s best friend Carl enough for his support to both me and Jerry and for speaking to me on the phone and reassuring me because he has been there himself and that in itself has given me a breather.

And for Brendan, Jerry’s Boss and long term friend/workmate for his part in keeping Jerry in check after such horrific news and kenny another of Jerry’s long term friends for his support.

So what’s next? Well, Jerry will have 3 lots of Chemo over a 9 week period, then he will have the operation to remove the Cancer and some of his Stomach after which there is 4 weeks recuperation before another 3 lots of Chemo over another 9 week period.

Jerry’s message to everyone who experiences any kind of discomfort while or after eating is to pursue your doctor for a more in depth examination because doctors will automatically assume it’s a Gastro problem.

Don’t leave it too long either because had Jerry not seen his doctor in Kosovo, he could very well have been taking medication for Gatro problems for weeks even months not knowing what was really happening therefore giving Cancer time to spread.

Thankfully Jerry’s prognosis is good and God willing will remain so.