Thank You Princess Diana

The death of Princess Diana was one of those moments in time, where most people recall exactly what they were doing, when they heard the news. For me I was gazing happily at my newborn son, in his baby rocker, when a family member burst in with the news, first of her accident and then of her subsequent death. We were all in shock.

For me she had represented all that was good with the world. She had seemed to bring healing and joy wherever she went. The world had suddenly darkened when we had heard the  tragic news. Somehow it had felt like we had all lost our innocence. The beautiful fairytale had now ended with sadness and death. Even my normally sensible father was writing emotionally about the shock and sadness now being experienced in the UK.

I was slightly angered this week to read a sudden rash of negative stories about the princess online. I profoundly admire the dignified way Prince William and Prince Harry have sought to honour their mother and have been deeply annoyed and irritated with those who have tried to muddy the waters. When Princess Diana was here, most of us  had recognised that she was somebody very special. Now is a time to give thanks for her life and the gift she gave all of us, by breaking down barriers and reaching out to people with her genuine humility and compassion.


My Grandmother’s Favourite Sayings

My grandmother had a wide variety of sayings which she used regularly. As they come to mind, I will write them here with commentary.


You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die.


Pile of Dirt 2

I can personally attest to the truth of this one, given the things my son has put in his mouth over the years.


Worse things happen at sea.

I always put this one down to the fact that she had lived through two world wars.


It’ll all come out in the wash.

I am not sure if I ever really understood this one. I think it means it will all be all right in the end. Also it doesn’t matter if things are slightly uneven or unfair.

Further research below:

Something that you say in order to tell someone not to worry because mistakes 
or problems willnot have a serious or permanent effect It was the wrong thing
to say, but don’t get too upset,
I’m sure it’ll all come out in the wash eventually.
It’ll all come out in the wash. (n.d.) Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed.. (2006). Retrieved August 21 2017 from


It’s harder where there’s none.

If anybody  had ever complained that they had too little of something.


Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry alone.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

If we were ever sad


If you haven’t got anything good to say, don’t say anything.

I actually have this on a fridge magnet, stuck to the fridge.


A place for everything and everything in its place.

Still working on that one. 

Brainy Quotes .com attributes this one to Benjamin Franklin.


Waste not, want not.

My Grandmother had encouraged us not to write on envelopes for birthday cards etc. so they could be re-used.