hi welcome to my world. this is our first attempt at a website and is very much a work in progress, so please bear with us!

 

 

my world revolves around my husband Colin       

 

 

We both went to Alva Academy (where I was thoroughly miserable) at the same time, but our paths didn't cross 'til  1998 at the Red Lion pub in Tillicoultry.

The Red Lion   

A Hillfoot village in Clackmannanshire, situated to the north of the River Devon between Alva and Dollar. The Tillicoultry Burn  which flows down through the Mill Glen to meet the Devon was the source of water power used by textile mills such as the Clock Mill which was built by James and George Walker from Galashiels to manufacture blankets, plaids and tartan shawls.

A walk into the glen from the top of Upper Mill Street leads to panoramic views of the Forth and Devon valleys. Interesting buildings include the Provost Thomas Murray Clock Tower and the Popular Institute (1859) with its tower (1878), and the Baker's Company Jubilee Fountain (1896). The Sterling Warehouse, Britain's largest furniture store, stands on the site of one of Tillicoultry's former woollen mills.

 

We planned a winter wedding for 1990 but my mum died very suddenly in the spring of that year so we postponed. We eventually married on 9th June, 1995 in Mombasa, Kenya, at the Jadini Beach Hotel. It was  wonderful!                      

Jadini Beach Hotel, on Diani Beach, Kenya.

We have booked our tenth wedding anniversary holiday in Cornwall I can't wait we have wanted to visit the Eden Project for ages.

Eden Project - The Eden Project - Bodelva, Cornwall, UK 

UPDATE!

well, we have now been to Cornwall for our 10th wedding anniversary and it was brilliant! we had a wonderful time. the weather was fabulous, the people were very friendly and we saw a great deal of what we planned before hand, but there is still a lot we want to see and do so we will be going back to Cornwall, hopefully the same or roughly the same dates, next year. we will be adding a Cornwall photo link soon.

 

 We have no children, through choice. We  have one cat,  Soozy-Soo,  SHE adopted us around 7 years ago, a wee face peering through my kitchen door in the middle of winter, who could resist??? Her original owners moved away and she stayed with us and is the worlds most pampered feline!

 

We are very fortunate in the fact that where we live has all the amenities of a large town or city with restaurants, clubs, pubs, shopping centres etc but right on our doorstep we have beautiful scenery, lochs, hills, and parks.

Gartmorn Nature reserve

 

A few years ago I developed a fear of flying, well crashing to be honest, so we have been holidaying in the UK lately, which has been lovely but very expensive!

 

                                                

                                               

As I get seasick in the bath I fear I am landlocked for the foreseeable future .

 

                                                            

                                                                                          

mission  control!

 

 

 

 

 

I work at a day centre for adults with physical disabilities/learning difficulties. it isn't always an easy job but I enjoy it most of the time.

 

In my spare time I enjoy being online. 

 I also like walking, swimming, snorkelling, reading, doing crosswords, eating out, weekend-breaks, cinema, listening to music and more.

*well, we have now been to Cornwall for our 10th wedding anniversary and it was brilliant! we had a wonderful time. the weather was fabulous, the people were very friendly and we saw a great deal of what we planned before hand, but there is still a lot we want to see and do so we will be going back to Cornwall, hopefully the same or roughly the same dates, next year.

 

 

 

 

 

my musical taste is very eclectic.

 I was a new romantic in my youth and my favourite era is late 70's early 80's Brit stuff, but I have  a huge collection of CD's ranging from Abba to Yazoo and everything in between. I absolutely loathe jazz, it isn't music it's tuning up!!

I adore The Divine Comedy,

WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL DIVINE COMEDY WEBSITE

 and have recently discovered the joy of They might be giants, Belle and Sebastian  and Rufus Wainwright.

I love big band  sounds.

 

                                                                     

                                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

My favourite book is Jane Eyre.

 I feel an affinity with the character. I was very fortunate to be able to visit the Bronte parsonage in Howarth last year it was a wonderful experience.

 

 

I also love Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the belief that we are all capable of being redeemed sounds good to me.

 

 

 

My favourite genre of reading is mystery/thrillers.

Among my favourite writers in this field are Stephen King (his earlier work), my favourite of his being  The Stand. Robin Cook, Daniel Easterman and P. D. James.

I have always loved mysteries. From an early age I began with the Nancy Drew mysteries, then on to Agatha Christie (I adore her books but the woman was an abominable snob and xenophobe), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, then graduated to the above mentioned authors.

I also love biographies, among my favourites are Spike Milligan's war and peace memoirs and Dirk Bogarde.

 

 

My first love was this little chap

Basil Brush. I adored him, he told corny jokes and ended them with a "Boom Boom" then a fabulous laugh, he also drank poky-pola. Every Saturday afternoon I was glued to the telly for 25 minutes laughing my wee socks of.

 Laughing is still my great love which brings me to what makes me laugh :-D

Billy Connolly's humour has me laughing so hard I am in pain, with tears streaming down my face.

Eddie Izzard I have loved everything I have seen him in EXCEPT for his last live dvd Sexie, I was so disappointed :-(

   , what can I say? I love him, Phoenix Knights sheer brilliance every time I watch it I still crease up with laughter. His live shows are very funny too.

link to Peter Kay

 

Jonathan Ross , I have loved Wossy since the very early 80's, he is a genuine, genius, he should be ruler of the world, it would be a much happier and tolerant planet!!

BBC - Radio 2 - Jonathan Ross

 

 

As for telly, well I detest soaps, game shows and "reality" shows, so that doesn't leave much else does it.

Good sitcoms are few and far between but ones I hate to miss are, One foot in the grave, Only fools and horses, Frasier, Malcolm in the middle and scrubs.

 

 

Another thing I love is films.

 From a very early age they helped me escape into magical places, places I would never be able to see for myself.

 

I have a huge list of much loved films, but at the top of the list is  The Fisher King

directed by Terry Gilliam. I also love Twelve Monkeys again directed by   Mr. Gilliam.

 

A film that had a great impact on me is Ordinary People, directed by Robert Redford. It was very cathartic for me. I bought the book by Judith Guest after seeing the film.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

 

Stuff that makes Jan happy

 

 

 

Colin (most of the time)! 

 

 

Cuddling

Reading and eating chocolate 

 

Laughing    

 

A relaxing bath 

 

Rain (really)!!                            

 

Soozy-Soo  

 

Getting E-mails          

 

Eating out    

 

My daisy chain tattoo    

 

Presents (giving and receiving)  

 

Music          

 

Snuggling on sofa with Colin        

 

 

10 pin bowling     

 

 

Snorkelling   

 

Wombats       

 

 

Stuff that pisses  Jan off

                                                

 

Balloons (you know they r going to go "BANG" you just don't know when)! 

 

 

Getting up to an alarm   

 

 

Lies  

 

 

Clowns they are NOT funny!!  

 

 Storms

 

Cruelty to animals   

 

Traffic jams             

 

Fireworks         

 

Mondays  

 

 

Queuing           

 

Smoking, it's repugnant   

 

 

Litter     

 

 

Shopping trolleys with a mind of their own    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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