About Me

I am a wife, a Mum of four, including twins, and now a Granny. I’ve been a teacher of teenagers (and loved it) and am now a Humanist Celebrant conducting non-religious ceremonies. I take great delight in helping couples plan their unique and very special ceremonies for weddings and baby-namings.

I grew up in Cornwall and regard it as my home though I spent too many years away. I now live here again, with a just-about view of the sea from our bedroom window and only a 10 minute drive from the North coast (Porthtowan) and 20 minutes from the south (Falmouth)

I sing in three choirs, cook and bake, knit and sew, garden, read, walk, take photos, watch the birds, am learning to play the piano, volunteer at the Royal Cornwall Museum and have volunteered in South Africa, love my family and my friends and love cooking for them and am generally a happy and positive sort of individual.

I am passionate about equality and human rights and am known to stand up for what I believe in. I am the Great Granddaughter of a Suffragette!

My decision  to write this blog came after reading the blog ‘Three Beautiful Things’.  I had recently lost my dear friend of many, many years to a brain tumour, and became even more aware, as you do when someone close to you dies, of my own mortality and decided to record three things, however simple or prosaic, that had given me pleasure each day. There are some days when that is not as easy as it sounds but writing this blog has made me focus on the positive even on the grey days…and there are grey days – mostly those days when arthritic pain bites harder than usual.

Initially writing just for my own satisfaction, I am now getting enormous added pleasure when people ‘comment’, ‘like’ and ‘follow’ and I can see that people all over the world have read about my beautiful things. So, thank you all for reading. Your visit is much appreciated.

P.S. Because people have asked –  my photos are taken on the day of posting and are not messed with in any way! If I am using old photos i.e. when going back to report on a holiday for instance, or perhaps for a Photo Challenge, I always make that clear.

P.P.S. Now and again I write a poem -to be found under Poetry, top right of the page.


291 responses to “About Me

  1. Caroline

    June 15, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Hello. Like you I love Pill Creek. It is so beautiful!

    My husband and I visited it last week and it brought back many happy memories.

    My Grandfather, Great Aunts and Great Grandmother used to live there. My Grandfather’s name was Ramsay Beatty and he and his mother lived in Quay House and Quay Cottage, which are just to the left off the photo you took when you were 6, I think. Please can you let me know what date the photo was taken approximately?

    My mother was Jennifer Beatty and her father got remarried to Norah Beatty, after my Grandmother died.

    I was wondering whether you/your parents might have known any of them? One of my great Aunts had the surname Bluett.

    Do you have any other photos of this bit of the creek, I could look at? I’m especially interested in anything pre 1960 (when I was born) and would love to have any pictures of Quay Cottage, Quay House and gardens (which extend both in front and behind the lane).

    Thanks you so much. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

    Best wishes

    Caroline Wootton

  2. Tanja

    September 1, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Hello! My name is Tanja and I’m a writer of children’s books from Germany. I’m so excited to come across your blog! I found it when I googled Jeremy Visick. I understand the author is your father? I recently picked up the book in my parents’ house and read it for the first time in maybe 30 years. I remember it was one of my favorite books when I grew up. When I reread it now I found that it still has a special appeal to me. It is one of those books that are written so (seemingly) easy and basic but carry so much. What I love the most (unsurprisingly) is the way it connects the two 12-year-old boys of two very different times and shows us how we are all the same, same hopes and fears, only the circumstances of our lives change. And now, by the book, I have the privilege of your father speaking to me through time and space. I appreciate that very much and will treasure the book forever. Wishing you all the best! Tanja

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 1, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      How lovely to hear from you! I love how you speak of my Dad speaking to you through time and space. He does that for me too! You’ll find lots of references to Jeremy Visick in the blog if you put the name into the search bar on the right. I show you the Martin gravestone that set everything off in Dad’s head and tell you about the musical play that came out of it last year.
      Dad always said that the book almost wrote itself. I’ll find a piece he wrote about the writing and share it here for you. It might take me a day to two to find it. I think, as a fellow writer, you’ll find it very interesting .
      Thank you very much for your lovely comments. It’s always good to hear that someone loves one of my Dad’s books. In that way he lives on and on. Thank you again and all the best to you too. xx

  3. Selika

    May 13, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Hello Sally, I loved the poem by Julia Myers that you shared, and as I am working with my team on a project involving stitching together personal stories on fabric in this moment of pandemic, I would like to ask her permission to use her poem on our website, but I am struggling finding a way to contact her. As you did it in order to share the poem on your website, could you help me with that? I also see your wonderful website and a nice, loving community following you, please let me know if you would be interested in getting more information about our project because we are building it on an ample scale and would love the contribution of all the people that believe in it.

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 13, 2020 at 5:41 pm

      I’ll try to find her details again. I love the sound of your project. 🙂

    • Selika

      May 13, 2020 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you so much! I’ll send the link to website with all the info as soon as it’s ready 🙂 hopefully with Julia’s poem!

      • mybeautfulthings

        May 14, 2020 at 7:59 pm

        I googled her name and found only Julia Myers is Senior Lecturer in Primary English at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Perhaps you could write to her c/o Sheffield Hallam Uni. Do let me know if you find her. 🙂

  4. Pauline Stiles

    October 25, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Just wanted to say a huge thank you for your blog about your Majik Table and researching the advert from the 1930s.
    We have a much loved similar table and moving from a farm to a Victorian semi we are reluctantly selling it. When we dismantled we found the same markings as yours. Searched endlessly for information with no success then discovered your post with the image of the original advert Delighted to understand more about the history of the table. Very sad to be letting it go but glad we can add a little provenance

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 25, 2019 at 6:41 am

      Delighted to hear that my blog has proved useful and interesting for you. They are beautiful tables aren’t they but quite big. We have ours in a Victorian semi and when extended it fits all 14 of the family around it and totally fills the dining room! All the best to you in your move and onwards and thank you for taking the time to write to me. 🙂

  5. sarapricecelebrant

    October 10, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    How lovely to find you. Thank you to Pam for the link.

  6. ceayr

    April 2, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Hello again, MyBeautifulFriend, what a pleasure to see you on AnElephantCant again. My alter ego is pink with delight!
    I trust that you are still well and happy.
    Big hugs

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 2, 2018 at 9:01 am

      Well and happy, thank you. I hope the same applies to you. Hugs to you too. 🙂

      • ceayr

        April 2, 2018 at 9:23 am

        Thank you, I am smiling now. Still in Provence, right on the Med, still loving it, still writing every day, still not rich or famous, still happy!

        • mybeautfulthings

          April 2, 2018 at 10:21 am

          That all sounds very good indeed. The only elements marring our happy state are the elements themselves! We have had an inordinate amount of rain, wind and, for Cornwall, cold, this winter. We are looking forward to a Summer of sunshine! 🙂

  7. backstagestives

    March 12, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Oh. I was thinking. Oh. I like this, the simplicity. The beauty. The optimism. A Bengal cat. Poetry. Plath. And then – oh delight, there you are, in Cornwall too. I look forward to my day being made more beautiful by a sip and a taste and a feast on this very lively blog.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 12, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      You have made me smile the biggest smile ever! Thank you for your lovely words. 🙂

  8. gertloveday

    February 22, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    So happy to find your blog as I have been reslly missing Clare Law’s 3 Beautiful Things

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 23, 2018 at 9:17 am

      I’m happy you found me too. Clare was my inspiration for this blog as you have probably read. I’m sorry she’s not blogging any more.

  9. usathroughoureyes

    February 28, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Sally it is a pleasure meeting you and we feel it will be great fun following along with you on this journey we are all on and seeing the world through your eyes and words.

  10. Nicola Worthington

    February 27, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Mrs Smith I have just recently found your blog and enjoy reading it daily. Just to let you know that your amazing lessons and the warmth of your spirit inspired me to teach and I have since become a headteacher in a Doncaster Primary school . I was at Hayfield school when your own children were there and regard my years there as halcyon . You taught me in my younger years at the school and your choice of texts ( Goodnight Mr Tom and The Dark Behind The Curtain) have stayed with me to this day . I am now 42 and felt compelled to tell you how incredible your lessons were knowing just how to motivate and reach out to our young selves. I know I messaged you a few years ago via Facebook but thought I would take this opportunity to make contact again and say thank you. It is currently Book Week in primary schools and I feel like your literacy legacy is living on. Take care and hope you are in good health x

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 3, 2017 at 9:47 am

      What a delight to hear from you and saying such lovely things! I am so pleased to hear that you are now a Headteacher in a primary school (which one?) That is just fabulous and I bet you have the same warmth of spirit to make your school a welcoming and happy place for your staff and pupils despite all we hear in the press.
      There are times when I miss being in school, Book Week being one, but, as you may have gathered, I am involved in the most fabulous theatrical project! I am reading and researching and writing and it is all the most glorious challenge. I used to think that 70 was old but not a bit of it! I am as full of enthusiasm as ever, and, having two new hips, am able to stomp around with the rest of them!
      Thank you again for this lovely message. Please do stay in touch.
      With love, Sally

      • Nicola Worthington

        March 4, 2017 at 10:06 pm

        Hi Sally I am at Southfield Primary in Armthorpe and my daughter started Hayfield this year 30 years to the day that I walked through the doors and luckily found myself in your class. My surname was Lees back then. I shall continue to follow your blog and wish you much love xx

  11. dilipnaidu

    December 25, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I am visiting after long just to wish you Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Regards.

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 25, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      Thank you very much! Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year to you too.

  12. bedlamanddaisies

    April 17, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Focusing on the beautiful things definitely leaves little room to focus on the grey things of a day. I love this idea. I began taking pictures most days over this past winter to find the beauty in each day as a way to make it through and now it is finally spring 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 17, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      So glad to have found a fellow finder of beauty in every day. Yes, and now it is Spring! 🙂

  13. viveka

    March 31, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Sally, I hope that is your first name .. *smile – You have a truly beautiful world here … and your reason for starting a blog … shows that you have a beautiful heart and soul. Cornwall one of my favorite parts of UK … had my best UK holiday ever there. Very envy now.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 31, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      That is my given name, not a diminutive of Sarah but properly a Sally! Cornwall is very lovely and I am very lucky to have grown up here and to have returned. 🙂

      • viveka

        March 31, 2016 at 12:48 pm

        Okay, I looked for your name in all the comments that was given to you and somebody called you, Sally. Nice to meet you, Sally …. Viveka

  14. Uncle Spike

    April 15, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Belated hello from Türkiye… just wanted to say “thank you”, I appreciate your recent ‘follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs there are out there. It’s been a while I know, but a storm knocked out our village internet and phone, hence the delay!

    Blogging since June 2013, my little corner of the world tries to offer an eclectic smattering of posts, from basic amateur photography, to sharing my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day-to-day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also throw in a few of my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff for good measure.

    You are more than welcome to have a look around, stay a while and have a trawl through my collection. There are plenty of categories within the drop-down menus to help in said digging process.

    Hope you have a great day…


  15. 365dniwobiektywielg

    March 17, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I understand you’re an artist?

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 17, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      I create in yarn and I take photographs but I’m not an artist, sadly! 🙂

      • 365dniwobiektywielg

        March 17, 2015 at 5:01 pm

        Embroidery is also the art

        • mybeautfulthings

          March 17, 2015 at 5:59 pm

          Yes, you are right! Thank you for that. 🙂

      • Anna Groves

        January 19, 2016 at 2:57 pm

        Dear Sally,

        I’m a freelance editor doing a spot of work for the National Trust, and there’s a photo of a Cornish hedge on your website that I’d like to use, with your permission.

        Many thanks,


        • mybeautfulthings

          January 19, 2016 at 5:21 pm

          Very happy for you to do so, especially if you give me credit! 🙂

  16. Sandra

    March 11, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Hello, I found your blog while searching for information about your father. When I was 12 years I read “Jeremy Visick” and I fell in love with this book. Now my daughter is 12 years and when she had to do a book review for school, I gave her my copy. May I use the picture of the gravestone which inspired your father, for her book review? Thank you

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 11, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      Please do! He would be delighted as am I. If I can be of any more help, give you anything else useful, please ask. 🙂

  17. Grannymar

    February 17, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog today, I have added you to my feed reader and hope to go exploring back through your posts in the coming weeks.

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 17, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      Thank you for calling in here too. I hope you like what you find! 🙂

  18. Robyn Coates

    September 16, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Just found your blog through searching for quilting photos of The Cornish Saints and wondered if I could post a couple of them in a Cornish Newsletter I edit in Ballarat Victoria Australia. Of course I would give acknowledgment. I enjoyed reading your postings.

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 16, 2014 at 5:33 am

      Of course! i would be delighted! Perhaps you could send me an e-copy of your Newsletter.
      All the best 🙂

  19. roselle angwin

    July 16, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Hello – from a fellow Cornishwoman. I see you used my solstice poem – always nice to see these things getting ‘out there’ and thanks for crediting me with it.

    Lovely blog altogether. 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      July 16, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Just loved your poem and delighted to hear that you are a fellow Cornishwoman! Thank you for calling in and taking the time to comment. 🙂

  20. aaanchalk

    June 20, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    HI I am so glad to stumble upon your blog. Love the way you admire every small thing, that we forget in day to day life.

    Keep writing, and you have got a honest follower now 🙂


  21. Louisa May Alcatt

    April 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Hi, so glad to stumble upon your beautiful blog. A suffragette garden! How wonderful! Your poetry is also beautiful. We look forward to checking back, xo LMA

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 25, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      I’m so glad that you have happened upon my blog too! Thank you so much for taking the time to look around, especially at my poetry page (which is a bit of a new thing for me) and to leave comments – much appreciated. 🙂

  22. The Presents of Presence

    March 27, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    What a lovely blog you have here ~ I am so happy we’ve connected! Your photos are marvelous. I look forward to more beautiful things! 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      So glad you liked what you found. I do enjoy finding lovely things to share! 🙂

  23. nigelmpad

    March 19, 2014 at 9:55 am

    We are just doing a piece about Furniss Island for the Truro City Council’s free Parks & Gardens guide – there are a couple of really nice ones that may fit (I found them totally by chance whilst I was looking for something else)

    I fully understand if you say no, but if you agree I will credit your/your blog accordingly.


    • mybeautfulthings

      March 19, 2014 at 10:27 am

      I am more than happy for you to use them! I’m delighted that you like them and will be very happy to see my blog credited. Please send me a link when they are published. That in itself will be a beautiful thing to be mentioned!
      All the best

  24. nigelmpad

    March 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Hi there,

    I was hoping to get your permission to ‘borrow’ a couple of your images taken at Furniss Island.

    Could you contact me so we can discuss.

    Many thanks


    • mybeautfulthings

      March 18, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Hello, Would be happy to discuss your use of my photos – just wondering 1 how you found my blog and 2 how you plan on using them? 🙂

  25. G.S.

    March 12, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Hey Ms S,

    Apologies for the long absence – we had a fairly rough start to the year but things are starting to settle down and I now have some free time!

    We’ve been adopted by a new cat. Another stray found his way to the House of Crazy Cat Ladies and refused to leave. He was starving and his fur was all unkempt and dirty so I think he’d been out a while. We posted his picture all over Facebook and in both vets in town but no-one came forward for him so we got him all checked out with the vet and registered. He has ears like the ones on Batman’s cowl so we called him (Master) Bruce. He’s a little savage but he definitely seems happy here and he’s getting no end of cuddles and bedtime stories (for real – had to read him Dune last night ’cause he wouldn’t leave me alone and kept pawing at my book).

    That’s the only real good news I’ve got to share from the past few months but it’s enough to keep me going and things are thankfully looking up!

    I have a picture for you. I thought you’d appreciate it. The quote comes originally from a man named Robert Brault, I do believe. It made me smile either way. ( )

    How are things with you? (I will attempt to get through the 3 month backlog of posts I missed in my absence sometime this week!)

    I hope you’re enjoying the sunshine!

    With love,

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 25, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Happy to be back in touch via Facebook.xx

      • GS

        March 15, 2017 at 11:21 pm

        I’ve only just seen this reply! It was (another) lovely surprise! 🙂 xx

  26. Rose Red

    February 5, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Hi, just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Sunshine award – because your blog is positively and creatively inspiring!

  27. Karen

    January 30, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Can’t believe I clicked on your link out of all those on the challenge to discover you live a few miles away from me lol. 🙂

  28. Our Growing Paynes

    November 26, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Hello. I have nominated you for the Blogger of the Year 2013 3 stars award. If you are interested in passing it along please go to this post for the information.

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Well, thank you! That is very kind of you. 🙂

      • Our Growing Paynes

        November 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm

        You’re welcome. I really enjoy your blog. 🙂

        • mybeautfulthings

          November 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm

          Thanks again, for the compliment and the award. 🙂

  29. afsheenanjum

    November 24, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Hello there, I am glad to be a 82nd Pakistani visiting your Blog 🙂 .. i saw flags on your home page and my eyes very madly looking for Pakistan flag 🙂 hehehe … and that is why i felt good here … though i am sure there are many more things here which can spread smile on my face but right now i just want to discuss the first smile which you gave me .. Thanks 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 24, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      How lovely to hear from you! I hope to spread many smiles on your face in the future.:)

      • afsheenanjum

        November 25, 2013 at 9:55 am

        Hey 🙂 i read your about page again but i could not find your name or may be i am missing it 😀 , please tell me your beautiful name 🙂 ??

  30. G.S.

    October 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Hey Ms S,

    I found this website a year or two ago and had forgotten about it until just now when I was going through my bookmarks. ( )

    I thought you’d love the idea of it. It’s a place to drop of any emotional baggage you happen to be carrying around, weighing you down, and people can reply to it with inspiring music and messages to help you through whatever is troubling you. You can either post your own baggage or pick up someone else’s and send some love and support (and music) their way.
    Used to spend hours on there replying to people.

    Hope you’re well!

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 21, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Dear Gemma, I’m sorry I’ve been so long replying but read this along with dozens as we returned from our America trip and didn’t get around to writing back. I’ve thought about you lots of times and now, in a little lull before Christmas, here I am!

      I will check out the website you mention. I do like the idea of supporting people through bad times with words, music and fun – and, of course, with beautiful things!

      I hope you are well and happy and that you will have a happy Christmas holiday and a happy and peaceful New Year.

      Sending you love through the ether xx

      • G.S.

        December 23, 2013 at 8:44 pm

        Not a problem! 🙂

        I’m glad you had a lovely trip and very glad you shared your travels with us. The wanderlust (what a fantastic word that is) was brimming in me just looking at the pictures. I need to get my butt on a plane and get wonderfully lost someplace new in the near future.

        Have a lovely Christmas and all the very best to you and your family.

        I’ll check in again soon when the Christmas craziness has quietened to a dull roar 😉 xx

  31. mushtaqtariq

    August 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    your memories are beautiful things, your pictuers are beautiful things, you may save them in video presentations in the way i did, welcome to my blog:

  32. G.S.

    August 1, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Hey Ms S,

    WOMAD looked like a blast. I’ve always wanted to go. Maybe one day I will!

    I have a picture to share with you. It was the Wells Dressing festival thingy in Buxton a couple of weeks ago and I took a picture of the one at St Ann’s Well in town.

    (I hope that link works!)

    It’s the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice so that was the theme this year. It’s one of the best I’ve seen in recent years and made with all natural materials which is an added bonus, as always.

    Hope you’re well,

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 2, 2013 at 5:14 am

      That Well Dressing photo is absolutely beautiful! I’ve never seen the Well dressings and have obviously missed something special. Thank you so much for the photo. Could I use it as a beautiful thing? I will credit you, of course.
      We are well, thanks and yes, Womad was a blast! We’ll certainly be going again. The sunshine helped for the first couple of days and the rain wasn’t too bad either!
      Hope you are well and happy too. 🙂

      • G.S.

        August 2, 2013 at 8:11 am

        Of course you can 🙂

  33. utesmile

    July 1, 2013 at 5:58 am

    You have such beautiful pictures on ou rblog, I enjoy that very much. I know Cornwall well, as I used to go down to visit my ex husbands Mum, She lived near Redruth. We drove a round a lot and I do love the coast even though the water is far too cold for me! 🙂 Ute

    • mybeautfulthings

      July 1, 2013 at 8:56 am

      Too cold for me too! I expect we know a lot of the same places… Thank you for calling in and taking the time to comment. It is much appreciated. Hope you had a fun meeting with Alastair! 🙂

      • utesmile

        July 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm

        I did indeed! 🙂

  34. runningonsober

    June 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Guap sent me … And I’m SO GLAD he did! Beautiful site. Though I admit, as soon as I saw your recipe listed for three choc chip with raisin cookies, I was hooked. I so love a good cookie recipe!

    Lovely to meet you here,

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 27, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you so much. A good choc chip raisin cookie can be a friend-maker! Thank you for calling in. 🙂

  35. jotsfromasmallapt

    June 27, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    El Guap is seldom wrong…in fact…never! Lived in Richmond, Surrey for a number of years and call your home my “home”. In fact, coming “home” in September to pal around with two of my best girlfriends and their husbands. We are laying ourselves in on the Norfolk coast to play and do what best girlies do…natter on…

    Many thanks for sharing your view of your room…..

  36. Frank

    June 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

    A list of one’s activities tells much about a person, so cheers to you and your life. Over from Guapo’s, thus wanted to say hello.

  37. theamateurcamera

    June 21, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I have very much enjoyed browsing through some of your posts today… I feel we have a lot of similar thoughts on finding the beauty in everyday things and the world around us… the simple pleasures in life. I also love Cornwall, have visited many times since my children were very young, my daughter went to uni in Falmouth which gave me more excuses to visit! Although I haven’t grown up there as you have, whenever I visit, it feels like home. I hope to live there one day in the future! I look forward to seeing/reading more of your posts 🙂

    • theamateurcamera

      June 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      P.S. The comments left by your former student were wonderful, they brought a lump to my throat so I can only imagine how emotional you must have felt reading them and knowing you had that kind of impression and impact on someone and I’m sure many others too! Wonderful! 🙂

  38. unexpectedincommonhours

    June 21, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Because your blog has been an inspiration to me, given me joy, or brought a sweetness to my soul, I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award. You can see my post and your nomination at

  39. Still wondering what the 'H' stands for...

    June 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I opened my email inbox yesterday morning to find a lovely message from a good friend and numerous links to all manner of things – funny YouTube videos, pictures, inspirational quotes and blogs (yours included).

    It’s been a rough couple of weeks and we often send each other ‘grumbly day survival emails’ as a pick-me-up at times like these.

    Your blog truly is a pick-me-up and whether you actively seek out these beautiful moments in life to capture and share with the world or whether you simply stumble upon them as only people who look at the world around them with an open heart and mind can – you have my thanks.

    Out of curiosity, I clicked the ‘About Me’ section and was dumbstruck when I saw your picture.
    It’s you!
    I won’t reveal myself (these things are always better when done anonymously, right?) but you taught me English in high school.

    So, while I have the opportunity (and the blanket of anonymity), I’d like to confess that having you as my teacher, however briefly, inspired me to become a teacher myself.
    It’s taken me a while to figure out what direction to take my life in and I’ve become a bit of a jack of all trades, master of none but I decided last year, after a lot of thought, that teaching is what I want to do and I’m working on it.

    I don’t know if you realise the profound effect that you had on a lot of us as a teacher, a woman or a truly decent human being in a world where acts of real human decency are something to marvel at and cry over (or is that just me?) but I feel that you should.

    You’re one of the kindest, most compassionate people I’ve known in my 25 years and you’re still top of the ‘coolest teachers’ list a few of us discuss when we occasionally meet up for lunch.

    You taught me more than you know and inspired me a great deal so from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      I am overwhelmed and my eyes are full of tears and my heart fit to burst at the beautiful things you have written.

      What you have said is what I always tried to do and be – but one rarely finds out if what one has aimed to do has succeeded – so thank you too.

      I am very grateful to your thoughtful friend for showing you my blog (and it is a mixture of actively seeking the beautiful to counteract the bad and of stumbling across wondrous things) and very glad that you had a look at the About Me page!

      I would love to know who you are one of these days when you would like to tell me.

      I think you must have been about 18 as I retired in 2006 so you may know that I spent my last few years at school in the best job in the world – teaching pupils as ever and teaching trainee teachers and bringing them on into a brilliant profession. I wish you all the very best in your choice. It seems to me that you, too, have the heart to become a very good one.

      Do visit again and please leave me comments and I hope your rough few weeks are coming to an end.

      All the very best to you.

      • mybeautfulthings

        June 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm

        Just seen the title to your comment (it came abbreviated in the notifications which is where I replied from)
        Still not telling! 🙂

        • G.S.

          June 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm

          A bit of mystery is a wonderful thing 🙂

          (Horatio is still funny!)

      • G.S.

        June 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm

        As surprised as I was about this fortunate discovery, I’m grateful for the opportunity to let you know that you did succeed, and coming from someone who (let’s be honest) isn’t really fit for institutionalised education in the first place and for a number of reasons – from rock bottom self-esteem to a turbulent home life – dreaded getting up every morning only to face another day of school, to come out the other end and (eventually) find the right path and find some peace in myself was a huge leap and you played a part in that.

        ‘Actively seeking the beautiful to counteract the bad’ is a great way to blog (and live), and wholly necessary, I feel. One is nothing without the other but choosing to seek out the beauty in the ugliness of the world at times is damn hard and I hold a deep appreciation for those who manage it, especially at darker periods of their life.

        We didn’t have much interaction towards the end of my school experience as I left in 2005 and I was 13, I think, the year you taught me English but I still remember you marking a piece we did on our ‘ideal world’ and telling me that I had a ‘wonderful way with words’. It kept me writing, even when all that would come out was terribly depressing monologues full of self-pity. I’m sure I was a joy to teach haha 😉

        I kept up with the news on the school website for a while and I saw the work you were doing overseas. I have no doubt that you were greatly missed when you left but to continue to help others and be a part of something fulfilling and worthwhile when a lot of us would be passed out in the garden by lunchtime after a fair few cold ones and breathing a sigh of relief having finally escaped the dreaded teenagers after so long is awesome.

        I don’t think I could ever teach high school. It must take a lot of guts and a true passion for it but I remember how awful I was as a teen and I don’t think I’m brave enough to face that every day haha. Teaching adult literacy is probably the easier way out but still a challenge and a rewarding one, I reckon. I took the course last year as a student to see what I was letting myself in for and I loved it. A great mix of ages, nationalities and levels of experience who actually WANT to learn more. It’s gonna be an interesting journey but a great one all the same so thank you for giving me the motivation to do it.

        P.S. Do you still have the gold Docs? 😀

        • mybeautfulthings

          June 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm

          I do! I wear them occasionally for gigs and I use Goldenboots as an email !

          Not everyone is suited to the sort of education we provide in schools – my own son was one such and he now is teaching English as a second language and has the same feelings as you about the students of all ages and all nationalities who really want to learn. I’m not sure it’s the easy way out to teach adult literacy. These students will undoubtedly be people who found learning hard and dispiriting as youngsters and will need your sensitive and empathetic understanding of that before you can begin to teach. Who better than you, given your first paragraph?

          Now you’ve given me the clue of your initials, I shall probably spend the night going through the names of the many thousand young people whom I taught!

          All the best with your course. I’d love it if you were to keep in touch.

          You still have a lovely way with words!

          • G.S.

            June 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm

            Goldenboots – Love it! I also remember you walking around barefoot on a number of occasions!

            Thank you for telling me about your son. I’ll do my best to remember that when I’m second-guessing myself about this choice to pursue teaching. I’m not sure what it is about teaching but my tutor from last year’s course told me that she had difficulty adapting to a school environment too when she was younger and struggled a lot with the teaching styles but was dead set on becoming a teacher herself. I suppose that everyone learns differently and generalised structures of study don’t suit everyone through no fault of the teachers. We were all at different levels in her class and for some, English wasn’t their mother tongue so most of the set work was tailored to us. I can imagine that is a great deal harder with larger classes of students but the encouragement and positive reinforcement I remember from your classes was the same and sometimes that matters just as much.

            I’ll certainly keep in touch. It’s been an absolute pleasure reading through your blog posts and seeing how you’re doing these days. Your ‘Grand baby’ is beautiful, by the way.

            I’ll let you know how I get on with the course!

            Take care 🙂

      • Mandy

        June 21, 2013 at 9:16 am

        Oh Sally, I have tears streaming down my face – what a wonderful comment… This reinforces my faith in the human race! What joy xxx

        • mybeautfulthings

          June 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

          And I still don’t know who she is! I’ve worked out her age and when I taught her and so wish I had kept all my records. I wish she would tell me! Send me a photo perhaps…… Hope you are reading this GS!

          I have put copies of the emails in my Afterwards drawer! ‘Afterwards’ is a beautiful poem by Thomas Hardy that both my parents chose to be read at each other’s funeral, whoever went first and I want it too. You’ll find it here:

          Thank you again for your lovely comments. 🙂

          • G.S.

            June 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm

            I check in every week to see your latest posts 🙂

            No idea how to send you a picture but if you have FB, you should be able to see my profile picture if it helps.

          • mybeautfulthings

            June 25, 2013 at 7:26 pm

            I’m very happy that you call in regularly and pleased that I recognised you in your photo! 🙂

  40. eightdecades

    May 4, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Hello, As you photograph and then share your day and it’s parts, we out here on the internet begin to see a mosaic of your curated journey. With a few visits and enough pictures, it is the choices you make and share, that paint a picture of yourself. More than words!
    What fun blogging has turned out to be.

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 4, 2013 at 6:51 am

      I agree! I’m loving it and loving meeting new minds! 🙂 thank you for calling in 🙂

      • eightdecades

        May 4, 2013 at 6:59 am

        Your most welcome!
        I too enjoy the discovery, and somehow it seems there are more honest responses than in the walk around world. I suppose it is the screen of the technology.
        Thanks for the comments as well.

  41. elizabeth2560

    April 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Hello. I have looked at your blog now and I think it is fantastic. I absolutely crave the tranquility and love of the simple things that comes across from your posts. I too am passionate about equality and human rights but this has become lost of late amongst dealing with the personal crisis I have been going through. Your blog (and the poem you sent by Mary Angelou) has given me the inspiration to lift myself up and again reach for the stars, as I had done in my former life. Fancy you being the descendent of a suffragette. That would truly be a badge of honour!

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 4, 2020 at 9:23 am

      Sorry I missed this. Thank you for your lovely words. 🙂

  42. Kavita Joshi

    April 9, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Hello, my friend ! How are you ?

    I nominate you for Sunshine Award. Please accept.


    Please read the instructions carefully in the link provided
    on the awards page and follow suit

  43. Kavita Joshi

    April 9, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Hi Dear,

    I Nominate you for the prestigious Hug Award – Hope Unites Globally
    Please accept & oblige.


    Please read the instructions carefully in the link provided
    on the awards page and follow suit

  44. saymber

    April 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Following your page has been a source of many smiles and warm feelings – you are a beautiful lady inside and out and it shows in your posts. Thank you for sharing a little about you and keep up the work of making the world a little more beautiful! 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      That is such a lovely thing for you to say! I am really touched. Thank you very much. 🙂

      • saymber

        April 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm

        🙂 positive encouragement for such a positive person and blog! We need more good news and you bring it!

  45. RobynG

    April 6, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking a post in the 2013 Tulip series. I appreciate your visit. I love your “about me” page and look forward to reading your posts. Please stop by and visit my blog again too!

    Blessings, Robyn

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 9, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Thank you for visiting too! I loved your photos and will definitely be back soon. 🙂

  46. Tina Liu

    April 5, 2013 at 2:48 am

    Just letting you know I’m moving everything from my “Reflections” to a new blog at Please follow there. Thanks!
    ~ Tina

  47. elleturner4

    March 17, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Mum of four including twins! I had twin boys and had to stop there!! About to go and have a really good look around your blog 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 23, 2013 at 9:38 am

      My twins came as Nos 3 and 4! The others were 4years old and 20 months so it was a busy time! All the best to you and your twins 🙂

  48. Carroll Boswell

    March 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Well, you hardly need more comments, but I will chime in that your photography is beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to share them. There is no pink where I am; it is mud season for us and the world is covered with snow changing to mud – this is northern New York, not far from Montreal actually, so barely in America. Mud season has its own beauty, of course, but I am not a photographer, and am pretty near-sighted, and hate wearing glasses. You see my personal eccentricities limit me.
    In case you follow back the blogs of commentors, I should warn you that mine is nearly exclusively Bible commentary that I write. As a humanist, you might be disappointed when you got there. I am myself Anglican, though in America that might be somewhat different than in England. But my wife is the priest in this parish, ordained two years ago. The only thing on my blog you might be interested in – though of course the Bible commentary is brilliant and shouldn’t casually be missed – is that I post any poetry I write as well. I assure you it is not “pious” in particular.
    Kathryn and I were in England for our honeymoon 40 years ago – we thought we had better go before financial restraints got the better of us. We were in Cambridge, then up to Hadrian’s Wall, then to Edinburgh, then to Stratford-on-Avon. We didn’t get to Cornwall and have always regretted that and the hundreds of other places we missed. It was so beautiful, everything we saw. Even London impressed us as beautiful as we passed through.
    Well, on line I tend to be terminally chatty so I will stop this.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 16, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you so much for your long and thoughtful comment. It is lovely to meet new bloggers of whatever faith or no faith! It would be a very boring world if we only read and followed bloggers who think like us.

      Though meeting like-minded people is lovely and much appreciated, I have met many others whose lives are so different from mine and from whom I have learned so much – so – welcome and I will go and have a look at your poetry and some of your other other posts.

      It’s lovely that you have been to England and for such a special part of your lives but I, too, am sorry that you missed out on Cornwall, known by some as God’s own county!

      I’ll visit tomorrow! All the best to you both, 🙂

  49. ajaytao2010

    March 9, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I Nominate you for the prestigious Hug Award – Hope Unites Globally
    Please accept & oblige.


    Please read the instructions carefully in the link provided
    on the awards page and follow suit

  50. wigginswordsandimages

    March 6, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Reading your blog makes me feel I’ve found another kindred spirit. I even have “my mum’s” lemon curd recipe (and use it!). Although I’ve lived in the U.S. since age 8 (and have dual citizenship) there is still much about England that speaks to my soul.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 7, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      That was how I felt reading your blog! I hope you will enjoy seeing beautiful things that are quintessentially English on my blog. I shall enjoy seeing what you write about too. 🙂

  51. Kavita Joshi

    February 27, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    lovely blog dear..thanks for visiting…keep blogging

  52. shazzagirl70

    February 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you for your blog – what a beautiful topic. I was diagnosed 6 months ago with a Degenerative Chronic Pain problem and I need to find the beauty in every day. I think your blog will help contribute to that. Sincerely – thank you 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you for your positive comments. I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis. I have sporadic arthritic pain and finding my three things every days is a positive distraction. I really hope it helps you too.
      All the best 🙂

  53. Richard William Posner

    February 24, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Thank you for your commitment to the beauty of Life and for sharing what you Love. Perhaps I will find some moments of relief here.

  54. ajaytao2010

    February 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Yes indeed you were absolutely correct someone close for so many years passes away and suddenly you realize you miss something,

    Further you are a very positive person yourself, you wrote

    I sing in three choirs, cook and bake, knit and sew, garden, read, walk, take photos, watch the birds, am learning to play the piano, volunteer at the Royal Cornwall Museum and have volunteered in South Africa, love my family and my friends and love cooking for them and am generally a happy and positive sort of individual.

    oh great you do so many things at this age you are amazing
    if you permit can I ask your age. you are a fantastic lady hats off to you
    and your positivity

    thanks for being friends

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments! I don’t mind anyone knowing how old I am! I’m 67 and happy to be so!

      My Mum was a very positive person too and taught me that every age has its benefits and is to be relished and to be made the best of. I’m lucky that I am well (apart from arthritic pain), that I still have the man I love with me (47 years and counting) and that I live in Cornwall, one of the loveliest places on earth.

      Thank you for counting me as a friend. The feeling’s mutual. 🙂 Thanks to Alastair for introducing us.

      • ajaytao2010

        February 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm

        Oh Alastair he is a beautiful person himself

        thanks to you both for being friends

        by the way I am 52 complete

      • auntyuta

        February 26, 2013 at 7:41 pm

        Hi, Mybeautfulthings! I admire you for being able to fit in so many beautiful things into your life. I am 78 and love beautiful things too. I am still with the man in my life. We have our 57th Anniversary coming up this year. We live in a beautiful area of the Illawarra of NSW, Australia. We still love life but as we get older we feel everything we do takes a lot longer. Old age makes you slow down a lot!
        Thanks for your comment on my recent blog! Love, Uta.

  55. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    February 14, 2013 at 3:07 am

    It is my honor to have nominated you for the Liebster Award – you can find the award by going to:

  56. Angie

    February 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I have just nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:
    Please accept my kind regards without any obligation. This is my thanks for being such a wonderful supporter and inspiration to me.

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 19, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you very much, especially for saying that I am an inspiration to you. 🙂

  57. Edibles&Travels

    February 4, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Your blog is beautiful, I love it! 🙂

  58. Edibles&Travels

    February 4, 2013 at 12:18 am

    You’re blog is beautiful – I love it! 🙂

  59. Traci

    January 26, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I think it’s so very cool how you are doing your ‘ three things’ I can’t wait to start reading all about it–it looks like you have some very interesting things here to read about!

    God Bless!


    • mybeautfulthings

      January 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you! I love finding my three things each day and putting them out there for the world to see! 🙂

  60. Emily paul

    January 26, 2013 at 3:26 am

    beautifully written!! And very inspiring too.. Emily 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you very much. I hope you enjoy some of my beautiful things. 🙂

  61. Della Reynolds

    January 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Sally – I so need your help. I have just started a blog on wordpress and I can see you are lightyears ahead of me in terms of presentation. I am trying to learn but every third word is meaningless jargon! I am sure it was the same for you at the beginning. If you get the chance can you visit my blog and let me know your thoughts. I don’t think I write in the same style as the other ‘garden’ blogs but it is in a similar vein. The aim of the blog is to encourage townies to see that wildlife is all around them and that by stopping, watching and engaging you can enrich your own life and that of the environment around you. A noble plan!

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 22, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Hello, it’s lovely of you to ask for advice! I’ve very much been learning as I go along. If you have a look at some of my early posts you’ll see how much my blog has developed.

      I think you have a lovely idea for a blog here – lots of fascinating information – and one I shall enjoy following. 🙂

      My first thought looking at your blog was that there was a lot of reading but plenty of blogs do have lots to read! Pictures of foxes/ other wildlife would probably attract attention from your readers. Think magazine perhaps rather than newspaper. That’s my take anyway. Everyone does it differently and in their own way. I think that’s the most important thing – to be yourself, to write what you care about and in your own style!

      Do you take photos? That’s something I have developed a lot since I started. Subscribing to the WordPress newsletter is useful too.

      I think that’s probably enough for now! As you say, there is so much to learn and it does take time! Do ask questions; I’m very happy to help if I can.

      All the best 🙂

      You’ll learn a lot by reading lots of other blogs, by the way! 🙂

  62. dedy oktavianus pardede

    January 19, 2013 at 4:21 am

    you’ve had a great blog,
    thanks for sharing to the whole world…….
    keep it working….

  63. Abraham

    January 16, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Now I understand the numbering in your posts. I think it’s a great idea and must take quite some commitment.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 17, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      It does but I enjoy finding three new beautiful things every day! 🙂

  64. elizz

    January 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    hi there! found your blog at thebigblogcollection.. you have a nice blog, i clicked ‘follow’ ..

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you! I’m off now to investigate your blog and Thebigblogcollection which I haven’t heard of! 🙂

      • elizz

        January 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

        here’s the link, you’ve commented under the journal/diary type of blog

        • mybeautfulthings

          January 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm

          Thank you! I had completely forgotten! You are the first person to come to me from there. I love you blog too and will be following. 🙂

          • elizz

            January 7, 2013 at 2:13 pm

            thank you.. i just found out about thebigblogcollection today and i’m very happy to be in your blogroll 🙂

  65. reneeboomer

    December 30, 2012 at 5:20 am

    HI Sally. I have added to your stars. You have been nominated for the Blog of the Year 2012. Please visit me at .. Thanks Renee 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you! That makes three! 🙂

      • reneeboomer

        December 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm

        Congrats to you my friend. Happy New Year. 🙂

  66. Will Palmer

    December 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Hello, you are nominated by Life in Kansas Blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. You can see your nomination here: If you wish to accept this nomination the rules are to: 1. Thank the blogger who offered the nomination; 2. Post the One Lovely Blog emblem on your blog; 3. List seven random facts about yourself; 4. Nominate fifteen other bloggers for the award. Send a message to those nominees informing them of their nomination.
    If this isn’t something you wish to do then please just think of this as a compliment to your blog!

  67. Sanjay

    December 13, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Loved your blog Sally. It’s amazing to find people who look for joy and peace in the everyday, mundane things. i am a lot like that myself, though my perspectives are still are little under-developed (I’m 28). My blog is, hope you will drop by sometime and enjoy your reads. I live in India, I believe you visited or plan to visit sometime from what i read. hope your time in my country was/is good.

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 13, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely words. I will certainly go over to visit your blog.
      Yes, we did visit your beautiful country recently and loved the whole experience. If you put India into the search on my blog, it will bring up all the posts I have done so far. I took 2,500 photographs (including the ones in Nepal) and they are taking me some time to sort through!
      All the best

  68. reneeboomer

    December 8, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    HI Sally, I have nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award. Please check out my post for more information. 🙂 Renee
    Please remember you are not obligated to accept.

  69. reikiheidi

    November 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    What a fantastic and inspiring idea, love it 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 27, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Thank you! It keeps me looking for the positive! 🙂

  70. Julianne

    November 24, 2012 at 1:35 am

    what a fascinating, inspiring and entertaining blog! thanks so much for sharing your thoughts widely – I’m glad I found this space!

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 25, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment. I shall go and look at your space…. 🙂
      Ha! just realised I’ve already ‘met’ you! All the best 🙂

      • Julianne

        November 26, 2012 at 12:50 am

        haha! well, second time round is not such a bad thing ; ) blessings..

  71. lensandpensbysally

    November 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    In my youth I knew one other school mate who shared my name. Strangely, as an adult I’ve met several with the moniker, and one became a devoted friend. Lovely to meet you and thanks for becoming a “Follower.” We are on opposite sides of the globe, but do have numerous interests in common.

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Likewise, I knew only one other Sally in my youth and now know several! Good to meet you too. 🙂

  72. Sofie's Diary

    November 4, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Miranda Paige at has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. In turn I would like to nominate you for the same award.
    For all the details follow this link:

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Thank you so much! Congratulations to you too. I will get around to sorting it soon! Thanks again 🙂

  73. Le Clown

    October 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Et tu parles français ! Magnifique… I was going to ask you if it was Cornwall, Canada, until I read Porthtowan… Thank Le Clown for Google Maps.
    Le Clown

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 3, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Seulement un peu! Thank you for your comment and sorry for the tardy reply – we’ve been away on the most amazing holiday in India and Nepal! Google Maps are brilliant! Glad they helped you find where we are in the world! 🙂

  74. Purple Rosemary

    October 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I’ve nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award. You can choose to participate or not. It’s up to you. To read more about it, go to my post and find directions. As well as a list of other bloggers I’ve nominated.

  75. Starfruit

    October 11, 2012 at 5:55 am

    What a lovely blog around such a lovely concept. Will be hanging around 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed what you read and that you will be back! 🙂

  76. reneeboomer

    September 29, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Hello Sally, I have nominated you for “The Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award”. hugs.. Renee 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

      What a beautiful sounding award! Thank you so much for thinking of me and hugs and congratulations to you too. We have family here again at the moment and are off to babysit in London tomorrow until Thursday so will get to this as soon as I can.
      All the best to you 🙂

  77. reneeboomer

    September 22, 2012 at 2:42 am

    HI. I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please visit for the award. Thank-you. 🙂 Renee

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      Thank you very much! I’ll get to it on our return 🙂

      • reneeboomer

        September 23, 2012 at 1:08 am

        YOU are most welcome. No time limits, whenever you get a chance. All the best. 🙂

  78. Coreen

    September 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Hi there,

    I just nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award. I would be honored if you accepted.

    Thank you for an awesome blog.


    • mybeautfulthings

      September 20, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you so much – greatly appreciated. I’ll deal with as soon as I can. Sorry for the delay in replying – family visitor! 🙂

      • Coreen

        September 21, 2012 at 9:31 am

        It’s a pleasure. Family first I always say…:-)

  79. Ambreen Ali

    September 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

    inspiring 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Hello, sorry for the delay in replying. We have family here and time is short!

      Thank you for your comment.. Just want to say I am so sorry for what we are hearing in our news today about the factory in Karachi and hope no-one you know is affected. My heart goes out to all those who have been hurt in any way by this tragedy.

      • Ambreen Ali

        September 13, 2012 at 5:01 am

        Yeah that was the worst incident. I felt grief for the people and their families 🙁 it was really very sad.

  80. schmoozelfleugen

    August 28, 2012 at 1:49 am

    I shall count this blog post as one my three beautiful things today!

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Thank you! That’s a lovely compliment! 🙂

      • schmoozelfleugen

        September 17, 2012 at 10:54 pm

        I also nominated your blog for the Versitile Blogger Award. Enjoy!

        • mybeautfulthings

          September 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

          Thank you so much! I’ll get around to it soon! 🙂

  81. Marsha

    August 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I enjoyed reading your story. Losing friends and loved ones is so hard. Your photos are also lovely. Glad you started blogging.

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 25, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you for visiting my blog. I tried to reciprocate but the page wouldn’t work properly. I’ll try again later.
      Thank you for recognizing my Loss.My lovely friend would have been glad to have been my inspiration.
      Glad you like my photos. I think I’m getting better!

  82. 1cruzdelsur

    August 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I can appreciate that art is part of life. The music, singing, writing … all the skills to express the soul and so the good vibrations reach the farthest. We are perhaps of the same wood, just speak different languages​​.

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 20, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you for calling in. Yes, I think we are all part of the same wood, different languages but the same vibrations by which to share our art, whichever that might be. 🙂

  83. passionatetravellers

    August 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

    the way you have summed up your life and passions it sounds like music.happy to meet you through your blog 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you! What a lovely thing to say! You’ve made my day! I’m very happy to meet you too through your blog. 🙂

  84. passievrucht

    August 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Lovely blog! I will follow! 🙂

  85. mixedupmeme

    July 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I like beautiful things so will follow along, I am also interested in reading about the Humanist ceremonies you perform. Is there a blog page about them?

  86. Stefan (maxima)

    July 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Appreciate you stopping¨on my blog! You have Lovely blog,!

  87. Tina Liu

    July 30, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Congratulations!

    • mybeautfulthings

      July 30, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you very much! That’s very kind of you! I’ll check it out. 🙂

  88. Rich Green

    July 27, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Appreciate you stopping by and liking several recent posts. Best to you.

  89. Tina Liu

    July 26, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Thank you visiting and following both of my blogs! Thank you for the wonderful comments.
    P.S. Your things are truly beautiful 😀

  90. greenermums

    July 8, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog- glad u liked the article- it means we share the same idea about sun safety which is so important and it’s always nice to meet like-minded people! It also brought me to your blog 🙂 (That’s 2 good things already!!) I love the idea of “accentuating the positives”. I used to be an avid diary writer and at some point when the pace of life got so busy I at least found time to jot down 3 good things about my day and like you said -it keeps the focus in the right place. I also try to get my daughter to tell me 3 good things about her day at school so she too can focus on the positives. I think this is a lovely idea- thanks for sharing xx

    • mybeautfulthings

      July 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      I love that you have your daughter on the same track already! You have inspired me to do that with my Grandson whenever he visits.
      Thank you 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      July 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you for saying so! I love finding my three things and am delighted that they give others pleasure too. 🙂

  91. childtasticbooks

    June 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I love this idea for a blog. I think too often people get bogged down with what is going wrong with their lives but don’t see the little things that often make it special. It sounds like you have this gift. And what a place to live too – North Cornwall! I have very many happy memories of walking along the stunning coastline. Carry on with the great, uplifting work!

  92. lightlycrunchy

    June 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Im so glad you stopped by my place for a look so I in turn could find you. Lovely blog.

  93. therocknwriter

    June 23, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Sounds like you have had a well rounded life. I hope that I can see the world and do some things in the way that you have. I have recently lost someone very close to me and I have also realized how precious life is and that you have to live it while you can. 🙂 P.S. I think it’s really cool you are from England. I am planning a trip to England hopefully next year after I graduate. It is a pleasure to meet you

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      It is a pleasure to meet you too. I love the way the blogosphere works!

      As you will have read, it is because I lost my dear friend, Kath, much too soon that I started this blog (which, incidentally, she would have loved!)

      I am sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is.

      Sending you love from Cornwall to Chicago (where we once had a stopover on our visit to Atlanta. 🙂

      • therocknwriter

        June 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm

        Thanks a bunch 🙂 I hope you enjoyed Chicago. Funny enough, I’ll be going to Atlanta for vacation for the 4th of July.

        • mybeautfulthings

          June 23, 2012 at 9:06 pm

          Have fun! My brother from Atlanta will be visiting here a week later! So many coincidences – pleasing aren’t they? 🙂

          • therocknwriter

            June 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm

            Haha. I hope so. I don’t get to travel much, so I’m always apprehensive but it’ll be a nice change from Chicago. Or at least I hope 🙂 Though I’m more excited to visit Europe next year. Also, I found the book you posted in your blog for the Yarn Bombing. Needless to say….inspired!

          • mybeautfulthings

            June 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm

            I hope you have a fabulous trip. Stay in touch. There’s lots of inspiration in the book. Enjoy! 🙂

  94. Riba

    June 11, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I just popped in to thank you for liking my recent posts. It always gives me a sweet lift. Thank you! 🙂

  95. globalanni

    June 11, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Love your blog so much that I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Stop by and see me for all the details!

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

      How very lovely of you! Thank you so much. I’ll stop by in a day or two when the family have gone home and I have a bit more time! Thank you again! 🙂

  96. Rich Green

    June 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    thanks for liking several recent posts. Hope all is well.

  97. Androgoth

    May 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    This is a very nice introduction my friend and I will be
    taking a look around your Space to see what you have
    been posting 🙂

    Have a wonderful rest of evening MBT 🙂


    • mybeautfulthings

      May 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you for visiting and for your good wishes. Hope you like what you find when you visit some other posts 🙂

      • Androgoth

        May 31, 2012 at 12:18 am

        Yes I am exploring, and enjoying the ride so far 🙂


  98. Rich Green

    May 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Hope all is well. Thanks for liking several of my recent posts.

  99. Rich Green

    May 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Glad you liked a couple of recent posts – Over the Horizon and New York City at Night.

  100. Rich Green

    May 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks for liking my post about the birds. I’m waiting and watching for the babies to be born.

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 15, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      I hope you’ll keep us posted! 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      The babies hatched, fledged and the mother bird is now renovating the nest and looks like laying again, Di told me the other day.

  101. Rich Green

    May 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks for liking several of my previous posts.

  102. katehobbs

    May 9, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I came to your blog through David Heilmann’s photo blog. I am currently living in Canada, having left Buckinghamshire a year ago. I love your blog and it’s simple reminders of the UK. I particularly loved your recent photos of the bluebells along the banking of the single lane roads!! They don’t have roads that small here. Absolutely lovely. I will be following for a while.

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 9, 2012 at 6:51 am

      Welcome! I hope you continue to enjoy the reminders of home 🙂

  103. R Srinivasan

    May 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks for leaving positive footprints on my blog postings. glad got connected. will continue to interact.

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 9, 2012 at 7:28 am

      I’m really sorry it’s taken a long time to reply – I just found this when checking my spam! Thank you for your comments and yes, I too hope to continue to interact. All the best to you 🙂

  104. Rich Green

    April 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks for liking my posts Space Shuttle over New York City and Splish! Splash!

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you very much for following me in my finding of beautiful things each day.

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      My pleasure! 🙂

  105. promenadeplantings

    April 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I’m so glad you found me through Choc Chip’s blog, because it means I’ve now “found” you. I’m loving your blog and the idea behind it. My mum used to tell me that no matter how hard and tough things were she used to try and find something beautiful – be it a bird in the garden, a view, a phone call. And your blog reminds me of that. Lovely 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      I’m really pleased that my blog reminds you of something so special 🙂

  106. reneeboomer

    April 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    HI. I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. Please peek in at my blog for more information. Renee 🙂

  107. reneeboomer

    April 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Love your blog! What a wonderful idea.. “beautiful things”. It reminds me of my gratitude journal and finding at least 3 things I am grateful for each day. It is easy to do actually and I always find more…. Enjoy your day… Renee 🙂 I am following your beautiful blog..

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 28, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Thank you for your comments and for following. Quite often it’s hard to pick out only three beautiful things but sometimes I need help to find them. Those are the days when it really matters. Cheers 🙂

  108. Rich Green

    April 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks for liking my previous posts Early Morning on a Lake, Home Sweet Home and Time to Land.

  109. aleafinspringtime

    April 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    What a beautiful blog about beautiful things…memories, tastes and scents of distant lands, children, marmite scones! What could be better than to follow you on your journey! Warmest greetings from Finland, Sharon

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you so much! I am delighted that you would like to follow me along the way. I shall be honoured to have you walk with me.
      Warmest greetings from Cornwall, Sally

  110. Rich Green

    April 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks for liking my post Where are my Glasses?.

  111. Rich Green

    April 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Appreciate the previous likes on 2 posts – Nighttime in Sin City and Always be Ready…

  112. Rich Green

    April 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for liking my Carousel on the Beach post.

  113. mybeautfulthings

    April 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Port Isaac is a beautiful spot but you are right about things getting expensive. Petrol today was £1.50 a litre! We visited your beautiful country last Autumn and couldn’t believe how far we could travel for our money! We did get some amazing photos of the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and lots more on our wonderful road trip from Prescott to Denver and then back to San Francisco on the train.
    We are away from tomorrow, going to our son’s wedding in Senegal – another adventure- so I won’t be posting for over a week but I’ll check out your photos on my return.
    All the best to both of you. I hope you do make it to Cornwall….

    • Rich Green

      April 2, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      Congrats on your son’s wedding. The American West is where my heart lives with Monument Valley being at the center. I’m glad that you were able to visit and experience it for yourself.

  114. Rich Green

    April 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks for liking my Piano man post. I wanted to stop by and see your blog and I am a little jealous to discover that you live in Cornwall. I say this because Port Isaac is on my wife’s and I bucket list of destinations and you only live about an hour away. I discovered that stunningly beautiful town on Doc Martin (the British TV show, just in case you haven’t heard of it) and they film part of it there. I’ve been to England several times, the last time in August 2011, but it’s getting so expensive don’t know if I’ll actually make it, but I’m hoping.

  115. grandfathersky

    March 22, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    By your very nature i am compelled to click the ‘follow’ button. I enjoy reading the blogs I follow over breakfast using my tablet. It is so much more energizing than the morning news !

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you for this lovely comment. I hope my lovely things continue to energise you! 🙂

  116. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    March 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Surely the most positive blog/purpose on the net 🙂

  117. Jacqueline

    March 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    What a wonderful idea for a blog! It also sounds like you continue to have an opportunity to connect with all types of people and to be part of their beautiful moments. Look forward to following and seeing more!

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Some days it’s hard to identify 3 things but my lovely husband always helps on those days.

      • Jacqueline

        March 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm

        That’s wonderful to hear! We all need special people in our lives.

  118. Malou

    March 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Lovely blog, Sally! It is nice to hear about the many nice things that you do of which I can relate to a few (cooking, baking and photography). My singing is too bad…I will cause a deadly hurricane if I ever hum a tune. 😉

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 17, 2012 at 7:51 am

      Hi Malou, thank you for your comments. I love the photos on your blog of all your beautiful Spring flowers. We have daffodils in their hundreds which are glorious but no tulips yet so it’s particularly lovely to see your photos of those. 🙂

  119. Frances antoinette

    March 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    What a nice way to recollect and share with other the pleasures of living!

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you for your appreciation, Frances Antoinette.

  120. Jackie

    January 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Love your blog, Sally.
    Je l’aime beaucoup

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Merci beaucoup, Jackie. Je suis tres heureuse. Aujoud’hui, j’ai trouve un website en Francais au sujet de Senegal. C’est bon, n’est ce pas?
      PS can’t do accents!

  121. Melissa Stevens

    January 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    LOVE IT – I will be tuning in! 🙂 Smiles to you. Melissa

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Hi Melissa, really glad to hear that you like my blog. Thank you for your lovely comments. 🙂


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