My inspirational journey to India…

I recently visited India with my husband and daughter. While we were there we had our marriage blessed in my husbands traditional cultural way. I had an amazing trip and learned so much about India and the culture, which is far removed from ours here in the UK.  What hit me hard was the extreme poverty, which is visble everywhere. I found this so hard to digest. It made me realise just how lucky we are here in the west. We don’t know the meaning of the word “POOR”.

My marriage blessing: India
Me raj and Lilliah blue dress blessing day

We are blessed with clean water, which runs freely through our taps. We have a great sewerage system, which having been to India I now realise how much we take these things for granted. The everyday things we don’t even think about, such as, filtered water, clean air, smog free cities, good sewage, housing and financial benefits for the families living on the poverty line. Food banks, charities, and the lists are endless. Not to mention reliable electricity that does not cut out many times a day.

I found myself feeling guilty for my life, I gave money away to beggers and local poor familes. I fed the starving dogs, which were rife everywhere we went. One day, someone said to me, “Dawn, you cannot feed the world, so don’t do this” I thought about this statement for sometime and although I understood what the person was trying to say to me, I stand by my first thought, which is this, “I may not beable to feed the world, but I can try, one person at a time.”

Small steps can make big changes, helping one person could help their entire family, to not bother becuase there are too many, is to give up and close our eyes to the starving and hungry around the world. It makes me sad that we have copius amounts of food mountains going to waste in the west and yet there are so many hundreds and thousands of people dying each and every day for lack of food and water, something that every single human being has an unconditonl right too, for with out these basic things we cannot survive.


Golden TempleWhile I was in India I fulfilled a life-long dream of mine and visited the Golden Temple. I was surprised to learn that this beautiful temple was made out of real gold. It is so beautiful when you see it with your own eyes that no amount of photography can do it justice! My husband, daughter and me walked into the holy waters of the temple to bath our feet. The magical waters of the Golden Temple are believed to hold healing powers that can heal just about anything. People travel from all over the world simply to bath their sick and injured in these magical healing waters. I felt very inspired after my visit to this famous Temple, I watched all the people bathing in the waters at midnight, their belief in the temple astounded and inspired me. I was totally fascinated by the whole experiance. All who enter the golden Temple have to wear head scarfs or you will be refused entry. You also have to walk in with bare feet.

Me pictured at the Golden Temple: India

Me with headscarf at golden temple

During my trip to India, I experienced many wonderful things. We travelled to the infamous Bhakra Damn; this damn supplies a great deal of India with water, which is supplied by China. If this damn should burst its floodgates, the whole of the Punjab and Delhi would end up flooded and under water. The security surrounding the Bhakra Damn is phenomenal. Apparently, many many years ago, the damn was under threat by an enemy and they attempted to blow up the damn. Now, tourists can only get so close, cameras and mobile phones are not permitted. If you are caught taking a picture you will have your phone confiscated. Security is very very tight.



 We stayed in Marlipur in the Punjab, it’s a small town in the countryside where all the old traditions are still used to day. We stayed on a traditional Indian farm where the women still cooked using clay ovens. It was totally fascinating and I admired them greatly. They were so hard working. Everything they ate and cooked with was sourced on my husbands familie’s farm. From Aubergines, marrows, potatoes, peas, mangos, tomatoes, onions, garlic, haldi, monkey nuts and Basmati rice to name but a few. They never needed to go to a shop for food, which was truly amazing. Everything came from the farm. The cows provided milk, butter and paneer. The chickens provided the eggs… It was so wonderful to see and experiance. I left feeling so in awe of my husbands relatives. There was one wondeful lady called “BB” she was close to 100-years-old! She liked to smoke an Indian roll-up cigarette from time to time. When we arrived I was amazed to see this tiny fagile old lady smoking a roll-up. So I went out and bought her a packet of 20 boxed cigarettes! You would have thought I gave her pure gold when she recieved them! See this amazing picture below. In my humble opinion, anyone who reaches  100-years-old is entitled to a cigarette or two…

Me sitting with BB in India…

100 year old india lady smoking!

I saw the world through new eyes on this trip, it has made me think more about how I use and spend my own money. It made me appreciate my life and all that I have. This world of ours is a very small place, yet the differences across the borders are gigantic in many instances. My hope for this small world of ours, is that someday there will be no hunger.




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She jerked back from him. “I don’t expect you to take care of me,” she retorted, obviously not thrilled with his remark.

He reached for her. “I’m sorry; that was rude.”

She shoved away his hands. “You can’t keep saying whatever is on your mind and then just say you’re sorry. That was rude. If you think I’m such a tramp, why are you even interested?”

“I don’t think that. I’m just accustomed to saying what I’m thinking at the second I’m thinking it. But I really didn’t mean it. I don’t think you’re a tramp. If I thought that, would I ask you to move in with me?”

“I don’t know. I’m so confused.” She dropped her head into her hands again. “I just don’t want to make any more mistakes.”

He put his hand under her chin and lifted her head. “Am I a mistake?”

“You are probably the only thing in my life that hasn’t been a mistake.”


A note from the author:

We live in a world where few people find their happily ever after, even though most of our childhood stories preached that to us. Wait a minute. Did they? I keep hearing…and I’ve been known to write this statement, “I’ve obviously read too many fairytales…” But when I looked back, the fairytales weren’t all sunshine and roses. In fact, many of the characters in what we tag as ‘fairytales’ were beaten, banished, orphaned, poisoned, lost, and on and on…


So where does the fairytale aspect actually play out? Is it when the dashing prince on the white stallion sweeps in and they live happily ever after? Chuh! But hey, the protagonist had to go through many trials to get there. So what’s so bad about that? Personally, I don’t think there’s a problem, except for putting all your dreams in one knight in shining armor who turns out to be a frog. But you can still work at your happily ever after, with or without the prince, right? Though, in my opinion, I think we’re all looking for someone who completes us.


The fact of the matter is a troubled past helps us appreciate a wonderful present. When we experience trials, we often seek out God and loved ones for support and are that much more thankful when the trial ends. So, I don’t have trouble with fairytales; that’s why I write them, modern-day fairytales, that is. I put my characters through trials and tribulations because I know that somewhere, someone can relate. Yes, there’s normally a knight in hidden-armor, who usually requires some polishing before he’s fit to be a prince. But again, isn’t that what great relationships do? They feed off each other to become better partners.


This is what I write about in all my stories. People who have flaws, but learn to overcome, trust when all else fails so they can love again, and forgive so they can know peace.


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Finally, the summer holidays have ended…


The summer holidays have ended and the new school term has begun… “Sighs with relief!” I have spent the last six weeks entertaining my five-year-old daughter and most of her friends. It was challenging and exhausting to say the least. Keeping children stimulated and amused for such a long length of time is not only time consuming, it can also be very expensive.


I came up with an entertainment plan, much like the previous year. I organised “FREE” days out as well as paid days out to cut the cost. This is where I had to be very imaginative! See below for the list of free day entertainment and paid day entertainment.


FREE (no cost to parent!)


1. Blackberry picking in the park complete with picnic. All the kids took their scooters too and we made a whole afternoon of it… I baked several apple and blackberry pies as a result of this afternoon in the weeks that followed, also involving the kids with the baking.



2. This summer I introduced the kids to great games from my own childhood, British Bull Dog. and Kick The Can. They absolutely loved it, again I took them to the park at the back of our street, we spent whole afternoons playing these games and at the finish, we shared a picnic. By the end of summer, I had lost a stone in weight, which I was most pleased with!


3. I arranged several play dates for my daughter and her friends at my house! This was very hectic… They all got together and acted out plays that the oldest child directed. I have to say they were so good and very talented… This was one of their favourite activities.


4. Baking sessions, another great activity that they all got involved with, from the cracking of the eggs to the mixing of the ingredients!


5. The new city library: This was a fantastic day out, not only is it a brand new state of the art library, it has an amphitheatre inside too, which you can see free children’s shows. There is also a giant story corner where you can take your child to listen to a story in a fun environment; this often entails a child or two being called on stage to help the story reader act out a part!


All the above activities were cost free and very entertaining; it kept them all active and away from the television… These were repeated many times over the six weeks holidays.


Paid day trips (Can be quite expensive)


1. West Midlands Safari Park, a great day out for the kids, will take up a whole day. However, be prepared to pay at least £50.00 for a family ticket. The good news is they give you a free return ticket! Therefore, it is worth the cost. If you take your own picnic and drinks this will also keep the cost down.


2. The Worcestershire Maze, this was a fabulous day out, it is a giant maze constructed of corn, and the cornfield has been designed in the form of a giant complicated maze. It is also a working field and the corn is harvested each year without damage from the maze activity. Ticket prices cost around £20 per family and include a BBQ lunch too!


3. A five-day trip to Blackpool pleasure beach: This was a much-needed break for my family. Great hotel bargains can be found if you shop around and search the net! We found a great last minute deal, hotel all inclusive of meals, with a family room plus sea view for five days at the bargain price of £250, a complete bargain in my humble opinion.


4. Theatre: tickets are cheap, at around £3 per person. As we live close to the city centre, we have access to many great local theatres that put on great performances during the holidays. We visited our local theatre a couple of times where my daughter was entertained immensely.


5. Cadburys World: This was quite expensive and everything there was very expensive too I thought, tickets were around £50 for a family ticket. It was a good day out and one you should take your kids on at least once!


6. The cinema: This can be cheap or expensive depending on the time of day you go. During the holidays, they have half price ticket deals at certain times of the day. We took our daughter and her friend to see, The Nut Job, and Toy Story Three!


7. StarCity entertainment village Birmingham. We live quite close to this place so it was somewhere we took our daughter to on a few occasions over the holidays. They have cinema, bowling, mini golf, amusements, child art centre and so much more… Again, this can be as cheap or expensive as you make it.


We also had the odd quiet day at home where I caught up with myself and my daughter chilled out at home playing with her toys and reading her books.

So, these were just some of things I did to entertain my daughter and her friends during the holidays. No one can afford to pay for expensive day trips every single day, so it is a good idea to think back to your own childhood and recall some of the things you used to do that was cost free… That is exactly what I did. My biggest surprise was that none of the kids had ever heard of British Bull Dog or Kick the can! However, they have now and I think they will be playing those games for many years to come.