Just believe that good things are on their way.

I have a question. Where has 2015 gone to? It seems like only yesterday that I was thinking back on 2014. It’s been a bit of a funny old year. We started the year knowing that my brother-in-law was terminally ill, and I’ll be starting 2016 by going to a funeral of a friend who […]

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The Scratch Messiah, my adventures continue.

A couple of weeks ago I was excited because my singing group had just performed in the great Hall at Blenheim Palace. It was an amazing experience to be able to sing in such a beautiful setting. What could possibly top that? This time last year I was in the process of recovering from a […]

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Where is your escape?

Where is your escape? Do you have somewhere either real or imagined that you can go when you need some Isabel-time? This is a blog challenge I was set by a fellow Open University student quite a while ago. I’ve had a couple of attempts at answering this question, but gave up as I didn’t really know […]

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New Career.

Earlier this year I mentioned that I was deferring from my Open University module due to a combination of ill-health and family issues. The email to the Open University confirming my deferral had barely been launched into the ether when I was asked if I would be interested in doing two things. One, was to […]

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Downton Abbey’s back.

The autumn equinox has passed and with it has come the return of two of the highlights of my year; Strictly Come Dancing and Downton Abbey. Who cares if it’s cold and dark outside when you can sit in the comfort of your own living room and lose yourself in the glamour of spray tans […]

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Cogges Memory Tree

This season we have started doing Downton Abbey tours at Cogges and I’m one of the tour guides. One of the facts I like to tell the visitors is that we have over a thousand years of history to our name. Some people believe that the mounds and bumps in the field beside the walled garden […]

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‘Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have’

‘Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have.’ Joyce Meyer. A couple of months ago a routine visit to the dentist resulted in me being referred to the hospital. On a previous visit the dentist had told me that I had something called Leucoplakia, which is like an area of dry […]

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Not a mid life crisis…

I love looking at all the photos and funny sayings that people share on Facebook and Twitter. I’ve even been known to pinch a few and share them myself; well quite a lot if I’m honest. The one on the left, of someone doing a sky dive, made me laugh as I’m considering doing one […]

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Elizabeth, one of our longest-serving volunteers.

Volunteers Week

The week beginning Monday the first of June is National Volunteer Week. Cogges relies heavily on its volunteers and I thought I’d take this opportunity to write about the roles played by our dedicated team of volunteers. I’ve been a volunteer at Cogges since it re-opened in 2011. I work on the welcome desk and […]

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When doing nothing is the best action.

Ever struggled, when in a difficult situation, to figure out what’s the best thing to do? I know I have. There’s been many times when I literally found it hard to, ‘see the wood from the trees.’ I also found that at times like that, struggling to find the answer, or the way out, only […]

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