Lonely this Christmas


treeI admit, I’m not looking forward to Christmas and would, as late as last week, happily cancelled Christmas this year. However, I also got to thinking about the many past Christmases spent with Brian.

Brian was not a ‘Christmas person’, and we often bought him humbugs as a gift. 😉 But he made an effort every year to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves, so, as much as I’m not exactly looking forward, I decided  I was going to make the effort, otherwise I feel as though I’d be letting Brian, my family and myself, down.

So, I put the tree up and the lights at the window, and as I did, my thoughts were drawn to family, friends and anyone else who, like me, have lost loved ones this year, and will be spending their first Christmas without their dear ones near.


fireplaceAlso to others who are heading for their second, third, tenth or more, Christmas without those close to them. That’s not to say that we don’t miss our loved ones all the time, just that at this time of year, we may miss them a bit more.

I’m one of the lucky ones, I have a loving family who I’ll be spending Christmas with. Not everyone is that fortunate and some may have no one to spend the holidays with.

No matter who or where you are, my thoughts will be with you all this Christmas. xx



Wordless Wednesday


Music Monday

Music Monday

Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.
My choice for today is:

The Sound Of Silence


Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand… And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

Fools, said I, You do not know
Silence, like a cancer, grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence

Just A Card Indie Week!

Following on from yesterdays blog, today I’d like to share some indie artists, designers, makers and businesses that may be of interest to you.

First off are just a few of the many places that I’ve found online while searching for gifts etc.

Next up are some small independent businesses local to me:

The next group of Indies are authors.

I’m not going to list any here, as there are too many great ones to single out just a few, but most of the books featured here, on Rainne’s Ramblings, and on Just Books are written by indie authors, and or published by independent publishers.


And last but hopefully not least…

I’d like to introduce you to Generation Creations, a new venture which opened earlier this month. Generation Creations creates quirky handmade gifts for you to enjoy. Our gifts are created by three generations of our family (hence the name) who share a passion for creativity .

We would love you to take a look, and possibly buy ‘#just a card’…

As would all the other talented independent artists, makers, musicians, authors and businesses.


Just A Card Indie Week!

Forget Black Friday! Join Just A Card Indie Week!

The Just A Card campaign aims to encourage people to buy from Designer/Makers and Independent Galleries and Shops by reinforcing the message that all purchases, however small, even ‘just a card’ are so vital to the prosperity and survival of small businesses.

The campaign was started by London-based artist Sarah Hamilton three years ago when she saw the following quote from store keepers who’d recently closed their gallery.

“If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought ‘just a card’ we’d still be open.”


Last year they spent Black Friday pushing the message that it’s better to shop with independents on the run-up to Christmas, but this year they are doing it for a whole 5 days!


Support The Campaign – Support All Creative Businesses

1. Add the Just A Card logo to your blogs, websites etc.

2. Follow Just A Card on Twitter and Instagram. Retweet & spread the word.

3. Download posters and postcards from their website and put them up in your event or shop

4. Get involved with Just a Card Indie Week – 19-23rd November 2018

5. Purchase items from their shop

6. Donate to the campaign

And finally – by all means compliment people, it makes the world a far sunnier place, but if you can, please, buy just a card!

Wordless Wednesday

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Five on Friday


My usual Five on Friday consists of five books that I’ve read, enjoyed and reviewed.

However, a couple of weeks ago I accepted a challenge from Karina Kantas.

Each day (for ten days) post the cover of a book that shaped your life in some way inspired you or that you simply loved to madness. No explanation. Just the cover of the book. Then challenge a different person each day to do the same.

Last Friday I shared the first five of those books, and today I’ll share the final five. I loved each of these books and went on to read more, except for C.J.’s Treaters, though I’m eagerly anticipating the next book of The Divine Conflict!