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I am no good at this fundraising stuff ~ Bee’s Virtual McMillan Coffee Morning

Hello, out there, how are you doing? I hope life is treating you well and if not that you have all the support that you need.

I am really no good at this fundraising stuff. Should be shouting about my virtual McMillan Coffee Morning every day on all social media and on all blogs. But what do I do? Feel ashamed I even tried and signed up for it.

But at least I have managed to adjust my blog so it shouts “McMillan Coffee Morning” at you 😉 .

Video Credit: McMillan via YouTube

So what is it all about?

I want to raise 200£ for McMillan Cancer Support with two events:

On Friday the 25th, September at 8AM, I am going to post a blog share post for all those who want to take part.

Recipe Blog Share

Please create a post with your favourite cake or cookie recipe. If you are affected by cancer, then feel free to share anything you feel you can share about it too. But the recipe only is absolutely fine.

I am putting a linky up at the post so you can share your contribution. Please make a donation here, no matter how little if you want to take part. It also does not matter if you are from the UK or not. It works from everywhere. Or share the link to my fundraising page on your social media instead. There is going to be a little surprise on my post. And I am going to share your blog every day for a week on all my social media.

Skype Coffee Hour with Bee

I will also host the “Skype Coffee Hour with Bee” on Friday 25th September at 14GMT (find a link to a time converter here). We are going to share a cuppa and have a lovely chat, and I’ll give you a little virtual tour of where we live. Please make a donation no matter how little if you want to take part. It also does not matter if you are not from the UK. It works from everywhere. Or share the link to my fundraising page on your social media. Please let me know in this form if you want to take part so I can send you the Skype link:

And you can, of course, also just donate and not take part in any of the events.

Well, I am new to fundraising, so I am curious how this will go. I am looking forward to seeing or reading you on the 25th!

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence and your fundraising support. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

Here are some of my other posts:

Re-post: Your Privilege is Showing: How Climate Change Movements Miss the Point by Kayla DeVault

I should really write about my McMillan Coffee Morning project next week. But this post from 2016 is such an eye-opener on how interconnected we are and how we first need to understand the impact on other communities of our behaviour and what we consume before we can start to make changes that will save the planet.

No one likes to be called “privileged” but if we do not start to question ourselves in that regard colonialism will just keep destroying all of us.

These are all hard questions and often difficult to answer, but I believe this pandemic gives us ample time to make a start. “Going back to normal” is not going to happen, no matter how much we wish for it.

Please head over to Kayla’s blog and give her a follow because she has a lot to teach all of us!

Let’s cut to the chase: The current climate change movement, on both a national and international level, is an excellent cause with a plethora of misguided notions.  Not a piece you were probably expecting to come from a 2016 COP22 Youth Delegate candidate.  But it’s a piece that has to be said, and it has […]

Your Privilege is Showing: How Climate Change Movements Miss the Point

🌍Shared Vision🌏

Today I want to share a vision I have whenever I send my blessings out to our beloved planet and all you lovely people:

I stand on a plateau on a sunny day. The air is clean. I look out on the land before me, that is in autumn colours full of ponds and little streams.

There are happy and excited people around me because we are celebrating the day humankind has managed to save our planet and ourselves.

I feel I need to share this with you to give you light in these dark times. May it guide you to hope, kindness and action that is good for all of us.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

Invitation to Bee’s virtual McMillan Coffee Morning in Memory of Johanna, Fritz & Tony on September 25th, 2020

Hello out there, how are you today? I hope life is treating you well and if it throws you a curve ball that you find all the support you need. My thoughts and prayers go out to you daily.

“So, what is Bee up to now?” you might ask. Well, I have been thinking about raising money for McMillan Cancer Support for many years. Whenever their adverts pop up on TV, I thought: “I should really do this…” but as we humans are I never bothered to actually do something.

video credit: McMillan via YouTube

This year, you can imagine things are a bit different. Firstly I am beating cancer now. Secondly, you can do a virtual coffee morning because of COVID. Well, I don’t know if that’s a new thing. It might have been possible all along. And thirdly McMillan is offering all the information I was given on cancer, the treatments I am receiving and have provided help over the phone. I believe, having cancer in the UK without McMillan would be a much harder journey.

This coffee morning is also in memory of my mum Johanna, my granddad Fritz and my step father-in-law Tony who all passed away because of cancer. May they rest in peace!

Family Portrait
Description for visually impaired readers: family foto from early 70’s. Little Bee in a stroller on the right. Her mum above her sitting on a chair at an outside restaurant table. To the left her granny and parts of her granddad.

I would like to raise 200£

So, how does it work?

I have created a page at the McMillan Coffee Morning Page which you can access via this link. You will find a button that invites to accept an RSVP, and you’ll be able to donate in secure ways there. I will put this link up on the post at the 25th too. You can start contributing now, and I think it will stay up until January 2021.

But what I feel is much more important is to share a virtual cuppa and our favourite bicky, cake… recipes on the 25th. Also, I feel it is essential to share your memories of loved ones lost to cancer, your cancer healing story or anything that you feel needs to be shared to help us beat cancer.

But you do not need to and you do not need to have cancer or be affected by cancer either. It’s perfectly fine to just have a lovely day with lots of coffee, tea, cocoa and great recipes to share.

I will put up a linky so you can add your post at mine on the 25th. My post will go up at 8AM GMT and you can add your link at any time after that so everybody can come and join in.

Am looking forward to share a good cuppa with you for a good cause!



Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!



Museum in Samarkand Uzbekistan

Come Away With Me to Uzbekistan & Beating Cancer

Dear people of the blogosphere, please bear with me. Not sure I will be able to write more later in the week that is why I schedule this post (Thursday 10.9.20). I already made the playlists for today’s “Come Away with Me” so you have something to enjoy.

But I am very tired this time around and need a break besides some short messages for all you lovely and supportive people. You rock! Take care

And, of course, some music 🙂

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, September 21th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we venture into Italy. Please find musicians from Italy on Spinditty: 15 of the Best Italian Alternative Rock Bands (with videos)

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. No matter if you have cancer or not! You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
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Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Quote by Edward Abbey

Wild & Wise

video credit: meditative mind via YouTube

Do you hear the call?
Wild & Wise.
Your heart.
Your gut.
Your inner voice.
She is there
for you
to find.

for visually impaired readers: image of Bee in garden. She wears a floppy brown felt hat and yellow top. She smiles.
image of stary night sky and shadows of trees and quote by M L King

Society of Esteem

September 2020
I posted this entry first in July 2011, and it somehow looks more possible now with the internet playing such a more significant part in our lives.

However, looking at the rise of the far-right and their connected insane politicians, I doubt we could get there any time soon.

July 2011
By accident, I found an interesting site. It is called “Society of Esteem – Sikantis” and shows a model of society where esteem is the main thing.

It is supposed to be a society without money, but wealth and owning things are still possible.

The possessions of others are esteemed and respected by everyone. Everyone can choose how to be able to own things and which profession and lifestyle they want to achieve.

Children can learn at their own pace and either in education agencies with other children or at home on their own. The computer and the internet is an integral part as it gives the members of this society the chance to stay in contact with everyone.

Teenagers and young people are esteemed for their strength and new ideas, while older adults are appreciated for their calmness and wisdom.

I like this idea very much, and that would be pretty much a form of society I want to live in, but I can not find any clues to how to achieve all this.

Well, but that is what I am really after. A new Vision which also explores how to achieve it. But maybe that is not possible. Perhaps there is just the dream, and if enough people dream it, it will happen and sort itself out.

😱 The Real Threat, Baby… ☠

How are you, my dear readers? I hope you are well and ready to fight for your life!

This morning I saw a post by Greta Thunberg on Instagram, and I think she is right.

The biggest threat to our lives isn’t Trump, Brexit, Putin or this virus.

The biggest threat to our lives is the climate crisis, and neither the media nor our governments talk about it at the urgency it needs.

Nor does anyone do near enough to change the course of our extinction.

Maybe my approach so far was wrong. Perhaps it is time to raise the alarm bells daily, so we wake up and see what’s coming.

The real threat baby

Is known for years and decades

God, what have we done?

Find out more about the crisis and what you can do here.

Extinction Rebellion Demands

1. Tell the truth.

Governments must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.

2. Act now.

Governments must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

3. Beyond politics.

Governments must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock.

We can save this planet & ourselves!

Image of river landscape with quote about breast cancer by Molly Irivins

💃 She’s Alive 😎

Good afternoon, dear people of the blogosphere🙋‍♀️ . How are you coping?

I have managed to get up and after 6 or 7 hours and a massive mug of coffee ☕, buckets full of water and camomille tea I even have some reasonable thought.

Or so I hope… 😘

I just wanted to let you know that I am ok. Well, of course beside the feeling of having had a truck rolling over me with boulders the size of Antarctica on it and a brain that travels from “I need to drink more water” to “Does THAT glass look like a slipper????” 🤣

But hey, I’m alive even though I am not a man.

video source: BacFlag via YouTube

Don Fardon ~ I’m alive

via Genius.com

I’m alive!
And I’m seeing things mighty clear today, I’m alive
I’m alive!
And I’m sitting here yelling and doin my thing, I’m alive

And I’m real!
I can breathe and touch and sing and feel, I’m alive
I’m a man!
Who don’t care if my hair’s a bit long, I’m a man

Baby, baby, baby, baby, yeah, yeah!

I’m a man!
And I’m red and I’m yellow I’m black and I’m tan I’m a man

I’m alive!
Sitting here yelling and doing my thing, I’m alive
And I’m real!
I can breathe and touch and sing and feel, I’m alive

I’m alive!
And I’m doing my thing and singing my song, I’m alive
I’m a man
I’m red and I’m yellow I’m black and I’m tan, I’m a man

I’m alive!

Please stay a little longer and check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Re-blog: Good People Doing Good Things — Quietly by Jill Dennison

Hi, all you lovely people out there. I am too exhausted to write a post so please head over to Jill and be inspired by all the love & kindness that is still out there in this crazy, crazy world. 🙋‍♀️🐝

Yesterday, I thought my frame of mind was going to make it difficult to get in the mode to go in search of ‘good people’ for this morning’s post, but … I was wrong.  Once I got started, good people just began pouring onto my screen and I had to pick and choose just a […]

Good People Doing Good Things — Quietly