McMillan Coffee Morning 2020 Background Bunting

Bee’s Virtual McMillan Coffee Morning… supporting a Cancer Charity

…a little later than expected.

I apologise my dear readers for not putting this post up at 8 AM as promised. In fact, it is 8 AM, and I am just writing it. My little surprise needed some more time to get right, and our Internet is a little slow today.

Also, I was a little out of sorts yesterday as I had to rescue one of our chicken from the rest of the flock. She got pecked on, and it looked horrible. Chemotherapy made me much more emotional than I usually am, so I had real trouble to get anything done afterwards. 

I also apologise to my readers outside of the UK. It looks like I got something wrong: Unfortunately, you can’t donate to McMillan from outside on my page. Therefore, if you want to give to a cancer charity, please chose one in your country. You can download my little surprise further down the post anyway, and I hope you enjoy it. 

So what is the McMillan Coffee Morning about? 

McMillan Cancer Support is a UK charity that supports cancer patients and their families/friends through a tough time. Having cancer means to go through a lot of treatment that has serious consequences. It is sometimes difficult to decide what is the best approach, and the information that McMillan has accumulated is essential to take the right decision.

They also offer advice on benefits, workers rights and anything that might come up while you are dealing with cancer. As a charity, they rely on donations, and one of their very popular event’s is the McMillan Coffee Morning. 

video credit: McMillan via YouTube

I always wanted to do one but never got around, and last week on a whim I decided this year is the year. Well, I should have thought a little longer about it really. Didn’t have the energy to advertise for it properly and also didn’t get all the information right. I am so sorry. 

But in the end, it’s the thought that counts and I have to admit that it’s quite fun to create something to support this brilliant charity.

Please come in, have a seat and mug of your favourite hot beverage.

So please, settle down with your favourite hot beverage. I am having a de-caf Jasmin green tea and some shortbread made with date sugar. It got a bit dark but still tastes lovely. It’s stormy outside. Raining and wind gusts up to 60mph so what’s better than to cuddle up on the sofa with a cup of tea, coffee or cocoa. 

Memories of Johanna, Fritz & Tony

My little virtual Coffee Morning is in memory of Johanna, my mum, Fritz my grand-father and Tony my step-father-in-law.

All of them passed away from cancer. I know many more who did not make it after being diagnosed, and there will be many more. 

According to Cancer Research: “There were 17 million new cases of cancer (all cancers combined excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) worldwide in 2018: 8.8 million (52%) in males and 8.2 million (48%) in females…” (Cancer Research on Worldwide Data). The projection is that cancer rates will have increased by 62% worldwide in 2040. 

That is a lot, don’t you think? It will affect all of us in one way or another. 

Fancy some more tea, coffee or cocoa? And what about another biscuit?

My Mum Johanna

Many who know my mother say that I am very much like her. She was a passionate and caring woman. She loved to party, to crochet and knit and she did some mean cooking and baking. 

What I remember most is her smile. Her hugs and how she was always there for us even when she could not leave her bed anymore because of cancer. 

She had breast cancer like me, but in the end, it had spread everywhere, and her body could not cope anymore. Nurses and we cared for her at home in the end, and she passed away in my parent’s bedroom. 

I miss her so much, but she is also an inspiration for how to deal with such a severe illness. Stay positive and live your life like there is no tomorrow. 

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.

Are you comfortable? Do you want anything more to drink?

My grandfather Fritz

My grandfather was a character. He came from the lost German areas in the East of Europe which are now Polish and Lithuanian. He joined the German army as a young man and met my grandmother when he was stationed in Bamberg, where one of my grandmother’s cousins lived. 

He ended up in a prisoner of war camp but escaped or was released and walked back to the South of Germany where he settled and was joined by my grandmother a little later. 

He never spoke much about the experiences he had in the war. I saw him sitting in his beloved chair just before he died, and he had a faraway look. I thought he was thinking about his lost home or about what the war did to him and his generation. Not all Germans agreed to what Hitler did, and indeed not many wanted that war. 

He was funny, maybe disguised his traumas with humour like so many men of his age did all over the world. He used to annoy my dad when eating. He took his false teeth out and put them beside his plate, which made my dad gag. Or he pointed to the ceiling and said to us: “Look!” and while we looked, he nicked delicious morsels from our plate. 

He worked as a riding teacher, and it looks like he was quite a charmer because the ladies liked him very much. He smoked from the age of 17 or 18, and in the end, it got him. He passed away from lung cancer. 

I promise I won’t do disgusting things to get you off your hot beverage LOL.


My mother-in-law’s partner was a character too. Very similar to my granddad, he disguised trauma and hurt with humour. While he could be quite annoying, he was also very caring and helped my mother-in-law when her husband passed away. 

I wish I’d said more. Half a year before he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia, I saw a dark red mark on his arm, and I asked him what that was. He said it was a bruise from the dog. I knew that this could be a sign of leukaemia but did not dare to say more. 

More biscuits? Or some more hot beverage? Please help yourself.

My surprise for you

I promised you a little surprise, and at last, I got it finished 🙂

It’s a little early to talk about Christmas, and not everybody celebrates Christmas, but I am from Germany. Christmas is big in Germany and traditional. So I thought I surprise you with a little download. It’s called: 

Bee’s McMillan Coffee Morning German Christmas Download

Three Ultimate German Christmas Baking Recipes

Two Famous German Christmas Poems

One Beautiful Video with German Christmas Songs


Lot’s of memories (pdf-file)

You can make the biscuit recipes all year round, and there is a lot of information about Germany and other things too in it, so please enjoy and download even if you don’t celebrate. And please donate to a cancer charity near you or if you are from the UK to McMillan on my Coffee Morning page. Thanks.

Download here:

You want to share your Memory/Support post?

Please do so here and I come and visit your post. And all of you are invited to visit too:

Please click on “You’re first/next” and add your post.

Am looking forward to visiting your posts!

Bee’s Skype McMillan Coffee Hour

I’ll host a Skype McMillan Coffee Hour this afternoon (25th September 2020) at 2PM (find a link to a time converter here) where we can have a chat and a biscuit together.

Please fill in the RSVP form at this post to get the link. It might need a while for the information to get through so please bear with me. If you don’t get any information until 2PM then please sent me an email to bee.halton(at) Thanks!


Oh, it’s time for you to go? Such a shame. Please take a biscuit with you on the way 🙂

Thanks for stopping by

Thanks to my dear readers for stopping by and go down memory lane with me. Please feel free to share my McMillan page with your followers if you live in the UK or donate. You can donate until January 2021.

And if you live outside of the UK, feel free to contribute to a cancer charity near you. No matter how little because we all need it. Cancer is rising everywhere, and many of us are or will be affected. The work of charities is so important to get through the challenge of having cancer. 

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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:

🌍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!

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


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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🐶 Had to share this… 🤗

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🌈❤️🐾🙏🏻 As part of our weekend remembering Pirate’s angel day.. we picked up a bunch of toys, which in the three videos you can see the boys loved sniffing through (can you find the carrots in the photo?), and we took them a senior dog sanctuary here in Missouri. Whispering Willows Senior Dog Sanctuary was one of the most remarkable places I have ever been to. The spirit there was everything and the founder spoke words like I feel in my heart. Their mission is to give senior dogs their last and final home, full of dignity and love, before their time comes to cross the rainbow bridge. Whispering Willows ( @whisperingwillows_sds ) has only been running as a sanctuary for about 3 years and what they have been able to do with the sanctuary in that time is absolutely extraordinary. They currently have about 67 dogs who are mainly hospice or senior dogs and has so far helped almost 300 babies on their final journey home, showing them profound love before their time comes. The only type of “kennel” area has little sections of what she calls suites where some of the more independent dogs sleep at night that are completely open on top and she plays white noise sounds and displays twinkling lights on the ceiling for them. The dogs that need 24 hour care stay in her home during the night and during the day all dogs are allowed to roam the home, small buildings, and entire 3 acre property which completely lights up at night anytime they would like as she has screens on all doors that allow them to move about anywhere as they please. Just from donations alone she has been able to staff about 17 people around the clock and that is incredible. Just as I never knew an old, unwanted dog would steal my heart.. I never knew a senior dog sanctuary would become one of my favorite places on earth! I’ll be sharing some more photos of their beautiful babies in a second post.. I know Pirate is happy to see places like this 🌈❤️🐾🙏🏻

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Please visit them at their page

Whispering Willow Senior Dog Sanctuary

And if you life close by and could imagine to give an old dog a loving home please go for it. Thanks!

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