See I've definitely shrunk!!

See I’ve definitely shrunk!!

I’mmy son - see main text for all the reasons he makes me feel great a middle-aged mum of a teenage son.  I live in a large house in Mid Wales which also acts as my business; my partner John and I run a B&B from it.  I went to a grammar school got 9 o-levels, 3 a-levels and opted not to go to university.  I followed a career in accounting, that i was very good at but didn’t suit me at all, and used it to side step into recruitment, marketing and generally talking for a living.

These days I also use our home as a studio for my art and glass business (otherwise known as Pink Butterfly Glass & Art)

So far so normal.

Bog Frog with Stag party thisweekend - i really didn't think I'd be the only one wearing fancy dress (or clothes for that matter!)

Me, The Bog Frog with Stag party

From here on in I get a little weird (although I prefer “eccentric”).

My alter-ego "Lady lily of the Pink"

My alter-ego “Lady lily of the Pink”


I’m in Wales because John and I quit our middle management office jobs after a two-day holiday to a place chosen by sticking a pin in a map.  We visited Llanwrtyd Wells, Mid Wales and returned home to sell our house, hand in our notices and pull our 7yr old son out of school. We moved ourselves here lock stock and car transporter within 3 months of the initial visit.  Without a care in the world,much of a plan or a backward glance.

Tangerine Dream - Acrylic on Canvas

Tangerine Dream – Acrylic on Canvas

I decided I had “an artist in me” so started community art and stained glass classes and now that’s what I do.  I also run the B&B and do gardening work, the odd bit of bar work and the odd bit of waitressing and anything else that might present itself.  For a while I ran a craft shop called In the Pink.

I L O V E people who ‘don’t fit into a box’ , eccentrics, rebels, free-thinkers.  Anyone who’s a bit ‘alternative’.

behind the bar of Neuadd Arms - proof that this is the official HQ of MRLP

Which is probably why I joined the Monster Raving Loony Party as my alter ego, Lady Lily the Pink, soon after moving here and discovering my home is in the town where Screaming Lord Sutch played his last ever gig and also the place where the party has its Brecknockshire H/Q.  One day I shall stand for parliament …but that’s a future story.

Ffloyd and I will be on the 2014 Pink Car Rally raising money for The Little Princess Trust

I also own a 1968 Hillman Husky, it’s now magnificently sprayed in a stunning magenta pink, and called Ffloyd.  Ffloyd after the band and the double “eff” in honour of my Welsh home.

Recently she and I began working together raise money for charities. In 2014 we took part in The Pink Car Rally (now an annual event).John went pink after I hit the £1000 mark but vowed "no bleach ever again"

Predominantly, I enjoy the fact that driving around in Ffloyd brings a smile to pretty much everyone’s face and leads me into random conversations with complete strangers.

raising awareness of the 2 year anniversary of the temporary lights

raising awareness of the 2 year anniversary of the temporary lights

I consider myself a bit of an activist, possibly an antagonist.  I like to stand up and be counted when I feel people are wronged.  I like to ‘advocate’ for those who feel they don’t have a voice.  As such I often find myself in ‘hot water’ or in the local press for making a noise about local issues when, perhaps, the public servants would prefer everyone to keep quiet!.  Anyway, I’m sure my blogs will cover some of these antics…

winner!I do, of course, happen to live in the most eccentric town in the UK; also the smallest.  A happy coincidence (some would say ‘fated’).  Llanwrtyd Wells invented Bog Snorkelling; Man v Horse Marathon; Mountain Bike Chariot Racing; to name but a few.  It also created the World Alternative Games… gathering eccentric pastimes from around the world together bi-annually to the benefit of the community, the amusement of the world and the interest of the press.  I take my hat of to the great characters and the wonderful personalities you will no doubt read about here

I’m planning to “ramble on”, with rose-tinted ramblings on anything that takes my fancy.  Mostly relating to pinkness, looniness, eccentric activities and adventures with Ffloyd.   But being driven to advocate for those with quieter voices you may find the odd ‘rant’ amongst the rosy glow.

Give it a go…. read some of my past posts…sign up for the future ones….you never know what you’re going to get

Really really red

Really really red




21 Responses to “About”

  1. boxofmisc May 7, 2016 at 7:59 am #

    Hugs and kisses.xx

  2. Jeanne Marie Spicuzza March 11, 2016 at 4:49 am #

    Looking forward to reading more! Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. TanGental February 5, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

    Hi Lady Lily, just wanted to pop by and say hi and… And… Gulp…. A Hillman Huskey. My parents first car in 1960. I was four and sat in the back while dad swore and mum worked the crank shaft to start it on a Cold morning because he couldn’t and the dog slobbered down my neck and… I have to follow for that and having voted Looney in 1987 when despairing of everyone else. What other connections will we find. PS you are not middle aged btw. I’m middle aged and only just at 59 – I have plans to embarrass my children for decades yet. You are in your middle youth. Just saying….

    • Rose Tinted Ramblings February 8, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

      lovely to chat – you know, pretty much everyone who sees me in Ffloyd talks to me, which is one of the reasons i love having him/her. Most people seem at some point to have owned or been in an Imp… very few a Husky – they’re pretty rare …only about 60 left. That chunk of life …middle youth (i like that) through middle age is pretty exciting i’d say… more confidence , more time, less self consdciousness …and kids , even grandkids to embarrass … i do it with flare… i have to say i’m quite an exceptional mother if success is based on the embarrassment factor.

      • TanGental February 8, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

        Brilliant – we can share tips. My daughter knows the more expensive her wedding plans (if she ever decides to wed) the greater the embarrassment that will ensure – currently the threat is the 50 plus (in age) naked glee club (with me in the lead) singing Love is all around us as she walks down the aisle..

        • Rose Tinted Ramblings February 8, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

          PWAHAHA! That I would love to be a fly on the wall for… although with that hanging over her i suspect she is unlikely to marry.
          Offv to the Senedd in Cardiff on Saturday with a bus full of Loons to film more for our Party Political Broadcast….. there’s a blog update there ….watch this space

        • TanGental February 8, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

          Can’t wait. Good to know the loons are still with us but then again if Boris replaces Cameron and Corbyn remains in place for 2020 I think one has to admit satire is finally dead.

        • Rose Tinted Ramblings February 9, 2016 at 11:07 am #

          you’ve nicked my punchline – my whole point as a Loon is to reveal that we already have it!!!

        • TanGental February 9, 2016 at 2:43 pm #

          Oops. Soz…

        • Rose Tinted Ramblings February 9, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

          lol… glad others see it too x

  4. Witney In The Pink ABC Witney September 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Loved reading your blog, We have a pink day in Witney on the 4th of October, all the shops go pink and lots of the streets are decorated with pink ballooons, we also have a pink car parade, but nowhere near as many cars as you had in yours. If by any chance you have friends from your parade who live near by could you ask them if they’d like to get involved in our parade, it’s only a couple of hours and is for Against Breast cancer. cheers Anya witneyinthepink@gmail.com

  5. Mark Robson July 28, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    Hi, I looked at your Rapido some time ago, nice. Anyway recently got the smaller version and looking to find the long sofa covers in the fabric you have/had and as I read you were recovering them I wondered if you still had the original covers? I got the van off an Imp Club member actually, how can I email/contact you to follow this up?

    • Rose Tinted Ramblings July 28, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

      i still have most of them – i actually just popped half of them in the bin – but will go and rescue them now – are you going to Imp National in Huntington next week? if so my partner can bring them – you can email us at enquiries@cerdynvilla.co.uk

  6. makagutu June 30, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    hey, just dropped by to say hello

    • Rose Tinted Ramblings June 30, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

      Hi – thanks for dropping by x

      • makagutu June 30, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

        And thanks for following, reading and sharing your thoughts.
        Look forward to seeing you more frequently


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