Debbie of My Random Musings interviewed me for a guest post on her blog…

As featured in Bloggers Corner by My Random Musings 25th March 2018

Thank you Debbie for featuring me. I hope your readers enjoy learning a bit more about my ordinarily extraordinary life 😉 ………………….


The Blogger’s Corner series is an interview series featuring advice and experience from bloggers whose blogs are older than six months.

If you would like to take part, you can find all of the details here.

This week, we have the lovely Berni from Rose Tinted Ramblings.

Berni from Rose Tinted Ramblings

1 Introduce yourself

Hi, I’m Berni from Rose Tinted Ramblings. I’m a mum, step-mum, new grandmum, artist, B&B owner, gardener, teacher, member of the Monster Raving Loony Party, part of a community that organises wacky events, carer, cafe worker, organiser, advocate and blogger. I want a bit of it all.

2 Tell us a little bit about your blog

My blog is as eclectic as me. It’s a salvation and it’s the place where I talk about anything and everything. Usually with a rose tinted glint but occasionally a rant or a shout for help.

How I’m prone to suffering from anxiety and panic attacks.

My struggles with saying ‘no’.

My love of being a mum.

How I completely revamped my life by chucking it all in and moving it to Mid Wales with my hubby and son in tow.

Basically you will read about the less than ordinary life that we lead and the thoughts and opportunities it generates.

3 What can your readers learn from your blog?

Learn? I guess that there is no such thing as ‘normal’.

My view on life is that we are all unique and everything presents an opportunity, we just have to open our eyes and see. Everything is connected. We are a community and it works best when we work together. I hope my zest for life and the pursuit of extraordinary within the ordinary helps demonstrate that.

4 What’s your favourite thing about blogging?

I love the release I get from getting my thoughts out of my head and onto the screen. Occasionally they never reach the ‘publish’ button, but they’re out there. I love the interactions that a post can generate and the conversations they can start. And sometimes the doors they open presenting me with new opportunities

5 And your least favourite thing about blogging?

I’ve been blogging a while now but only very recently thought about making it any more than an online diary. I want to move to the next level without changing my ethos of openness and honesty.

I am finding it really hard to decide how and where to start with working with brands and generating a little bit of income from my blog. I guess I dislike my indecision and procrastination about taking the leap and contacting a brand (so if you want to offer me any tips I’d be most grateful).

The other reason I don’t move forward is the tech… it’s scary.

6 Tell us one random fact about you

I think I’m pretty random as it is. …but here’s one…. I have an alter ego, Lady Lily the Pink (she even has her own Facebook Page), oh and I drive a magenta pink 1968 Hillman Husky with a pink fur roof…. the car came first everything else pink in my life followed. I guess that’s two things, but who’s counting #rulesaretheretobebroken

Berni's car

7 If you could only blog about one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

It would be about our life in Llanwrtyd Wells (LW) because that would encompass so much – my B&B, Cerdyn Villa, which made the whole move here possible; the being a Loony; because LW was the spiritual home of Monster Raving loony Party founder, Screaming Lord Sutch, (it’s also where he played his last ever gig before he died); its where we raised our son; it’s where all the other weird stuff happens like the World Bog Snorkelling which I help organise and commentate for, and likewise the man v horse marathon and the Real Ale Wobble…. It’s also the place where I became a real artist.

8 What was the hardest part of starting your blog and why?

Starting the blog was easy. I went in with no expectations other than getting stuff off my chest. Growing it into something that justifies the amount of time I give to it, is another thing entirely

9 If you could give new bloggers one piece of advice, what would it be?

Let it evolve. Talk to as many other bloggers as possible. All the help we need is out there so keep asking questions.

10 Is there anything you know now that you wish you’d known in the beginning?

No. I’m glad I didn’t know it could be a way of earning money because I don’t think I would have enjoyed it so much. There are things I wish I knew now. However, I am finding them out. Slowly.

11 Do you have any long term goals for your blog?

I want my blog to stay as loose and real as it already is but encompass an earning opportunity. When people read it, whether it’s just me chatting about life or me writing something sponsored. I want it to have the same ‘straight from the heart, through the fingers to the page’ feel as it does now.

I’m working towards making that possible

I’d also love to meet up with some of the fabulous sounding people I talk to out there. Perhaps I should organise a meet up at my B&B 😉

Berni with her car and a pink umbrella

12 Who’s your blogging hero?

As an artist the first artist blogger I followed and still do is Janet Weight with her lovely watercolours, hummingbirds and gentle prose.

Then there’s the mummy bloggers: Lucy of What My Fridge Says because she’s edgy and hilarious; Dawn of Rhyming With Wine for her zest and poetry; Jo, Slummy Single Mum, again for her humour but also she has teens.

For comedic value and the first blogger I really had any banter with, Steve McSteveFace…(I don’t know his real surname) he makes me laugh. His blog is random and eclectic. As he says himself “I’M JUST A GUY, WRITING STUFF ON A BLOG – HOPING PEOPLE WILL READ IT”. Well me too.

There are so many more I could list, including some fantastic dad bloggers, and obviously you, Debbie.

13 What’s your favourite social media network and why?

It used to be Facebook. But since I found Twitter I think that’s become my social media of choice. It’s not bogged down with advertising, it doesn’t sort your shit out and tell you what you want to read, you get to do that . It’s just easier to navigate from a blogger perspective.

I’m a bit slow at grasping social media… I have both Pinterest and Instagram accounts but haven’t really embraced them yet.


14 Anything else you want to share with us?

So much. That’s why I write.

Seriously though, I want to share my gratitude to those of you who have read me, commented on me, re-tweeted me, shared me, and/or follow me; those bloggers who’ve inspired me (I will have told you in a comment somewhere I’m sure); those bloggers I’m yet to discover; and in particular Hayley of Mission Mindfulness, who gave me my first guest post opportunity and you Debbie for giving me my second.

15 Where can we find you? (blog link and links to any social media)

My blog, TwitterFacebook and my B&B Facebook page.


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As for my girls, I’ll raise them to think they can breathe fire 

I love this very soulful and intense blog post written from deep in the heart, by Lucy of What My Fridge Says, talking about teaching and gender equality

“If you have the privilege or being a Mother to a child – no matter what colour, creed or gender – don’t let them ‘think’ they can breathe fire…show them how its done and tell them they already can.”

via As for my girls, I’ll raise them to think they can breathe fire 

Spring, St Davids Day and the sunshine flower…

Daffodils - Wordsworth

art, painting, snowdrops
acrylic painting of snowdrops by me

It’s supposed to be Spring, yet (and not for the first time at this time of year) it’s snowing, halting the daffodils in their push to shine bright in our gardens and roadside borders.  Its rare, to be fair, for us here in Mid Wales to have many, if any daffodils in flower for St Davids Day , 1st March.  Yet every year, as the daffs begin to poke their snouts out of the cold ground in January we hope impatiently and unrealistically , that they will be bobbing their sunny heads in the early days of Spring, before winter has said its final farewells.  They never do.

So today, the very last of February , there is a blanket of snow covering the grass, hiding the daffodils with their still covered heads, and camouflaging the snowdrops.

Tomorrow is St Davids Day, and living here in Mid Wales for the last 13 years , it’s pretty hard to ignore.  Why would I want to anyway?

So who is this St David you may be asking…. (or not, but I’m going to tell you anyway).

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Well here is the handsome chap….. depicted in this lovely stained glass window from Castell Coch in Carmarthenshire

David was a Welsh bishop of Mynyw ( now St Davids, Pembrokeshire) during the C6th.  He lived from 500 – 589 AD and died on the 1st March that year. He was canonised in the 1120AD by Pope Callixtus II and since then 1st March has been a festival day to celebrate him; St Davids Day, Dydd Gŵyl Dewi.

He was born to an aristocratic family in SW Wales, descended from the royal house of Ceredigion..   He was a teacher, highly disciplined and during his life helped found a dozen monasteries in all.  He founded a Celtic monastic community at Glyn Rhosyn (The Vale of Roses) in Pembrokeshire (where St Davids Cathedral now stands).

The Welsh (quite rightly in my opinion) think St Davids Day should be a National Holiday as is St. Andrew’s Day in Scotland and St Patrick’s Day in Ireland. In fact cross-party support resulted in the Welsh National Assembly voting unanimously to make Saint David’s Day a public holiday in 2000. A poll conducted for Saint David’s Day in 2006 found that 87% of people in Wales wanted it to be a bank holiday, with 65% prepared to sacrifice a different bank holiday to achieve this.  However a petition in 2007 to make Saint David’s Day a bank holiday was rejected by the office of the then PM Tony Blair (grrrr).

The national symbol being the leek, The 7th century king of Gwynedd, Cadwaladr, is said to have ordered his men into battle wearing them for identification purposes.

Back to the Daffs.  The daffodil is the national flower of Wales, the origins of the national flower of Wales appears to be as an attractive interloper, introduced during the 19th century, as a replacement for the humble leek. David Lloyd George, the only Welshman to serve as PM, was a public advocate of the daffodil and its appearance in early spring as a symbol of nature’s optimism neatly coincides with St David’s Day on March 1.

So there you have it, whilst we have no daffodils in flower here at Cerdyn Villa yet, there are plenty , I’m sure, in full bloom in England.  there are certainly loads in the shops but I shall wait until my garden is abundant with them.

In the meantime I’ll make to with the stained glass ones I’ve been working on.

stained glass, welsh, daffodils for St Davids Day

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