No. 18 – Watch the sunrise from Westbury White Horse


Wow, these tasks are on a roll! This is the third completed task with the fourth on the way very soon.

So, on Saturday the 22nd March, my friend Wednesday and I left my place at 5am and raced against the sun to Westbury. The hill is famous for having an enormous chalk horse carved into the side but also has panoramic views of the local landscape. In short, it’s really perty. It just so happens that Wednesday is also an avid photographer, hence the lovely photos I have been lucky enough to be able to include at the end of this as my proof.

I recommend for everyone to do this at least once. Sitting and watching the sky around us change colour by the second was beautiful; every time you look in another direction the view has changed, and to actually see the sun raise (seemingly) inch by inch made us feel that the sun was ours for that day. We’d somehow witnessed its birth to daytime.

Anyhoo, before I start lighting more incense and hugging trees, here are some glorious photos from the morning as the sun came up, and before we ran down the road with a giant canvas and a load of poster paint (see #8).

Love ‘n’ hugs,

Elkie xxx














Suffice to say, I was asleep again by lunchtime. Until next time, peeps! xxx


No.8 Paint a picture and auction it amongst your friends to become a celebrated artist who has sold a painting

Ok, so as you’ll have guessed these tasks are not being performed in numerical order. Such is the beautiful spontaneity of life.

So today’s task involved a trip to a small village near Melksham where my lovely friend Wednesday and I could throw paint around in a quiet enough environment not to get caught. FYI – we cleaned the bench afterwards!

I don’t know where to auction the painting off yet, possibly at Trinity depending on how many uber cool items we already have, otherwise it’ll be an Ebay job.

1. We watched the sunrise before heading to the park for the painting (blog to follow), not the sunset as my sleep deprived delirious mind will tell you.

2. Yes, I know it’s ‘wingardium leviosa’, not ‘Lingardium leviosa’, because I know a fellow Harry Potter nut will notice (I’d be disappointed if you didn’t!!).

I call this ‘Smiling Through Chaos.’

Enjoy 🙂

Love ‘n’ hugs

Elkie xxx

No.1: Throw a drink in someone’s face like in the films

Okay. So here we are. Quite what I was thinking when I published this list of what are essentially dares to carry out for the next year, I really don’t know, but the time has come when I actually have to start honouring it. Good grief…

The reaction so far has been amazing, and whilst I’m using this to have a year of tremendous fun and to entertain all of you, I’m also using it to raise awareness and understanding of M.E. Some of you have said that if I carry out these dares as promised, you’ll actually donate money to the charity. I never set this up to chase any of you for cash, just to raise awareness, but for those who have offered I thank you SO much and the link to do so is below. So often when people ask me what I do outside of Touchstone, I tell them it is limited because of this condition and the reaction is often that they have never heard of it, though they’re often keen to know more, so on this link is also a description of what the condition is and outline of what those who are experiencing it go through.

Ok, the video!!! When saying I was going to do this, one of the first people to offer her services was the wonderful Angie Miller (who also happens to be Touchstone’s merch girl). She deserves a proverbial round of applause for being such a good sport. The volume’s bit low, but starts with the line “Your arse looks fat in those jeans”. Enjoy.

All's well that ends well!

All’s well that ends well!

30 things to do before….


Well that seems like a customary way to start.

So, today is my birthday (Yay!). As  my birthday next year is sort of a big one, I’ve put together the obligatory “30 things to do before…” blog.

So following fantastic input from lots of amazing people, I now have a list of 30 things that I either want to experience or have been outright dared to do from now in the year leading up to my next big birthday. Lots of people say “Before this age I want to get married, have kids, have a mortgage, do career stuff and become a general grown up”. This is totally cool and for those who achieve those things, I tip my hat. This list is more about reminding myself and anyone else who is interested that age is in the mind. Wherever we are in life and whatever our circumstances we should still be open to new experiences and to be able to laugh at ourselves and have fun, because it is when we let life teach us how to forget these things that we truly start to grow old. I’m not saying we should all go out and buy a Ferrari (but hey, if you’re offering…), but I’d like to remember that life does not stop with, and is not defined by age.

In conjunction with this list, I’m using this (a slight ulterior motive) to raise awareness for the M.E. Association. I’ve openly suffered from this pain in the arse condition for nearly five years now, and it is very adept at trying to put a halt on your life and everything in it. This blog is also a big middle finger at that. The longer I’ve suffered from this, the more I’ve learned how misunderstood it is and how little people know about it (including the medical profession), and how knowing just the basics will make life SO much easier for anyone you know who you may have it. Chances are, they’re not faking and they’re not lazy, and as much as the condition sucks, it’s the treatment of sufferers from society that can be the real crux of it. More info on it can be found at

So…..*Drum Roll* – the list!! 

1. Throw a drink in someone’s face like in the films

2. Get into a London cab and cry “Follow that car!”

3. Run into a shop asking what year it is, and when being told the year, shout “it worked!”

4. Go into a pub dressed as a cowboy with white chocolate and shout ‘Milky Bars are on me!

5. Go camel racing – Joseph’s Amazing Camels in Warwickshire

6. Pole dancing lesson

7. Read a literary classic that you haven’t read but feel like you should

8. Paint a picture and auction it, so you can become a celebrated artist who has sold a painting

9. Climb a mountain – Wales/Snowdon?

10. Eat a weird type of animal meat.

11. Holi Festival

12. Squashed Fairy shoot (You’ll get it when you see it)

13. Europe’s longest zip wire – Wales

14. Take part in a charity event

15. The three dessert challenge (Curious, eh?!)

16. Abseiling

17. Watch all of the Monty Python films in one sitting

18. Watch the sunrise from Westbury White Horse

19. Learn the V for Vendetta monologue

20. A day at Go Ape

21. Take a mop into a bar and convince someone that it is your friend

22. Host a dinner party and cook a 3 course meal from scratch

23. Give free hugs to some strangers

24. Go on a Llama trek

25. Body painting

26. Learn a ballroom dance

27. Participate in a ‘calendar’. Yes, calendar girls style. Classy, like. This isn’t Loaded.

28. Speak in a foreign accent for a day.

29. Successfully go running (I haven’t been able to for nearly 2 and a half years)

30. Learn to service my own car (MAN POINTS)

So there we go. I’ll provide evidence of all of them. I’ll also improve the look of this blog as I get used to using this new fangled young-person thing. Take care all; I’m off to the pub…

Love & hugs, Elkie