Keep Calm and Blog On


Before the start of World War two, the British government came up with a motivational poster to try to keep the British morale up and prepared for the incoming war that would devastate many countries  and claim many lives.  Everyone knows the words …


However, according to the historian, the slogan didn’t work.  People felt that it wasn’t the right thing to say to them and that it hit the wrong mood.  So this was scrapped for more effective phrases like MAKE DO AND MEND, or CARELESS TALK COSTS LIVES which the British people felt was more appropriate for them.

Today though, those productive words aren’t as famous as the Keep Calm and Carry on phrase which can be found on mugs, posters, cushion covers, bags, t-shirts – you name it, it’s probably got those very words printed on it!

And of course there are also other versions such as KEEP CALM AND EAT A CUPCAKE, or KEEP CALM AND BOIL A KETTLE and so on and so forth.

I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and made my own  Mine is:


Keep Calm and Blog On

When things go wrong like the sale of your house going pfft right before your very eyes.  Just when you’ve mentally moved out and arranged the furniture in your new home.  I know it’s silly, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who has done that.  If you’ve been following my blog, you will know that we’ve been in the process of selling our house and buying another. Not anymore though, let’s just say our buyers shouldn’t have offered to buy our house and claimed to be cash buyers when they clearly weren’t.  But we found that out too late, just when surveyors and lawyers fees were paid already, at least on our part, so after that disappointment we’ve decided to temporarily take our house off the market and mull.

Keep Calm and Blog On

When you receive bad news and find out that there’s been another death in the family and as I’m typing this family members are congregating, finding comfort in each others company and remembering a man who was dear to us, whom each of us had personal memories of him touching our lives whether as a father, grandfather, brother or Uncle.  The thing is, it hasn’t even been a year yet since the last death we had in our family.

The last time I had a proper conversation with him and not just small talk, he asked me if I was sure about the man I was about to marry.  He wore his pensive face and I knew I was in for a “talk”.  When I said yes, his face broke into a smile and he patted me on the back and I knew all was well.  He just needed to hear it from me.  He just needed to hear me speak the words aloud even if he knew what my answer would be.

The last time I saw him was in my cousin’s wedding in 2010. He took little T who was barely three months old then in his arms and he smiled at me.  I wish I had said more to him – how was I to know that I’d never see him again?  Should, woulda, coulda.

Keep Calm and Blog On

Yep, that’s my mantra.

Filed under Life in England, Little Musings

I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. oh friend, I’m not too sure what good words to say. I’m sending you well wishes, times of peace and also I would like to say, sorry for your great loss. Sigh….You are strong and you are brave and so we carry on. Love your friend Tracie

    • Thanks Katie! I’m really thankful for all the friendships in blogosphere, especially yours! Keep Calm and Blog On! Err…sounds a little bit like “rock on!” 😉

  2. Dean, I know your Uncle was so special to you and I know how hard it is for you not to be there. And to have the house mess on top of everything, well, I would have a glass of wine, a hot bath and a good cry! Sending you good energy as you get through this, and while you do, Keep Calm and Blog On!

    • Yes, he was… is special. He was like a dad/grandfather to me and my other cousins. Thanks Kate! As they say, this too shall pass… still waiting for it to get blimming moving! 😉

  3. I’m so sorry, not really sure what to say other than rest assured that we are thinking of you and sending you positive thoughts through the blogosphere!

  4. I have a t-shirt that says ‘keep calm and ronde jambe’ after a move in ballet. Goes to show that it literally has been used for everything. I hope things work themselves out. Selling and buying a house is apparently one of the most stressful things you can do, and for good reason.

    • Ugh at the moment don’t think I want to go through all that crap again. So we’re really just mulling things over. An extension perhaps? Like your shirt by the sound of it! 🙂

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