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Godda share this with you John.
 

Review October 2015


I drove up and down round and round your place when I arrived as I was shit nervous. I had paid and all and that wasn't the problem it was real scarey for me, a married man, and although been gay for a few years now,  I am not out and at that time even my 25 year old son didn't know I was gay.
Well I sucked it in, rang the door bell and as soon as you opened that door and smiled your greeting I knew it was going to be alright. Mind, I wasn't aware straight away how alright it was to turn out.
That's why I have been back so many times since that first visit, it really is like home. As you know, I rarely go out and just chill around the place and enjoy the nattering with the other guests and the occasional visit to the local sauna, otherwise I just stay at Ham Hall and relax.  Your food is right good and nice portions and always more than enough and there are usually extras available.  The people you attract,  I have never met a nasty one and we all know how there are some right bitchy queens on the gay scene but somehow, they seem to miss your place and everyone I have met has been real friendly and charming.
Home from Home and that's why I brought my son down to meet you last visit as he sees the difference in me after I have been down and always comments on it.  He thought you were a right nutter - a right good fellow and well good for me, and he is right. 
Love you Johnny
David
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

“Such a little gem, just feels like being stopping at your slightly eccentric Uncle Johns place.

 

Reviewed 2 August 2015

Ian N.

 

You can see how John has plowed his heart and soul into making this place something a little different. I have visited a few times now and it doesn't feel like a hotel, feels more like you are stopping with family. John makes you feel so at home from the moment you arrive. He is an amazing host and has such a collection of colourful stories to tell, there is never a dull moment. Robert is a star too and nothing is too much trouble. John drove me to the beach one day and also dropped me off at the train station. Can't recommend Hamilton Hall enough, if you are looking for a relaxing break with some great company in a super relaxed environment, in a beautiful part of the world, then look no further.

 

  • Stayed July 2015, travelled solo

 

 

“Home from home”
 

Reviewed 27 June 2015

 

alan l.

Gloucester, United Kingdom

 

I have just returned from a mid week get away at HamiltonHall. This is a wonderful place to stay and John makes you feel so welcome. The rooms are really tastefully decorated with so many interesting things to make it a hotel with a difference. In every corner there is something to catch your eye and the downstairs loo has much mirth to read as you remain seated for the performance. All meals are taken together as a family which ensures that if you are solo you are not left isolated. Because of the friendly atmosphere this is the place to stay for both gay couples and singles and who knows who you might meet there. I have made many new friends because of my stay. There is a small garden but this is a tranquil gem where you say sit in the sun and even late at night chill out there in a cosy dressing gown for a it of romance. I cannot speak too highly of Hamilton hall and would recommend it to any one for an interesting and warm welcoming stay.

Room Tip: All rooms are equally good and priced according to your budget

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  • Stayed June 2015, travelled solo

 

 

 

“A memorable visit with good company”
 

Reviewed 7 April 2015

 

Bookrover

Totton, United Kingdom
 

catering for all shades of gay men, HH provided every comfort. Reasonably priced and very friendly. Special events and karaoke are regularly available, and it's not far from Boscombe beach. The staff make this a home from home.

 

Stayed April 2015, Travelled solo

 

 

“A place where gay men can truly relax and be themselves”

 

Reviewed 30 March 2015

 

Robert C. London

 

Hamilton Hall is a gem of a guesthouse! I've stayed at Hamilton Hall 4 times over the last 10 years - and each time I've had a great time there. The place is well decorated (many exotic statues and paintings/wall hangings adorn the communal rooms, as well as the bedrooms) and it all feels very welcoming. The host, John Bellamy has a sharp eye for detail and runs a tight ship - the place is clean and fresh and well looked after. John is a wonderful host - his stories and anecdotes will keep you enthralled and he has a rather naughty sense of humour (especially in the morning!).

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely - it really depends on whether or not you want to be on your own, or in a d...

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  • Stayed March 2015, travelled solo

 

 

'Thank you John'


John. I felt I needed to write and let you know Geoff died in December ( 2014 ).  You were so kind to us both when we visited  ( July 2014 ) and we knew this was to be his last trip anywhere as the cancer was throughout his organs. The one thing that  always brought a smile to his face, was whenever I mentioned something that we had shared at Hamilton Hall. He would actually laugh out loud.
Geoff and I had few gay friends and your openness and friendship was like a breath of fresh air for him and the manner you spoke so openly and freely about everything.  Talking with us about his cancer helped him open up and in some way stopped him being so afraid.

I have you to thank for that.
I will return, I just need some time and I will be back.  Maybe not in Room 5 as we were in there together and it may hold some sad memories. 
Thank you John. Hamilton Hall and what you offered us was very much appreciated.

Tony M.  Manchester.

 

 

Dear John.  I read your editorial on Stonewall LGBT Equality and was dearly moved. I had no idea. I knew Stonewall was a riot but I suppose I was one of those young guys who took it all for granted until I read your piece and I now understand what a great many people went through.
Well done on including this on your web site and keeping the truth alive for those too young to know any different.
Ivan R.

 

 

Dear John. Stayed at your hotel recently and found it all rather dark and dingy. I would welcome some 150 watt bulbs so I could read.  It really spoiled my time with you. May 2014.
Anon.

 

JB responds
Dear Anon - 150 watt bulbs - YOU HAVE GOT TO BE JOKING WITH ME.  I don't think I have ever bought a bulb that bright and didn't actually know they existed.    Hamilton Hall may have atmospheric lighting - and we also have 2 bed side lights, one of which is a bright reading light and if this is not good enough for you, then I suggest you bring your own torch or something.   I do find it quite sad that you consider this enough  to spoil your whole holiday -  being as you stayed during a beautiful week with sunny bright days and the garden looked stunning and all you noticed was the lighting.  Maybe you need to look for the joy in your life and accept and appreciate the things that do not work,  but not concentrate on them, concentrate on what DOES work.
John 

 

Janice died recently and I wanted to thank you for the wonderful hamock you gave us which she so enjoyed.  I shall be moving from the flat in Boscombe back to my roots in Liverpool now she has been taken and we both really were very thankful for your kindness and considreration. We were not customers - as Janice obviously was the wrong sex and she would giggle at the thought of turning up one afternoon when your place was full of naked men, and she would laugh.  44 is far too young to be taken but at least we were married for 12 years and have so many memories and you are ion there John. Thanks.  Mike.

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Is this for real ?
e mail sent January 2016
Read your web site. Free holiday thing. I have never heard of a gay hotel offering such things. Been all over to. Seems a little odd but also a little more the way more gay men should be headed. Maybe the scene would be a little friendlier and nicer if they did. 
Quentin ( Manchester )



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A little gem!”


Reviewed 14 July 2015

 

Gary V

Burghfield, United Kingdom

 

Have been meaning to visit Hamilton Hall for some time now, and finally got the chance although only for a couple of nights.
Straight away John and the establishment make you feel relaxed and welcome. Our room, (as was the whole place) was spotlessly clean, very relaxing and welcoming. The attention to detail is amazing. I cannot remember staying anywhere that seemed to have catered for everything that we could possibly want.
Nothing was too much of a trouble for John who ensured that we felt at home and amongst good friends. The array of teas, cereals, well everything, was astounding. The cooked breakfast and the evening meals (available for a small extra charge) were not only lovely, but gave a great opportunity for the residents, John and Robert to get to know one and other better. Even the lone traveller need not feel alone unless they really wanted to be.
Had a fantastic time, many thanks John and we will be back when we are able.

 

  • Stayed July 2015, travelled as a couple

     

"Recent trip to Sanity”
 

Reviewed 12 June 2015

signed - gaylife

 

I very nervously booked to stay at the Hamilton Hall to help me with my transition from a married man to a gay man and boy this was the right place to do it!. I arrived on Friday 05/06/2015 as it was my birthday the next day and did not know what to expect but after a couple of hours and meeting John & Robert and the other guests I felt very much at home and made friends with the guys straight away. I just took things easy and at my own pace as there was no pressure from anybody you just did as you pleased. I was extremely happy with the quality and cleanliness of my room (Single) and the bed and pillows were so comfy I didn't have any problems sleeping which I normally do when in a strange bed. I just can't wait to go again as I enjoyed my stay very much indeed thanks to John & Robert. I especially liked the way you could help yourself to drinks 24/7 and didn't have to keep asking for more supplies as when your making drinks in your room as other hotels. John is a great character and enjoyed hearing about his previous life prior to becoming an hotelier. Looking forward to seeing you again soon John

 

  • Stayed June 2015, travelled solo
 
 

“Home from home”


Reviewed 3 April 2015

Rick. Near Scotland.

 

I arrived at Hamilton Hall exhausted and in need of recharging both my body and soul. My first impression was how relaxed the hotel/home appeared; there seemed to be a peaceful aura emanating from every corner. The rooms are of a very good standard for the price charged and the food was exceptional and delivered in abundance. I found the manager, John, to be a very friendly guy who was both generous with his home and his spiritual gifts. He has a wealth of knowledge on many subjects and isn't scared to voice them (frequently). I had a truly amazing weekend here and I will certainly be visiting again. I have no qualms whatsoever recommending John and his wonderful staff to anyone in need of solace and a temporary home.

 

  • Stayed April 2015, travelled solo
 
 
 
 

' Hamilton Hall is my UK home'
 

Reviewed 14th June 2015

Nigel W.  New York

 

I have stayed at Hamilton Hall several times now and consider it my home in England as every time I come home to see family, I  then spend a couple of days at Hammy Hall to chill out and relax. Family can be hard work and I can only manage it knowing I shall be with John soon.  I did his Tantric Sex workshop some years ago and was even better than the one I did in Hawaii many years ago with Body Electric as it ewas so much simpler and yet went in to greater depth. John's passion for what he offers shows clearly in the venue, the service and the aura of the whole place.  Delightful, absolutely my home in the UK.

 

Stayed May 2015. travelled solo
 

 

Dear John.  After visiting Hamilton Hall I have to wonder which are you - Basil or Sybil.  For like Fawlty Towers,  it was fun, it was mad, it was like something else  and it was marvelous.  It was original and a 'one of' and not sure where I go from here as anything else would be just a parody - an AmDram performance copying the original,  and I truly wonder if the gay scene knows what a gem it has in Hamilton Hall.  Shameful on those gay organisations who use straight venues but steer clear of putting their money into other gay venues. Shame on those who are homophobic from within their own gay community.    You need applauding John,  as you truly offer a space where life can reignite - in fun and laughter.

Robert M.  (York)

 

 

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Hi John

I didn't want to enter the fray and perpetuate negative emotions, but I just want you to know that I have no issue at all with your references to your hotel in the NAKED MATES discussion forums.

If I hadn't happened upon your website and seen there a reference to Naked Mates, I would not have discovered this site..... so I owe you a debt of gratitude.... you might mention HH on the pages of NM, but that might result in one or more men discovering a life-changing experience or connection, just as your reference to NM has done for me....

Good luck with all your ventures.... I am impressed that you manage to maintain such positive responses and attitudes in the face of what appears to me to be the occasional groundless hostility.

I also find your references to your colourful past highly entertaining and I think I'd love a drink and a chat with you one day :-)

Have a good weekend!!

P. 

.Hi John

I didn't want to enter the fray and perpetuate negative emotions, but I just want you to know that I have no issue at all with your references to your hotel in the NAKED MATES discussion forums

If I hadn't happened upon your website and seen there a reference to Naked Mates, I would not have discovered this site..... so I owe you a debt of gratitude.... you might mention HH on the pages of Naken Mates, but that might result in one or more men discovering a life-changing experience or connection, just as your reference to Naked Mates has done for me....

Good luck with all your ventures.... I am impressed that you manage to maintain such positive responses and attitudes in the face of what appears to me to be the occasional groundless hostility.

I also find your references to your colourful past highly entertaining and I think I'd love a drink and a chat with you one day :- )Have a good weekend!!P. 

.FLOOD ALERT

Sent January 2016

 

Dear John. I saw your headline on your web site about offering free accommodation to those affected by the recent floods and I was somewhat stunned. What a thoughtful and generous offer and how kind. This stopped me and made me think about what it must be like - before Xmas - loosing your hime to so much water and what for goodness sake I would do, it would be so heartbreaking.

The offer you have is so considerate and would be enough to offer a ray of hope to those in this situation.I applaud your kindness and just hope the gay scene looks to you and your venue as an example of how the LGBT community should be supporting others within the community instead of the attitude problem so many throw at others.I congratulate you John.Indi ( London )

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Hi John, ( June 2016 )

 

It is not very often I am so moved that I feel the need to email someone, in fact never. But this time I could not hold back. I have just read your blog regarding your mother and I cannot begin to explain the emotions it has evoked in me. I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face.

I lost my father 8 weeks ago, and when I was reading your blog it felt like I was reading something completely about myself and my father. Although I could never have written it as eloquently as you have. And how weird is that that I should stumble across your blog now!

It has been such a difficult time, most times I did not like my father,  and there are so many unanswered questions. Did I do okay? Did I make you proud? But above all else simply did you love me? As although I found him, difficult, controlling and cold I loved him, I miss him and it hurts....How can I have all these contradictory emotions at once?...

 

Thank you for your blog, it was very insightful and certainly gave me comfort that I am not the only one.

 

Best wishes

Great host.
Good venue to chill out in.  Interesting decor. Amazing lighting. Excellent food. Pleasant company. Useful location for walks. Quiet at night. Overall a superb place to have a gay day away.  Delightful and efficient staff as well, makes all the difference.
Tom ( February 2018 )

“Home from home on the South Coast”


Reviewed 10 July 2015


John B.
Wakefield. United Kingdon
 

I stayed recently for a few all-too-short days and nights at Hamilton Hall and enjoyed every minute. John and his one helper worked tirelessly to ensure that all the guests were made to feel very welcome. The evening meals we enjoyed were really first class and there was ample for my healthy appetite. It was a real delight to go with John and his lovely dog for walks and see a bit of the local countryside. The whole hotel was beautifully furnished and the bed was really comfortable. I'm very much looking forward to going again and have no hesitation in recommending the venue to anybody else.

'I get it completely.'

Reviewed October 2015

I get what you are all about and abfab for me. Can't understand those few who send you hate mail.  I don't get that one at all. Why try and destroy something so beautiful. Sad for them especially about someone with such a heart of gold such as yourself Johnny. Don't be upset at them, they want to be you and are just jealous queens. You know John how hard the gay scene is and how full of bitter angry people it is - how so many envy and resent while doing bugger all themselves to actually get their act together and manage to do something constructive for others - other than just for themselves all the time.
Having been 3 times to you now, I have always valued what you offer and yourself so ignore those who detract as just unenlightened soulks still searching.

Neil. ( London )

 

 

“Jon”

Reviewed 7 June 2015 via mobile

John - Leicester

 

What can I say john is a fantastic host always wants to please his guests nothing to much for him, a lovely lovely man.
My stay for the chill out week end June 5th
Fr to sun was fantastic, a real chill out just what I needed the bedroom number 3 was excellent very spacious very clean and the bed was sooo comfortable.Shower was really nice. If your thinking of coming here book it now you won't be disappointed it really is superb.
John thank you very much your a very caring man x
Jon the laundry man in Leicester

 

Stayed June 2015, travelled solo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“fantastic holiday retreat for men”


Reviewed 17 May 2015

 

I asked for a  free holiday which john very kindly said yes to as I am unemployed and was in ned.  I went there on the 7th May till the 13th May as Johns guest.As soon as I walked in to Hamilton Hall I  felt relaxed calm and very very welcomed.
Was shown my room got undressed and within ten mins was walking around compleatly naked. No on batted an eyelid
it just felt so so right. I am a naturist.
The meals was so well cooked loads of flavour taste and tried stuff i've never tried beforeall sittng around the table like one big family.  I made freinds instantly, great retreat with an open view to everything.
The beds were very comfy, clean,  stunning decore in them.  I only left  to go to shops twice in all my time here as you feel compleatly relaxed and dont want to go anywhere eles.
I made a freind in John and Robert and will be very greatfull to them for their hospitality and freindship.  I'm going back on the 28th May 15

clive allen

 

Room Tip: All rooms are to high quality beds are comfy clean and lovely pillows

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Stayed May 2015, travelled solo
 
 

“Outrageous fun week-end”

 

Reviewed 15 December 2014

 

MontyBe

 

This place is a national treasure. Bring an open mind, a sense of fun, some broadminded notions and you will have a ball.
You will need to keep up with the conversations around the communal dining room as they might range from politics, show business, conspiracy theories, holidays in Hawaii, public personalities or any other subject. The views will be frank and completely non-PC so....enjoy!
There were a couple of French guys there during my visit who have heard of the place and travelled especially to stay for one of the outrageously brilliant week-ends. Great chaps who joined in seemlessly.
The hotel is decorated in distinctive style, and being an old mansion there are obvious modern updates necessary for modern regulations and expectations. But it all works.
If you just want a B&B then fine. If you want a week-ends fun and entertainment, even better. Spiritual learning, relaxation, adult fun, take your pick.
If you just want a modern soul-less bland and efficient hotel chain then go there, not here
But if you want a home from home then this is it.
But be warned, if you are an innocent abroad and you can't work a website, watch out.
But if you are an interesting and openminded person you will be amazed!

Room Tip: All the rooms are quiet. You must inform yourself of the ethos of the establishment before you boo...

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  • Stayed December 2014, travelled solo
 
 
It is not even a hotel, It is a flat with a few spare bedrooms. Just one small dark and damp bathroom everyone crams into. No other shower facilities.  Only one toilet for everyone.  Average age of customers - 65 and all fat and sweaty.   Food is just microwaved and slopped on a plate.  The owner insists all the guests have sex together and is in serious need of some psycho therapy. Miles from anywhere. 

anonymous:

John responds to this one - It is sad when people come out with this kind of  attempt to destroy a thing of beauty.  Since when has a 10 bedroomed house with 4 drawing rooms - where every bedroom has a shower and the food is DEFINATELY not microwaved and slopped on a plate,-  been clasified as a flat ?  In this feeble attempt to destroy,  there is nothing that is real, so he had to make it all up in order to complain as - presumably - this person couldn't actually find anything genuine to complain about.  As for insisting everyone has sex together you couldn't be further from the truth,  you must NEVER be afraid to say no.
Oh I might need some therapy, and actually this did make me laugh, but what kind of sad and pathetic man thinks these kind of things up. 
Obviously he didn't score the weekend he was here, or something got up his nose, something I said or something he didn't like and considering this was left anonymously,  it tells me how scared he is of actually facing me and stating his displeasure like a man, and not like some child hiding and spitefully hitting out with childish lies that says a great deal about his mental health.

It is people like this who damn and destroy and yet do nothing to create and nurture.
I actually think I know who sent this and he has - actually - been several times before and several times since, but being as I am not 100% certain I cannot challenge him on it,  and it all comes down to his selfish attitude offered during an X Rated event he attended here and where I challenged him on it.  He is mid 60's, over weight and a quiet man - so many do not even notice him.  Not my problem. 

 
 
 
 
 

Dearest John.
When my lover was ill last year  ( 2012) we came and stayed at Hamilton Hall and it really did him the world of good.  Later after his diagnosis with  cancer, we came again as he was not coping very well and something about Hamilton Hall and your ability to laugh and chatter on took his mind off things and he really picked up.   He kept it all private and you never knew how ill he was, and I don't think either of us quite took it all in,  and I want to thank you John for those breaks we had together as now he has passed,  he had many a laugh and smiley conversation talking about your place and you and what you offered so freely and with such kindness.  Noone else in the gay community offered as much and so freely from the heart and it meant a lot to him, and to me.  I am not sure if and when I can ever return to Hamilton Hall as it holds too many memories at present, but  I most certainly shall keep telling people about you and shall always hold you in my hart as a special person. 

Geoff ( and Mike ) London
 

It is not even a hotel, It is a flat with a few spare bedrooms. Just one small dark and damp bathroom everyone crams into. No other shower facilities.  Only one toilet for everyone.  Average age of customers - 65 and all fat and sweaty.   Food is just microwaved and slopped on a plate.  The owner insists all the guests have sex together and is in serious need of some psycho therapy.

Miles from anywhere. anonymous:

 

John responds to this one - It is sad when people come out with this kind of  attempt to destroy a thing of beauty.  Since when has a 10 bedroomed house with 4 drawing rooms - where every bedroom has a shower and the food is DEFINATELY not microwaved and slopped on a plate,-  been clasified as a flat ?  In this feeble attempt to destroy,  there is nothing that is real, so he had to make it all up in order to complain as - presumably - this person couldn't actually find anything genuine to complain about. 

 

As for insisting everyone has sex together you couldn't be further from the truth,  you must NEVER be afraid to say no.

 

Oh I might need some therapy, and actually this did make me laugh, but what kind of sad and pathetic man thinks these kind of things up. 

Obviously he didn't score the weekend he was here, or something got up his nose, something I said or something he didn't like and considering this was left anonymously,  it tells me how scared he is of actually facing me and stating his displeasure like a man, and not like some child hiding and spitefully hitting out with childish lies that says a great deal about his mental health.It is people like this who damn and destroy and yet do nothing to create and nurture.

 

I actually think I know who sent this and he has - actually - been several times before and several times since, but being as I am not 100% certain I cannot challenge him on it,  and it all comes down to his selfish attitude offered during an X Rated event he attended here and where I challenged him on it.  He is mid 60's, over weight and a quiet man - so many do not even notice him. 

 

Not my problem. 

"Great stay as usual!"

 

June 2016 Reviewed by BeechWoodBoyz

Hamilton Hall is a speciality guest house/hotel exclusively for gay men. Once you go inside you are immediately aware that this hotel is different and unique. The rooms are well furnished and comfortable. You share WC facilities but rooms have shower and sink. The rooms are very keenly priced (mine worked out at £40pp sharing a double with a good mate!). Dinner in the evening is £20pp including wine and homecooked dish of the day 2 courses: main and dessert. The room includes unlimited breakfast. The room also includes 24 hour serve yourself coffee/tea in the main community room and dinner and breakfast are around the communal table that makes the stay particularly friendly. Clothing is optional. The host John Bellamy is strongly opinionated and wonderfully eccentrically English. Just the way a place should be: eccentric, interesting and to paraphrase the French 'Vive La Difference'. Marcus is John's new assistant and is keen and attentive. Do not listen to the gossip from people who haven't stayed there - that's just the sad side of some gay people! Experience it yourself and make up your own mind! Long may Hamilton Hall and,of course, John continue!

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My response:
 

'Eccentrically English' - ha ha - I can live wth that - as I always thought the label 'barking mad' was more suitable. ha ha
Thanks for your lovely review and so glad you enjoyed your stay. I couldn't run a normal boring and uninteresting venue where no one talks and it is just all blah blah blah : - it just is not me. Life is too short to be mediocre and I believe everyone has the ability to shine, to talk, to wow and to amaze - and at Hamilton Hall we encourage more than blah blah blah... and while some do not understand or appreciate this and wish to remain hidden, that is fine, there are thousands of venues catering for anonymous people in anonymous hotels bedrooms with anonymous staff and plenty of blah blah blah, perfect for those who wish to remain anonymous or at least, hidden - and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that - it is exactly right for some people and is exactly what - at times - even I have stayed at - as it serves a purpose.

BUT - Hamilton Hall welcomes those who wish to be a part of something bigger - a venue that encourages conversation and opinions to be shared and voiced and heard and where we grow as people as well as enjoying a stunning few days away in a ' one of a kind' venue that really is the only such venue in all of Europe.
A very few do not like us - and I can live with that considering the mass of people over the years who adore what we offer. Concentrating on the HALF FULL glass is the way forward and not the HALF EMPTY one, and I concentrate on those with a more positive outlok on life and try and encourage others that a smile is better than a frown and if you wish to concentrate on finding dust or a public hair in the shower, you will because you are determined to do so;- while if you want to look at the stunning flowers in the garden, the sunshine and the laughter, the smiles on peoples faces and the joy in life, this is also freely available, and encouraged - it just depends on where and how you choose to view life.
Thank you for your uplifting and positive review, once again it lightens my heart to know we are doing something right.
John Bellamy