Author Archives: Beryl Maughan Hankin

About Beryl Maughan Hankin

I'm Beryl and Guru Boutique is our shop. It is an independent, fair trade business established almost five decades ago and located in Darlington, UK. I work there with my best friends Tony and Colin. In addition to my many other duties, I manage the blog and social media sites for Guru Boutique and look after my own personal activities as well. Growing up back in the 1940s I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined such a thing as the internet, let alone a blog. However, here I am over seventy-five years later in 2019 with not only the blog I manage for Guru Boutique but one of my own too. To quote Jerry Garcia "What a long strange trip this has been" - and it's not over yet! (Guru Boutique's logo is based on a Mayan harvest deity and my own profile sketch is by Mr Derek Hargreaves)

Beryl’s blog: Wish I knew how to do more things…

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I’m currently trying to add a second blog (for my own use) to the one I already manage for Guru Boutique. It’s driving me even more bonkers than I already am. Fortunately, I have a brilliant friend who might help me to get it up and running. This second blog will deal with things I find to be interesting, enlightening, worthwhile, beautiful or amusing.

I’ve called it Beryl Maughan Hankin and if I do get this personal blog going I’d love a few friends to join it and follow its progress.

The theme is HONESTY – hence the header image…

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My profile image on it is taken from a sketch I once received on a card from the wonderfully crazy elderly gentleman and retired butler known as Mr Derek Hargreaves. He drew it himself and I love it to bits.

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I’ll post a bit more about this when I’ve had the time and help needed to make it something like a half decent attempt at blogging and I’ll also post a link.

Guru’s Giggles: Loofah

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A parcel arrived at Guru Boutique addressed to Beryl. Colin, one of the Guru lads asked her, “What’s in it?” “A loofah,” she told him. “Ah, right,” he said, “Isn’t Idris Elba in that?”

Just so no one gets caught up in this confusion, there are two images below. One is of Beryl’s LOOFAH. The other one is of Luther (played by Idris Elba).

It could only happen in Guru Boutique. 

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Vernon (master of pies and so much more)

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Three years ago today, we sadly had to say our last goodbyes to this amazing man and true friend, Vernon Levy. I may add more about him one day (as there is so much to add), but right now I just want to say how much all of us at Guru miss him. He was a true friend and a great teacher to so many. We (and I suspect all who had the pleasure of meeting him), think of him often and always will.

Memory Lane: Lucky

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The picture below is admittedly a bit cheesy but it puts me in mind of the wonderful bond I had with my best doggie friend, Lucky. He was a rescue dog and in a bit of a state when I first met him. I sat on the floor and put my arm around him (just as the girl in the image is doing), and that was it… We bonded and I just knew he and I were going to be friends for life. Due to his paws being in a terrible mess (from trying to tunnel his way out of the filthy locked pen where he had been kept with several other quite aggressive dogs), I had to carry him most of the way to the vets. That was no mean feat (as he was an Alsatian cross and quite large), but it was worth it as they fixed him up and he was soon physically on the mend. Mentally he took longer to heal. He never even barked for almost two years and would cower if anyone so much as raised a hand or rolled a newspaper up in his presence. Eventually, he learned to trust us and became the most lively loving dog one could imagine. We shared our lives for over fourteen happy years. I used to say he was a dog with a split personality as, because of his ordeal, when he was out on the lead he got extremely agitated when he saw other dogs – BUT when we were walking alone or when he was at home, he was nothing short of an angel and a truly fabulous member of our family.

Beryl.

Stunning Crystals & Minerals

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I’m inclined to drool over some of the stunning examples of natural crystals that we stock and so I’m sharing some of them here so that our friends can see what I mean. What a wonderful artist Mother Nature is. I think she is beyond compare… The image speaks for itself but if anyone needs some more information just add your comments or questions to this entry in our blog…

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Some larger pieces of crystals, mineral and agate slices which were in Guru Boutique a few days ago at the time this snap was taken. I don’t think it will be long before some of them have gone to new homes so if you get the chance pop down to have a look for yourself. The rainbow light was sourced from Kelly’s Smellies, a lovely Facebook shop.