And so to blog ..

And so to blog ..

posting, talking, recommending; people, places, products and more: a copy of Deadly Diplomacy and a glass of Bolly; all good things Made by the Forge; Green People make-up; homemade jam; shopping, sharing, living & loving!

Oh wow (fanfare) I’ve just been to NEW YORK!

21st June 18

 “Ok right, so what is sustainable about going to New York?”  I hear you say.  “How does that fit into the home grown “buy local” ethos?” And the answer from me is “more than you think”.  Surprisingly.  Notwithstanding that carbon neutral is the way to go, this year I made a

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Oh wow (fanfare) I’ve just been to NEW YORK!

Opening Hearts not Cards

14th February 18

What is Valentines about.... really?  I don’t think it’s chocolates, champagne and roses, trips to Venice or expensive jewellery.  Those gifts are more about demonstrating that one cares, with a bit (or a lot) of indulgence, depending on one’s pocket.  Isn’t valentines really about opening the heart and giving of

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Opening Hearts not Cards

Writing for Wellbeing

20th October 17

I really enjoy writing, (no surprise there) but I might never have come across these wonderful workshops had it not been for the fact that Laura, who leads them, is a personal friend.  The phenomenally qualified Dr Laura Napran is an experienced teacher, writer and storyteller, a member of Lapidus (Literary

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Writing for Wellbeing

Beditation

17th August 17

Meditating is no longer the self indulgent province of those with time and inclination, it has become something of a necessity for many and is viewed as an increasingly valuable means of gaining and maintaining equilibrium both by professionals and lay people alike.  Perhaps not surprisingly then, I recently became

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Beditation

Sankta Lucia a light in the darkness

13th December 16

It would be stretching the truth to say that York Minster is on my doorstep, but it is nevertheless very doable,  and I have been thinking of going to the Sankta Lucia festival for a few years.  This year I had a firm intention and bagged my seat.  What a treat! Sankta Lucia

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Sankta Lucia a  light in the darkness

Perfect health; not just a pipe dream

21st August 16

Ayurveda is the science of life, the knowledge of how to achieve and maintain perfect health.  Originating from the ancient vedic knowledge of India, it is the most comprehensive system of health care in the world today. To call it holistic would be selling it too short because ayurveda is so much

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Perfect health; not just a pipe dream

King's College Choir

12th December 15

My Christmas is not complete without carols and I have yet to find anything to top the choir of King's College, Cambridge.  One of the great representatives of the British choral tradition, their rendition of "All Bells in Paradise" is just sublime.  They have been delighting swith their voices since

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King's College Choir

Meditation

5th August 15

It's not wacky, it's not weird and millions of people are at it every day.   As a VERY long term meditator, I speak from considerable experience and the transcendental meditation technique is simple to learn, quick to do, and best of all it really does work.   Extensive studies have concluded that TM is profoundly effective

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Meditation