Put on your SPF!

It is such a joy to spend time in the mighty outdoors after a long winter. However, I am re-posting “Put on your SPF” which originates from May 2016, as a reminder to use a sunscreen. Yesterday, I drove around 30 miles, parked my car then climbed two long flights of stairs to a large waiting room. I felt … More Put on your SPF!

Shingles

April 12 I have an aching in the right side of my abdomen today. After my usual bedtime bath, I notice a rash of red spots on my tummy and my right side. It stings a little. I am thankful that somewhere in my consciousness, I recognise the rash as the first signs of shingles … More Shingles

The Balinese Priest’s Bell

My Balinese Priest’s Bell accompanied by a photograph of its creator The Indonesian island of Bali first crossed my travel radar when I read Karen Kingston’s inspirational book “Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui,” around 1996. Karen’s book quickly propelled me to London, and two of her weekend workshops on Spaceclearing – the art of cleansing and purifying the … More The Balinese Priest’s Bell

Decoupage Days

My first decoupage project – a bird box I have just completed a four week class in the art of decoupage with the very talented teacher – Martina Montgomery Folan. We transformed plain bird nesting boxes in week one, with a striking bird pattern. To create a similar project, you will need: A bird box, … More Decoupage Days

Enjoying the Journey

Fibromyalgia makes driving long distances a challenge for me; I am comfortable on short drives around home, but anything beyond that requires careful planning and extra rest, both before, during and after the journey. Last week, an unexpected funeral around 60 miles away, took me out of my driving comfort zone. However, I decided I was going to enjoy … More Enjoying the Journey

Rocks and Rock Pools

Last week, I longed for walk along Carrickfin Beach, despite it being a rather windy day. Thankfully, I had the wind behind me as I set out on the outward journey… The wind challenged the seabirds, The beach lay deserted… I was propelled to the far end, and much needed rocky shelter. Rocks have always fascinated … More Rocks and Rock Pools

Triple Layer Pavlova

In 2015, my pavlova style changed forever after witnessing Welsh actor Michael Sheen’s winning triple layer pavlova  on “Great British Comic Relief Bake Off. ” Michael used passion fruit and lemon curd for his filling – a beautiful combination. I have used Michael’s winning filling in the past, but this week I could not find any passion … More Triple Layer Pavlova