Tomato, parsnip, carrot and basil Soup

Tomato, parsnip,carrot and basil soup

2 onions

1 good sized parsnip

3 medium Carrots


Fresh thyme good pinch

Basil either fresh or dried two pinches

Nutmeg & aromat small amount of each to liking


Two ordinary tomatoes, handful of baby tomatoes and tin of chopped tomatoes

One large potato

Vegetable and chicken stock cubes

Two pints of water for stock cubes

This is nice recipe and getting the combination right so not to much of either carrot or tomato so as not overpowering.

Melt knob of butter add the chopped onion, carrot, parsnip till onion turns transparent.

Add the tomatoes chopped up and tin of tomatoes, along with herbs and seasoning

cook for other five minutes, add potato last chopped.

Now add the two pints of stock bring to boil and then simmer for 25 mins till ready.

Liquidise soup makes a hearty winter warmer and a nice change from lentil soup!

Holly Butcher : A message well worth reading…

Amen to every word and emotion so true xxxxx

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Anyone who knows me, knows how strongly I feel about cancer. On a rare trip through Facebook, I stumbled across this post in a “positivity group”.  I had to share.  

“Death is something that everyone has to face at some point in their life. Whether it’s the death of a close relative or if you’re struggling for your life – it’s never easy to face death alone. Fortunately, most people don’t need to think about this until they grow old, but sadly some people face up to it at a much younger age. Holly Butcher was one of them.

When Holly turned 26, she began to think a lot about death after being diagnosed with a malignant cancer. She decided to write one last letter before she passed away, and posted the heart-breaking letter on her Facebook page on January 3rd, 2018. Less than 24 hours after she published…

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Dropping the Ego

Now is the moment… and dropping that overwhelming Ego.

What brings me to write this comes from two books

A NEW EARTH by Erkhart Tolle and

YOU ARE A BADASS how to stop doubting your greatness by Jen Sicaro

Both very much sum up our current situation in the world and that by finding our inner ‘being’ ie Stillness

This means dishing the hundred and one thoughts that the ego throws at us every day. Which only lead to hardship and unhappiness also outer happiness ie work, jobs, money are all cycles good and bad times loosing job or huge emotional upheaval after a bad relationship.

Can in many ways be a wake up call to finding true self but they are ever changing only through inner stillness being able to step back without emotion.

Being able to be amazed at the wonder of the body we currently inhabit through simple breathing exercises and finding ourselves living completely in the present without doubt or reliving past hardships or our past period.

That we can find harmony in ourselves in a way never found before and that our outer selves can then to be found with added depth. As to completely let go of the ego no matter how far down the journey you are is a liberating awakening of true wisdom and love.

As it allows growth concentration where once thoughts or that inner voice filled you with doubt and negativity. Positive vibes and as Tolle puts it enthusiasm and belief without ego centric power over taking this new knowledge.

Makes each and every person more awakened to how we can change this world for the better.

Jen Sicaro on the other hand brings in equal measure to love ourselves first and foremost that the universe is indeed plentiful. That it is our relationship and attitude towards life, relationships and money which keep many, many people forever recycling the same outcome and living our whole life on autopilot.

If we can combine actually loving ourselves to become butterflies and free spirits that we are all part of god, we are connected as one and to find our higher self to tune into what yoga/reiki itself opens us to.

The soul and how finely it touches our physical body and the environment around us, that it’s our emotions which rule the ego and to let go off this to connect to the soul. Concentrate on the here and now along with a healthy diet, being out in nature, spiritual pursuits and what feeds the soul not the ego.

We may indeed be able to make this a better world for us and the generations to come.

Grilled Chicken strips with parsley and sweet chilli

Grilled Chicken Strips with parsley, honey and sweet chilli sauce and lemon

Original comfort food serve with roast Potatoes and rice or your choice

I put potatoes on first sorry cheat with bought ones half hour to cook in oven then put on rice usually takes twenty minutes

Meanwhile put conventional grill on to 200

Put on oven proof dish strips of chicken salt and pepper

Add half juice of a lemon and some aromat

Then add good slug of honey, not quite as much sweet chilli sauce then good sprinkle of parsley

Massage all into chicken strips.

Wash hands put in grill increase heat to highest usually takes 15 mins turn half way and make sure chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Serve with roast potatoes, rice and have extra sweet chilli sauce for extra and enjoy


4-6 chicken strips per person

Good sprinkle of parsley

Good slug of honey

Almost equal of sweet chilli sauce

Salt, pepper and aromat

Juice of half a lemon

Climate Change

Climate Change

Today’s news is not surprising and though there was no mention of when the tilt would become unstoppable it is extremely worrying for mankind, nature and every living organism on this planet the effects can already be seen.

Yet the complacencies which have been there since the nineteen eighties and nineties still exists….

Plus it goes beyond government, whether we are rich or poor – its our children and there children who will be affected by the lack of movement on this front. Like the plastic debate these improvements could have been in place years earlier.

We are now playing catch up with nature itself and weather which can only become more harder to predict and flooding and drought increasing…..

Wind farms etc all renewables are here to stay, coal a by gone era but the implications are massive not only to people in low lying areas, but coral reefs, nature’s own mechanism will break down completely.

Unless we the people who call this earth home can put aside all differences from politics to religion and fully embrace the impact we have on the environment around us and it does not matter your class or background.

If we awaken our spirit and soul instead of making what appears to be a half hearted change, we might actually accomplish something for humanity. Instead of continually polluting and over riding nature by our excess living and need to urbanise everywhere.

The cost already has been much hurricanes, Forrest fires, flooding all nature’s way of saying that we are indeed devastating our planet at a momentous pace fuel, planes, carbon omissions must be flagged not just in the decade time frame given but far quicker.

To have any real hope we must work with scientists, environmentalists, natures advocates and find a way to enhance our world not destroy it. Governments the world over need to think along the same lines for one day it will impact far deeper than already is.

Plus make sure that electric cars, how we get from A to B whether in an urban jungle or countryside is truly feasible and operational to one and all. This area has improved greatly in

Last ten years along with renewables but to fully ascertain today’s predictions from the report.

The groundwork is still very substantial on all fronts, no matter what culture, government or anything else. We love or our home, our land, it’s Forrest’s, trees, lakes, rivers and seas. The animals and livestock which provide our food and plants.

We live in a beautiful planet and it’s our obligation each and everyone of us to heed today’s message for not only our sake and our children’s but to make this world a stable clean environment, that is no longer being polluted by our current needs.

It is a huge challenge but one we are all responsible for and like plastic we are clogging the arteries of this planet for human need and consumption something which goes back many years.

Yet it can be reversed, we have the knowledge, the power and the humanity to do so and if we really can do it – the results might just surprise us as we are all connected…..

Vegetable Roast

Vegetable Roast

2 Challotes or one red onion sliced

Quarter of red/yellow/green piper sliced into small pieces

Three small carrots sliced

New potatoes sliced small

Small tomatoes three or four halved

Sea salt and pepper

Juice of one orange and lemon and some honey

Also Aramat and some dry herbs of choice mixed spice and little olive oil over potatoes and tomatoes

Add all ingredients leave potatoes and tomatoes for top put in conventional oven at 200 for 50 mins cook till golden and ready good with cauliflower and cheese sauce

Your Life Is What Your Thoughts Make of It


“A man’s world is not primarily made of the circumstances that surround him.  The kind of thoughts he thinks determines the exact kind of world in which he lives.  You are not what you think you are, but what you think, you are.

“The wisest men of all time have said this.  Nineteen hundred years ago there lived a Roman Emperor by the name of Marcus Aurelius.  He has been called the wisest man of the Roman Empire.  On his long marches and military campaigns, he sat by his campfire writing his thoughts.  These thoughts were gathered together in a book called The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, one of the greatest heritages from antiquity.  And one of the greatest things that this wise man said is this:  ‘Your life is what your thoughts make of it.’”  – Norman Vincent Peale, A Guide to Confident Living

Marcus Aurelius knew…

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Actually one of the best things you can do to keep your mind active!!! It don’t matter if it’s good or bad whether you have dyslexia or any other problem that might hinder you ie spelling, grammar! It is still a worthwhile exercise.

Especially to write something from the imagination and bring it to life pen to paper or fingers to keyboard!!! It is an expressive art that we all have the right to its magical, time consuming, diplomacy to keep going if writing a novel and getting through writers block.

It’s also a craft in the technology age that can’t be lost!!!! Plus look at how many successful authors and journalists there are. Its also for people who are not great talkers a great way of finding expression and reaching a far wider audience.

It gives children whole new worlds and to use there imagination and where everything is now instant, learning kids that though it may seem boring it broadens the mind and enhances in a way few things do.

Whether adult or child being able to write, to express feelings and share what is in our heart and soul in such a way. Is a huge blessing and necessary part of human life…..