Friday, 10 January 2020

Cats Are Metaphor For Life

Cats are a metaphor for life I am so sure of that fact , take this morning in fact as the cat was resting in his Amazon box I know I know we tried normal cat beds but cats and boxes eh they just can't be pulled apart .There are some combinations that go together like Strawberries and Cream and Gin and Tonic.Cats and the laser red dot they’re made for each other they wonder where it has come from and where it goes to. Cats have taught me to pay attention to life , studying everything they do and don’t appear to do but there’s a lot going behind those cats eyes let me tell you.The moment you try to photograph a cat they just won’t sit still they immediately go into cat inspection.

My head falls off not a mention from husband . ;)

Cat appears looks solemn “ what’s up cat “ he says

I find all the cats in the garden centre but alas they’re not for sale as one of the them was working security

One was a walking duster ...

Owning a cat teaches you patience and also time is very much different with a cat it sort of freezes esoecially when you’re face to face with a cat as you have the inevitable blink off.

And then there’s the IT department who aren’t always up to the job ..

Cats make me very happy indeed and they don’t charge for any therapy sessions unless you count cat food and cat treats and a ping pong ball and the red laser dot. Actually come to think of it I wonder if Shroendinger kept other pets and they were dead on the inside.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Back to The Grindstone

Back into Yorkshire for a quick trip to drop the number one son off at Hogwarts

or rather the University of York where he’s in his last year of archaeology .It’s all go for the dissertation and there is constant assessments on top of this ~ being a student is hard work !When I was at the supermarket the other day I saw a friend whose son had also just gone back to university and she asked if I was missing my son and I was like "Nah a bit .. it's nice to have the space back ! ".Roles in families change but the ties and emotions of life and love remain the same well my son doesn't have a picture of us at university he has one of the cat !

But it’s nice to appreciate them when they’re back and the food disappears just like that and they roll in late late on New Year’s Day - awwwh youth.But university is a tough old money pit not only for the student and for the parent as well.And We do all we can to help and I am pretty sure we would have had a new kitchen by now if we weren't helping and I I could have been the new Nigella !

It all go for me on the fitness front and the hiccup of Christmas I don't think I have gained too much and I full intend with the aid of noise cancelling headphones to hit the gym, I am not going to turn into a self pouting gym bunny but a little fitness goes a long way in life.And whilst I have to adhere to the stats of weightless as that is a personal goal of mine this New Year I refuse to be one of those who panics over their blog stats and follower numbers I have very organic in the way I blog and what I blog about is very much personal recommendation.

Also I’m taking my life back for me doing as much or as little as I want ! I need to reset my mind and soul I spent too much of  2018/2019 being put through the ringer emotionally and physically.But I’m determined in 2020 all that changes with me being firmly in control/ some people might not like that but you know what I and my family come first.

I have bitten the bullet and actually booked a holiday for this year to Corfu and I have never been it is very important to me that I have this period of time to relax with my husband.My second cousin died last year and I was very close to him as he gave me away at my wedding as my own dad decided not to and stayed away from my wedding.

I want to continue rewinding myself as I truly love the outdoor as I feel free and unrestricted , it is so important to let your mind and soul fly free.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Re wild Yourself

The short cut can be the longest journey but oh my is it worth as you re wild yourself with nature ,re wilding can occur anywhere you don’t have to be be in the countryside to re wild yourself.I am lucky enough to live with spitting distance with 4 farms and have every day horses walking down my road. Your can re wild yourself in an green space to here the rustle of the branches before Spring comes gently knocking or to hear the birdsong of the hidden beauty of nature , birdsong is truly beautiful and truly beguiling it is the pied piper song of nature.

Get out with nature and beyond !

Nature has huge health benefits and getting outside requires no gym membership and is free!

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Gentle Determination Of The New Year

You don’t need social media to tell you how to live , you don’t need social media to push those New Years resolutions to the forefront of your mind.You don’t need to aspire to more followers on any social media platform , you don’t have to worry if a social media follower runs away.Gentle determination going forward gathers much more momentum than any pouting duck faced celebrity will tell you whilst posing in a infinity pool some where hot.And anyway I can’t swim or pout which is probably a good thing let alone subject myself to a itsy bisty nothing there bikini.

Your social media your space but just without the fanfare of declarations.

I’ve created a list of the best drinks in the whole wide world , I can’t speak for the alien cocktails.

So in a nutshell the list comprises of tea to infinity ... there is no better drink than tea.

Hope is a cup of tea and a cup of tea is hope.

If you think ooh you must do something for New Year then I still think gentle determination going forward is the best thing.I started the gym 2 weeks ago through a council scheme and whilst I haven’t been over Christmas I fully intend with gentle determination to do so over the next year.

Alot of my 2019 has been peppered by family issues and literally me being brought to my mental health knees and having to give up my job ( I was a teaching assistant for many years ) though through job /money cuts that was taken away from me.

But I’ve taken steps with gentle determination to give myself a much needed boost to my inner soul and heart.I have joined a choir and I’m helping at a local school as a volunteer teaching assistant.

It is a bimble through life and I like it I’m not all guns blazing and going for it like Butch Cassidy and the Sun dance kid.

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Post Christmas Rosti

Is a rösti nothing more than a humble hash brown with an Alpine airs and graces or is this humble potato dish not so humble after all.Will the Swiss have you rattling for your pans , dishes and potatoes?



Chopped onion 

Grated carrot 

Grated Paranip

Grated onion 


Grate the parsnips, potatoes and carrot into a bowl and chill in the fridge for a while.season as needed .

Fry the onion first if you want.

Preheat the oven to about 180 / 200 c

Press as much moisture as you can with tea towels out of the rosti combination

Then press into a rounded oven dish I used a pizza one and cook for about 30 minutes or more checking every 15 minutes or so .