Weekend Read, Listen and Contemplate for a Happy New Year

 

 

It’s always inspiring and uplifting to come across some really original talent and in Cosmo Sheldrake – a 25 year old British musician there’s both a plenty. Continue reading

Weekend Read, Listen and Dance – The Wonders of The Sea and Land

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Compton Beach Isle of Wight

 

This wonderfully stylish online magazine suggests that Thalassotherapy – the ancient art of bathing in  seaweed, is a remedy for all kinds of ills, aches and pains, sports injuries and softens the skin in the process. Toast Travels: Bathing in Seaweed has inspired me to harvest some of our local bounty, dry it and give it a try – before and after pictures to follow……

My daily work involves contact with many ground level food producers, farmers who farm well, produce a quality product in an ecologically sustainable and welfare friendly system. I’m constantly appalled by how little we English value our food and how negative our food culture. It’s a huge up hill battle to change these kinds of ingrained attitudes but it was heartening to discover the excellent Campaign For Real Farming website.

“We need a true food culture – people who truly appreciate what good food is, and are prepared to seek it out.”

Absolutely….

Finally something to dance to….. Johnny Flynn is one of my favourite artists. His folk inspired very English music echoes country life in times gone by and with this mix it catapults it very much into the present day. Country Mile is the song of the moment in my house.

Weekend Read and Listen and Eat – Autumn Bounty and Alan Watts on The Power of Living Your Dreams

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Apple and Blackberry Cake (Image Courtesty of Anula’s Kitchen)

The English obsession with the weather is something of of a standing joke.
Wherever us British natives travel in the world, however halting our attempts to communicate, very often when our nationality is confirmed, the conversation changes to the weather, to descriptions of a country enveloped in Victorian London smog with grey, rain washed pavements and long days spent sitting forlorn staring through raindrop smeared glass.

Being woken this morning by the insistent thrum of heavy rain, it’s a reminder that summer is waning, giving way to Autumn. The hedges are thick with blackberries and there’s a certain joy in hunting out the waterproofs, collecting logs and starting to prepare for winter, cooking and eating with friends and slowing down after the frantic excitement of the Summer Holidays.

The weekend is a precious time – and a reminder  that in slowing down a notch or two, it’s possible for even the most mundane trip to become something of an adventure Continue reading

Weekend Read and Listen: Why Life Is Not a Journey

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The wry, wise humour of British Philosopher  Alan Watts shines bright in this short film on the fruitlessness of striving to “get somewhere” and the beauty to be found in experiencing life as a dance rather than a race or a competition. Continue reading

Weekend Read – Real Entertainment

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I fight a constant battle, in my house, prising the children away from their preferred screen based entertainment and making some attempt to let them really experience life first hand. Continue reading

Weekend Watch – Something To Smile About

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Bear the dog has been badgering me for a while to include this on the blog . I hope it will make you smile too.

Ace Kavale is a truly brilliant adventure photographer, in this inspired piece of film, his longtime companion, Desert Dawg gives his own very personal dogs eye view on life with his man, adventure, wild beauty and simple, unconditional love.

My favourite film for a while: Ace Kvale and The Desert Dawg

Weekend Read Listen and Watch

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Tall Ship at Dusk, Freshwater Bay

It’s widely accepted that trauma in childhood may predispose towards mental health difficulties in adults, but recent research shows that the effects may be much more far reaching than previously imagined. Continue reading