Hedgerow Pavolva with Apples, Blackberries and Nuts

At this time of year we are starting to see Autumn make its gentle arrival. With it comes an abundant offering from nature; the trees heavy with apples, hedgerows glistening with blackberries and the ripening elderberries beginning to appear. There is a great harvest to be had and many ways to make use of this … Continued

Magnesium Deficiency Can’t Be Ignored

As a child I suffered from restless legs; an irritating, troubling sensation in my legs. They just wouldn’t keep still. There were other signs too that I now, through much study, have concluded were from deficiency in this forgotten but vital mineral, magnesium. But until I read Dr Carolyn Dean’s book The Magnesium Miracle, I … Continued

Apple Bacteria keeps the Doctor Away

‘let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food’ – Hippocrates   An apple a day keeps the doctor away. And this may be true after all and not just an old English proverb with no weight. A recent study has found that an apple carries more than 100 million bacteria! The … Continued

Avignon, the Heart of Provence

“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark”  John Muir   To travel, is one of life’s luxuries. But it is a luxury that can fill the heart with such peace and joy. To look, take in, be and let go. If you feel a … Continued

12 Signs of Zinc Deficiency

Zinc deficiency, as reported by The World Health Organisation, is a significant problem for most countries in the world. Everyone, young and old requires regular zinc intake from their diet. Lack of this vital mineral is linked to poor health status so it is essential that the body has the necessary amount. What is zinc? … Continued

Gluten free Banana Loaf

This easy gluten free banana loaf recipe is perfect served slightly warm with a spread of butter and a cup of tea. Ingredients 5 organic smallish ripe bananas 250g Doves Farm gluten free flour 140g light muscovado sugar 75g organic butter (I like salted), melted 2 large free range eggs 2.5 teaspoons of bicarbonate of … Continued

Cleansing With Cleavers

Cleavers grows abundantly in our hedgerows and springs up in waste places and fields. It is a traditional spring tonic and in 1652 Nicholas Culpepper wrote, “it is a good remedy in the Spring, eaten (being first chopped small, and boiled well) in water-gruel, to cleanse the blood, and strengthen the liver, thereby to keep … Continued

The Chaga Mushroom and the Cancer Ward

Chaga in History The Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) doesn’t look like a regular mushroom. It is a parasitic fungus. Black, lumpy and charred-like, Chaga is found growing on the trunk of the birch tree in forests of northern Europe, Asia and North America. Very few westerners had even heard of this strange looking mushroom until … Continued

The Freedom of Unbecoming

“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place” – Unknown I wonder how many of us haven’t been our true authentic selves. But have been a version that is acceptable and … Continued

Authenticity – Letting Go of What We Should Be

“Write hard and clear about what hurts”- Ernest Hemmingway Being authentic can be freeing physically, emotionally and spiritually. How often in life, growing up or even right at this moment, have you felt unable or powerless to be the real you. Afraid of not fitting in or being the odd one out. From an early … Continued