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Showing posts from February, 2017

The Art of Laughter

EE Cumings quote taken from here. You only have to do a quick search on the internet to see that laughter is becoming big business.  There are clubs, online courses and therapists dishing out ideas to bring laughter into your life...  How bizarre is that?  People need to be taught how to laugh and of the health benefits it brings, which incidentally are huge - but what has happened? Why don't folks know how to laugh? It is such a basic instinct and yet, we're not doing it... Well we do , but lots of you don't.  We know how our mental health influences our physical health, so no wonder laughter is now seen as an important ingredient for  healing illness.  There is so much fun to be had if you spend time with people who make you laugh, so if you're not getting enough - seek out others who share the same sense of humour, who can help you change and before you know it...  You'll be enjoying a good belly laugh every day, crying with laughter a

What If...

You took every opportunity that came your way? What would life look like if you said YES to everything? We decided at the end of last year to start taking each opportunity presenting itself... We have always been pretty good at doing this, but somehow got caught up in our comfort zone and found ourselves becoming indecisive,  dithering about and constantly flipping back and forth - weighing everything up and making excuses for why we couldn't do things... We realised that in order to move on - we really needed to stop doing this, so w e made a decision to change. We have embraced this way of thinking and so far, our lives are taking some very interesting twists and turns. We wake up every morning full of excitement and realise we no longer feel any fear for new challenges, instead we are filled with determination to make the most out of every situation.  So what are you waiting for? If you want to make changes in your life - you really do have to step out of your comf

Be Inspired #2

Last year, shortly after being published - we bought 2 copies of   Book Of Joy .  One for us, which we constantly dip into and the other copy was to lend out to friends...  We ended up actually giving it to a friend who is suffering with his health. This book contains a 5 day long interview with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu - it is incredibly inspirational...  Their outlook on life and the world, their friendship and sense of humour is just really wonderful! No dark fate determines the future - we do.  Each day and each moment, we are able to create and recreate our lives and the very quality of human life on our planet. DALAI LAMA & DESMOND TUTU Have a beautiful, fun-filled day!!! Kay and Sime xx

When The Wind Blows...

Thank you Richard for this great photo! :-) ♥

Vegan Winter Comfort Food

Foodie photies! Mostly taken at Meadowcroft, hence the rubbish light... Our usual small portions - hahaha! That brown thing is a stuffed mushroom with tons of veggies. This stuffing was made with some leftover chickpea houmous, walnuts, a few breadcrumbs, chopped onions & garlic. Then we have dry roasted spuds, swede & potato mash, roasted butternut squash, beetroot & parsnip, steamed carrots, cauli & cabbage. This was then swamped in Sime's lentil & miso gravy! The leftover steamed veg then got added to butternut squash, mushroom, butter bean & pea spaghetti - which were cooked with onions, garlic & liquid aminos. Red lentil, walnut and brown rice bake with onions, garlic, mushrooms, courgettes and breadcrumbs. Home made pizza topped with hummus, potato, sweetcorn, mushroom, tomato, courgette and fresh parsley. More pizza... Home made polenta base, topped with passata, red onion, potato, sweetcorn, mushroom, courgette,

Garden View

The view from our garden this morning... Low cloud over the sea... Our neighbours new glamping pods... Bleached sky... Portmellon. Our decking...  Looking forward to sitting here in the warmer weather! We are having a cat flap fitted on Monday...  Can't believe we've been here for nearly 4 weeks now and our boys will be so happy to be venturing out! We think they are very much at home now, so we are hoping they won't travel too far...  Bedtime snuggles with Fleaby... And a rare bedtime snuggle with Lupes! Bye for now, Kay and Sime xx

For The Love Of Books

Last week we spent a couple of hours in a book shop while the brakes on our car were being fixed. We were in Truro and it was bitterly cold - neither of us likes traipsing around shops, but we do enjoy books and since probably giving hundreds away, it was rather comforting to step into this little haven. After going off in separate directions for a while (Sime always heads to the music section, while I go straight to the travel books), we eventually found each other again and discovered an empty sofa. We then spent a blissful hour with Sime reading to me. We were occasionally aware of other people around us, some looked at us as if we were scum (we are used to this). Our appearance obviously gives people a certain impression of us... Sime's beard, my old fraying French army coat and our general scruffiness. Others seemed quite enchanted and kept looking over at us smiling. It made us wonder if people are not used to seeing adults read to each other, but it's som

Be Inspired #1

               We saw this a while ago and think this guy is quite inspirational...       He sees opportunities come his way and takes them, without a doubt - he just does it!         Enjoy and hope your Sunday is a happy one! ♥ Kay and Sime xx

Settling In

We are loving our new little place and are feeling very much at home... We gave away our juicer to a lovely friend, as our new kitchen is quite small. We do have a Nutribullet too, which is easier to clean and we start each day with a smoothie. These are pineapple, banana, kale, goji berry, pumpkin seeds, turmeric and spirulina. We add a mix of water and home made milk to the ingredients. Delicious! We have been reunited with our milk maker (which was buried in the jam room at Meadowcroft).  It's great making all sorts of milks again...  And the pulp goes into our porridge! This one is brown rice and almond. Porridge!!! Oats with hemp protein powder, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, rose hips, banana, apple, blueberries and water. Topped with milk, cinnamon, ginger and real Canadian maple syrup... Courtesy of our beautiful friend, Richard - who brings it over from Canada every year!!! ♥ An organic veggie feast - we are still gettin

Back To Nature

This is 11 years worth of shells and pebbles collected from the beach. They were on every windowsill and shelf, in every room of Meadowcroft...  Over the weeks, we filled a waste paper basket with them and a few days ago - returned them to Hemmick Beach! ♥

Year Of Adventure

A bit late, but Happy New Year! :-) We had a lovely time with all our kidlets over Christmas, which has made quite a change - the first time in years that we have all managed to be under one roof during the holiday period!  We are so pleased that we could do this, as this was to be our last one at Meadowcroft...  Yes, not only are we buying our little French house (which will need lots of TLC before we move in), but we have decided to downsize to a small house overlooking the sea while we visit France and just enjoy ourselves! We only made the decision at the beginning of December, which meant we needed to get busy decluttering... Taking the opportunity to move from our big place in Boswinger to a small, very lovely, fully furnished one bedroom converted garage near to Mevagissey... This was the view from our bedroom early this morning. We were supposed to be managing the property as a holiday let for our friends, but after having a few days break here - we fel