Saturday, 10 January 2015

Out Of Hibernation



Happy New Year to you all!

We've had quite a difficult time with Bebe...
She is not the same person who moved in with us just over a year ago & since starting with a chest infection just before Christmas - she has lost her appetite & a stone in weight! Penicillin has perked her up a little, but we've had lots of sleepless nights which are just exhausting for all of us!

Saying this, it hasn't stopped us from having some lovely times with family & friends over the holiday period...

While staying in Bishop's Castle we had a meet up with friends, Shelley & Kelli in Wales... 
Sime was in Shelley's band - The Hidden Persuaders back in the early 90s & after losing touch, they found each other on facebook a couple of years ago. This time we got to meet her fabulous Wife too & enjoyed a lovely afternoon chat, coffee & cake!

A flying visit to Stoke & a lovely evening spent with Gerry & Brenda (AKA Nana Stip-Pep).
Brenda is recovering from an accident in the summer, but is determined & we were so happy to finally have an opportunity to see them.

Then it was down to Bristol for a visit with a very hungover Sal & Ryan!
We actually went into Bath for the last day of their German Market & a bite to eat.

Our final destination was a visit to Glastonbury to see our friends Kath & Jim. 
We spent a wonderful time - catching up & feasting...  
With great reluctance, we had to peel ourselves away to return home!

After a few days of trying to juggle work & caring for a very agitated Bebe - it was decided that she should go into respite for the weekend... 
Which meant we got to enjoy a chilled out Solstice get-together with the rest of the kidlets... 
Though we all missed Sal & Ryan, but will be having our proper get-together for Hugo's Birthday & our usual late Secret Santa exchange!

Bebe returned home for Christmas, but really wasn't well.

Rose & Asa were able to return too, so we enjoyed some great games of Trivial Pursuit & Articulate, as well as feasting (of course)...

And they made a splendid job of decorating our tree, which this year is just a branch we found on the roadside near home & as always - will stay up until Hugo's Birthday later this month.

Bye for now & thank you to everyone who has contacted us (& apologies for not getting back).
We have struggled to find time for everything, hopefully Bebe's improved health will make a difference & we do hope to get back to normal soon. 

Love Kay & Sime
xx




Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Yuletide

The Pathway Home Cards
The Pathway To Home From Amnesty International

After having a wonderful week away - we returned to a difficult time with Bebe, resulting in her having emergency respite & input from the complex care team. She is home again & it's not easy, but we have had some quality time with all the kidlets & have finished work for a few days in theory (although are still on call) - so we are just going to make the most of our time - chill out & give Bebe the attention she craves, as well as eat, be merry & enjoy extra time with Rose & Asa who are joining us again on Christmas Day.


We hope you all have a splendid yule!

Love Kay & Sime xx



Thursday, 11 December 2014

Kicking Back


We have been desperate for some time out & were so happy when a plan came together at the last minute...

This has been our base for the last few days.
A small apartment in a beautiful old house right in the middle of Bishop's Castle...

Above a fabulous cafe...

Such a quirky place...


With the tiniest of bathroom doorways...

Which Sime keeps banging his head on...

We are so happy to be having some time to ourselves... 
No work, no care giving, no responsibilities, no clock watching. 
Just doing exactly what we want to do, which so far has been perfect!!!

Kay & Sime
xx


Sunday, 30 November 2014

The End Of World Vegan Month

We hope you have enjoyed our month of vegan posts in support of World Vegan Month & if you feel inspired to improve your health & want to avoid the unnecessary murder of our animal friends - then here is some ongoing free help from Viva's 30 Day Vegan Plan.

We keep forgetting to take photos of our meals, but since our Wednesday veg box delivery we have had: Wed - spinach pasta with red pepper & courgette in fresh tomato sauce, with steamed broccoli on the side. Thur - chilli (from leftover pasta sauce) & brown basmati rice, with added mushrooms, kidney beans & sweetcorn. Fri - red lentil hippy slop with mushrooms, mashed spuds, steamed cabbage & carrots. Sat - leftovers made into cottage pie with dry roasted brussel sprouts...


Tonight's dinner - red cabbage & shallot stew (cooked in the slow cooker), served with baked sweet potatoes, dry roasted courgettes & scrambled tofu with mushrooms, garlic & fresh turmeric.


We've posted lots of photos of our lunches in the past, but they tend to be pretty much the same - home made houmous or pâté, bread, salad, bean sprouts & pickles in the week. Soup at weekends. All our meals are always simple & plentiful - it's so easy to eat healthily...

And we love it!

Kay & Sime
xx


Saturday, 29 November 2014

Cancer

My childhood best buddy died last week, she had battled with breast cancer for 8 years.
We had been friends since we were 4 years old, though we had practically lost touch - she found me via social media a few years ago.
We were pretty inseparable in our teens, more like sisters & very much a part of each other's families. We attended the same college after finishing school & even lived together in North London for a while... We shared a house with the guy she would eventually spend her life with & I think I knew it before they did.
I returned home to care for my siblings when my mum was taken ill & within weeks of returning, I was offered a well paid post with the local authority. A few months later, when Sime & I got together - I realised my return up north was meant to be!
My friend & I continued to meet up occasionally, but our growing families meant it was difficult, we had various commitments & so time went on, moving further & further away on our quite different paths. We would occasionally write or email, but then got out of the habit. Sometimes, I felt we had just grown apart & really only ever had our past in common - we struggled to understand how we each chose to live, how we brought our kids up & the relationships we had with our partners. We were complete opposites, but when she was ill - she found me again.
Unfortunately she had already had every conventional treatment going & there was nothing more the docs could do. Her cancer had spread, her immune system was fucked thanks to endless chemotherapy sessions & her body had been fried with radiation.
She had been told that she only had months to live, but actually survived 4 more years.  
As was her style, she contacted me out of the blue - off loaded all the crap she'd gone through & then disappeared. I wanted her to come & stay, but it never happened. I'm pissed off with myself that I didn't hassle her more to come down, that I didn't make the effort to go & see her.
I'm angry that she didn't tell me until it was too late, because I believe it didn't have to be this way & now she's gone.



There is no way I would ever have chemotherapy or any kind of radioactive treatment. If you have cancer in your genes, radiation can also make it progress. X-rays, including mammograms can make cancer progress. Lots of women who have taken radioactive iodine for thyroid disease have gone on to get breast cancer - they have been told there is no link... Bullshit!

The best thing anyone can do with a cancer diagnosis is cut out all animal protein, eat fresh organic vegetables & fruit. Cut down on sugar & yeast. Become an expert on the condition. It's difficult to remain level headed when given such crap news, but it's important not to  make any snap decisions. Doctors only know about the treatment they offer & of course, many of them believe it's the only way. Look at the stories of the survivors, those who have opted for the alternatives - that's what I would do.

I would happily sell everything I owned in order to pay for pure organic foods, to attend a raw vegan retreat & free up time to learn as much as possible. I would gladly do this for someone I loved too.
Because at the end of the day, what's the point in having stuff - if yours or a loved one's life is over?

Kay xx




Friday, 28 November 2014

Incredible Vegan Christmas Show


If you live in or near Bristol go along to this tomorrow... 

  • Taste a whole range of vegan foods from international dishes you can whiz up at home to ready-to-go convenience foods
  • Receive one-to-one nutritional advice
  • Pick up free recipes and helpful factsheets
  • Sit in on cookery demos and informative talks
  • Browse and buy lots of vegan goodies – from chocolate to cruelty-free cosmetics, bags to books, convenience foods to clothing, wallets to wallcharts and cuddly toys to T-shirts and more!
  • Find out how you can get active
  • Take a break with a cuppa and veggie snack

 So if you've ever given the idea of going veggie - or even better vegan - a go but need a helping hand, come along, and pick up your free copy of our It’s Time to go Veggie magazine (all vegan!), packed with tips, recipes, celebrity views, nutritional info and detailing the many reasons why "it's time to go vegan".
Sounds like it's going to be a great day!!!

Kay & Sime
xx


Thursday, 27 November 2014

3 Biggest Mistakes People Make in Their Diets - Dr. John McDougall



We've been debating what John McDougall is saying in this video about salt & sugar...

I agree that if helps a person to stay on track, then salt & sugar are ok in moderation, but Sime thinks he should be talking about the alternatives, because iodised table salt & white sugar are really not good at all.

We use sea salt sparingly & did buy a bag of  Breton Marais natural sea salt last time we were in Brittany, which is great in bread. We occasionally use organic dark sugars or maple syrup in baking, but mainly stick to medjool dates these days.

We have found since cutting out oil that our taste buds have improved, so we don't need to use much in the way of seasoning & definitely feel better for it!

Kay xx
   

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Organic Veg Box

Wednesdays are always exciting as it's the day our veg box & extras arrive...


We have a large box, which is supposed to be enough for 4 people per week - it used to feed up to 6, but a recent regrade brought in a new bumper box for more pennies...
It costs £17.25 & this week's contains: potatoes, carrots, onions, leeks, broccoli, red cabbage, brussel sprouts, tomatoes, sweet potatoes & a salad bag. 

Although it's mainly just the two of us eating - we do eat lots of vegetables, so each week we buy extras...

Our regular weekly order is: 2 bags of bananas, 1 bag of apples, 2 tubs of mushrooms, 2 lemons, 3 garlic bulbs & a pack of tofu. 
This week we added a bag of courgettes, 3 peppers, a tub of blueberries & a cabbage... 
The total bill came to £42.18 

 We buy from Riverford, not the most ethical of veg box companies, but the best we have found delivering in our area. They also will take all the packaging for recycling.

The rest of our food has up until now been bought in bulk from wholesalers, but we discovered that the main one we have used has recently gone out of business... This has been a big blow to us, as we've relied on them for all our organic dried & tinned foods. It was the only whole
food wholesaler in Cornwall, so quite a shock for it to close down. Most wholesalers out of Cornwall use massive trucks to deliver, but this would be difficult on our lane as there isn't any room for large vehicles to turn around (if they even manage to get down the maze of lanes leading to our part of the world). So we are now looking at alternatives,..

Kay & Sime
xx

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Alzheimer's and Diet



Food for thought!

Kay & Sime
xx

Daymer Bay


We took the day off yesterday & were thrilled to have chosen the right day for a day out...

We used to visit this area lots with the kids, as Daymer was our nearest beach when we lived in North Cornwall.







We really needed to be out in the sun & get away from home for a bit...
  So we had a thoroughly enjoyable day!

Kay & Sime
xx




Monday, 24 November 2014

Emergency Sweet Treat


50g Dates - chopped
50g Carob Powder (flour not the gritty stuff)
100ml Plant Milk

Heat in a saucepan for about 10 minutes on low.
If it needs to be a quick dessert, just whizz up & you'll have a lovely sauce (which I have been known to just eat from the pan) or put into the fridge & it becomes more like a mousse or fudge icing.

Tonight, I added: 1 heaped teaspoon of pure almond butter, zest of a small orange, splash of bourbon whiskey (you can use 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence if preferred), a few oats & a sprinkle of cinnamon.  Dessicated coconut, peanut butter, chopped nuts, chia seeds are all good too.

Whizz with a hand blender & dollop onto a tray. 
Leave for at least an hour & you'll have gooey, but healthy truffles!
Makes about 12.


Enjoy!

Kay xx



Sunday, 23 November 2014

Stuffed Butternut Squash

Tonight's dinner...
Butternut squash stuffed with yellow split peas, hazel nuts & mushrooms, served with roast potatoes, baked cauliflower & steamed kale.

Delicious & filling!

Kay & Sime
xx