Another Mocha Please

Well, isn’t it funny how life gets in the way of living?  Since my last post times have been hectic to say the least.  With the setting up of my new Homoeopathic clinic,  the day job too and working on some essays for publication,  January has already passed me by. 

So this morning before another morning of meetings I left home earlier to have some time in a coffee shop having an uplifting mocha.  

Here I am sitting in a small independent cafe near Brighton and taking a few minutes to just be.  

Have to say,  that there is something totally different to sipping a warming mocha in an independent coffee shop rather than the chains we are seeing take over our high streets.  The fast food of coffee as I like to call them. 

The atmosphere here is great, the staff are talkative and not using the commercial script so many of the other shops follow and the mocha is made with pure pleasureand great customer service.  

So another new year challenge for me to undertake is to support independence.  Let’s get our high streets back to being adorned by smaller local businesses and not the clone towns we are sadly seeing.  

Liberte, fraternite, and Mocha!, 

As We Say Goodbye to 2016

Every three years we spend Christmas with friends where both households, this time with four dogs, rent a large house somewhere in the UK for a real get away break. Relaxed and informal where we just chill, cook together, laugh together and spend valuable time together without the pressures of entertaining others.

This year we ventured to Suffolk, where our friends who booked it didn’t realise that they had booked us into a thatched farm house in the village I used to live before my parents moved to France. So not only was it a Xmas get away, it was in part a trip down memory lane and a special visit to make too.

Harley and Tjan (pictured) seemed to enjoy the trip too, well who wouldn’t when you are a couple of Shihtzu dogs with the chance to terrorise two large Labradors, Poppy and Hector for a week.

Getting away also encourages that period of reflection and to some point being mindful of the surroundings you find yourself in and over the week this is, in effect what my mind got up to.

The special visit to me was to my brother’s grave who died back in 1985 at the age of 20 with me being just 15. The place where his ashes were laid to rest is a rather unique and special church about a five minute drive from where we were staying. Thornham Parva church is pure slice of heaven, history and silence. Nestled between arable land and single lane country roads, a part of me and my family lies peacefully.

This picture was taken on the morning of Thursday 22nd December, with the low sunshine coming through the frosty mist that adorned the Suffolk fields surrounding it and made my visit even more magical than usual. Placing a Wreath on his grave I couldn’t help but enter for a wander and a sit in silence inside this very special place with its wall painted tale of St Edmund, and welcoming energy.

Being here, in the church made me think about how quickly life can change. In an instant things can happen for the worse or for the better. Adding to the reflective mood I was now in, I began to think about 2016 and what it brought to my life. So in a mini meditation mindset the list came through:-

  • Changed jobs and lifestyle with no more commuting from the south coast to London every day, now with only a five minute commute to the office.
  • A change in hospital appointments from 1 year cancer check ups to every two years! YAY!
  • Another good year with the other half!
  • Another good year with Harley and Tjan and seeing the remnants of their pre-rescue anxieties reduce further.
  • A change in Clinic setting to practice Homeopathy more collaboratively as a multi-disciplinary team member.
  • Some new friends met on Holiday in the South of France now and now it seems as though we have known each other for years already.
  • Performed a naming ceremony as a professional celebrant for our God Son.
  • Started to coordinate the local Clandestine Cake Club.
  • And of course starting this new blog.
  • A visit to old haunts and a chance to visit Thornham Parva Church which has sadly been overdue.

So all in all a busy 2016 and one that has been enjoyable with good health and plenty more to be grateful for.

I wish all the readers a great, happy and healthy 2017 and look forward to sharing further little pockets of pleasure as the coming year takes us on our journey to wherever that shall be.

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

Harvesting the Season 

Yep another coffee, another coffee shop and working on the laptop before the day of meetings begins, with a side order of contemplation.

Getting up this morning, jumping in the warm shower then wrapping up to face scraping the ice  off the car windscreen, it made me wonder,  what do I really love about these type of Autumn mornings .

I think it’s that fresh chill on my face, the seeing of my breath as the hot air from my lungs meets the cold air of nature,  the colours on the trees and the carpet of gold they create beneath them as they shred their summer coats.

With the sun beginning to shine and the crisp feel to the day ahead it makes me feel alive. Yep that is why I love it. That feeling of I am alive, well and able to feel the autumn air upon me.

And that folks is why another little pocket of pleasure is most definitely my harvest for the season we find ourselves in.

New Clinic

Homeopathy & Nutrition

I am delighted to announce that I will now be joining the Broadwater Osteopathic Practice (BOP) in Worthing, West Sussex as the resident Homeopath. This is a great move for me and my patients, as the practice’s ethos of an holistic approach to all patient’s care means that key therapies for health and wellbeing are available as part of a larger professional multi-disciplinary team.

Visit the BOP website here and look out for the up and coming launch of Homeopathy on their blog!

Broadwater Osteopathic Practice

You can make your appointment for the first clinic on 19th November 2016 by telephoning 01903 820206

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Cake Club!

There’s one rule about Cake club. That is always talk about Cake club.

This year I wanted to join one as I love baking and after finding the Clandestine Cake Club online I somehow ended up becoming the Worthing coordinator as the group had ceased to meet following the previous organiser giving it up.

Anyhow, it is great to get together and talk about all things cake, eat cake and take cake home to eat some more.

October’s theme bake was ‘under the sea’ and I ended up searching the Internet for pictures of cakes and found the crab.

At least the end result resembled a crab and had some sea salt dark chocolate crushed inside the strawberry jam of the sponge beneath the iced exterior to add to the sea theme.

There’s something about baking that I use as a type of meditation. I think it is the bringing together of a number of things to make something else and the concentration on getting the measurements, consistency and flavours just right that results in me not being able to be anything else but in the moment with it.

The other bonus is I get to eat it at the end aswell!

For more information on the Clandestine Cake Club visit the link below

You can have your cake and eat it you know!

The Clandestine Cake Club

 

‘Me’ Time

With all the walking, locking my feet away in socks and shoes for the most of the day I find a monthly pedicure is just what my feet crave.

An hour of sitting down in the private salon, chilling out with the sensory overload of the natural products such as mint mask (on the feet!), skin smoothing and conditioning is one of those ‘me’ time pockets of pleasure I definitely look forward to.

We have to look after our feet don’t we? Afterall, they have to carry us around for a long time!