Heart, Mind

Board Games for All Ages

When our friends were staying with us recently we played a number of board games which were enjoyed by ages 8+.   Board games teach many skills such as turn taking, patience, how to lose gracefully and following rules. The favourite during the whole visit was Phase 10.  A game with a special set of cards… Continue reading Board Games for All Ages


Make New Friends but Keep the Old

Recently we had an 'old' friend and her family staying with us for the best part of 5 weeks.  We've been friends for 30 years.  Since then I've been pondering the importance of friendship, having old friends but making new friends as well. I've been thinking about the old song (that I must have learnt… Continue reading Make New Friends but Keep the Old


World Suicide Prevention Day

When I was about 13 a member of my extended family members suicided.  My mother was quite open about it and I can clearly remember her talking to us about it.  Mental health issues affect or have affected a number of members of my extended family including my mother.  My parents were always quite open… Continue reading World Suicide Prevention Day

Lunch, Mains, Menu, Recipes

Chicken Month (including a recipe)

Apparently it's Chicken Month in September, among other things.  We usually eat a meal with chicken in it once or twice a week.  This week we've had Chicken Pot Pies and then used the same chicken mixture to make Chicken Pasties. Other chicken dishes that my family enjoys include Grain Free Chicken Schnitzels with an almond… Continue reading Chicken Month (including a recipe)

Biscuits & Slices, Recipes

Maple Quinoa Biscuits

These biscuits are based on some Honey Oat Biscuits from Itchin' Kitchen.  Based on Jess' suggestions for making them oat free I have used a mix of quinoa flakes, organic desiccated coconut & hazelnut meal or flax seed meal.  I used a mix of brown rice flour, corn starch, tapioca flour and yellow maize flour. … Continue reading Maple Quinoa Biscuits

Mind, Soul

Learning To Solve Crosswords and Learning About Faith

This morning my daughter asked me to check the answers that she had in a crossword puzzle that had both cryptic and straight clues.  After checking the answers that she had filled in, I helped her with a couple more clues.  As I gave her some hints or told her what a few of the… Continue reading Learning To Solve Crosswords and Learning About Faith


July 2018 Reading Log

I managed to finish 3 books in July: The Great Escape:  health, wealth and the origins of inequality by Angus Deaton Talks about how much the world has changed, particularly since WWII.  How combating childhood illnesses has increased life expectancy and how many nations are better off.  But this has created a bigger gap between… Continue reading July 2018 Reading Log