Energy Efficient Appliances – Finally a list to understand!

This last year we have had to replace almost every one of our major kitchen appliances. Doing a major overhaul on building work has made making decisions even more painful than they might otherwise have been, so too has money been an issue. So added to the:- “well I like the handles on that one”,or “it has to look fifties”, wading through the quagmire of energy efficiency leaves me not just overwhelmed but positively mind numbed. So here is a link to a discussion and a list that I would use now. It even has the cost per yer to run, which I think is just fabulous:

Written by the organization 10:10 who are fighting climate change locally and globally…one for you then Russell Brand.
Gemma x

An in depth treatment of causes of chronic illnesses such as Autism, Fatigue, Chronic pain, Lyme disease, Epstein Barr infections, parasites; looking at Electromagnetic Radiation and smart meters, cordless phones, mobile phones and masts.

Have you lost your zest for life?
Are you living a half life?
Watch this:

Spreading the word
Gemma x

Why I keep getting on my high horse about Monsanto.

A great summary of how we are on a knife edge with the daily food that we eat and how this one company can literally poison our food supply (and is doing so systematically).

Groups are standing up to challenge this and are fighting for this toxic food to be labelled (yes most of this stuff is bought without us even knowing – even supermarkets in the UK are now stocking meat that has been fed on GMO grains).  We are already on the slippery slope.  They are getting it in through the back door, despite the UK shoppers voting with a huge NO to these foods.


Be part of the challenge and the change.

Gemma x


My amazing daughter Freja sent me this photo that she found.  It prompted me to celebrate the riot of colour that has really lifted my day. (sorry for the lack of credits, if I find them I will add them).

autumn photography image 04 Wonderful Pictures of Autumn Leaves and Autumn Wallpapers

Ode To Autumn

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

No regrets.

“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
― William Jennings Bryan

The Mountain Road Bridge

© Marilyn Barbone | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Have you, in the past couple of years taken a step backwards and thought about your happiness?  Have you considered that your life’s path might not be heading in the direction that you would have chosen?  Rather have you found yourself backing up a one way street that when you were young you thought that you would avoid?

Are you stuck?  Falling apart?  Just need a little nudge in the right direction?

Time for change.  Time for a look at yourself and what you really want; to place a bit of time aside for re-shaping your hopes and dreams so that at the end of it all, you have no regrets.

Tony Robbins created this.  He has since updated it and has made a much more hand held and lengthy version.  This is naive, out of date and makes you wonder what the hell you are doing, but stay with it.  It is worth it as you see a path generated, that shows you step by step, where you want to be, and how bit by little bit, you are going to get there.

If you need to re-fathom your life follow the link and create some life goal pages:

Here is a much more succinct version that might be easier to help you get your goals established:

Robert Frost

“The Road Not Taken’
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Robert Frost

With love

Gemma x

Ideas for your veg box – Red Cabbage.

Fed up with ‘slaw? Not prepared to give sauerkraut a go?

Here is something else that you can do with that red cabbage: You can test your wee.

You should by now have cottoned on to the fact that our bodies need to maintain a healthy blood and body pH.  A healthy body takes in alkalising foods in order to maintain tip top health.  If we eat too many acidic foods, our bodies rely on buffer systems to stabilise them.  When the buffer systems start to become depleted, the body starts to take nutrients and minerals from elsewhere such as the bones.  It is no coincidence that as we age and accumulate more toxins and become more acidic, that our teeth and bones start to fail.  We also feel the heavy achy painful symptoms of having too much acid in our system.  Cancer too thrives only in an acidic pH.

So what is acidic and how do we know whether we need to start rather rapidly on those alkalising veggies?

Well Michael Greger has found a test that we can do at home; mixing whizzed up (or cooked) red/purple cabbage and water.  This can be strained and then mixed with your wee (in the toilet bowl) and noted for the colour change that it presents:

Pink is acidic (don’t want that).  Eat more leafy vegetables.

Purple is still heading the way of acidity. Eat more leafy vegetables.

Blue is alkaline – stay with it.

Here is his presentation:


Old, sassy and with attitude

Follow this link to see Fabulous Fashionistas; a group of six women, with an average age of 80 who refuse to feel old. These women are a true inspiration:
Gemma x