Hello Shiny New Week…

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And it’s yet another Monday….I have normal tendencies to suffer Monday morning blues like lots of people… it’s just when the weekend has been lovely, even when just at home sorting and cleaning…and you go off to work leaving all your lovely ones to go their own way for the day….there lies the good thing about the mobile phone….a text here and there can be worth so much….Go on, text your loved ones right now and let them know you are missing them and looking forward to seeing them later….we don’t do this enough do we?

Unfortunately our felines are still misbehaving in the toilet department…they have a perfectly lovely litter tray, the door is open ALL day…still they insist on spraying and more around the living room….alas, this means a “cat shed” is very much on the cards for them…they were originally quite feral and appear to be going back to their roots…For now they are sleeping in the utility room and paying the odd visit to use the yoga mat for morning salutations…

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Mollie Topshop at the front, routine done…Timmy Twoshoes (of the no tail) at the back just getting stuck into her stretches…. The red tool box in the background, eventually it has made it’s way into the new garage…oh the space is beautiful!!

Recipe of the weekend was Cashew and Almond Maca fudge, inspired by the marvellous Livias Kitchen

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It’s creamy, it’s crunchy, it’s so good!!!! Here is how I did it…

350g Almond Butter (I love Meridian and get mine from Healthy Supplies)

4 tablespoons of honey

5 tablespoons of melted coconut butter

5 tablespoons of maca powder

150g of cashews and one large bar of 70% dark chocolate

I whizzed up the chocolate and cashews in the blender until roughly chopped, then added the rest of the ingredients until mixed.

Put some cling film in a freezable dish, I just used a baking tray and then after tipping the mixture in and pressing it down transferred it into the freezer.

After about 20 minutes take it out and chop it into squares and then store in the freezer.  If it’s a warm day it will start to melt when taking out so best eaten straight from the freezer.

Alas these do contain those things called calories so even though they have all good stuff in them, remember that if you eat the lot it’s going to show….I am living proof of this…

This is where exercise is key and a little willpower…Of course these little chunks of loveliness will always be far better than anything containing E numbers and refined sugars so make some changes, if I can do it, you certainly can!!

Tomorrow and Wednesday we have exciting classic car auctions to attend…yay, two days off packing wetsuits!!

Until then be happy, be kind and be fabulous!!

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Geri xxx

You Have Always Been Beautiful…

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We hear it so many times, beauty is in the eye of the beholder….and it really is… We, the human race, are different sizes, different colours, different shapes…sound different, do things differently….but we all started off as babies…beautiful within….what happens from there on really does shape us….What makes one person a hero and another apparently evil I will leave to the qualified…there are so many theories I just don’t know….

I don’t particularly see in the mirror what I would like to see….I don’t think I ever will…the closest I will ever get is that Snapchat filter, you know the one with the yellow butterflies flapping around your head….I like that one!  I don’t think I am particularly good to look at but Christopher seems to….in the dark….with his glasses off….I will take that!

Anyway, it appears you need to love what you have to move on and make it better….as you get older and wiser it seems to get easier, peer pressure eases and you really don’t care what other people think of your appearance….or is that just me??  My excuse for being make up free and wearing just what I like, not what is in fashion….

However, as 50 looms I do feel the need to be fitter, to be healthier, just because it makes me feel so much better….I am loving the new healthy clean eating recipes, maybe too much, I have to remember that they do still contain calories and I should be eating to fuel my body, not for comfort.  This also gets easier….good, I still have a way to go before great health is with me….

This saw me up at an earlier hour than normal to try out a yoga DVD I have had for probably 2 years in the cupboard…pretty good, I have much improvement to make, but I look forward to this….I used the 10 Minute Solution today with Lara Hudson….

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See what she is doing up there….I even struggle with that at the moment….

It’s a pretty good one though with good instruction, if you fancy a go you can find it here.

10 Minute Solution – Yoga [DVD]  Amazon affiliate link.

I have also found the fabulous Dana, also know as the Minimalist Baker this week have created Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Granola Bars based on her recipe…oh my word they are good….

Ingredients came….from Healthy Supplies.

Couldn’t resist a sneaky snack…..

Having managed to stop at a tiny snack I still had ingredients enough to make them,  they remind me a little of soft Florentines…absolutely divine…

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I would let you know exactly how I made them but time is short and I have a deep tissue massage booked with the lovely Linda with fingers of steel this afternoon and a date with Bridget Jones later….so I shall direct you to Dana who tells it so much better than I could…

Here is your link….

I used medjool dates, oats (I didn’t toast them), honey, almond butter, Green and Blacks plain chocolate and pecan nuts both choc and nuts whizzed in food processor….Give it a try, for a sweet treat, you will love them….

So, onwards….I love Saturdays!!  I am walking….YES WALKING….to the shop to purchase some garlic and some clothes washing stuff….I have a washing pile that resembles Tracey Emin’s bed  (Google it)…Oh OK I  couldn’t resist it….here is your link to Tracey’s bed…The Bed at The Saatchi Gallery anyway, my washing pile puts this to shame….

So that my decluttering can continue, full steam ahead, I am throwing together a spicy tuna pasta bake that should please everyone, OK Christopher, it will have broccoli and cabbage on the side….Christopher has withdrawal symptoms if he has a day without green food….

Have a great Saturday all….enjoy and don’t forget, YOU are beautiful too….

Geri xxx

Stop Looking For Happiness..

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You know what I mean….remember that time you didn’t want to go out but you made the effort and it was the best time….Or that time you wanted to go out and you went and it was nothing like you had imagined it to be….. We do seem to spend a huge amount of time looking for happiness and then find it in the little things…when you weren’t particularly looking for it…. So, maybe this is right, maybe if we stop planning to find it it will come to us….maybe if we stop obsessing about finding it it will just find us…. Maybe we all need to just chill out a little, enjoy every day, every moment and even though plans are good and most likely very necessary, maybe we shouldn’t make quite as many and sometimes just go with the flow and enjoy drifting….just a little….

I have this on the front of my car….Ethel….

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And, apart from the time I ended up in Blisland when I was supposed to be in St Breward and my God those lanes are small!….it makes sense to me.

Perhaps the wanderers are the happy people and happiness finds them….

I guess it’s all in the trying….some of us are wanderers and some of us are planners and some of us are a little of both….

But give it a go this weekend….if you love to craft and crochet and make things…just make them.  If you love to walk or cycle or surf….go and do it…If you love to chill and watch movies and hang out with friends just do it….all the other stuff will just wait…

I am kind of hoping it gets just a little bit chillier so that I can light the woodburner,  move the furniture into snuggle around the fire mode and enjoy the changing of seasons….

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Happy Friday!!!!

Geri xxx

Thursday Thoughts and Small Steps

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I think overhauling my cluttered life is going to take a year at least and that in itself is enough to think about giving up….it seems to be such a monumental task…the secret is in not only imagining it as it will be, but taking small steps to make it eventually happen.  Look at each stage bit by bit, step by step and it will be surprising how quickly things will change…

Yesterday only just enough time to change my packing desk and my computer work area in the warehouse….

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That’s how it was!  I know, awful, mind cluttering junk all over the place.  In my defence, doing hundreds of parcels a day has left it like this….but now, the high season for wetsuits is over and there is no excuse….none…

I firstly got a black bag and threw away all the rubbish, and there was plenty of it!  Then I took out all of the things I use every day ready to put back.  Everything else was put in a box and dated….anything still in there in 2 months time will be surplus and no longer needed….how easy is that….Well, I will date it shortly….I couldn’t find a marker pen at the time!  That says it all…..

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There we go…I even found some bits in the pile I have been meaning to sell on Ebay…. I had forgotten I had them.  Now to clean the white board and sort out the space beneath the worktops and warehouse life is already a better place! Bliss…..

Why don’t you just pick one area today, just a small area and give it a go…you will be surprised at how good it makes you feel…

Todays car picture from the GoodWood Revival carpark…

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The Austin Healey….I love the look of this car and decided to do some research….Now hear this!! Donald Healey the brain behind the design…this dude was born in Perranporth….so that makes this a Cornish car….it might not have been made here but this is where the design started….Thumbs up to Cornish boy Don….you did good!!!  Apparently at the last minute he decided he didn’t like the look of the front of it so shoved it behind a pillar at the show it was made for….but it was spotted and the deal was done with Austin and the Austin Healey was born….fate intervened, it is a beautiful classic….

Today foodie picture…..flapjacks from the Sweet Pea Pantry….pretty damn good!!

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Put them in the fridge for a really good flapjack (and healthy!) or crumble it up and use it as crumble on your apples….either way it’s a winner…Also really easy to get your little ones baking so well worth having a go!

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Keep up the good work Sweet Pea Pantry!

That’s all for Thursday…..now to get on with that next small step!!!

Geri xxx

Cycle to Work??

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Today, apparently, is cycle to work day….I really, really wish I could….I actually see a cyclist on the way to work and on the way home from work, in every weather and I mean, it gets bad here, he even cycles in the dark….admittedly his headlight is brighter than Ethels… But there is the proof, yes, it can be done!   I do have a huge hill to work and would have to pull a trailer with laptops and a multitude of stuff….he appears to be luggage free…but he still does it, I don’t recall ever seeing him smiling though…

So, today, in the spirit of cycle to work day….I did do yoga stretches before showering, this is something I really love doing, but have fallen into the trap of lying in bed with a cup of tea chatting to Christopher first thing in the morning….the chat needs to be shorter (sorry Christopher) and the stretches need to be longer….I have this goal that I will be able to balance in a handstand…it is a very, very long way away…I am still mastering the sun salutation….but I am determined to do it….and when I do it….you will see it…a million times!!

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So, in my quest to live outside social media yesterday saw some cooking and some learning about classic cars…we are going to an auction next week, I need to know at least something…. I have started my steep learning curve on the MG and am finding the history of the car industry quite fascinating….not entirely sure what is happening to me…when the garage is finished (yay the doors went in this week) you might just find me in oily overalls learning how to be a mechanic…hopefully this will make up for my lack in driving skills… As promised now the next car picture from the Goodwood Revival Car Park….

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There you go, a beautiful line up….a yellow Triumph Stag…I like these!!  I believe that’s a Morgan in the middle and some sort of Mercedes on the left….still learning to identify them…. for me, old cars are so much prettier and interesting….

On that note, it’s another short and sweet one as this downsizing we have decided on takes a lot of time….today, wait for it….I am decluttering my work spaces….there will be before and after pictures – you will be astounded at my messiness….a work in progress!!

Don’t forget, if you have a bike and haven’t used it in ages, be that boy I see every day and get out on it…I am sure he does smile!!  I would if I could do that….I just need to find a softer seat for mine….

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Geri xxx

Be Outrageous!

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So, today again is short and sweet, there is just so much to do today out there, outside of laptop and phone world!!  And apparently it is Roald Dahl day, this cool dude has the best quotes….you know you get asked who would you have to dinner dead or alive if you could, I believe he would be a great dinner date…so, he is one of mine….

Quick update, weekend spent at the Goodwood Revival, if you have never been you must make the time next year…it is a quite unique event with some brilliant costumes, great atmosphere and super exciting car racing…we love it!! You have to make it to the champagne tent if you like to dance….you know, back when the music and dancing was how it should be….(apologies, how the music and dancing was how I like it….we all like different things, that’s just me being selfish).  Now we just need to learn to dance before our next Goodwood Revival visit!

We did our usual and went as hippies…lazy maybe….just because its comfortable and we kind of like it…

Alas, our day for attending was Saturday, it rained and it rained and it rained and got muddier and muddier but the spirit of the people carried us through it and much enjoyment was had….wet track made for interesting racing too…

On Sunday, typically it was a scorcher!!  We decided to window shop on the amazing number of classic cars to be seen…mingled with the others strolling around the car park…brilliant…I shall slip in a car picture each day until I run out, it might be some time….

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I am just a little bit of a Morris Minor fan….this was the grooviest colour I could find to match my frock! But look at the cars behind me, isn’t this the best car park you could find???  Stay tuned for more carpark finds over the next few days…

Briefly in other news….I have just finished reading The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell….if I really, really enjoy a book it gets a mention…yep, this was a real page turner for me…not a new one from Lisa but I have only just discovered her so working my way through them…this book needs a sequel though Lisa, I haven’t had enough of these characters yet….

“Lydia, Robyn and Dean don’t know each other – yet.

They live very different lives but each of them, independently, has always felt that something is missing.

What they don’t know is that a letter is about to arrive that will turn their lives upside down.

It is a letter containing a secret – one that will bind them together, and show them what love and familyand friendship really mean…”

As you know, I believe that books are a personal thing so not a fan of book reviews….but this one is well worth a read…I loved it…


The Making of Us

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Another new discovery for me….SweetPea Pantry…a great idea for a healthier version of baking…now I have just taught myself to cook from scratch, healthy stuff, just can’t get enough of it but these guys have come up with a great idea if you are running short on time or on ingredients…

Super cute packaging and in such a short time you have some Chocolate Giggles to munch on with your cup of tea…perfect!! Easy to order and delivered in record time…recommended!! Trying Flapjacks later this evening….

So a few useful links for you, none affiliated…

Some great pictures from the Goodwood Revival

Lucy Jayne’s caravans were so beautiful, lots more to see here…

See more from the Sweet Pea pantry here…

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That’s it for now, so from me and Roald, remember think good thoughts and wear that double chin and stick-out teeth with pride, you are lovely!!

Geri xxx