Footprints . . .


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Whilst the following poem has been re-written by many authors, Mary Stevenson 1936, Margaret Fishback Powers 1964, Carolyn Carty 1963 to mention but a few, I am unsure who wrote this particular version. I am not a religious person, but I do class myself as Spiritual, and whilst the word ‘Lord’ may have different interpretations depending on your viewpoint, this poem has inspirational tones. Anyone who has Faith, Belief and a connection with ‘something’ bigger than ourselves can also feel a kinship to the words within the lines, I certainly do . . .


One night a man dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord, scenes of his life flashed across the sky. There were two sets of footprints in each scene, his and the Lords. Looking back at the footprints in the sand, he noticed sometimes there was only one set of footprints, and that this happened at the lowest and saddest times of his life.

Bothered, he said to the Lord, “You said, when I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way, yet during my most and troubled days there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand, why, when I needed you most, you would leave me?”

The Lord replied, “My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you saw only one set of footprints, it was then, that I carried you.”

It makes you think about our own ability to survive through difficult times we all experience at some stage or another in our lives. What helps us cope, what gives us the courage and strength to come out the other side? We often go into an ‘auto’ mode because we just cannot comprehend what to do to deal with certain situations, you take it day by day, but there is something giving us strength, hope and ability. It makes you think because no one has a definitive answer; what you think could be just as correct, as real as anyone else’s opinion . . .


Dog Prejudice . . .



It is a tragic story when you hear of children being attacked and sometimes, even more tragically, killed by dogs.

When these rare events happen, the ‘judge and jury’ people come out in their droves to condemn the breed of dog involved in the attack. Many a time it would appear the more seriously injured cases involve Pitt Bull type dogs, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, but they are not by any stretches of the imagination the only dogs that bite and attack. Granted they do have an amazingly strong jaw, and have been used throughout history because of their strength and stamina in ways I cannot believe humans have exploited in the name of sport.

But the truth is ANY breed of dog, large or small or inbetween has the potential to bite and maim, not just Bull Terrier type breeds. So to ostracize these breeds is wrong, the owners of such dogs need to be of the right mindset, with that I do agree. Recently it was stated Labradors nationally bite more people than any other breed. As a Labrador lover, (and Alsatian, and Staffie, well most dogs to be honest) I found that quite astounding, but having had one Lab, who would growl and nip rather than say hello, I am totally aware of how ANY dog can bite.

I have always had dogs and throughout my childhood, also had dogs. My partner has always had dogs too and actually bred Staffordshire Bull Terriers, there isn’t anything about the breed he does not know, and he is passionate about the reputation they should have; as fantastic loyal loving gentle dogs.

I do believe that 95% of cases where dogs bite, it is down to human error, with dogs doing what they instinctively need to do, protect their family. We take dogs into our homes and hearts as if they are human. We expect them to have the intellect and often manners of a human. They are supposed to understand social circumstances way above their ability. They are loving, devoted, protective, loyal animals that bond with their owners as if part of the pack, and they find their role within that pack. We should make sure that place in the pack is at the correct level. A jealous dog can snap and bite anyone that comes too close to who they perceive as their alfa. Behavioural problems like this need addressing with proper guidance to help the dog be a relaxed safe member of the family.

If a dogs environment changes by the addition of a baby, a child, another dog, a cat – anything that changes the ‘environment’ the dog is familiar with, unless time is spent introducing the ‘change’ to the dog, assuring the dog of the safety of this addition, a dog will be unsure, sometimes nervous or anxious towards the new entity in the space they now share. Noises, smells, movements that are all alien to a dog can be misinterpreted and ignite the instinct of survival or protection, still a strong inborn trait in dogs despite our domesticating of them.

I was astonished with the results of a survey done with young children, as to what they know about dogs, and the most shocking thing was that when a dog was showing its teeth in a warning stance, children thought it was smiling so move towards the dog. That isn’t a dog being bad, it is human error. A child is too young to know, so it is down to the adult to educate and supervise them, especially in a new environment, be it out in the street, a friend’s house, or even when the dog has met the child before. Never allow a child to be alone, go and stroke, hug, cuddle a dog, ever, unless it is a dog that has had the time spent with it, to allay any anxiety it may have and even then, have an adult present until enough time has passed for all parties to be comfortable. Dogs sense fear and anxiety so if anyone is in that state, a dog will be on edge, wary of the something causing an air of unease.

When I had Labradors, particularly the one that for whatever reason didn’t like little people (I’d known her from birth and she had never had any contact with children to warrant her dislike of them) I was always mindful of where I took her, and what scenarios I put her through. And because I knew her character I was able to keep her from any otherwise, potential situations where her instinct would dominate her behaviour. But Labradors are dogs that people think always want petting, and children always assume they can come and hug them, even when they are unknown to the dog. Whilst the vast majority of the Labradors and all the other breeds, would be fine with that kind of impromptu hug, there are and always will be those dogs that are frightened, threatened and anxious about such an event, and therefore far more likely to react. Again, in my humble opinion, it isn’t that the dog is vicious or dangerous; it is frightened for whatever reason, and should not have been put in the situation by the owner or whoever is looking after the child.

The ‘judge and jury’ that make brash statements that all dogs of a certain breed are dangerous and shouldn’t be allowed, is as foolhardy as saying, all humans are evil. There are always exceptions to every rule, but it doesn’t help when such statements are put out there, it can invoke hatred and fear in otherwise neutral thinking people. And when a dog of a said breed is seen, they react aggressively or defensively, which in turn can be interpreted by the dog, as a threat towards them or their owners when on out on a lead.

A lot of people have dogs to act as security in the home, as well as them being much loved pets. So when someone comes to the door and either knocks or rings the bell, the dog usually will bark to sound the alarm, someone is here. If that person makes a noise but doesn’t enter the home, but pushes something through the letter box, it is a situation that the dog can interpret as having their and your space violated. So if that noise is heard, the glow of the day-glo jacket seen through the glass door, then something is pushed through the door, a dog can associate it as threatening. Should that dog be outside and hears the noise, sees the ‘glow’, to the dog it needs to protect you from the ‘thing’ that keeps violating your space. This being the postman, and thus most cases of dog attacks are towards postmen. Often the postmen because of past experiences acts in a way, which adds to the dogs perception of threat. It isn’t acceptable at all, but it isn’t the dog’s fault, they are doing what you expect them to do, protect. It is down to the owner to teach the dog to change its reaction, the postman should not be a subject of attack.

If a burglar or intruder enters your property be it garden or home, a dog is often the first line of defence, in those circumstances, it is praised at being a life saver, being so brave, but to a dog, the role is the same, defend his pack out of love and loyalty between you and the dog.

Of course, there are always those that abuse the relationship, they deliberately encourage a dog to be aggressive. Dogs are trainable in many ways, to be good gentle and obedient, but also to be physical and aggressive. If this were not true, they would not be trained and used as attack dogs in the forces. But again, humans being humans, there is also a minority who want to cause fear and harm to others, and dogs can be trained to be a useful weapon. They have strength and power that defies their size. They have teeth that can and do cause a lot of damage when they bite, but the vast majority of all dogs, will give a growl, will display body language that is indisputably saying stay away, I’m not happy, leave me alone, don’t come any closer. They then hackle up fur from head to tail, growling louder and snarling teeth, maybe then if all these signs are ignored, they may give a nip rather than an attack, and most will only go this far when they feel they have no other option. All the warning signs have been ignored by the approaching person, so what else can the dog do but to protect and defend. It is a quality we value most of the time.

But when tragedy does happen, or even an accident, it is devastating. To see a dog react in an aggressive manner is frightening, and often once the dog is in that zone it can display phenomenal strength and to try and control verbally will have little effect. To see your dog like that is shocking, and can leave a state of fear towards your pet thereafter, when you are so used to loving, and petting the dog without a hint of aggression ever being shown. Most people would say, my dog would never react like that, but every dog has the instinct, and it can never be 100% guaranteed safe, as long as they have teeth and canine instinct, there is always the chance it will display aggression at some point in its life. If the dog is in pain, or ill, uncharacteristic actions are often witnessed, growling and snapping are such reactions. They are usually so upset and submissive as they know they have turned on one of their own. We need to respect dogs, treat them as the wonderful creatures they are, and know them, so if they have fears, or are ill, or have pain, it is up to us to help them and protect them. They may have been startled and not necessarily set out to cause harm, but a display of loyalty and protection for its family.

Dogs seem to be thought of as docile almost toy like additions to the family. And when they chew something they shouldn’t, make noise when they shouldn’t, when they eat something they shouldn’t they are often chastised, abused, shut away, treated badly, some are even given away, or thrown out and abandoned. Rescue centres are full of dogs, some of whose history are known, but many are saved with no knowledge of what they’ve been through to end up in a rescue centre. Many are there because of the total lack of understanding shown by the people who had them. Dogs are thought of as an entitlement, everyone can have one, irrespective of the owners’ circumstances, their lifestyles, and their homes. To me, there are so many people with dogs that should not have them. They do not have the right mindset, time or dedication to give the dog the understanding, love, security and life they deserve. They do not understand the ethos of a dog, their needs, their qualities, the traits each breed has, there is so much to know and understand about dogs and the different breeds. If you were willing to devote time, love, energy and money to the dog, choosing the breed and finding a suitable puppy or dog, it still needs huge consideration before getting the dog.

Human Beings are a strange species, and one I am not the greatest fan of. We have traits that defy most of what I believe in as being good beings, and the way we treat animals is proof if ever you need it. The saying, “There are no bad dogs, just bad owners” has much truth in it. Most scenarios of dog attacks confirms the fact, there is human error, than dog error. Whilst tragedies and injuries are for a lifetime and in a perfect world should never happen, hindsight is a wonderful if not cruel thing. “If only” is said over and over, but there is only the moment of time we are in, and sometimes that’s all it takes, a split second for life to never be the same. I truly wish more consideration is given to how we act and live, it has a direct effect on animals in our care, be it a dog, cat, bird, our energies and actions always create reactions in the animals around us. Cats run off and hide, dogs will cower and try and hide, birds will flap around their cage, when agitated by shock, anger, noise, we all know this. So when a dog or cat attacks, it is usually as a last resort, their instinctive survival mode has been activated by our actions.

The other potential and very real scenario we set, without thinking, is we give our dogs toys. Toys that to us look cute, mimicking things dogs would kill, mice, rabbits – soft toys. We give these to dogs to help interact with them, to give them something to play with, to stimulate them and get them active. Many of these toys involve them chewing or biting down on them, and these toys squeak. We ‘squeak’ them to get the dogs attention, to come over to us, to get them excited, we then tussle with the dog with the toy, playing, the dog trying to get the toy off us, yes in its mouth. The process is a game, something most dog owners will do without any thought. They even encourage the dog to shake the toy, all of this connects with the dogs instinct of killing its prey. The squeak adds to the excitement and frenzy of the game. A baby, is near to toy size, and it squeaks and makes noises like a toy. For some dogs the similarities are too close and the dog can and does think of the toys it has previously been allowed, encouraged and praised for playing with, without being able to differentiate between baby and toy, especially if it’s the first time the dog has been with a baby. Without guidance, education, socialising and constant supervision it isn’t too hard to think what might happen if that baby is left unattended, we again expect the dog to understand the difference between a baby and a toy as a human does. The dog is thinking toy. It is a reality every dog owner should be aware of, similarly a large dog that had toys and games such as I’ve described, then sees a tiny little dog, never seen before, the dog again thinks, toy. It’s not an aggressive evil bad dog, it’s how we’ve treated them.

Having a dog licence as many suggest we should have in an attempt to make dog ownership safer, to me, still wouldn’t weed out the unsuitable dog owners we have; nor lessen the ill-intent they have in regard to their dog. Dogs are so readily available to all and sundry, I do not know how we can make sure dogs get the homes and lives they deserve. There are no checks done on potential dog owners. If you want to take a dog from a rescue centre, some checks are done, but I know of someone who was turned down from having a dog, they were thought of as not suitable dog owners. Instead of taking that advice from the people that know what a dog needs as helpful and truthful, they then went out and bought a puppy. They had no idea of how to look after it, and as such it became a troubled puppy, very snappy, very insecure, very nervous and was therefore left shut up for hours on its own. Thankfully in this situation another family member stepped in, they socialised and took care of this now very much loved dog. But had this family member not stepped in, that dog would be destined to abuse, be unpredictable with anyone who approached her, and a potential accident waiting to happen.

So before a dog is blamed for whatever it has done, please take a step back before judgement, see the whole story. Was the dog being instinctive in protecting after it’s warnings of fear, anxiety were ignored, was it being threatened, was the owner being threatened by something the dog was unfamiliar with, was the dog being taunted and abused. Or was the dog thinking of previous games and toys it was encouraged to partake in. When all the facts have been appraised then maybe judgement can be given. To put a dog to sleep because it bit someone is drastic. If any of the above were the case then it was far more likely to be due to human error than dog error.

We need to take more responsibility and understand the whole capabilities of any pet we take into our care. There are many dogs, often crammed into small full homes, with little access to outdoors, proper exercise, proper food and proper interaction. They need to be given as much if not more – seeing they can’t speak for themselves, priority in a household as children and adults do. Every dog has the potential to bite, thankfully it is a rare occasion when a bite has tragic consequences, but it can and does happen, and it is life changing for all involved. But please do not instantly blame the dog for being a bad breed, or bad dog, sometimes circumstances conspire and a combination of things lead to a bad outcome.

Think long and hard before getting any pet, but particularly a dog. They live a long time, and are a full time commitment and responsibility. There is a cost to be incurred with dog ownership, in their care, vets bills, keeping it safe, but also on your heart, because a love for a dog is very very special. They can enrich your life in the most wonderful ways, more than you would ever imagine. You just need to put in the time, love and care into your dog, to enhance all the fabulous qualities they have every single day of its life.

Dogs really can be man’s best friend; lets make sure we are theirs.


Look . . .


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Look backward with gratitude,

Look forward with hope,

Look upward with confidence.

Again, I do not know who wrote this saying, but I liked it’s sentiments nonetheless!  I tend to jot down sayings, poems and thought provoking words when I see or hear them, this one was no exception.

It’s a daily affirmation we could all aspire to have! It has depth of meaning, and the more you think about it, the depth seems to deepen, there are so many layers it could apply to!


Your Reflection . . .


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Isn’t it strange when you ask most people to look in a full length mirror, they laugh, squirm, ask if they ‘have’ to and generally feel uncomfortable in seeing themselves in the way everyone else sees them?

When treating a patient, with say a back problem, it is important to assess their gait, how their body is contorting to accommodate the injury. You need to assess how they walk, bend, move, assess the level of the hips, the shoulders, and see any curvature in the spine. I always had full-length mirrors in the clinics I’ve had, so when explaining what has or is happening with a body, the visual imagery can help enormously in the patient grasping an understanding of what their bodies are dealing with.

But usually, with women, the suggestion of them having to look at themselves head to foot, in their underwear is not a happy prospect. I find this fascinating. It isn’t to assess whether you are beautiful, or that I’m asking you to be vain, it isn’t to study your attributes, nor criticise, it is to see the body you are in for what it is, and how it is physically adapting to the injury in question.

Within seconds the embarrassment and uncomfortable initial phase passes and they start to see their body in a way they have never seen themselves before. Seeing how potentially the waistline is more curved on one side than the other, the hip line may be higher on one side, shoulders the same, the head may be slightly turned to a side, off centre. The centre line down the front of the body may be way off straight. It is fascinating and to see the awakening of how their own body is in a patient’s eyes is a wonderful experience, they have seen themselves from outside their body’s maybe for the first time in a non judgemental way, and to add to that, in the company of someone who is just appraising the body whilst respecting the soul.

I keep threatening my yoga ladies that I am going to introduce full-length mirrors into our yoga hall to their many moans and trepidation! But most gyms are equipped with mirrors not only to help disperse the lighting to make the gym appear larger, and also make it easier to keep an eye on everyone for safety reasons; but also for people who want to visibly see they are lifting weights and exercising correctly; and yes ok, some people love to look at themselves too! But seriously, our minds can make us believe we are the most flexible person, who’s arms are always straight when they should be, who’s body’s ability to flex is the same left to right; who’s body is relaxed when it should be; but in reality the very opposite could in actual fact be true.

I usually ask anyone who wants exercises from me to be done at home, that they do them wherever possible in front of a mirror. Again, that concept is met with disapproval and negativity. But I am asking not for the vanity of how gorgeous you are, but to help you check your starting stance, and acknowledge the areas that become apparent from this appraisal. As a teacher, I can see your body, and when I ask you to stand up straight and relax your shoulders down and back, I can see that you are not straight, your shoulders are not relaxed, but in your head, we see ourselves in near perfect posture. It’s the same for me too.

To be truthful and seeing the true movement and shape of your body can be very liberating. It does help prevent some people from kidding themselves, because when the exercise they have been doing is actually seen, they realise their posture has been wrong, hence the benefits they have been expecting have never been felt.

To be able to see your body from an outward perspective has many benefits into its welfare. It also adds a dimension to yourself that may not have been recognised before. So when you next do some stretching, some yoga, or when you want to try and work out why your back hurts, or why you have regular headaches, spend a little time and look at yourself in a mirror. Look at your face, relax the frowns, soften the face, look at your shoulders, see whether one appears higher than the other, look at muscle definition and see whether a muscle appears tighter across the front of the shoulder than the other side, the same into the arm. Look at the waistline and see if there is a difference in the curvature of your outline; put your fingers on the top of the hip and see whether the fingers line up horizontally across your body or whether one side is higher than the other. Look at the knees; again do they look the same, look at the ankles and how the feet are rotating. Look at the spread of the feet on the floor, and the angle of the feet.

The body has a towering effect to keep us upright and functioning. If you have an ankle lets say that rotates slightly differently to the other, then the knees will be first to try and rectify the imbalance, then the hips will feel it, which in turn puts tension into the lower spine unevenly. This will tower itself, left to right, then right to left up the length of the spine, to the neck and shoulders. So no one place in the body works alone, the whole body works as one. Little differences are completely natural, but if the differences are because of injury, or are left to become bigger differences then at some point the body will manifest a pain or problem that will need attention.

So look at yourselves in that mirror; see your body; then see yourself; the ‘you’ inside and be proud you’ve ‘separated’ the two. Much can be achieved when the body is given what it needs, and you can see it as it really is.

Oh and, don’t forget to give yourself permission to be honest and not turn that into a negative mindset. If you can’t stretch visually as well as you can mentally, so be it, don’t beat yourself up, just lessen the stretch to the point of how it should be done, and with practice, the rest will follow to the best of your body’s ability, and that’s all you can ask of it. Be mindful of having fun when you exercise, whether it’s a daily practice or purely for a weekly de-stress. To have a happier state of mind to start with helps every body respond better. Of course we all have off days, and for some the daily schedule has to be adhered to, but generally speaking, mix the routine up a little, doing the same thing every day, can make the body lazy in assimilating the benefits of the what you are doing, and thus will be reflected in your image in the mirror. Plus mentally you’ll get bored and lazy in your approach, and then skip the next session, and then the next when something else sounds more exciting. We’ve all been there I’m sure.

Looking at yourself in a mirror not only has huge educational benefits; it can also fuel our confidence, help us rehearse how we deliver a presentation; help us decide on the best clothes choice. It allows us to communicate directly with ourselves, and the better we know ourselves the happier and fuller life we can live. We owe it to ourselves and our bodies, to know them and look after them the very best way we can. So embrace and enhance your image, give yourself the freedom to be you, and you are most definitely, allowed to admire yourself inwardly and out!



Our Butterflies . . .


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Small Tortoiseshell

On The News yesterday it was stated that nationally our native butterflies are in a definite decline. We do have some beautiful butterflies, and moths actually, which always seem to get forgotten, so to think they are struggling more than ever is very upsetting.

We have a field round our ‘nature inspired garden’ that we leave alone, apart from cutting a walk able path round it. There are a few wild flowers which are self seeded, so 80% grasses. We do not cut this grass, it does its own thing and has established itself into an incredible weave of protection for wildlife as well as being beautiful to look at. We planted some trees and shrubs all producing flowers and berries, again planted with wildlife in mind. During the summer when the grasses are in flower, the soft colours are simply fantastic, from mauve heathery colours to salmon pink, to golden corn shades, really gorgeous, and because there is so much of it, the waves of soft muted colours is truly a beautiful summer treat; and very importantly, it is full of all kinds of wildlife all year round.

There are beds of thistles, which this summer were smothered by hundreds, and I do mean, hundreds of butterflies, moths and bees. I have never seen so many butterflies ever, and not just for a one-day wonder, but for days and weeks, the number of butterflies was utterly amazing. So I am very pleased our tiny corner of the world has helped the butterfly population here at least.


Marbled White

The reason for the national decline is unknown. The weather did cool right off when butterflies were usually at their most prolific, so maybe it was down to that. Farmers will no doubt get some blame as always. But the bigger picture must surely be looked at when pointing the finger towards farmers. Yes, I am biased, but I am also not a fan of commercially driven farming. Huge fields, the chemicals, the ‘chemically dressed’ seeds, the fast field rotation are all aspects I do not endorse at all. Nor GMO but that’s another subject. I favour the organic, nature based farming. Nature and Mother Nature should be embraced and enhanced, not rewritten and manipulated, it will always win in the end!


Painted Lady

Anyway, to list some of what we had here this year:

Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Peacock, Green Vein Whites, Marble Whites, Painted Ladies, Large and Small Whites, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Large and Small Skippers. And so many different moths many of which were daytime ones, I wouldn’t know how to identifying them. The above mentioned are what I have decided we had, I am no expert so my identification of some species may not be correct. We did see a Ruby Tiger Moth, which was stunning. I didn’t see this year however, either a Comma or a Humming Bird Hawk Moth. We have a tiny lavender blue butterfly every year that I am yet to identify.



Ruby Tiger Moth

Check out the Butterfly Conservation website, it gives loads of information from identifying to what plants to use in your garden to attract more of them.

See if there are some butterfly and bee friendly plants, trees and shrubs that can add to your garden. It would appear both butterflies and bees are in desperate need of all of our help. Besides the sight of beautiful butterflies and the sound of bees completes the perfect summer scene!

Even now, when the summer is fast leaving us, we can still help the hibernating species survive by providing suitable sites, get to the gardens folks and do your bit whilst the last few butterflies take advantage of the late summer sun!




Kinder . . .


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Be kinder than is necessary

because, everyone you meet could be

fighting some kind of battle.

Your kindness could help them win their day.

There are always those worse off than ourselves, sometimes we can visually see their impairment, other times, and more oftenly so, we cannot see their inward struggles; that doesn’t mean they are any less painful, nor the damage hard to cope with.

Kindness can heal many mental wounds, and offer hope to someone who feels they have none. You never know, one day it may be you in need of some human kindness to help your day pass.


Mental Health Day


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Today is the national day when we address Mental Health issues. To limit this to one day I think is futile because as I’ve said many times, our mental health can change so quickly. One day we are fine and flowing well, the next we can experience something or our grip on the mental balance we have, slips and our mental health hits a low. It is a fluid state of who we are. For most people it remains within a health scale of balance, for other people the balance can be a bit more of a yoyo, and it does take some coping with.

Either way, our mental health is precious and needs to be treated with great love, care and understanding. Give it respect, space, acceptance and enough time of calm for it to process the data it constantly receives. It is a beautiful facet of who we are as individuals and varies as much as our physical bodies do. Be mindful, literally, of how your mental health state is, honesty is the best policy to adopt, because the mind is with you for every second and every breath of your body. We know much about the scientific workings of our brains and minds, but the vast majority of it and its abilities are out of reach of scientific assessment. That doesn’t make it not real, nor important, to me it means the opposite, it’s the hidden elements of what makes us, us. There are hidden abilities that intuition and instinct tap into, it’s fascinating don’t you think?!

If you have a bruise, a cut, a broken limb you automatically get sympathy and consideration because they are visible. So someone with a broken leg set in plaster is given special consideration for the duration of the plaster, and even after, the rehabilitation time is all given acceptance and understanding. Mental health is invisible to the naked eye, so someone’s mental state cannot be seen. If a person paints on a facade, a smile and jovial persona, why would you assume or even consider how they really are. People who suffer from fluctuating mental wellness, are often masters of disguise, often to their detriment. Mental health is better thought of today than in years gone by, but still it is not easy for some people to express they are struggling mentally. It is not expected to be the case, we are expected to be mentally strong all the time, irrespective of how we live our lives and bombard our consciousness with imagery, data etc. It is precious, it is delicate and it can be damaged and bruised, we just can’t outwardly see the injuries.

Take a moment to assess your own mental health, and then think about family, friends, people around you, and just spend a few minutes thinking what they’ve been through and see if you can see a veil of disguise as to how they are coping. Whether their persona has changed but until you stop and think, you haven’t really noticed. Most of us, at some stage struggle and a sympathetic ear of someone willing to spend a little time focused on you, can be the best and biggest remedy out there. That offering of help, listening, sharing can lift a ton weight off someones shoulders, and to endorse we all struggle at times means that it’s not a stage of failure. We cannot be strong all the time, but we can attain a safe zone of balance which encompasses ups and downs – levels we know we can cope with by using either time out, breathing techniques, counselling, chilling out, de-stressing, supplementation, and many other natural mediums. People perceive weakness in many forms, but our mental health does dictate our quality of life to a great degree, so it is as important to keep healthy as our physical wellness is.

All our mental states are real, so if the mental state is in a bad, negative way it is important to recognise it and find ways to help balance it into a more positive vibe to achieve optimum holistic health.



Humming-Bird Hawk Moth


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Hummingbird Hawk Moth
This is the first summer I have not seen this stunning moth in our garden on the Red Valerian which we have in clumps all over the garden. We have been invaded by rabbits this year, the adults seem to bring in their young and leave them in our garden like using a creche! Consequently, they have devoured many of the plants, red valerian being a particular favourite. So I’m not sure why we haven’t seen these moths, we have still got a lot of the red valerian, but it has been slightly out of synch this summer, so maybe the flowers were not available at the right time of July.

I remember years ago seeing this Hawk-Moth for the first time and was convinced I’d seen a Hummingbird! I have been to Canada and seen Humming Birds there, so seeing these Moths always remind me of British Colombia and the Rockies!

Nature is full of breath taking beautiful things, this little soul is one such gem.


Slow the pace . . .


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Today, I caught up from yesterday;

By tomorrow, I should be ready for today!

The pace of life we are expected to live at times can be bewildering as I’m sure you will all know. However; remember life is flying by incredibly fast, that we cannot change, but make sure you do live your life before it passes you by. Take time to breathe, relax and smell the flowers, daily! Feed your body fuel to attain health, and give your body the sleep it needs to recharge every cell, ready for your tomorrows, with a broad smile!


Medical Tyranny in America?


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I get regular emails from America on natural health issues of the day, some being incredibly scary. The levels some states in America seem to have gone to in controlling what can be grown in gardens to not having any choice about your health care and availability of natural products. By that I mean, it would appear people cannot grow their own veg and food in their own gardens, and certainly not call it organic, and the concept of forced vacinations. Some of the things I read are truly unbelievable, and whilst here in the UK we tend to follow US trends, I hope no such madness ever crosses the water! The power the drug companies have over in America is frightening, and the latest scare, as I understand it, is needing public support or at least public awareness. I have included the information for you to use if you are interested to find out for yourselves.

The issue at the moment, which is time sensitive is relating to imposing of a medical tyranny which would mean health freedom and Informed Consent would be gone.  You would have no legal rights over your medical care. It is astounding to me that such a proposal has even got to be put down on paper, never mind being an imminent reality.

Have a read for yourselves, as happily to date it doesn’t apply to us over here, but for all you Americans who value natural health and health choices it would appear you are about to lose your rights to all of it.

I hope, if what I read is correct, the new CDC’s Regs are trashed once and for all, but it would appear it needs your help. Good Luck