Monthly Archives: December 2016

Oods, Harmony and Miracles – 2017 is your time

Are you Speaking into the Universe’s Listening?

What are you ready to create for 2017 –  are your intentions clear?

I’ve a little red book containing quotes, affirmations and intentions  and I’m conjuring up some more ready for 2017.unnamed

Reading it through and reflecting, I realise why some of the things came to be and also why some of them haven’t – my language wasn’t clear, the intention not confident, belief weak,  and I wasn’t speaking into the Universe’s listening or my own effectively, also what was the big reason?

It’s also fascinating how some  intentions came to pass a few years on and not the year of writing, again largely because I didn’t specify it and there wasn’t clarity and reason.

 

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One of my intentions is to spend 4 or more hours each week at the allotment – always a space for contemplation and meditation. To connect with my Ood and to remind others to do the same (see next post on Ood) click here for my Allotment Rascal Page

I’d also written down a meditation from Jack Canfield’s book – The Key to Living The Law of Attraction (2011). He suggests spending time each day in quiet contemplation, prayer or meditation and this was his simple invocation –

“…in seeking to transform our lives. We ask for guidance and clarity.
We ask that we find our purpose, our mission in life. We ask for divine inspiration.
We ask to be of service.
We ask for help in releasing any old negative or limiting thought patterns.
We ask that our thoughts and actions unfold for the greater good of all people.
We ask that miracles unfold not only in our own life’s but in the lives of others
We are thankful
We ask for peace
We ask for harmony
We ask to make a difference in the world.

There is an inner alchemy that takes place through prayer and meditation. These are the transformational processes that will change you on a cellular level.  They will literally change your brain wave patterns”

It’s good to be re-minded  as many of these words have also been poignant in 2016.

So a Happy New Year to you, may your spells create harmony , miracles and ood.   Where will you start in 2017?

If you believe,  you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
Matthew 21:22

Jane
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Shake It Up

 Happy New Year’s Revolution

I wrote this post in 2014, still stands (on it’s head)

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I’m avoiding resolutions, routines and ruts.

If I find myself doing the same thing I am going to get uncomfortable.

I got up to do my ‘usual’ (yawn, how lazzzt year) yoga and meditation but made sure I did in an unusual position, a fresh place and at a new time.

So I am typing with my nose and in a headstand.

And about to drink my tea with a straw.

Shake it up.

This from one of my favourite Rascals

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Leek Out, Le Leek, C’est Chic

Adventures from the Allotment

Top of the Crops – Leeks

At a recent frosty trip to our allotment I found myself out of breathe pulling up dirty and icy leeks.  Most people on the allotment seem to have given up growing them due to the numerous diseases the leeks can get. However, with no effort on our part they seemed to have spectacularly escaped and look pretty good.

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This year, we did buy them as plug plants from the old fashioned and wonderful Smiths in Mayford, I usually start them off from seeds myself, due to a house move we kept life simple. Sometimes I clean them up by the compost, but my fingers were numb from the cold, so I did trimmed them on our driveway instead.  Soon after, they were transformed into a favourite Winter warming leek and potato soup –

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Leek & Potato Soup Recipe

  • chop leeks into roughly 1/2 cm thick slices
  • gently sweat in large knob of butter and oil for about 20 minutes with lid on
  • add 2 medium peeled and cubed potatoes
  • cover with 1.5l of light vegetable stock
  • boil for about 30 minutes and then blend.
  • season
  • serve with cheese, chopped parsley and crusty bread

 

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Jane x

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From Frozen Beetroot Balls to Borscht

Adventures from Alpha Road Allotment

This week, a frosty allotment harvest has resulted in lots of unexpected recipes being concocted. Today, I brought in my beetroot balls to defrost – a couple were grated and mixed with carrot, salt, pepper, toasted cumin seeds and a splash of red wine vinegar for a raw winter salad whilst the remainder were turned into a borscht served with crusty bread and feta cheese (recipe below)

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Beetroot in the Frozen Ground

There were many recipes for borscht online so, I combined lots of them as usual to make them fit with the ingredients I had available. The result was a meaty and healthy vegetarian supper, which even the kids enjoyed after a few protests at the start.

Beetroot Soup & Beans

  • Fry 1 chopped onion with a crushed clove of  garlic
  • Put this mixture to one side
  • Gently fry 2 sticks diced celery and 2  diced carrots for about 3 minutes
  • Add 3 diced beetroots, a diced potato, some shredded red or green cabbage if you have some, if you have herbs add either dill, couple sprigs thyme etc about 1.5 litres of beef or veg stock and cook for up to 1 hour.
  • Then add the onion and garlic, 1/2 squeezed lemon  (or red wine vinegar), tin of red kidney beans and 1/2 tin of chopped tomatoes (can use fresh tomatoes here too) and cook for about 15 minutes

Serve with crusty bread, chopped parsley or dill if you have some (i didn’t),  feta or soured cream

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Borscht

I’ll start to sow successional rows of beetroot from around mid March with some fleece over the top to give them a warmer start, will share photos then.

Jane x

PS If you have a favourite borscht recipe I’d love to read it

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Disliked by the deer, rabbits, squirrels, pigeons, caterpillars and Ellie – is Kale for you?

Vegetable of the month – Curly KALE 

Of all the brassicas I’ve trialled growing over the years curly Kale is a favourite. Not only because it is so meaty, robust and healthy to eat but it has also for the paskale 2t 12 years survived deer, pigeon, squirrel,  caterpillar attacks and it’s neglectful carers.

Our sandy and dry soil at the Alpha Road Alloment, Woking also provides the perfect conditions for it to grow.   In our early enthusiastic years we grew brussel sprouts, sprouting broccoli, cabbages and more brassicas. However, these need netting, staking, feeding, collars and more and now that we no longer live in walking distance we’ve gone for ease over variety.

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Today, an excited urge to visit and view the frosty allotment whilst my family slept on resulted in a good hair cut for a frosty and bushy kale plant. Polar beetroot balls and icy leeks were also forked and heaved out of the soil. Visiting my Sicilian neighbours chickens warmed my hands slightly, as we sprinkled them Christmas leftovers and chatted about the weather.

The kale defrosted on the way home and I’ve made a simple made up kale salad –

  • threw away the tough stalks
  • chopped and crushed by hand the leaves to release the fragrance
  • toasted a handful or so of walnuts
  • chopped feta
  • spooned over cider vinegar, olive oil and pepper

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More here on the health benefits of kale

There will be regrowth from the leaves I’ve picked for more trimming soon, and I’ll plant new seeds in the Spring or cheat and buy plug plants from ebay.

To Kale or Not to Kale. #iambe

Jane x

A Christmas Chi Swim

Ever had a Chi Swim, a swim where you experience  calm, connection and conciousness? Nor had I, so ever curious, I decided to try it at the Christmas Day swimming session at Spectrum Leisure Centre in Guildford.

This year, I’ve explored more Tai Chi and Qi Gong and have met some very inspirational teachers and pupils. Once I stopped being frustrated with trying to follow the moves and get them right I started to just enjoy moving and being in a meditative state even if I often made it up. With each new session the sequence of moves is becoming clearer and more flowing.

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Tai Chi skills for me mean connecting and communicating with breath, body and energy.  For Christmas, Nanny Gill gave me Danny Dreyer’s  book ‘Chi Running  which gave me the idea to try Chi Swimming. He says the underlying skills in this running form are :

  • focus
  • body sensing
  • breathing
  • relaxing

He continues,  the process is the goal. Chi skills are valuable skills and worthwhile goals at the same time. So each time we practice focusing our mind, we are accomplishing our goal of being focused.

I largely made up my Christmas Chi Swim, I’m sure there’s plenty of writing out finsthere about it however, I’ve decided to write from this experience first and then check what it says after as part of my own learning process.

Firstly, I looked across the water and knew that I wanted to swim 40 lengths, so set an intention to swim them in under 30 minutes. I visualised myself achieving this and sensed how my body and mind would be. I stood, breathed and centered for a moment before I got in the water.

I focused on my dantien, the energy in my core, more here.  I wanted to glide through the water with minimal effort or muscle tension in my limbs with this invisible,  pure energy flowing through my body.

I have swimming fins, which I’m sure are quite a cheats way to swim but they really do help with my alignment and balance and they helped me to achieve a noise and splash reduced swim. I used my arms and hands mostly in front crawl motion, focusing on long smooth, relaxed and efficient movements. I was more aware than ever of the water and felt very present to this and the noises around. My breathing was as long as deep as possible and during the rest breaks I continued to inhale and exhale with awareness.

The swim was sub 30 minutes, infact I also became less aware of the time. It’s definitely an experience I wish to repeat as I did not only feel calm, connected and concious throughout but these sensations lasted the remainder of Christmas Day.

If you’ve ever explored a chi swim or would like to find out more you might also enjoy this chi doggy paddle to get you started.

Jane x