Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : Taking Thyme Out

Solving World Problems One Mum at a Time Sage words Sometimes we have to Take thyme out A bouquet of Parsley Sage More Sage Rosemary and Thyme An after work windy walk to the allotment for a herb harvest. Mentally … Continue reading Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : Taking Thyme Out

Solving World Problems One Mum at A Time : Indulging Imaginations

Indulge Your Imagination Do you ever feel hopelessly overwhelmed with the state of the world and wonder how putting out recycling out once a week, eating more lentils and quinoa and using paper straws will make the blind bit of difference? Today my daughter asked me for a cloth carrier bag to go shopping with instead of a plastic one. This could create a small ripple in our local community and even contribute to world plastic reduction! Who knows what a difference our small seemingly pathetic actions can lead to? This is me on the trip with her and her … Continue reading Solving World Problems One Mum at A Time : Indulging Imaginations

Have Bag Will Pop Up or In!

Pop Up Talks for your Family, School, Business, Workplace. These flexible, fun and fairly priced 1.5 – 3 hour sessions include – – What’s all the Stress About? – ways to teach each other to relax. – Contented Parenting – a Behavioural Transformation model – Mind Space in the Work Place – creating space to just BE? – Yoga & Mindfulness –  how 5 minute movement breaks can create a calm and flexible school/family/workplace community – Lessons From A Teenager –  lessons FROM teens – giving them a powerful voice – How to Love What You Do – Social Media … Continue reading Have Bag Will Pop Up or In!

Pale, Pasty and Pathetic? This might just be the tonic you need.

If you are feeling a bit run down, this is a wonderful immune boosting, comforting and connecting chicken stock, a soup for the soul, I think there’s even a book written about it. I’ve made it since my children were babies. At the moment, they’ve got chesty coughs and colds and are looking and sounding a bit sorry for themselves.  My daughter,  Ellie asked me if I’d make this, given how fussy she can be about her food she can really surprise me with what she enjoys.  Clearly their bodies tell them what they need, apart from all the sweets. Using vegetables recently … Continue reading Pale, Pasty and Pathetic? This might just be the tonic you need.

From Dirty Ood to Spicy Food

Adventures on the Allotment – A Spicy Parsnip Soup The mutant parsnips I dug at the allotment ground yesterday transformed well into a tasty sweet parsnip soup and uplifted with chilli sprinkles. I’ll be planting parsnip seeds in late February, this time I might sieve the soil, although I rather like the Dr Who Ood features of this one.   Over on my Allotment Facebook page I created a short video about it. Recipe – chopped onion, chopped garlic, a large cube of chopped fresh ginger and a big spoon of garam masala all fried together in coconut oil for about 10 minutes. To this softened … Continue reading From Dirty Ood to Spicy Food

Shake It Up

Happy New Year’s Revolution Wrote this post in 2014, still stands (on it’s head) Am avoiding resolutions, routines and ruts. If I find myself doing the same thing  am going to get uncomfortable. Got up to do my ‘usual’ (yawn, how lazzzt year) yoga and meditation but made sure it was in an unusual position, a fresh place and at a new time. Am typing with my nose and in a headstand. And about to drink my tea with a straw. How about you, what Revolutions are you creating? Shake it up. Jane Tyson x Continue reading Shake It Up

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) 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 … Continue reading From Frozen Beetroot Balls to Borscht

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

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 … Continue reading A Christmas Chi Swim