Our 19 year old came home from a weekend away in February and announced that she had sorted her life out.  She had decided to be baptised into the saving name of Jesus Christ, go to college (and picked the course) and she was going to South Africa on a mission in July!

We are not talking about an outgoing confident child here, but someone who is shy and insecure.  She realised she needed to get out of her comfort zone, so she did!  She has posted some lovely pics on FB and written us a long email (only 1!)  We have missed her and can’t wait for her to come home (for a week before she moves out) next weekend.

This pic  sums up our faith, and why she is in South Africa right now:

Click on the pic so you can read it!


We had some pallets kicking around the garden, I wanted to clear the mess, and I wanted more space for veggie growing, but all the beds were full of weeds!

So, I took one of these:

Cut it into smaller ‘planks’ each having 3 individual planks attached to the big chunky bits, by cutting through the big chunky bits.

I used one ‘plank as the base, and the other two for the sides by screwing from the bottom.  To keep the structure rigid I cut 4 pieces of waste timber the same width as the finished planter and nailed them to the sides, two each side.

I kept the chunky bits for feet, rigidity and to make two definate spaces inside the planter for support of pots or bags.

Painted blue they took me an hour each.  One supports top heavy garden centre grown veg plants, the other has compost sacks in.  I planted up one with peas, the other with beans.  It may be too late for a crop this year, but lets see………

I used Cuprinol garden shades in a dark blue that I really don’t like much.  I added 100% white masonary paint which took the colour down a bit, but it is still a bit ‘blue for me.  I will probably whitewash them to take the colour down even further later in the summer.

When you look at a wonderful wood fireplace it usually burns just fine. However, occasionally a spark or hot cinder shoots and burns a little hole in your carpet. Over the months and years, you will have a damaged carpet in front of your fireplace. Look at the fireplace as the furnace of your cell and the hot cinders as free radicals. Your carpet is your body. Whatever part of your body wears out first is the type of disease you will develop. If it is your brain, you could get Alzheimer’s dementia or Parkinson’s disease. If it is your eyes, you could develop a cataract or macular degeneration. If it is your arteries, you could develop a heart attack or stroke. 
You are not defenseless against this process. Antioxidants are like the fine wire mesh or glass doors you place in front of your fireplace. The sparks are still going to fly; however, your carpet—your body—is protected. This is the key. To protect your body, you want enough antioxidants on board to handle the number of free radicals you produce.   The best way to achieve this goal is to take high-quality, complete and balanced nutritional supplements.

Cransley Hotel

We had our annual USANA UK convention in Bournemouth again this year.  It was a great time to meet up with my team and others in the UK getting the message of true health and true wealth out  there

This is my site, take a peek!

We stayed in a lovely little hotel on the Knyverton road.  You know how you look at photos on a hotel website and they look lovely, but when you get there you can see that they were being rather selective and the place doesn’t really match up to your expectations?  Well, not like that with this site and hotel, it was just as lovely as the pictures.

At breafast each morning we were greeted by name and served our individual choices freshly bought and cooked each day.  There was beautiful clasical music playing downstairs all day which was very relaxing and added to the feel of the place.

This is a place I will return to time and time again.

Down on the farm

The Little one had his nursery trip to Barnum’s Farm near Watford Gap in Northamptonshire.  As a mother with no small children at home, I was invited to come along and wear myself out too.

We had a wonderful day, I had forgotten how exhasting 3 small children together were.  I was given an additional 2 boys to look after and spent the day trying to heard them, it was like hearding spiders.

Burnums is a compact working farm and is ideal for taking littlies to.  You can see them where ever they run to.

We fed the lambs.  I have never seen anything like it!  All the kiddies and helpers sat on bales of straw around the barn, whilst 3 pens of cade (orphaned) lambs got increasingly frantic.  The farmers passed out bottles of milk to the kids and then opened 1 pen.  About 20 large lambs came charging out and ran for the bottles, they were pushing and shoving and climbing all over each other in their haste to get their milk.  When they were done they charged back into their pen for solid food.  This was repeated onther twice giving all the kids a chance to hold a bottle of milk.  A couple of the kids were scared, but the rest of them were just amazed and delighted to have such an experience.

The best bits of course were the chickens!

On the way home the little one just pegged out!

Just look at that concentration!


You will hear the argument that we need to supplement our diet because of the depleted nutrients in our food today. This is true; however, it is not the main reason to supplement your diet. The main reason is because of the tremendous number of free radicals we produce. Our stressful lifestyles, polluted environment, and over-medicated society causes this generation to handle more free radicals than any previous generation. Remember, it is about balance. You need enough antioxidants available to manage the number of free radicals you produce.
The medical literature now shows us that the optimal level of the antioxidants and their supporting nutrients needed to prevent or decrease the risk of chronic degenerative diseases is much greater than the amount we can obtain from our depleted food supply. Our best option to prevent or slow down this process of oxidative stress is to take high-quality, complete and balanced nutritional supplements the rest of our lives.

We found this chair on the side of the road in Leicester a couple of weeks ago.  It was a bit sad and lonely so we put it in the boot.

A quick rub down, a couple of coats of ‘China Cup’ emulsion and a coating of wax.  Then using a bargain remnant from Dunelm stapled to the old board and foam………we have a new chair!