How To Hygge

Now that so many of us are sleep-drunk from another heatwave, and the storms are fast approaching, it feels like an ideal time to curl up indoors with, ‘How To Hygge’, by Signe Johansen. I absolute love how the Nordic attitude to life is simplistic yet decadent, soulful yet matter of fact. Signe Johansen’s unapologetic

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

……with hard work, commitment, love, patience and a shit-tonne of hypoglycaemic attacks, I have recently shaped my verdant, unruly gardens into someplace worth collapsing in. Throughout the shovelling, planting and nurturing, I have been reflecting on the neglect I feel at a core soul level. If I were to post a screenshot of my spirit,

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The Hospital Bed

Have you shit in your bed recently? No? Believe me, then you really are, ‘Living The Dream’. In between oncology and cardiac care, I wondered if the patient before me watched the same fractals of sunlight pour though the blinds across this bed as they lay dying. The room felt like death the moment I

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To The Yard

If my milkshake does in fact happen to bring all the boys to the yard, that’s absolutely fine. I keep men as pets. Peanut Butter And Banana Milkshake – Serves 2 2 Chopped Ripe Bananas 6 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream 2 Tablespoons Crunchy Peanut Butter Splash Of Milk Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup For Glass Whipped Cream

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Lanny

Max Porter’s debut novel, ‘Grief Is The Thing With Feathers’, was beautiful and brilliant but had me crying for hours. In a similar vein, ‘Lanny’, was all mischief, myth and mind bending poetry. In ‘Lanny’, Max Porter marries the profound and the pettiness of a small rural English village by weaving folklore and the mundane

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Authentic, precise, tight writing in which timeless characters are as real as the people you know. Or rather, the people you think you know. There are few writers that make me feel like I’m eavesdropping, but Carver is one of them. You know you really shouldn’t….but the subject matter is more absorbing than your probable

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Apple, Cinnamon And Sultana Overnight Oats

Apple, cinnamon and sultana overnight oats recipe – Serves 2 – generously. Apple Compote – Make this first 2-3 diced cored and skinned sweet apples Splash of vanilla essence Squeeze of runny honey Pinch of ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon of plump sultanas Simmer together on medium heat in a frying pan until apples soften slightly.

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Do I Come Here Often?

Throwback perusal through, ‘Do I Come Here Often?’, with the mordant, miserable and entirely loveable Henry Rollins. Rollins is an insightful man. His writing depicts an interesting and unusual paradox between intense masculinity and profound sensitivity. Emotionally eloquent throughout, the ‘Black Coffee Blues’, journal trilogy is well worth a read, especially if you’re tired of

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Salt Of The Earth

Need a detox? Needing to purge any evil from your life? Relaxing in a salt bath is one of the most soothing and kindest acts to afford yourself when feeling stressed, exhausted and run down. The protective and healing properties of pure essential oils and salt reach far beyond the physical realm. It will serve

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Breakfast For Dinner?

Soul Revival Smoothie Bowl – Serves 2-3 4-5 frozen chopped bananas 2 large handfuls of frozen blueberries/raspberries/strawberries A little coconut water to get the blender going Annihilate in a high powered blender with minimal liquid to sustain the consistency of, ‘nice cream’. Top with bee pollen, sunflower, chia seeds, fresh berries and gay flowers. Infuse

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The Finger

Life has been exceptionally difficult of late. Two stints in hospital. Abnormal ECGs. Overworked and underpaid kidneys. A savage muscle biopsy. The subsequent infection. Morphine night terrors. And the ever predictable and unwavering mortality crisis doing jazz hands in the limelight…..ad infinitum…..compulsory-mind-wank……yawn…. Whenever unwell and vulnerable, our ability to distinguish who might actually be whom

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Electrolyte Roulette

Routine Stand. Move. Collapse Drink potassium Collapse. Correct the hypo Piss out the calcium Sweat through the potassium Sleep off the magnesium Fight for oxygen Trick the renal distal tubular Drink from a rock pool (St Mark’s Solution) Correct the pH of the blood Assuage the disgruntled and flickering heart Collect 15mg of codeine and

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The Old Man And The Sea

There is nothing quite like another hospital admission to make you re-evaluate your priorities. Now home, juggling glucose and electrolytes like knives, I am shuffle walking into a new phase of my life. I have no idea how to plot my path, or even where I’m going. It is all and only one breath after

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothies

Absolutely cannot wait to get back home to make these beauties again….. Ingredients – Serves 2 3 chopped frozen bananas 2 level tablespoons raw cacao powder 3 heaped tablespoons crunchy peanut butter Squeeze of runny honey 250-300ml cold almond milk Blend well and top with fresh raspberries for the ultimate potassium hit 👊🏼. Will keep

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The Light In The Dark

When I was unwell and unworldly, my life was teeming with those who took advantage of my good nature until there was no good nature left. I turned off the tap and all the wordless people went to drink elsewhere. Even though I knew this would happen, I was still so surprised. Few remained who

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Strawberry And Rhubarb Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients – Serves 2 1 large handful of cold pre-poached rhubarb in grenadine 3 chopped frozen bananas 2 handfuls of frozen strawberries 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence A little water to get the blender going You will need a high powered blender for the ‘nice cream’. Have a spatula to hand to scrape down the

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Whole Hearted Salad In A Half Hearted World

There is something supremely healing about caring for yourself and putting the effort into your food or wellbeing. The base of this salad is constructed with fresh micro leaves, herbs and edible flowers. For protein and flavour, I added bacon, and Shropshire blue, as these were easy to hand, then combined with red onion, figs

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