Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free

Okay so I’ve been missing in action – it’s been a busy few months for me, but ten days ago I decided I’d had enough of an addiction that I’ve been battling for decades.

So I’ve started down the route of reducing and eliminating sugar from my diet. I have been eating fruit – two pieces a day, but apart from the sugar in the Soy Milk I drink, that’s it. No sugary sweets or desserts, and what a difference I’m finding.

As you might know, I’m also menopausing – after undergoing the big operations in the previous two years, and I’ve found eliminating both excess sugar, and gluten has had a benefit of reducing my horrendous night sweats and hot flushes.

It’s hard, I’m not saying giving up a lifetime addiction is easy, I can easily be distracted into looking at super sweet desserts or pondering what I’m going to chew on while writing my assignments for University….But it’s going to be worth it in the long run.

Some books that I found really helpful in my decision included:

Sweet Poison by David Gillespie and I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson.

Sweet Poison author David Gillespie

I Quit Sugar

how to make your own almond milk


This is a must for those of us living with dairy intolerances

Originally posted on The Muffin Myth:

how to make almond milk // the muffin mythWhen I first moved to Sweden I had a list of foodstuffs I needed to source out in order to ensure my happiness. Among other things, tofu, nutritional yeast, and soy milk were must haves. I’ve always been a soy milk girl when it comes to non-dairy milks, though I know that these days it isn’t particularly in vogue and people are slurping back almond milk like nobody’s business. I still treat myself to soy milk from time to time, but I don’t often buy it. My gripes with most store-bought nut milks are threefold. First, I find the protein : fat ratio is usually not what I’m looking for, second, there is usually a lot of added sugar, and third, most are loaded with all kinds of thickeners, stabilizers, and preservatives.

how to make your own almond milk // the muffin myth

I’ve come around to almond milk lately, especially when it’s home made. Soak, blend, strain, and boom! You’ve milked those…

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Living in the time of hate and fear – HATE NOT, FEAR NOT by ROBERT GRAVES

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but these days, it appears to me, there is a tendency to fall back on hate and fear as the easy path. I see it on the streets, people prefer these two strong emotional responses than having to bother reaching out and making a true connection.

I found this poem and wanted to share it with you, written as it was by Graves during the First World War


Kill if you must, but never hate:
Man is but grass and hate is blight,
The sun will scorch you soon or late,
Die wholesome then, since you must fight.

Hate is a fear, and fear is rot
That cankers root and fruit alike,
Fight cleanly then, hate not, fear not,
Strike with no madness when you strike.

Fever and fear distract the world,
But calm be you though madmen shout,
Through blazing fires of battle hurled,
Hate not, strike, fear not, stare Death out!

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Life has gotten busy again, and we have the NBN finally rolling out – so that makes me happy because we’ll finally get reliable internet.

But the downside is that there will be few posts while it happens as the installers are mucking around with our phone lines.

So for now, I wish you well and see you on the flipside!

World Ovarian Cancer Day


Fed Square Anzac Day 2014


Look at all these beautiful folks and flowers! Get behind this, and help honour those fallen.

Originally posted on 5000 POPPIES:

I can’t quite believe that more than a week has passed since our wonderful day in Fed Square on Anzac Day … we were swamped literally from the moment we set up at 9.00 a.m. …. until we had to drag Janet Welch away from her adoring public at 4.30 …. such was the interest in the project.  We had visitors from all over the globe sitting making poppies with us, and it was such a beautiful day for the marchers.  We had a really lovely time making poppies … teaching … and just chatting about the project.  So thank you to all who participated …. and a special thanks to those who were there to help out on the day …  as they say … a picture says a thousand words ….

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Ballarat Heritage Weekend – Pop Up Collective Market 10 & 11 May 2014


I love anything handcrafted, so I’ll be going along to this

Originally posted on goomo cloth:

With Mothers’ Day on Sunday, the Pop Up Collective Market, at the Mechanics’ Institute, 117 Sturt Street, Ballarat is the perfect place for purchasing a unique and handcrafted gift. 

A fresh batch of my magnificent Australian Merino Fingerless mittens will be available.  Each one is hand made by me and individually hand dyed.  Plants and metals are used exclusively for the dyeing process, Australian plants are my focus. 

What a sweet combination:  Australian Merino, Australian made and naturally dyed with Australian plants.

Beautiful to wear: Australian Merino, so light and so warm

Beautiful to wear: Australian Merino, so light and so warm


To see full details of the Ballarat Heritage weekend, including the program:-

To find out more about the Pop-Up Collective:

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