How to be happy

happy, happiness, sunshine, orange, 70ies, retro, parasolFirst things first: By not trying too hard. We’re doing this for us, there is no price, it’s not a race. And we can’t always be happy, experience extraordinary things and be overwhelmed by a wave of positive energy. I don’t believe anybody who pretends to be permanently happy, everybody has their dark moments, some darker than others and some people may be able to deal with these better than others (or are better in hiding them), but we certainly aren’t constantly happy. Continue reading “How to be happy”

Are superfoods still superfoods by the time we eat them?

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My own crop of grapes

Every year a new superfood emerges – often exotic fruit or veg that have spent significant airmiles travelling to our supermarkets. Do you sometimes wonder if such hyped up superfoods really are still nutritionally superfoods by the time they have travelled, have been distributed, lived on a supermarket shelf, and languished in our fridges before we eat them? Continue reading “Are superfoods still superfoods by the time we eat them?”

Sustainable resolutions for the coming months

Sustainable resolutions, hammock, dreamI prefer not to have resolutions for the coming 12 or so months starting with the new year as these are often tainted by (let’s face it) a drink or two, the afterglow of Christmas, and peer pressure.

I think we often make resolutions for the coming months when we ‘reboot’, maybe that’s after our summer holidays or any other longer break. If the reboot happens to coincide with the new year, so be it. Such resolutions may not be for 12 months, and that’s fine too. I like a mix of small, do-able (sustainable) goals and some aspirational goals that are more like projects and will require some research. These are rather topics I want to focus on, that will give me a vision to work towards. Continue reading “Sustainable resolutions for the coming months”

Snow & pollution – winter gritting

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Snow in Dublin

We all get excited about a little bit of snow (especially in Ireland where this is so rare) and probably find it amusing that people sometimes assume all of Europe will be covered by a blanket of snow over the winter months. But all this white loveliness isn’t entirely pretty. Have you ever thought about the sheer quantities of salt used for winter gritting to keep roads clear? Continue reading “Snow & pollution – winter gritting”

5 Vegetarian breakfast ideas for lazy mornings

A nice breakfast is one of the few ways to help us (me in particular) get out of bed in the morning, especially in the winter when getting up is a hundred times more difficult. And of course it’s a good way to get set up for the day. What better than to have brunch with friends or a relaxed breakfast on a lazy weekend morning? Below a couple of my favourites (all vegetarian):

breakfast, brunch, cinnamon, porridgeCinnamon & maple syrup porridge

My favourite weekend breakfast, sweet, quick to make and very satisfying. Maybe it’s the cinnamon which make it my favourite or the combination of cinnamon with dates & maple syrup…

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