RAWCOOKIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAWCOOKIE RAWCOOKIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Let's go and post a letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257265 Today I had a couple of hours before I have to leave for work - and a letter to post. That gave me the idea of a theme for my walk - letter-boxes! So instead of just posting my letter, I took a tour of my immediate surroundings, walked for about 45 mins, and took some photographs of all the letter-boxes I could think of! Enjoy! (I didn't have time to crop and edit - so you're getting them just as they are!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b387a62-5a76-45d5-9e... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:50:34 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256781 I realise I haven't blogged for a few days - which isn't like me. But I've been at work mostly. <BR> <BR> I've been 'getting out' every day in one way or another - even if it's only to go to work. <BR> <BR> Today I was up early and out for a run. This afternoon I'll be walking across the beach to spend a couple of hours with a friend to do some Cornish language study work. This evening I have evening class. <BR> <BR> I haven't got any photos today - but wanted to check in, to let you ... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:03:28 EST Get out on the right side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254790 This isn't what you're expecting (or it might not surprise you if you know me at all!) - it's about the brain. It has two sides - left, and right. <BR> <BR> I recently watched/listened to what I thought was an amazing TED talk by Jill Bolte Taylor - she is a scientist who specializes in neurophysics. She had a stroke, and talks about the observational research she was able to do on herself - and a wonderful insight into the characteristics of the two hemispheres of the brain. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:30:34 EST Enjoying a sunny spot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254486 A second blog today - because, after my reluctant start to the day - NOT going out ended up being just what I needed. <BR> <BR> You know that saying 'You don't always get what you want; you get what you need?' Well, that's how it felt today. <BR> <BR> The sun shone. My neighbours were out. And I spent several hours sitting in the sunshine - reading, relaxing, listening to the birds, soaking up the sun - smiling! <BR> <BR> I don't have a posh place - but I do have a place to sit in the ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:38:13 EST Mutter, mutter, clutter............ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254358 I've got a day off from work. The sun is shining. I lay in bed feeling depressed this morning - didn't get up until gone 8, then had coffee and Sparked in my PJs until almost 10am when I went to have a shower & get dressed. <BR> <BR> Sigh! Everyday I've said "I don't feel like going out". Today is the same. Yesterday, on the bus to work, I wrote in my journal about all the things I could do today - I made a list of possible places to go and have a nice walk. This morning........ I didn't... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:14:34 EST I don't want to go out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253538 It's 7pm, and I'm supposed to be at an evening class at 7.30pm. <BR> <BR> I don't want to go out! <BR> <BR> It's dark. It's cold. I'm tired. <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> Going out will be good for me....................... <BR> <BR> I'm fighting the resistance to doing what's good for me........... I want to do what's good for me. <BR> <BR> SO <BR> <BR> I'll go out, in the dark, and the cold, and even though I'm feeling tired. <BR> <BR> BECAUSE, it's October, and 'Get Out! is my theme for ... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:12:22 EST Bricks & Mortar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252935 Guess what? I didn't feel like going out today either! But I made myself go out for a walk around town, and today I paid attention to the top floors of the grand buildings that are now mostly shops & restaurants on the lower floors. What rich people must have built these and lived here - the merchants, the ship-owners, the mine-owners, the churchmen, lawyers, doctors and gentry! <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoy this collection of snaps from around town - showing the different architecture aroun... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:37:50 EST A girl with pink hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252244 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ce5a63d-0d16-4f59-b804-9831361e0c90.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Did that title get you interested? I don't always come up with a good title for my blogs - today I went for a walk down a country lane, and encountered a girl with pink hair, a couple of serious cyclists, a woman runner, and a man on a unicycle! <BR> <BR> Once again, I didn't really WANT to go out ............. but I went out anyway! 10 mins from home (uphill all the way - have I menti... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 07:32:16 EST Getting out, before breakfast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251797 Saturday morning.......... no work......... lovely............. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5bb782e2-a300-40bd-b11a-39752670bff0.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I woke up at 5am, just the same as on a week day. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So, I got up, made coffee & did my daily Spark tasks first. I wanted to go out for a run, but it was still pitch black, and I wanted to run along the coast path where there are no lights - so I had to wait until dawn broke. <BR> <BR> I ... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:01:45 EST Popping out to the library http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251319 I haven't blogged for a few days - but I've been out plenty, due to going to and from work! <BR> <BR> Today, the sun is shining, and I have to go to work this afternoon, and I woke up feeling a bit groggy this morning....... and I didn't feel like going out! <BR> <BR> But, I knew I had to pick a book up at the library, so I thought getting out to do that would do me good (it's about a 3 min walk from home!). <BR> <BR> However, guess what? Not only did I pick up my book, but I met some... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:18:03 EST Pleasure & pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249258 Pleasure was collecting my bracelet from the silversmith this morning - I had a new dolphin charm put on. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/827b2e11-8271-41be-9bad-f2f66804eba7.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I have a lovely cross-stitch picture of a dolphin family on the wall above my desk. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f37ddfff-d5ae-4027-b4b7-de1eabc94ced.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The new charm was my reward for completing the 100 Days of Weight Loss book. It si... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:46:05 EST Who needs a gym?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247839 The town I live in is surrounded by the sea - like an island really. And apart from the beach, and the Wharf, everywhere is UP or DOWN! <BR> <BR> Today I thought I'd take a walk around and take some photos of some of the steps! I got out and got a work-out, you get the pictures! (they're all grey because the stones are all granite) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49e0e7e2-6820-4cf3-8b66-122a2fae7eaa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.co... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 11:26:05 EST The Legacy of Gardens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247389 After work today, I decided to walk to the nearest Lidl store, which is right by on the sea front. <BR> <BR> The town I work in, Penzance, has a network of 'opes' or passage-ways all over the place - so it's possible to walk from one place to another without going on the road at all. I love that - all the 'secret' places hidden behind the facade of the town. So, I walked from work, to the shop, entirely on traffic-free paved foot-paths, lined with stone walls and greenery. <BR> <BR> I e... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 13:40:52 EST Healing Green http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246613 Surprisingly for a rural area, we don't have many green spaces here in St Ives. We are surrounded by the sea, and have the beaches and cliffs - but there aren't many parks & gardens places (the couple we have are VERY small). Green trees are so healing I find. <BR> <BR> I didn't feel like going out today, I really didn't. But I knew I'd feel better if I did, so I did! Then, because I didn't feel like going out, I also didn't know where to go, but I did! I had the thought of walking up ... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 07:04:55 EST There, And Back Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245788 There, and back again? Is that a title of a book? Ah, yes! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b51203d2-57dd-4692-badb-51012a6be31c.png"> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> What a brilliant book that is - my son has inherited my copy of the book....... maybe I'll get it from the library and re-read it. <BR> <BR> I am fortunate in that I have a great opportunity to walk every day on my way to and from work (there, and back again!). <BR> <BR> On my walk from home to the... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 16:03:06 EST Do Fish Get Headaches? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244980 It was one of those nights........... awake at 2am, 3am, 4am.......... with a headache. I had drunk a big glass of water during the night, trying to 'wash it away!' At 5am I went and made a cup of coffee and took it back to bed to read. <BR> <BR> My Spark Friend, BDTHOM is doing a 5k race today: Run with the Fishes, and I'd pledged to support him by doing a run on Sunday too. <BR> <link>issaquahrun.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> It was also one of those mornings when I felt like staying in,... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 03:01:19 EST Step away from the table! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244655 Today I was at an all-day event which included a 'shared lunch'. So when midday arrived, there was a table groaning with crusty breads, butter, cheeses, pates, pickles, olives, coleslaw, salads, nuts, crisps, some sort of chilli & rice too - the usual cakes and biscuits etc, some fruit. <BR> <BR> I decided to 'step away from the table' completely, and in the spirit of my Get Out! theme, I decided to put on my coat, and go out for a walk instead. I had a spicy beany wrap from the local s... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 12:12:44 EST Apple fact http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242441 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6d62e63c-f49c-489d-8f99-9cea5cad9d42.png"> <BR> <BR> Caption reads: Did you know that apples are naturally sodium-free? Reduced sodium helps the maintenance of normal blood pressure. <BR> <BR> Another good reason to remember to have an apple a day! Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:48:09 EST Keep your BP down by doing hand-grip exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242113 Over on the Rookie Runners team, my friend, Minnie, shared an article about the benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT) and in the article it also mentioned the benefits of doing hand-grip exercises. I'll give the link, and the section about hand-gripping is a bit of the way down the article. <BR> <BR> As part of a research experiment, people were asked to do hand-grip exercises. <BR> <BR> "They were asked to squeeze away at 30% of their maximum strength for two minutes, doin... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:19:10 EST Apple Papple Apful Puffle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242026 This morning I printed out the first (12wk) scan of my first grandchild (yes! I know! squeaky shrieks of delight!) and the expression 'apple of my eye' popped into my head! What the hell does that mean?!!! <BR> <BR> Off to Google.................. <BR> <BR> The Urban Dictionary tells me it that in Old English the pupil of the eye was called the 'apple'. So being an apple in someone's eye means that they 'have you in their eye' - close to them always - very dear to them. <BR> <em>290</... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:23:00 EST Apple Strudel (with custard - yum!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241608 Another recipe from Happy Herbivore Everyday - basically a tortilla wrap with apple filling - it is yummy! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c2668b4-e4c4-41ba-81d4-31d39b098dbe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What could possibly go wrong with that? Well, I managed to burn the pan softening the apples! Not a good cooking weekend for me! But I caught it just in time - didn't spoil the end product. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4ed5eed-8199-4744-acb6-2d092a... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:12:14 EST Baking Failure - tastes alright ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241070 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b2da19e-adb9-4be7-a2e2-a83a4281dfbe.JPG"> <BR> Apple Fritter Cups - from Happy Herbivore <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d44d43d-bdf3-4b92-a93f-242074a8eea4.JPG"> <BR> Her recipes usually turn out fine - they sounded good! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c7c05a6-59fb-4d74-9e82-cce544795fd6.JPG"> <BR> the only difference was that I used gluten-free flour - and ran out of Baking Soda, so used extra B... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:54:37 EST One for the road? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238873 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b941f7b0-c9b6-4aff-8f4d-4d423c9ceba2.JPG"> <BR> Smiley Apple Face: It had to be done! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> In case you hadn't noticed, I've been collecting apples lately - I'm going away for three days and have quite a few apples left. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/80a90bd3-4cc3-44d6-a480-682f009e9d40.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Top row = Gala <BR> Next row = Discovery <BR> Next row = Cox <BR> Bottom row = W... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:47:00 EST Apple Rings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238249 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d2b0511-43d2-4bbe-a6f4-7264b74f23d6.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I decided to dehydrate some apple rings - one little bag is the end result from four apples after the 70% water and 25% air has been removed! The flavour, however, is all concentrated in those rings and they are little taste-bombs! <BR> <BR> The only problem with a dehydrator in a small, terraced cottage - is the noise. Not like I can put it in the basement and leave it going overnight. ... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 02:31:21 EST Careful how you say this one........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237676 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0df2267f-7483-4981-8cd1-6afedf6c2870.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Cox's - only travelled about 150 miles from Devon to Cornwall. Loose, not packaged. Greengrocer, not supermarket. Don't they look handsome? <BR> <BR> I seem to remember their full name is Cox's Orange Pippins - though these days they just seem to be 'Cox's' - why do we shorten everything? <BR> <BR> They SMELL like apples, my mouth anticipates a strong 'sharp' flavour. I bought just two... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 01:33:02 EST Apples with a strawberry taste? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237198 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f068e2b-be90-4611-9884-ba1c4e91eecc.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Worcester Permain - Worcester for short (for American friends this is pronounced 'Wooster') <BR> <BR> On the www.loveenglishapples.com this apple is described like this: <BR> <BR> Named for its home town, the Worcester was introduced in 1874. The variety has a sweet taste and a unique strawberry-like flavour with a strong aromatic aroma. <BR> <BR> Well, I have to say, the apples I bought... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 03:21:17 EST Apple Cheat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236634 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/516e8620-9de8-4d01-82b5-d8cdf9e464b9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Is it an Apple? Is it a Bear? <BR> No! It's a Yo Yo! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It says it is '1 of your 5 a day' - that's a tall order for something weighing only 20g! What does that tell you? It's concentrated. <BR> <BR> The ingredients are 'apples, pears and a little green veg extract'. They bake 445g of apples and 196g of pears per 100g of yoyos. I make that 128g of fruit i... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 01:21:16 EST Royal Gala http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236080 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b207a87f-36f4-4985-8a8f-c5c391b67c91.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Royal Gala - apparently it's 'Britain's favourite apple' - sweet & juicy. I find them a bit lacking in the 'sharp' - I like a bit of sharp to balance the sweet. However, after work last night, the local shop offered me an option of apples from Chile, New Zealand, or France. So, thinking of air-miles, and in the absence of any British options, I picked up a bag of Royal Gala from France. <... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 01:04:35 EST Good Old Applesauce! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235492 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e56efe9b-288f-4ca0-8c29-796ecb7bb837.JPG"> <BR> <BR> You can do so many things with applesauce. In low-fat, plant-based cooking, applesauce is used in recipes for cakes and cookies as a substitute for the egg/fat element. It's amazing really. Once you get the hang of the principle, you can use other mashed fruit to fulfil the same function - mashed butter-nut squash or pumpkin is often used in recipes in this way. Apple is terrific due to ... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:43:46 EST Heaven & Earth Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234936 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99b78ad2-af7d-43d8-bdd8-ea3561ba00b0.JPG"> <BR> <BR> In French, apple = pomme and potato = pomme de terre, which means earth-apple or apple of the earth. I used to make a delicious homely dish called 'Heaven & Earth' which was layers of potato, onion, cheese, apple - slathered with butter and milk and baked in the oven; undeniably delicious - but very calorific and carborific! Anyway, as I chopped leeks and potatoes and green herbs for my so... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:43:42 EST Great (Grate) Apple! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234424 Yesterday I used two of those delicious Discovery apples to make a juice for lunch: apple, carrot, celery juice, blended with banana, spinach, green powder (spirulina etc) - they made the smoothie sweet and refreshing. <BR> <BR> One apple left! I've made myself a sweet little 'dessert' with 1/4 cup yoghurt, 1/2 grated apple, 2 walnut halves. Sometimes vegans/vegetarians get their protein in their dessert - good trick! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7795f1ac-493... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:41:01 EST Apple Doh-nut! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233716 If you've never tried peanut butter (or any seed/nut butter with a little salt) with apple slices, you won't know the pleasure this Apple Doh-nut will bring me when I have it for my Sunday snack later! <BR> <BR> I'm the kind of person who loves to layer and load my food. This was a concept I first identified when I read David Kessler's book 'The end of overeating'. It's the way food manufacturers get us to eat more and more of their products. It's the 'salted caramel with crunchy nuts, cov... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 02:12:51 EST 2016 5% Fall Challenge - exercise commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233463 It doesn't matter how many Challenges you join - unless you DO the work, you are not going to get the results. Our initial challenge is to commit to doing 30 mins exercise a day - real exercise. <BR> <BR> I already walk rather a lot more than most people I know - I walk for at least an hour a day just go get from home to the bus station, from the bus station to work - then in reverse coming home. I do try to do something exercisey every day - see my shared Fitness Tracker on my Spark Pa... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 15:17:41 EST Discovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233176 Oh joy! I found a bag of home-grown apples in the supermarket yesterday - Discovery! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b406af01-fa1f-4834-b598-b2594662cbad.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And they are DeLicious!!!! It's like drinking Champagne! Juicy, crisp, fragrant. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c37a3d14-530b-4a6d-a30e-cfd9af68978e.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Beautiful colour, glorious aroma, I could get drunk on them! <BR> <BR> and in the spirit of 'discov... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 01:27:24 EST Coconut Macaroons - Portion Control technique - nothing to do with apples! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232800 I follow the No S diet - which means that, on days that begin with 'S' I can have something I fancy - with moderation (or even without moderation, if I so choose!) I fancied these coconut macaroons, which I've had before, many times! I've eaten the whole box before, easily! <BR> <BR> Six 'large' macaroons in the box - very attractive <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/db180fbe-ae5d-48fc-ac34-4f643e1c9097.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I wouldn't describe them as 'large' really - 2"? ... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 10:33:33 EST How many apples? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232638 I spotted this on my twitter feed yesterday - I follow @veganuary - I just loved the picture and hope you do too! I tried to enter the competition, but the site didn't seem to want to accept my number, so I gave up. I'm not sure what Poptang is - I think it's a kind of popcorn? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31b4bfc2-fa41-42f1-a5be-3d0c1bbcd7ae.png"> <BR> <BR> (you might not be able to read that - it says to count how many apples in the picture, then enter them... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 03:24:50 EST Apple Shape http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232085 Those body-shape calculations always have me as an 'apple' shape - heavier above the waist than below - hardly any hips, slim limbs, wide shoulders for my hips. I can get my jeans on without undoing them because my hips aren't much wider than my waist. Recently, on Spark People, I've noticed there is now an 'avocado' shape - which falls between the old 'apple' and 'pear' shapes - and if I keep my waist measurement down, I get 'avocado'. It's a real struggle to get my waist measurement down!... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 04:06:10 EST Places still left on the 5% Fall Challenge - interested? read on..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231809 Hi, I know that several of my Spark Friends are already on the 5% Fall Challenge. Some of them are loyal 5% Challengers and I'm a relative newbie. <BR> <BR> Having just completed the 100 Days of Weight Loss for the ?fourth time - I felt I'd like to have a go at the Fall Challenge this year which starts on 24th September and will end just around Thanksgiving time. If you haven't done one of these Challenges before, they are very motivating - you check in at least weekly with your points (fo... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 15:48:26 EST Windfall Freebies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231477 Ah, it really is Autumn - my neighbours have their bucket of 'help yourself!' windfall apples by the front gate - they are Bramley's cooking apples. I picked up two. Thank you very much! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a4da4d5a-20c3-4bb0-b9a3-d90dd347afa3.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I know I'm old when I have to fish out my oldest cookery book to find recipes (not that I need one really!) for Baked Apples! I am going to try baking one of the apples in my small slow-cooker ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 04:52:00 EST Raw Apple Pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230847 On Sunday, I used a couple of those apples to make a raw apple crisp. I have a really easy raw food book by Jennifer Cornbleet called "Raw Food Made Easy - for 1 or 2 people" which is one of my well-used cookery books. <BR> <BR> All the raw food fruit pies, tarts, crumble, crisps are similar in preparation: there's the apple mixture, then there's the crust-type mixture. The apple mixture is just apples, lemon juice, dates/raisins, cinnamon. The crust mixture is just nuts and dates basic... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 02:26:36 EST Bobbing along! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230302 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a4adae8-a13b-45a7-9c3a-3863d52faf70.png"> <BR> <BR> Why do apples float? Because they're less dense than water - with about 25% air in them! <BR> <BR> So with about 25% air (which presumably weighs nothing) and 70+% water - there's not much in an apple, which is why they don't have many calories! Ta da! Mon, 5 Sep 2016 01:32:17 EST English Apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229803 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6d83bc7c-e452-4e49-ae61-1b5345d6b868.png"> <BR> <BR> I'm afraid this will only work for people living in England - but I found this cool website promoting English apples - and found that I could find out what varieties are available in September - and what apples grow in the part of the country where I live - ie LOCAL. <BR> <BR> <link>www.loveenglishapples.com </link> <BR> <BR> That led me on to check out how far the Pink Lady from Chile h... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 03:35:18 EST Pink Ladies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229294 After work last night, I called into the local shop and bought some apples. I decided on some crisp, juicy, not-too-sharp, not-too-sweet Pink Ladies. It's a small supermarket - so I didn't have many options. At the moment, there are Braeburns, Pink Ladies, and Royal Gala on offer. <BR> <BR> Of course, they're only just coming into season here - so these are from Chile.............. sorry! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b1be75aa-59c6-44e2-9610-1b44713fdfe4.JPG"> <BR>... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 04:44:15 EST The cost of health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228726 I went into the chemist's yesterday, to check out the Vitamin C & Zinc type supplements. There were loads of different things to choose from - so many different combinations. Then I had to figure out all the different 'deal' offers - 3-for-2 for example. <BR> <BR> I read all the ingredients on the basic supplements - and they didn't have enough Vitamin C in them to boost the immune system. Then they had flavourings, sweeteners and stuff in them that I didn't really want............... <BR... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 01:31:02 EST An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228123 The apple tree in my garden has no apples this year.......... I think the wind may have blown the blossom off, or the bees didn't get to it. However, my neighbour's tree has apples! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5562749-c2da-44e8-86c1-dccc23a83df2.JPG"> <BR> (can you see them? it was a hurried shot from my front door this morning) <BR> <BR> Today, I don't have an apple - but in my pack-up for the day, I have grapes, raw carrots, raw broccoli, raw tomatoes. I... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 02:19:44 EST Falling Forwards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225949 Well, seems like Fall is on the way, despite my efforts to convince myself otherwise! <BR> <BR> I've joined the 5% Fall Challenge, as more of a 'maintainer' than a loser, but I have a few pounds to lose and I fancied being part of the gang this Autumn/Fall. <BR> <BR> I love to update my Spark Page each month, and have my ideas waiting to be revealed on 1st September! <BR> <BR> I know that the saying goes 'Spring Forwards, Fall Backwards' as a mnemonic to remember which way the clocks g... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:23:13 EST Making camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224955 Well, after my blog the other day about micro-adventures, including sleeping outdoors - seems all the votes were against sleeping out, except for One Who Is BDTHOM - who promptly went off and spent the night out on the mountain - in his TENT! <BR> <BR> This prompted me <BR> <em>223</em> <BR> to go into the dark, damp, under-the-stairs, cupboard and fish out my tent............ which hasn't seen the light of day for at least 7 years (if not more). <BR> <BR> Well, to my great surpris... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:17:02 EST I want to ride my bicycle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224293 I want to ride my bicycle <BR> I want to ride my bike <BR> I want to ride my bicycle <BR> I want to ride it where I like <BR> Bicycle, Bicycle, Bicycle <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwvW<BR>tZl2ICY </link> <BR> the jury is out on what those lyrics really meant...... but, let's just take as meaning a bicycle, right?! <BR> <BR> Some people are interested in the bicycle I have in my garden shed............ Today - I went in! I had to move a whole load of things to GET ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:28:54 EST Go by Bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223514 Yesterday I mentioned poetry, and Dr Seuss. Then I read about bicycles. Then a new Spark friend dropped a Goodie in for me - and bikes & poetry became uppermost in my mind! <BR> <BR> I just LOVE Dr Seuss - I used to LOVE reading these books to my son, and I just love the creative words and images in his books. This is the way I love to learn myself - allowing the mind to roam freely and to explore and discover things. I enjoyed Mind Mapping when Tony Buzan 'invented' it - it's the same ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:37:43 EST Shock absorbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222920 Are you wondering "what on earth?......." sports bras? No. cars? No. <BR> <BR> Poetry! <BR> <BR> Yes, poetry! Gosh, as you all know by now, I love Diane Ackerman's writing so much there's just too much to blog about! It's 'busy' writing - very descriptive and fast-moving with ideas bursting out all over the place. She began as a teacher of creative writing and poetry - so her prose is very poetically descriptive. <BR> <BR> I've been mildly attracted to the idea of poetry for some time - ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:39:18 EST