sprigs & sprogs

Prevention better than cure…
August 9, 2013, 14:35
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I have not been very active here for a long time, but have decided to make a change…

We recently went on a little mini break to the Alentejo mountains, staying in a little self-sufficient cottage, surrounded by olive and cork trees and mountains.  To spend your day strolling on ancient footpaths and swimming in a natural river pool, is very healing.

On our last morning while everyone was sleeping, I tiptoed outside with the mornings first cup of coffee and a book. Lying in the hammock taking in all the morning sounds and smells, made me think of what I really want out of life.  I just wanted to pause in that moment, make it last longer…

I don’t think there are many things that can be so soothing and relaxing as nature, you really feel you belong.

This made me wonder, how I can get a little bit of this peace into our busy everyday life.

I have things in mind; yoga, meditation, gardening or just plain positive thinking. So this is what I have decided to dedicate this space to.

Positive Thinking & all things relaxing.

Late 30’s…is that my time to shine….?
June 25, 2013, 11:35
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Ok, I know most think Birthdays are over rated. But not I, I love my Birthday! Today is the day.

To spend it with my loved ones (at least some of them), Sun streaming through the french doors and a promise of an afternoon on the beach… that is a birthday for me. Oh and one wonderful Birthday cake, sitting there on the dresser waiting to be enjoyed, nearly a shame to eat as it’s so pretty…  Will add a picture later.

Have a fab day, I am planning to have a wonderful day. 🙂

Pão por Deus & Halloween
November 1, 2010, 20:51
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We have had a big Sweetie weekend here in Portugal. It started with Pao por Deus at nursery where all the children came home with sweet bags.  Saturday is the “normal” sweetie day in our house, then on Sunday we had a little Halloween celebration with spider webs and bats, so my five-year old insisted that you need to have sweets on Halloween too!

Then today was the proper “Pao por Deus” day, so he went out in the morning with some of his friends, armed with his Pao por Deus bag. Very excited, as last year he got sweets that lasted him for months, keep in mind he normally only eats sweets on Saturday. As you can see on the photo he didn’t do too badly this year either. He had lots of fun, and I decided today I really need to find out what this day is all about.

I found out, with the help of Wikipedia, that The Pão-por-Deus celebration started on 1 November 1755 in Lisbon, after the vast majority of the city’s residents lost everything to the Great Lisbon Earthquake. This procedure spread all over the country and the Portuguese overseas colonies.


These weekends get very intense, and you get to see the bad effects of too much sugar.  And e-numbers! I like to follow the motto: Everything in moderation.

Came across these interesting comments regarding too much sugar in our diet:

When we eat too much sugar, the process called glaciation can occur. When this happens, some of the sugar we consume sticks to the proteins in our body, causing our body tissues to lose their elasticity. It is not just our skin that is affected, but also our internal organs. The faster that the body loses its elasticity, the faster aging occurs.

– Too much sugar in the body also affects our mind’s ability to learn and recognize.

Think I will have stick to my one chocolate bar a week… My favorite of last month; Black Toblerone. The rest of the week I will stick to fruit and almonds.

Would love to hear from you about how to make a delicious but healthy fruit and nut mix.

Common Cold or just an uncommonly drawn out one?
October 12, 2010, 22:26
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Get your daily intake of vitamins from organic fruit and vegetables.

Today has been a beautiful day with blue skies and sunshine… Guess what I got up to? Went to the doctor for an appointment, which had been reschedule without anyone bothering to inform me. Then I ended up on the sofa with the worst headache I have had in years. This headache business was with all certainty, apart of my “common cold”, which I have now decided is a “not-so-common-cold”.  I have been dragging this cold along with me now for weeks, and instead of getting better it seems to be getting worse.

So yesterday I got this advice from a friend of a friend; Chop up an onion and leave it on a plate on your bedside table over night. apparently it is supposed to help unblock your nose.  You can imagine my disappointment when I woke up and couldn’t breathe through my nose. But as the day went on, I was suddenly able to actually blow my nose. If this was the onion or pure coincidence no one will know. But it’s worth a try! I have opted for a big cup of hot water with lemon and honey tonight.

So what are the best tricks in the book to get rid of a common cold?

1. Make sure you catch up on sleep and get enough rest. Have you ever as a parent noticed how you get a cold as soon as you have had a couple of late nights with your little ones? Your immune system goes down with not enough rest, and you are more vulnerable  to viruses.

2. Drink lots of water,  you get dehydrated from having a cold. Water is the best body cleanser, keep in mind that the adult body is 50-60% water. It is used in most functions of the body, without it we would not survive. So drink a little bit extra when unwell.

3. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables, not only are they full of vitamins and nutrients, but they have a high content of water. Which can both help you fight your cold.

4. De-stress, stress is as bad for your immune system as sleep deprivation. Keep calm and relaxed. If you don’t have a relaxing hobby. Learn a simple meditation routine to help you relax.

These are no miracle advice, just common sense. When I find a miracle cure I will be sure to let you know!

Rip Curl Pro 2010 warm up
October 6, 2010, 22:50
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…My fitness regime has come to a grounding halt…

I wish it was only because the Rip Curl Pro 2010 was about to commence, but no. My cold that I thought i had beaten, has come back with a vengeance AND my little boy is poorly.

Never the less, we managed to pop down to Supertubos today to see if there were any Pro’s in the water, we were not disappointed.  In the drizzling rain we got to see both Taj Burrow and Owen Wright surfing, to just mention a few.

My little boy is a keen surf spectator, if he had it his way we would have been standing in the water. The closer the better!