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14 Sep

How many pickled onions is too many?

I had brought a jar of pickled onions on impulse at my local farm shop. I hadn’t had them for ages and there they were just sitting on the counter waiting for me to buy them. And I had some wonderful black bomber cheddar in the fridge which I knew they would complement beautifully. As I finished the 5th pickled onion I found myself thinking – “I wonder how many pickled onion is too many to eat in one go?” Which leads me to pondering – how do we know when something is too much? Or indeed not enough? What…..

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1 Mar

The Wrong Hand

Have you ever tried to do something using the wrong hand? I have been using the Action for Happiness – Happy New Year Calendar since the beginning of the year.  January 4th suggested I did something kind for myself – so I booked myself a back massage.  My therapist spotted that the muscles on the left side of my back were much more developed than the right.  Upon questioning me, she was concerned that I was using my right hand pretty much exclusively to muck out the horses and to poo pick the fields. The next day I decided to…..

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30 Aug

Connected or Not?

Oooh S..T (not every ladylike, I know) I said to myself, and hopefully not that loudly, as I realised that I have left my mobile phone in the training room on the other side of London.  I am now panicking as I am due to meet an old friend in Bank tube station and I have no way of contacting her.  Miraculously after trying several different exits, I find her.  Over a much needed glass of wine we talk about how reliant we are on the technology and reminisce about the days when we could memorise 20 phone numbers! Being…..

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30 Aug

About Time

The tears are falling down my face, not pouring, just drizzling gently.  And yet I feel a warm glow in my stomach and the beginnings of a smile creeping onto my lips.  The words are really resonating. I am feeling a little moved. “And so he told me his secret formula for happiness. Part one of the two part plan was that I should just get on with ordinary life, living it day by day, like anyone else. But then came part two of Dad’s plan. He told me to live every day again almost exactly the same. The first…..

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8 May

I want what you have

“You have got to come and see this” I call to my husband.  “Your cat – Astro is definitely his cat – has managed to ensconce himself in the cat basket.” Nothing too remarkable about that I hear you say.  Well it tweaked my fancy as the cat basket had been sitting on some boxes in the utility room for about 5 years and had never been used by either of our cats. When we were “adopted” by our friend’s cat “Brother”, he decided to use the cat basket. He snores gently in it most of the day and all…..

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8 May

In an Instant

In an instant we can fall in love, buy a new shirt and salivate at the smell of our favourite dish. We live in a world of instant gratification, snapchat and superfast broadband speeds.  We want everything now and, with interest free credit and buy-now-pay-later schemes, in many instances, we can have it now. And yet is this really how we human beings work (best)?  Is it really love at first sight? Or a compulsive urge to purchase that new shirt? Or some trigger in our nervous system that has us salivate at a smell? What actually happens in that…..

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