I cut through the modern housing estate, to admire their front gardens and walked to the stream where I’d collected nettles in October. Ahead, a few branches lay obstructing the waterfall ever so slightly. The Peaceful sound of running water… then a young man walking by, observing my gaze commented about how it’d be nice to reach out and remove the obstructions. He told me that his father was the founder of the original conservation society there and now, he and his young family lived up at Mount Ararat, the top house on a steep pathway. We walked up together and admired the view across the ponds. It smells so fresh, on a damp, sunny day.
I’m so delighted that Timberland are sponsoring my new LNPC Ranger coat and boots; stomping further up and turning around to the right, climbing down the old steps and across the meadow towards the pond. A moorhen feeds and reminds me to bring my mum’s old scraps of bread for them in future. Meanwhile a mother and daughter threw their bread into the water.
The sound of gushing Water from Crisbrook Mill, as the water rushes from The old mill wheel as it turns, it is in action! I met The owners are outside gardening, pruning buddleia and deadheading roses. They’ve lived on the premises for two years and enjoy it despite the occasional driver who toots their horn too loudly, going around the corner, in the mornings which disturbs this area of natural beauty; a haven of peace and tranquillity. It’s part of the duality (on a Gemini Full moon) which affects us all. https://www.hayleparknaturereserve.org.uk
We love this time of year; to bring a bit of cheer and nowhere more so than at my favourite vegan cafe, LoveGift. Following the success of the group 2019, we’ll be opening the door again for homemade, wild foliage fun and creativity with bows, ribbons, cones and flowers (fresh and dried).
Join me on Sunday 6th December 12.30 – 5pm, to design natural Christmas Crafts to decorate your home this Christmas.
Group size limited to 5 places. Individual space provided (COVID legal requirements: make space, cover your face and clean hands / sanitiser).
Contact Theresa for Children’s separate workshop places.
Cost includes teaching techniques, refreshments (tea/drink and cake/cookie) Full materials and tools will be supplied. (Lunch excl.) ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED
Christmas Crafts Workshop
Sunday 6th December 2020 12-5pm. Tuition by Theresa Webb. Venue: LoveGift café, 386 Lee High Road, London SE12 8RW. Starts at 12pm, Lunch at 12.30pm, Course starts at 1.30pm finished by 5pm.
Edible leaves, flowers and fruits this season, including berries and mushrooms.
On Friday I went out for a walk in Tovil, Maidstone, an old historical part, in Crissbrook meadows and enjoyed the sound of the weir, ducks, coots and squirrels merrily chasing one another for lunch. I rambled up past an old stone wall to the field above overlooking the mill to find a wonderful little hawthorn tree laden with huge berries.
Neither these pretty pink and orange berries nor the bright pink clusters of berries are edible, above. Savouring that special sound of the leaves beneath my feet; light, crispy and often soggy and muddy and wet. On a pathway, alongside the river, a mother and child were walking along and I chose to return in the same direction, fresh water flowing, gushing from the weir. There was a perfect crop of nettles which I collected for an infusion and placed into a bag. A rosemary bush by the roadside looks in good health, so I snapped a twig off to add into the drink. Home for lunch and a hot drink: rinse and brew the leaves in fresh water with added rosemary sprig. which is the perfect caffeine-free pick-me-up. Nettles are rich in Iron and drinking them like this is a useful addition to our hydration during the cooler weather and to combat the drying effects of central heating . The rosemary oils made the water glossy and the impact was immediate. The soft nettle leaves are harmless and made a perfect addition to lunch with a tree herbal blend, a simple butternut squash soup and fruit.
After lunch, another walk along the river towards East Farliegh. All Along the bridge, children had painted a series of pebbles with designs and uplifting affirmations to bring joy and courage to passers by crossing the river, as a result of the Pandemic. What a great idea and discovery to those who look around. Pretty bright designs, with bold, love yourself, self care, peaceful messages painted on them, had been placed all along the walkway. I walked left under the bridge and the smell of the cut nettles fills the air with a rich metallic scent (from their iron content). I’d collect some more on my return. A peaceful walk, admiring the colours, tree leaves and seeds dancing their way to earth. Boats moored up with their little gated gardens and allotment plots. A kingfisher darted across; a flash of iridescent blue, into the woodlands on the opposite bank. 2 swans a – swimming, glided past. Comfrey with bright blue purple flowers, a slow berry bush and ivy in bloom growing up a large hazel tree. An hour in and I turned back to return to the house. Watching out for wildlife means observing new species as soon as possible; being observant in nature. I sang softly into the soft rain drizzle and Suddenly noticed a large bunch of new mushrooms with a central brown spot and delicate cap markings, followed by another huge cluster all around the base of a tree. Well camouflaged; unnoticed on my way up. Suddenly again, another 2 new fungi species, individual like on stalks, with a waxy flat cap and frilly feeling, open edged gills to touch. Finally, on the left, a small, weeping apple tree, laden with bramley apples, when all other trees had finished and beneath it sat a large bunny rabbit, munching away on an apple!
The Walking for Health group meets at Goldsmiths Community Centre in Downham and divides into groups of no more than x6 at Forster Park. This week we’ve noticed the trees are shedding their leaves, like mini solar panels, no longer required to harness the sunlight through photosynthesis via their chlorophyll, the leaves begin to loose this pigment and in so doing, reveals its bright colours. Beautiful flame reds, pinks, shades of yellow compete against the skyline.
We’re thrilled that Forster Park has Commissioned us to design a new Sensory Garden for 2021 by the current rose garden area. This section has long been in need of a boost as the roses have been there since the last century. In its place we’ll plant scented, edible, touchy-feely plants to engage with all visitors and park users, plus we aim that Glendale will be planting a scented low hedge, natural raised beds, a willow arch and natural pathways, underfoot. Thank you to the Friends at Forster Memorial Park committee for selecting us to bring forward this new development! This week I’m researching local places, visiting the local hot composter Peter, Anne Marie (Lewisham Gardens). Next week I’m consulting together with Jordan, the Green Fund organiser and finally my good friend James and his wife for disability access and guide dog for the blind suitability.
This Saturday Effat and I lead a London National Park City Ranger foraging in Manor Park day out for the Lewisham Rangers. We’ll bring along a selection of wild harvested herbs to taste as well. It promises to be delicious!
We’re planning to launch our first KETO weight balance catering box, to support clients with immune System optimising meals.
During our stay in Wellingborough, Effat collects Local herbs to add into daily menus. In particular, Wild harvested Moringa tree leaves, which add a lot of chlorophyll and therefore magnesium, calcium and Iron into our blood. I ate a high percentage of naturally combined raw living foods (with the exception of a little rice, yogurt and sourdough bread provided by our host).
I notice the positive effects almost immediately. my skin began to glow, my eyes became brighter and my nails grew visibly within a week. I felt able to walk for miles, easily with an increase in energy and stamina. I largely enjoy a variety of fresh no cook vegan plant based including plenty of seasonal and wild leaves; Moringa, dandelion, plantain and blackberries for 12 days. As a result I feel more nourishment and have given up any snacks, with a return eating for our cells, for nourishment and with fewer cravings for sweets or sugar. We eat a large brunch with as much green leaves and the savoury herbal blend.
The tree leaf blends taste great and is a unique blend of wild tree leaves including Mulberry leaves and plum which are suitable to treat diabetics. Mulberries are a deliciously low GI fruit and are suitable for diabetics. The addition of Sprouted Brown rice and millet makes it more fulfilling. All our recommendations for diabetes include Moringa, mulberry and avocado leaves.
Welcome to the first Visit to Hampstead Heath in a while, I’m looking forward to joining up with my old friend Rabbie Kadhim who is leading this event. I recently received a fungi tour Request in Hampstead and am combining this on 20th September.
Following the success of the past nature walks I have organised, this one is easier for everyone to attend.
Sunday 20th September Meet 1pm at GOSPAL OAK station at 1pm, then we have a pleasant stroll through HAMPSTEAD HEATH park, and end near Hampstead tube, and we can grab a bite/drink there.
RSVP and let me know if you like to invite anyone else, so I will reserve a seating area in a bar/pub/cafe in Hampstead for after our walk.
I found an old disused watering can In Islington earlier in the year and saw potential for a planter, complete with a handle, to move it into different areas of the garden. Getting creative is definitely in the air over the holiday period. Especially since the time has varied and I’m needing a different approach to routine. Find your own containers to repurpose and select the best types of plants for your own, or a friend’s garden.
These are my tips for creating a feature planter using rocks inside for drainage and compost. I’ve chosen a selection of bright, colourful flowers and distinctive foliage. Snap dragons are always a firm childhood favourite and grow in random and selected spaces in our garden. A friend donated the pansy and the succulents had grown by the fence and I pulled them up and repotted them. These were in the bathroom on top of a cupboard but I suspect they prefer the outdoors for the wet conditions.
I trailed the stems across the handle of the watering can, which already has holes in the base, ideal for drainage.
Harvest time for berries, on a recent stay to Wellingborough for a ten day raw food visit and retreat. https://youtu.be/bvNU4tGGbIc
Use our new Kitchen Buddy Super seed Colon cleanse blend, to feel more vibrant. I make desserts with it, add it into breakfast cereal or muesli. Simply, add a desert spoon Into a liquid fresh water, juice or blend into fruit purée, for an instant sweet jelly.
The beautiful back garden is being developed by a local gardener Collette, brings her great energy and plant knowledge to developing the back garden. Next door to the house is a small public field; land enclosed by fruit bushes and trees. It’s a very peaceful place and I lay outside beneath an unusual pine tree, placing my legs up the trunk to support my back. Ideal for Morning or evening Meditation and Dancing. I went most days to reconnect with the landscape, secluded from other places. The entrance yields a stretch of wild blackberry bushes and each day we collected a small amount for that day, rinsed them well and added to our breakfast or fruit dessert. As I walk in, turning right from the front garden, I’m met with elder trees, With fresh ripe glowing berries above my head! their clusters dangle within reach and we selected them for a Refreshing Berry juice Mocktail (non alcoholic drink).
We were give a tour around the lakes, wetlands and home to wild water fowl. We discovered woods land spaces and beautiful picturesque homes. To start our day Effat makes raw living food meals in the mornings and afterwards, a chance to explore the towns and to get to know other practitioners and clinics in the area.
Effat the raw living foods metaphysical Instructor produces a different daily meal and there is lots of fibrous juicy foods including melons and no cook soups.
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