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Reflecting

Posted by on December 16, 2019 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

What a beautiful winter’s morning by the Mediterranean. People were out walking their dogs, taking a stroll, cycling, on their at to the Sunday market or, as we were doing, enjoying a morning coffee at a cafe and watching the world go by in the warmth of the sun. It reminded me of being on the sea wall in Vancouver – people out enjoying the fresh air and glad to be alive. I was also thinking of this time last year when my brother had been given just a few weeks to live and my mother was struggling with the effects of vascular dementia....

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11 things you might not know about me

Posted by on November 25, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

11 things you might not know about me It’s only 10 really, as 1 is a lie! Which do you think it is? 1. I’ve lived in 5 different countries 2. I have dual nationality – British and Canadian 3. I used to be a dental hygienist 4. I never learned to ride a bike 5. I had lunch with Liam Neeson 6. I speak Swedish 7. I sailed the Atlantic on a 10 metre yacht 8. I’ve been married 4 times 9. I taught scuba diving in the Caribbean 10. I’ve driven a train 11. I spent a night in jail

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Are you ready to change?

Posted by on November 18, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ready to change? Or you need a change in your life and you are not feeling ready or able to make that change. It might be a small change you are considering, or massive, sweeping change. You don’t have anyone to confide in, or people are giving you conflicting advice? Either way, you feel stuck and feeling stuck gets you nowhere. So time passes and nothing changes. And you still have that underlying feeling of discontent. There have been many changes in my life this year, including losing my remaining 3 close family members and moving from...

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My Personal Chef

Posted by on November 3, 2019 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

  This is a photo of my personal chef looking a little startled that I was taking his picture. He’s not really my personal chef – well, only on Sundays. That’s when I treat myself to rotisserie chicken and potatoes from the village shop. It always smells too good to resist. It’s all part of my self-care Sunday. Increasingly so, I’m realising that self-care is not an indulgence or a luxury. It’s a necessary part of getting things done. Self-care tops up our fuel tank so that we are not running on empty. You may decide you want...

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Friends and Neighbours

Posted by on September 16, 2019 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

  Friends and Neighbours I count myself as the luckiest person in the world because I have the best friends and neighbours ever. No exaggeration. My brother died in January, after a short illness, my mother died in March, age 98, and my nephew a few weeks ago. The amount of support I’ve had during this time has been phenomenal. Clearing out the family home has been a mammoth task – that generation threw nothing away. A huge thank you to you all – you know who you are. Even if you think you may not have contributed much, a few...

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Embrace Change

Posted by on September 9, 2019 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

This is a gift from my neighbour, Lila. We’d passed on the street several times and said hello, then one Sunday evening she knocked at my door and beckoned me to come with her saying “Mon mari est mort” (my husband is dead) and something else I didn’t quite catch as she disappeared round the corner. I went into panic mode and collected my shoes, keys and phone and scurried after her wondering what I was going to find. That shot of adrenaline to the head did wonders for my French and once I’d caught up with her I managed to...

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I’m Back!

Posted by on September 2, 2019 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

  Hello, this is my new neighbour, CousCous. More accurately, I’m his new neighbour. CousCous has lived here for a while – I’m the new kid on the block. Where have I been until now?  Like everyone else, dealing with what life has thrown at me. I’ll go into that in more detail over the coming weeks. Where am I now?? I’m enjoying village life in the south of France. It was time for a change and I chose to make that change. I’ll talk more about change in the coming weeks too. Meanwhile, it’s great to be back. I’ve...

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Enterprise Vision Awards

Posted by on September 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

What a fabulous evening and a wonderful experience to be one of the finalists in the Enterprise Vision Awards for women in business in the north west of England. I met some amazing women and it was a privilege to be amongst them. I didn’t win the award but I certainly don’t feel like a loser. Just to get to the finals and attend the sumptuous gala event for 600 people in the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool was an uplifting and inspiring event. I had the support of so many people to get there – colleagues, friends,...

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Successes to report

Posted by on August 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  It’s a while since my last blog post so what have I been up to? Apart from my attempts to keep the garden and my feisty 95 year old mother under control (I’m having more success with the garden), there have been many successes to record at Walney Cottage. Clients are enjoying the benefits of Yamuna Table treatments and the whole body vibration machine, from weight loss, to rehab after hip and knee replacements, increased circulation speeding up recovery from an auto-immune disease, and massive improvement in lymphoedema where...

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Think outside, no box required

Posted by on March 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

“Think outside, no box required” I saw this quote recently and was captivated by the simplicity yet profundity of the statement. The Oxford definition of a box is: 1a container with a flat base and sides, typically square or rectangular and having a lid 2an area or space enclosed within straight lines There are not a lot of boxes in nature. How many of us would benefit by taking a break, leaving our respective boxes, whether it’s the home or the office, and going outside and simply taking a walk. Taking a walk gets the body...

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