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Janathon day 4

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Dear friends after a great day at school, I was overjoyed to spend the evening with Imo. Steven did a roast diner with all the vegetables including the roasties, Imogen’s favourite and a special vegan gravy for her. Unfortunately she didn’t like my butternut squash loaf because …it was a medley of vegetables… and not a loaf. Not to worry, practice makes perfect!

Tonight I wasn’t unsure of going out for a walk/run under the rain, still I went out and really enjoyed it!

Have a great Tuesday 🙂

End of our hols, in the marais Poitevin

I could count many reasons why it is lovely to spend time with my brother. He is fun, witty, loving and generous..He has transformed his new house in a cosy home. He loves cooking and entertaining and we have met most of his best friends at diner parties that he throws sometimes at the spur of the moment. Today he took us to the Marais Poitevin where his friends Christiane and John live. John is an English man who has lived in France for numerous years and whose French is extremely good. In the photo below, Christiane, my bro, my hubby and John. They are blessed to have their house facing the canal and Christiane was saying how busy the place gets in the summer. Implying that summer has gone, it is true that the temperature has dropped a lot, it feels more like autumn!

 that looks quite quirky with its odd steel bridges, his bent ditches full of water and ‘ragondins’ and its green fields providing sweet pasture to beautiful white horses and sheep. However, we could not understand why the poor horses were covered with flies. 

Back in Niort we went shopping in Leclercq and then my brother prepared one of his speciality, a couscous with all the trimmings. Then I had a dip in the dimly lit swimming-pool.This was rather nice! 

I give thanks to the Lord for an awesome holiday! What about you, what did you do this summer? N.

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The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed!

Psalm 9: 9-10. I find those verses beautiful because they are so encouraging. In times of trouble you can count on the Lord. He is the only one in fact you can rely on and trust entirely. Where are your friends in times of trouble? Are they there for you? Do they listen to you? Not being cynical, they may do for a few days, maybe weeks but after…the ones you are staying by your side, then you know that they are your true friends. It is a sobering fact: nobody likes going through trial and tribulations, right! However, confide in Jesus, who is Lord, he says to you : 28 ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

A prayer tonight.

Thank you Lord for Jesus for He is a Light in our times of tribulation. Thank you Jesus for guiding us and helping us today, thank you for your love and all your blessings, thank you for providing us with food, drink, a roof over our heads, a job, a loving family, caring friends, a country,  where there is freedom. Thank you for nature and the beauty of this world. Thank you for dwelling in us through the Holy Spirit. Keep us safe, help us do your will not ours. We ask, in the name of Jesus, our Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.

 

Psalm 9

1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;

I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;

I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

3 My enemies turn back;

they stumble and perish before you.

4 For you have upheld my right and my cause,

sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.

5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;

you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.

6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,

you have uprooted their cities;

even the memory of them has perished.

7 The Lord reigns for ever;

he has established his throne for judgment.

8 He rules the world in righteousness

and judges the peoples with equity.

9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

11 Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;

proclaim among the nations what he has done.

12 For he who avenges blood remembers;

he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.

13 Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!

Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,

14 that I may declare your praises

in the gates of Daughter Zion,

and there rejoice in your salvation.

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;

their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.

16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;

the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.[c]

17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,

all the nations that forget God.

18 But God will never forget the needy;

the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

Organic milk versus ordinary milk

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Organic milk — 52p a pint               Ordinary milk — 43p a pint

One carton in 12 of the 13 million litres of milk we consume in the UK is now organic

The pros           Healthier fats and other nutrients

Fewer chemicals

Children avoid eczema, Omega-3s tackle heart disease

Cows live longer, happier lives

Preserves traditional farming and rural jobs

The cons

No discernible better taste      High demand is leading to imports

9p-a-pint premium costs a two-child family £1,120 over 20 years

Cows less productive

The difference

Organic feed must be 60 per cent grass, hay or silage

Antibiotic use is limited

No herbicides or artificial fertiliser on pastures

Cattle usually traditional breeds, rather than Holstein and Friesian ‘super-cows’

Cows live longer and are less stressed and farms are encouraged to preserve the environment

When the children were younger, I used to buy organic milk more regularly.

After having read this piece of information I am very tempted to go back to organic milk. What about you dear readers, which milk do you prefer? organic or not? We do buy free-range eggs and as we live in a rural area, it’ s fairly easy to buy them in the villages nearby.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1348392/Organic-milk-IS-better-regular-pint.html#ixzz2gmy70PZ2

The calcium battle: vegetables vs dairy

Photo: Need some calcium inspiration? Forget dairy and go for plant-based calcium sources to provide support to healthy bones and to reduce inflammation in the body. Win!Forget dairy and go for plant-based calcium sources to provide support to healthy bones and to reduce inflammation in the body. Somehow I keep reading snippets of information or I hear that dairy products may no be that good for you! Is  there enough evidence to drop your dairy products? What do you think? Have a beautiful day.

Race for life, Stafford

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Well, I must confess, Darja and I we did not run the 5 kms, we walked at a fast pace and our time was 47 min. This morning, one of my students in my form could not wait to tell me that she raised £90 🙂
I enjoyed taking part and will probably do it again!

Either you hate them or you love them..

onions, lamb and saladI mean, onions. I hated them when I was young, my French mum could not help putting them in every bit of food she used to cook and when I started to ask her, she blatantly would deny it. It lasted until my late teens when she could not disguise it any longer and I was allowed to avoid them. So what made me change my mind? When I came to England, in Windsor, in my twenties, I would admire my new girl friends’ culinary skills (mine were absolutely non-existent). They would cook onion soup, cheese and onion quiche and onions were part of their almost everyday recipes, even home made gravy!Later on, the smell of a burger fried with onions in a bap that we’d buy in a car-boot sale or an open rock concert made me change my mind. If you want to know about the health advantages that onions bring in your diet, click here!

Race for Life

I have been waiting for a nice weather to go on my bike however, spring in the West Midlands has been nothing but warm and light! June has been fine and last week-end was glorious but I have to find excuses for my lack of regular training so I will say that I was not emotionally fit to bike or run or walk after the fire. 
Race for Life
We are settling down in our ‘new home’, and as my darling hubby fixed the puncture in my bike, training for Race for Life becomes  more real. I will probably walk but even to be able to walk for 5 km, I guess that one needs to be able to walk. Quite a few colleagues and students are joining the race too!

Singapore in thick smog!

Indonesia is struggling to contain the raging forest fires that are causing the thick smog which is enveloping Singapore, parts of Malaysia and some Indonesian cities.
On Friday, the government despatched helicopters to the worst affected areas, in a bid to create artificial rain. The plan is to seed the clouds once the temperature is a bit cooler to induce rain over the burning forestland.
Slash-and-burn farming is a technique that involves cutting down vegetation and burning to clear land for cultivation
It is cheaper than using excavators and bulldozers
The illegal burning of forests to clear land for palm oil plantations has long been a problem in Indonesia – particularly during the dry season in the summer
Indonesia’s Environment Minister Balthazar Kambuaya has said the government is investigating several palm oil companies in this respect.
From the BBC
Some of my students told me that they could not be bothered recycling or doing anything to protect the environment because there were more important causes of pollution. Well they are right on one hand. However we must still do our best and keep on fighting for our planet.

Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’… God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’

Genesis 1:26 and 28

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