Sunday, 5 April 2015

In no particular order........

Got out of the swing of posting so busy with election...it seems to dominate everything.  So here are a few random items to start me going again......



I bought this Poinsettia beginning of December and here we are 5th April!!  Seems happy - long may it last!
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So much talk about cost of living and price of food - even more so with election coming up!  I know i have posted on this before but it is possible to eat well and cheaply!  Here is an example ...our visit to the market last week....

9 long red peppers
2 lbs sprouts
2.5 lbs carrots
2 large cucumbers
3 bunches spring onions
1.5 lbs tomatoes
2 x 2.5lb cauliflowers

All for £8.50

Could have bought large bag of onions for £1 and also large bag of potatoes for a £1.
Lidl and Aldi also stock modestly priced fruit and veg....so why do people still talk as if these items are still out of reach?  If you cook and spend wisely you can live well.

I am tired of hearing about people who seemingly have no option but to live on takeaways - surely it is more expensive to live like this than to prepare food for yourself?  Is it that some can't cook or won't cook, or lazy? 

We have an obesity crisis which the NHS is finding very difficult to manage.  I read this article the other day and realised how hopeless it can be. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3022157/Takeaway-boom-fuelling-obesity-Number-45-places-poorest-areas-eateries-20-years-ago.html

Conclusion ..... people need to eat properly and take care of themselves but take personal responsibility.  We can't force alternative way of living but we do need to educate and provide basic nutritional advice at school and teach how to cook the basics.

Last night I watched a programme on Channel 4 called Embarrassing Fat Bodies where a team of doctors helped the seriously obese tackle their problems.  It was quite enlightening.  The 3 individuals featured had similar feelings ...mainly "being out of control". It was very sad to watch and questions kept being raised as to why do people do this to themselves.  The advice given was excellent and you would hope that these three would now be on a path to a better quality of life but it won't be easy.  This is a mega mega problem and no easy answers.

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We are now delivering loads and loads of leaflets for the Conservative Party.  I have been out this morning for a couple of hours and apart from being genuinely interesting in promoting the Party have also been able to put in my daily exercise.  You do get into a rhythm and because you have a sense of purpose.....completing task and getting home for lunch makes for a brisk walk!!

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Sad day today 4 years ago my mother passed away having endured motor neurone disease. It amazing how the years fly by doesn't seem like 4 years but she is not forgotten.  I am sure you like me have experienced loss but somehow they feel they are still with you and are often mentioned.

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                    Enjoy your chocolate!!  Happy Easter to my readers!!!