A Misty Blue Wreath for a Baby

Mistry blue wreath resize blog 650Misty Blue (limonium) wreath created by Carousel Flora celebrating a new baby’s arrival

I have to admit that I didn’t gather this beautiful limonium myself but discovered it displayed at a local growers’. Joc Pederson Jersey Thrilled to bits,

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    What If …. Nutrition Could Heal Mental Illness?

    Last night despite a seriously miserable head cold I ventured out to UC for a free lecture about the relationship between nutrition and mental illness. The lecture theatre was packed out. Goedkoop Air Max 2016 Schoenen The subject matter obviously pressed a button for many of us and we wanted to find out more.

    I am really interested in how a healthy balanced diet and good nutrition can affect mood, concentration and sleep, and also perhaps help combat long-term mental decline. I know from experience how much sharper and less foggy my mind seems to be since I switched to a virtually sugar-free diet six months ago. Nothing else has changed in my life; I’ve still got the chaos going on around me. new balance 1500 bordeaux femme I’m still busy. I’m still an average sleeper but my brain does seem to be functioning a little better. Hurray for that.

    Back to last night’s lecture by Julia Rucklidge, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Canterbury University.

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    The facts are there. nike air max 2017 dames Rood Mental illness is on the up all over the world and studies have shown that higher rates of mental illness are linked to a western diet (one high in refined carbohydrates and processed foods). fjallraven kanken uk And that in many cases the pharmaceutical response to these mental illnesses does not work long term. asics homme Julia has conducted longitudinal on-off studies using micro-nutrient supplements in place of traditional drugs, which show profound results for patients suffering from a range of mental illnesses including schizophrenia, ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety and dementia. Fjallraven Kanken No.2 It is quite compelling evidence.

    This lecture reinforced my belief that diet is directly linked to the quality of one’s life and mental and physical well being. Mochilas Kanken Mini Eating a variety of wholefoods and cooking meals from scratch, shopping responsibly, knowing where your food comes from and how it is grown surely gives you more control over your health. Nike Air Max 90 Heren Choosing organic foods that are grown in nutrient-rich soil (not soil over-farmed and chemically-enhanced) and supporting local growers whose foods are fresher and therefore richer in nutrients, has to be a better option than cooking with ingredients that take 10 days to reach supermarket shelves and have been chemically-treated to prolong their shelf-life.

    The idea that the food you eat affects your health is not new. It has been around for centuries. new balance blanche asos That old saying ‘ Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Make Medicine Be Thy Food’ pretty much sums it up.

    And whenever I am struggling with my life and hectic commitments I go back to the basics. Eat well, exercise and be more mindful.

    Inspired by the Old Dutch Masters

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    Teena is a true gatherer and loyal Carousel Flora advocate whose only rule when it comes to creating floral designs is ‘never get stuck on limiting the ingredients just because they’re not traditionally considered a ‘flower’. Justin Tucker Ravens Jerseys Yay to that.

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    She told us she drew her inspiration from the wonderful ‘Old Dutch Masters’ still life paintings she so loves with their traditionally rich and contrasted colour palettes,

    Vintage-inspired Flower Shop in Nelson

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    A scattering of rose petals strewn on the pavement outside the front door drew Rachel into Imperial Rose Flowers,

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    Driftwood constructions and a mantra for 2014

    photo 1photo 2Driftwood sculptures along the coastline heading towards Farewell Spit

    Rachel has photographed these amazing driftwood constructions whilst freedom camping along the north-eastern coastline of the South Island.

    And I am finally finding the time to sit down at my computer and think about our blog after a wonderfully frenetic summer break spent traveling and entertaining.

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    Inspired and challenged by a famous quote I re-read at the start of one of my favourite Isabel Allende books, ASICS PAS CHER FR I feel compelled to share it with you.

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    Roasted Pumpkin & Eggplant Red Thai Curry

    Roasted Pumpkin & Eggplant Thai Red Curry IngredientsThis recipe was originally created by cookery writer Nadine Abensur who (lucky for her!) lives in Byron Bay. I have made a few changes to suit my palette and hungry family (doubled the veggies).

    I hadn’t cooked much from her vegetarian cook book ‘Enjoy’ until recently, but because I’m on a bit of a mission now to up the vegetable content of my diet (target 70%), I am constantly in search of tasty vegetarian options.

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    You’ll need: 1/2 Pumpkin (peeled, de-seeded and cut into chunks) / 2 Eggplants (cut into chunks – larger than the pumpkin) / Olive Oil / Dash of Tamari / 2 Shallots (finely chopped) / 4 tblsp Red Curry Paste (or to taste) / 2 tblsp Thai Fish Sauce / 1 400ml Can Coconut Cream (possibly a little more depending on how much liquid you want) / 3 Kaffir Lime Leaves / 1 Red Chilli (deseeded and cut into rings) / Handful of Fresh Thai Basil or Coriander

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    The Rose Hip Girl

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    Rose Hip Table Decoration created by Carousel Flora Design

    My Sally Holmes and Margaret Merril roses have been flowering profusely since October but are now outnumbered by the vibrant display of ripening rose hips; green through marigold orange to tomato red, fjällräven kånken Laptop 17 some as plump as miniature pumpkins on stalks and others fine sprays of the tiniest hips. Jason Heyward Jersey Each rose variety produces slightly differing hip characteristics.

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    Nine Liquid Incidents

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    I felt desperately in need of some visual and sensory stimulation (must be all those orange road cones in Christchurch getting on top of me!) and I wasn’t disappointed.

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