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Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Distance

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I didn’t know if I would find a photo for Hugh’s Weekly Photo prompt- distance – but it’s strange how sometimes distant things can literally be on your doorstep. Yesterday a flower peeped out from above me as I walked home from work. I saw a tempting triangle of sky – a promise of a mysterious place beyond it to explore. This little piece of sky is my distance shot, it leads to the river pathway that exists in my novel The Curse of Time, which is currently with beta readers awaiting critique. So distance can sometimes refer to something within your grasp which still seems far away like my  intention to publish. Both that piece of sky and my goals are a step away but if I try really hard, and believe in myself I will get there!

In Hugh’s words: For this week’s photo challenge take or choose a photo that shows an object that is in the distance. Maybe it’s a building or a wonderful view that contains an interesting object or scene that, although it is in the distance, shows up really well in the photo? Maybe you can spot where you are headed to from a plane or train and you’ve managed to capture it?

Want to join the fun? Here’s what you need to do.

1. Take or choose a photo that you’ve taken which defines Distance.
2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 26 – ‘Distance’
3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
4. Create a pingback to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section so other participants can view the post.

Not sure how to create a pingback? Click here for a step by step guide on how to create one.

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Do pop over to Hugh’s blog to join in the challenge: Hugh’s Photography Challenge: Distance

Hope you like my distance shot. Have a lovely week…

Bye for now,

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Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

My fun (totally not serious but nevertheless 90% true,) author bio on Wattpad – Link below.

Marjorie Mallon was born in Lion City: Singapore. She grew up in a mountainous court in Hong Kong. Her crazy parents dragged her  spotty soul away from her exotic childhood and her much loved dog Topsy to the frozen wastelands of Scotland. There she mastered Scottish country dancing, haggis bashing, bagpipe playing and a whole new Och Aye lingo. 
As a teenager she travelled to many far flung destinations to visit her abacus wielding wayfarer dad. On one such occasion a  barracuda swam by. It stopped to view her  bikini clad body, longing to take a big bite. With dogs' fangs replacing barracudas' teeth, she returned to her mother's birthplace: Kuching, Cat City. There, Blackie, a black-hearted dog sniffed her frightened butt, whimpered and ran away! Shortly after this extraordinary event an angry female Orang-Utan chased her unfit ass out of the Malaysian jungle believing that she was a threat to her babies! She still monkeys about, would love to own a cat, or a replacement Topsy but refuses to entertain  murderous dogs, or over-protective monkeys.
It's rumoured that she lives in the Venice of Cambridge, with her six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and her two enchanted daughters. 
After such an upbringing her author's mind has taken total leave of its senses. When she's not writing, she eats exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surfs to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out she practises Tai Chi and Yoga on the crest of a wave. If the mood takes her she goes snorkelling with mermaids, or signs up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes. 

She is a child of the light and the dark. Her motto is simply this: Do what you love,  stay true to your heart's desires, remain young at heart, and  inspire others to do so, even if it appears that the odds are stacked like black hearted shadows against you...

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Hugh’s Photo Challenge Week 21 – Fresh

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This week I thought I’d have a go at Hugh’s Photo Challenge – the prompt word this week is Fresh. I had just the photo in mind, flowers….. I like to photograph flowers.

The bouquet below was a gift from my friend who came to mine for dinner a while ago. I like to photograph flowers when they’re still fresh and beautiful. I always think it’s sad when they die so this is my way to preserve them, and  keep them fresh for me to remember them at their very best. That way when I look at them I remember the occasion too, which is always nice, a lovely memory to retain.

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My friend and her daughter came round one evening for a meal, I went all Jame Oliver on them and made lots of fresh Italian food from scratch with fresh herbs, salad, and pasta!

It was a blast. Loved the company, the food and of course the beautiful flowers!

Here’s the photo of the salad (to the left,) it was so fresh, and inviting:  peppers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, oregano, cucumber,  and Greek feta…. It had a very fancy name:

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I made Gennaro’s parma ham and red pepper with taglierini:

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To the right is my photo of the sauce. I’m afraid the photo didn’t quite do it justice. It was yum.

Enjoy!! There’s nothing quite like sharing home cooked food made with fresh herbs and love.

Oh, before I go I have some news for you. I’ve been particularly inspired recently and have been editing my WIP. (So I haven’t had so much time for blogging, apologies if I haven’t been taking part in all of my usual weekly activities. I’m really missing my haiku, writer’s quotes, blog battle, etc…… So I’m trying to do what I can when I can….)

Amazingly my WIP now stands at 84,338 words!! My baby has grown so much! It’s putting on weight, getting plump. I’m getting it ready for the final read with beta readers…. And I’m so much more confident with its progress…..

It’s now on Wattpad, and I’ve decided on a title.  Doing a happy dance… 

The Curse of Time. : https://www.wattpad.com/story/67166165-the-curse-of-time

Don’t be shy. Do have a read, comment… and share.

Thanks so much! I’ve really been touched by the enormous amount of support and encouragement I’ve had from the blogging community.

Love ya! xxx

 

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Don’t forget to pop over to Hugh’s blog to join in the weekly photography fun:

https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2016/04/12/hughs-weekly-photo-challenge-week-21-fresh/

Do you like to photograph flowers too? And cook food? What’s your favourite types of food?

Do comment, I’d love to hear from you.

Bye for now, Happy Sunday, Happy dreams – fresh flowers and food!

 

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Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

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Happy Christmas Greetings from Kyrosmagica

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This is a lovely Christmas wreath that my sister in law Lorraine Mallon made for me, and below is the table top arrangement that she made too. Isn’t it lovely? She’s branching out into creative endeavours, and this is a small sample of the sort of thing she hopes to do in terms of floral arrangement, and well as this she intends to make  jewellery, and paint too. So good luck to her, I wish her all the very best.

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My daughter also had a go at some floral vase arrangement too:

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I finished work at 6pm on Christmas Eve so I have been super busy, retail is such hard work! I’m now looking forward to two days off to rest my weary bones. My husband is cooking, (luckily he loves to cook!) so Lorraine and I are going to be sous chefs peeling the spuds.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with friends and family.

All the best for 2016.

Bye for now, this is what I’d like to be doing….. you can dream …. No snow here, and no hot tub, sigh….!!

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Love Marje @ Kyrosmagica xxx

My Friday Delight: A Touch of Cacti Heaven

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I have a fondness for Cacti and Bonsai. So, I thought I’d share with you some really gorgeous examples of Cactii Heaven. Will be doing a similar blog post for Bonsai soon. Hope you enjoy my Cacti Heaven.

My search for Cacti Heaven took me to Thailand. Only kidding. I wish. I was in my little office in Cambridge, googling cactii.  These whoppers are from Nang Nooch in Thailand,  and  kind of look like giant melons with spiky intruder alarms.

This one’s extra precious so it needs three alarms!

 Its protecting its little pot plant neighbours.

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 A close up please.

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Then this cactus caught my eye with its stack of colourful toes.

Lots of them!

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Here’s more from the beautiful Nong Nooch Gardens in Thailand

What a serious collection of owls!

Very wise.

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Nong Nooch Gardens Thailand

Take A Look At These

Cactus Flowers Are So Beautiful

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Keep On Going The Best Is Still To Come

Don’t Disappear

Or Make A Cup of Coffee

There’s Blue Treasure At The End!

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Blue Treasure! It’s bluer than the sky above.

It kind of resembles a giant Sea Urchin that’s lost in the Desert!

Surrounded by lesser beings

Who worship its blue magnificence.

But Don’t Touch!

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This Fellow below is a spiky Golden Ball Cactus

OUCH!!!!!

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Links.

Discover the beauty of Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Thailand: http://nongnoochtropicalgarden.com/

Information on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cactus

Facts:

There are 2,000 species of our cacti friends which make their homes in deserts and bone dry climates. They are found in the Americas, from Patagonia in the south to parts of western Canada in the north—except for Rhipsalis baccifera, commonly known as the Mistletoe cactus, which grows in the Caribbean, Florida, Africa and Sri Lanka.

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Mistletoe cactus in bloom

So our Cacti friends have to be great water conservers to survive.  Cacti don’t like animals munching on their leaves or people touching, so they have sharp spines which aren’t fun to eat if you’re an animal, and cause pain to touch if you’re a human. Been there done that!  These spines also act as a way for the plant to gather much needed water. Water vapor in the air condenses on those prickly spines and then drips to the ground, where the roots thirstily suck, and slurp it in. Their ingenuity doesn’t stop there, the roots are smart too, they are shallow and widely spread out to make the most of condensation and the rare desert rain showers. Did you know that a cactus can be between 80 and 90 percent water? The thick walls of this clever plant keep its water from evaporating. In fact, a cactus can be a thousand times better at water conservation than a different kind of plant of the same weight. Given these abilities it isn’t surprising that cacti are found in the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on earth.

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Hot, Hot, Hot! The Atacama Desert

RESPECT!

Do you like Cacti too? Or maybe Japanese Bonsai?  If so do drop a comment in my box and let me know, or else I might just:

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The Practitioner’s Encyclopaedia of Flower Remedies by Clare G Harvey

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Thank you to NetGalley for a free copy of this wonderful encyclopaedia  in exchange for my honest review, celebrating Flower remedies which have been used “for hundreds possibly thousands of years.”

The Encyclopaedia attracted me as in the past I qualified in Aromatherapy and Reflexology, and worked for a while as a therapist.  I have always been interested in the use of natural remedies in the treatment of illnesses, both of the physical and indeed the psychological kind. Flowers are so beautiful, and exist in an abundance of different shapes, colours, and aromas to entice us. As individuals we often have a preference for a favourite flower. It may attract us because it reminds us of  our childhood, or a special place.  I particularly like the flowers associated with the orient, Frangipani, Orchids, and Hibiscus.

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I adore the orchids of Singapore. possibly because I was born there and love hot climates. “The Flowers of the Orient have a special energy appropriate for women.” The Orchid essences tap into the higher chakras, (knowledge) and  I love to study and learn new things! Also I keep cactuses, again a plant that survives with little water, and minimal attention. So, our choice of flowers tell us a lot about the kind of person we are. As do our choice of pets. Dogs require more attention, Cats less. There is a psychology of flowers, so much to discover! Flowers of all kinds enchant me especially those with warm colours, and intoxicating scents.

This is one of my favourite bouquets. I now take a photo of all my flower gifts.  I feel sad when they die and like to keep a visual image of them to remind me of the beauty of the flowers whilst in bloom, and the sentiments at the time. This is a stunning bouquet from my mother in law!

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The Practitioner’s Encyclopaedia of Flower Remedies by Clare Harvey is an updated edition of the The New Enclopedia of Flower Remedies originally published in 2007.  With an engaging Foreward by Richard Gerber, MD, exploring the role of vibrational medicine in modern world, Dr Bach’s contribution as one of “the first modern pioneers of healing with flower essences,” and the development of flowers essences “all over the world, from England and North America to the outback of Australia.’ A preface by Dr George Lewith which states that “it provides an up-to-date, thorough, exceptionally  well-researched resource for those practitioners who are interested in flower essences.”  I would totally agree. Clare Harvey has collaborated with numerous practitioners and introduced the reader to a whole host of flower remedies which I have not heard of or come across before. There are  informative sections on how to use, store and produce the remedies. Her section on the natural power of flowers from  diverse, unspoilt regions of the world is fascinating, documenting the aborigines of Australia, ancient Egyptians, Minoans of Crete,  Native Americans, as well as the “Science of life”, Ayurveda, the Russian medicine men,  apparently even Genghis Khan “reputedly prescribed them to his men to give them strength for battle.”

I loved this quote from the language of flowers chapter about the mighty power of the much loved rose: “Cleopatra places such faith in its romantic charm that she reputedly carpeted her bedroom with millions of fresh rose petals to help her seduction of Marc Anthony!’

Being a bit of a fan of gods, and goddesses, this appealed to me too: “Many of the classical gods, goddesses and nympths such as Hyacinthus, Narcissus and Iris are remembered today because they gave their name to flowers.”

A section on Flowers and the signs of the zodiac also charmed me:  I’m a Scorpio, so the flowers suggested to me are Gentian, and Hyacinth.

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Clare Harvey suggests that Flowers are a “kind of liquid energy.” She explains the various methods used to capture their energy. This truly  definitive guide goes into great depth and explains the role of  The Meridian Systems, The Chakras, The Auras, and the Subtle Bodies.  The effects of shock, stress and pollution are also well documented, as are social poisons, such as alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine and social drugs, their misuse and effect on the body.

Traditional medicine obviously has its place in the treatment of serious illnesses as many lives are saved but she discusses the “undesirable side effects” and drug-resistant infections which are all too common nowadays. Could flower remedies give an alternative in some cases? Especially, when the root of the illness may be brought about, and intensified by life’s modern stressers.

I was very interested to read her suggested flower remedies for those of us about to be admitted into hospital for operations, she recommends rescue remedies such as Bach’s Rescue Remedy. Obviously as a recent patient to Addenbrookes for my Gallbladder operation this is undoubtedly invaluable advice.

There is a great section on choosing and prescribing essences, using case histories, intuition, and other more unusual tools such as a pendulum, muscle testing, and pulse testing.

Many common ailments are covered in the Case history section such as ME, Digestion Problems, Arthritis, Insomnia, Anorexia Nervosa, Eczema, Swollen Glands, Hay Fever, Sinusitis, Circulatory Problems, Diabetes, Hip Replacement, Stress, Shock, Migraines, Women’s Problems such as: Premenstrual Tension, The Problems of Pregnancy, Menopause, etc.

Animal lovers will love her advice on choosing remedies for their pets. Mothers can give the remedies to their children and babies safely as the flower remedies are gentle, and free from harmful side effects.

But, “Flower essences are not magical bullets – they are subtle remedies which act as catalysts for change.” Like all alternative remedies use them with respect, and understanding and  they will serve you well.

The remedies combine well with other therapies such as Aromatherapy, Floral acupressure using acupressure points, Nutritional support, Psychotherapy, and Orthodox medicine.

A cancer study by Dr Judy Griffin using the Petit Fleur range has documented “some of the most powerful transformations with cancer, in particular Lilac flower essences, which she has found released self-healing.”

There are remedies for all sorts of personality traits, health problems and learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Remedies can be taken as creams if the remedy is to be applied topically, e.g. arthritis, first aid, moisturisers, cleansers, pain relieving lotions, or if swallowing is a problem, e.g. if the patient is unconscious. Sprays and mists are also available too, as are Combination remedies for common ailments.

Wildflower essences closer to home are also available here in England: “Paul Strode started making wildflower essences in 1999 in response to the urgent need to preserve our English wildflower heritage and with the aim of bringing plant energy medicine to a wider audience.”

Clare Harvey takes us on a trip of discovery through the flowers of Europe, the Channel islands, the Netherlands, Africa, Australia and the Far East, New Zealand, India, Russia, Alaska,  USA, South America,  Canada, the Desert,  to the tropical rainforest, of the Amazon. So be prepared for a colourful and interesting ride!

More unusual essences are also harvested such as Mushroom, Gem essences, Nettle, Fern, Moss, Cactus, Fruits, Tree, Mountain Grasses, Shamanic  and Dolphin essences! So there is definitely something for everyone.

There is a useful list of addresses,  suppliers and suggested further reading in the Appendix.  There is a local supplier here in Cambridge: Revital Health, 5 Bridge Street, Cambridge, no doubt I will be paying them a visit.

Information about the author:

Clare G. Harvey is an internationally recognised authority on flower essences. She was originally trained by her grandmother, who was taught by Dr Edward Bach and Nora Weeks. Clare has been a Flower Essence Consultant since the 1990’s, first at The Hale Clinic, London, and now in her own clinic at 103-105 Harley Street. A teacher and lecturer, Clare started the first International Flower Essence School for Practitioners, The International Federation for Vibrational Medicine, in 1988 which runs introductory and professional training courses. She is the founder of Floweressence CGH, which has been instrumental in establishing flower essences in the practitioner and retail market and is one of the major UK distributors of flower essences. Clare is also on the London Nutricentre’s advisory board as their flower essence expert.

Clare Harvey’s website: http://www.flowersense.co.uk

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