About

This is all about my quest to have as good a time as possible, spending as little as possible.

Now I’m retired, this is my job.

Life isn’t all about money. It’s about good friends and family, having a laugh, great food, a beautiful environment, interesting ideas, tantric sex and expressing myself through the medium of dance… OK, perhaps not so much of the last two. There will be lots of recipes, gardening tips and musings about finding myself in my ‘third age’.

Update. Damn! My third age might be shorter than I thought, as this summer (May 2012) I was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. Well, I’m going to enjoy myself even so, and try to keep myself as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

My research shows that a ‘plant-based diet’ and plenty of exercise seem to be the only ‘alternative treatments’ that get a grudging nod from conventional medicine, so my aim is now to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg a day! So there’s a new, ’10-a-day’ tag in my ‘recipes’ as I evolve ways to get that amount of plant-based goodness down me!

11 responses to “About

  1. Thanks! That’s very kind of you.
    All is well. Have temporarily changed focus away from blogging to painting, as I’ve started to run a painting class at Babbacombe for the Torbay U3A.
    I’ll be back in harness soon!

    • I just found your website and I love your sense of humor and amazing full-of-life attitude. Wish I had a support group here in southern California USA. I hope and pray you are well. I am a near gluten free raw vegan and so far, enjoy it all. I am also an artist dealing with cancer but I wanted to say, keep up the good work and recipes! Many blessings to you!

  2. I hope your third age will be very long, this cancer thing has no right to rain on our parades. I’ve done a lot of research into food too. Plenty of salvestrols (cruciferous veg, berries, oranges) and reservatols (red grapes, pomegranate, some berries) plus green tea…. Science is just starting to show these can make a difference so I’m with you in the quest to eat more fruit and veg 🙂

    • Thanks! On the berry front, it’s a great time of year to stock up on blackberries from the hedgerows. I always have a blackberry coulis on the go in my fridge, to slurp over any fruit I may be having. Should be a good source of reservatols?

    • Forgot to mention, have you seen ‘Eat to starve cancer’, Dr William Li?

      Seems to make a lot of sense (‘cos there IS a lot of rubbish out there!), backed up with proper research, and supports what we’re trying to do with our diets.

  3. I’ve only just glanced at your blog but you’re amazing. Attitude is everything. My dad was diagnosed with cancer when I was 4; they didn’t think he would live to see me at 5, but he fought long and hard until I went to college. I wish you the best of luck in everything. 🙂

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