Has been about gathering  fresh and dried fruit, nuts, vegetables, baking and making, visiting the dead.

September looks like it’s going to be a month heaving with events, happenings and decisions.

Writing  again – the fiction kind, after a summer’s break to knit, read and ruminate.

Florence proved to be a great place to visit this summer and plans are afoot to return.

I’m feeling a little intrepid which is a good thing as things start to take off.

The wind brings change. I welcome it.


Florence – Vasari’s Corridor


Making with beautiful colours from Rowan Yarns


Gibanica made with courgette, spinach, feta, leek and thyme


My father, my son and I’m the ghostly one.

The Hit List: 20 Demos, Albums and EP’s You Need to Hear Right Now — July 20, 2015


Son’s band Limb to Limb is no.1 mention as band to listen to!

Originally posted on Adam Marx's Mind:

Week three into the resurrected Hit List and there’s no sign of slowing down. A new slew of amazing artists you need to hear, as well as new releases from some of my favorite independent artists from around the world! Albums are in the no particular order. Check these people out, they’re sick!

1. For Machines EPLimb to Limb – 2015

For Machines EP

2. The Black Swan TheoryImber – 2015


3. Worth the Weight Guidelines – 2015


4. Take Control EP –Free Sergio – 2015

Take Control EP

5. Kissing Boys – SingleThe Swear – 2013


6. Skin and Bones – SingleBloody Diamonds – 2015


7. In My HeadHillary Hand – 2015

In My Head

8. Paint the SkyTigerface – 2015


9. One Step At a Time – Hour 24 – 2013


10. Change EP –Derange – 2014


11. 1974 & the Death…

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Saint Sessions Presents Live & Loud Review


My son’s band Blast Beat Blues gets an AMAZING review!! Well-deserved!

Originally posted on SAINT SESSIONS:

On Thursday the 6th of August, Saint Sessions presented Live and Loud and we had 3 awesome artists come along and play for us! Sadly our event fell on the day of the dreaded tube strike, so our audience was bit limited. However, that didn’t stop our bands from completely rocking out and showing us their amazing talent.

To kick start the evening, our first act was Charlie Sinclair, previously from the rock/pop band Future Talks. Originally we had booked the whole band to play, as we have seen them live before and they absolutely killed it! But we got told some heartbreaking news that the band had decided to go their separate ways in terms of music. Being fans of Future Talks, we were obviously devastated but we were still very excited to see Charlie rock out his solo side. Charlie took to the stage and really impressed…

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Seventy years since Hiroshima…

I will, forever and a day, hope for world peace, for weapons to be of no use to us, for us to realise that we have all we need to live a harmonious life. If that makes me naive, sobeit.
The last time I was with CND, here in Saltaire, someone asked me if I’d join. I said I’d been a member for over 30 years. She said, yes, we’re still campaigning. I replied, yes, we are never giving up.
I have heard a few people say that Japan got what it deserved. I don’t have an answer for that. But perhaps being gleeful when something we don’t like is destroyed, bombed, blown away isn’t very humane either.
There is no real victory in the victory of war. No one wins. We lose, big time, every time and the impact on us as humans continues in our psych, our bodies, our inner well-being through the generations.
I don’t have an answer, either, when it comes to dictators, empire mongers, haters – other than love. We can’t have an enduring and continuing love when we engage in hatred, a desire for power, and teach our children that the only way is the me way.
If like me, you are naive too….say hello.
There endeth my morning speech. I come in peace, always.


Polenta, cornmeal and a lovely pita with tikva

I have been asked many times for cornmeal recipes and what to do with what has been made!

I love polenta (cicvera) and was treated to  the very comforting and tasty salt cod and polenta dish,  Baccala from Venice whilst there, last week. It was something I would often have as a child during fasting periods and have a need for it in the early months of a new year, even now. I use the cornmeal  to coat the fish – be it cod or sprats and bake.

I am no expert in the making of  polenta. It requires patience, stirring and wishful thinking, that, after all the time and effort and a sore elbow – you have an end product you can eat. Over the years I have tried, failed and at times, thrown not just the sturdy yellow mixture in the bin, but also the pan it was made in. Believe me, not even the chickens would touch it!

So I use cornmeal in other ways, and enjoy other people’s perfect polenta when I can.

A big favourite dish of mine at this time of year is Pita sa Tikva. Again it requires some elbow grease, but is scrummy. I prefer it to gibanica, especially when eaten cold.

First – go in search of a good-sized marrow, or if you are growing courgettes, let one become a marrow.

Filo pastry  – greek style is best (or look up my gibanica recipe on this blog)

Cottage cheese or feta – depending on how sour you like to go


A couple of eggs (not necessary)

Olive oil

Go to work on the marrow and get all the flesh from it. Then grate the flesh. Add salt,

Put the grated marrow in a sieve with a heavy weight on top and leave for about an hour. Let the bitter water seep out.

Then put the grated marrow in to a bowl and add the cheese (however much you like).

Add some course or medium cornmeal and stir with a big spoon.

Crack the eggs, beat them and add to the mixture.

Add more cornmeal if the mixture seems a bit runny.

Lay out the filo (2 sheets together) and blob the marrow mixture across. Roll to form a sausage shape and place in your baking dish. Repeat until all the mixture has been used.

Pop in the oven and bake for around 45 minutes (covered) on 160C and 10 minutes with the cover off. Eat when cool  – or hot!

Marrow Green Bush 3 - Smallpak

On making polenta

What the chuff is cornmeal and polenta

Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón


Happy birthday Frida Kahlo!

Originally posted on Elisha Gabriel:


‘The great hider-away’

I have wanted to write a little bit about Frida for some time, why she and her art are important to me, and perhaps lots of people.

I think I can recall when I first saw Frida’s work and images of her, I was around thirteen years old.  There was something about her that felt very familiar – her dress style, her moustache, her braided hair and flowers.

I love that she embraced her culture through her sense of dressing, of looking. She carried it off, it was all hers.

She was Mexican, I could relate to this too. Colour, brass bands, violence, cuisine, religion blending pagan and christian, ritual – there were similarities. She straddled tradition and modernity blended with surrealism and dreams – something that I love  – the crossing over, merging, creating something frighteningly new out of an old world.

Frida also depicted her…

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