A Note from Natalie
Natalie is the resident writer, but not an expert. For expert advice, please book a consultation with Dr Quinn
The final post in our series is on the theme of home. Since we’ll be spending much more time inside over the coming months, it’s time to start making home beautiful!
A meaningful experience
As summer bids its sweet, slow farewell, I always think of a passage from Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows:
To all appearance the summer’s pomp was still at fullest height, and although in the tilled acres green had given way to gold, though rowans were reddening, and the woods were dashed here and there with a tawny fierceness, yet light and warmth and colour were still present in undiminished measure, clean of any chilly premonitions of the passing year. But the constant chorus of the orchards and hedges had shrunk to a casual evensong from a few yet unwearied performers; the robin was beginning to assert himself once more; and there was a feeling in the air of change and departure.
Appreciating nature isn’t always waxing lyrical about the little things. It can at any and all times be a deeply profound connection, which – at its best and brightest moments – translates to pure inspiration and creativity.
Take advantage of the darkening months to try various ways of appreciating beauty.
Chawan Wabi Sabi Japanese style Shigaraki Clay Tea by ArttoHold
Embellish the passing of time
To honour the home you’re blessed with, pay full homage to the gorgeous offerings outdoors:
Stock vases with ruby berries and crimson leaves, and golden grasses and any other treasures that catch your eye!
It doesn’t have to cost the earth when you forage for beauty…
Indulge in atmosphere
“The smell of that buttered toast simply spoke to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cozy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one’s ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender; of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries.”
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
Put away the cool sparsity of Summer living: the fresh linen and cottons, the lemongrass scents and breezy interiors. Now is the time for opulence! Cardomon pods in your coffee, cinnamon, mixed spice and sumptuous oud…
Rich wooden tones, coppery accents, a far earthier and richer mood…
Image: Fantastic Franks Blog
Stock up on Goodies
While you’re probably already thinking about changing your larder over from Summer food to the next seasonal treats, start thinking about stocking up on other things you want to enjoy over the coming months…
Seasonal teas, spices, music, books, candles, incense, visualisation downloads, bath potions…
Remember, feeding the soul and indulging in home comforts don’t have to be about over-indulging on food!
- Return to music – something you’ve missed, or a yearning to explore the new?
- Dive in in the kitchen for some experimental or traditional home-cooking!
- Read books that you can sink into like a hot bath and enjoy like a snug rug: poetic, atmospheric narratives! What will you be reading between now and Christmas?
- Sniff out the most delectable outdoor experiences – there will be everything from lantern festivals to Autumn-rich arboreal spectaculars! So investigate and don’t miss out!
- Go walking until your cheeks turn pink and you’re puffed-out and ready for tea!
- Bring back goodies to fill your home and make waking up and going to bed a joy in its own right!
- Slowly turn your focus inwards to create a deeply rich experience of the coming months of the year.
There are so many gorgeous things to do besides watching TV and surfing the web…
Image: Joli-Coeur; Pinterest
See the beauty – it costs you nothing, but pays you in riches!
And if you want to get really creative – why not make your own indulgent treats?
DIY: Winter Tea Bath Bombs
from the lovely folks over at Seasoned
This week’s recipe: Something really special to treat yourself with – a celebratory cake to ring in the new season!
Pistachio lime Courgette cake
Recipe By Natasha Corrett at Honestly Healthy Food.com
Important: Debbie is selecting recipes with combinations of ingredients to inspire your cooking regimes, but while they are healthier choices in general, they will not address individual issues. You MUST make sure that all ingredients you use are compatible with your own individual medical conditions, medications, allergies and goals.
150g ground almonds
50g gluten free flour
1 ½ baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt
150ml agave / honey or maple syrup
60ml olive oil
1 lime zest
50g chopped pistachios
125g goats or dairy free yoghurt
1 lime juice
1 tbsp agave / honey or maple syrup
Preheat oven to 180 C Fan and line a loaf tin approximately 9 inches long with baking paper
Weigh out the ground almonds, gluten free flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, lime zest and salt into a bowl.
Roughly chop the courgettes (this is important as we don’t want them to be small even pieces in the cake once we blend.
Put the eggs, olive oil, syrup into the blender on number 5 for 30 seconds or until combined. Add in the courgettes on number 4 for 15 seconds or until the courgette is evenly diced up. You do not want it to be come a complete liquid.
Mix into the dry ingredients.
Chop the pistachios and mix into the mixture. Pour into the loaf tin and put into the oven for 20 minutes.
Get a piece of tin foil and put over the top of the loaf tin and bake for a further 15-20 minutes until the knife comes out clean. (over all 35-40 minutes)
Leave to cool.