The Piano.All 4.

Claudia Winkleman hosts the search for the UK’s best amateur pianists playing at four UK train stations. The winner will play at the Royal Festival Hall.

With world famous pianist Lang Lang and singer Mika as judges, I thought this was going to be a bit ‘twee’. It was actually powerful.

Daisy Jones and the Six. Amazon Prime Video.

Starring Riley Keough, Sam Claflin, Camila Morrone, Suki Waterhouse, Will Harrison, Josh Whitehouse and Sebastian Chacon.

Based on the 2019 novel of the same name by Taylor Jenkins Reid and loosely based on 70s iconic band Fleetwood Mac. Set in late 1970s LA, the series charts the rise and fall of the fictional rock band, Daisy Jones and the Six.

I absolutely loved this and there is a great soundtrack on Amazon.

The Rapture by Joshua J. Watson: Guest Post.

Today I have a guest post by Joshua J. Watson, talking about his book, about the Rapture- the time when Jesus returns for his followers.

For most Christians, the term ‘Great Tribulation’ is at least somewhat familiar: a time of divine judgment coming on the world in the form of unfathomable devastation – with its duration prophesied in Daniel 9 and its events described in Revelation 6-19. However, the prevailing belief is that there isn’t enough in Scripture to determine exactly when these events take place in connection with Christ’s return for His followers (‘The Rapture’): Is it Before? Or After? What follows in this book is a list of passages that reveal we can know when to expect it, and with near certainty.

Available on Amazon.

Health and Well Being. Changes.

Twenty twenty three has been a time of change for me. I kicked it off with Dry January.

Then I started looking at my diet and cut down on my sugar intake- eating healthier. I never ate badly but there was room for improvement.

Green smoothies for breakfast. Cheap to make: handful each of frozen spinach, broccoli; half a banana, squirt of lemon juice and water. Blitz.

I started making my own breakfast/ energy bars: Peanut Butter Chocolate bars, Fruit Pemmican, Grab and Go Breakfast Bars. All made with no sugar. The sweetness comes from the dried fruit and the honey.

Then I started looking at my fitness. Again I have always kept fit; I’m a keen trail walker; I have done HIT training for a few years now. Online trainers Daniel and Alex Bartlett’s Team Body Project make High Intensity Training a delight- they have loads of free YouTube videos. Fitness doesn’t have to involve money. You can join up if you want a more structured programme.

Then I started looking at my mental health and well being. I needed to take time out, stop trying to do everything, taking on everything. I took up Yoga; again online. I didn’t want to do regular classes. I would rather spend money on travel. Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube is accessible and a delight with her dog Benji:

Other health check ins I took on board was to eat more mindfully. Notice and enjoy what’s I was eating. I cut my caffeine intake and sleep so much better now. Less anxiety.

We are now approaching the middle of March and although I do have the odd drink at weekends, it is nowhere near what I was drinking.Again I drink mindfully; enjoy it and limit to one or two.

My whole mental and physical well being has improved a hundred fold and my new regimes have brought total joy to my life.