Posts made in August, 2015

Radwinter Show

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Discussion, News | 0 comments

Radwinter Show

A word about the Radwinter fete including the Flower and Vegetable show.  Interesting how a local event like this can incorporate the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing.’ This morning I was tempted (with all the horrible rain) not to try and extract plants from the garden and prepare them for some of the classes. I had some baking to enter ( aim this year to come above last place in the victoria sandwich class, where humiliatingly my cake usually finds itself), the tea bread and the honey buns. The latter are gluten-free – a class I was keen to set up because my daughter is wheat...

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The Wellbeing Journal: Keep Learning

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Discussion | 0 comments

The Wellbeing Journal: Keep Learning

‘Keep Learning’ is one of the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing.’ There is a growing body of evidence showing that if we keep our brains active by learning new things, new skills, new facts, we can probably delay cognitive decline – that is the onset of mental frailty and perhaps some types of dementia. Forgetfulness, and indecision may not be the inevitable accompaniments of getting older. The greatest impact occurs when what we learn is new, it is not enough to have a busy demanding job that we do very well – however complex the work we do during the day. It is...

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The Wellbeing Journal

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Wellbeing Journal

One of the themes of this blog is the contribution that creativity can make to our health. I became interested in this when  I worked as a palliative care consultant. Perhaps when we get very ill, our creativity, although it may be diminished by illness, is one of the important aspects of us  that remains and may even be stimulated by our fear of having limited time left in our lives. The Wellbeing Journal was published in collaboration with The Fitzwilliam Museum education department, in Cambridge.  It took about five years to complete the journal which was based partly on research I had...

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Managing the blog

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Managing the blog

Bit of a shock today as I found out that none of my blogs had been published…as I had not been writing them on the right page. Tutorial with Adrian Hare of the excellent Three Circles Recording Studio , very near my home in Wimbish – he helped me record my mindfulness CDs for ‘The Wellbeing Journal.’ Learned  a lot and hope that from now on anything I write will be visible and organised. You have been warned!

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Beauty enriches, creativity sustains

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Discussion | 0 comments

Beauty enriches, creativity sustains

We need to use textiles carefully, without wasting them. In previous centuries when cloth had to be woven  and clothes sewn together by hand, there was judicious use of fabric throughout all classes. Even the finest dresses of the richest would be cut down to be fashioned into another item of clothing.  Patchwork quilting made use of scraps of fabrics or areas of fabric from partially worn items. This happened throughout the world and the reuse of fabric rose to an art form – look at Amish patchwork quilts, look at Japanese Boro textiles – beauty from necessity.

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