Moore at Kew – 2007!

Moore at Kew

I came across some photos I took way back in 2007. On a visit to Kew Gardens with my family, we were fortunate enough to visit when their was a display of Henry Moore sculptures. Kew Gardens for me was the perfect setting. I’ve added a couple of pics – the mixture of the old and the modern seems to work for me.

Upright Motive 2

Upright Motive 2

For anyone interested in finding out more about Henry Moore – have a look here…
http://www.henry-moore.org/pg

So – the Journey continues

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Well, here I am, 3 weeks into my journey to Nirvana (well ok.. Gluten Free!). Apologies for the somewhat tenuous link to the car, but lets face it.. it looks like a fun car to drive! Anyway, I digress…

I’ve seen a Dietitian, who told me a couple of things that I didnt know and must confess I wouldn’t have even thought of. I need to check any medicine I buy or is prescribed for me, as it’s possible some do contain Gluten. I also didnt know that tea/coffee inhibits the bodies ability to ingest Iron – much better to drink orange juice. I also learnt that I need to keep my Calcium intake up(apparently a lot of the Gluten free foods are fortified with additional calcium) to avoid brittle bones.

I am today venturing out to eat for the first time.I decided I would do some prep ahead of my visit to my local steak-house chain restaraunt (who shall remain nameless). I dropped a note to them to see if they indicate which of their menu options are Gluten Free (I’m going to use GF from now on). Apparently (according to their customer service) they couldnt possibly put all the allergen information onto their menus(so I guess 3% of the UK population isnt significant enough?). Anyway, they DID send me a breakdown by menu option of the nutritional and allergen content of their selections.

This made me understand why they are loathe to put information about the GF status of their dishes. Pretty much everything (with a few exceptions) either contains Gluten or is produced in factories where cross-contamination cannot be ruled out. i did manage to find a small number of things I can have, but i need to be very explicit about what I order. Oh and they dont have a GF menu.. I have suggested they may want to think about it?  I’ll let you know how I get on. Thanks for reading… sorry this turned into a bit of a rant…

A stormy sky

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This was the view Friday afternoon. We had been warned of another severe storm as we had earlier in the week. Luckily apart from a strong breeze we didn’t have the rain, giving the flooding a chance to subside. Feel really sad for all those clearing up, both home owners and the local services. We had some trees down, but luckily no power outages. On to 2014!

Season’s greetings from Nova!

Season's greetings from Nova!

This is our dog, Nova, having a break from enjoying herself in last year’s snow! No snow in prospect where I live in the UK (nr Reading) – we are currently (24th dec) between a couple of nasty winter storms, the second of which is due to hit Friday. The last couple of days have been dreadful.. winds in excess of 70mph in parts and torrential rain all day. Here’s hoping the next one isnt quite so strong.
I hope everyone for which it has relevance has a peaceful xmas and happy new year!

So #2….On the trail to Gluten Free

I was recently (a little over a week ago) diagnosed with Coeliacs Disease. I’m finding Gluten can be a tricky devil – it pops up in the most unlikely places – so in the first week, i’ve been caught out twice so far.. once in a soft fizzy drink – Barley Gluten, once with Vinegar – (yes I know.. MALT vinegar sort of gives it away but I have paid the price for that little faux pas and one that wont be repeated). As an aside – when you have 30 minutes when you have NOTHING to do.. just examine some of the labels of the stuff in your kitchen – I think you’ll be surprised how much contains Gluten..

Luckily two of the largest UK Supermarkets, Tesco and Sainsburys have quite well stocked up Gluten-Free Aisles. I find I am becoming very disappointed with some eating establishments – most notably the various canteen’s scattered across the various locations that I work in. Not a trace of Gluten awareness anywhere.. so it’s back to the trust jacket potato or salad..

But on the whole.. I think I am doing ok so far