This week I’ve been out cycling on my new bike.  Well, new for me.  It’s actually a 1973 vintage Peugeot touring bike complete with racks and dynamo lights no less.  Not quite as old as me but almost.  It was a bargain from an older gentleman who now has a very modern and very expensive road bike instead.  I don’t know who was happier with the exchange.  I was delighted to take it off his hands for a very good price and he was delighted that it was going to continue getting ridden.  All I need are a set of back panniers and a small handlebar bag and I’m all set to go touring.  Can’t wait for that!

My New Bike

I also splashed out a couple of days ago and bought myself a new pair of river shoes in anticipation of our new job this summer in the Dordogne.  Yes, Running Boy and I get the chance to kick around the Dordogne this summer helping people along their way as they partake in cycling, kayaking and walking holidays.  We get to live on the banks of the Dordogne river like real kayak bums and part of the job requirements is that we complete a kayak and canoe training course.  You can’t argue with that.  The last time I went kayaking was in the sea off Abel Tasman in New Zealand and I absolutely loved it.  I’m pretty sure the Dordogne will be a slightly calmer environment to kayak in than the Tasman Sea but all the same, it’s something to look forward to.  And with the job comes the chance to explore a new area of France, the Dordogne.

New river shoes

In a fit of boldness (or insanity) I recently gave myself a rather drastic haircut.  I decided to use Running Boy’s hair clippers to shave my head.  Not close the bone I hasten to add, although I have done that in the past and would certainly recommend it.  No, this time I was a little “safer” in my choice of attachment but I still have what could be called a very close crop.  I have to say I was very pleased with the result but I now have the dilemma of what to do next.  Keep the clippers charged for weekly trims or flex my artistic muscles a bit more and give myself a series of “growing out” cuts.  I shall have to see how I feel about that when the time comes.

New haircut

I made myself a new pot of balm this week that I have called my “vibrational healing” balm.  I’ve been reading about the power of essential oils to vibrate at certain frequencies.  Apparently we all vibrate at varying frequencies and when we are on good form we tend to vibrate at a higher frequency than when we are under the weather or ill.  There is the belief that some essential oils vibrate at very high frequencies and it would therefore make logical sense that if we use these oils they may help to increase the frequency we are vibrating on.  I’m not really sure where I stand on this.  I have done what you may call “surface research” only and haven’t gone into any great depth.  I did think it would be fun though to make a balm using some of the “higher frequency” oils and the result is that I have a really lovely balm that makes me feel good whenever I use it.  The picture shows the balm when it was hot.  It has cooled to a lovely aqua blue colour on account of the German (or blue) Chamomile oil I used in it.

New balm

This week I tried out a new recipe for a gluten-free lemon, ricotta and almond cake.  I was testing this out for an upcoming birthday and was absolutely delighted with the results.  Easy to make and tastes great.  There were no complaints from Running Boy either who managed to polish off his fair share!  If you want the recipe you can find it here.

New recipe lemon almond ricotta cake

I started and finished a new book this week which I really enjoyed – A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.  It made me feel happy and sad in equal parts while serving up a good dose of humour as well as making me feel nostalgic for my travels in India.  I’d recommend it if you get the chance.

New book

I think that’s about it for newness.  Oh yes, one more thing.  I wrote a new short story and entered it into a competition.  We’ll have to wait and see if anything comes of that but it was fun in the doing at any rate.

So what’s new for you?  Jump in and leave me a comment ♥



justinpbrown · March 13, 2016 at 9:19 pm

Growing cuts Elizabeth! Our hair is about the same now, mine probably a bit shorter, but I’m thinking of going ’50s, Jimmy Dean like. Also, for more info on the vibes check out this excellent text. ‘Gem Elixirs & Vibrational Healing’ by Gurudas, Cassandra Press. There are a couple of other books by him on the same subject but using plants instead of stones. All good, thanks for the read! Hope you are well. Smashing bike too!

    elizabeth · March 14, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I like having my hair short. I think you should definitely go with the Jimmy Dean look 🙂 Thanks for the info about the text. I’d like to do a lot more reading around the subject of vibrational healing because although it’s something I’ve heard about and thought about before and although it makes perfect sense to me, it’s the way in which we incorporate it into our healing that I’d like to know more about. I’m not sure whether just using essential oils of high frequencies means that we automatically raise our own frequency. I feel that there may be more to the method that I don’t know about. Having said that, my balm seems to be working wonders. I’ll have to use myself as a case study and see what happens!

Jewels · March 14, 2016 at 3:33 am

So lovely to read what’s new with you, Elizabeth. Very interesting bit about essential oils having different vibrational frequencies. Your haircut looks fabulous and the lemon, ricotta and almond cake looks delicious. Best of luck with your short story competition, and hope you have a wonderful week ahead! 🙂

    elizabeth · March 14, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks Jewels, I need to read more about vibrational frequencies before I feel comfortable what I’m talking about but it is really interesting. The cake recipe is great too – I would really recommend it. Best wishes to you too with your new addition to the family – you must be really busy in the best possible way ♥

Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen · August 7, 2017 at 8:48 am

Hello Elizabeth!
I also believe that we all vibrate at different frequencies but I never thought about the essential oils. You have a lovely interesting blog. Many thanks for trying the recipe, it looks great!

    elizabeth · August 7, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Alida, thanks for visiting and thanks for the recipe 🙂 It’s gone into my list of all-time favourites and I get asked to make it a lot now. I had been looking for a good recipe for a while. I knew exactly what I wanted in terms of taste but hadn’t found anything until I saw your recipe!

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