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March 16, 2018

Vegan hot cross buns

Making homemade hot cross buns is one of my favourite Easter traditions. Lately I have been trying a vegan version of this old classic.

Hot cross buns take a while to make but there are lots of rewards. The process helps you to slow down and enjoy the holiday moment and later on you get to enjoy the delicious aroma of baking buns. And then there’s the eating!

Makes about 24 buns

For t...

March 8, 2018

There's a lot to lose as a poor listener. Tuning out when others are talking is ultimately unsatisfying and can seriously undermine important relationships.

I am the fourth child in a family of six. As a typical middle child of a big family I grew up mostly wanting to be listened to – not so much to listen.

In the past few years I have been consciously trying to cultivate the art of being a better...

February 11, 2018

After a holiday or at the start each new year we can feel inspired to make some changes to the way we live.

The changes might be to:

  • Get fitter

  • Quit smoking, drink less

  • Eat healthier food

  • Waste less time on Facebook

  • Become a better listener

  • Stop having negative thoughts

  • Be less stressed

  • Shop less, declutter the house … whatever it is

But how do we make real chang...

November 27, 2017

Many of us enjoy gardening - or at least enjoy sitting in the garden. But as I have discovered, you have to bring an attitude of slow to gardening or it can just add to your stress! 

The first step is to relax and learn to enjoy the process - including things like weeding. It's about being in the moment and savouring the sensations rather than seeing gardening as another chore or simply as 'outdoor ho...

September 28, 2017

Slow travel is not just about dashing from place to place, ticking things off a to-do list. It's about immersing yourself in a destination. It's about savouring the moments – from the simple to the sublime

Friends of mine visited Italy recently with their teenage kids. It was the height of summer and jostling with the huge crowds of sightseers, they all soon felt overwhelmed by the heat and the press o...

September 20, 2017

The slow movement is a cultural reaction to the idea that more is more or that faster is always better.

Here are a few more thoughts on the subject. 

Slow is:

  • About choosing to slow down the pace – to savour the minutes rather than wishing time away.

  • About thinking of ways to get more from less, to aim for quality over quantity and to embrace better over more.

  • It’s about doing th...

September 8, 2017

The idea of a simpler life sounds great – but where to start?

One response to the demands and expectations of modern life is the trend of Slow – a wide-ranging but loosely structured movement that's spread throughout the Western world.

It all started with the Slow Food Movement – which officially kicked off in 1986, when the Italian writer Carlo Petrini joined others on Rome’s historic Scalinata della...

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