Sitting here with Paddington Bear at Paddington Station in London I’ve always had a fascination for trains and stations. My favourite station is Paddington. I love the architecture, the expanse of the place and the ambient yet buzzy vibe the place has.
I love watching all the people, busily going from A to B, stopping along the way for a coffee and a bite to eat.I’ve spent the last four days in London, sitting in cafes just relaxing the afternoons away drinking lots of coffee (I love soya cappuccinos), eating vegan cupcakes, wandering around, going to galleries, on an Access Consciousness bars course – (see this post about that) and generally having a little holiday.
Interconnectedness with everything and being at peace and balanced within
This for me (both the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes (23rd Sept this year)) has always been a pivotal time of the year as the Sun enters Libra. The day and night are the same and in balance, before the seasons change again from Summer to Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and from Winter to Spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
This Summer/Autumn has been a challenging yet exciting and sometimes sad time for me, there have been many unforseen changes and adjustments, over the last few months. Transiting Pluto in Capricorn squaring Saturn in Libra and now the Sun is joining them (for a little while.) There has been a lot of soul searching , tough decisions and lots of airy activity going on. While the Sun was still in Virgo, lots of planning, attention to detail and sheer hard work had to be done…and it was!
I love to cook, bake etc see this, though I don’t have a lot of time and I get tired as I’m quite busy so when I do have the energy and inclination I really enjoy it.
I’ve met a lot of people who were astounded that for instance I would consider making my own white sauce for a lasagna. I like making things from scratch , I’m not averse to using cooking sauces, frozen fruit or tinned beans to save some time (no point slaving over a cooker for 3 hours for beans)
I enjoy the preparation and the process, since I’ve got a squeezebox boom in my kitchen now, I love to listen to music and cook, especially last night I cooked a carrot and tofu flan from scratch, I love making pastry, it’s so easy and you can put different flours in for different flavours.
I followed a recipe from The Vegan Cookbook (and here is the updated version of the book), my copy is rather battered from overuse, well I have had it since 1986!
Lillies in my Kitchen ~ April 2010
I love lillies always have, maybe it’s the fragrance that hangs around my house for days, I can smell the aroma the minute I walk through the front door, it’s very welcoming.
Today has been rather lovely, I spent a lot of it under a tree reading a biography on Rimbaud by Graham Robb in the sunshine, quietly enjoying the first real stirrings of Spring.
I also love riding my lovely bike ( a Marin Point Reyes) as to get to this lovely secluded spot away from noise and people I needed to ride there, so I gathered up the essentials (a book, a picnic of sandwiches (which funnily enough even had cucumbers in it… how delightfully British of me…) , juice, yogurt and ginger cake)
I baked these – Vegan Cupcakes
Hmmmm…. I haven’t slept properly for weeks and all this blogging is not helping,
I’m officially a night owl
It doesn’t matter what I do I lie in bed wide awake, I used to sleep so well too, maybe I need some company hmmmm…. or just a few cupcakes?