Monday, March 27, 2017

One with nature

My left side is tree - the right side is me - I am partly putting down roots ...
Kate Firth - Venus Reborn

As time with illness progressed 
I became one with nature

I am part of my garden
The garden is part of me

An overgrown path 
makes me feel 
A pot-bound plant 
stops me 
from growing

The first shoots of spring
make me come alive

The birds 
make me sing 

quote and words from Into the Light

Page from Into the Light by Corina Duyn with image of root sculpture in nature
Page from Into the Light

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring in my garden - a whistle stop tour

After the day of snow on Tuesday, we were granted Real Sunshine for the past few days.
Rejuvenated, it makes one (me) want to tackle the garden. Take out all the weeds, move plants, start seed trays, re-pot pot-bound plants, sweep the path, take moss of the paths, play in my studio, write, start a trial film for my animation project, create a backdrop for my animation project which is accessible for me...

Ahh, so many possibilities.
So little energy.

I did walk around to choose the best filming spot.
I did move a few forget-me-not's to that spot.
And then I joined Sally in the greenhouse for a much needed rest.

To be resting in the greenhouse. First time this year.
Plants can wait.

Later on I walked around my small garden, which has so much to offer, to take a few snapshots to share the Spring in my Garden with you all.
(Not quite the spring in my step)

Sit back, and enjoy.
The last remainging daffodils
(studio in the background)
The promise of Large Poppies
in the making

No idea what this is called, but isn't it a beauty

front garden view
Just love this pot of grasses
one of the many primroses.
Love this spring flower so much
Forget me not's
I won't, as they are Everywhere.
Sally, having taken ownership of my lettuce-tray
"Not this year"- she says
look at those legs.
Cool - or what
The pod for my animation project...
Ahhhh... more about that some other day
chocolate crocosmia
Just gorgeous
The first Rhubarb
Robert Cat's graveside
First apple blossoms
blue grape hyacinths under the apple trees
my 'Forest'
Tulips from Amsterdam.
I only wanted RED ones.
I have my doubt, but might be pleasantly surprised
first shoots of leaves of the
Japanese maple
The scent... oh my goodness

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Raw Energy Balls with roasted seeds

Raw Energy Balls

 Dairy, sugar & gluten free, made with cocao, date paste and roasted seeds.
Raw energy balls with roasted seeds

To make the date paste, soak:
  • 12 dates in about 40 ml of water for about ten minutes
  • 3 unsulphured apricots 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
Blend in a food processor- (or nutribullet which is what I used)  into a smooth paste

Mix together in a bowl:
  • 60 grams of the  Date paste (which might not be all the paste you made...)
  • 70 grams of ground seeds
    • I roasted Hemp, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds in a dry pan heavy bottomed pan- separately - until they start to pop. It gives a nicer nutty flavour. Watch out that they don't burn though!
    • I used the nutribullet to grind them into a "flour"
    • You can just use raw ground seeds too, if you prefer
  • 20 grams of pumping seeds
  • 15 grams of chia seeds
  • 18 grams of raw cocoa
  • Add a little more paste it the dough is too dry - or
    •  you can add a tablespoon of melted coconut oil

Take a generous teaspoon of dough and roll it with your hands into small balls. 
I made 13, but it is up to you what size you like to make them.

I rolled some in ground almond seeds. Just to have a choice of two varieties.

Put them on a sheet of baking paper and store in the fridge.

And then ... I scraped the deliciously sticky mixture of my hands with my teeth.
A new version of "licking the cake-spoon'!


I certainly did.

Further reading
  • Other wheat, sugar and dairy free recipes, see here  Bread, cakes, muffins...

Friday, March 24, 2017

Launch of the CAP Awards 2017

What a 'goosebump-creating' combination: Writing and mental health awareness.

One day last September I turned on my computer and saw an email coming in with the shortlist of the first ever CAP Awards for self published authors. 

In short, the Carousel Aware Prize is a competition is to celebrate writers who self publish their books. All proceeds go to Aware, an Irish Charity who educates and empowers people to look after their mental health.

Reading through the email I saw that my Into the Light book was shortlisted under the non-fiction category.

If you could have seen me you would have laughed out loud.

To paint the picture:
I was sitting in my wheelchair at my desk.
As I got so excited to see my name on the list, I was literary jumping out of my chair, and landing back in it... if that makes sense.
I had to put the brakes on as I was afraid the chair- and me in it- would wheel itself out of the room, or out the window.

You know, it is Very Exciting Stuff to have one's book shortlisted!

The Gala Evening to announce the winners was held at the Teachers Club in Dublin. I made the journey down. Most of the shortlisted authors were present, as where a lot of their supporters and others interested in the written word.
The room was packed and buzzing with the excitement, and nervous anticipation by the short listed authors, as well as from the thought provoking speeches about mental health.  It was quite amazing to hear how many people are in some way touched by mental health issues.

Of course there was lots of talk about books too. And about publishing. And announcing the winners of each of the categories.

Although I was not the winner in my category, I am immensely proud to have been part of this exciting new journey for independent authors. 

We are all winners.

The writers - the committee- the judges and Aware!

Since that time it is quite hearth warming to have made so many new contacts with the other short listed writers, and also with editors, and others who were involved with the event, and to have been contacted by publishers of book and writing magazines.
Thank you all!  It is wonderful to have been acknowledged into this world of publishing.

The launch of the CAP Awards 201 is this Saturday  25th March 14.00 to 17.00 at Club Na Muinteoiri  36 Parnell Square West, Dublin. See HERE for a list of speakers and activities for the day.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to travel down, but I am certainly there in spirit.

Links and further reading

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A broken spirit level

Page from HATCHED re-hatched

This kind of sums up how I feel this morning.
After a few disappointing, bewildering, frustrating emails yesterday.
I spend way too much energy on trying to find my way within it all.
I will find my way in it all.

For today I will focus on finding my balance -
my spirit level

Be well everyone!

(Will most likely tell you about what brought my spirit and energy down, as I think it is an important standpoint - but need to sort it out first with the organization in question)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Boxes, and more boxes ...

This ...
box full of Into the Light boxes by Corina Duyn

And all this...

has to become this.
Into the Light book in a box by Corina Duyn - a wooden box with paper sleeve

The next delivery of empty boxes for Into the Light arrived yesterday.
To make them truly into a book in a box, I am getting help to open each box; glue in the ribbon and sticker in the back to lift the pages out; add the pack of pages; close the box; and put the wrapper around it.

To celebrate the arrival of these boxes, there is no postage charge for orders placed between now and Sunday 26th March, using the Buy Now Button
Into the Light €30

Further reading and links

  • For more about the book, including a short video see HERE
  • For the first batch of boxes and books, see HERE