Revenge of the Cows

I have at an early age had an aversion to cow’s milk and so my mom had me on soya. For the next 28 years I have loved dairy. Cheese, milk and occasionally cream in small amounts. I have drunk teapots of ceylon tea and rooibos, and coffee, basically anything that you can put in a mug.

I have read the articles on the hormones fed to cows and carried on drinking the ever more expensive milk. Growing up on powdered and graduating to full cream sachets.

When people said they were lactose intolerant I never thought it would happen to me. After the second nasty stomach flu in one year I found that milk continues to make me ill. I have tried over the months and it seems to be a permanent condition. I have tried soya milk but it is expensive and without sugar extremely vile. Man is made not to consume milk for long periods genetically and this seems to be my situation.

I love ice-cream,love milk in tea and love soft camembert but it has dire consequences tummy wise.

The cows have their revenge and now I drink herbal tea and water.

I am afraid that soon I will want to eat wheatgerm voluntarily or start running marathons. Let’s hope it doesn’t ever come to that. Fellow dairy free friends I say I can’t believe I am one of you.





21 st century rudeness is the order of the day. Grannies that ram your ankles, people with  do not use deodorant pushing in the queue.  Heaven forbid that a man should stand back for a lady.

Yes you may well say that’s a good story grandma but I have had enough. I don’t need anger management but  I am sick of people who are rude and obnoxious. In the bank, in the supermarket, at the school. At the beach where dogs are about to bite small children and the owner says ” He is just harmless” as a mother snatches him from jaws of leash less dog.

People are arrogant if they have money and feel entitled if they don’t have it. The humble man seems to be extinct. And don’t get me started on the dating scene in 2010. Cheating, using 2nd and third phones to cheat, break-up by sms etc.

The work place is minefield of the honest and hardworking being killed by paperwork. Never mind the gossip, backstabbing and downright rubbish that  is repeated. It’s enough to make you seriously consider moving to outer Mongolia to herd yaks. Though I suppose they will gossip about the crazy new guy.

The solution, I don’t have one for moderation aggravation but bear in mind the cream rises to the top and so does the rotten fish.


Lavender has been used for centuries as a healing herb and fragrant soother its uses are:

  • has sedative properties
  • effectively eases anxiety and tension
  • relaxes and settles the mind
  • aids insomnia
  • relieves headaches, pain, tense muscles, sore joints
  • relaxes spasms that occur in the digestive tract
  • assists in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome or spastic colon
  • eases emotional tension
  • soothes burns and stings
  • calms the distressed patient
  • has potent anti bacterial actions
  • is a natural antiseptic

helps treat colds by soothing inflamed mucous membranes

It is available as an essential oil or you can plant a lavender bush in your garden and use it in creams, baths or in beauty treatments.

There is a wonderful Lavender farm you can visit

In Provance in France and Norfolk England there are lavender tours.

Lavender is a wonderful in cupcake icing or to flavour shortbread cookies.

You can research them at

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Prep Time:
20 Min
Cook Time:
20 Min
Ready In:
1 Hr 40 Min


  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh lavender
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the lavender, mint and lemon zest. Combine the flour, cornstarch and salt; mix into the batter until well blended. Divide dough into two balls, wrap in plastic wrap and flatten to about 1inch thick. Refrigerate until firm, about 1hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Cookie stamps will work well on these too. Place on cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, just until cookies begin to brown at the edges. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.



Fresh Marketing

Yes you know the basics:

truth not trash

cute not crass

basic not boring

sexy not sexist

Know your audience, they are not stupid. Do not limit yourself to one demographic you will alienate people who are within the limit.

The most revolting ad was for South African pork where a man had to choose between girls or delicious pork. You know who was the pig!

Be creative read Freakanomics, Faith Popcorn and any marketing book that catches your eye. However I tried to read a Buffet book and I don’t think it was in English. Free samples work but these competitions which cost airtime to enter seem like a ripoff to me.

My favorite piece of ridiculous marketing is:

Why not get the girls to buy the underwear they are going to throw at you on stage!

Throw Bon Jovi underwear and they make $8.99

New Greatest Hits and the circle Tour Dvd is on my shopping list for November!