Thursday, 10 August 2017

What are the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple Cidar Vinegar has been talked about a lot lately, and I'm sure many of you have heard to it! I felt this was important for me to discuss since it is apart of my daily routine. There are so many uses for Apple Cidar Vinegar and a plethora of benefits! in this post I will go over with you all the amazing benefits that I personally noticed from using it daily. 

I have been using Apple Cider Vinegar for a couple of months now and instead of spending money on different beauty products, I just use ACV because it works for me.
Trust me, it's amazing!!! 

What is Apple Cidar Vinegar?

The type of vinegar really stands out among the rest. ACV is made from crushed apples that have been fermented. Raw, organic, and unfiltered apple cider vinegar will have a type of brown sediment at the bottom of the bottle. This sediment is known as "the mother". The mother is basically residue from the apple pectin.

Seeing tis residue at the bottle of your bottle is a good sign that it is pure. The "mother" is a good source of minerals and enzymes that not many types of vinegar contain. Much of ACV's benefits come with the mother! I highly recommend Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. on Amazon
 This brand is unfiltered, unpasteurised, and organic! 

Benefits of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar 

Tame Tummy Troubles - The pectin content in ACV helps treat diarrhoea by forming bulk fibrous matter. The pectin also forms a protein coat for soothing the colon lining and intestinal spasms. Try mixing one or two tablespoons into water, or clear juice like apple juice.

Prevent Indigestion - Sip before eating especially if you know you're going to indulge in food that cause indigestion. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before you dine.

Stuffy nose - Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink to help sinus drainage.

Help for hiccups - Since hiccups are often caused by either low stomach acid slowing the digestion of protein, or eating too much... ACV can be a great solution for hiccups. It restores the acid balance in the stomach and eases irrupting spasms of the diaphragm.

Sore Throat - As soon as you feel the prickle of sore throat, take some ACV to help head off the infection at the pass. Turns out, most germs can't survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. 

Exhaustion - Exercise and sometimes extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. Apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling. Next time you're feeling beat, add a tablespoon or two of ACV to a glass of chilled glass of water.

Relieve Nighttime Leg Cramps - ACV taken diluted in water twice daily, will dissolve acid crystals in the blood and provide potassium, calcium and other essential minerals to the body needed to ease the leg cramps.

Banish bad breath - Due to its acidic properties, ACV makes a wonderful remedy for bad breath or halitosis. simply add half tablespoons of acv into a cup of water and gargle the mixture in your month for 10 seconds at a time until the cup is empty.

Boost weight loss - many people claim that Apple Cider Vinegar  promotes weight loss by speeding up the metabolism. A suggested remedy is to mix 2 teaspoons of the vinegar into a glass of water and drink this before every meal or sip it slowly throughout the day

Control Cholesterol – Research has indicated that apple cider vinegar improves the lipid profile of blood by decreasing the levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) or bad cholesterol, as also by increasing the levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) or good cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol, consult your physician.

Improve Bone Health – The abundance of calcium, potassium, magnesium, and other vital minerals, makes apple cider vinegar a good candidate for maintaining bone health
Relieve Arthritis Pain – The potassium in cider vinegar may be especially beneficial because it works to prevent calcium build-up in the joints, which is linked to joint stiffness. 

Benefits of using Apple Cider Vinegar Topically
Reduce swelling - Rubbing apple cider vinegar onto swollen hands or feet reduces swelling. A wonderful thing during pregnancy!
Fight Yeast Infections - One of the best home remedies to treat a yeast infection is Apple Cider Vinegar. Add 1 and a half cups of ACV into a bathtub filled with warm water, and then soak in it for about 20 minutes. This should be done once a day for the first 3 days of the infection.
Soothing Bath Soak - The next time you get ready to slip into a warm bath, add one to two capfuls of apple cider vinegar. It draws toxins out of the body, leaving behind toned and moisturized skin.
Foot and Skin Fungus - Just as ACV can help kill Candida in the body, it is often useful against yeast and fungus on the skin and nails. If you have foot or toe fungus, soak the feet in 1 cup of ACV in water or apply directly to the affected area. For skin fungus or yeast, apply ACV directly. For children or those with sensitive skin, it is best to dilute the ACV with water before applying to the skin.
Invigorating Foot SoakUse apple cider vinegar to soothe aching and swollen feet.
Hair Rinse Acetic acid, the main ingredient in ACV, will remove build up from styling products and conditioners and strengthen the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, shiny strands. It will also balance hair’s pH level, simulate the scalp to promote hair growth, and is a cure for dandruff. Dilute 1/3 cup ACV in 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Leave it in for a few seconds before rinse your hair using cold water to seal the hair shaft and create more shine.
Facial Mask - Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay, add 1 tablespoon raw honey. Apply to skin. Leave this detoxifying, deep-pore treatment on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Skin Toner - Psoriasis sufferers praise apple cider vinegar for reducing inflammation. Apply a few drops to a cotton ball and rub on your T-zone or other dry spots to prevent breakouts and minimise blemishes. 

Reduce Age Spots - Apple Cider Vinegar contains sulphur that fights the effects of aging, including age spots. Dab age spots, or liver spots, with ACV every night before you go to sleep. Do not wash off the vinegar. If you feel a stinging sensation, dilute the vinegar with water. Wash off in the morning.

Acne Remedy - ACV kills bacteria and balances skin’s pH level. It also absorbs excessive oil from our skin, which is a leading cause of acne. Mix one part vinegar to 3-4 parts water. Apply solution directly to your skin with clean cotton pad, and leave it there for about ten minutes. After ten minutes, rinse off the vinegar. Repeat this three times a day. For severe cases of acne, the solution can be used overnight without rinsing.
Teeth Whitener - Gargle with apple cinder vinegar in the morning. The vinegar helps remove stains, whiten teeth and kill bacteria in your month and gums. Brush as usual after you gargle.

Sunburn Relief - Relieve the pain of a sunburn and minimise peeling by applying a wash cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar to the area.

Vein Pain - ACV is great for varicose veins because it improves circulation in the vein wall and helps to ease the bulging and swelling vein so it is less noticeable and less painful. Combine equal parts ACV and your favorite lotion. Apply morning and night to varicose veins in a circular motion until absorbed. Depending on the severity of your varicose veins, you should begin to see improvement within a month.
Natural Deodorant - Most commercial deodorants are antiperspirants, which block your ability to sweat. Since sweat is one of your body’s natural means of detoxification, blocking your ability to sweat can block your ability to detoxify. ACV absorbs and neutralizes odors. Simply rub a bit of ACV in your underarms. The vinegary smell dissipates once it dries.
Wart Removal - Try placing a cotton pad soaked in apple cider vinegar on top, then secure with a bandage. Leave on overnight and remove in the morning. If you stick to this consistently for a week, you should start to see results.
The uses for Apple Cider Vinegar are endless. 

If you would like to purchase ACV, click on the link below... 
You can either get 473ml or 946ml

Do you use apple cider vinegar in your health and/or beauty regimens?

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

2000 Facebook Likes!!!!

Hi, great news we reached 2000 likes last night. 
I want to thank everyone who's ever followed my blog and like my Facebook page. It means a lot to me, so Thank you for the 2k likes!!
If one of them is YOU!

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Masons Arms Grand Opening

Boutique hotel, Restaurant, Cocktail bar and Ballroom in Louth, Lincolnshire.

The Restaurant & Bar
Serving something scrumptious to eat and drink every day from morning until night. 

Habits Cocktail Bar
(On the first floor) Smart surroundings and speaks for itself. Celebration Afternoon Tea will be served in Habits too. 

The Ballroom
Stunning and the ideal venue for private celebrations, weddings, meeting and themed events. 

Special Sunday Lunch
Also served in the ballroom

The Library
Relax over refreshments while you read, meet, compute or simply relax

Ten Designer En-Suite Bedrooms
What more could you want? 

Rooms are available from £80 per night and will include WiFi, smart tv, DAB radio, minibar, safe, lots of storage space, bright lights for reading and a mix of baths and showers.

I have been hearing about The Masons Arms for quite sometimes and as soon as I walked in the doors of this boutique hotel, I could feel positive vibes. Not only is the place drop dead gorgeous and unique. The food was incredible and I have to mention how FANTASTIC AND KIND the staff was so helpful and welcoming. I have to say the hotel rooms were stunning as well. I must comment on their amazing ballroom and event space.

It was so great being part of The Masons Arms Grand Opening celebrations.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Chapel Saint Leonards | Lincolnshire

I bet every one of us has little bit of an adventurous soul hidden somewhere inside. Are you the kind of person that likes, untouched, empty beaches, far away from the nosies of civilisation? You know that is the place where you will really manage to rest, turn off the modern world, and be one with nature. Yeah, even nude, if you like it. For all of you that can take more than walking maximal 50 metres from your car to the beach, It is for all of you that enjoy an unforgettable relaxation in that secret place, where the sea meets the land.

When you visit so many beautiful, hard to reach, mysterious and remote beaches you learn one thing: "Be prepared." Discovering nature is much better, when you are at least a little bit prepared. I know that being spontaneous has its charm, but sometimes it can be too risky.

There is no better feeling than knowing I am totally prepared and getting closer to the experience of a new beach but even better is the feeling when you are returning from the beach full of new impressions, photos, and knowing that I am healthy and ready for the next day. So in the evening I can say it was a perfect day.

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Monday, 5 June 2017

"The Baby Keets" first day outside

We let Missy and the babies out for a short time yesterday, to enjoy the sunshine. I just wanted to see how they would be outside because Missy has stopped lying on top of the babies and actually started to walk and scratch around. I assumed that was nature's way of saying it is finally time to get them out and about. 
They're 6 days old now!

Saturday, 3 June 2017

4 day old Guinea Fowl Keets

I don't think Missy has realised but she has been sitting on the wrong nest for the last 26 days... but anyways she has carefully hatched 7 Guinea Fowl Keets. 
Hatched 31.05.2017

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Sunnyside Up Farm & Coffee Shop - Lincolnshire

In the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds (which is about a hop, skip and a jump away between Tealby and Market Rasen) sits Sunnyside Up Farm Shop & Coffee Shop which prioritises using local produce on the menu.
We've visited a few times, and it does seem to be one of those places that a bit of an undiscovered gem.

Lincolnshire conjures up images of pretty villages with rolling green hills and winding roads. In my dream, at the end of the road, there's always a good strong cup of tea, a slice of cake.

(The tea was delicious and the scones were lovely). 

The coffee shop offers a wide selection of delicious hot and cold drinks, freshly made cakes and homemade scones. Stokes of Lincoln Tea & Coffee. (I haven't tried yet but they stock Marimbas Milk, white and dark hot chocolate made with real chocolate flakes. 

Indoors or out you will enjoy beautiful views over the Lincolnshire countryside including the lovely Lincoln Red Cattle contentedly grazing.

The staff are friendly and the scones, cakes on the counter looked wonderful. Freshly made everyday! - definitely a reason to return. 

Also they have tables and children's play area outside in addition to the cafe.

I took a quick wander around the farm shop afterwards which consists of two adjoining rooms. One contains the fresh foodstuffs (including locally made bread, bakery items, dairy produce and Sunnyside Up very own-reared beef alongside other meat and poultry farmed in Lincolnshire and a well stocked shelving unit of wines, whiskies and other sprits.

(not to mention a huge selection of jams, chutneys and preserves).

 (Pin Gin, Lincolnshire based producer that has formulated a unique and enticing gin with a special flavour)

You mustn't leave Lincolnshire without trying some 'yellowbelly'. No, you don't have to eat one of the locals, it's the nickname of Cotehill Yellow - see if you can spot to in the cheese counter!

They stock 30 cheese sourced from all over the UK and Europe especially they sell 2 CoteHill Cheeses, produced just up the road in Osgodby.

The bigger room contains a wide range of tasteful homeware.

Bread by Bike, what a brilliant idea! Delivers home baked bread to your door, by bicycle.

They are 3 types of bread, medium and large loaves of white, wholemeal and granary bread.

You will have to try Bread by Bike, it's absolutely delicious. 

Please go check out Andy's website/Facebook page.

They are a large selection of fruit & vegetables.

(You can buy your meat with confidence). 

At Sunnyside up they are proud to offer beef that has been with them from pasture to plate. This means they know exactly what does into each animal, caring it for it from the day it's born, maximing it's welfare and feeding and handling it to produce beef with the best flavour and texture.

Sunnyside Up is a fab place to relax and enjoy some country air, whether you pop by for a coffee or lunch, or choose some lovely produce to enjoy at home.

Sunnyside Up Farm Shop, Poplar Farm, Tealby Road, Market Rasen, LN8 3UL. 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Yellow Fields of Happiness

I live in a world surrounded fields. The rapeseed flowers are in full bloom. These vibrant yellow beauties are a magnificent sigh as you drive around the countryside. They only bloom for around 3-4weeks in the springtime, less if there is heavy rain. Rapeseed is grown primarily for oil. 

Yellow is a happy colour.

I adore the colour for the happy mood it puts me in. Wandering through a field of wildflowers then into a field of Rapeseed flowers was the next best 'pick me up' experience of retail therapy!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Spring time is a time for new beginnings & Broody Hens

Spring time is a time for new beginnings, broody hens and baby chicks. When hens want to hatch some eggs of their own, they become broody. When broody, they puff out their feathers and hunker down inside the nesting box. They stay dedicated to the thought of hatching eggs.

A broody hen can be a godsend if you are trying to hatch chicks. No worries about incubators, brooder boxes or heat lamps... the hen will take case of it all.

However, if none of your eggs are fertile or you aren't interested in hatching any chicks a broody hen is not something you want. Not only do broody hens stops laying eggs and pluck out their breast feathers, they only leave the nest for short periods of time to eat and drink a bit (but not nearly as much as they really need, resulting in weight loss and possible malnutrition they also make it duffer cult for the other hens to lay their eggs by hogging the nest.

Other hens may start pecking at the broody trying to get her to leave the nest, which can not only injure her, but lead to cannibalism. Also she might be bullied once she returns to the flock since she has been absent for several weeks. Normally the peeps of the hatching chicks signal to a broody that she is done siting but clearly if eggs never hatch under her, she never get that signal to stop, so you need to encourage her. 

Broodiness is also contagious to some extend and one broody can induce others to go broody. 
Broody hens also have a grater chance at contracting mites and other parasites, although using herbs in the nesting boxes can alleviate the parasite concern to a great extent. Bottom line though it is far healthier for a hen to be out being a chicken, scratching for bugs, dust bathing and socialising with the others than sitting on an empty nest.

In the past two days it seems that Missy, one of our columbian blacktails has gone broody. My first clue was that every time I went to collect eggs, she was siting on a nest. When I walked into the coop she puffed up and growled at me. She also clucked a deep, throaty cluck (that is the voice she will use to call her chicks). Some broodies will also peck at you when you try and take the eggs so a pair of gloves is a must. A broody hen will literally feather the nest and start pulling out her breast feathers and depositing them in the nesting box. She does this both to cushion the eggs and because her bare skin will keep the eggs (and chicks once they hatch) warmer being right up next to her. 

Eggs are not even a requirement to being broody. Often my broody hens will perch themselves upon imaginary invisible eggs. Sometimes chicken keepers try to break broody hens from this trance like state. There are all sorts of technique out there. Some believe that hens will perish if they remain in a broody state. Others break broody hens because when a hen is broody, she will not lay any eggs. However, I prefer to let nature take its course and closely monitor these hens during this time. Some breeds tend to go broody more than others and nowadays most breeds have had broodiness bred right of them.

Once you have had one broody hen, you will immediately recognise when the next one goes broody. The signs are pretty unmistakable. 

Broody Columbian Blacktail

Our eggs are not fertile. I'm not ready quite yet so Missy needs to be broken of her broodiness. If a hen isn't sitting on fertile eggs, its not healthy for her to sit all day in the dark nesting box, although that is what her maternal hormones are telling her to do. But she needs o be outside getting exercise and fresh air and being a chicken. Also, a broody hen will stop laying eggs when she goes broody and won't start up again possible for several months - the 21 days it takes for eggs to hatch plus the time she would caring for her new chicks so its in both your best interests to break them as quickly as possible.

 If you let nature take its course, the broody period typically lasts about 3 weeks. Hens can go broody at anytime during the year, but are more likely to go broody in springtime and warmer weather.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Adventures in Backyard Chickens

6:30am... I technically could be asleep for another 25mins before I have to get dressed but at this point I am in my pyjamas with my hair tied in something that resembles a bun and I am pulling on my boots to walk to the yard. Now why in the world would I be walking to the yard in the morning when I could asleep?

The answer to that would be 6 2-legged little runts with wings that need to be fed and watered!

When you have your own flock of laying chickens in your backyard is an adventure. It's a great way to avoid buying eggs from the grocery store and depending on which breed you have, you could still have eggs for most of the year! I have my own little egg factory and sell the little gems by the dozen to have money to put back into feed for my laying ladies. They are also nice to have around as pets that actually pull some of their own weight by paying you back with eggs for the money you put into keeping them. Chickens also help cut back on food waste, they are great for getting rid of fruits and vegetables that may have over-roped for your taste buds... the chickens will LOVE them!
If you have ever considered your own backyard chickens, you should do it. I highly recommend getting a few chickens!

**Pam at Brigg Poultry sells Point of lay fully vaccinated chickens.
They are located of the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds in the market town of Alford, virtually opposite the five sailed working windmill** 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

It's Bluebell Season!

Bluebells transform our woodland in Springtime. The carpet of intense blue under the opening tree canopy is one of our greatest woodland spectacles. It's not surprising that bluebell is one of the nations best loved wild flowers.

Spotting a carpet of bluebells in a woodland is a highlight of any springtime walk in the countryside.

Where and When to find bluebell?

When: Bluebells flower between mid April and late May

This early flowering makes the most of the sunlight that reaches the woodland floor before the full woodland canopy casts its shade. Millions of bugs may grow closely together in on wood, creating one of natures most stunning displays.

Where: Half of the worlds population of bluebells are here in the UK. You'll find them in broadleaved woodland, along hedgerows and in fields.

What does bluebell look like?

Bluebells are perennial bulbous herbs with flowering stems to about  50cm tall. They spend most of the year as bus underground and emerge to flower from April onwards. 

Leaves: Around 7mm to 25mm wide and 45cm long Strap-shaped with a pointed tip. They are smooth with a succulent appearance.

Flowers: Up to 20 sweetly scented floors are borne on a flower stalk which droops or nods to one side. Flowers are bell shaped and can be blue, white or rarely pink. Each flower has 6 petals with recurved (up-turned) tips. Anthers have white cream coloured pollen.

(Wyham cum Cadeby, Lincolnshire)

Woodland Trust own over 1,000 sites across the UK, many of which are fantastic bluebell hotspots.

Type your town or postcode into the search box. Look out for the bluebell icon on the wood features to see which woods have bluebells.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Fendt Vario 1050 is the world's most powerful standard... Finally, yes it does look a beast and yes, the new 'nature green'

Packing a massive 500hp under the hood and standing at 3.6m tall, the new range will the biggest and most powerful conventional tractors ever made.

Only a handful of North American articulated monsters and tracked machines from the likes of Deere and Challenger will be able to match it. Possible uses in the UK will be taking large drilling duties away from heavier tracked or articulated machines that are bit harder on the ground. Contractors with large outfits could also be interested.

It has been a few months since Fendt previewed its highly anticipated 1000 series Vario tractor series, but since then the firm has hold its card very close to its chest as to what is under the skin of the new beast. However, Fendt can now reveal what makes the 1000 vario tick and it is not just straight forward as a beefing up a 900 series.

What's it like to drive?

Once you've shinned up the ladder to get into the cab its was hard forgot you're in a big, powerful machine. The 1050's proportions are nearly identical to those of any other conventional tractor so when you stick it in the middle of a massive field with no other  points of reference it actually seems quite normal. Controls are pretty much the same as any other Fendt from the 300 series upwards so anyone who is familiar with the German makers way of doing things will be able to hop on and drive it. It's also surprisingly manoeuvrable and has a considerably tighter turning circle than we expected. 

This is particularly impressive given the lack of clearance between the front wheels and the ridiculously wide bonnet. Power is clearly plentiful but the fact that we were pulling the 6.6m Simba rig through previously worked ground meant we didn't get to see it operating anywhere near its limit. However in this loose ground we noticed that wheel slip was at times getting close to 25% so we would still question exactly how well it can transfer it's 500hp to terra firms when the going gets really tough. 

Those that like the bark and raw grunt of an old school power shift might also be a shade disappointment with the 1050's sedate approach to putting down the power. 
The 12.4 litre block is tuned to deliver its peak torque between 1,100rpm and 1,500rpm and when you turn on the Tractor Management (TMS) it will do its best to reach your target speed within that range. This can make it feel like it's chugging along and those that aren't used to this might think it's struggling. However once you realise that you don't need high revs to get the power it makes the job seem a lot less frantic and creates a pleasant hush in the cabin. 

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Just how high can you go in Lincolnshire and Where is it?

They say Lincolnshire's flat, anyone who has driven around the Lincolnshire Wolds, as I do nearly everyday. I can tell you otherwise, there's some breathtaking scenery and lung busting hill climbs.

(NATS Claxby Radar Dome)

Normanby Hill (sometimes also Wolds Top) is the name sometimes given to the highest point of the Lincolnshire wolds. It lies some distance to the north of the village of Normanby le Wold in Lincolnshire. The viking way passes close by, on a minor road and there is a radio mast near the summit. The summit is marked with an Ordnance Survey triangulation station, which was erected in 1936 and is now used as part of the Ordnance Survey National GPS System.

Wolds Top is within the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!!

Officially the high spot is 551 feet above sea level and the exact point is marked by an Ordnance Survey trig pillar near Normanby le Wold - grid reference TF 12209 95452.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's Day to all my readers....

Valentine's Wreaths are a perfect holiday staples for your front door!!

Happy Valentine's Day to all my friends and family. 
Remember, it's not just for couples, it's to celebrate love in all forms. Love is all around you!!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Brocklesby Hunt

A few photographs from yesterday (Saturday 11th February) Hunt, Lincolnshire.