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The Holistic Life

The Holistic Life

     I started LIVING  WITH   THE  MOON a few years ago with my basic Biodynamic calendar charts and a handful of tips. books and recipes from my grandmother. This lifestyle system - what I now call  LIVING WITH THE MOON - has always been in my life. It is my little...

Conceive with the moon

Conceive with the moon

Looking at the moon cycle can be very helpful if you are trying (or not trying) to conceive. All women are of course familiar with the female fertility cycle also known as the biological cycle.  Mid-cycle a woman ovulates and can conceive. This always occurs 14...

The soil revolution – part 4

The soil revolution – part 4

Here is another installment of our series - the soil revolution. If you want to read it from the beginning - please click below to join Part 1. Part 1 looked into:   Where are we now?  (please read it here)  Part 2  will introduce you to Instituto Terra, an...

The soil revolution – part 3

The soil revolution – part 3

    Part 1 looked into:   Where are we now?  (please read it here) From now onwards we look into solutions and people who have actively played part in this.Part 2  will introduce you to Instituto Terra, an organization that specializes in reforestation, particularly...

How to create a perfect lawn

How to create a perfect lawn

 Most gardens, in the UK anyway, have lawns. Some are perfect and would make a wonderful backdrop to a British tea party, others are not much more than dirt patches with bits of grass in it. Below is a guide to help you create the first scenario and what to do when...

Invigorate your body with hydrotherapy

Invigorate your body with hydrotherapy

What is Hydrotherapy? This article is part of the symbol that deals with detoxifying body treatments   In essence, hydrotherapy describes a way to cure or invigorate your body via all kinds of water therapies. This could be extra warm or cold water or a...

The soil revolution – part 2

The soil revolution – part 2

 Part 1 looked into:   Where are we now?  (please read it here) From now onwards we look into solutions and people who have actively played part in this. Part 2  will introduce you to Instituto Terra, an organization that specializes in reforestation, particularly in...

The Soil Revolution – part 1

The Soil Revolution – part 1

  The status quo - where are we now?  As far back as 2014, Reuters reported that a senior UN official said, “If we continue with our intense farming practices and destruction of wildlife at the current levels – we have realistically 60 years of sustainable farming...

Alkaline food and herbs

Alkaline food and herbs

HERBS AND GREEN VEGETABLES HELP YOU TO KEEP YOUR BODY ALKALINE   Only a few decades ago, the perceived wisdom was to eat predominantly a plant-based diet with the odd meat dish thrown in. This way of eating ensures that our bodies maintain a healthy acid-alkaline...

Growing your own loofah sponge

Growing your own loofah sponge

 THIS SYMBOL REPRESENTS SKIN REGENERATION, EXFOLIATION AND BODY BRUSHING  Whenever you see this symbol it is time to brush and exfoliate  There is a new trend emerging -  growing your own loofah. It is such a great plant and totally compatible with the LWTM lifestyle...

The biodynamic ‘essence of life’

The biodynamic ‘essence of life’

I often get asked what does the phrase 'biodynamic' actually means? In essence, it means 'lifeforce'. This sounds simple, but when you look a bit more into it its origin it can get quite complex. Most cultures have specific names for this 'lifeforce'. In the Hindu...

The benefit of crystals – Introduction

The benefit of crystals – Introduction

This blog series has come out of a survey I did last year. I asked my lovely subscribers what topics they were interested in and 'THE BENEFITS OF CRYSTALS' scored top marks. I always liked this topic as it is steeped in history plus I do like to wear semi-precious...

The holistic approach to weight management

The holistic approach to weight management

    This article is for all of you who struggle to lose weight or have become eternal yo-yo dieters.  In 2005 I conducted a small ‘diet trial’ in which I asked people to rotate their food intake and finish off with a ‘Liquid fast day’. At the time the 5:2 diet and...

What makes us human?

What makes us human?

       This is a question that undoubtfully all humans ask themselves at some point? I recently heard a talk about this subject and thought it was well worth exploring.  As I am currently working on the new calendar cycle and The Year Ahead,  when the famous question...

Natural home clearing

Natural home clearing

  THIS SYMBOL REPRESENTS DECLUTTERING AND ENERGETIC HOME-CLEARING In the late 1990ies I had a very interesting home visit. My then downstairs neighbour told me about this 'wonderful interior designer' who he met at a recent party. My husband and I were just about to...

Halloween, witches and Samhain

Halloween, witches and Samhain

      This post will delve deeper into the subject of Halloween, where it comes from, and its significance. The history of Halloween Halloween has its origin in the Celtic festival Samhain, celebrated on the evening of the 31st of October. This symbolized the end of...

Baking bread

Baking bread

Today’s task is extra baking/cooking. You can always freeze this in small portions. This is a very efficient way to create home-made meals. 

Make your own bread: 

It has recently become really popular to make your own artisan bread. I have had breadmakers for years and been doing my own sourdoughs. But here is a quick and easy recipe for all those who want to give it the first try. The recipe below is for a simple and tasty mixed loaf that can be done in any conventional oven. No breadmaker or sourdough needed.

 You will need kitchen scales, the ingredients below, a ceramic dish with a lid (ideally round), a bowl, and a mixing spoon.
Ingredients:  560g wheat flour, 190g rye flour, 550g hot water, 16g salt, some cumin seeds (1/2 a teaspoon should be enough), 3gram of active yeast. You could add some linseeds or other seeds if you like. 

1) weigh all the ingredients and put them together into a big kitchen bowl.  I use a big mixing spoon to blend them together. Then add some flour to your hands and knead the dough.  (please use enough plain flour on your hands, otherwise, the dough will stick to you). After a few minutes of kneading, cover the bowl with a kitchen towel, and leave it to rest. I suggest a minimum of 3 hours. You could also prepare the dough in the evening and let it rise overnight. Then it will be ready for baking the next day. 

Tip: To see if the dough is ready for baking. Pull some upwards.  If it rips easily it needs to rise a little longer.  A dough that is ready for baking should glide out and not rip straight away. Traditionally you let the dough rise up to 5 times. It sounds complicated, but you let it rise in the bowl and then just take a few minutes to knead it again and let it rise again. It makes sense to make a few bread loafs at the same time. 

2) Once the dough is ready,  preheat oven to 250degree C (480F) and put the empty ovenproof dish with lid into the oven. Yes, that is right – empty to heat it up!

3) Take it out when it is very hot (be careful handling it!) and add some sprinkles of plain flour to cover the bottom of the pan. This is important as otherwise the bread will stick to the pan and it will be hard for it to come out.
Then add the dough. With the mixing spoon create a line in the top of the dough – that is where the crust can rise and sprinkle some plain flour on the top.  Put the lid on and bake the bread (middle shelf) for about 35 minutes.
My Tip: Pour water into an oven dish and put it on the bottom shelf, so the bread bakes it in moist air.

Sourdough starter: 

This is an old recipe from my grandmother. In Austria most loaves of bread are sourdoughs and when I was a child I can only ever remember eating sourdough bread. Here is a recipe for your very own sourdough starter. If you put it together today, it will take a minimum of 5 days before you can use it. But once you have started, you can keep your sourdough going for years. If fact, if it is fed regularly, it gets better and better. My current one is about 3 years old. You can then give part of your starter away to friends – to give them a headstart in their own process. 

What is sourdough? 
In essence, it is fermented dough that you add to your bread mixture before baking.
The reason it has become so popular is that it tastes so good as well as being beneficial for your digestion. Sourdough contains strains of the helpful lactobacillus, also called the friendly gut bacteria. If you suffer frequently from bloating or even IBS, switching to sourdough from a conventional bread might be a good move.

Here is how to make the starter: 
You will need 250ml of milk, 250ml water, 1 tbsp of sugar, 2.5 teaspoons of dry yeast, and 450g of plain flour.  If you are lactose-intolerant try to do just warm water instead. 

Warm the milk to almost boiling and add the water and sugar. When the temperature has cooled to 40degreeC (105F) add the yeast. Cook at a very low temperature for about 5-10 minutes. It is important that the yeast starts to foam a little. Pour this mixture in a container that has a lid and add the flour. Mix well. Initially, you need to keep the lid off as it is essential that air can get to your new starter. I suggest you cover it with a tea towel or muslin cloth. Keep it stored in a warm place like an airing cupboard. The warmer the better – around 30C (80F) is ideal. After a day or 2, it starts to bubble. It is important to stir it once or twice a day. Soon a greyish liquid will form on the top – don’t be alarmed. This is absolutely normal and good. Hurrah it’s working! 

Once it starts to smell sour – hence sourdough – it is ready to use. Now you can put the lid on and that is how it is stored. If you don’t intend to bake immediately put it in the fridge. There you can keep it literally for years!  Beware it is a live organism and therefore needs the occasional feeding to stay alive. 

This is how to do it: Replenish it with 120 ml warm water (4fl oz) and 120g of flour. That’s it. Leave it to bubble up (ideally do this a day before baking and leave it outside). Then return it back into the fridge when it is no longer needed. 

If you keep your dough outside, you need to replenish quite regularly (say once a week), when I keep it in the fridge, I only do it sporadically, usually after using it or at least every 2-3 weeks. Even if you don’t use it, it needs the occasional stir otherwise it will separate too much. 

Now you are good to go. You can add this sourdough starter to the bread recipe above and you will have baked your first sourdough bread. 

A time for healing

A time for healing

 THIS SYMBOL REPRESENTS HEALING & HAPPINESS    I recently had so many inquiries about healing-related subjects. So I decided to make  HEALING - TOPIC OF THIS MONTH. As we can all do with an 'extra dose of healing' right now.  Although Living With The Moon is...

The history of the calendar

The history of the calendar

Our ancestors used the sun, the moon and the stars to measure time and form the very first calendars (meaning register). The earth orbiting the sun marks the annual year. The moon cycle was the blueprint for the month and the weeks (28 days dived by the 4 quarter of...

Cooking with the moon

Cooking with the moon

TODAY IS A GREAT TO TO COOK IN BATCHES FOR FREEZING, MAKE  BREAD AND BAKE CAKE AND COOKIES I read that Mauro Colagreco, owner of the Michelin-starred restaurant Mirazur, situated on the French Riviera, has changed his menu post-COVID lockdown.  That would not be...

Make your own delicious strawberry jam

Make your own delicious strawberry jam

  Early July is a great time to pick strawberries and make jam.  Here is a  delicious recipe for making your own jam. It is quick, easy and home-made jams just taste so good, especially with scones or toast. Fire Days, in particular when you see the symbol above work...

The importance of resting

The importance of resting

We all except that we need to sleep. But in an increasingly hectic world where being busy is seen as a badge of honour, few take the time to ponder about the importance of resting and the many health benefits it brings.

7 Tips for staying at home

7 Tips for staying at home

It is currently a strange time. Practically overnight we turned from people with busy lifestyles to sitting at home wondering how to declutter the home, start home-schooling, and wondering how to cut our own hair. I can of course only recount my own experience here....

Baking Christmas cookies

Baking Christmas cookies

Christmas is always a great time for baking and for get-togethers. So here are a few good recipes to get you into the mood. Funky Christmas Cookies: This is a very easy recipe and ideal for baking with children. First, make the dough and then get various cookie...

Renewal pruning of deciduous trees and shrubs

Renewal pruning of deciduous trees and shrubs

The Waning Moon and New Moon in November/December is a good time for renewal pruning of any deciduous trees and shrubs. If the weather is too wet or cold, you can move this task to January or even February. But make sure you have pruned back your deciduous specimen by...

The LWTM moon diet

The LWTM moon diet

A few years ago I started a trial called 'The LWTM moon diet'. It was based on a book and some research I found in a library. The roots of it all go far back to Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine who lived in Ancient Greece around 500 B.C. The LWTM moon diet...

Biodynamic gardening made easy

Biodynamic gardening made easy

What is the big difference between biodynamic gardening and traditional gardening? This is a question I have been asked a lot over the years. What is the big difference between biodynamic gardening and traditional gardening? This is a question I have been asked a lot...

The cow jumped over the moon

The cow jumped over the moon

Most of you know probably know the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle DiddleThe cat and the fiddle,The cow jumped over the moon.The little dog laughed,To see such sport,And the dish ran away with the spoon. I always pondered particularly...

The Moon

The moon has been the Earth's nocturnal companion for around 4.5 billion years. There are a few theories about how the moon was formed. The most convincing one to date is the Theia impact theory. Around 4.5 billion years ago the new earth collided with an astronomical...

50th Anniversary of the moon landing

50th Anniversary of the moon landing

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission On the 20th July 1969 three astronauts from the Apollo 11 NASA space program landed on the moon. These brave men were Neil Armstrong, the first man ever to set foot on the moon. The second...

The benefits of body brushing

The benefits of body brushing

The organs that eliminate toxins and waste products from the body are the bladder, the liver, the kidneys, the colon and of course the skin. In fact the skin, as the largest and most visible organ, is also the first to show any signs of imbalance or deficiencies....

Spices of Life – Cinnamon

Spices of Life – Cinnamon

In Europe cinnamon is the spice of Christmas and mostly used in Christmas decorations and for baking. The evergreen cinnamon tree grows predominantly in Indonesia and China and its fragrant bark is rolled up and left to dry. Then it is cut up into pieces known as...

The benefits of indigo and purple  crystals

The benefits of indigo and purple crystals

This post is all about the benefits of indigo and purple crystals. They are connected to the Brow or Third Eye Chakra. Indigo, a mixture of purple and blue is a deeply spiritual colour. This chakra is all about imagination, creativity, healing powers, and vision. It...

Spices of Life – Turmeric

Spices of Life – Turmeric

Following on from my popular blog series Cooking with herbs I have decided to start a new series, called Spices Of Life. Over the coming month I will introduce you to the many benefits and recipes. I hope it will help you to discover a world of flavours out there and...

The benefits of blue crystals

The benefits of blue crystals

Today we look into blue crystals that are connected to the throat chakra. This chakra radiates idealism, authority, travel, business, and prosperity. Blue is a colour of trust, convention, and peace. It probably is the most conservative, steady chakra of all and...

The benefits of green crystals

The benefits of green crystals

In this article, we will look into green crystals that are connected to the heart chakra, located in the chest area. This chakra is all about compassion, healing, true giving, inner harmony, and environmental awareness. When the heart chakra is in balance, people find...

Cooking and Baking

Cooking and Baking

  TODAY IS A GREAT TO TO COOK IN BATCHES FOR FREEZING, MAKE  BREAD AND BAKE CAKE & COOKIES I read that Mauro Colagreco, owner of the Michelin-starred restaurant Mirazur, situated on the French Riviera, has changed his menu post-COVID lockdown.  That would not be...

The benefits of yellow crystals

The benefits of yellow crystals

This article will look into the benefits of yellow crystals which are connected to the solar chakra. If you want to start the series from the beginning - click here  This is our 'natural center' where the 'gut feeling' lies. A few years ago I was lacking in energy and...

Spend time with the family

Spend time with the family

   TODAY IS A GREAT DAY TO SPEND EXTRA TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY. IF THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE, CALL YOUR PARENTS, SIBLINGS AND CHILDREN OR ANYBODY THAT YOU 'CALL FAMILY'. SHOW THEM THAT YOU CARE FOR THEM! Life is busy and whilst rushing here and there - we often forget what...

The element earth

The element earth

 THE ELEMENT EARTH Today is associated with stability, diligence, persistence, and working hard.  The element Earth, is as its name suggests, is all about being 'down to earth and getting the job done'.  Fire Days are light, celebratory, and full of energy. Earth Days...

FEELING FANTASTIC – symbol overview

FEELING FANTASTIC – symbol overview

These are the FEELING FANTASTIC symbols of the LWTM Lifestyle Calendar THE MONTH AHEAD. Click on any of these symbols and discover more articles, tips, and recipes about each topic GO BACK TO OVERVIEW OF SYMBOLS Travel & Expand yourhorizon Meditation...

FEELING LOVE – symbol overview

FEELING LOVE – symbol overview

These are the FEELING LOVE symbols of the LWTM Lifestyle Calendar THE MONTH AHEAD. Click on any of these symbols and discover more articles, tips, and recipes about each topic GO BACK TO OVERVIEW OF SYMBOLSFamily DayFertility, Menstruation & MenopauseSocial Events...

LWTM New Moon

LWTM New Moon

TODAY WE SEE A NEW MOON  New Moon is Day 1 and Day 28/29 in the moon cycle. It is the time when one moon cycle comes to an end and another one is starting up. We see only darkness as the moon lies between the sun and the earth and no light can be reflected back to...

CAREER, VOCATION & FINANCE – symbol overview

CAREER, VOCATION & FINANCE – symbol overview

These are the CAREER, VOCATION & FINANCE symbols of the LWTM Lifestyle Calendar THE MONTH AHEAD. Click on any of these symbols and discover more articles, tips, and recipes about each topic GO BACK TO OVERVIEW OF SYMBOLSIdeas & BrainstormingProblem...

LWTM Waning Moon

LWTM Waning Moon

TODAY WE SEE A WANING MOON  The moon starts the journey from Full Moon to New Moon. This process takes 14 days and is called the Waning Moon. The further the moon travels towards the New Moon, the less light we see. The Waning Moon is the best time to work hard, lose...

HAPPY HOUSE – symbols overview

HAPPY HOUSE – symbols overview

These are the HAPPY HOUSE symbols of the LWTM Lifestyle Calendar THE MONTH AHEAD. Click on any of these symbols and discover more articles, tips, and recipes about each topic GO BACK TO OVERVIEW OF SYMBOLS Soil Tonics &Composting Garden &InteriorDesign Herbs...

LWTM – Full Moon

LWTM – Full Moon

TODAY WE SEE A FULL MOON   Today is a Full Moon. The moon is now 14 days old and comes to lie opposite the sun. Therefore the whole moon is illuminated and we see a Full Moon.  The Full Moon is a great time to show off expertise, party, getting married, or launch a...

The element Water

The element Water

 THE ELEMENT WATER Today is associated with emotional depth, dreams, intuition, visionary inspiration, and healing. The element water is the most introspective element in this cycle. Similar to New Moon, Water Days are great to listen to  'your inner voice' and...

LWTM – Waxing Moon

LWTM – Waxing Moon

  TODAY WE SEE A WAXING MOON  The moon is rotating around the earth and is illuminated by the sun. The more it waxes (grows) the more of a crescent we see a Waxing Moon.  This process takes around 14 days. This is the time for absorbing, learning, gather inspiration,...

LOOKING GOOD – symbol overview

LOOKING GOOD – symbol overview

These are the Looking Good symbols of the LWTM Lifestyle Calendar THE MONTH AHEAD. Click on any of these symbols and discover more articles, tips, and recipes about each topic GO BACK TO OVERVIEW OF SYMBOLSCutting Hair Body BrushingHair ColourPerming...

Symbol overview – The Elements

Symbol overview – The Elements

These are the ELEMENTS symbols of the LWTM Lifestyle Calendar THE MONTH AHEAD. Click on any of these symbols and discover more articles, tips, and recipes about each topic GO BACK TO OVERVIEW OF SYMBOLSFIREEARTHAIRWATERElement Air  - Waxing Moon - time to network and...

Symbols overview – The Moon Phases

Symbols overview – The Moon Phases

These are the symbols for THE MOON PHASES of the LWTM Lifestyle Calendar THE MONTH AHEAD. Click on any of these symbols and discover more articles, tips, and recipes about each topic GO BACK TO OVERVIEW OF SYMBOLSTHE WAXING MOON THE FULL MOONTHE WANING MOONNEW MOON

The element Fire

The element Fire

   THE ELEMENT FIRE  Today is associated with creativity, energy, and passion. Fire is the most active day quality and with a lot of focus, you can really move your projects forward. Traditionally, the element Fire was used for presentations, big sale pitches, award...

Overview of the LWTM lifestyle calendar symbols

Overview of the LWTM lifestyle calendar symbols

Please click on the symbol/button to find out more information about each topic   Beauty   Styling   Organic  Makeup   Weightloss Haircare   Exercise  Creativity   Health  Meditation    Gardening Holistic Home-making Declutter     Brainstorm  Finance ...

The element Air

The element Air

 THE ELEMENT AIR Today is associated with communication, intelligence, quick wit, and starting something new.  Think of ' a breath of fresh air'. It is a good time to reach out to people who you have not seen for a while, clients and friends alike. In a product cycle...

The benefits of orange crystals

The benefits of orange crystals

This section looks into the benefits of crystals connected to the sacral chakra. These are usually brownish and orange in colour. In contrast to the root chakra which was connected to energy, sexuality, and fertility -  the sacral chakra is all about emotions,...

The lunar influence

The lunar influence

This is a very controversial subject and one I have swerved many times as you find as many people pro as against. I am not a scientist, nor claim to have any scientific foundation, so I was always keen to just pass on people's first hand experiences, rather than...

The benefits of red crystals

The benefits of red crystals

When deciding to choose a crystal that is right for you, there are many guidelines.  One factor is colour. In this series - The benefits of crystals -  we will go through how crystals were formed and how they connect to specific chakras in our bodies. In this article,...

Biodynamic Bee-keeping

Here is some vital information I found on the Biodynamic Association website that explains a lot about biodynamic bee-keeping Like humans, bees are creatures of warmth and maintain a constant temperature in their hive. This warmth helps bees to create wax for their...

The most famous crystals

The most famous crystals

So far I have talked about semi precious stones that you and me can own, today I will share with you a story I found in Vogue about a different kind of crystals, the most famous stones in the world. Unobtainable for most of us, but still very fascinating. In the next...

The benefits of crystals –  colours and chakras

The benefits of crystals – colours and chakras

So far we have seen how crystals are formed and their historical importance. If you have not read this section yet, you may want to read this first.  From now onwards we look into specific colour groups/chakras and how they can benefit your life. These are the 7...

Cooking with herbs – winter rocket

Cooking with herbs – winter rocket

Welcome to the LWTM – ‘Cooking with herbs’ blog series In this blog series you will find historical information and recipes about the most commonly used kitchen herbs. They do not only add flavour, but they also make a positive impact on our health and well-being. To...

The benefit of crystals – how do crystals work?

The benefit of crystals – how do crystals work?

How do crystals work?   Let’s take for example a wristwatch as it contains quartz. This crystal oscillator creates a signal with a precise frequency and these signal cycles are then converted into time displays, showing units of hours, minutes and seconds, all part of...

Ileen Macpherson – a pinoneer of the biodynamic movement

Ileen Macpherson – a pinoneer of the biodynamic movement

Ileen Macpherson (1898-1984) was born in August 1898 in Australia. She attended Clyde School in St. Kilda (Melbourne) and as a young adult became increasingly interested in natural ways of producing food. This interest brought her to regular Anthroposophy meetings,...

Natural home cleaning

Natural home cleaning

In my view natural is always best and now that the spring clean is  round the corner here are a few top tips for 'organic house cleaning'. 1. Toothpaste: Who would have thought, but brushing your taps with toothpaste will make them shine again. It is also great for...

The benefit of crystals – the history

The benefit of crystals – the history

Last time I described the structure of crystals. In this post, I want to dig deeper into the historical use of crystals. It is fair to say that these precious and semi-precious stones have been around as jewelry, protection and form of healing for a long time. The...

Sage – the clearing herb

Sage – the clearing herb

Plant of the month: My fascination with herbs started when I was a little girl and watched my grandmother use herbs to cook and to make beauty treatments. Although herbs grow all around us, only few people still know how to use them as nature attended to – as our...

Plant of the month – Chamomile

Plant of the month – Chamomile

Plant of the month: My fascination with herbs started when I was a little girl and watched my grandmother use herbs to cook and to make beauty treatments. Although herbs grow all around us, only few people still know how to use them as nature attended to – as our...

The Sumerian calendar

The Sumerian calendar

The Sumerians and later the Babylonians were the first known civilizations to use what we now recognize as a lunisolar calendar. By the 21st century B.C. the Sumerians had come up with a solar year consisting of 360 days. It consisted of 12 lunar cycles (354 days)...

A new concept of farming and living 

Biodynamic farming and living is catching on. What was once described as a 'dubious niche interest' has recently developed into an almost mainstream way of living,  hobby gardening and farming? More and more people are getting concerned about the health of...

Biodynamic summer pruning

Biodynamic summer pruning

If you have even the smallest of gardens there are prime times for pruning. I usually urge people to put a lot of effort in the early spring pruning, then the Biodynamic summer pruning job should be a lot easier. But recently in the UK the weather has been so rainy...

Create your own oatmeal milk bath essence

Create your own oatmeal milk bath essence

Beauty treatments don’t have to come with a hefty price tag. In fact sometimes it is rather nice to go through the kitchen cupboard and to create your own skincare. This recipe from grandma’s kitchen cupboard is inexpensive and easy to make, so  in my view an overall...

Why ‘right timing’ matters

Why ‘right timing’ matters

As long as humans existed they watched heaven, nature, the stars, the sun and the moon to make sense of time. The Biodynamic principals hone in on the concept of 'right timing' which is as old as the 'understanding of time' itself.  Here are verses of a text from the...

Numerology – the numbers of your life

Numerology is an ancient way of making sense of your life through numbers. It was first practised by the mathematician Pythagoras. Today he and his Math methods are still mentioned in every Math class. Born in 608 B.C. Pythagoras was a free thinker who founded his own...

Design your perfect biodynamic garden

Design your perfect biodynamic garden

Inheriting a grown-over, derelict garden is a momentous task, even for an experienced gardener. But following these few and easy steps can help you to turn this wasteland into your perfect garden. The spring is a great time to start a new garden design from scratch....

Menstrual cycle – a better way forward with the ‘Mooncup’

Menstrual cycle – a better way forward with the ‘Mooncup’

The curse’, as many refer to the monthly female bleeding has never been a great topic of conversation. But it is an important one as over a life time a woman spends an absolute fortune on sanitary products, an estimated  £18,000 See more info  But is there another...

Born at full moon

The moon is mentioned in countless love songs, poems and romantic stories. Lovers meet, kiss and make love bathing in its light. Naturally a side effect is conception. So is it therefore true that more babies are born at full moon? That the moon influences the female...

Setting boundaries

Setting boundaries

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg Often the  hardest word you can say is 'no'. It happens to me all the time. My children...

Cooking with herbs – dandelion

Cooking with herbs – dandelion

Welcome to the LWTM – ‘Cooking with herbs’ blog series In this blog series you will find historical information and recipes about the most commonly used kitchen herbs. They do not only add flavour, but they also make a positive impact on our health and well-being. To...

Think positive and stay focused

Think positive and stay focused

Positive thinking and focus are vital ingredients when it comes to living a positive and  successful work and social life. So if right now you are stuck in a rut and want to change your life for the positive,  here are a few thoughts: Think positive: 'Happy' or...

Solar eclipses

Solar eclipses

You must have 'lived behind the moon' not to have been swooped up this month's news about a total solar eclipse. This particular one happened on the 20th March 2015 and was mainly visible in the Northern parts of Europe, particularly Scotland, Norway and Iceland. As...

The secret of Biodynamic gardening

The secret of Biodynamic gardening

Gardening in harmony with the phases of the moon has been practised for thousands of years. Its modern version ‘Biodynamics’ has been redefined by Rudolf Steiner less than a century ago. It builds on the concept of organic farming by combining it with the Ancient...

Cooking with herbs – tarragon

Cooking with herbs – tarragon

Welcome to the LWTM – ‘Cooking with herbs’ blog series In this blog series you will find historical information and recipes about the most commonly used kitchen herbs. They do not only add flavour, but they also make a positive impact on our health and well-being. To...

Wake up to lemon water

Wake up to lemon water

I have something to share with you. For years I could not do without my early morning coffee. That was until last summer when I decided to replace my daily brown brew with  lemon water. And the results have been astounding. I get lots of comments that I look...

How to make Seville orange marmalade

How to make Seville orange marmalade

You don't have to be Paddington bear to love home-made marmalade.  I really enjoy it as part of my leisurely week-end breakfast, together with a bagel and a good cup of coffee. The 'queen of all marmalades' is the Seville orange marmalade. Seville oranges are slightly...

Cooking with herbs – Savory

Welcome to the LWTM – ‘Cooking with herbs’ blog series In this blog series you will find historical information and recipes about the most commonly used kitchen herbs. They do not only add flavour, but they also make a positive impact on our health and well-being. To...

Fire, Earth, Air and Water

Fire, Earth, Air and Water

Fractions showing some of Empedocles original work The concept of the four elements, together with the day qualities plays a big part in the Biodynamic calendar. So here is some information about the man who started it all. He was called Empedocles, a philosopher,...

Winter solstice

Winter solstice

The winter solstice is the shortest day of the annual sun cycle. Nowadays this event passes by without any thought or celebration, as with electric lighting and heating the length of day light is no longer of any importance. When it gets dark, a switch of a button...

Cooking with herbs – dill

Cooking with herbs – dill

Welcome to the LWTM – ‘Cooking with herbs’ blog series In this blog series you will find historical information and recipes about the most commonly used kitchen herbs. They do not only add flavour, but they also make a positive impact on our health and well-being. To...