Yearly Archives: 2012


December 26th, 2012|Categories: Herb of the Month|

Nutmeg is the seed of the evergreen Myristica tree, which is still found mainly on the islands of Indonesia. The Nutmeg tree is important for not only the spice Nutmeg, but also for Mace. The fruit is light yellow with red and green markings, resembling an apricot or a large plum. As the fruit matures, the outer fleshy covering bursts to reveal the seed. […]

Stressed Cats

December 26th, 2012|Categories: ANIMAL MATTERS|

The cat is an animal that due to its features, tend to suffer from stress when the environment around it changes. Some of the situations causing stress in our cats are: Changes in the home may occur. The established order in the previous home has gone, such as the facial marks, and the areas for the cat to relax, play and urinate and defecate. […]

Patrick O’Brian

December 23rd, 2012|Categories: Author and Book Review|

Patrick O’Brian was born on 12th December 1914 in Buckinghamshire and was christened Richard Patrick Russ, but changed his name by deed poll to Patrick O’Brian in 1945. He was the eighth of nine children born to a German doctor and his Irish wife. His mother died when he was three and was brought up by his stepmother. O’Brian spent some time as a pilot training with the Royal Navy, but he began to concentrate on his literary career and rumour has it that he was used for intelligence work during World War II. […]

Healthy Options

December 23rd, 2012|Categories: Ma Millbank's Kitchen|

Is it really 2013? Where does the time go? Christmas and all the celebrations are over and it’s time to think healthy again. I had some lovely comments about last year’s healthy options in January, so I thought I would try a few more. By making a few changes to a recipe or meal, you can reduce the fat or carbohydrate content. […]


December 23rd, 2012|Categories: Jane Cronin’s Spanish language|

Well, here we are at the final letter of the alphabet!   The letter Z, which is called “ceta”, is pronounced the same as the letter C when it is found before an E or an I, that is as a soft, unvoiced “th” sound.  The Z is always spoken in this way in standard European Spanish, although in South American Spanish it is pronounced as an S, as it is in some areas of Spain, notably Andalucía. […]

Challenges for The New Gardening Year

December 23rd, 2012|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Clodagh and Dick, holistic gardeners and authors living in Spain for 25 years Looking back over the last year, the thing that stands out is the very long spring to autumn dry spell with no rain until the last days of September and then moderate or heavy rains during October and November depending where one lives. […]