donkeys, puddles & joy on a bike

News Flash! Joy in Northern Ireland today. After days of rain and oppressive grey skies, a sudden, electrifying light. Carpe Diem. I haul a rusty old bike from the shed, jump on and rattle past the gleaming mossy buttresses of the Drenagh Estate in County Derry. On Bolea Road the gears clunk painfully until my […]


…old roots, new roots, uproot, reroute…. When I am unsettled, I return to nature. These days I’m roaming woodlands and mountains in Northern Ireland, discovering places that feel bound by deep enchantment. In the above picture I crouch in the roots of an immense Sitka spruce in Downhill Forest on the Ulster Way. Moss is […]

Shiatsu reduces pain & anxiety for cancer patients

A groundbreaking study at Britain’s biggest NHS trust has found Shiatsu reduces pain, anxiety and stress for people with cancer. The hands-on Japanese therapy also improved sleep, confidence and gave patients at Barts Health NHS Trust in London a greater sense of wellbeing. Shiatsu improves quality of life “Treatments really helped with oedema, which was […]

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