Thursday 28 February 2019

Kate Middleton ditches £1,200 coat to play football on surprise Belfast visit -


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are at the Irish Football Association in Windsor Park where they will learn more about the community projects on offer. (

Ah but did Kate Middleton play football at Junior school?  😃

For Football Scores and Fixtures visit:

Top 25 Quotes by Ruud van Nistelrooy via

A latte please

Times like these
'A latte please'
does wonders.

Time to sit
taking a break,
to ponder.

Time is of essence
the latte refreshes
in wonder.

(c) nature thoughts nw

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Toad in the Hole - A Classic British Dish

The article provides alternative recipes to some British classic dishes like Toad-in-the-Hole and other internationally flavoured recipes including, a Vegetable Casserole (Southern Living - US style); ONe-Pan Pasta with Harissa Bolognese; Salmon with Thai Basil and Browned Butter and Pearl Couscous with Shrimp and Clams.

Recipes via:

Meatball Toad-in-the-Hole;
Vegetable Casseroles the Whole Family Will Love [Southern Living];
One-Pan Pasta With Harissa Bolognese;
Centrepiece Salmon With Thai Basil and Browned Butter;
Pearl Couscous With Shrimp and Clams

Photo credit:

Top Ten British Foods to 'Warm Your Soul And Fill Your Stomach via

Bangers and Mash;
Cornish Pasties;
Lancashire Hotpot;
Fish and Chips;
Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding;
Steak and Kidney Pie;

Latha math dhut - Good day to you

The Bagpipe musician is an 'establishment' at the university campas in Cambridge for reasons going back many centuries.


Latha math dhut -
   Good day to you
the morning hue
of dawn softens
the flute like melody.

Ciamar a tha thu -
  How are you?
the sound renews
the light of day
as March revives.

Tha mi an dòchas gu bheil thu ceart -
  I hope you are fine.
When summer arrives
and the march
mesmerises magnificence in unison.

(c) nature thoughts nw

Tea, after 3

Tea, after 3.
Coffee, before 3.
Cake, before and well after 3.

Tea, before mid night.
Coffee, well before mid night.
Cake, anytime really so not timed.

Tea, coffee and cake
Before noon and well prepared
Must be soon, sooner but never late.

(c) nature thoughts nw

These Are The 5 Healthiest Nuts You Can Eat via

(Article by Jill Waldbieser)


According to Jill Waldbieser, nuts contain healthy nutrients like healthy fats, fibre and protein that stave off hunger and heart disease.

Jill Waldbieser suggests that the top five nuts to include in a healthy diet are:

1. Walnuts
2. Pistachios
3. Pecans
4. Almonds
5. Peanuts

According to the top recipes containing nuts are:

Tuesday 26 February 2019

Mystery over humpback whale found in Amazon rainforest via

(Article by Ryan Walker)

The carcass of a young humpback whale was found near the Amazon river, most likely separated from its mother during a stormy patch and swept to the shores by a wave of high tides.

The top five largest, biggest, heaviest whales according to are:

1. Blue Whale
2. North Atlantic Right Whale
3. Bowhead Whale
4. Humpback Whale
5. North Pacific Right Whale

The Blue Whale

via YouTube

Monday 25 February 2019

Special hedge plants

(c) nature thoughts nw

Special Hedge Plants

It is special for many reasons!
Not least for all seasons!
Spring has arrived and my hedge plants
have sprung green, all in line and
true at a glance,
ready for summer's sun, bright 
and my dedicated area a delight.

(c) nature thoughts nw

Sunday 24 February 2019

Uncle Sam Wants You to Help Save the Planet (and poem)

Photo credit:

Poem: There was this time

There was this time
I wrote of a line
of some thoughts
that raced through 
my mind,
during my studies.
It was of an observation
like any other
and I sent it in verse form
to a poetry outlet
and entered competitions
as a motivation.
Soon I started a blog
that was followed by some
I knew from MySpace
which was nice
but also brought
some along whose
intent was to be bothersome.
It happens and will continue
to exist
like an extensive list
that insists
on being a pessimist.

(c) nature thoughts nw

Friday 22 February 2019

Thursday 21 February 2019

The art of gift giving

It could be the postman or a barista who consistently delivers your post well or provide excellent service and go the extra mile.

I thought I'd seen the worse of characters but some can be seriously that annoying and deep down 'not of this world' that just being in the same place as that person/crowd can be 'an experience' you wouldn't wish on your worse enemies.

So just a small gift to others who have to face crowds like that on a daily basis isn't much considering what they have to go through.

It's nice seeing others with gifts in their hands!

Pret a Manger's Homeless project

Photo via

Monday 11 February 2019

A cold snap

is the way forward.  It works and helps those sleeping rough, with an efficiency that reflects how London supports its residents with the right facilties especially during harsh winters. 

The other day I saw less people sleeping rough. Only 1 sighting at the time and I used the service to let them know.

To confirm how much is being done for many in this state, here's the response I received.

Saturday 9 February 2019

Support Street Link in helping those who sleep rough and other causes to help the environment

What #Brexit highlights is what I thought was already at the forefront of people's minds and that is:

The streets and transport are  overcrowded  (yet well maintained despite the millions of commuters who use the transport system regularly).

Many sleep rough on the high streets, some even resorting to begging in spite of church help.  (And) churches really help the sick and needy on a daily basis.  They go above and beyond their support for the community.  They don't need to be available to assist those who never attend church service or hear the requests of those in hospital.  Yet they are there supporting the commubity regardless of their heavy workload. Many church members do so much it's become a vocation.

Local councils maintain the plants and trees that we see in public areas and streets; bins are constantly filled with rubbish and emptied or bacteria spreads; streets are swept regularly or the litter accumulates.

As we know, trees and plants are important for nature and wildlife to thrive in the city and to help with producing oxygen to make the air breathable.

Public transport runs on time or TFL refunds the fare back to the Oyster card on a given journey.

Most of us take all these public services for granted and never give anything back to society.

Just like listening to music or a musical, we show our appreciation by going to a concert and the musician/s can only perform if the concert tickets are being bought. If nobody contributes to the general upkeep of a city, it gets neglected and unsafe.

Some are ardent (and commendable) supporters of good causes like those against animal cruelty and the unnecessary use of excessive plastic bags which are bad for the environment.

It was through award winning radio stations like LBC that advertised (yesterday) the organisation Street Link that encourages everyone to let them know of anyone they see sleeping rough.

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