Tea Revives You

I’ve got a poster in dining room, in bold red letters, that states “Tea Revives You” and I do believe that this is true (to a certain extent anyway!).

The other weekend I was invited along to an afternoon tea party with a local charity Contact the Elderly group; the coffee, cake and chat certainly had a positive effect on all of those that participated that day.

Contact the Elderly, which supports people living alone aged 75 years and over, currently have 50 people in the Glasgow area hoping to join their monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties. To enable these people to attend parties, the charity needs to set up 10 new groups in the city, which requires around 70 volunteer hosts, 35 volunteer drivers and a pool of reserve drivers, as well as a volunteer from each group to the the co-ordinator.

I visited volunteer host Kathryn’s house for the party, where she had prepared a range of savoury and sweet treats for the guests (my favourites were the chicken satay and the apple cake with maple icing). Kathryn explained to me that as a volunteer host, the group will attend her house twice each year; a commitment that Kathryn is able to fulfil easily. The properties are checked in advance, taking into account the number of stairs, access to bathroom facilities etc. Kathryn has a few stairs, so if you are considering volunteering don’t rule yourself out straight away if you think there might be access issues. The guests, with help, managed to get up these ones and the cake was definitely worth it!

The volunteer drivers, of which there were 4 at this party to transport the 5 guests, make a commitment of attending all the parties, one each month with the group.

The elderly guests benefit from the company and chat during the parties, and as it’s the same people at each party they soon become friends. I know from experience with my gran, that once you get to a certain age, life can be lonely. My gran is now 93 years old and sadly a lot of her friends have passed away.

However, it’s not just the older guests that benefit from the parties. One of the drivers volunteered with the charity to make friends herself after having recently moved to Glasgow.

Kathryn and her husband had put together a quiz for the guests which was good fun (although I was terrible at it!!). It’s up to the host if they provide any entertainment. Kathryn’s little children were certainly entertaining too and very cute! Her son made up his own Star Wars quiz for us which had us all chuckling!

After helping clear up a little and assisting the guests back to the cars, I drove away myself feeling warm & fuzzy. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon and for charity too 🙂

If you fancy becoming a volunteer (perhaps my friends at Glasgow Baking Club might be interesting in hosting?!) then you can find out more details here.



I’m feeling bleugh.

I’m disappointed in myself because I was doing well at the gym and was getting into a routine that worked well for me. However I got ill (Crohn’s related and now a cold that I can’t seem to shake) and going to the gym was the last thing I was caring about. At the moment when I’m not in work, I’m in bed! As soon as the kids are in bed, I do the same. Not exercising has several impacts though…my “mum tum” is getting flabbier, and I generally feel crap. I’m sure I’d be happier if I was more active. I just can’t seem to face it at the moment…

The new drug (Humira) doesn’t seem to be working for me and my inflammatory markers are still higher than we want. I have good days, and bad, and thankfully as I write this it’s been a good day Crohn’s wise.

I was away in America with work, and just before I left I think I got food poisoning. I had horrendous D&V plus stabbing pain in my sides. I actually phoned NHS 24 as I was seriously concerned. I was doubled over in pain! I had visions of being whisked off to hospital in an ambulance and having to get emergency surgery. Anyway, turns out I was being OTT; the pain subsided and I fell asleep just as the nurse returned my call!

I’m back at the hospital in a week for a further check-up and to get some blood results. We are checking to see if my body has developed antibodies against the Humira; which would explain why it’s not working as effectively as we had hoped.

Perhaps not the best of times to be starting out with a new man, but it’s going well thus far *does happy dance*

I’ll get back into the gym next week…!

Review: Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner

I’ve been trying out the new Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner now for a few weeks. It’s only been recently that I included an acid cleanser in my routine, so I was intrigued to try a toner with similar acid ingredients.

The product, despite being acid-containing, is not stingy at all…in fact as the name suggests it’s gentle! My skin doesn’t feel stripped after use which I like. I’ve been using a small amount on a cotton pad, morning and night.

I didn’t see an immediate improvement in my skin condition. Certainly now after a few weeks my problem chin is beginning to clear up but it is taking time.

Merumaya have also upped the ante with their packaging. I love the bottle for this toner and the label. It looks more stylish in comparison to some of the other items in their range.

Price wise I think this is great value for money, £17.50 for 128 mL. I do love Merumaya as a brand, and have repurchased a number of their skincare products. I’m sure this toner will be no different in that respect.