Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Grow your own Goji berries




Images from my sewing room

When my reproductive organs dominate my thoughts I get all feminine and start liking pink. After all my worrying last night I found myself very aware of some pink things in my sewing room which looked nice sitting on my turquoise suitcase (my fancy dress accessories case (false eyelashes, hair extensions, tiaras, elf ears etc). To see why the sewing room is unusable see the chaos here. That was the table, the floor is equally piled with bags of fabric and decades of textile work, lighting sculptures and general vintage haberdashery. It is high on my list of things I'll sort when I'm well again. I love sorting my sewing room, especially sorting my fabrics by colour and tone/type.


One of my thread drawers


I love my clear button boxes

I store some of my buttons in old ferrero rocher boxes, the kind that hold four chocolates. Can't seem to find anyone who eats them regularly so I've run out and have jars and drawers for the most of the collection.

I'm feeling calmer today, the sun is gloriously bright and is making the frost sparkle, it's nicely distracting. I've got an appointment to get my results tomorrow. Fingers crossed a biopsy won't be urgent. I want time to keep getting better so I can enjoy the trip with my brother in March. I'm already feeling more positive
from taking all the herbs and supplements instead of the Doc's nasty pills.

I'm also trying some new things that I didn't know about around when I last beat M.E. like Coconut Oil, it is so tasty and is energy boosting. Goji berries too. I'd never even heard of them till last year but was scared off by the price but they are so packed with goodness I'm taking them to get well enough for the March trip. I was trying to find organic ones with no success, then I found
Detox Your World which said the 2007 harvest was contaminated with pesticides.

Their Goji Berry page was full of interesting information, like the fact that they grow in UK hedgerows! Not that I've noticed any in Scotland, but they have been naturalised in the UK for 300 years. I'll be planting some of my berries this year, I'll let you know if I have success. Apparently you mustn't pick them by hand, if you touch them they oxidise and go black, so you harvest them by shaking them off and drying them in the shade. One bush can yield 2kg of berries each year.

24 comments:

deedeen said...

By the way, do you know about "sea buckthorn" berries? There great for a lot of things, here is a link, the post is in french but you'll find a lot of links about sea buckthorn (argousier in french) at the end.

http://raffa.grandmenage.info/tag/argousier

Mary-Laure said...

I love your button and thread drawers/boxes. They're colorful and really candy-like...

susan said...

hi cally! those boxes are wonderful ... i have the wide ones not the four ones, but hmmm, food for thought. pun intended...
good luck with the growing! what a great idea.
and most of all good luck with the results.

cally said...

deedeen,
thanks so much for reminding me about the sea buckthorn, i used to gather them at some of the beaches in east lothian. i really must go again and get more. and they always look so beautiful near the sand dunes.

andrea tachezy said...

Cally I admire your system - colours, buttons, boxes...It is so nice, unfortunately my space looks more like the chaos you show on the hidden picture :-)

Kruse said...

Hey cally, hope all the medical stuff turns out for the best. Blog is looking extra beautiful. Very impressed at the amount of ferrero rocher consumed!

Jennifer Perry said...

Hi Cally! Thanks so much for replying to my comment! I just saw it today (haven't been blogging lately). Of course, I would be honored to have you post a link to my blog...I am going to try to update it tonight or tomorrow with new progress pics.

I am so sorry to hear about your latest health scare...I will have you in my thoughts.

Best wishes,
Jennifer
jennaps@gmail.com

lisa s said...

oh how i love your color coded sewing room [and the shadows posted below. sigh]

golgi berries? wow. who knew?? i hope you get a good harvest.

big hugs

miss milki said...

I love those pretty pink and turquoise photos...beautiful, subtle, feminine colours. And your sewing room is like an aladdin's cave full of treasure...when I 'grow-up' (buy a house!) I hope I have such a wonderful room full of treasures!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for your health and especially the test results tomorrow.

Feltbug said...

Good Luck Cally - I am thinking of you and sending you lots of love :)

Esti said...

You have a beautiful blog, full of beautiful things. Thanks for sharing you thoughts, your pics, your work... I love how everything looks in your photographs: so clean, delicate and tidy. So opposite to my things!
I hope everything turns out fine with your health in the end, and that you start feeling better as well.
Hugs.

Bibbi said...

Good doctor luck! I'm impressed by your button/threadrolls boxes, what a treasure! And when you've been posting white for so long, these soft colours are like an explosion.

Anonymous said...

The BEST of luck for the doc visit babe. I really hope it brings good news and not bad. Will be thinking of you.

I love all your beautiful threads and buttons too. Very cool and so organised. Sending lots of love, Miss P xxxx

sheila said...

Lovely photos Cally, specially the pinks and blues in the sewing room and the cherry blossom photos of the other day (so sad about those trees). I do hope you will get on Ok with the Dr. appointment and that there's nothing to worry about with the test results.
Oh and I hope you have the boiler repaired and some heat at home again now - you certainly need it in this cold weather.

Christine said...

These pictures are so very beautiful, and soft and delicate. A feast for the eyes.
I hope your results were good. All the best
C

Francesca said...

love your cotton reels especially. hope everything went ok at the doc's.
x

Mariajaan said...

Having very seldom the time to read comments I run the risk of giving you a redundant (and unsolicited, I know!)advise. On the whole NONI is well known for its properties. I recommend only what I have tried. My husband is afflicted with a very serious haematological disease and several other chronic illnesses. He has never been so well and energetic as he is today. I made a good, concious, serious research with the help of my parents, a surgeon with 40 years of practice and a professional nurse with the same relevant qualification. I discriminated reasonable advise from speculation and intuition, and we came up with a complete formula of natural components and herbal support therapy that has made our life so much better! It includes the noni juice, the typical omega-3 capsules, and many other vitamins and minerals that target his specific weaknesses. It is not inexpensive, and it requires consistency, but beyond traditional medicine there is plenty of smart actions to be taken. Be good, That is actually the best medicine there is. Enjoy every minute because everything could be worse. OR better, but if better, what a gain!
Best, as ever!

Julie said...

What lovely delicate colors in your photos. While I loved your mostly white images, the little blush of color is nice too.

Hoe your doctor's visit went well.

Hannah said...

Hi Cally, I stumbled upon your gorgeous blog a few weeks ago. My mother had chronic fatigue when I was growing up and I have been walking a fine line between heath and exhaustion in the last few years myself. I'm sure you have had lots of advice already, but I would be happy to share what I know. hklevine@yahoo.co.uk
love and light

Marjojo said...

Dear Cally, reading your last comment to my blog almost brought tears to my eyes - thank you thank you thank you. So sorry to hear about your new health worries, hope it'll all turn out okay. Can't fathom how you can cope at all with those frosty temperatures at your and Mr. P's house, I couldn't - what are you made of?
As ever your blog is just beautiful to look at, and your writing touching. Feasted and rested (good combination!) my eyes on your gorgeous button and yarn collection. I can't always keep up with reading but come here to be inspired by what you so generously select - thank you. Love those pierced spoons and Gina Tibbotts strange wall-growing creatures make me shiver and smile, would never find these as I don't have to energy to look around much. So with your blog my world opens wider too.

Marie-Louise said...

Pink finger vouches - intend that they be!

jenny vorwaller said...

goji berries - so interesting!! thank you for the new introduction, :)

Alia said...

I love the button containers! I have lots of buttons too and they are just all over the place! I eat Ferrero Rocher all the time....so I'll definitely remember this great idea!!

Your thread is in such order too...gives me inspiration to get mind in order too and easier to choose from:)

Goji berries said...

DNA is the most important chemical in your body, ensuring that – as they need replacement – your 10 trillion cells are faithfully reproduced as healthy, exact duplicates. Exposure to chemicals, pollutants and free radicals can cause DNA damage and breakage, leading to genetic mutations, cancer and even death. Goji’s betaine and master molecule polysaccharides can restore and repair damaged DNA.

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