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Date(s) - 19/04/2021
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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My Hobby – Instagram Photos – of Home and Garden

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Winston Churchill stated that it was necessary to have at least three hobbies to gain full mental benefit from them, 
“Change is the master key. A man can wear out a particular part of his mind by constantly using it and tiring it …. the tired part of the mind can be rested and strengthened, not merely by rest, but by using other parts. It is not enough to merely switch off the lights, which play upon the main and ordinary field of interest, a new field of interest must be illuminated ….” Churchill He also said “If it wasn’t for painting, I couldn’t live. I couldn’t bear the strain of things” He also enjoyed card games, listening to music and reading. 
 
In the current pandemic, people are sometimes using their enforced leisure to take up new and existing hobbies. The Merrian Webster dictionary confirms Churchill’s experiences, by defining a hobby as ” a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation.”
 
My hobbies have included writing poetry and acrylic painting, but my main hobby these days is Instagram. I find it extremely relaxing to scroll down the screen, knowing that I will largely be presented with the posts of people I have chosen to follow. There are also sponsored posts, which may lead to finding a new person.  Instagram has enabled me to travel the world, seeing photos and videos taken by people across the globe. There are wonderful mountains, lakes and sunsets as well as historic buildings to enjoy. Sportspeople, artists, politicians, and of course, celebrities are also present! There is something for every taste. 
I have managed to post over three thousand photos over the last two years, largely without leaving my house and garden! In 1996 I did a short six-week course in “How to Paint and Draw” at the local Further Education Centre. At the end of the course,  I remember the teacher saying that ” from now on you will all see things in a new way ” I think that this has influenced my photography, enabling me to see a picture in things, that I would once have thought insignificant. To my mind a patch of moss or a lawn full of dandelions are worthy of a shot. 
 
In the New Year, Instagram can on request, produce the top nine photographs taken by the photographer during the past year. These are selected according to the number of “likes” each photograph has attracted. The selection does not always please people, who sometimes make up collages of their own top nine!
 
 I have noticed that people do not often repost the work of other people, which I regularly do, of course crediting the photographer.  Very rarely do people object and are generally pleased by the appreciation of their work. However, this habit has resulted in few of my own efforts reaching the Instagram Top Nine.  This does not bother me greatly, because I know that I can post my own selection, which will be seen by the dozen or so people, who regularly follow my work.  An added bonus of Instagram is that people can have nice conversations about the photographs posted and it is a “kinder gentler” forum than twitter! If you are looking for a hobby, the last thing you need is aggro! 
 
PS My Instagram account is caroleford42

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How the ancient Egyptians used medical plants

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Of all the ancient civilizations, the Egyptian one was definitely the first of which we have a good knowledge of how they used herbs and plants for medicinal reasons. Sure, everything we know is a bit vague, but we have some ideas.

The first Egyptian physician we know was called Imhotep and worked for the pharaohs of the third dynasty, around 3000 years BC. We also know about him that he was an astrologer and had the ability to cure many diseases.

Obviously our knowledge is partly based on legends, anyone who was able to cure diseases was considered a magician and therefore seen as if an almost divine character, a magician and for his healing powers. But in general in Egyptian civilization, medicine and religion went hand in hand. So it wasn’t just the medicines that healed but the gods through medicines.

The concept of active ingredients, chemistry and pharmacology are modern concepts that were not found in Egyptian medicine. Another aspect of Egyptian culture that developed knowledge of the properties of herbs and plants was mummification. In fact, many substances that we use even now were used to mummify and perfume.

The interesting thing is the use of certain plants or natural remedies such as frankincense or myrrh (which would be the resins of plants and therefore require a little processing) which are still used today. They certainly used different essential oils such as peppermint, camphor and others that we also use.

Frescos have been found in Egyptian times showing the production and use of essential oils. Of course, even in this case everything was very much linked to religion.

Another thing we know for sure because papyri have been found, such as Ebers’s, which list the medicines that were recommended to a patient, were basically the ancestors of our medical prescriptions. Obviously not all medicines were plants, the Egyptians also used minerals as medicine but the majority were undoubtedly of vegetable origin.

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May Birthstone: it’s the Emerald – find facts and jewellery

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The May Birthstone is the Emerald.

The person born in May is said to be stubborn, strong-willed and motivated, displaying clear sharp thoughts but quick to be  angered. Their charisma attracts attention being beautiful physically and mentally.Strong clairvoyance tendencies are often found and they love to dream and imagine being far from the humdrum wanting to travel and becoming restless quickly. Likely to want a life of travelling and adventures rather than settling down with children and a family the April birthday watches their money to pay for their next adventure rather than make a home.

Emeralds are unique gemstones because their surfaces are incredibly resistant to scratches but the crystal lattice that makes up the gem is susceptible to fracturing from impacts. Because of this an emerald with no cracks visible to the naked eye is classified as flawless even if there are flaws that can be identified using magnification.

Ancient mythology says that the Emerald was associated with the Mercury, who was known to be the messenger of the gods so it makes sense that the Emerald is often  referred to as the Travelers Protection Stone.

A lesser known “odd” fact of the Emerald is that when subjected to heat, it will actually sweat or expel water. Ancient writings speak of this extraordinary phenomenon.

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Emeralds are named after the Latin word  ‘esmaralda’ which  means roughly green gem. It was one of Cleopatra’s favorite gems and has been associated with fertility, rebirth, and love. Ancient Romans went so far as to dedicate this stone to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Today, it is thought that emeralds signify wisdom, growth, and patience.It brings loyalty and provides for domestic bliss. It enhances unconditional love, unity and promotes friendship. Keeps partnerships in balance and it has been said that when worn it can betray an unfaithful partner by changing colour. Emeralds have a  healing effect on the emotions as well as the physical heart.

It is a strong energy stone, strengthening the eyes, heart and immune system as well as the nervous system.  Considered a stone of regeneration and recovery, it heals negative emotions.A stone of wisdom, love, and great harmony, an Emerald unites two people when given in love so they appreciate and enjoy life to its fullest.

Its beautiful green color that inspires thoughts of springtime and renewal beautiful reason that makes emeralds a great gift for someone who needs a reminder that winter doesn’t last forever or is  about to start a new chapter in their life.

May Birthstone Emerald Jewellery

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  • Made with Style. Stylish and fashionable bracelet from The Philip Jones Jewellery Collection. Classic and contemporary pieces with a luxe finish.
  • Made to Last. Our jewellery is crafted from high quality materials and our vigorous quality control checks mean it is designed to be worn daily. Each item is tested to ensure compliance with stringent EU regulations.
  • Made for Giving. Philip Jones Bracelets are presented in a luxurious branded pouch making it an ideal gift idea for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother’s Day or Christmas.
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  • Made with Style. Stylish and fashionable necklace from The Philip Jones Jewellery Collection. Classic and contemporary pieces with a luxe finish.
  • Made to Last. Our jewellery is crafted from high quality materials and our vigorous quality control checks mean it is designed to be worn daily. Each item is tested to ensure compliance with stringent EU regulations.
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