The basket of fruits and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are a favourite of mine.  I suppose I am making up for loss time and enjoying them.  Believe me, there was a time when only Granny Smiths apples saved the day and passed my lips and stayed in my system.  It was the only thing that should be eaten raw that I could eat.  I have since found out, that, there are quite a number of people who don’t eat fruit and vegetables too.  This is because they either don’t like it or there is a food  allergy or intolerance issue.  If you’re wondering what happened, in my case I could eat a wide variety of fruit and vegetables when I was much younger.  Then in my teenage and adult years things changed.  Just by a scent or a taste of it, I could and still can tell whether it would make me feel nauseous or not.    In order not to deny myself of these delicious foods, I made sure I steamed, stewed and in the case of some vegetables, pickled  them and with salads foods, marinade them in a  salad dressing.  With the popularity  and availability of canned and dried fruits and fruit juices, this problem is much easier to cope with and I can get my vitamins and minerals from 5 A Day.   However, I didn’t stop tasting and testing these foods, I persevered until the problem started resolving itself.  Memories of picking a ripe mango or orange in the tropics or spending a summer afternoon getting strawberries at an English ‘Pick your own Farm’ was too good to miss.

It’s quite amazing, how over the last few years so many children, men and women can be found grappling with this issue of inability to eat fruits and vegetables .  Some do totally leave out fruit and vegetables from their diet, therefore a big part of their dietary needs, the vitamins and minerals are neglected, which is not good.    What can be done to help them get their 5 A Day, especially when they don’t appear to be concerned.

Whatever age the person is and especially if it is a youth or a pregnant woman say how important vitamins and minerals are for their health.  You’re sure to hear “Oh, I know that.”  Follow it up with your gift of baskets of fruits and vegetables and in other variations such as fruit juices and smoothies. So, whether it’s fresh, canned or used in a dish, they will be grateful and gradually start to include these foods in their diet.  Bon Appetit.










At 93 years old,my Grandma was packed and ready to travel to England

My Grandma was packed and ready to travel to England to help me with her  new great granddaughter.  That’s how the family found her early one morning and she was 93 years old at the time.  My mother could not come this time.  As far as she was concerned, the arrangements for my sister to come was taking too long for her liking.  Having been involved in taking care of mothers and their newborn, doing nothing was unusual and unbearable especially when health issues was playing a part in delaying recovery.  Once she was reassured all was in hand, she relaxed.

Invaluable is the help given by many female family members, friends or sometimes it’s the male like the father who cooked the traditional Japanese soups and foods for his daughter to regain her strength.

From my observation of families when I was a midwife or when I watched ‘Five Star Babies: In the Portland Hospital ‘ programme and when I’m out and about, I see these mother’s helpers, without whom the mother’s coping mechanisms would not be easily and quickly established.  And when their work is done, they can’t wait to go to their own homes, whether it is near or far.

What’s your experience? Share it.

Snow Flurries

This is what happened in my part of London on 26-4-2016 in my part of South London. It’s captured in my mind’s eye and in this little poem.  I hope you enjoy reading it, loving the nature around us and looking to life’s pleasant surprises.



Spring sunshine

Streams on to the blades of grass

And snow flurries too.

Helping with Homework

Helping with homework has become my regular weekend past-time.  It’s quite true, that with the calmer relationship between  grandparents and grandchildren make for a better learning experience for the latter.  Most parents are trying to fit lots of things into each day, including teaching their children and inevitably there is a certain amount of tension.

In fact, I find I am learning new things as well as refreshing my memory about stuff I have once learnt.  I am enjoying it.

Some say Gold, some say Daffodils, both are yellow and beautiful.

This spring I have been enjoying the assortment of rain, hail, sunshine  and windy weather because I know it has brought what I have been looking forward to.  What’s that you may ask?

Well, it’s not gold, diamonds, emeralds, platinum, opal, amethyst, ruby, sapphire, pearls, black pearls, jade or any other precious stone or precious metal.


Daffodils, Apple blossoms, Cherry blossoms, Forsythia, Snow drops, Bluebells, Daisies, Roses, Lavender, Fuchsia and etc, etc, etc.

With the beauty of the flowers come the grass and weeds, which I need to clear from the garden.  How does your garden grow?

I like the beauty of each of the jewels as well as that of the flowers but roses are my favourite.  What’s your favourite jewel and/or flower and we shall have a feast for our senses while doing our gardening.


Folks, enjoy the rest of my poem.  Thanks for coming back to read it.


‘Fear’  (continued from yesterday)

When I was much older, fear gripped me in the day

As I passed many a bully.

So is it my fault that they can be found everywhere.

Whatever your answer is

Fear gripped me in the day.


Can you imagine what life must be like?

Why fear gripped me all the time.

That it paralysed my very soul and being,

That if love searched for me, it would not find me.

But Jesus found me and I found His Word.


Then I knew I was special,

I have a personal Saviour.

I don’t mean a personal bodyguard,

He is much more than that.

He’s full of the grace that chases fear away,

So that my joy  and light can shine through.


Before that can happen

I am allowing my joy and light to heal me.

Are you at that stage too?

Taking one step at a time,

Like a baby learning to walk.

Then stand and say “treat me right, I am somebody”.





I’d like to share with you, it’s just six verses long. Here’s the first two verses.  The emotion of fear can be experienced from a young age and in various situations.  Overcoming it so it doesn’t take over our lives is an ongoing task for individuals, families and society.


When I was young fear gripped me at night.

I had stayed up to hear ghost stories,

So, is it my fault that I couldn’t sleep?

Whatever your answer is,

Fear gripped me at night.


When I was a little older, fear gripped me in the morning.

I remembered my unfinished homework,

So is it my fault that I couldn’t relax in class?

Whatever your answer is,

Fear gripped me in the morning.



Waving the flags Happy Birthday Ma’am

Well, it appears that yesterday’s theme of travelling has conveniently manoeuvred itself into today’s post. When I turned on the TV, it was about birthday greetings to the Queen.  Happy Birthday Ma’am.  It started off memories of the time I was seven years old and the Queen travelled from England on a State visit to Ghana.  I think I’ve got this memory right.  You know, that feeling, was it really her?  Anyhow, it was exciting for my classmates and I.  Standing at one of the best spots, we saw her, smiling and waving as she was driven past.  The motorcade came from the Airport on its way to the Osu (Christianborg) Castle.

With a Ghana flag in one hand and a Union Jack in the other, we waved them vigorously, shouting our welcome.  Our teachers had picked a roadside spot not too far from where I lived, so I only had to go through the next door neighbour’s to get there.  After all the planning it all happened very quickly and it was over but not the memories we would carry with us for years.  Since we could go home and take the rest of the day off, mine was just a short walk home.

The elation I was feeling about this amazing event and with the noise of the crowd, I hardly noticed that my cousin wanted my attention there and it nearly got me into trouble.  Why should something so trivial spoil the experience?  I was defiant that it wouldn’t.  Isn’t it just how life goes, learning as we go along.






‘Man proposes God disposes’ -Travelling

It just doesn’t seem like it was more than forty years ago, that I was given two gifts. And I made a choice of travelling by an European airline because it was faster and less intimidating than three weeks plus at sea, even though, I would have been comfortable travelling on a passenger/cargo ship from the land of Africa to the UK.  Now older and wiser it seems less intimidating, what a cruise that would have been.  I could be saying, that I travelled in one of the ships owned by Ghana.

Gifts like these are few and far between and if we have family who can do that for us, we must appreciate them and learn the gift of kindness from them.





Home with baby, enjoy and do get your rest

When a parent or parents take the new baby home from the hustle and bustle of a Maternity ward,  they are just looking forward to going back to their own home and environment.  To enjoy the new family and for the new mother to get some rest is such an attractive option.

It is wonderful to have support of family, friends and may be a Maternity nurse.  Sometimes there no such support.  So whatever the situation, just saying to you mothers, make sure you get your rest because it helps your state of mind.