Thought for the Day – 5 February – IDLENESS — AnaStpaul (Reblog)

Thought for the Day – 5 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971) IDLENESS “Idleness is forbidden by God because work is His commandment.He had already told Adam and his successors: “In the sweat of your brow, you shall eat bread” (Gen 3:19). St Paul warns us: “If any man will not work, neither […]

Thought for the Day – 5 February – IDLENESS — AnaStpaul

Tarot Reading January 4 2022: Trust the Process…

I drew 3 major arcana, hinting that today could be significant for the world.

It’s time to trust the process. Perhaps we feel nothing is happening and there is equally nothing we can do about it. It’s probably true, but in the background much is happening, slates are being wiped clean and something new and bright and meaningul will emerge. Ultimately, we are more secure than we know, someone powerful and beneficient is looking out for us. As Julian of Norwich said, “All will be well…”

Copyright Francis 2022

What Can We Expect in January? Oh My! Surely Not Good News..?

I recently did an overall ‘luminary spread’ for the year 2022 and it looked more positive.

So what can we expect in January? I asked the cards that question. For this reading I used the the rather lovely Soprafino deck.

In the Sun centre position I drew The Chariot. It would appear that we can expect some changes, sudden, fast moving events which may shock many. This card is number 7 in the major arcana and so any such changes ought to be quite significant and meaningful, hopefully progress towards freeing up the world.

You Can’t Take My Freedom?

The Moon card position to the top left was the 3 of Wands, corresponding to the last decanate of Aries ruled by Jupiter. I think we should see events that will lighten our hearts a little, allow us to breathe and to smile and make us feel more like human beings once again within our family circle and emotionally.

The Mars card to the top right was the 4 of Cups, which relates to the first decanate of Scorpio ruled by Mars. I think we can begin to feel more self assured about what to do in our lives. We have taken a lot over the last two years, now is the time to move forward steadfastly, secure in the knowledge that we are indeed sovereign.

Get Out And About

The Mercury card at the top is The Sun. This is card 19 of the Major Arcana which adds up to 1. Anything to do with communication, short journeys, our siblings and local environment look well starred this month. We ought to be looking at new and innovative ways of communicating, as well as reaching out to others in more traditional ways.

The Jupiter card at the bottom is the Ace of Wands, which is the 1st decanate of Aries ruled by Mars. To me this suggests that travel will truly begin to open up during this month. We should also see renewal and changes in religion, the justice system and philosophy of all kinds. The overall sense of positivity should grow in our lives.

Financial Changes?

The Venus card at the bottom left was the 2 of Coins, which is the 2nd decanate of Capricorn ruled by Venus. To add to the general feeling of posivity, I think we should all begin to feel a little more secure in our lives, that we can plan ahead and look forward to feeling good about ourselves. We may also see some significant change or split in the financial situation, yet even this would appear to be largely beneficial.

And finally we have the Saturn card at the bottom right, where we have the 9 of Swords. Now in the Rider Waite decks we all know about the upsetting imagery of this card, when really all it represents is some final attainment to do with our minds, communication or perhaps the media. The 9 of Swords is the last decanate of Gemini, ruled by Saturn. To me this suggests the culmination of something that has been worked towards in regard to the media, for some time. Are we to expect some rather significant announcements to underline the overall sense of change and renewal this month?

Of course I might be wrong, but let’s hope that January 2022 will not just be another depressive, frustrating month.

*Copyright Terrence 2021

The Musette: Quick Vegan Lasagne — View from the Back (Reblog)

Hands up who doesn’t love lasagne? Exactly! However, homemade lasagne can be a relatively quick affai. If like me you keep stuff pre-prepared in the freezer and/or pantry, this is more of an assembly job. Some years ago I shared with you my vegan lasagne dish, this is a shortcut and it’s just as delicious. […]

The Musette: Quick Vegan Lasagne — View from the Back

san gimignano: a city of medieval skyscrapers — ~ wander.essence ~ (Reblog)

We slept in a bit and ate a breakfast, whipped up by Mike, of scrambled eggs with spinach and cheese, apricot juice, a sliced nectarine and espresso. Before leaving for San Gimignano, we walked around the ancient manor of Fulignano, in which our apartment was housed, leaving our Airbnb by 9:40. manor of Fulignano manor […]

san gimignano: a city of medieval skyscrapers — ~ wander.essence ~

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – #Italian Cookery with Silvia Todesco – SPRITZ: the most popular Italian cocktail — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine (Reblog)

It has been a wonderful year of Italian cookery from Silvia Todesco with recipes for starters, main meals and desserts… to end the year, a little something to get you into the festive spirit. SPRITZ: the most popular Italian Cocktail I am very surprised I haven’t shared we you yet the recipe of this absolutely […]

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – #Italian Cookery with Silvia Todesco – SPRITZ: the most popular Italian cocktail — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – #Italian Cookery with Silvia Todesco – Butternut Squash and Porcini #risotto — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine (Reblog)

Welcome to the Italian Cookery column with Silvia Todesco, and this month another Italian classic dish that all the family will love Butternut Squash and Porcini Risotto In the eight years I’ve lived in eastern Iowa, I’ve never found dried porcini mushrooms anywhere. So, I hesitated to post this recipe, since it felt wrong to […]

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – #Italian Cookery with Silvia Todesco – Butternut Squash and Porcini #risotto — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

*Italian cookery is probably my favourite

Should Readers Sympathize with Dante’s Famous Lovers, Francesca and Paolo? — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions (Reblog)

WHAT IS CLASSIC REMARKS? Classic Remarks is a meme hosted here at Pages Unbound that poses questions each Friday about classic literature and asks participants to engage in ongoing discussions surrounding not only themes in the novels but also questions about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation. HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE? Leave […]

Should Readers Sympathize with Dante’s Famous Lovers, Francesca and Paolo? — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions

The Only Lamborghini I’ll Ever Own… Probably


It’s funny what you find in your loft sometimes.

Toy cars are fun when your young and still fascinating when your not so spritely. They bring back a lot of memories, most of the fond ones anyway.


I’m not sure whether this Lamborghini was ever actually my toy – it was probably my son’s. Nevertheless there’s something nice and classical about these Matchbox models. I won’t be parting with it.


This one stems back a decade or two but it’s just lovely and sleek, a bit like the ‘real thing’ one would suppose.


Beautiful, and it sets your imagination going too, You know – Monaco, St. Tropez, the Ligurian coast, Amalfi, Sorrento. Ah well.

copyright Francis Barker 2020