- Some New Additions!
It’s been an exciting few weeks in the Liv House, as two of our team members have had beautiful new additions to their families! So today we thought we’d do a proper introduction to the newest (and bounciest) members of Liv.
First off, Kirsty would like to introduce Zara…
“Meet Zara, our new Goldador puppy. We have beautiful golden Cocker Spaniel Thula. An elderly dog now and wanting to bring a spring in her step we decided we should add to our family.
I had been looking for a puppy at the beginning of the year, and then COVID happened. We were blessed to find Zara finally. We made a weekend of collecting Zara as she was in Wales. The opportunity to visit Wales is always a treat, and this time we stayed at Old Land’s a beautiful family estate to stay, relax and enjoy the natural world.
Dogs have a magic effect on your mental wellbeing. I genuinely believe that pet care is self-care. I am looking forward to the many beautiful walks in nature. I love the joy of being out on an early morning walk when all you can hear are the birds.
We got Zara for our seven-year-old daughter, a new best friend who is always excited to meet you when you walk in the door.
We are excited to be adding to our photo album of doggie adventures just as we have with Thula.”
And now Brendan would like to introduce Sky!
“When my Grandparent’s sheepdog Milly had puppies about two months ago the whole family was over the moon, and we went to visit the little puplets as soon as we could, even getting to watch the last one be born!
Fast forward a month and the puppies were almost unbelievably cute! I didn’t have to think very long when I was asked if I would like to have one, that’s for sure. So, once the other brothers and sisters had been settled into their new homes, we spent a few days frantically trying to sort out the new puppy room in our house, and generally prepare for impact!
Now all that remained was to choose a name. The family whatsapp group universally decided that puppy-dog should be called “The Right Honourable Edward McBarkerston III”, but as wonderful as this name is, I thought that if he is going to be trained as a proper sheep dog then he might find it a bit embarrassing in front of all the other trainees to have such a long name! In the end we settled on Sky, which we thought suited his lovely soft grey eyes. So now he has been with us for a week and I am so enjoying going for proper walks in the surrounding countryside, with my very own doggie! I think it is amazing how something so little can walk so far, and run so quickly. Perhaps the most enjoyable thing so far though, is watching how every day his personality emerges a bit more, it’s really amazing!”
So there we go! We would love to hear if you have had your own lockdown puppy story, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of Zara and Sky in the future!
- What’s it all about, Demeter
Demeter is commonly known as the Goddess of Agriculture. Harvest, fertility and earth.
When it comes to organics and Biodynamic culture, Demeter is a global regulatory body. There is a regular strict inspection from the governing body in order to hold this certification.
The Demeter certification has an holistic approach. It is the mark for products from biodynamic agriculture and it has been evolving since 1928, therefore the oldest and longest practiced form of quality assurance in sustainable agriculture!
ALL of Martina Gebhardts products are certified Demeter and we think that’s important.
One of the important differences is the number of permitted additives. Here is an image giving information that shows an important difference between the certifications:
If you’d like to read more about the BDA and Demeter certification head on over to http://bdcertification.org.uk it’s very inspiring.
- Organic September
It would be hard to miss the news that it is Organic September! This is a time brought about by The Soil Association. It is a time for us to focus on, well organics! It’s all about restoring nature, health and a safe climate. This is what the soil association say it is all about:
‘In the face of climate change, diet related ill-health and widespread decline in wildlife, the need to change our food systems has never been greater.
Organic September is a month-long campaign to raise awareness of the many benefits of organic food and farming, which include:
Supporting biodiversity and wildlife
Helping to combat climate change
The highest standards of animal welfare
Reduced exposure to pesticides
Food as it should be, and food you can trust’
We need first of all to care and secondly to do. This way we begin to restore our world and let’s face it out world needs a little restoration right now. This is a month to help us focus down on what can we do as individuals, families, and workplaces to further increase our contribution.
Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
- Kindness in troubled times
How are you? It feels such a long time since we last popped by to say ‘hello’. What a time it has been. I don’t need to list all of the sad, worrying and sometimes very frightening events that we have all faced over the last six months. But we have all done our best to keep going and here at Liv we are very glad to be writing to you all again.
It feels to us that out of this darkness is emerging a new call for authentic natural living. To find ways to live, connected and in harmony, with nature. Perhaps this reflects a most fascinating phenomenon that many people witnessed, the way the natural world leapt to life around us as we set aside our machines and hustle and bustle, for a time at least.
Our bodies too can find incredible healing from within. Our skin in particular has remarkable regenerative properties.
It is time to be kind. I think the word kind sums it up because it encompasses so much in such a small word. They say beautiful things come in small packages! Kindness is such great strength and yet it can be so simple to achieve every day. A simple act of kindness towards another can change their day, and our own too. Kindness to others, yes of course, and to the planet and all that lives here. Don’t get overwhelmed by trying to think too big!
To begin, so that we can radiate such kindness and generosity we must be kind to ourselves. This isn’t selfishness but it is building our foundation to make us strong enough to face our daily challenges. There are so many ways we can do this. A smile, smile to yourself as you pass a mirror, does that feel odd? To others, even within the constrains of distancing and masks we can wave and say a cheery ‘hello’. For ourselves, maybe sit and watch the clouds move across the sky with a soothing cup of tea. Give yourself time to stop, breathe and feel the calm. Be gentle with you.
Always know that you are enough and have it within you to change your day and someones else day with a random act of kindness!
..just an idea. It would be great to hear about acts of kindness. If you’d like to please share something in the comments below..