There are choices and pathways to take. You discover that following a storm a couple of years ago, the easiest paths may be closed, but you might only find out when you’ve walked through them for a couple of minutes. You’re excited for the adventure, wary, not sure how much you can handle or if you were completely awake when you made the decision to come here. But here you are.

The start is hard. Harder than you feel it should be. You may wonder if this was a bad idea, if you bit more than you could chew, if you had better give up now before embarrassing yourself.

Some parts are dangerous – this is not just a perception – you are risking a lot in this challenge. Have you strayed off your path? Check for signs and you will find them. When walking on such paths, you must keep your eyes on your feet, checking only the immediate next step. Looking forward or at the view is distracting and dangerous, it may cause a loss of footing. Looking back may be equally disorienting.

Stairs and steps may be uneven, narrow, slippery. Sometimes you may need to lean on someone or grab a helping hand. Accept help.

Accept the need for occasional rest. Rest is not ‘giving up’. To enjoy the view, ensure safety and stop completely. Rest is brief, it is only long enough to catch your breath. Don’t worry if you need to stop for a minute until someone gets by you.

Still the mind, listen to your own rhythm.

You won’t believe how far you’ve come, even if the road felt long and challenging. You won’t believe the view. Even if your body aches, you will look at the journey and feel proud.


Guest dish: Beef Tacos

Guest dish: Beef Tacos

Guest dish: Gnocchi with pesto, parmesan and pine nuts

Guest dish: Gnocchi with pesto, parmesan and pine nuts

Patatas Bravas served with Tzatziki and Chili Mayo sauces

Patatas Bravas served with Tzatziki and Chili Mayo sauces

Guest dish: BBQ ribs and chili honey garlic chicken

Guest dish: BBQ ribs and chili honey garlic chicken

Guest dish: Apple and Berry Pie

Guest dish: Apple and Berry Pie

With the temperature going down, it’s time to take entertainment indoors and there isn’t a better time to catch up with friends in a cosy environment. I like organising themed parties because everyone gets to join in with the preparations, and the party starts with sharing ideas days before the actual day. Needless to say, we had more than enough food on the night and everyone was happy.


Last night I was invited to Costa Coffee to sample their Christmas menu for this year. We were greeted with 5 different desserts and 3 hot drinks to taste. Now if you’ve been following my posts, you will know that I’ve been following a low sugar diet (for health more than aesthetic reasons!) so I was a bit nervous and equally excited to taste these sugary treats. The staff was patient enough to let me cut tiny pieces and have just sips of the drinks. Rest assured, ladies and gents, that this took a lot of will power, because my taste buds went wild with the delicious things presented to me.

Since I was there to give my opinion I will tell you about my favourites: it was a hard choice between the Mini Mince Pies and the Orange & Cranberry Muffins, both tasting just like they had been made at home in a warm kitchen.

The Caramel Fudge Hot Chocolate was the hardest to put down I’d say (ok, maybe I had 3 sips of this one) because not only did it look really pretty with that thin layer of chocolate weave that started to melt as I drank, but it tasted of the best chocolate-y goodness. Did you know that Costa source chocolate from rainforest alliance certified farms? Which means from farms that are more sustainable and where farmers are paid fairly.

Having said that about the hot chocolate, if I was writing in there right now and wanted a treat, I would opt for the Gingerbread & Cream Latte – served with tiny golden chocolate stars. I think that this was my absolute favourite. But I may need to try it again… with a Mini Mince Pie… just to be sure… 😉

Incidentally, Costa Coffee is giving Istrina 25c from every pack of Mini Mince Pies purchased. So you’ll be doing your bit too.

But of course, don’t forget to walk that sugar off!