Solas, the light of life !


Today felt like the first real summer’s day this year, there was a real air of excitement  from everyone on Dollymount Strand as my husband and I walked along with the water ebbing in and out between our feet. Our dog Solly was running frantically in the water, hard to get her attention as she kept her nose close to the water, don’t really know what she’s trying to catch ! However, one thing I know is this little black adorable Cocker Spaniel has  cancer and has been on chemotherapy tablets called Masivet for the last three years.  To see her run on the beach today, so full of life, it is hard to believe that she has a mast cell tumor on her left side of her small body, and about two weeks ago we got the dreaded news that the cancer had gone into her liver.  She is still on steroids, just on four a day now, so for the moment no more getting up in the middle of the night to let her out to wee because of all the medication she was taking, making her thirsty and hungry.

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You might be wondering why I have this on my blog but I’m hoping someone out there might be able to suggest a home remedy for Solly.  I give her a teaspoon of kefir with her dry food in the morning and it has stopped her ears from getting red and itchy.  Later in the day I give her chicken with ground turmeric.

The leader of our pack is our daughter Buzz, who is away In London working but comes home nearly every six weeks.  She’s  great for Solly, every time bring her a small soft toy to play with and sometimes by the time Buzz is going away again she has chewed it into pieces.  So, as one of her carers I’d love to know if there was  something else I could do for our special little sweetheart. Our son Casper is also away working In New Zealand but is doing work in Europe from the middle of May and hopes to spend some time with us all later on in his stay.  Another reason to help Solly stay well until then and perhaps longer!


Kombucha photos as promised!

Step 1.

Either purchase a “SCOBY” online or create it yourself (buying a glass bottle from your supermarket to store it in). That’s what I did to create  one.


Step 2.

After leaving your fermenting tea liquid for 7 days or more, depending on your taste, pour into jug/jugs. Always remember to keep a cup or two of your liquid for the “SCOBY”, so as to keep it feeding and alive, and you can repeat the process later.

Step 3.

Now it is ready for the second stage. Here you can add about a half a cup of fruit juice, apple, pear or strawberries etc. I’m only a beginner at making this, but so far my preference is strawberry juice. Then pour the fermented tea into a glass bottle, filling it nearly to the brim.  Give it a few minutes to settle and then secure the top on.

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Step 4.

Now leave it on your counter for four days. You might have to leave it longer, it all depends on your taste.  Perhaps I have left something important out, if so, please let me know as I’m just a novice at this and also blogging!

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Step 5.

Enjoy the process and then relax in the evening with a glass of Kombucha.

Why not give it a go!


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Success, no more sodas’!

I’m back again to let you know how my Kombucha fermentation went…

I just couldn’t wait the seven or more days to let it ferment, so, on the fifth day I tasted it. Yes, it was still sweet but I just wanted to bottle it and see what a “SCOBY” looked and felt like in reality.  

I’m usually a very patient person, but somehow this time I couldn’t resist, and with the second fermentation I only gave it three days and opened it. Unfortunately, this time, it only gave a small pop and it wasn’t effervescent but I drank it anyway. My hubby only had a small glass of it, perhaps he was expecting something different!

So, I made my second bottle of Kombucha, now sitting on the kitchen sideboard waiting to be opened on Saturday. This time I’m restraining myself and not repeating the same mistakes. So perhaps my better half will enjoy it more this time.  It’s a great feeling creating this “SCOBY” and trying to make this drink. Perhaps it will take a while to perfect it but I feel I’m on my way to optimal health!

Second try: much more successful, left the first fermentation for 9 days and the second for 5 days.  Amazingly it tasted nicer, it has a zingy taste. We now enjoy a glass of it after our evening meals.

Now onto my next adventure… adding fruit juices to it to vary the taste. I’ll let you know if I hit on something that really has a profound effect on the taste.  

I’ll post some photos of my Kombucha and “SCOBY” shortly. That’s all til next time. Continue reading

A healthy alternative to soft drinks!


Hi there

Just made my first “SCOBY” from a bottle of SynerChi live kombucha I bought a month ago in Dublin, now for the second stage of making my own Kombucha drink.  Well, you might be wondering what a scoby is!  Firstly, it’s an acronym for “symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast” ,which is a living organism that ferments tea ,sugar and purified water into vitamins, enzymes and acids .

Now it is ready, and i’ll leave it in a warm dark place for 5 to 10 days, testing it every few days so it doesn’t become too tart,  I’ll let you know how I get on. 🙂

You may wonder why I’m excited about this, well it’s twofold: firstly, I have primary biliary cirrhosis of the liver and secondly, my husband has come off all  fizzy drinks and I’m looking for alternative drinks for him.  However, the former reason is the most vital at the moment, as my blood readings for my liver have risen, so hence I’m trying this,which is a lot cheaper than buying a bottle of it  every couple of days. It’s supposed to be good for the liver and kidneys, clearing out all toxins.  here’s a  few website to find out more about kombucha.:  


Here’s a few links to find out about Kombucha.