Pear Ginger Muffin Recipe

Pear Ginger Muffin Recipe

300g strong white bread flour

2½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1½ teaspoons ground ginger

1 large egg

75-85g white granulated sugar 

100ml vegetable oil

1 tablespoon runny (or warmed) honey

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root

200ml milk

2 tablespoons water or tinned pear juice 

200mg chopped pears, tinned or fresh (1 c)

1. Preheat a conventional oven to 190°C (375°F),  Gas Mark 5, fan oven 170°C.  Prepare the muffin pan or individual silicone cases

2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and ground ginger

3. In a medium-sized bowl, beat egg briskly with a fork.  Stir in sugar, oil. honey, grated ginger, milk, juice/water, and chopped pears

4. When the oven is ready, pour all the wet mixture into dry.  Mix lightly with a metal spoon just until combined and no dry flour is visible, about 20 seconds.  Do not beat or over stir

5.  Fill cups nearly full.  Bake about 20 minutes until done.  Makes 12 – I do 6 large then smaller muffins to freeze for snacks.

Great with Custard!


if no like Ginger try Oat Pear Muffins:

Chocolate Pear Muffins:


Oat Pear Muffin Recipes

Susan Reimer ‘Muffins Fast and Fantastic’

There are an abundance of muffins to make from the latest 4th edition of Susan Reimer ‘Muffins Fast and Fantastic’.   The contents page split into five sections; Chocolate, Nuts and Oats, Fruit, Bran and Savoury.

I chose three pear recipes from Oats, Chocolate and Fruit.   All three recipes are easy to put together and all take twenty minutes each to bake in total.   


The latest update from Susan Reimer muffin book is her learning the additional benefits of strong bread flour.  I read that this flour made a real impression on her baking.  Reimer only uses this type of flour as the results are consistently favourable for her muffins.

  ‘Oat Pear Muffin Recipe’

* 250g Strong white bread flour

2½ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 

¼ teaspoon of salt

50g rolled oats (½ c)

3 tablespoons chocolate chips

1 large egg

75-85 whole granulated sugar (½ c)

100ml vegetable oil

200ml milk

3 tablespoons pear juice or water

200g finely chopped pear, fresh or tinned (1 c)

1. Preheat a conventional oven to 190°C (375°F),  Gas Mark 5, fan oven 170°C.  Prepare the muffin pan or individual silicone cases

2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.  Add oats and chocolate chips (chocolate can be omitted if preferred)

3. In a medium-sized bowl, beat egg briskly with a fork.  Add sugar, oil, milk, juice/water, and pear

4. When the oven is ready, pour wet mixture into dry.  Mix ligthly with a metal spoon just until combined and no dry flour is visible, about 20 seconds.  Do not beat or over stir

5.  Fill cups nearly full.  Bake about 20 minutes until lightly browned. Makes 12 – I do 6 large then smaller muffins to freeze for snacks. 

All these economical recipes live up to the title ‘Muffins Fast and Fantastic’  

Not a fan of Oats? then try

Chocolate and Pear:

or Pear Ginger


Chocolate Pear Muffin Recipe


‘Chocolate Pear Muffin Recipe’

275g strong white bread flour

1½ teaspoons baking powder

1½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 large egg

75-85g white granulated sugar 

100ml vegetable oil

50g (8 tablespoons) cocoa powder

200ml milk

100ml tinned pear juice or water

200mg chopped pears, tinned or fresh 

1. Preheat a conventional oen to 190°C (375°F),  Gas Mark 5, fan oven 170°C.  Prepare the muffin pan or individual silicone cases

2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt

3. In a medium-sized bowl, beat egg briskly with a fork.  Stir well after each addition: sugar. oil. cocoa, milk, juice/water, and chopped pears

4. When the oven is ready, pour all the wet mixture into dry.  With a metal spoon, mix lightly just until combined and no dry flour is visible, about 20 seconds.  Do not beat or over stir

5.  Fill cups nearly full.  Sprinkle with grated chocolate, if desired.  Bake about 20 minutes until done.  Makes 12 large or as I do 6 large and the rest small for freezing suitable for snacks.

Love ginger? try Pear Ginger Muffin:

or Oat Pear Muffin


Kayaking on a freshwater Loch


It was the day after I had attended the *Shetland Physiotherapy Health Promotion (link to the previous blog) that I had the opportunity to go kayaking with a friend.  (*Activity box ticked!)  We headed to a fresh water loch not far away in Northmavine, Shetland.  It was about 8pm in the evening and still plenty of 🌞 light to set up and explore.  

The next two days the weather forecast wasn’t good, so it was a case of ‘get out there’ and ‘do it’ before I change my mind  

The last time I did any kayaking was about ten years ago.  I was put into the deep end and learnt to capsize after repeatedly going down a small reservoir waterfall.  


It was fun but I wasn’t very good at it and one capsize was tricky and it put me off learning more.  Apparently it is a skill to keep practicing but I lost interest.  I prefer to just paddle and enjoy the views.  


Thankfully there are many kinds of kayaks.  Kayaks hired out to tourists are much bigger and easier to get in without even getting your feet wet!  This was my experience of kayaking on Lake Windermere in the beautiful Peak District a few years back.  If you have a safety jacket on kayaking is a fun way to explore lakes, lochs and river inlets.  In terms of sea adventures it requires a bit more safety gear.  

Kayaking on a freshwater Loch

The first task to kayaking on the loch was inflating the K2 explorer 2 person kayak and the inflatable seats with a foot pump.


A simple procedure inflat two sides and the end pieces.  The separate seats are inflated then Velcro and strapped into place once kayak is all inflated.  The paddles are easy to assemble and, lastly our safety jackets.  All set to explore!

When I first heard about an inflatable kayak I was thinking it be filmsy.  It wasn’t it is very robust and simple to inflate and deflate.  I felt safe too due to the design of the K2 explorer


The first place we paddled was over some reeds.  These reeds looked like they were going to bloom little white flowers.  I am still researching trying to figure out what they are called.  Update soon.


The loch we visited is the size of two football pitches.  It is popular for anglers and a good place to practice kayaking.  It wasn’t that deep perhaps a couple of metres with many reeds and some fish that pop up above the water at times.  As we paddled over the other side there are many croft ruins.  You could see that the area was once depended on the loch and the sea which is about a mile away.   We stayed out for about 2 hours in total and then took some photos around the loch.  

  • Photographs using mono and light filters – iPhoneSE 


Braewick Beach Walk


Braewick Beach Walk – Eshaness, Northmavine, Shetland Islands 


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There are many accessible walks and endurance levels to explore in the Northmavine area of the Shetland Islands.  A great place to explore the outdoors by land or sea.

There are many spectacular coastal walks for hiking or rock climbing.  If you are kayaking, sailing or hiring a jetski then the sea stacks, coves and, geos=inlets (Shetland word) are all equally breath taking too

Here are 2 links for more information on Northmavine:

Wildflowers Images are Ragged Robin (pink), HeathSpotted Orchid (Pale Purple), Tormentil (Yellow) and Bog cotton (White & Fluffy)


I love that Northmavine is on my doorstep and after a 20 minute drive I am bang in the middle of a wildlife haven.  It is peaceful and the summer meadows of chirping birds and insect life is the best sound to encounter for your ears

A great place to unwind and tune into nature and if you are camping even better.  I recommend staying at the Braewick caravan site or stay in one of their wig-wams for the fantastic views.  A great location for exploring the Northmavine area.


The landscape is a great place to draw inspiration from that being photography, writing or sketching.  

In terms of walks I have always wanted to explore the Braewick sandbar beach.  It is located in front of the campsite and it looks over towards what is called ‘Da Drongs’ (local dialect).

‘The Drongs’ are three sea stacks protruding from the seascape.  Last summer I was excited to see a pod of Orcas making their journey across the bay.  Sadly, they were seen by using binoculars only but it was still great to see them jump out the ocean with their black and white markings.      


What I love about Northmavine is the way the light changes the sea and landscape at different intervals throughout the summer season.  The sea at the sandbar can turn a vivid dark green against the red sand and cliff face.  At a different time with some sunsets the landscape is silver and gold in places.  I don’t think any amateur or professional wildlife photographer shall ever get bored here.  There are colours everywhere with the different coloured geology, flora or fauna too. 


Another great feature of island living are micro showers.  I was once in the cafe and one table of tourists were surprised to see on one side of the building getting bashed with heavy rainfall and then the other side the view was all tranquil.  They said they never experience that again as they lived in an upbuild urban environment.  

Whenever the weather is like that it is best to have your headlights on as it can get very dark driving through a micro shower.  Once through it you get blazing sunshine again and then you need to grab your 😎

Braewick Beack Walk   

As a lymphie walker I have access to many easy going coastal walks.  If I can’t walk I take in the views like the many coach loads of tourists. There are many visiting cruise ships that take harbour in Lerwick the capital of Shetland.  This year I was determined to reach the sandbar beach of Braewick.  I set off down a gentle slope on a sunny calm day and then I reached the freshwater pool of water.


I am not completed sure if it is freshwater as I have seen the sea waves go over the narrow sandbar.   When I made it down to the sandbar it looked very wide but I guessed it was low tide.  Next was the beach walk but it was near impossible as Tirricks (Arctic Terns) started to dive bomb.  The best thing is to ignore them and keep walking.  The previous week I watched a nature documentary where a polar bear was getting a bloody nose as consistently pecked by several Arctic Terns.  The Arctic terns behaviour is normal as their nests are on the ground very near coastal shores.  One thing I forgot to bring with me was a bag to collect rubbish but there wasn’t any rubbish I could see which was good.  After this walk I ate at the cafe and chatted to folk I hadn’t seen since last year.  It was a sunny pleasant day out and a pleasure to walk despite the tirricks display of aggression.  It is a good sign to see them as their numbers are on the decline or so I read and been told.  

Maybe reason for arctic tern decline are manmade?  Here are some photos I took on a walk at Stenness, Eshaness in 2015.   


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Shetland Physiotherapy Health Promotion

  • * Love Activity Hate Exercise * 

On the evening of July, the 18th I attended an event hosted by Ms Kay Leask at 31 King Harald Street, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0EQ.  


* Tips for getting started *

  1.  Find something you enjoy.  So that you’ll keep going.

  2.  Set goals for yourself – big or small – to keep you motivated.

  3.  Pace yourself – start slowly and gradually build up

  4.  It’s ok to ache but if pain persists ease back and go slower.

  5.  Need more motivation and support?  Find someone  to join you!

* Love Activity, Hate Exercise Talk *

Kay first explained:

This promotion is to encourage people to become and stay more active to improve their mental and physical health.  At her talk Kay explained how some people go off exercises but, if you mention activity then people are more willing to give it a try 

Kay covered topics on the importance of cardiovascular (get the heart pumping daily), posture, osteoporosis, loneliness and dancing.   Listening to your favourite music helps activities along too.  I hate certain exercises like boring stretches and need music to keep me going somtimes.

* F.I.T.T  Principal *

F = Frequency

I = Intensity

T = Time

T = Type

  • * F.I.T.T *- principal is an activity you enjoy with realistic plans and goals with targets.

  • Even 10 to 30 minute brisk activity like walking to the shop instead of using the car.  If you have steps do a step workout with dumbells for the upper body.

  • Cutting the grass, cycling, small trampoline and static bikes.  These are a few suggestions but doing 150 minutes is the goal per week to help benefit your general health.

  • Activities we enjoy helps us keep fit and sleep better too!   

* Free Events *

Over the next few months Shetland Physiotherapy will be having FREE events to talk to small groups and individuals about ways to * Overcome Barriers to Fitness *

  • People with long-term health conditions such as Arthritis, ME, Neurological problems, Diabetes, Lung conditions, Cancer, Mental Health conditions, Fibromyalgia and conditions that cause pain.  

  • People with fatigue, low morale, low confidence these can have a damaging impact on people and Kay can help you take steps to becoming fitter and improving your health.  

If this type of problem affects you, a member of your family or a friend please accept this invitation to contact through the contacts shown.

  • Arrange a FREE Consultation

  • Join in one of her keep fit classes

If you feel Shetland Physiotherapy can help you then book appointment:


Phone or Text:    07788572237

Hours:    Flexible Opening Times



Knitting Distractions & Wellbeing Tip #3


I started knitting this yesterday to take my mind off my ongoing lower backache.  The major problem I find having Secondary Lymphoedema (like many lymphies) is coping with the summer heat.  A swelling time for many frolicking in the sun but I am inside mostly keeping my limb out of the sun rays! 

‘Suggested Wellbeing Tip’

Keeping cool tips are varied and the latest one suggested to me online is to buy a dog cooling mat.  

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I recently ordered this product off  A buy one get one free offer.  

‘My Wellbeing Tip #3’


My wellbeing tip is to use Organic Aloe Vera gel (200ml by Aloe Pura Laboratories £4.70 – you can get after sun products too).  

It is best kept in the fridge so as extra cool when applying onto the lymphatic limb and simply switch on a fan.  

The floor fan I have is huge and I only ever use setting one out of three.   If on setting three the room becomes a mini tornado with stuff flying wildly around.  Less dramatic on one!   

Anyway, if your a lymphie or non-lymphie and want to cool off in summer indoors it is a good tip.  There are not many humid evenings in Shetland, Scotland but with the latest heatwave in the U.K it is very good to help keep the lymphatics cool!   

‘WordPress App’


This is my first blog post using a mobile WordPress App’ so, hence shorter in length.  I find this app helpful if I see a grammatical mistake or needing to quickly update information.  All my photos are updated only through using a laptop computer.  My mini-review:

* * *

Coming soon a few blogs on my summer so far.  Here is a photo of wild flowers taken from a recent walk in Eshaness, Shetland Islands ✍🏼👣🙂




Simple Berry-tastic Smoothie

In this smoothie recipe I love to sweeten by using condensed milk.  My parents always stocked this especially in the winter months in Scotland. Fresh milk wasn’t always available due to severe wintery conditions. Today it is still my firm favourite over powdered milk.  The alternatives are flexible depending on your own choice be it fresh cow’s milk, semi-skinned or soya milk if your wanting plant based products only.  


‘Simple Berry-tastic Smoothie’

1.   Handful of Frozen or Fresh Raspberries or Blackberries


2.  Handful of Fresh or Frozen Blueberries or other berries of choice like cranberries

3.  (1 to 2 pints) milk of your choice or like me 1 tin of Condense Milk (397g) 

4.  Add 400g (1 tin) of Coconut milk or 200g of creamed coconut with added crushed ice, water or milk ( I add extra cold milk or sometimes crushed ice)


 5.  Using a blender (mine is an old model Kenwood New York Smoothie).   Simply blend to a smooth texture.

Make sure you crush the ice before hand some blenders do break with larger lumps of ice!  Bash with a rolling pin in a freezer bag or use an ice-crusher.  

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Pour & Enjoy your Berry-tastic Smoothie!  


Check out my PIN INTEREST for more recipes:


Tripidio Movement Systems DVD Review



In the latest Spring issue of Lymphoedema Support Network (LSN) I read up about Tripudio:


I have never heard of Tripudio so I was curious as it focuses on the lymphatic system using gentle exercises 

I contacted Julia Williams the Co-founder of the tripudio systems to ask if I could do a review.   She kindly sent me her DVD (retailed at £15.00).  


Julia facilitates the teaching of Tripudio Movement Systems (TMS) across the United Kingdom.   She currently runs 3 modular one-day trainings:

Module 1 – Tripudio (lymphatic) flow, working one to one, lymphatic system, lymphoedema awareness, introduction to fascia. 

Module 2 – Moving Bones and Joints – from one-to-one to class instructor, stretching, planning a class 

Module 3 – Focus on shoulder dysfunction – fascia, scar tissue, breast cancer awareness, whole body awareness.    

Tripudio Flow is a sequence of movements that really immulate manual lymphatic drainage for the whole body –  Julia Williams Co-founder

On the 1st of June I watched up to 45 minutes of the 1 hour 35 minute of Tripudio DVD.  This covered the first five sections of the DVD:  

Introduction; Building Blocks; The Flow Sequence; The Seated Flow and Extended Flow


The first twenty second introduction informs about copyright and that anyone using this DVD has any diagnosed medical condition to consult their doctor before embarking on a new exercise programme.  

Then a menu comes up to ‘PLAY DVD’ and ‘SECTIONS’.  I press SECTIONS and the Introduction starts with gentle music.  An image of a seagull (similar to my-legoponics & life-tinkin logo) then the garden studios of Birdport come into view.  This is all based in Dorset county.  The DVD is easy to use and if you  have missed any particular sequences it is easy to go back and replay.   

The introduction comprises of Julia talking briefly about her education and extra learning about the lymphatic system.  After this it goes to her class from the Fullers Community.  About four individuals from the same class give their individual feedback on Tripudio classes and the benefits they have all encountered.  In summary:

Tripudio doesn’t just help those with lymphoedema but also parkinsons disease; breast cancer with lymphoedema; scar tissue problems; balance and mobility.  It helps anyone of any age who have problems with M.E; fibromyalgia; arthritis and more.   All tripudio workouts are designed for rehabilitation or those needing a gentle work out.  

In terms of my own exercise routine I can see me adding certain sequences into my current exercises.  See previous blog on my theraband exercises:

Building Blocks of Tripudio Flow

In the lymphatic system there are deep lymph nodes in front of the body and the spine.  In order to access them deep breathing exercises help the lymphatics become less stagnant.  

The main two movements are ‘Breath of Joy’ and the‘Butterfly Breath’. Exercises can be done standing or sitting in a chair depending on your individual medical condition.  

‘Contact Information’


email –

07734511287            01308538112


Love from Shetland

‘Love from Shetland’ are a small business that produces handmade soaps and bath products with their own goats milk and a variety of oils.  The cosy new shop smells and looks great too!

 Please read the following:


‘New Location on Commercial Street’

On 28th of April ‘Love from Shetland’ re-opened their doors to customers this time at the other end of the main Commercial Street, Lerwick, Shetland.  They moved location from opposite the Queens Hotel to opposite Harry’s department store.  When I arranged to meet up with Esther Jarmson and chat about her skin products I didn’t realise it was their first day opening.  I remember it was a gorgeous sunny Saturday afternoon and from observation the atmosphere was buzzing with delighted customers young and old.  


The excitement gathered pace in the shop when the arrival of three week baby goat triplets Edwina, Flora & Daisy!


‘Connor the Goat’

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Connor is well known in the Shetland community in helping raise money for the local RNLI lifeboat.  A great worth while cause:

‘Product Information’

The first piece of information I read on ‘Love from Shetland’ was that all their soap products, quote:

go through rigorous cosmetic safety assessments to ensure that they are all lovely and safe for you to use

Their information leaflet also explains that they use no palm oil, parabens or nasty sis’s.   You’ll need to google what they all mean!  All products are made by hand by milking their goats and using up to 7 to 10 different oils in them.  

Esther goat milk soap creation is her own unique recipe.  There are no other soap products like it globally

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Gift Boxes

Visit ‘Love from Shetland’ SHOP for a variety of great gift ideas:

‘Popular by Demand’

The ‘Love from Shetland’ products are very popular with cruise ships, visiting tourists and locals.  The new shop is even more visible now that they have relocated.  In terms of the local community Esther runs workshops with local children and helps them make their own bath bombs.  As a bonus they get to cuddle the goats too!  

A fun and rewarding day at school I would say!

Keep a look out for ‘Love from Shetland’ EVENTS page:

‘Soap Products’

The first soap products I was shown was the ‘Blackcurrant Seed Oil’ and ‘Marula Oil’ soaps as seen in the following slideshow:


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The blackcurrant has been exceptionally good with a variety of skin conditions and is recommended by their customers.  See their positive REVIEWS on their ‘Love from Shetland’ facebook page:

The marula is a really moisturizing soap it is packed full of antioxidants that rid the skin of aging.  The only product I have used is the marula oil soap.  I recieved it as a gift last year on my birthday.  All I remember is that it lasted for ages and it is great on your skin.  

The Hand Felted soap range is explained by the following photo:


These soaps can be left in their felted pockets and used like a sponge. All the ‘Love from Shetland’ soaps are best used with a wooden soap dish with holes in it so as to air out and reuse.  These wooden dishes are sold seperately.  In the following photo is the hand made ‘oo’ gift bags.  Each ‘oo’ bag is felted by hand using Shetland wool.  They are all made by Esther mother Esme who was there to greet me when I first arrrived.  


The Shetland word ‘oo’ means ‘wool’ 

‘Bath Bombs Products’  


Lastly, the ‘Love from Shetland’ bath bomb products.  These are a firm favourite of mine.  They look great on display in their various baskets around the rustic looking shop.  They make great gifts too! 

Bath Bombs contain bicarbonate soda; citric acid; goats milk powder; avocado oil; jojoba oil; strawberry; clementine; prosecco; white lily; ginseng; blueberry and parma violet to name but a few…

To contact ‘Love from Shetland’


FaceBook page:

Call 01595 697326