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Photos from Sheffield Botanical Gardens Yesterday

By Friends & Family, Happiness & Joy, Life, NatureNo Comments

Yesterday Simon and I went to the brilliantly beautiful and glorious Sheffield Botanical Gardens. The gardens have species of plants, flowers and trees from around the world. The weather was warm and dry and we even had considerable spells of sunshine.

Here are some photos from Sheffield Botanical Gardens:


Sheffield Botanical Gardens Sign


Sheffield Botanical Gardens – A place of Beauty.


Most plants had a black and white signs identifying the species, like this one.


A mulberry tree.


One of the many different species of plant.


There were many collections (like the above) that were filled with colour.


A wooden structure. Close by was also a mental ant. Both works of art added to the Gardens, but my favourite has to be this one.


A bright and beautiful yellow flowered plant, in the background are more of the same.


A tree with the most interesting red bark.


An inspiring and detailed statue at the centre of a rose garden.


More plants and flowers, with the indoor botanical gardens in the background.


Several of these flower beds (with plants of various colours) lined the entrance to the indoor botanical gardens.


An entrance to the indoor botanical gardens.


Indoors – Cacti (1).


Indoors – Cacti (2).


Photo of the glass roof, taken indoors.


Indoors – Many plants.


Indoors – One plant had leafs that were so ginormous, that they made my hand look tiny (see photo above).

Essential Info:

  • A beautiful botanical gardens, which include .
  • Highly recommended.
  • Admission Price: FREE.
  • Opening Times: Vary, see Opening Times here.
  • Parking: Limited. The gardens have no carpark and the streets close by are either Permit Holders Only or Pay and Display.
  • Toilets available.
  • Cafe and Toy Shop also on site.
  • Map:

    Map of Sheffield Botanical Gardens.
    Image from & Copyright © Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

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The Labour Party’s Manifesto – The Most Exciting & Inspiring Vision for Britain

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The Labour Party’s Manifesto is the most exciting and inspiring vision for Britain that I have ever seen.

The Labour Party’s Manifesto is the most exciting and inspiring vision for Britain that I have ever seen.

The Manifesto is comprehensive (128 pages), well thought out and addresses all of the key issues in our society.

There’s so many great policies, ideas and promises in this Manifesto including:

  • Increase NHS funding by £30 billion over the next parliament.
  • Increase Social Care funding by £8 billion over the next parliament.
  • Give Local Authorities extra funding next year.
  • The creation of The National Care Service.
  • The creation of a National Education Service (NES) for England.
  • A £160 million annual investment cultural activities in schools.
  • Give mental health the same priority as physical health.
  • Recruit 10,000 more Police Officers.
  • Recruit 3,000 Fire Fighters.
  • Recruit 3,000 Prison Officers.
  • Spend at least 2% of GDP on defence.
  • Bring prisons & probation services back into public ownership.
  • Keep the NHS in public ownership.
  • £1 billion culture spending via a Cultural Capital Fund.
  • Reduce the voting age to 16 years old.
  • Stop NHS ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans,’ which plan to close local A&E Departments and create Super Specialist Centres.
  • Increase capital funding in the NHS.
  • Free parking in NHS hospitals for patients, staff and visitors across England.
  • Reinstate bursaries for health-related degrees, including those for Nurses.
  • Increase funding for GPs and a halt to Pharmacy cuts.
  • More resources for NHS ambulance services.
  • An end to rationing of services and medicines across England.
  • Guaranteeing access to medical treatment within 18 weeks across England.
  • Guaranteeing 4 hour see and treat target in A&E Departments across England.
  • Investing in public health for children including increasing the numbers of Health Visitors and School Nurses. A £250 million Children’s Health Fund.
  • A strategy for the children of alcoholics.
  • Keep the BBC as a public broadcasting service and keep Channel 4 in public ownership.
  • Build over a million new homes, including at lease 100,000 social homes per year.
  • Create a Department for Housing.
  • End Right to Buy schemes for social housing, to keep the levels of social housing stable.
  • Back home owners who have leasehold and ground rent properties. To stop rip off management fees and ground rents.
  • Make 3 year tenancies the norm.
  • Set out a strategy to end rough sleeping within the next parliament. Part of this strategy will target the root causes of homelessness.
  • 4 new Bank Holidays.
  • Raise the minimum wage to £10 by 2020.
  • Give all workers equal rights from day one.
  • Ban zero hour contracts.
  • Guarantee to ‘triple lock’ the state pension.
  • Keep Winter Fuel Allowance and bus passes for all pensioners.
  • Repeal the Trade Union Act and role out sectoral collective bargaining.
  • Promise trade union access to all workplaces.
  • Ensure schools are properly funded. Including putting an additional £150 million into schools.
  • Give £90 million per year for school-based counselling services.
  • Abolition of tuition fees, investment in college and higher education.
  • Give anybody the opportunity to upskill or retrain at any point in their life.
  • Renationalise the railway to deliver a better service and cheaper rail fares.
  • Electrification of rail throughout all of Britain.
  • Renationalise buses that are run for passengers and not for profit.
  • Renationalise the energy industry to give fairer energy prices.
  • Cap energy costs.
  • Renationalise water.
  • Renationalise the privatisation of Royal Mail.
  • A ban on fracking.
  • Public and local council services to deliver public services.
  • End the public sector pay cap.
  • End the pay cap on NHS Staff.
  • Trial PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) treatment for those who have been exposed HIV.
  • Investment in NHS and Social Care Staff.
  • A promise to tackle tax avoidance and close tax loopholes.
  • Introduce an Excessive Pay Levy on companies with staff on very high pay.
  • Roll out a maximum pay ratio of 20:1.
  • A guarantee that 95% of taxpayers will have no increase in their tax contributions.
  • A guarantee that everyone will be protected from any increase in National Insurance contributions and VAT.
  • A target to eliminate the day-to-day spending deficit.
  • A National Transformation Fund and National Investment Bank that will invest £250 billion (over 10 years) into infrastructure.
  • Stop further cuts of youth services.
  • Tougher sentences for those convicted of committing animal cruelty.
  • Introduce a total ban on ivory trading, support the ban on wild animals in circuses, ban the sale of third-party puppies, cease the badger cull, maintain the bans on fox, deer and hare hunting.
  • Require companies to have plans in place to protect workers and pensioners when a company is taken over.
  • Make companies responsible not just to shareholders but to employees, customers, the environment and wider public.
  • Improve careers advice.
  • Stop closures of bank branches were there is a local need, putting customers first.
  • Ensure appropriate support for victims of crime.
  • Stop closures of libraries and Post Office branches.
  • Continue to keep museums and galleries free and funded.
  • Review of the Prevent programme.
  • Maintain security cooperation with other countries.
  • Ban unpaid internships.
  • Abolish employment tribunal fees.
  • Scrap punitive benefit sanctions and the bedroom tax.
  • Scrap cuts to the Bereavement Support Payment.
  • Increase Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) benefit by £30 per week.
  • Increase Carer’s Allowance benefit by £11 to the level of Jobseekers benefit.
  • End the parity of PIP (Personal Independence Payment) benefits between those with physical and mental health conditions.
  • End to pointless stress of reassessments for people with severe long-term conditions.
  • Guarantee the rights of EU Staff working in health and social care services.
  • Improve sexual health services, including those HIV specialist services.
  • Reinstate housing benefit for under 21 year olds.
  • Deliver of universal superfast broadband by 2022.
  • Free public wi-fi in city centres and on public transport.
  • Increased 4G and 5G coverage.
  • Halt the closures of Sure Start Centres.
  • A Child Poverty Strategy.
  • Extend 30 free hours of childcare to all two year olds.
  • Move towards making some childcare available for one year olds.
  • Extending maternity pay for 12 months.
  • Reduce class sizes to less than 30 for all five, six and seven year olds.
  • Free school meals for all primary school children.
  • Fully support veterans.
  • Actions to tackle loneliness.
  • A strategy for children with educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
  • Restore the Education Maintenance Allowance for 16 to 18 years olds from lower and middle income backgrounds.
  • Make free at the point of use further education courses, including English for Speakers of Other Languages.
  • Double the number of apprenticeships at NVQ Level 3 by 2022.
  • Prohibit courts from raising monies to provide services.
  • Introduction of no-fault divorce procedure.
  • Scrap quarterly reporting for businesses with a turnover of under £85,000.
  • Homeowners will be offered interest-free loans to improve their property.
  • Peace at the heart of foreign policy.
  • A vote for parliament on the Brexit deal.
  • Reinstate the Migration Impact Fund.
  • Fair immigration rules.
  • Building Human Rights and Social Justice into international trade policy.
  • Extend support for looked after children until they are aged 21 years old.
  • Fund child burial fees for bereaved parents.
  • Legislate to make terminal illness a protected characteristic under The Equality Act.
  • Changes to Fixed Odds Betting Terminals.
  • Building Crossrail 2 in London.
  • Creating safer roads and having a vision for 0 road deaths.
  • Give British Sign Language full recognition as a recognised language.
  • Creation of a Clean Air Act.
  • Renewal of Trident nuclear deterrent.

There has been some damaging and essentially untrue rhetoric that The Labour Party are fiscally irresponsible.

Labour have responded to this narrative by fully costing their spending commitments and how they will fund these commitments through tax measures. But don’t take my word for it, see the images below:


Labour’s Spending Commitments have been fully costed. Click on image for full size readable version.


Labour’s Spending Commitments will be paid for by Tax Measures for the highest earning people and companies. Click on image for full size readable version.

With the general election, we have a chance to change our society. I want it to be changed for better.

The policies, ideas and promises in this Manifesto are exciting, inspiring and will change Britain for the better. The society set out in this Manifesto is a society I would be proud to be part of and to live in.

How do we get all of the listed above? How do we change society for the better? By going out and voting Labour on Thursday 8th June 2017.

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Book Review: The Craft – A Witch’s Book Of Shadows by Dorothy Morrison

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the-craft-dorothy-morrison-book-cover The Craft – A Witch’s Book Of Shadows by Dorothy Morrison is a brilliant book about The Craft.

I’ve been pagan for a long time, but it’s always good to go back over the basics. This book covers: working with power sources, magical boosters, tools (including Wand, Cup, Athame, Pentacle & other tools), casting a circle and pagan festivals.

Morrison has a warm, engaging and humorous writing style. Reading The Craft is like having an intimate and meaningful conversation with Morrison herself. She writes in a way that informs, ultimately inspires and without a single word wasted.

The Craft is bursting with little gems of knowledge and wisdom such as:

All are direct quotes from The Craft – A Witch’s Book Of Shadows by Dorothy Morrison:

1. “When all elements are used in equal combination, they form static electricity.” (p. 20)
2. “successful magic relies heavily upon emotion rather than logic.” (p. 33)
3. “Magic usually works in twenty-one days, or not at all.” (p. 29)
4. “Part of basic witchery is learning to work with what you have and substitute if need be.” (p. 41)
5. “Not only must we engage our brains when performing magic, we must use them effectively. We have to be able to think, concentrate and focus. We must reply on the creative flow.” (p. 97-98)
6. “When we take our place in the center of the Circle and take our place as Akasha, we provide a perfectly balanced arena from which magic flows…” (p. 112)

I learned some new things and gained an even deeper understanding of somethings by reading The Craft. No matter who you are or what experiences in The Craft you have, undertake all activities and exercises in the book. I undertook all activities and exercises and they all benefited me. Each of the activities are designed to encourage personal growth and learning.

The only thing The Craft missed out is any reference or explanation of what a Book of Shadows is.

The Craft – A Witch’s Book Of Shadows by Dorothy Morrison is a must have for any Witch. It is an excellent reference book for moon phases, sun phases, days of the week, times of day, pagan festivals, plants, herbs, trees, magical tools, dream symbols, stones, deities and the Book of Law.

The Craft – A Witch’s Book Of Shadows by Dorothy Morrison has made it on to my top shelf where my all-time favourite books are kept. It is one that I will read again and reference regularly.

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A List of Qualities in People that INSPIRE Me

By Inspiration, Life, ThinkingNo Comments

According to Google inspiration is defined as:


Google’s Definition of Inspiration

Back in 2008, I wrote a blog post about People that inspire me. I could add so many people to that blog post.

But instead I decided to look at the qualities in people that inspire me. Here’s my list of qualities that those people display:

  • Accepting.
  • Authentic.
  • Balanced in their thinking.
  • Battle their inner demons.
  • Believe in fairness and equality.
  • Brings joy to others.
  • Can have a presence on entering a room or blend into the background in social situations.
  • Captivating Story Teller.
  • Careful in their actions.
  • Cares about others.
  • Comfortable with themselves.
  • Confident yet humble.
  • Connects emotionally with others.
  • Creative.
  • Describes their own thoughts & feelings through words well.
  • Determined.
  • Diplomatic.
  • Dislikes injustice.
  • Empathetic.
  • Enthusiastic.
  • Flawed.
  • Funny.
  • Generous.
  • Good communicator.
  • Has others following them.
  • Honesty.
  • Humorous.
  • Independent.
  • Influences others.
  • Intelligent.
  • Is a Collaborator.
  • Is a Doer.
  • Is a Dreamer.
  • Is Grateful.
  • Kindness.
  • Knows when, who and why to ask for help.
  • Makes others feel comfortable.
  • Makes others laugh.
  • Motivational.
  • Non-judgemental.
  • Occasional vulnerable.
  • One-step ahead of others.
  • Open minded.
  • Optimistic.
  • Passionate.
  • Patient.
  • Positive.
  • Relaxed in new situations.
  • Self-aware.
  • Sensitive.
  • Shares their Knowledge and wisdom.
  • Sincere.
  • Stands up for the rights of others.
  • Supports & helps others.
  • Unconventional.
  • Values community.
  • Vibrant.
  • Wants a better society for all.
  • Wants others to reach their potential.
  • Willing to fight for a cause.
  • Wise.
  • Works hard.

I’m sure there’s many other qualities that could be added to the list. I also know that as well as people, many other things inspire me. Things such as music, books, films, paintings, nature, animals and expressions of love to name but a few.

What qualities do you admire in the people that inspire you? Feel free to share by leaving a comment below.

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