True beauty in our cruel world

This is the most beautiful photo depicting the emotional connection like humans. We all (animal and human) know emotions and we all feel love and pain.

Compassion and kindness



Tribute to a rescued soul

June 2006 – who rescued who?

I am heartbroken beyond words. My beautiful boy Ruffy has spread his beautiful angel wings and left us.

For all those who know me he was my world.

He was at my side constantly for the past 12 1/2 years, this is a tribute to him from me and the special bond and love we shared.

He was a rescue dog and seriously it was the best thing I ever did. He was the most incredible dog I have ever known. Funny, sweet and full of personality. I would love to share this tribute with you.

RIP Ruffy Bendle.

You were so loved. You are a hero in the eyes of all who have been with you for the last three weeks. Your strength was Herculean. Your love constant. My house, my world, my car, my everything is forever changed.

Rest now little one.

Please visit me.

I love you to the heavens and back infinity. Thank you to all who have supported me over the last three weeks it has meant the world and I couldn’t of got through it without you. You know who you are ❤️❤️❤️

A spoken poem. Volume required

What she ate last night.

A feast a fabulous dishes was enjoyed by my family and friends. No Meat was in sight of these flavoursome dishes.

Would you like to join us for dinner?

On the menu

Mixed Salad  (another salad idea)
Mushroom, sun dried tomato and spinach risotto

Price: free of charge



Step one – mixed salad leaves loving placed in a big beautiful bowl

Step two – avocado chopped in large pieces

Step three – Fresh basil leaves. Sniff the aroma as you break the leaves off.

Step four – Slice fresh mushrooms (your choice) and delicately chop your

juicy Roma tomatoes

Step five – Add spinach leaves

Step six – Grab a few broccoli flowers and chop roughly so it crumbles over

the top of the salad

Step seven – add roasted seeds

Mix and serve with olive oil drizzled and fresh lemon squeezed over top.

Serve as a starter or with your mushroom risotto

Next please

So did you save your salad to have with your risotto or did you eat it first. Either way is good. Perhaps if you eat it first, you might not to eat as much risotto. Risotto is full of carbs. 😂😂😂😂

Here is an article to read about the health benefits of Arborio Rice. I don’t eat a lot of pasta. My personal belief is there is a lot more yummy foods that have more nutritional benefits than pasta. It is an occasional thing for me. Please read anyway, make your own decision.

Just in case you are interested

The pros and cons of carbs. YES THERE ARE GOOD CARBS

Now mushrooms are a nutritional boom house. They pack a punch. Here is little bit more nutritional info for you.

Mushroom Nutrition: 

Mushrooms support our own health systems, by helping strengthen our immune system and preventing debilitating diseases. Some benefits that you may enjoy from consuming mushrooms are:

Weight management – One study showed that substituting red meat with white button mushrooms may support a healthy weight.

Improved nutrition – Adding more mushrooms to your diet may help improve diet quality.

Optimal vitamin D levels– Eating certain mushroom species is seen in a study to be more effective than taking vitamin D2 supplements.

Optimal digestive function – Mushrooms support your gastrointestinal health, thanks to their supply of dietary fiber and fungal enzymes.

Antibacterial properties – Penicillin, streptomycin, and tetracycline are all derived from fungal extracts.

It’s small wonder that mushrooms are now gaining a superfood reputation. Definitely add them to your diet if they are not already part of it, especially if you are not a meat lover after.

Ready for main course?

One brown onion

One garlic clove is enough I tend to put two or three

Flat leaf parsley

30 g of olive oil

400 g of Arborio rice

100 g of white wine

3 heaped teaspoons of vegetable stock

1.2 liter water

200g fresh mushrooms

Sun dried tomatoes

Baby spinach leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

Heat up some oil in a fry pan, Add chopped up onion garlic and parsley and sauté

Add your arborio rice, wine and sauté for about two minutes

Add your vegetable stock, water and mushrooms and cook

How to Know When Risotto Is Done

The best way to determine risotto doneness is with both your eyes and your mouth. First take a look at the pan: Is the risotto creamy but not thick, rolling back after the spoon is run through the pan? You’re probably very close to done.

Add chopped sun dried tomatoes

Add spinach

Now take a taste — the rice should be mostly soft with slight al dente texture

can be served with Parmesan cheese and your salad if it’s not already eaten.

I hope you enjoy this as much as my friends and family did

Born appetite

Served with love ❤️

Which way

Which way
Go back
Turn around

Too loud
Don’t make a sound

Too loud
Too proud
Too independent
Too much money spent

You are right
You are wrong
You’re too stubborn
You’re too strong

Different ways
Little praise

Yours, mine
always define

Lose your mind
Always be kind

Look into my eyes
See where my beauty lies
See my beauty
Not in my face
Look to a deeper place
See my grace
In a deep deeper space
Look into my soul
That’s where you will find me

(Copyright) Janette Bendle January 2018

A woman of inspiration. A life once lived ❤️

1997 was a sad and happy year
I lost a great love
Someone close to my heart, oh so dear

When the phone rang in the middle of the night
I knew at the moment
You had given up your fight

20 years on I still miss your smile
Your presence, it still lingers
Won’t you please please stay a while.

Scottish you were through and through
Come my wee bairn,
Today, what shall we do?

You were the second woman that stole my heart
You gave me guidance
You were at my side, right from the start

When my dad took to the road
Leaving behind the sad remnants
of seeds he had sowed
Broken pieces were left on the floor
You were the first to start picking up the pieces
You opened up a new door

You held my hand
Always on my side
You’d listen, you would understand

Nikki your dog and I played every day
I would sing, he would howl, do you remember?
Whished child,” shush that wee dug” you would say

Oh how I have missed you every day
We would run across Carlisle street
Cars, bikes, people, get out of our way

A force to be reckoned with, you and I were
Secrets and chats, we would confer

Always in the kitchen
Always keeping busy
No matter what though, you had my back,
my beautiful granny Lizzie

You left that night, in 1997
You took a walk, to the angels, straight to heaven

You rekindled never forgotten lost love
Back with Billie, my cherished granda
The stars twinkled with happiness above

Oh how I miss you every single day
How you would lead me
Innocently astray

Cheeky, funny, bossy and naughty
Intelligent, outspoken, but never haughty

You taught me much in our life together
Tied together with an invisible tether
Two peas in a pod
Birds of a feather
That was us, we flock together

I wrote you a poem, every single year
So another for you this year
A wee bit of birthday cheer

For all you have given me right through to this day
Today March 26th, I have something to say

Granny granny today it’s your birthday
Three cheers from my heart
Hip hip and the most heartfelt hooray

1997 was a sad and happy year
Yes I lost someone very dear

Divine happiness came my way
My second child, my beautiful boy
Why didn’t you stay

You would have loved him with all your heart
Just like you loved me right from the start

Forever in my heart. Happy birthday from Mum, Christine, Helen, jimmy, George and all the grandkids, great grandkids and great great grandkids. Way to many to mention




10 daughters take their mums sailing, mayhem & mischief. Someone control these mums

All aboard the P&O cruise
4 nights, 4 days,
No time to snooze

Espresso martini’s on day one
Oooh a little chilly
We forgot to bring the sun

Welcome to our 8 new cruisers
A few of them, I’m not naming names
were definitely boozers (maybe all 8 🤪)

The waterfront restaurant had us a regular table
Nightly we had 3 courses
Yep our appetites we ready, willing and able

Do you know how much you eat on a cruise
We all come home
With a few pounds to lose

Day 2 barre class on the deck
All the passengers thought
Let’s join in, “what the heck”
Sore legs were felt for a few days or so
A few prayed, do I have to stand up again
No no no no

6 of us flew the flying fox
Harnessed, tied,
Hey lock those locks
Flying high across the ship
Spread your arms
Release your grip

Kangaroo island, beautiful for some
Getting on the tender boats produced some glum
Waves and choppiness, created many a green face
Vomiting and yells of help from many a passenger
Back on board they feel their calm embrace

White night, party time
You must dress in white
Or commit a fashion crime
Angelic is the term I’d use
19 of us dressed in white
A fine picture, we did produce

Cups of tea on deck twelve
Solving problems of the world
Yes a few, we did shelve

Trivia, scattergories & name that tune
Quick what’s on next
Grab a cocktail, I’ll be there soon

Karaoke, sing a song
Everyone is so polite
You never get the gong

Have you ever played bingo
We had in our group,
a bingo dingo
(someone who has never played that only comes to last the jackpot game)
Are you impressed, that I know the cruise ship lingo
So Here it was jackpot day
Mandy bloody Curtis “ bingo “
Hip hip hooray

Well statistics were definitely on our side
19 of us and one of us WON
“Woo hoo” The Mornington peninsula crew all cried

Last night,
party night
Drinks and a toast
Last night, make the most
The cruise ship crew joined the band
Everyone sang, the night was grand
One by one we went to bed
Worn out cruisers, enough said

I feel privileged to have shared this time
in this perfect paradigm
Beautiful women through and through
Join us next year
join our charismatic cruising crew