South Coast Snails / SnailsRus

South Coast Snails / SnailsRusThe Last time we had a good weekend chat at the HoBB about snail farming ( heliciculture ) seems ages ago but it was good to compare notes with Val Cornford from South Coast Snails (SnailsRus) who remarked on leaving, “I’m all ‘charged again’ now, which is exactly what I wanted”. What better results could you ever wish for after a visit to ‘HoBB Real’.

When I was still wearing short trousers, I collected sea shells everytime I went onto a beach and even the occassional garden snail. I can’t say I was too keen on the creatures inside so would pick them up slowly to make sure their owners were out at the time – Conchologist tendencies rather than Malacologist I was told. Funnily enough, I have kept my interest in shells but now also like the mussel creatures inside especially when cooked in a little wine, cream and garlic.

I mention this because I am ever curious about the changing state of the UK snail farming industry. I have tried plain home made escargot but my tastebuds needed the garlic recipe. One day I hope to be invited to the South of France and experience escargot how it should be prepared so I’m open to invitations if anyone out there knows the secret.

There’s one UK Snail farm just South of here at Credenhill and I keep up to date by exchanging thoughts and ideas with two UK heliciculture enthusiasts but despite the market demand being over the supply, the whole UK scene is a shadow of what it was. If anyone can throw some light on the main reasons why it’s not more common in this country, please let me know. Maybe, like me, we Brits enjoy shells when their owners are away, especially the gardeners amoungst us!

Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Whoops, before I go for a cup of fair trade coffee, did I mention that computer scientists are looking at the information laid down by slugs and snails within their slime tracks? Apparently, they embed a code in the slime to tell others that cross their path a whole load of information about where they have been and what was there. The slime film of data is so thin that it might give clues to how we can create biological computers to overcome the physical size limits of silicon chips.

More waves ~~~~ and I’ll try a graphic snail : _ _ ____(_)@o” instead of a fish.

Self Bespoke Thinking – A few good reasons to design the way you think.

bespoke artThere are a few tests that help establish “who rules” in your brain department but whatever test is taken, most people are astonished they are not in one hundred percent control! The way you think creates the world you live.

If each of us knew ourselves it would be a good start to gaining control but this takes time and effort and it is not in the interests of society for us all to ‘self-control’ [ Expressions like “Too many shepherds and not enough sheep” spring to mind ]

Some raw aspects of “self” show themselves when under stress or when in new circumstances where previous experiences and learned responses cannot rush to the rescue. These stress bits are OK in part but they can build up, cloud your clear thought and divert or block your energy .

It is all totally natural.
Naturally, through the journey of survival, the most stressful situation is being threatened by some creature that wants to kill you for its ‘dinner’. Historically, we would all immediately fight or run away and not linger! In these situations, our mind stimulates the body to secrete lots of chemicals and hormones (e.g. adrenaline, cortisone and sugars) all useful in taking whatever fast action is demanded.

Then, after the fight or run away (flight) situation, all these chemicals would naturally be used up, and we would historically, have had a rest. THIS is nature at work.

However, today, too many keep their stress levels up by lingering over a long period, seeking the best possible convenient outcome to stressing situations, thus the hormonal secretions and other normally useful chemicals start to accumulate in our bodies and have a negative effect. Negatives gradually accumulate, and over time they colour our psyche, entrap our free-thought by hampering our decisiveness and creative capabilities – we become tense and less able to think clearly.

If not addressed, this can manifest in headaches or almost any medical condition. Formed from anxiety, worry and fear, diseases like gastric ulcer, hypertension and heart problems may ensue if these emotional stresses are allowed to persist. In fact, all medical conditions have an underlying cause – negativity accumulates differently in each individual.

Your mind helps to form the journey of your lifetime and this includes the good and the bad.

A stressed mind, badly shaken by unhelpful emotive energies, becomes unfocused and one finds it difficult to think clearly.

Conversely, if a person thinks optimistically, they activate life around them positively, thereby motivating desire to re-focus and address negative fields of energy.

Do its
* Re-learn how to focus more positively –’fight or flight’ being only a part of our psyche.

* Protect yourself from negative outside forces and your own destructive attitudes.

* Don’t bottle up feelings as this only creates more problems.

* Use the power of your mind to evolve things you must experience.

By releasing unhealthy emotional blocks you can experience the freedom to enjoy life to its fullest and become the person you’ve always wanted to be.

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Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant