Thursday, 29 April 2010

Meditation

One of the most helpful and refreshing aspect to meditation is that we can allow our minds to let go of opinions, thoughts, beliefs, and attempts to analyse, compare, judge, learn, plan, achieve. Just to sit and allow our minds to let go of it all.


Neither trying to think, nor trying not to think.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Gallowgate and Old Brewery area




If you walk up St Andrews Street you will see the Chinese Gate, which is at the junction of Gallowgate, St Andrews Street and Stowell Street. In the background on the left one can see the new building works on the site of the old Newcastle Brewery. It could be part of the new university development, or a hotel chain. We shall wait and see.

Recently, in March, I have had my Mum visiting. It was her 76th birthday. We went for luxury manicures at Savannah Lifestyle Salon and Spa, and then for dinner at Jack Sprat's Vegetarian Cafe and Restaurant.

Also we had a large family get together with the Australian contingent at Nudo Noodle House.

On the housing front, we had contractors on the estate to start replacing the old lead water mains.
They have dug trenches under a few of the blocks of flats, put warning notices up and now have gone away, and we have not seen them for weeks. At some point all the ground floor bathrooms will need the water mains inflow pipes refitting, which will involve digging a large hole in the bathroom floors, under the bath, as that is where the mains pipes enter the building.

More news... I was away for a week at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey. Much meditation was practiced, in the ceremony hall, in the kitchen, in the dining room, and garden.

Inside Newgate Street Co-op



Newgate Street Co-op has recently been re-furbished inside.
Today I got a trolley full of shopping and had it delivered.
The new part of Eldon Square is now completely finished. You can exit Eldon Square now and walk straight across the pelican crossing into the Co-op.

Unidentified flower



I have noticed this flowering plant in the wooded area near Leazes park,it has large waxy looking leaves and looks like the sort of plant which could be common in marshland.

Blossom trees neear Queen's Court


The trees are full of either leaf buds, new baby leaves, or blossom, at the moment. Here are some trees in full bloom on Barrack Road near Queen's Court.
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