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(en) Ireland, Dublin, The anarcha-feminist magazine RAG #1 - 1)(Book Review) 2) My Lovely tea 3) Places to Swim

Date Thu, 08 Nov 2007 09:59:15 +0200

1)(Book Review) The Triple Threat of Hormonal Imbalance 2) My Lovely Anti Cramps Herbal Tea Formula 3) Places to Swim in and around dublin
1)(Book Review) The Triple Threat of Hormonal Imbalance --- My friend gave me a lend of this book and I thought it was really good because it talks about motherhood in a very honest way. The author explains her transition period of the first year of a new motherhood. It is the clash between expectation and result, theory and reality. --- It is the twilight zone of twenty-four-hour a day living the triple-threat of hormonal imbalance, sleep deprivation and physical exhaustion. It is the stress of trying to acclimatise as quickly as possible to the immediacy of nothing, a new conception of oneself and one’s role in the family and in the world, a new fearful level of responsibility. She divides the first year of a new parent in four stages: 1 – initial euphoria; 2- irritation / hostility; 3 – recovery and 4- adjustment. What she describes is exactly they way that my partner and I felt. Also many friends that had their first baby in the same period felt the same. So it gives a good perspective of the change and adaptation after the birth of the first child in someone’s life.

by fernanda

Mother Shock: Tales From the First Year and Beyond Loving Every (Other) Minute of It
Andrea J. Buchanan

2) My Lovely Anti Cramps Herbal Tea Formula

1:1 valerian root (sedative, improves your patience to deal with the pain)
1:1 mugworth (anti-spasmodic)
1:1 yarrow (stomach ease)
1:1 sage (mild sedative, strengthens nervous system, hormone balancer)
1:1 camomile (good for your tummy, good for your spasms)
(1:1 means 1 measurement which can be a pinch, a teaspoon etc,.)

Boil the mixture in water for 10 mins and steep another 10, strain and take warm.

Better along with a hot water bottle with some drops of lavender essential oil on your tummy. Rest a lot, cry 'til you fall asleep, they will be gone when you wake up.

Things you can do before your period appears:
-don't drink coffee the week (or two) before your period is due
-take evening primrose oil the whole month to balance hormonal system
-omega 3 oils are great to balance your nervous system (flaxseed is the alternative to fish oils for veggies)
-if you have time and money you should take agnus castus to complete the balance of the hormone system for a couple of months
-don't forget that hormones are more controllable than we think, as they are linked withour emotions, the more relaxed, less stress you are the less hassle they give you!

(meditation, breathing techniques, good food, time for yourself are good ways to be more relaxed).

recipe by miriam

3) Places to Swim in and around dublin

I've always loved swimming. Growing up we were often brought to Enniscrone beach in Co. Sligo. What seems like every other summer's day was spent in Ballyhaunis outdoor swimming pool.

Moving to Dublin, I started to explore the best swimming spots in the city. Different places stand out for different reasons. Of course I have not yet had a chance to sample it all so the search continues. The majority of these places are on the southside, which is understandable as it is where I live and work so I make no apologies. Here are a few that I have weathered or that have been recommended and are on my "to do" list:

Rathmines Swimming Pool, Rathmines Road Lower
Fairly standard pool, run by Dublin City Council, €4.20 for a swim. There is a handy deal where you can get ten swims for €33 which you can use whenever suits you rather than trying to squish them all into one month. Swimming lessons are also available. Some people disagree with the strict controls in place to ensure swimmers don't stay on longer than they are supposed to, if any of you figure out how to dodge this system let us know! More information on (01) 496 1275

Forty Foot, Dùn Laoghaire
What can I say, just a really great swimming spot. Nice chilly water, deep sea and high rocks make it perfect for diving and jumping in. Sometimes there are some old guys looking for a donation, this is of course optional and it's easy to walk past them! However it can be just too cold during the winter. There are lots of signs warning against the danger of rocks and diving, but hey that added risk adds to the thrill of jumping in. To get there it's a great cycle out from town on a nice day. The best bus routes are the 46A and the 7. The nearest DART stops are Dun Laoghaire or Sandycove/Glasthule. I always get off at Dun Laoghaire because I'm less likely to get lost if I walk directly there along the sea. Oh, I just checked the map Sandycove/Glasthule is much closer, and all this time…

Seapoint, Blackrock/Monkstown
This is what I think of as the OAP version of the forty foot. It's flatter, easier to get in and out, less rocks and fewer big waves. When the tide is out it is just too shallow for a swim, unless you're prepared to wade out a good bit. There is about the same number of people here as the forty foot. It's probably more child friendly because it's a bit safer and there are less steps to negiotiate if you have a pram. There are places to lock your bike. The DART stop is Seapoint, otherwise I think it's the 7 and 45 bus route.

Newpark School Sports Centre, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock
I like this one. It has a good steady swimming vibe in the evening, not a place for splashing around. One swim is €3.50, more info on the website www.newparksportscentre.ie or on (01) 288 3720.

Markievicz, Townsend Street, Dublin 2
Dublin City Council runs this pool and gym. It has an indoor 25 metre pool with open public swimming times, lane swimming and I've heard the beginners and advanced 10 week swimming lessons are good. Pricey enough though at €5.50, but that includes the use of a sauna. On Monday mornings from 11.00 - 12.00, it's free in for unemployed people. More info ring them on (01) 672 9121.

ESB sports centre
This place looks good. Its in Ringsend and is part of a complex with gym, courts and a bar. Unfortunately, I think you have to join or be related to someone working for the ESB. Haven't yet figured out how to crack it.

Westwood gym, Clontarf
Nice 50 metre pool, often empty but inaccessible unless you're a member. It's €50 a month for students which works out okay if you use it around three times a week, every week of the year! However, there's also a once-off joining fee of around €80 if you know a member, otherwise a hefty €200 (contact us!).

Near Avoca in Wicklow
There's a place called the Meeting of the Waters, where three rivers meet and it's in the forest and very beautiful for summer's day swim. Highly recommended.

The DART stops in both Portmarnock and Malahide. A friend of RAG recommended: "We swam there last year in the summer and it was lovely, it doesn't have a blue flag but the beach is very clean and of course the sand is white. There are life guards on duty there most of the time plus the dunes at the back give a good bit of shelter when you are drying off". Down the road from here is Dollymount Strand, another popular swimming spot.

Since writing this swimming list I have become addicted to basketball and more recently cycling. Suppose in the next edition I'll write something on those too. All in all, any kind of exercise is great.

by clare
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