One More Round …

So with my “BIG 40″ birthday coming up, I’ve decided that it has to be time for me to shift some timber!  My cardiologist has been telling me for a while to lose weight and has recently given me some advise on the gentle exercise I should be able to do in order to facilitate it.  I attended Cardiac Rehab earlier in the year but had to stop it after just 2 weeks due to starting a new job (Couldn’t start a new job and take a day off each week could I!?!)  I have to admit it’s been somewhat of a struggle to get anything done since then.  Cardiac rehab (gentle exercise under supervision of the cardiac nurses etc) was a real confidence booster as it gave me the confidence to get my heart rate up without fear of collapsing / having an Angina attack.  It’s a shame I couldn’t carry it on but needs must.

As mentioned previously, I was very fit around 10 years ago.  I was certainly much slimmer!  Here I am in London back in 2009.  Great days!

Fit and Healthy - 2009

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If you were a Vegetable …

So, in a workshop earlier today we were given the following “Icebreaker” question … “If you were a Vegetable, what Vegetable would you be; and why?”  We had 60 seconds to come up with our answer.

I said I would be a Carrot.  My reasoning?

  • I am quite straight (in the sense of getting to the point)
  • I have a firm root and grounding (I have a solid family foundation and belief system)
  • I can be added to many different situations and add value (think Carrot Cake or adding Carrot to various savoury dishes etc.)
  • I do, occasionally, show some imperfections (like all of us – nobody is perfect!)

Finally, and confirming that I used to own an allotment and therefore am a bit of a Gardening fan! I also said that like the Carrot I am a good “Companion Plant.

Let me explain that a little …  

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Coronary Microvascular Disease

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while but never had the guts – well, that needs to change.  That changes today …

Coronary Microvascular Disease has robbed me of many opportunities since I was first diagnosed back in 2013.  Suffice to say it has changed my life forever.  Coronary Microvascular Disease does not, however, define me!  I’m still able to do many things and despite all I’ve lost I do feel blessed that I was diagnosed early and am undergoing lifelong treatment.

Being relatively fit and healthy up to the point of diagnosis, and being obsessively fit for the 20+ years before that, my diagnosis was a bolt out of the blue.  A real shock.  When I catch up with people who I’ve not seen in the last few years they are often very shocked to hear about my condition.  One friend said “Steve Tolcher and Heart Disease just wouldn’t be two things I’d put together!”  That stuck with me that.

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2017 Janet Cram Dance Awards

Sofia was fortunate enough to take part in the prestigious 2017 Janet Cram Dance Awards.  This is her third year competing and she received a commendation for her performance on the day.

She’s very proud, as are we all!

Sofia Tolcher - Janet Cram Awards

I did a quick vlog of the journey too;

We’d like to thank all the staff at North Liverpool Dance Academy for their continued support, all the staff & volunteers at the Janet Cram Awards, the ISTD and finally a huge Good Luck! to those who got through to the finals in London!  Enjoy it and do your best – leave it all on the stage!


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Strawberry Prosecco Sparkler

Drinking a glass of Prosecco with my wife earlier this evening I looked down and noticed my Strawberry looked a lot like a heart!  I had to capture it!

Strawberry Heart

Anyway, the reason for the blog post is I found a fabulous little Strawberry Prosecco Sparkler Cocktail recipe by Rachael Ray.  The full recipe can be found at on Rachel Ray Every Day  alongside a heap of other fabulous foodie favourites!

Strawberry Prosecco Sparkler

It goes something like this;


  • 6 sugar cubes (1 per glass!)
  • Angostura bitters
  • Bottle of the North Eastern Italy’s finest Prosecco (Champagne or Sparkling Wine could be used too)
  • 4 fresh strawberries, thinly sliced


Put a sugar cube into each glasses and douse with a few dashes of the Angostura bitters. Gently pour the Prosecco over top; garnish with sliced strawberries and enjoy!

Please drink responsibly! 




Mothering Sunday … My Poem

So it’s Mothering Sunday today, a day where we can all celebrate and give thanks to our Mothers!  I do believe, however, we should be doing this every day by default!

Anyway, here is me and “Me Mam” back in Majorca when I was just a teenager.


A few years ago I penned a poem for my Mum, on Mothers Day, and thought I’d share it;

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Creative Flare!

My creative flare is something I really miss!!!

I’ve promised myself that 2017 is going to be the year that I’ll get out with what little camera gear I have left (literally just a cropped frame dSLR and a few light lenses to be honest!) and start capturing again.  No stress, no pressure, no deadlines, just getting out and about for the love of it.

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