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The Farmer and The Donkey- A Moral Story

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to work out how to get it out. Finally, he decided the animal was old and as the well needed to be covered up, it just wasn’t worth trying to retrieve the donkey.

He asked all his neighbours to come and help him. They all brought a shovel and began shovelling dirt into the well. The donkey of course realised what was going on and began to bellow loudly, but after a while suddenly went quiet.

After a few more shovelfuls, the farmer had to have a look and see why the donkey was quiet. To his amazement, as each shovelful fell onto the donkey, it just shook it off and then stepped onto it. As the farmer and his neighbours continued to shovel dirt into the well, the donkey just kept shaking it off and stepping up. Pretty soon, the donkey reached the top of the well, climbed out and trotted away quite happily.

The moral of this story? Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and use it as a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping and never giving up.

By the way, the donkey later came back and bit the heck out of the farmer. The bites turned septic and the farmer eventually died in agony.

So you see, when you do something wrong and try to cover your ass, it always comes back to bite you!!!

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Spontaneous Spanish Smileys

You may or may not have heard of Spontaneous Smiley, a project created by photographer Ruth Kaiser in which anyone can share photos of smiley faces they see in everyday objects.

On a day out around Alicante we found a few of these smileys hidden in various buildings along the way.

Maybe now you’ll spot some too!

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The Use of Olive Oil in your Beauty Treatments

The olive tree has been cultivated for more than 3000 years and much of the crop is used to  make oil for cooking

Now you can learn the secrets of olive oil that have made it such a favorite with Mediterranean beauties who have relied on it to help maintain good heath, a fresh dewy complexion, lustrous hair and soft supple skin

Taken internally, olive oil stimulates metabolism, promotes digestion and lubricates our mucous membranes, and the vitamin E content helps to combat free radical damage of the cells.

Cuticles and Nails: if your cuticles are ragged and nails brittle and dry, olive oil can help! Soak the nails for 30 minutes in a small cup of olive oil on a regular basis and your nails will become stronger over time

Exfoliating Scrub for Body and Face: Mix about ½ teaspoon of sugar or sea salt with the olive oil and gently scrub your skin, then wipe off gently with a warm wet cloth until all the sugar or salt is gone

 Night time Skin Care:  A mixture of ½ cup of olive oil with ¼ cup of vinegar and ¼ cup of water, applied to the skin at night will make your skin glow. The olive oil softens and moisturizes, the vinegar lightens discoloration, kills bacteria and loosens dead skin cells

Hands and Feet:  Smooth on a generous amount of olive oil before bedtime, put on cotton gloves and old socks and go to sleep. When you wake your hands and feet will be softer and smoother!

Hair Treatment:   To help repair split ends, heal dandruff and make your hair shiny and lustrous, massage a few drops of olive oil into the scalp and hair. Cover the hair with a plastic cap and leave for 30 minutes or more, then shampoo as usual

Lips:  To soothe and smooth dry cracked lips, dab on a little olive oil and gently rub in for soft kissable lips!

Bath:  Add several tablespoons of olive oil, along with your favorite essential oil for a therapeutic bath that will leave your skin soothed and nourished as well as relaxing the mind and body