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How do you create the perfect study space?

How do you create the perfect study space?

13/01/2018 17:22 - Victoria Cramsie

Now the season of goodwill is a distant memory.

In our house we’ve entered the season of cajoling, bribing, reassuring and straight-out bullying. 

Yes, the run up to GCSEs is beginning and the need for some effective revision is starting to become apparent.

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Fresh new year.

Fresh new year.

06/01/2018 08:00 - Victoria Cramsie

January 6th was my mum’s birthday. 

She’d always take down the Christmas decorations on this day, and we were never quite sure whether it was because it was Twelfth Night, or because she wanted to day to be all about her. 

Either way, decorations never stay up in my house beyond this date. 

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Dog Scandal #6

Dog Scandal #6

01/01/2018 08:00 - Victoria Cramsie

Oh yes, she looks like butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, doesn’t she? 

  

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New Year? Already?

New Year? Already?

31/12/2017 08:00 - Victoria Cramsie

…and then, suddenly in a flurry of shiny paper and tinsel and Quality Street Christmas is over and we’re hurtling towards another year.

Homework and school uniforms have to be checked, chased and gathered, thoughts cleared for returns to work and for some the dreaded season of tax returns approaches.

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What were your best Christmas presents ever?

What were your best Christmas presents ever?

23/12/2017 16:44 - Victoria Cramsie

This is me on Christmas Day 1977.

Mull of Kintyre was number 1 (rural song, influencing the dungaree-style dress), the weather was mild and windy (check out the short puffed sleeve) and I was having the best day ever.

Father Christmas had brought me a black nylon wig, a plastic dolls’ house and a hamster and had made me the happiest child in England. 

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Black is the new .... black?

Black is the new .... black?

16/12/2017 08:00 - Victoria Cramsie

What’s the new black? 

‘Women think of all colours except the absence of colour.  I have said that black has it all.  [Its] beauty is absolute.’  This from the inventor of the little black dress & Chanel No. 5, Coco Chanel.

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Just for the smell of it.

Just for the smell of it.

09/12/2017 17:37 - Victoria Cramsie

What are your favourite smells? 

Fresh-cut grass? Frying bacon? Baking bread?

Then you’re in plenty of good company. In a survey in 2016 these three came up as the nation’s top favourites.

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Dog Scandal #5

Dog Scandal #5

05/12/2017 18:46 - Victoria Cramsie

Doggo has once again failed to be scandalous this month. 

I'm beginning to think she's matured into a well-behaved young adult.  

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Christmas trees. Real or artificial?

Christmas trees. Real or artificial?

02/12/2017 08:00 - Victoria Cramsie

I just love the smell of a real tree & I love going to buy one.

The humming and hawing about which one to buy as if I actually know what I’m looking for.

I go to our local farm & look at them in the outside yard. Usually in the dark. 

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Is there such a thing as restful Christmas decorating?

Is there such a thing as restful Christmas decorating?

25/11/2017 08:00 - Victoria Cramsie

Look what I made!

Sorry, I’m not usually a big show off or indeed particularly proud of my attempts at crafty-ness but I’ve just spent the most marvellous morning with the absolutely marvellous VV Rouleaux.

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