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Let the sun shine in!

Let the sun shine in!

18/04/2018 18:56 - Victoria Cramsie

Recently I wrote about the joys of spring cleaning and how to make light work of it, which you can read here

And then I cleaned my own house.

I swept and tidied, with a cloth round my head like a proper 1960s Coronation Street character. 

What I didn’t do was take my own advice and clean the windows.

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How to sleep better?

How to sleep better?

11/04/2018 13:21 - Victoria Cramsie

Who hasn’t heard the advice for better sleep? 

You know, get a bedtime routine, keep the temperature cool, no electronics in the room, low lights, calming colours, don’t drink alcohol… 

Yet according to The Sleep Council, 4 out of 5 people still complain they don’t sleep well! 

So this week I was fascinated to talk to a friend with two gorgeous sons who happen to have autism about her mission to help them sleep better.  I think what she told me could be a lifeline for anyone in similar circumstance, but honestly, also for many of us who pace the floor at night.

These are the three main tips she passed on (Thanks, Jen!)

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Cleaning? Well it is spring.

Cleaning? Well it is spring.

06/04/2018 12:13 - Victoria Cramsie

Every year when the clocks go forward a strange thing happens. 

The spiders seem to get very busy building webs all over my house, slut wool appears from out of the skirting boards, the windows acquire a layer of grime and the curtains positively puff with dust.

Some say it’s just that as it gets lighter I notice it more but it feels like there’s a malevolent fairy that visits in April.

So.  Clean I must. But how to make it as painless as possible? 

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It's Easter? Who knew ...

It's Easter? Who knew ...

29/03/2018 18:12 - Victoria Cramsie

Chicks, eggs, the Bunny…all the usuals for Easter.  Bor. Ing. 

Ok, that’s harsh. I like to scoff chocolate and decorate cutely with the best of them. 

But what else happens at Easter?

Well let me tell you ...

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Doggo despatches?

Doggo despatches?

21/03/2018 14:28 - Victoria Cramsie

Strangely there are no despatches from the front this month concerning Doggo’s misdoings.

So here’s some dogginess that made me laugh instead!

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Is your home a manifestation of you?

Is your home a manifestation of you?

14/03/2018 17:08 - Victoria Cramsie

I have a friend who can look at your bookshelves and tell you your life.  It’s uncanny. She reads them like fortune tellers read your palms. She once averted a friend’s divorce just by noticing a copy of Anais Nin’s 'Henry and June' on her coffee table.

She claims you can ‘read’ people (pardon the pun) through anything if you pay the right sort of attention: their clothes their pets, and – this is where I got really interested – their houses.

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Mothering Sunday.

Mothering Sunday.

07/03/2018 17:27 - Victoria Cramsie

You probably already know that Mothering Sunday was not originally to honour personal mothers, but to return to your ‘mother’ church, the one where you were baptized and instructed in the spiritual ways of your religion.

Its old names include ‘Refreshment Sunday’ and ‘Rejoicing Sunday’ because after a hard winter it was a day that working people could leave the daily grind of their service and return home.

The end of Lent was in sight and Easter on the horizon so the church even allowed marriages on this Sunday, which were otherwise banned in the shrivening atmosphere of the Lenten period.

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Gong hei fat choi!

Gong hei fat choi!

28/02/2018 16:48 - Victoria Cramsie

16th February is the beginning of Chinese New Year and most excitingly for me, this year is the Year of the Dog.

Obviously I have a fondness for dogs, but more than that, I am one!  

A quick google through traits for Dogs confirms that ‘people born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature...honest, friendly, loyal, smart, straightforward, venerable...’

That’ll do for me!

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Bringing the garden in

Bringing the garden in

21/02/2018 13:30 - Victoria Cramsie

.... as spring comes on.

The snowdrops have been out for a fortnight round my local cenotaph. And it’s been snowing.

It never fails to amaze me how hardy British nature is. How can that delicate fresh green push up so relentlessly through the frozen earth?

And those fragile little bells stand the cold?! But they do, every year without fail and herald the appearance of daffodils and primroses and crocuses on my dog walks in the woods.

Even the odd violet. 

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Decorating? It's all in the preparation.

Decorating? It's all in the preparation.

14/02/2018 15:09 - Victoria Cramsie

Spring means different things to different people.  In parts of Poland they chuck straw dolls into the river to symbolize the end of winter’s wrath.

In Switzerland they burn winter at the stake in the shape of a snowman – known as the Boogg -  stuffed with explosives (don’t we all?).

And in India, Hindus celebrate Holi by hurling vivid coloured powders at each other to symbolize connecting with each other and letting go of past hardships.

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