A Mother and Daughter Bonding Opportunity

Wasn’t sure whether to call this post the above, or ‘Skiing whilst approaching the Menopause’ or, ‘Making the Most of Budget Ski Accomodation Interiors’…?

Me

I have just had a wonderful week skiing in the French Alps with my 14 year old daughter. We very sadly left Doug and her brother behind, due to exams on Matthew’s part and went off, just the two of us, to Tignes.

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My Support Network

When I was a mother of small children I went to lots of ‘Mother and Toddler’ groups. I would not say ‘I learnt how to parent’ at these groups, but I certainly learnt a lot about parenting and small children. Now I run a small business, I have found myself attending business groups with similar reliance and enthusiasm.

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Christmas is coming…

I know it’s a bit early, but we are getting organised. I am hosting this year, and sad, I realise, but I am already planning my menu and table decorations… My nephew has an American girlfriend and she will be joining us this year, as guest of honour, of course (no pressure Hugo!)

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Good Vibrations

Well, we have had the referendum in Scotland and it just seems to have left a lot of people sad and baffled. I have friends that are astonished that more people in Scotland would rather be governed by a parliament in London than one in Edinburgh; I also know that a lot of people are amazed that anyone in Scotland wants to go to the effort and expense of setting up their own country and cannot understand why.

This blog is about interiors, not politics, but I know that feelings have been running high in a lot of homes, so that is why I am mentioning it.

I was sent some beautiful samples from a company called Findhorn Flower Essences – Scottish Flower Essences made with love and in co-creation with nature. Very timely!

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The room spray I was sent, ‘Sacred Space’, is not a Room Fragrance that you might buy in a High street store, rather it is a ‘revitalising and energising space clearing spray to refresh and energise your personal space, to promote happiness and harmony around your home’.

They suggest using in the work place, where negative energy omitted from computers, office equipment and stressed colleagues can seriously affect decision-making and our own stress levels.

My work is not stressful, but I have been using it in my TV room: a small, quite stuffy room in our house where tensions are rife: if our daughter wants to watch Made In Chelsea, while Doug wants to watch Newsnight chairs can fly! The only thing we seem to actually like watching together are violent Scandinavian thrillers or Breaking Bad…

Sacred Space helps transmute negative energies, restore calm and tranquillity, and creates a more positive atmosphere in which to work, meditate, or simply ‘be’. So I have been spraying it every morning in our TV room and I have to say, we are all calming down…

The essences of pure essential oils of Rose alba and Frankincense release a fine, delicate fragrance to further enhance the harmonious energy.

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Our TV room this morning, before using Sacred Space…

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Our TV room this morning, after using Sacred Space! Amazing!

Provence

Well, we are back from our house swap and house swapping is good!

I was questioning my sanity in the days before we left, typing out instructions on how to use the TV and where the nearest garage, bank and petrol station is. We had arranged to swap cars as well as houses and I had confidently, mentally prepared for them to use Doug’s very reliable, very economical Citroen C2. Of course in the week before we were due to leave, the C2 started playing up – great! Instead we had to let them use my beloved, but ancient, Fiat Multipla, which is neither reliable, nor economical…aaargh!!

We arrived and our exchange family, the lovely Girods: Cathy, Thierry, Marion and Lucie warmly welcomed us and gave us a delicious lunch and then left to go to our house – hang on…shouldn’t it be us leaving, after they have given us lunch?? It definitely felt odd! Instead, they left, leaving us in their house!! It was slightly Alice in Wonderland…

We got used to it pretty quickly though, literally running to jump in to the pool the moment they headed off!

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Provence is beautiful of course and a haven for lovers of food, wine and interior design…

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Wondering round the stunning interiors and home ware shops in the gorgeous mediaeval town of Uzes, I quietly decided that when I get home, I want everything in my house to be painted cream or olive, and every unpainted surface, to be limestone or linen…

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We were near Avignon, a stunning, walled city, and it was festival time, so lots of art exhibitions, music…

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…beautiful scenery, wonderful food and happy days…