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Turning Over A New Leaf, Baths & Bowls
Turning Over A New Leaf, Baths & Bowls
I have a love/hate relationship with the New Year. Part of me welcomes the opportunity to take stock and try and improve and the other rather resents the self criticism that this inevitably brings!
I have decided to embrace 2019 with a zealot's fervour and write myself a big to-do list so that I can move towards that most coveted of situations - the perfect 'work/life balance'. I have a sneaking suspicion that this may be a marketing fiction constructed to aid the sale of self-help books, however life is short and actually writing down personal / business goals and trying to make them happen can only be a good thing. Plus I do love a list ( although not as much as my besty Terry whose check lists are the stuff of legend and tend to be written on Andrex) and there is nothing quite as satisfying as 'ticking off '!
So I have spent a whole afternoon focussing my thoughts on what my ideal year would look like, both personally and professionally, and tried to include a few things that scare me and a few that I have never attempted as we all have to grow otherwise what is the point? And so I am taking up skydiving and learning the bagpipes! I jest of course ( bagpipes are not practical in a London terrace) but I have found the experience cathartic, it makes one realise how lucky we are and that nirvana is a lot closer than we think.
You see, retailers can be reflective, it's not all yak scarves and golden piglets!
Taking time to relax is number 2 on my list ( behind cleaning out the attic which is a disgrace!). This is one of my biggest failings and something that I think I share with most people - we never take time for ourselves . 21st century life is all -consuming and full of noise, so apart for the odd holiday I am either asleep or running around playing catch-up. This, I have decided, is no way to live( it only took me a couple of decades to come to this conclusion!) and so I am going to be more organised and set some time aside to read and be still. I have also decided to start having a bath. I have always showered as it is quicker and I am rushing however, in the pursuit of beatification, I have booked a bath-restorer to come and re-line my Victorian caste iron bath in January - it is currently like sitting on sandpaper! I am hoping a silky finish will entice me to soak for 20 mins and let my mind wander. I have been using 'Mrs White's Old Soak Rosemary & Orange Bath Salts' which, I must say, are incredible. The smell of Rosemary improves memory recall by an average of 19% instantly and orange affects the brain and makes us happy so the combination leaves me alert and smiling and the bathroom smelling sensational. I have treated myself to a new bath mat in grey to celebrate the new cleansing regimen - these are the finest bath mats in the world and I get a shiver of pleasure every time I tread on them. French chic and Portuguese craftsmanship in a fantastic choice of colours - it's a winning combination. I have the extra long one which runs the length of the bath however we also have a shorter version for showers.
I have also been experiencing a little insomnia and it is harder to become a more rounded human being when tired, so I have been using our Mrs White's Lavender Linen Spray on my bed linen which is working as lavender is legendary for its calming properties. A quick spritz before bedtime is perfect however Lola the cat, who is not the most active creature at the best of times, now seems to be in a perpetual lavender-induced coma !
I hope that Santa was generous to you all on Tuesday. I think that it was my favourite Christmas ever in terms of gifts - and let's face it I am not the easiest man to buy for! New boots, a bottle of Kerosenes's 'Black Vines' fragrance and a great sweater from Nicole Farhi were all wonderful and I was thrilled with the raised, iron-work, fruit bowl from designer Antonio Sciortino. It is an iconic piece that has the wow factor but is also wonderfully practical as the air can circulate which prevents fruit from rotting and the raised aspect means that it takes up less room on the table. It looks sensational empty or with green apples or oranges and has taken pride of place on my kitchen table.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year - and may all your lists be ticked off too!