Free Teacups when you find your Summer Sip with Whittard

How are you finding the relaxation of lockdown rules? Have you ventured into the shops yet? I have tentatively stepped out, but I feel much safer having my goods delivered wherever possible.



We have a few summer birthdays coming up, so maybe I will consider some tea and coffee treats from the delightful summer collection at Whittard. Take a look and see if anything takes you fancy!

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Why Self Care is Important when your Spouse is Depressed

I joined the social network for A Chronic Voice because I needed to find people who understand what life is like with chronic illness, people like me. Today I have written a post using the July link-up prompts, to show my experience of living with a chronic pain disorder. Click here to find other blog posts from fellow chronic pain sufferers, or #spoonies as we call ourselves online.



For the past few months, my Chronic Voice blog posts have been decidedly depressing. Following a minor health scare in June, I was prompted to sit back and look at myself. I realized that I had not bothered about my self-care for an awfully long time, even for years before the pandemic. I had purposely kept myself busy with work and social activities, so that I could ignore the problems with my marriage. Now I have decided I need to bother more about myself.


Life is demanding. I have two children under the age of 10, and while my daughters are incredibly resourceful and mature for their age, they still need physical and emotional care and attention. We adopted a rescue dog late last year, who it turns out is also high maintenance. During lockdown I was prompted to enroll on a dog training course, but we had to do the work at home with guidance from the instructor via social media. And then are the demands of my eye care. My chronic disease flares up routinely as the eyelashes insist on growing back in the wrong places, and I have to epilate myself (remove the ingrowing eyelashes with tweezers). It is a painful and frustrating task, and I do it at least once a week.



Once I realized what had dominated my time recently (an absent husband), I decided to change my attitudes. He will not go away. He will not change his behaviour. But I can change my mood. I returned to my reiki meditation practice. I got my children back into school for the last 4 weeks of summer term, and I enrolled in an online super conference where I could meet new practitioners and learn new attitudes towards mental and emotional self-care. As we approach school summer holidays and the prospect of being mostly alone, my daughters and I will do what nourishes us. We will play together, relax together, meet up with family and friends on limited occasions, and find our happy place.


I admit I am getting a little tired of conducting my social life via Zoom! Back in April my friends and I tried to do some family activities, and we tried to keep in touch, but gradually we all lost interest in telecommunications. Our lives are still busy as we struggle to work from home, cope with emergencies and crises, and find a new “normal” in the wake of the pandemic. We all agreed that we will keep in touch via our group messaging app, but we much prefer meeting in person when conditions allow. That said, I am incredibly grateful for the power of telecommunications, because they stopped me from losing the plot during my 3-month isolation. They kept my children in touch with their friends, and I was able to continue working and socializing under limited conditions. I will continue to rely on Zoom during the summer holidays, but I truly hope that our social venues can start to reopen in September.



What am I tolerating? Pain, and lots of it. I tolerate physical pain every day with my sore eyes and ingrowing eyelashes. I tolerate emotional pain resulting from my marriage breakdown. My husband refuses to separate despite working 100+ hours per week through choice. And I have nowhere else to go. I have explored all my options and decided that I am still happy at home with my children, and we can all tolerate this situation for a while longer. We are resilient, and we choose to be happy.

Mummy Mondays SpookyMrsGreen

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The Victorian Way Collection at English Heritage Shop

The Victorian Way collection at English Heritage Shop celebrates the Victorian era. Choose from our range of chinaware that draws on the patterns of history, our range of cookware and our range of The Victorian Way branded products that are inspired by Avis Crocombe, cook at Audley End House in the 1800’s.


The Victorian Way Oak Chopping Board

A wooden chopping board is essential for any kitchen. This British oak board is part of The Victorian Way Collection, inspired by Avis Crocombe, cook at Audley End House in the 1880s.

Our Price £36.00 – Click here.


The Victorian Way Tea Towel 2 Pack

This set of two tea towels are part of our range inspired by Avis Crocombe, cook at Audley End House in the 1880s. English Heritage has Mrs Crocombe’s original handwritten recipe book in our collection and we’ve used it to bring her story to life in The Victorian Way, an award-winning YouTube series.

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Enamel Pie Dish

Paying tribute to the practical enamel products of years passed, this pie dish is sure to become a kitchen staple. The high quality, enamel dish is made to ensure even cooking and browning and can also be placed in the freezer for future meals.

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Wooden Dish Brush

Wash up after dinner with his wooden dish brush. Expertly shaped to create an efficient tool for scrubbing pots, pans, plates and cutlery, this brush is a kitchen essential.

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 Grill Brush

Ensure your grill and barbecue are kept in good condition with this grill brush. The easy to hold brush has a beech wood handle and brass bristles, making it easy to scrub stubborn dirt and grease.

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The Victorian Way Bone China Tea Pot

Time for tea? This tea pot is part of our The Victorian Way Collection that celebrates the Victorian era. The bone china tea pot features a beautifully classic, gold metallic scroll pattern that draws directly from Victorian china patterns.

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The Victorian Way Two Tier Egg Holder

This two tier egg holder is part of our range inspired by Avis Crocombe, cook at Audley End House in the 1880s. English Heritage has Mrs Crocombe’s original handwritten recipe book in our collection and we’ve used it to bring her story to life in The Victorian Way, an award-winning YouTube series.

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Copper Measuring Jug

Add a vintage touch into your kitchen with this copper measuring jug. It has a stainless-steel core that is durable and easy to clean. It holds up to 1 litre of liquid and has embossed markings for accurate measuring.

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Victorian Inspired Kitchen Scissors

These Victorian inspired kitchen scissors are a must for daily use. They are crafted from stainless steel and have a bottle opener, nutcracker, screw cap opener and screwdriver functions.

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 Beech & Oak Rolling Pin

Every keen baker needs a rolling pin in their toolkit. This rolling pin is heavy weight and has revolving handles, making rolling pastries and dough easy.

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Daily Tarot Reading for My Life

Today I share a Tarot reading for my life situation. The past few months have been the culmination of a very trying cycle of events, and a few weeks ago I literally felt that I had reached rock bottom in terms of my relationship and my place in life. I was spent. I was exhausted. I was beaten. Despite my best efforts, nothing seemed to work. My children were fed up and lonely in lockdown, my husband has abandoned us in favour of work, and my career is stuttering and stalling after it seemed to pick up last year. I needed help. And just like that, the fates intervened, my spirit guides made their presence felt, and I found my way towards a healing process. It will take time, but I feel better already.

Daily Tarot Reading for My Life SpookyMrsGreen

Daily Tarot Reading – What is my direction in life right now?

1, Works – Ace of Swords

This is the beginning of a new phase in your professional life. Forget what has passed, and accept that you are strong, and you are more than capable of meeting this challenge. Embrace both your masculine and feminine energies because you will succeed only if you acknowledge that they must work together. This is not a power battle. This is a team effort.

2, Home – Page of Wands

If you accept that you are entering a new phase in your life, then please also accept the challenges faced by those around you. They are being pushed way out of their comfort zone and made to face new responsibilities that they have so far managed to avoid. Perhaps you could be their guide, not their punisher. You are the compassionate being in this scenario.

Ace of Pentacles UW Tarot @SpookyMrsGreen

3, Unexpected – Knight of Swords

The battle is not over yet, but then you already know that. Nothing about the pandemic has been easy, and it’s not just the health threat. Do not assume you must automatically go into fight mode. It is not as bad as it seems, certainly when you compare it to what you have battled before.

4, Your Role – Ace of Pentacles

You are the garden; life-giving, beautiful, and peaceful. You are the place where people retreat when the world is too difficult. They know that you hold a higher knowledge and a wisdom that goes beyond the mundane. Allow them to rest and share your wisdom when it feels right to do so.

5, Outcome – Two of Wands

There is life beyond your fortress, and finally you catch a glimpse of the infinite possibility for travel. Whether that is physical or ethereal remains to be seen. Perhaps you would benefit from venturing out into the world again. I heard a song when I viewed this card, and I’m sure many of you will know how it sounds. I have changed the “He” to a “She,” so it fits my perspective. “She’s got the whole world in Her hands, She’s got the whole world in Her hands…”

2 of Wands UW Tarot @SpookyMrsGreen

Today’s Tarot card reading clearly resonates with me and my place in life, but I hope that you will find some guidance as well. We are all on the same path ultimately, we just choose different directions and experiences. We are all the same, deep down, regardless of how we feel about each other. I need to heal my emotional wounds and stop my ego from ruling the roost. I need to remember my Self, my truth, and my place in the universe, not just in my little corner of the world. What do you need to remember, and how will you set about healing from your recent traumas?

Universal Waite Tarot Cards SpookyMrsGreen

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Clarks Summer Shoe Sale – Up to 50% off + Special Offers

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Clarks has now launched the new Summer styles and Sandals ranges across Women’s, Men’s and Kids. Check out the special offers available when you buy women’s sandals, men’s summer styles, and kids’ shoes and sandals.


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Free-for-All Friday SpookyMrsGreen

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Find Your Way during Dark Times #WATWB

We Are the World BlogFest (#WATWB) celebrates special people and small stories of inspiration and hope in the world. Let’s face it, we need some inspiration and hope during this time of pandemic and social distancing.

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I admit this month I am struggling to find a good news story I want to share with the world. I try to keep my news features relevant to me and my readers, covering local events and activities. Somehow, I am not feeling a sense of community with the wider world right now. Maybe that’s a reflection of my current mental state, which is fragile. Maybe I am beaten down by the people I have tried to help but who just don’t want to be helped. I have decided I must return to my inward self. I cannot help those who refuse to help themselves. There are lots of people I know who are struggling with challenges. They are grieving, they are trying to keep a job and income for their family, they are coping with life-changing medical conditions and new diagnoses. Fortunately, my close circle of friends is always cheerful, even on the bad days. We rant to each other, we complain about the things we cannot change, we exchange virtual hugs, and then we move on. We always find something to smile about.

This week I sent my children back to school against my better judgement. I was not coping alone at home, and I needed some support. They are happier, and I now have time to take care of my personal health and the challenge that is my broken marriage. A friend gave me a couple of magazines that she thought I might find helpful. It was a small gesture, but it made a massive difference to me on a day when I felt totally alone. It means that people care. This friend hasn’t seen me for a long time, but she cared enough to ask why I had taken my children back to school, and she cared enough to offer a little something that might help me find my way. There is hope in these dark times. We just have to welcome it.

Find Your Way during Dark Times #WATWB

We are the World BlogFest (#WATWB) focuses on positive stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media. All participants post on the last Friday of the month, sharing a positive news story that contributes to making our world a happier, safer, and better place to live.

You can find more about #WATWB over on Belinda Witzenhausen’s blog.

Our hosts this month are:

Damyanti Biswas, Sylvia McGrath, Susan Scott, Belinda Witzenhausen and Shilpa Garg

We are the World Blogfest #WATWB

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When Doctors don’t know what’s Wrong

I am a medical mystery. All my life I have lived with a chronic disease called Lymphedema Distichiasis.

It took many years for my parents to get a proper diagnosis, and my younger brother has the same condition. It is congenital. Oddly, our sister does not have the disease, nor has she ever exhibited symptoms. We were born with it. My illness manifests in the eyes. I regularly remove ingrowing eyelashes that grow on the wrong part of the eyelid and scratch the cornea. I use a selection of daily eye drops and ointments to soothe the pain of old scars, inflammation, blepharitis, and severe Dry Eye Syndrome. It is horrible. Living with undiagnosed illness causes a lot of mental and emotional stress, and when I was younger, this was not a consideration. I was expected to live a normal life, because I wasn’t really ill, never mind the fact that most of the time I couldn’t see clearly. The medical profession had no idea of the complexities of my congenital disease, and it is only in recent years that doctors have listened to my feelings and emotions regarding the situation. There is still a long way to go, and there will never be a cure for this. It hurts, in more ways than the physical.

Living with undiagnosed illness @SpookyMrsGreen

Last week I took myself to hospital on doctor’s advice when I woke up with severe chest pain one morning. I thought it was stress. The doctors thought differently. They were concerned about my rapid heartbeat and the results they saw from my blood tests. They sent me for a CT scan. They discovered a nodule in my lung cavity. It looks benign and I don’t have any underlying health symptoms that would be connected to it. My congenital condition is completely separate, according to the doctors. They have requested advice from external agencies because they don’t want to interfere medically if that could potentially make me ill. I am left wondering what to do now. They wanted to admit me to hospital last week but decided I was safer at home due to the risk of contracting Covid-19. I was not specifically told to rest, and there is no medication because there is nothing to treat. All I have is a bit of mild pain and the sensation of a bubble in my chest when I breathe in. I don’t know how long it has been there, or if it has changed in size recently, causing the pain I experienced.

Tarot Reading for Health Advice

I have decided that this is a message from my body that I need to accept. No one knows what’s wrong with me. It would take a long time to explain almost twenty years of being with a man who professes to love me but has no idea how to care for me. There are personal issues, a broken family, unrecognised trauma from many years ago, and probably a lot more stuff that I have yet to uncover in my quest for optimum health. I have decided to take a holistic approach to health. It won’t take medicine, or a surgical procedure, or even a prolonged period of rest to make me better. I need to change my diet, my exercise plan, my daily lifestyle habits. I need to stop giving all of myself to people that give nothing or very little in return. I need to practice self-care. And that is what I’m going to do. Who is with me on this exciting journey towards good health and acceptance of what we cannot influence?

Oracle Card Guidance @SpookyMrsGreen

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Craft Activities for Kids #CraftingWithViking

Do you need suggestions for simple craft ideas with household items? We are deep into our third month in lockdown here in the UK, and trust me, I am feeling the strain of keeping the children entertained at home. Never mind the fact that they get bored easily, they eat everything in sight, and they have so much pent-up energy, but now we have to give them something to do!

Craft Activities for Kids #CraftingWithViking

We had all but used up our craft stash, and then I had an email from Viking Direct. I have heard of Viking office supplies, but I didn’t realise that they offer so much more for the home office and home school. Viking Direct sell stationery and craft supplies (we got Sharpies!), and most important right now, they sell cleaning products. If you are like me, and you refused to join the madness of hoarding toilet rolls and hand sanitiser back in April, you are probably still searching for supplies. You can order them from Viking Direct!

Cleaning Supplies from Viking Direct

I was incredibly pleased to receive a box full of goodies from Viking Direct that we were going to use in an online craft event. The workshop was hosted by Jane from Tea & Crafting, and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We made toilet roll dragons, bubble wrap chocolate and moving feet using packaging tape! It was awfully hard not to eat the Aero chocolate bars that were included, but I hid them in the salad drawer in the fridge, so we still had them in time for the Zoom event. Jane led the workshop very well and we will try these crafts again, maybe on a rainy day. Here is the list of craft projects, with instructions so you can try them at home:


Three Great Craft Activities for Kids from Viking

Finding activities to keep the kids entertained that don’t involve a games console or staring at television can be tough. At Viking, we’ve got three great ideas to beat the boredom with crafty and creative ideas.

Fire Breathing Dragon

  1. Clean your working area and wash your hands or use some hand sanitiser before starting.
  2. Take a sheet of A4 paper. Measure how high your toilet roll tube is and then cut a strip of paper along the long side of the A4 using that measurement.
  3. Spread glue over your toilet roll holder and then glue your paper to the toilet roll tube and cut where the paper overlaps. Trim off any edges that overlap the opening if needed.
  4. Add eyes and a nose to your dragon’s body, do this by using a Sharpie to draw the eyes and then draw a little square under your eye. This square will fold back and be glued down so that the dragon eyes stay upright. Do the same for the nose and glue the eyes and nose down.
  5. Cut tissue paper into strips no longer than about 10cm in length and about a finger’s width. Glue the strips to the top (this would be where the dragon eyes and nose are placed) and bottom of the inside of the toilet roll tube. There’s no need to add tissue paper to the sides of the toilet roll, at this point it’s fine if the tissue paper overlaps.
  6. Hold your dragon at an angle in front of you and breathe into the toilet roll tube – you’ll see its tissue paper fire breath come to life!

#CraftingWithViking dragon

Chocolate Bubble Wrap 

  1. We loved using Aero chocolate for this activity as it was so easy for little hands to break this apart. It just crumbled with little pressure, making it the perfect chocolate to use.
  2. As we’ll be touching food products everyone should wash their hands or use some hand sanitiser.
  3. Clean your working area thoroughly.
  4. Cut a small piece of bubble wrap about A4 size and just give it a quick wash and dry it.
  5. Crumble about 3-4 chocolate bars into a small bowl using your fingers to squash the Aero and watch it crumble beautifully into the bowl.
  6. Wash your hands to clean away all the chocolate bits left on your hand.
  7. Melt in the microwave at 30 second increments. Ensure you stir after each 30 second blast, so you can evenly distribute the heat and help it melt quicker.
  8. Pour the melted chocolate onto the bubble wrap and then spread it over evenly with a spatula or knife, making sure it’s not too thinly spread.
  9. Pop it into the fridge for about 30 minutes to set.
  10. Whilst the chocolate is setting clean your working area again wiping away any spilt chocolate etc.
  11. After its set peel back the bubble wrap from the chocolate and be amazed at your homemade chocolate bubble wrap.

#CraftingWithViking bubble wrap chocolate

Parcel Tape Feet

Make sure to clean your working area and wash your hands before starting on this activity.

  1. Cut a straw in half and tape it (using the parcel tape) to the inside of the parcel tape roll making sure the straws stick out of the edge of the tape on opposite sides (i.e. left and right) and that they are placed on opposite ends (i.e. top and bottom) inside the parcel tape roll. Take a look at the image to help you place the straws. You only need a finger’s width of straw coming out of the tube so trim off any excess.
  2. Remove the cotton wool from the cotton buds on both ends. If you’re using a kebab stick, there’s no need to trim at all.
  3. Take a sheet of A4 paper and fold it half. Then trace around your child’s foot or get siblings to help each other to do this. Cut two little feet out of the paper.
  4. Place your feet (ensuring it’s a left and right foot side by side) and tape the cotton bud to the inside of each foot (using image as a guide).
  5. Slot the cotton buds into the straw, roll the parcel tape and watch your feet walk!

#CraftingWithViking moving feet tape

I just want to say a huge Thank You to Viking Direct for sending us those lovely supplies, which will keep my children busy for quite some time. I also thank Jane for her craft workshop. If you want to see more from Viking Direct, follow them on Twitter or follow #CraftingWithViking.

#CraftingWithViking Kids Crafts

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“My New Master” inside The Mirador Fantasmagoria

My New Master is available inside The Mirador Fantasmagoria, on Amazon Kindle and in paperback.

My New Master

Mirador Publishing invited submissions of short stories celebrating the Weird and the Wonderful. We were overwhelmed by the number and the quality of entries. Choosing the winners proved to be a monumental task. Our criteria centred on the gifts of storytelling and imagination. We believe these should be the overriding considerations, for the exploration of the human condition through the story telling process. We take great pleasure in presenting this selection by some of the world’s most promising new writers and we look forward to working with these immensely talented story tellers on future projects. Have fun and lose yourself in the wonderful Mirador Fantasmagoria.

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