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Dog walkies.26th September 2018
Even though I love summer, and warmth, and sun, and flip flops! … I find autumn magical. The red, orange and dark green colours, the crisp (preferably dry and sunny) mornings, a warm scarf … it’s all, somehow, wonderfully calming.
We are very fortunate where we live. There’s a beautiful footpath around the quarry just behind our house and it’s a very quiet place where I can let my dogs off the lead and walk and walk and walk. I always keep away from the fields with the cows, because I know my dogs and I don’t want to stress out these beautiful, peaceful grass-munching giants. The cows next door are very friendly and curious and they always come closer to check who I’m taking for a walk this time.
If we have extra time we jump in the car and go for a walk to other beautiful places around Uttoxeter. One of my favourites is Dimmingsdale near Alton Towers. We usually go there on weekdays as it’s not so busy. Sadly, the forest was damaged by a fire this summer but it’s so nice to see how it’s recovering.
Another place we go quite often is Seven Springs in Cannock Chase, about 20 min from Uttoxeter.
Mr. Tank loves to paddle in the springs and the small shallow lake. I think he likes to pretend he can swim. And again we try to avoid weekends there as it’s very busy with cyclists.
Our latest discovery was The Roaches thanks to my friend Zuzka who took me there. What a beautiful place!! Some people say The Roaches is a Peak District gem. It’s very rugged and steep, so I could only take my Lakeland, Tinker, because she’s like a mountain goat! For my Scotties it would be too steep and our Airedale, Richard, is too young and clumsy to go on a hike like this.
Where ever we go I always have my Tick Off with me in the car and I spray my dogs just before our walk. Ticks are not only active during the summer, but can be present all year round if the weather is mild. I also have my Soothing Antiseptic Spray in the glove box of my car, to treat any unexpected scratches and cuts.
What else do you take with you apart from poo bags, water, treats and snacks?
Are there any interesting walks in your area you would like to share? I’d love to read your comments.
Very short & very sad blog19th September 2018
There are times in all our lives when we experience loss and have to deal with grief. It is so hard when we lose a family member or close friend, and we can never be prepared for it.
People who read my blogs will understand when I say, losing a dog, your friend, your companion, is just as hard.
And you can never be prepared, even when you know it’s coming … and he/she is old, ill, and fragile …
Over the years I’ve lost many dogs, and every time I cried, I cried a lot. I didn’t want to talk to anyone, and I always preferred to deal with the loss from the inside out. I needed a space where I could grieve, but this space was always inside me. I would occupy myself with work, keep myself busy, and from time to time close the door and cry. Then over time the gaps between cries become longer, flashes of happy memories appeared more often, and sometimes I laughed over my tears.
Everybody grieves differently, and it is important to give yourself time and do it at your own pace. I just don’t ever want the grief to take over my life … I always want to feel the love and gratitude for everything we have been through together, good or bad, funny or sad, all the naughtiness, all the cuddles, and endless kisses.
Thank you, Kimi for being a part of my life xx
Orgonites – positive energy for the mind, body & spirit.12th September 2018
You’ve probably seen these colourful, shiny, half dome objects on my website and wondered what they are? When I had a stand some curious folks even tried to smell it … but thank goodness no one tried to taste it!
The word ‘orgonite’ comes from ‘Orgone’ – the name given by Dr. Wilhelm Reich to vital energy found everywhere in nature.
In the 1930’s and 1940’s Dr. Wilhelm Reich was able to detect and measure the existence of etheric energy (life energy, chi, etc.) which he called orgone, using modified Geiger counter (a type of practical detector that measures ionising radiation). Dr Reich determined that stacking alternating layers of fiberglass (an organic substance) and steel wool (an inorganic substance) would attract and collect orgone / etheric energy of both the life-beneficial positive form (which Reich called “OR” or “POR” ) and harmful negative energy (“deadly or gone” or “DON”). Dr Reich constructed a large box called an orgone accumulator or “oracs” using this simple layering principle and was able to successfully heal his patients of various ailments, by having them sit inside the box for a period of time.
Dr. Reich’s work continued in the 1960’s by Russian scientists who also proved that such unseen energies indeed exist around us.
In 2000, a couple called Don and Carol Croft discovered that mixing catalysed organic fiberglass resin with inorganic metal shavings, poured into small moulds, would produce substances which attract etheric energy similar to Reich’s accumulators. Carol Croft took it a step further by adding small quartz crystals to the mixture for their ability to efficiently collect, transmute and emit etheric energy. This addition to the resin/metal matrix creates a substance which functions as a self-driven, continuously operating, highly efficient DOR—POR (negative to positive) energy transmutation factory.
The Orgonite space harmoniser harmonises your home and work space when you are surrounded by negative energy, from electromagnetic smog, electronic appliances, mobile phones, microwaves, etc.
By transforming negative energy into positive energy it helps to create harmony.
Harmonise your space with our purple, blue, brown, green and soft red orgonite
Essential oils – Small but mighty aromatic compounds.5th September 2018
There are lots of different things essential oils can do with their small but mighty aromatic compounds. Some of them can improve your focus, enhance your beauty regime, calm you down, cheer you up, heal your skin, and much more.
Infusing essential oils in your home and salon will not only make the room smell nice by eliminating odours, but they also combat toxins and support your wellbeing.
We’re approaching the time of the year when colds and flu, sneezing and coughing is more common around us.
Even our dogs are more affected and we see more cases of kennel cough, also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis, which is an upper respiratory infection. There are multiple agents that cause the infection, and it is highly contagious. Bacteria and viruses of kennel cough are spread through airborne droplets, which are produced by sneezing and coughing.
It is obvious if your a dog shows signs of the kennel cough, dog groomer would send him home to minimise the contact with the other dogs, and to protect them.
Which essential oil do we can use at home, at work, in the grooming salon, in the kennels to not only make it smell nice but to protect and to heal us and our four-legged friends?
Eucalyptus essential oil has an affinity to the respiratory system and has been clinically shown to kill the airborne flu virus. There are over seven hundred species of eucalyptus, but the most commonly used are Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus radiate. Both are best known as a decongestant inhalation for colds and catarrh, and significantly improve respiratory function.
Lemon, Citrus Limon, has antibacterial properties and is very useful in treating the symptoms of colds and flu and bronchitis. The fresh aroma of infused lemon essential oil also helps overcome mental fatigue and lift the spirits.
Bergamot, Citrus Bergamia, is effective against many infectious bacteria. It is therefore very good to use it in preventing the spread of disease caused by airborne bacteria. Bergamot with its rich, sweet fruity, and slightly balsamic aroma can support the immune system, and it also has a sedative and uplifting effect. It also has anti-depressant properties and is recommended to people who are tense, anxious and/or depressed.
These three (and many more) essential oils act against a wide variety of bacteria and viruses whilst supporting and strengthening the immune system.
How do you use them at home?
Add 4-5 drops of your favourite essential oil to a classic oil burner or electronic diffuser, breathe deeply and enjoy.
What People Say...
When we got home from the hospital with our new arrival it was clear that Perri, one of our miniature poodles, maternal instincts kicked in and went into overdrive. She was immediately acting like a mother separated from her pups and just wanted to care for the ‘naked puppy’. She has a history of being so motherly, even to the point that she has produced milk for puppies that aren’t hers even before she had a litter and has mothered every type of animal she could. She was panting, pacing and unable to relax for long at all. She could whine for England!
We tried other herbal remedies we had at hand for a previous anxious dog and nothing worked at all. She stopped eating and stressed herself into overheating too. Her stress was starting to impact the other dogs and she just couldn’t unwind. No matter if we worked off her energy with a walk and she wasn’t even interested in her usual mind games or call games. We also couldn’t offer long-lasting treats and chews too often as they gave her an upset stomach.
As soon as the Calming Floral Spray arrived I gave the bed a spritz and put some on her coat and the change was instant. She just got on her bed and fell asleep. She stopped panting and barely whines now, started eating again and she only does a bit of whining if the baby cries. We have now been able to positively reinforce her calm behaviour. I honestly can’t recommend this enough to people.