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A Political Journey (Saying Sorry)

Here’s a confession: I used to really dislike the SNP.  I’d go so far as to say I actively disliked them. Were my reasons valid? I’m not sure. I voted against Scottish independence in 2014 because I didn’t find the SNP’s case to be credible, and I believed Scotland would be out of the EU if we left the UK.  From my perspective, the 2014 referendum was exhausting. For those of us on the No side, there were no marches, no gatherings, no messages of togetherness or hope. For us there was nothing but negative news (‘project fear’) and a really uneasy feeling in the gut that we were voting against fear instead of voting for hope. As I’ve said many times, there was no joy in saying no, and I felt low for months afterwards – which is part of what caused me to dislike the SNP. I held them responsible for my low mood because I felt they’d pushed me into making an awful decision I didn’t want to make. And I worried they were going to ask …

Stress Reduction Sprays

Today’s post is a little different as I don’t have beauty products to review.  Instead, I have three fantastic sprays which can help you to relax, destress, and sleep.  I often get stressed out before I even realise I’m agitated, going from zero to freaked in seconds and finding myself in a flap.  To combat the stress (and prevent myself behaving like a loon), I spray a little Mio Liquid Yoga Space Spray around and instantly feel better.  It’s a gorgeous blend of lavender and chamomile which calms, relaxes and soothes tattered nerves. To say a product is life changing can sound hyperbolic, but Susanne Kaufmann’s Leg Vein Cooling Spray could be classed as a miracle.  It stops my restless leg syndrome.  If you’re not familiar with this ailment, you are very lucky indeed.  It’s a twitchy, creepy, slightly sore and terribly uncomfortable sensation in the legs, usually at night.  When I feel it coming on, I spritz both legs and my feet with this miraculous spray and within about ten minutes, the symptoms are gone and I’m able to sleep. …


I do not enjoy marking time, but my brain seems to love it.  No matter how hard I try, I can’t get past ‘a year ago today’ or ‘this time last year,’ and it’s especially hard in June. So I’m off to stare at sand and sea for a couple of days.  It is true that salt water (in many forms) has a restorative effect.

Goodbye, Summer

I’ve packed away my sundresses and sandals as I’ve learned that having cold shoulders and frozen feet won’t bring Summer back.  Living in Scotland, one learns to appreciate a good Summer, and we definitely had one this year.  Now comes September with its golden light and cardigan temperatures.  There is something uniquely British about feeling happy to be safely back inside a jumper.