My latest ‘Try It For the First Time’ adventure


Salt cave The first update from February 2011 brings news of the latest ‘Try It For The First Time’ club event from Flint world! Make sure you let me know how you are getting on.

The Salt Cave

Now it might come as a surprise to you (not!) but I like alternative stuff. Particularly involving the R word – relaxation! There’s a special voucher service called, which sends out emails about various treatments you can try around the London area, for a fraction of the normal cost. (There are other services like this too like ‘groupon’ etc.) That’s how I got my fish pedicure last year!

Children's area in Salt Cave Now if you haven’t read my blog previously, the TiFFT club needs you to just do something you’ve never done before in your life, once a month. Just try something new. It could be big it could be small. So the idea of taking an hour out of my busy schedule to go relax in a back room somewhere in Earlsfield had me… curious – so I did my research. It’s described as a 'controlled air medium that simulates the natural salt cave microclimate'.

People go there for help with breathing difficulties, but for me, although I used to have a bit of asthma, I was going purely for the experience. Anyone who’s been to the Aquasana at Centre Parcs, or similar, will understand how meditation rooms like this can make you feel.

There’s something about the energy you feel when you walk into a room shared with other like-minded people, all sitting under green blankets on Ikea rocker chairs, listening to faint seagull sounds interspersed with the occasional ‘pffft’ noise. It’s that all-knowing glance you get that says ‘we know something other people don’t know’ and makes you feel kind of special!

Inside the Salt Cave Anyway, without getting too frothy about it, suffice it to say within ten minutes I was off in fairyland. Meditation in that environment is amazing. It’s like my feet suddenly became heavier and a little fizzy. Then my head starts swimming a little, as the stresses and worries slip to another plane, leaving me free to feel released from the constant mind-chatter.

I realised I was coming and going in and out of dozing and experienced the most incredible light feeling. A good meditation was had by all. Although there was one woman whose snoring ended the session on a different note – literally! And caused knowing glances of another kind in between us all. The choice was to throw a magazine at her, cough loudly, or say something, all of which would take us out of our dream like states even quicker than her nasal symphony! So we just smiled and closed our eyes again…

Amanda on the desk is lovely – she told me she watches QVC, by coincidence, and let me carry my voucher forward for the next time, as the first session is always free for anyone who wants to try it! Just Google ‘salt cave’ and you’ll find out more.

So that’s my latest ‘TiFFT’ experience – what’s yours?!


P.S. As you’ll probably have guessed I’m not going up the Nile now – or anywhere near it – for my hol. We’re going to the canaries instead. I don’t know, it takes me 30 odd years to get around to booking my long-dreamed of cruise up the world’s most visited river, and the very weekend I’m due to go they decide to riot!

I assume there’s no connection! But fate obviously wants me to go another time, or to be in Gran Canaria instead. So Tutankhamen will just have to wait… And I’ll have to find another TiFFT experience for February. Any suggestions?

Speak next week!


  1. Susan February 2, 2011 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    I LOVE that blog! It sounds like my idea of heaven..right up my street those salt caves. Shame I don’t live in the mainland but maybe I’ll find something closer to home. I’ll have to suss it out. Fab blog as always. You have such a wonderful outlook and philosophy on life. I love it. I was also pleased to hear you’re not going to Egypt. Flippin typical as you say! Well that’s another TiFFT experience for another time. Keep safe and enjoy the Canaries!
    Susan x

  2. claire driver February 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    debbie – what was the occasional “pffft” noise….? ;o) lol
    sounds and looks great, just my cup of tea. did you say you got this from wahanda? i’m off to have a look around the site now!
    btw TiFFT club sounds like a great idea, something that might spice life up a bit right now tbh!

  3. sylvia February 5, 2011 at 12:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    I am glad you enjoyed your relaxation experience,it sounds great. As for Egypt,you should be glad you are not out there at the moment.I know you love all thinge Egyptian—So did I until I went on holiday in 2005 and nearly never came home again! You see my husband and I were staying at the Ghazala Gardens hotel in Sharm,really enjoying a lovely holiday for 2wks when on our 2nd last night the hotel was bombed by a suicide bomber.To say that night changed our lives forever is an understatement.I said I would never go abroad again,but things change and why should we let them win? After all this time I still sit and think about the friends we met on holiday that year who unfortunately never did make it home again.Please be safe and Keep Well.x

  4. Michelle Roberts February 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, Wow the salt cave looks great,I’ve never heard of a salt cave before on first glance it looks more like an ice cave.Sorry to hear that your Egypt holiday was cancelled a few of my cat customers had to cancell at the last minute at least you still get to see some sun!
    Well my first yoga class went very well not what i was expecting i felt very relaxed and in fact that night i had the most restful sleep ever!
    Husband is still danceing with me the rumba is waiting for us this week.
    Now for March something new i fancy going on the train up Snowdonia mountain, will look in to this! i’ve lived in Wales for 30 years now and never visited the top of this mountain i will get my mother to do this with me
    All for now
    Michelle in a windy North Wales

  5. debbie barnes February 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    debbie can you please ask marie-francoise if they could possibly make a Deborah monkey, as they had a Debbie one that retired – park green. Not concerned about color or type of bag it would nice 🙂 Debbie B. x

  6. debs flint February 21, 2011 at 4:35 am -  Reply

    Susan – I’ve since bought another two vouchers, this time from ‘groupon’ – another one of those voucher sites! I liked it so much! Still deciding what to do for my official TiFFT – could choose the blanket trip in Gran Canaria – that was certainly a first!! lol

  7. debs flint February 21, 2011 at 4:38 am -  Reply

    Claire – haha! I thought the same when I re-read it after! lol. It was the little unit on the wall spitting out a bit more salty atmosphere! So what’s your first one going to be then?!

  8. debs flint February 21, 2011 at 4:40 am -  Reply

    Sylvia – I gasped when I read your comment – gosh what an awful experience but thank you for sharing it. Glad you enjoy reading the blogs and thank you so much for commenting. Big hugs to you and your other half.

  9. debs flint February 21, 2011 at 4:42 am -  Reply

    Michelle – see other response in the next blog too, but Snowdonia sounds fab! Do it!
    ps isn’t it funny that we don’t visit places on our own doorstep! I grew up in south London so was in the same boat somewhat!

  10. debs flint February 21, 2011 at 4:43 am -  Reply

    Debbie – will add your comment to the others on the list on the ‘main’ page of my blog hon! It’s relevant to me too eh!

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