It’s been a mixed bag of late what with the weather and my vertigo, which I have had for almost 6 weeks now, as well as some things going on at home with the family in Ireland. Sometimes spinning so many plates (I don’t use the word ‘spinning’ lightly) can be a little overwhelming, but what can you do?
Just as I was thinking this, I came across an article this week that was talking about learning to take your ‘Nature Pill’. That sparked my curiosity, what is a ‘Nature Pill’? I’d never heard this expression before? What do you do with it and where do you get it?
Luckily, before I headed off to my nearest pharmacy to buy some, I decided to do some further investigation.
Well, it seems that a ‘Nature Pill’ is just the latest term that is being used to describe short periods of time sitting or walking in nature and allowing it to wash over you, taking you away from the troubles of your life. The difference is that they have now done academic studies to scientifically prove the benefits of doing it and the results have recently been published in a well-known periodical in the world of Psychology.
Any of you, like me, will be thinking that getting outside in the fresh air for a good walk has been a well-known and well-used method for blowing the cobwebs away and helping when you feel stressed or your mood feels low. The difference is, they now know more about how long you need to do this for and what is the minimum amount of time that will actually give you any benefits. 20 to 30 minutes, it seems, is the smallest amount of time to feel any real benefit, apparently.
So, I have been having a go at spending time at my local park instead of my local purveyor of pills and lotions (e.g. my neighbourhood pharmacy). It’s been so lovely. I’ve had a walk in a bluebell wood and a stroll along a river bank, not to mention just sitting listening to the songs of the birds and watching all of the trees come into full leaf. It’s been blooming marvellous!
It has made me think about all of the amazing plants and flowers we sell on QVC. I really enjoy presenting the gardening shows, as the team are all so knowledgeable, whether it is Rupert Precious from Mont Rose bringing us gorgeous big blooms (did any of you get the fabulous lilies we had as a TSV recently?) or Ken Evans from Plants2Gardens, who always brings us something a little different or unusual, or even ‘Gorgeous George’, with his top quality bulbs from de Jager. In fact, we have a whole gardening day coming up on Easter Monday with a great Today’s Special Value of Bizzie Lizzies with containers and compost from Thompson and Morgan!
I have begun to extend my love of nature into my own home by introducing more house plants indoors. I’ve really been enjoying it and it is actually quite rewarding. I’m just praying they don’t all die on me. So far, though, it all seems to be going well – fingers crossed, touch wood and all that. I’ve been feeding those with our gardening Pick of the Month: Richard Jackson’s Flower Power, which is also available as an Auto Delivery option. Whichever option you go for, it is superb value and has no postage and packaging to pay either. So you really can enjoy the fruits of your gardening labour, indoor or outdoor, all summer long.
Now though I feel like I need to get started on the outside areas. I only have a balcony/terrace, albeit a very long one, so for me it has to be containers and patio planting. You, however, may have a larger garden area you want to cover. Whether you’re looking to up your indoor planting game or you want to make the outside a place to spend time this summer we have it all covered with our QVC Garden Day coming up on Easter Monday. There is so much to see and try. Whether you are looking for young plants or bulbs, ornaments or tools, special prices or crazy Easy Pay offers, it’s all there for you.
Our Today’s Special Value offer from Thompson & Morgan is one of their exclusives – the latest disease resistant New Guinea Busy Lizzie, with the most exquisite, fresh white blooms. Flowering freely from May to October, this Busy Lizzie guarantees an extraordinary garden performance. Its fully double blooms contrast perfectly with the dark green foliage, making an elegant display in containers, beds and borders. Plus it comes complete with 2 large patio pots and 25 litres of Incredicompost with 100g of Incredibloom so you get everything you need to create an instant display in your garden.
What with all that time spent outdoors blowing the cobwebs away, I really felt like I needed to do the same in my home, so have been giving it a right old clean as well. That’s where my trusty Shark Powered Lift-Away has come in handy.
It gives you 3-in-1 cleaning, whether up high, down low or even on the stairs. I have carpets and hard floors in my home, so it’s useful to have a vacuum that works seamlessly and powerfully, whatever the surface.
It even has a powered brush head with what I can only describe as ‘headlights’ on it, something I have found very useful with my dodgy eyesight. Honestly, the fluff balls I found under sideboards and beds because I could see better with the lights was remarkable!
The Lift Away action allows you to convert the upright vacuum into a hand-held, so it means it can go anywhere that you go. I have been really impressed with the suction power too, which continues on and on, because there are no worries about recharging, as it is a plug-in with a great eight metre length cable.
If all of that isn’t enough to give you peace of mind, it comes with a five year manufacturers guarantee when you register online.
If you still can’t find piece of mind with all that, maybe you could try a nature pill – who knows, if nothing else, at least you’ll have had a lovely walk in the park.
Until next time,