Nurtured by Nature


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.

Miceal balcony plants

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,

Miceal xxx


  1. SheMag April 18, 2019 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Miceal, dude…love you lots…but I can almost hear you accelerating as I read through your blog! What happened to keeping it slow?!

    Go back to the bluebell wood and just do me the favour of an experiment…just sit and let your brain chunter to itself, let it drivel on with its lists and observations and stuff, until it just…stops. It will. I promise. Then I’ll let you come in for your tea!

    I hope this isn’t inappropriate…best wishes and congratulations for more lovely shows this week with Carla. You are a great team! Best, SheMag

  2. Margaret April 18, 2019 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Hello Miceal, I always love reading your blogs and hearing about your family in Ireland.
    My late godfather was called Miceal, so it always gives me a thrill to hear or see the name.
    I’m sorry you are suffering with vertigo at the moment, I had a bout of that about 2 years ago and the memory of the dizziness has stayed with me!!
    I wish you a happy and peaceful Easter and good health too.

  3. Jean April 19, 2019 at 10:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Miceal,
    So sorry to hear you still have vertigo, it must be awful. You have gone through a lot over the last few months. Hope you soon get over the vertigo.

    You are quite right, getting out in the countryside is great, just walking or sitting, watching the wild life and listening to the birds singing is a great stress buster.

    I’m lucky to live in the countryside, so get lots of walks with our Dogs, (now they are also great if you feel stressed, just stroking them or a cuddle works wonders) also the birds we get in our garden is amazing, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers, are regular visitors. Mind you I do ,put Richard Jacksons bird food on the bird table, they love it. They are all busy feeding their babies now.

    Also we get some deer in our fields and they are lovely to watch, they look so,peaceful until they sense you are about and off they go.

    Sounds like you have been busy spring cleaning, only trouble is when the Sun shines in the Windows it shows up all the bits that need doing.

    Enjoy your walks, and hope you soon feel better. Take care.

    Love Jean. XX

  4. Susan April 19, 2019 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal,
    I’m sure that all your stressors contribute to your vertigo? You struggle on with so much on your own. I wish we could do something for you. Sending good thoughts x

  5. Antoinette Browne April 20, 2019 at 9:28 am -  Reply

    Hi lovely Miceal, Happy Easter, as usual a fantastic blog you are a very inspirational young man. Good reading always and I totally agree with you. That’s what me and my husband do go for our walks almost every day. We are both retired. And really enjoy the lovely nature around us. I always looked forward for your lovely blogs. God bless you and your lovely family. Best wishes Antoinette

  6. Helen April 20, 2019 at 10:35 am -  Reply

    Love reading your blogs and particularly loved this week’s and the great photos. So pleased that you opted for the park rather than the pharmacy. I am very lucky to live in an area where in one direction is an underground station and in the other countryside and farms. I moved here in 1987 and I knew immediately it was the right decision. Keep well and enjoy a lovely summer.

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