Get rid of that clutterWritten by Mary Lambert
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Clear out and move on So have a big clearout, be ruthless keep only what you really like and want. Do a few hours here and there and see how you lift your home’s energy and atmosphere. It is truly liberating, once you create a shift and dump that rubbish that has being annoying you for months, you will soon notice new exciting things starting to happen.
Clutter clearing tips • Go round each room with a pad and assess your junk, highlight priority areas to sort out first. • Do one small area at a time, focus on clearing out a drawer, cupboard or a wardrobe – don’t overwhelm yourself. • Get together five bags or boxes and label them: Junk, Charity shop or friends, Things to be repaired or altered, Things to sort and move and Transitional (keep in loft for 6 months, if you don’t miss them, throw them out). Sort out all your clutter into these bags. • Don’t hold onto presents you don’t like just because a friend or relative gave them to you, give them to charity or someone who will like them. • If anything is broken, get it mended or get rid of it as it promotes negative energy. • Remember linking yourself to past relationships won’t let new ones come in, so keep a few romantic mementoes, but throw away rest.
Mary Lambert is an experienced feng shui and decluttering consultant and can be contacted at www.marylambertfengshui.com
The Ancient Pathways of CornwallWritten by Simon Mitchell
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'Restormel' Castle of The Black Prince, overlooks once highest navigable point of river Fowey, an ancient site. Like Castle D'or , used as a title for one of Daphne DuMaurier's books, it is likely to be pre-iron age. When you look at a map a whole line of at least Roman age encampments follows river route across land, with one site perched next to once highest navigable point of Camel - in Dunmere woods. This suggests that this route was an important one to protect - because it was a main artery for precious metals.
The existing Saints Way follows river route across East Cornwall, which was established long before Saints as a convenient short-cut between Ireland and Wales and south coast of Cornwall - and on. The way is rich in springs and many holy wells are still to be found. The Church at Lanlivery, a visible route sign from many miles away, sits high on horizon, a beacon for travellers. It lines up with saint's pathway to ancient standing stones at Helman Tor an evident meeting place from Stone Age times. The Church at Lanivet beckons traveller on to where route meets river Camel at Ruthernbridge and then continues North to Padstow.
Like songs of Aborigines, peoples who once travelled these lands would learn route through stories of wayplaces they would meet. And sometimes, when it is quiet, land still whispers these secrets to willing ears.
The Lily: Episode 1 (fiction) by Simon Mitchell This article is from research for 'The Lily' - the first episode of an exciting new Cornish novel set in the Fowey River Valley. Preview this story by visiting: http://www.simonthescribe.co.uk/Lily.html