Get rid of that clutterWritten by Mary Lambert
Why is it that clutter seems to build up so easily in our homes? No sooner do you have a clearout than it seems to start creeping back in – one pile appears in hallway and before you know it, it has spawned other piles that go down hall and up stairs.
So what actually is definition of clutter? Basically it is: • something you don’t use or dislike every time you look at it or wear it • an unwanted present • a broken item that can’t be fixed If you love an item, or it still has a use it’s not clutter, so display it, wear it or store it where you can easily find it.
Clearing out your clutter is first aspect of feng shui, ancient Chinese practice of furniture placement and energy flow. Improving flow of energy (chi) in your home and creating good feng shui is believed to improve different areas of your life, bringing about increased wealth, career success and better health. But when you home is full of clutter, energy that first comes through front door will struggle to move smoothly around rooms if it keeps encountering piles of junk stored in hall, hidden behind doors, sofas or crowding surfaces in kids’ bedrooms, kitchen or bathroom. The slow, sluggish energy that this creates then has a negative effect on you and your family, often making you feel confused, blocked, lethargic, depressed and reluctant to progress or move on in any area of your lives.
Clutter hotspots So which are worst areas in home where clutter tends to gather? • The door and hallway – Piles of children’s paraphernalia, shoes and bags, boxes and newspapers stacked around here makes a bad impression for visitors and can stop energy entering positively, and prevent new opportunities coming in. • Attics and lofts – these can become veritable dumping grounds for our past. They are often full of mementoes and memorabilia that creates a heavy, oppressive energy that is constantly hanging over us – old love letters and tokens, old school books, diplomas, old appliances and sports’ gear and ancient board games – all gather here. • Wardrobes in bedrooms – these are havens for old clothes, items that no longer fit and shoes that are too tight or never worn. Most people only wear about 20% of their clothes. Your wardrobe should reflect person you are now, not who you used to be.
The Ancient Pathways of CornwallWritten by Simon Mitchell
The Saint's Way in Cornwall is a story written into land. This ancient route existed long before it was used by saints, taking advantage of unique shape of Cornwall and its rivers. Evidence (especially Pictish Art forms) suggest that Phoenicians, Egyptians and Greeks journeyed to west coasts of Britain and Ireland even before Iron Age, in search of Keltic wisdom and trade. They would hit Cornwall and Southern Ireland first.
Gold travelled from Ireland through Cornwall and down to Mediterranean via sea or overland through Brittany to early centres of civilisation. Before River Camel and River Fowey in East Cornwall became silted through tin streaming they were navigable much further inland. Prior to tin mining there would have been only a four mile gap overland between north coast River Camel (at Padstow) and South Coast River Fowey. This is a serious short-cut to alternative of travelling right round peninsula of Cornwall with its dangers of rocks, ridiculous weather and hungry pirates.
Later copper followed same route and Romans 'followed supply' back to Britain. The strong links between Ireland, Wales and Cornwall are still to be found, for example in similar labyrinth carvings found in Ireland and North Cornwall. In terms of an 'English' history, Cornwall doesn't really exist until end of Dark ages in 900AD or so, when English started invading, but there are still many clues built into land. Cornwall is a Celtic land that has its own history. It was one of earliest civilised trading nations, more linked by sea with Ireland, Wales and Brittany than by long and hazardous overland journeys to England.