This title is the first Chapter of “The Way to St. Werburgh’s”, and oh! Is it just the perfect title.
“It was 1819, perhaps a year of destiny. George III’s long reign was drawing to a close; his granddaughter Victoria was born, later to be one of the greatest rulers of the British empire; and soon the self-indulgent, sentimental reign of his son George IV would lower the past prestige of the royal family, despite the fact that he had served as Regent for some years.”
“The Northern spring was fast approaching, to gladden the hearts of all Englishmen Grand old oaks and spreading yew trees, majestic chestnuts and elegant birches vied with shy wood violets and bursting daffodils to greet the new season.
Blackbirds and sky larks, sparrows and finches, swallows and thrush, wrens and nightingales plied the air with ceaseless song, and the whole English landscape breathed new life with the melting snow”Continue reading “Oh, to be in England!”→
The Book of Esther is an exciting account which gives us insight into God’s remarkable and purposeful plan for our lives. The story gives us some powerful lessons about courage, divine timing and God’s love. As The Old Testament reveals, Esther is a Jewish woman living in Persia and brought up by her cousin, Mordecai. She was taken to the King of the Persian Empire to be his concubine—but because he believed there was unique about Esther, he made her queen. However, Mordecai didn’t tell the king about a primary concern —Esther was of Jewish heritage. Continue reading “Life Lessons from the future Queen Esther”→
European Oak floorings are exotic in appearance, which makes them a popular choice for customers. European oaks are tough species of trees known for their strength and longevity. They are resistant to insects and fungal attack. The planks used in European oak floorings are much wider than American oak floorings. This is because oak is cut in a different manner in Europe than in America. Europeans utilize a special technique to retard the growing cycle of the oak to provide a tight grain.
European Oak Wood Flooring
Features of European Oak
European oak mainly comes from Germany and France. It is hard and strong beside being heavy.
European oak can be light or dark brown in color. It does not expand or contract significantly during fluctuations in temperature and humidity. This makes it highly beneficial for flooring.
European oak is also suitable for finishing. This is another beneficial feature, which makes it the excellent material for flooring.
European oaks are good looking trees beside being hard. These features have contributed in making them popular for flooring.
The European oak typically has a long length and wide width because of the presence of comparatively thin sapwood.
European Oak is straight grained in general. However, cross grained or straight grained oaks are also found according to growth conditions.
Beneficial Features of European Oak Wood Flooring
European Oak wood flooring scores high on style and modernity. It adds value to the home than other kinds of wood floorings.
It is also easy to maintain the flooring in a perfectly clean condition by using just a light vacuum cleaner and mop. Houses with high foot traffic can go for European oak wood flooring because of its immense strength and durability.
European oak wood floorings are available in a plethora of colors in every tone such as jet white, brilliant white, white with tones of gray, etc. A large number of color options means that there is something for everyone.
They are also available in a multitude of finishes such as UV lacquered finish, natural brushed finish, UV oiled finish, etc. Unfinished options are also available for the customers.
European oak wood flooring can be installed in any room of the house such as bedroom, dining room, drawing room, bathroom, and kitchen. As we have seen earlier, that European oak is resistant to temperature fluctuations and moisture, the flooring made using it can be used in kitchen and bathroom, as well.
European oak wood flooring is not hard in the pocket. Grading of woods is done, as they are lumbered. The premium grade is the prime grade while the lowest grade is the rustic grade. Rustic grade European oaks are beautiful and durable flooring options. Thus, people with the limited budget can go for rustic grade European oak flooring without compromising significantly on quality. Many companies are offering affordable rates per square meter for European oak wood floorings, which is good news for the customers.
European oak wood flooring can be re-sanded and refinished, as it starts to look dull. This makes it look new. Finally, European oak wood flooring can be installed over underfloor heating.
Golden Oak- Golden Oak flooring is suitable for both traditional and modern homes because of its natural and neutral nature. It looks perfect with all kinds of furniture, as well as with wallpapered, white, or multicolored walls.
Smoked Oak- Light and darkly smoked flooring options are available for the customers. These flooring options impart charm and a classic look to the house.
Other options include white washed gray, black brushed, and wire brushed white European oak wood floorings.
Menu of treatments, healthy food, invigorating massages, fluffy bathrobes and soft slippers… These things take a person to another level of relaxation and peace. Yes, the topic being discussed over here is about spa treatment. Most of the people are not aware of the fact that taking spa with your immediate partner would be even more interesting and fruitful for the relationship as compared while taking it alone. It will help to take the association to a different level and will mark a beginning of a healthy regime.
Spa therapies could be the most intimate and relaxing bonding activities couples can opt for. The ambiance of the room is created to relieve all the stress as well as anxiety and the couples can have relaxed conversations. This post talks about some of the amazing benefits of having couple spa in order to take the conjugal relationship to a higher level.
Nowadays people remain busy with their daily schedule and they hardly get time to relax. But opting for a spa therapy will help people to eliminate toxins and tensions and it also calms the brain. The entire credit goes to the detoxification process. It will help people to feel re-energized, eliminate poor toxins and generate new blood in the system. After having all these, couples will feel lively and they will share and support each other with detox juices, nutritious food and many more.
Increases Affection towards Your Partner
It is true that the competitive nature of the business life has converted every person harsh and thus they don’t have any affection for their partner. However, Johannesburg spa or anywhere in Cape Town will help people to increase the feelings of affection as well as intimacy. This is mainly done by releasing serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine in the body. This will help people to feel connected and happy both during the session and even after the session.
Alleviating pressure is one of the most important parts of the couple spa and people will not be short of tranquil activities. With the effective use of hydrotherapy as well as full body massages, a person will be able to remove all the tension from the muscles and will remain de-stressed. One of the biggest advantages is that it will bring more flexibility and will enhance the general well-being of a person.
Saves Time and Helps in Coordination
Considering the busy schedule, it can be easily said that couples hardly manage time to do things together. But when it comes to couples spa in Cape Town, they can easily utilize the same time for serving their purposes for relaxation. Couples will be able to accomplish their goals, feel refreshed and emerged and finally reconnected.
So, all it can be said that couples spa therapy could be an effective way to eliminate the distance among the couples and to begin with a new start. Therefore without wasting precious time, confirm the bookings to get best possible results.
There are a number of ways to make your kitchen look more beautiful and practical at the same time. A kitchen should be designed in a way that one can clean it without putting in a lot of effort and time. But, it is also important to maintain the aesthetic appeal of the kitchen space. In this regard, glass made splashbacks have become really popular as well as successful.
A splash back is a surface installed on the wall of your kitchen, and it acts a protective layer. The surface protects the wall from water, splatters, and greasy marks. As a result, it becomes easier to take care of your kitchen’s cleanliness. In this regard, glass is undeniably the best material available. Glass splash backs have gained tremendous popularity in the present time, and there are numerous reasons behind it. We have jotted down some of the main benefits.
Advantages Related to Glass Splashbacks
#1. Easy maintenance– This is the most obvious reason that has made splash backs so famous. We all know that glass can be cleaned easily. All you need to do is wipe it with a piece of wet cloth. It does not take much effort to clean the spills or stains on a glass made splashback. In fact, you do not have to spend money on cleaning solutions.
#2. Heat resistance- The modern day glasses are toughened and tempered, which makes them tough as well as resistant to heat. So, even if you cook for several hours, the glass splash back will not break, damage, or lose its colour. These glasses are made in a way to withstand high-temperature levels.
#3. A wide range of colours– If you browse through the online stores where glass made splash backs are sold, you will be left amazed with the beautiful range of colours and designs available. You can pick a colour and design that goes well with the decor of your kitchen. It is important to keep in mind that the colour should not be a dull one.
#4. Renovation– From time to time, it is good to revive the look of your kitchen. It keeps up the positive ambience of the kitchen space. In this regard, you can surely consider the idea of replacing the glass splash backs after every couple of years, as they are absolutely affordable. You can make your kitchen look elegant and classy by replacing the old splash backs with the new and fresh ones. Moreover, the installation process associated with the splash backs is also quite simple.
#5. Bright look– Glass has the tendency to reflect light rays; so, when you install glass made splash backs in your kitchen, they will surely lit up space, which in turn will make your kitchen look brighter. In this way, you will not have to add too many lighting fixtures in your kitchen. In addition, it will also give rise to an illusion of space. Therefore, if you have a small sized kitchen, go for the glass made splash backs right now!
Therefore, those were the five major benefits you can expect to get from the glass splash backs. When purchasing the material, you need to make sure that the glass quality is good enough. Always go for the toughened and tempered glasses in this regard. In this way, you will not have to worry about the durability of the splasbacks. Browse through the colours and designs, and pick the most apt one.
So, if you are someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, you must get these splash backs installed.
Trust can be an impenetrable thing. We like to be in control of everything ourselves, some of us more than others, “Being still” before God means that we quiet our anxious thoughts, we put our phones down, we eliminate all distractions, we get alone with God and we pray. We wait. We trust. It’s an act of relinquishing and consecrating all to God control of our lives. When you give your life to Him, He takes care of every detail. This is something that I am learning constantly, and still learning to do when I feel I can’t trust anyone or anything else that is going on.
Preheat oven to 160 degrees celcius. Grease deep 20cm round ake pan with butter; loin base with baking paper.
Spread ground almonds in thin layer on oven tray, roast about 8 minutes or until browned lightly. Cool
Chop chocolate finely
Melt chopped butter in small saucepan over medium heat about 5 minutes or until changed to a dark brown colour. Strain immediately through a fine sieve into a heatproof measuring jug – you need 2/3 cup butter.
Whisk egg whites in medium bowl with fork until combined. Whisk in roasted almonds, sugar, sifted flour and cocoa. Gradually whisk hot butter into almond mixture; stir in chocolate
Pour mixture into pan. Bake cake about 55 minutes. Stand cake in pan 5 minutes before turning, top side up, onto wire rack to cool.
Meanwhile, make chocolate strawberry ganache. Place cake on serving plate. Spread ganache over cake.
Hull strawberries; slice thinly lengthways. Arrange strawberries in layers to represent flower petals over top of cake. Dust with sifted icing sugar just before serving.
Chocolate Strawberry Ganache
Break chocolate into medium heatproof bowl. Combine cream and jam in small saucepan, bring to the boil. Push cream mixture through fine sieve o0ver chocolate, stir until smooth. Refrigerate ganache about 30 minutes or until thickened, stirring every 10 minutes.
Prep + Cook time
1 3/4 hours (+cooling & refrigeration)
Storage Cake will keep in airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days, or in the freezer (without ganache and strawberries) for 3 months.
1. Write with instrumental music playing in the background. I recently saw an informal survey that found those who listened to music while writing were able to write more words per day than those who didn’t. I like to write with instrumental praise music or movie soundtracks playing in the background. Some of my favorite soundtracks are Prince of Tides, The Cider House Rules, and Little Women. You can even download the Original Music from the television series soundtrack, Downton Abbey, and there is a CD called “The Ultimate Collection”. It has music from all Six Seasons.
With the hectic nature of modern everyday life making a negative, burdening impact on our senses, influencing our personal taste in design with futuristic, cold and depersonalized settings all around, it becomes important to trace back our roots and re-establish a personal connection with elegance.
Surrounding your personal space with timeless historic décor will allow you to have a retreat from the dreary reality of the outside world in the warm, welcoming arms of sophistication. The rich, enchanting and intimate flair of the Victorian Era creates a perfect interior that promotes positivity, creativity, peace and most importantly, your inner serenity.
Ladies, it is time to go all Victorian on your house!