Thursday, 31 March 2011

Royal contender

I'm rather taken with Sensiderma Renew & Refine by Queen. The texture is creamy but it sinks into my skin easily and leaves a soft, non-sticky feel afterwards. It's supposed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines - not that I have too many of them (ahem) - but I haven't been using it long enough to be able to comment on that yet. It is a lovely moisturiser nonetheless and it is also unfragranced, which is a bonus if you have a sensitive nose or sensitive skin. It also avoids irritating ingredients.

I tend to use it all over my face and neck as I would my regular moisturiser but you can just apply it to just those areas that need a little help if you prefer.

I will report back in few weeks on the cream's effectiveness at lightening lines and walloping wrinkles.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Cracking hacking!

My horse never hacked out, not with me, not for the first four or five years I knew him. Then we moved yards and gradually we started riding out. If you've read my blog over the past couple of years you will know how difficult that was for us and how proud I am that we came through and were able to enjoy the gorgeous countryside around Little Horkesley where he was stabled at the time.

Then I moved him to Dedham. As I said in my last post, he's settled brilliantly, but for me, the first ride at the new yard was something akin to riding Splash Mountain at Disney - something I was totally terrified of but something that had to be done.

So after John had been at the yard a week, I saddled up to ride out with a friend... he was a superstar. Why did I ever doubt him. He didn't put a hoof wrong and it was as if he knew where he was going. We enjoyed a lovely hack, he was chilled, laid back, didn't spook, it was as if he had walked those paths all his life.

Perhaps he has. I know nothing of his history but surely horses don't travel that far when they're traded? Perhaps John's life before I knew him centred on or around Dedham. Perhaps he grew up there, spent the first 17 years of his life there, before his owner decided she/ he didn't want him anymore. Oh my, their loss is my gain.

Since then we have been riding out regularly. He has become even closer to his field neighbour Libby, who is also his hacking companion, and we are loving the country lanes and tracks of Dedham!

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Settling in

I worry too much. John travelled well, he was a little stressed for the first couple of days, calling and walking around the stable, but other than that he's settled beautifully. I think it helps that he already knows a couple of the horses there - friends who moved from my last yard to this one before I did. He has also fallen for the flirty chestnut filly in the next paddock - though she doesn't return his affection, more like turns and kicks out at him. Poor love, he always falls for the girls and they always reject his advances, usually with a bite on his nose.

Anyway, back to the matter in hand. You would think he'd been here for years (and the filly is actually an 18-year-old mare, but she doesn't know that, still thinks she's a baby - after all, you are as old as you feel and she (Libby) obviously still feels good as she has been known to act like a four-year-old). He has a large paddock and a very large stable; it's peaceful, surrounded by fields, and you can't hear the traffic. Dedham is also a very beautiful place and I'm so happy to be spending time there (the artist Constable thought it was okay too).

The petrol prices are crippling but hey ho, what can you do. I'm still glad I moved.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Sisters are doing it for themselves

Lets not forget that it's International Women's Day today and all that it stands for. Time to take a moment and think about the sacrifices of our sisters in the past and the sacrifices women still make around the world today. Together we are stronger.

Pancake prowess II

It's Shrove Tuesday today so it was time to have another go with the electric pancake maker. To be honest my efforts with a frying pan every year are dismal so I was very hopeful for the results. I thought my technique/ method/ skill might have improved since last time, but I'm afraid no, I'm not a very good cook. On the plus side it was better than my first attempt, but I think I need a lot more practice.

If you don't mind your pancakes squidgy and squiggly, in lots of little bits rather than one big circle, then I'm your pancake woman. Fortunately my daughter absolutely loved them so I'm a hero in her eyes (helped I'm sure by the chocolate topping I covered them with).

Monday, 7 March 2011

Body boost?

I attended a launch last Friday for the new E45 body lotion Endless Moisture Derma Restore. Held in a hotel that doesn't display its name outside, (cue lots of pointless walking up and down the street searching for the venue - what's that about?) the presentation was both interesting and illuminating.

Formulated for the more mature skin this body lotion claims to 'return skin's youthful glow' (yay),and nourish skin so that it feels more supple and softer in just three weeks.

A clinical study conducted by the company found that 100% of users experienced long lasting hydration and around three-quarters of users said their skin was softer and more supple to the touch after three weeks of applying the product.

Active ingredients include Poly Hydroxy Acid (PHA), a type of AHA, nicotinamide (said to boost collagen production), and glycerine (that holds in moisture).

I've just started using it and will continue to do so for three weeks before reporting back.