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Are you tossing and turning at night? March 6, 2019 17:26

 How to drift off to the land of nod!

A good night's sleep is key to a nice day.

Why?

Because lack of sleep is associated with irratibility, unproductivity, reliance on caffeine  and of course daytime sleepiness.  Long term issues such as diabetes, heart conditions, and obesity are now being attributed to poor sleep patterns. 

If you cant get to sleep it is awful.

Stressing about not sleeping makes it worse

What to do? As a seller of white bed linen, I am obviously going to promote a cool bed dressed with smooth white linen, sweetly smelling of lavender etc etc.

However if this doesn't work, then what?

I truly believe that, more or less, you can drive away sleeplessness. But to do this changes have to be made. If you carry on doing the same thing you will get the same result they say. Simply put, you have to train your mind to shut down at the end of the day. When you have chosen your lifestyle adjustments you need to repeat them regularly. Success doesn't come immediately. So in come patience!

Repetition, habit, patience                                                                                         

Top Tips 

  • Create a calm environment in the bedroom
  • White pure cotton sheets and a good pillow (Of course!)
  • Eat a good 2-3 hours before you go to bed.
  • Make a conscious effort to de-stress after your meal and before bed. 
  • Recognise that existing problems are just challenges and can be dealt with tomorrow.
  • Put your working brain away in the 2 hours before bed. Scary!.
  • Maybe do a jigsaw or read a book to de-stress
  • If sleep still evades you, get up and make a hot drink. Do more of the jig-saw!
  • Don't lie in bed worrying that you are not asleep.  Get up !.
  • Persevere with this pattern and you will train yourself that in this bed is where sleep will come.
  • A good trick is to tell yourself that for example you're only allowed to sleep between midnight and 6 am. You must get up at 6 am even if you have only had 2 hours sleep. Strangely the subconscious often plays ball with this little game!

These are suggestions to help achieve a good night of restorative slumber. The rewards are great. 

But be kind to yourself, you are retraining yourself. It wont be easy, life gets in the way. 

Good Luck!   

    Sweet Dreams!


    Reflections of Summer! September 15, 2017 14:27

    Summer, how was it for you? Hopefully it was good holidays, lots of fun and family times with some relaxing thrown into the mix. When you are a granny as I am, you have to grab the relaxing when you can, otherwise you can’t keep up! I hope you all feel ready to face the Autumn and Winter.

    The weather threw some shocks at us. Glorious sunshine and rain like stair rods. When we are blessed with sun at the shows, the nighties shine out in their fresh white splendour promising nights of cool comfort! They attract the ladies, the stock drawers empty, the visa machine is busy, and I am very smiley!

    Not always though! As at beautiful Buckham, in Dorset, a most scenic spot normally, rain filled the air and the cotton nighties hung limply, mopping up the moisture. Water seemed to come from all angles, down from the sky, up through the soaked ground and even horizontally into your face. Mud was everywhere. There were many opportunities for disasters. Packing up was a logistical nightmare. Don’t drop anything! And finally getting the van and driving over the mud without getting stuck and being a pain to everyone.

    The camaraderie on the show ground is wonderful. Suddenly we are all bound together by our endeavours to survive the unfriendly elements. We manage to load up without disaster and then into the driving seat of the van and I face the final trial. Which way will I turn the wheel as I face the sea of mud. Panic!

    Then suddenly someone spreads a bale of hay in my path and someone else yells “This way! Others yell “Get your revs up” “No not too much “Change gear!” Go Go Go ! and then I am on the tarmac of the road. Phiew! And off we go, making for the motorway. Meanwhile those kind people are now helping the next one.

    I am very happy to be part of the show scene.

    Apart from the nighties which really had a good innings this year there was another item which seemed to charm folk and that was a little white smocked dress. (available in size from birth to 5 years.) It was such a pleasure to sell as there always seemed to be an interesting story behind each transaction. One mum had been searching forever for something for her daughter to wear for her christening. One bride to be was having little flower girls with rosebuds, another baby was very precious as she was so long awaited.

    So I think this will be my happiest memory of Summer 2017 and to remind me of it, I asked Laura Jenkinson to take some photos. Above are Bess and Sophie wearing the “Little White Smocked Dress”. Don’t they look adorable. Wonderful Reflections of Summer.

    PS The Little White Smocked Dress would make great gifts for little children living in Australia or any where it is hot!


    Cargoes! July 28, 2017 13:19

    I happened to read the poem Cargoes by John Masefield the other day. This poem has always fascinated me. The idea of Spanish Galleons full of diamonds, emeralds and amethysts travelling the high seas sounded so exciting and romantic. From apes and peacocks to cheap tin trays and Tyne coal, in John Masefield s poem 'Cargoes' the peacetime world has indulged in trade. One man’s ordinary item being another man’s luxury.

    And so it is to this day. My 'galleon' is a Ford Transit and the M25 is the high seas! From London to Norfolk and beyond around 12 counties, we have taken unusual textiles to interested customers. I enjoy the adventure and the thrill of it all. Sometimes not so successful when we are flooded and customers are not enticed by a damp nightie! But usually it works out fine. 

    The weather this year has been very favourable to us in general. Our most popular items are of course Nighties. Pure cotton nightwear being the answer to the hot nights we have been having, and also with holidays in mind. However I am delighted to share with you that some beautiful handmade items have also enchanted customers.

    These are the handmade block printed Quilts. The fabric used is exceptionally fine and delightful to the touch. They are made in India.

    What is Block Printed? 

    This is a totally hand made craft in Rajesthan. There are whole communities of people involved and there are many skills required in the process.  

    First the wooden block is carved . This can be complicated or simple according to the pattern required. It is a skilful task which has been passed down through the generations. 

    Then the outline of the pattern is inked onto the fabric with the block. This is a precise task. 

    The colour is then applied, by hand, in several stages. 

    The cotton filling for the quilts is prepared and hand stitched in between two layers of fabric to make the soft light texture of the quilt. 

    The choice of colour and the intricacy of the design is what distinguishes a really beautiful quilt. 

    These skills are passed down from generation to generation. However it may be that as with the Hand Embroiderers in China, the young people will not want to carry on with this kind of poorly paid work. Although understandable that will be really sad.

    We have a small collection for you to see on our website. Have a look!

    'Cargoes'

    Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
    Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
    With a cargo of ivory,
    And apes and peacocks,
    Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.
    
    Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
    Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores,
    With a cargo of diamonds,
    Emeralds, amethysts,
    Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.
    
    Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
    Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
    With a cargo of Tyne coal,
    Road-rails, pig-lead,
    Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.
    
    John Masefield

    Carpets of bluebells ! May 5, 2017 20:57

    What can beat Bluebell woods at this time of the year !

    I love the intense blue and the feathery green of the leaves on the branches of the trees.

    There will be some lovely soft quilts coming soon which echo these colours. They are more informal in style than our usual designs. Keep an eye open in the next 2 weeks.


    To Our Mothers! March 21, 2017 22:34

                                                                             

    It's the time of the year when we are reminded on a daily basis by shops and businesses that it is soon to be Mother's Day! We are urged to buy this or that delightful item for the Mothers in our lives. We at English Rose Linens are guilty too!

    I have Heard...

    ...husbands and fathers around me complaining about the "Commercialism" and some even vowing to ignore the celebration completely. I feel very sad that this simple and ancient festival which dates back to the 16th Century should now attract such bad feeling. 

    Did you Know that...

    ...Mothering Sunday was celebrated around 400 years ago in England. In those times many young people worked away from home as servants in the big houses. Mothering Sunday (as it was called then) was a Christian Festival which happened on the 4th Sunday in Lent - or 3 Sundays before Easter. The young workers were given time off to go to their homes and be with their Mothers. On the way home they would pick flowers - primroses and violets - from the hedgerows and banks to give to their mothers. No florists in those days!

    This custom died out, however until it was reinstated in America in 1913. It was reintroduced in England in 1938 but it was a very simple affair then. The commercialism which is associated with Mother's Day has grown with the way we live now.

    We think that...

    ...it is simply a time to honour the mother figures in our lives. The mothers, the stepmothers, the grandmothers, the mothers in law, the role they fulfil is so special.They are the glue which holds families together.They know us like none other. From the child-care they provide to the unswerving support in difficult times they are always there for us.They raise us, they push us to do our best, they help us with our homework and they bring to school our forgotten gym kit!

    Here is what others have said about Mothers.

    • We are all better people because of the strong women in our lives.   Mark Zuckerman
    • A mother understands what a child doesn't say.   Jewish Proverb
    • No love is as instantaneous or forgiving as a mothers love.
    • Your mum has turned you into the awesome person you are!
    • A mother is the bones of our spines, keeping us straight and true.   Kristen Hannah
    • A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.   Dorothy Canfield Fisher

     So lets raise our glasses to Mothers everywhere,

                                                                    To Our Mothers!!


    Tie Your Nightie Round Your Toes! February 12, 2017 21:50

    Only one more day of our VALENTINE OFFER! girls. If you want to get a bargain ready for the Summer, jump now as it has to finish on Tuesday.

    ALL our Nightie styles are just £20, that's up to 30% off.

    They are lovely 100% Cotton, all sizes, many different designs, all lengths from short to long. All super comfy!

    "Take a tip from one who knows
    Tie your nightie round your toes"

     

    This is a quote from Beverley one of my customers.

    However she didn't and neither did I!


    Hygge! A New Discovery. February 2, 2017 19:30

    

    HYGGE!

    This is the chilly view from the end of my garden right now. However for the whole month of January I have been indulging in a bit of delicious Hygge. I have been  unashamedly lying low, wrapped in a huge mohair jumper enjoying the warmth from a roaring log burner.

    The curtains are drawn by late afternoon and next up are the candles!

                                                                          

    My food is home made soup (leeks from the garden) and crusty bread from the village baker, or some form of egg dish provided by my lovely hens. Simple, but cosy and comforting.

    I wondered whether indeed I was odd and kept quiet about this strange habit. But I find that to make the ordinary everyday moments seem meaningful and special is what the Danes call Hygge. They have created this way of being as a way to survive  boredom and sustain the cold dark days of their harsh winter months.

    Hygge is pronounced Hue-gah and is about turning domestic and personal life into an art form as opposed to a drudgery to escape from!  But hey, can I manage to keep this lifestyle up through the other 11 months of the year? Making the ordinary seem extraordinary. Will it be too difficult? I propose to try.

    In February it will be time to plant the potatoes and the sweet-peas and the cosmos. Nothing complicated! But they will surely reward me in early summer!

    I am delighted to discover Hygge. It reminds me of the old fashioned way of my Norfolk upbringing, a time of great happiness.

    Will it work in 2017 though?

     


    Good Works in the Festive Season November 9, 2016 13:07

    Christmas Shopping has started!  

    The Charity Fair Season is well under way now. This is the time when we stallholders  load up our cars and vans with our latest choice of stock in every size and colour and set off in all directions to venues far and wide. Sometimes we set off at the crack of dawn and return late at night.

    Travelodges and B&Bs have an influx of us traders dropping wearily into their comfy (hopefully) beds. We see the countryside in the breath taking colours of autumn splendour, the early morning light sometimes throwing up the most amazing sights. Then the clocks change and we do a lot of driving in the dark.

    We arrive at our destinations... the signs are out, there is an air of excitement. The trolleys full of stock roll from car to table. and we assemble our little shops.

    But spare a thought for the other side of the story? What is a Charity Fair? It is an event which makes a huge amount of money for a Charity, by giving customers a lovely day out and an opportunity to shop knowing that everything they buy makes a contribution.

    A band of people, almost always volunteers, has been working away throughout the year, having meetings, giving of their precious time to organise The Fair. The amount of effort put in by these good people is truly remarkable. They present us, the traders with many customers whom they have urged to come and shop. We in turn seek to provide a collection of unique products unobtainable on the high street. In return we give the chosen charity or charities 10% of our takings. This is a great format more especially since so much of the work is done by volunteers.

    Much effort is contributed all round to provide this good income stream to needy charities. Up and down the country there are teams of good folk directing traffic into car parks, making tea and sandwiches, sweeping floors, helping stallholders... a miriad of tasks. I feel very proud to be a part of this process.

    I am sure you will all be attending a Charity Fair near you, if you haven't already done so, as that is where I met many of you in the first place. I look forward to seeing many of you who have become my friends over the years.

    Over the next few weeks I will be highlighting the products which are most popular as I travel around in the run up to the festive season.

    Happy Christmas Shopping to you !


    Holiday Time is Nearly Over September 18, 2016 07:59

    We are enjoying lovely weather at the moment which confuses us into thinking it is still Summer. The poor children are trussed up in their Autumn Uniform feeling out of sorts and according to my grandchildren unwilling to work! Hopefully great holidays have been enjoyed  by all though. 

    I have taken English Rose Linens to some lovely Shows around the Country and met some very nice customers along the way. Some Quilts have squirrelled their way into B&Bs around and about. Lovely crisp white Linen Bundles have made it into"newly weds" bedrooms. The extremely hot weather meant that the Nightie rail got a lot of attention with many ladies feeling more comfortable as a result...

    But now it is time to look ahead to the next mountain to climb. CHRISTMAS!  

    Firstly, Calling all Grannies who have grandchildren in Australia! We have some lovely cool Nightwear for all ages. From as young as 6-12 mths to 10-12years.

    In fact on my travels the older age groups have been very popular... particularly Peachy Pink Pyjamas, which are made of the finest cotton, and Milly and Clementine. These are white cotton nighties which are full,flowing and loose.  A good point to remember is that they are light and inexpensive to post..

                      

    We will be adding to our Christmas Collections soon. So watch this space !


    Spring has Sprung! March 29, 2016 16:22

    Yellow symbolises the sun, warmth, happiness and energy. Be inspired by these lovely Daffodils trumpeting the arrival of Spring!

    Now we can get out in our gardens, go for walks, and maybe travel further afield. Or have a friend to stay.

    After a long walk, take a glass of wine, followed by a sumptious sleep in a cloud of crisp white linen.

    How to feel good in a simple way!

    We have a good range of bed linen to offer you from pillow cases to super king sheets. AND.....it is still on Sale.

    But only for a week longer.


    Smocked Nighties February 1, 2016 00:00

    This is the time of the year when my Nighties start travelling! And I am delighted to say it is the Grannies on the move. A Granny myself, I supply many Grannies and I think we are a heroic bunch, packing up cases, negotiating Heathrow and off, off and away into the Sun. As I write this it is dark and cold and I cant pretend that I am not a trifle envious!

    Millie and Clementine (girls' nighties) are off to Australia, Dubai, West Africa and South Africa. Peachy Pyjamas are going East in large numbers. Smocked Nightie is going to San Diego until March. (That's the life !!) My Nighties are like a very large family, I have been working with some of them for 25 years. New ones come and go according to their popularity. A new one is "Smocked Nightie".

    Smocked Nightie has been the success of 2015. It is charming, pretty and cool but also available in 3 sizes which means it has been popular with Teenagers, Mums and Grannies! The men also like it - a bonus... It is mid calf length and not too full in the skirt. It comes with pink or white rosebuds. Available in Small, Med or Large.


    Fantastic Savings on Fitted Sheets! January 10, 2016 00:00

    January is a good time to refresh the Linen Cupboard. There are some amazing bargains here at English Rose Linens.

    Why not give us a look !

    • Bedding Bundles are 25% off the original Price.
    • Single Items are 20% off the original Price.

    Bundles are for single, double, king or super king-sized beds and include Oxford pillow cases (1 for single and 2 for other sizes), a fitted sheet, and your choice of either a flat sheet or Duvet cover.

    Our Basics range is good quality 100% Cotton. A hard wearing option and exceptional value for money.

    Or choose beautiful silky, top quality Egyptian Cotton.


    Happy New Year! January 1, 2016 00:00

     

     

    Star

    A Happy New Year to All Our Customers!

    We thank you very much for shopping with us before Christmas and hope that the gifts you bought from us were well received and gave much pleasure.

    In these dark and rainy days of January, the bright lights of Christmas seem so far away as we look ahead to whatever 2016 will bring.

    I have made a resolution this year. It is to "look after what I already have". My mother used to rebuke me with this advice when I expressed a want or need for something new. How I hated that response from her in those days!

    Now however it resonates so well as we view a war-torn world around us where want and need for those afflicted people refers to the very basic of food and shelter.

    One of my best presents this year came from a friend in my village. She made the Star from a hazel twig, and the Dove of Peace from a discarded Coke Can.

    I gave her a lace lantern made from things lying around. The Lace came from an old pillow-case, and a jam jar and a nightlight completed it.

     


    Summer Pyjamas to Ghana! December 3, 2015 00:00

    Three little sisters will be very happy when their Grannie arrives from England to see them. They will be pleased when she gives them their soft pink pyjamas in fine cotton with the coolest of shorts edged with lace.

    The temperature in Ghana is around 30C and more importantly the humidity is around 80% at the moment. It can be quite uncomfortable at night! Anyone who has lived in the tropics will recognise the importance of loose cotton clothing.

    These pyjamas are available in sizes from 3-6mths right up to 10-12yrs. As the Grannie said when she visited my stall recently at Mayfield Michaelmas Fair, they would take up very little room in her case.

    Happy holidays to them all!


    Send Nighties Overseas for Christmas! December 2, 2015 00:00

    Do you have friends or relatives overseas? Now is the time to think about Christmas Presents...What about a lovely cool nightie or pyjamas. We have found some very fine pyjamas and nighties made in light cotton.which would be just the job! Check out our childrens Nighties and Pyjamas. New this year is a sleeveless smocked nightie which has been popular with teenagers as well as adults..

    Postage Rates

    To help you with your budgeting, a childrens nightie weighs 90grams, and an adult nightie weighs 225grams.

    500grams with a tracking facility is £12.90

    This could be 5 childrens nightie /pyjamas or

    1 adult nightie and 2 chns nighties/pyjamas or

    2 adult nighties


    Beautiful Embroidered Bed Linen December 1, 2015 00:00

    Great News! We have some embroidered bed linen in stock at last . We havent been able to find this for a good few years. Heartfelt thanks to all our customers from the past who regularly return to our store in search of beautiful embroidered bed linen. It is available in all sizes, and there are also continental pillow cases.


    A Royal Visit at Windsor November 1, 2015 16:40

    In May I was at Royal Windsor Horse Show and was delighted to meet a new customer - as featured in People magazine.


    Welcome to English Rose Linens October 1, 2015 16:22

    A cheery hello on a day which is damp and miserable .We would like to introduce our NEW website and not only that, our NEW name. We are absolutely the same under the covers but we felt we needed a new look! So we have pressed the Refresh button, taken some lovely pictures, in the Summer in England and also in Tuscany and off we go on a new journey!

    We hope you like the new look and the new name. The latter, the name English Rose Linens we feel reflects more what we have become over the years. It also enables us to promote English Companies.

    As from now the website will be ever changing with new products being added all the time. So it is worth keeping an eye on us!