Home Sweet Home

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Home Sweet Home, to celebrate the season that is winter Ocean Loans asked me if I’d write a piece for Crystal and Vanilla, bringing my home to the fore this winter.

They gave me a camera, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 with my choice of colour thrown in and asked me to talk about what I love about my home and my surroundings.

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Home Sweet Home to me is that place that you call your own, that place that welcomes you warmly whatever your day has thrown at you.

I live on the south coast of England, my place is small, I have no garden but fifteen minutes walk away I have a pebbled beach and the sea, the biggest garden pond there is!

However challenging my day has been I look forward to walking inside my front door; I can close the curtains on the world if I want to.

Winter is my favourite time of year; I’m a winter baby so I love the snow.

But now living on the south coast I rarely see it!

I spent most of my childhood living in a small village in Derbyshire where we did see snow, loads of it!

I remember as a kid making igloos out of empty ice cream tubs!

So when winter comes to the south coast, my little home rituals make me a happy girl.

When the logs start glowing red inside my fire, my toes start curling!

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When my candles are lit and I smell Yankee candle Black Cherry, I start to chill!

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When the hot chocolate and marshmallows is made and steaming in front of me I really start to relax!

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A good film, curled up on my couch wrapped in my faux fur blanket, well that’s my Sunday afternoon.

A day of rest after a busy week and as I look around me, I know I love my Home Sweet Home.

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