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Good News! An environmental project is hoping to create the world’s first garden that grows all the plants used to make the Bach Flower Remedies. The remedies, discovered by Dr Edward Bach in the 1930s, are used to treat anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger and other issues affecting the mind and emotions. They are highly regarded as alternative therapies.
The garden will be at the Offshoots permaculture project in Burnley, where expert Jackie Stewart will run workshops on how to grow and make remedies from the flowers for anyone interested. Finance from the Big Lottery Awards will pay for the work.
“Some of the Bach Flower Remedy plants are already on the site at Offshoots and surrounding Towneley Park. When we grow the remainder we believe this will make it a world first – there is a garden in Switzerland that grows 36 of the 37 plants, but we intend to grow them all. Two of the plants that will be grown are rare and declining, but we hope we can save these plants from disappearing altogether.”
The first training course begins on February 4th. There will also be regular green walks to learn about the therapeutic value of trees in the park. For details, go to http://www.offshoots.org.uk. The 12-week course costs £80, with greatly reduced concessions for anyone without a job.
Sofas are the most important piece of furniture in our living rooms and have seen many style changes over the years. They represent an important investment, in fact it might well be our most expensive piece of furniture, so we expect it to serve us well and to keep its good new looks well in to the future.
These requirements are born out by the sofa design trends we are seeing emerge for 2011. Just as good art is a reflection of society, good interior design is a reflection of the external environment. We have now emerged from the throwaway society of yesteryear, and the dominant forces now in operation are environmental concerns and a new austerity. This is reflected by a desire for sustainability and value, though with a refusal to compromise on quality and style.
This trend is also seen in the modern approach of designing sofas to achieving the optimum performance and beauty out of alternative materials by combining them in a single design. Often leathers are used to give sofas a sleek contemporary style whilst fabrics add comfort and warmth. There is also a trend of accenting sofas with complimentary armchairs.
This method can work very well when combining modern and classic styles, another interior design trend moving into the New Year. Functionality is also a driving force in 2011 and when purchasing a new sofa many of us find that it makes sense to seek to maximise its functionality by purchasing one which can also serve as a guest bed.
In current times far fewer of us are moving homes and consequently the need to maximise space is increasing. Many of us are finding that corner sofas can provide an answer to this problem. Colours tend to be on the neutral side as these are both a modern trend and sustainable as they will be as fashionable in the future as they are today. We are seeing much use of beiges and browns along with black, white and greys.
Although these colours are neutral, they are not necessarily cold or dull; on the contrary modern neutral colours can be warm and rich, yet they retain the ability to provide a neutral background against which rich saturated colours can be displayed.
Everyone loves VW vans. They have a great history. The classic design of the original split screen van is a timeless design, that has lead to them now being worth more than they were new when they were released. They now have a huge cult following and you will struggle to find a car show that does not have one showcasing its classicness. Here is a video celebrating their awesomeness.