Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021

Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021

Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021 For Him And For Her

Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021 for him and for her.  There’s lots on offer from our great County of Lincolnshire

Valentines in Lincolnshire 2021

Where to start? We all know how we interpret Valentines Day now but it wasn’t always the same.  If the notion of Valentines day can change over time then 2021 is the ideal time to change it again.  Here’s how to make Lincolnshire Valentines fitting for 2021; Don’t (solely) focus on Valentines Day as a day (or weekend) of gifts, cards, vouchers and displays of affection for partners and lovers.  Instead, make Valentines in Lincolnshire 2021 a time when you focus your love and gratitude toward people around you.

Ancient & Modern

St Valentines Day in the 11th Century was about ‘Courtly Love’  referred to the act of ‘loving’ rather than love.  In France around the time of the first Crusades (1099) Courtly Love was a term used where a knight would win the affections of his employers wife by performing deeds to impress her (there is no reference to sex or to ‘love’ as we understand it today).  Times have changed and the modern interpretation of deeds to impress takes many forms from sending a card anonymously (closer to the Courtly Love idea where the affection would remain secret), to gifts of jewellery, chocolates and meals out.

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Shalini Austin, Stamford, Lincolnshire Copper Jewellery. Valentines In Lincolnshire

Clicking on the picture takes you to the Shalini Austin website where you’ll find lots of information. Shalini is based in Stamford but has an online shop for her handmade creations. Click on the shop link to see what is available now. For Valentines in Lincolnshire ideas follow on twitter: @ShaliniAustin Valentines gifts for him and Valentines gifts for her

Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021 For Him And For Her – Time For Change

I don’t want to mention the dreaded ‘C’ word but you all know that 2020 and 2021 has been decidedly different.  Rising above the restrictions is what makes us so unique so it’s time to think differently.  As a result, changing the Valentines In Lincolnshire ‘norm’ is what we need to do.  Start by broadening your horizons;  The people you love need not be your lover.  If a friend or neighbour has been particularly kind and helpful you can make Valentines day the perfect opportunity to show how much you care and appreciate them. Local Valentines gifts for him and Valentines gifts for her are all around us.  Search for your perfect gift today.

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Scooby Cakes. Valentines In Lincolnshire for Him And For Her

These are Scooby Cakes and they taste as good as they look! Click on the picture to go straight to the Scooby Cakes Facebook page to see the full range. Deliveries are within 15 miles of Heckington. Order through Facebook or by phone/text 07790841431 but be quick…

 

Valentines In Lincolnshire for Him And For Her 2021 – Dining In Is Not An Option!

Restaurants should be fully booked by now but dining out isn’t an option this year.  You can still celebrate with a meal though simply by using the click and collect or delivery options. Contact your local hotel, restaurant, pub or takeaway to see what they have to offer.  Choose somewhere local and place your order today.  It’s time to get creative so you could order a meal for yourself and someone else and enjoy it over a Zoom, Teams or FaceTime catchup.  We ‘are’ creative and we ‘can’ do it so get it organised before all the delivery slots are gone.  It’ll be a wonderful way to show someone how much you care and how thankful you are for their support.  Oh, and you’ll be supporting a local eatery who desperately needs your custom right now.

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Petwood Hotel Afternoon Tea. Valentines In Lincolnshire for Him And For Her

Click on the picture to order your Afternoon Tea from the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa for £15.00 per person. Available Saturday and Sunday 13/14 February. Click and collect yours or as a treat for someone you care about for Valentines in Lincolnshire 2021. The perfect Valentines gift for him and for her.

It’s A Gift…. Voucher

Most shops are closed so buying a gift and supporting a local trader at the same time may not be so easy.  Now is the time to consider a gift voucher.  A voucher for a meal out, manicure, massage, go-carting experience etc etc is the perfect way to support our local service sector while showing someone how much you appreciate them.  If you’re looking for a Valentines gift for him or for her search Twitter and Facebook for the hashtag #LincsConnectValentines to see what’s on offer locally.  Failing that, I’m sure your preferred internet search engine will come up with something for you.

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Mandarin Therapies & Mandarin Mothers provides bespoke mobile complementary therapies in the comfort of your own home so order your eVoucher now and enjoy the massage later in the year. Contact Mandarin Therapies on Facebook and @MandarinMothers on twitter.  All emergency services and armed forces are entitled to 20% discount too.  Show someone how much you care by ordering a 1, 1 1/2 or 2 hours massage. Tel 07966 174878.  Aromatherapy (including Antenatal & Postnatal) treatments are available throughout Lincolnshire and beyond.

Special Offer Ends Midnight 14 Feb 21

Mandarin Therapies is celebrating 28 years in business on 14 February this year so as a special treat you can purchase a special Valentines eVoucher for just £28.00 (normal price £60.00).  The voucher will be valid for a full 12 months (expires 13 February 2022) so you can enjoy your treatment in your own home when you feel safe to do so.  Now ‘that’ is a bargain!  Contact Mandarin Therapies on Facebook or @MandarinMothers on Twitter before midnight on 14 February 2021 to book your eVoucher and have it delivered by email, Messenger or WhatsApp.  You can print your eVoucher to give as a gift to someone you love and care about or keep it on your device to show electronically.  Not on Twitter or Facebook? Don’t worry, you can book your eVoucher by calling 07966 174878.  Show someone how much you care about them in 2021.  Ts&Cs apply. Visit www.mandarinleisure.com

Valentines In Lincolnshire for Him And For Her – Look For The Unusual And Unique

For those of you who know me you’ll know that I like art and all things ‘arty’.  Alas, I can’t even draw a stick man properly so I’m lucky there are so many talented artists around doing what they do best.  Creating art is a true gift but liking art is a very personal thing.  Variety is key so if you’re looking for local art as a gift I highly recommend taking a look at the #LincsArtCraftHour posts on twitter.  Scroll back to before Christmas to see what’s available and join us on Mondays at 12.00pm.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all art consists of a picture in a frame.  Yes, you’ll find watercolours and oil paintings in frames as well as some very creative photography but you’ll also find other things like bespoke pottery and glassware too.  You’ll find something you like for your ‘Valentines in Lincolnshire’ gift for him or for her.  We are all individuals with individual tastes so take a look to find that unique gift for that special person this Valentines Day.

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Original Arts Prints Valentines In Lincolnshire for Him And for Her

For something different Fiona has the perfect gift solution. Painting onto old maps to create memories really does work and the paintings have been transferred onto cards and coasters too. Click on the picture to visit Fionas Facebook page or follow her on Twitter @origartprints All of Fionas work is suitable for him and for her so take a look today.

Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021 For Him And For Her – A Treat Wherever You Are

Treating a loved one and saying a special ‘thank you’ to someone special is what this blog is all about.  You can make a difference to someones health and wellbeing simply by saying thank you.  Gifts don’t have to be big or expensive to show how much you care.  A small gift will show how thoughtful you are and how much you appreciate someones love, dedication, help and support. Have a look at the advertisers here to see what is on offer and make your choice.  Showing your love and expressing how much you care will really say a lot about you.

Look beyond Valentines In Lincolnshire and consider sending your gift from Lincolnshire to friends and family further afield.  Remember too, it’s not just about Valentines Day so look to the future and try to support our local traders.

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KC Braids Beads Valentines In Lincolnshire for Him And for Her

You’ll find some beautiful gifts on offer from @KcbraidsBeads so click on the picture to go straight to Kates shop. You’ll find lots of lovely Valentines gifts for him and for her with much more besides. In addition, Kate is offering 15% discount (on orders over £20.00) until the end of February 2021.

Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021 For Him And For Her – Made To Last

Traditionally we may have thought of a valentines gift as a short term gift designed to last a day or so.  Jewellery is the exception to that rule of course but what about something quirky that’s made to last? Better still, something individual that’s made to last and is a ‘one off’ design! Finding a gift like that might be difficult in a normal shop but a bespoke painting or piece of art may be just what you’re looking for.  I think I may get into trouble if I bring home any more paintings or vases but I’m always looking and sometimes I come across the perfect piece that captures the mood.

Valentines in Lincolnshire 2021 ‘is’ going to be different so now is your chance for some creative thinking.  Something that captures the essence of your feelings during the last year as a gift sounds like a tall order.  I recommend thinking about what your goal may be.  A gift to show undying love is our usual idea for Valentines Day but in 2021 you may have broader considerations.  A thoughtful gift to say thank you to a friend, neighbour or family member for their help and support may be the way to go.  The gift may be as a thank you token for a hero and saviour whose help, support and love you couldn’t have done without during the pandemic.  Food for thought!

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Click on the picture to go straight to the Light’Artedly website where you’ll find lots of design ideas for bespoke, ‘quirky’ but definitely not boring hand made copper lights. You’ll find some excellent ideas but you’ll also be encouraged to let your creativity run wild. A bespoke lamp – what an excellent idea. Find @ArtedlyLight on twitter too.

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday will soon be upon us so if you know of something special that needs to be in a local blog give me a call.  Contact me on 07966 174878 or martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

Now is the time to get in touch if you would like to advertise here for the next blog. Don’t delay as it may just be the route to your next customer.

Domestic Abuse Is Real

A repeat message I know but by watching the video nd learning the signs you may actually be able to help someone.

Domestic abuse is a daily worry for many people across the UK and Lincolnshire is no exception! Do you know someone who used to be bubbly and outgoing but now seems more withdrawn? Perhaps you never see your friend alone anymore because the partner is always around to keep a ‘watchful eye’.  These are just two signs of potential domestic abuse.  Some signs (bruising) are obvious but control and abuse can take many forms.  What can you do about it?  You can contact @edanlincs (End Domestic Abuse Now in Lincolnshire) via twitter, through their website www.edanlincs.org.uk or by phone 01522 510041.

Call the National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 if you need help.  If you need immediate help call Lincolnshire police on 101.  If you are in danger dial 999 and if you need a silent call add 55. As a direct result the police control room WILL monitor and trace your call and will dispatch staff to rescue you.  Don’t suffer alone.  Do seek help.  If you need refuge follow this link to REFUGE which is open 24 hours a day and has a ‘quick exit’ button for your safety.

If you know of someone who is or may be suffering, ‘do something about it’.  There is a ‘domestic abuse’ button on the Lincolnshire Police website which will be useful for information and reporting.  As a direct result, you could save someone a lot of pain and heartache.

 

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Happy Impulsive New Year

Stay Safe

That’s it for now but you know the routine: ‘Stay Safe’ – Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, wear a face covering over your mouth and nose when asked to do so and keep a safe distance from people around you.

 

 

#LincsConnectChristmas – Looking Forward To A Bright Lincolnshire Christmas

#LincsConnectChristmas – Looking Forward To A Bright Lincolnshire Christmas

#EatOutToHelpOut Ends But…

The #EatOutToHelpOut scheme officially comes to an end on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August and I sincerely hope it has been a great boost to our local businesses and economies.  Not all of us have been able to take advantage of course as we’ve experienced some serious income deficits during the lockdown period.  However, ‘every little helps’ so let’s hope that the Lincolnshire restaurateurs have been able to recoup enough income for them to feel confident to spend more of their money locally.

Recession?

We’ve heard the stories about the recession and possible price rises over the coming months but there are also stories about ‘green shoots’ in the economy and the resilience of the British people to get on with their businesses to make money and pull the economy forward.  There’s much speculation with stories of ‘doom and gloom’ but I think it’s important to remember that many of the stories are literally just ‘stories’ written by journalists (trained or untrained) who may have an agenda unbeknown to us.  With that in mind, my cup is definitely half full.  Focusing on the bright side and being determined to make business work is what I do.  I truly believe that we (that’s you and I) are capable of making our businesses successful regardless of the circumstances surrounding us.  Do we need help?  Do we need to collaborate? Do we need to focus on the good things?  Absolutely!  I’m prepared to accept help and advice all day long and I believe it’s one of the keys to success.  Knowing when you’re out of your depth and needing help is crucial as is knowing when to employ an expert to do a job properly.  When we work together we can often achieve much more so let’s Keep working and talking to each other.

#LincsConnectChristmas 

Use the hashtag to promote your business, charity gift idea or event this Christmas

After a pretty dreadful summer I believe we need to look forward to a bright Lincolnshire Christmas.  We don’t know what the future will bring with Covid-19 but we do know that Christmas is coming! Whether you like it or not, celebrate it or not, or even believe in it or not, the fact remains that it will be here on 25 December and we need to be prepared for it.  We may not be out partying as we have in previous years but we are resilient enough and creative enough to make it a good celebration.

#LincsConnectChristmas starts on 7 September to coincide with the new #LincsArtCraftHour.  Combining the two will give us the opportunity to see what our local talented and creative people have to offer.  We’ll have the opportunity to shop early and safely by avoiding the usual Christmas rush because, well, let’s face it, we really don’t know yet if there will be movement and shopping restrictions in place to avoid another Covid-19 wave of destruction.

A Christmas Hamper

In previous years we’ve had a virtual Christmas hamper where we’ve been able to add items of our own or recommend items from other traders.  The idea seemed to work well so I think it’ll be a good idea to do it again.

It’s time to start filling the Christmas Hamper…

 

The hashtag works on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram so let’s start thinking about filling it up with lots of local goodies.  Perhaps an example here might be useful.  How about these messages:

“I think the #LincsConnectChristmas hamper needs some speciality chocolates.  I highly recommend @BonBonLincoln who produce exquisite designer chocolates”

“No #LincsConnectChristmas hamper will be complete without some bespoke Christmas cards by @CardsOfGrimsby”

Adding a picture with each message will soon get the attention of local shoppers and will make the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag the place to look for local independent Christmas shopping. With your help we can get this hashtag noticed and talked about around Lincolnshire and beyond to turn it into the ‘shop window’ for everyone to see.

A Christmas Meal

With no #EatOutToHelpOut scheme in place hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars will want to advertise their special meals and party events so the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag is going to be ‘the’ place for them to advertise and I’m sure they’ll appreciate our support.

Let’s Work Together

I’m sure we can make Christmas a huge success but I do think that we will have to work together to achieve it.  Am I confident? Absolutely!

Put It In Your Diary

The #LincsConnectChristmas and #LincsArtCraftHour both start on Monday 7 September at noon.  Use the hashtags, search the hashtags and tell your friends about the hashtags.  They’re here for ‘you’. 

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Previous Blogs

To find out more about the #LincsArtCraftHour follow this link to the previous blog:

#LincsArtCraftHour For Lincolnshire, Newark, Retford And Hull 

Community

A message from Supt Paul Timmins of Lincolnshire Police following some sad and tragic deaths on Lincolnshire roads recently:

Click on this picture to open the video in Twitter 

Click on this picture to open the video on Facebook

We see far too many road deaths in Lincolnshire so please always ‘be aware’ and don’t become a statistic.  We love you just the way you are…. ‘alive’!

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse doesn’t have age limits. If you know someone who is suffering call the police today.  You’ll find some useful numbers here but if there is an immediate threat of harm call 999.

 

 

A Helpful App

Visit your App Store to download this free App to your device

Let’s pretend you’re out walking or have gone for a drive when you come across an accident.  You dial 999 to contact the emergency services for help but then you don’t know exactly where you are.  You know you’re in the middle of a field or on a country road but you couldn’t direct the emergency services to the incident.  I imagine you might feel completely helpless!

I saw a post on Twitter asking the public to download the App What3Words so obviously I did.  I didn’t expect to ever have to use it but thought it would be a good ‘insurance policy’ should the unexpected ever happen.  I have actually used it though.  I was able to give the three words that were displayed on my iPhone screen to the control room who directed the fire service to the field fire that I had discovered on my way home last winter.  That’s it!  It really is that easy.  All you have to do is open the App and you’re immediately given 3 unique words that identify your exact location.

When opening the App you’re given the option to share the 3 words via social media or email or send it directly to one of your contacts so it’s a great way to pass on your location to friends if you are meeting them in town.  Typing the three words into the search bar your friends are able to navigate directly to you using the App so as well as being the all important navigation tool in emergencies it’s also a brilliant tool for finding your friends.

Louth Museum

Perhaps you could try out your new What3Words App with your friends.  If you’re on your travels why not pop in to Louth Museum?  It’s open to the public again and there is no need to book.  The museum is over two floors (stair lift available for those who may need it) and you’ll be respectfully requested to wait outside if the museum is full when you arrive.  Covid-19 regulations are in place of course so don’t forget your mask.  I’ve had a look at the website www.louthmuseum.org.uk and discovered a virtual tour as well as Ruth’s Blog page.  I thought you might find this interesting; It’s a factual account of the Lincolnshire floods in Louth on 29 May 1920.  Imagine seeing a 2m wall of water heading into town…

Click on the picture to read the blog

 

Just imagine how useful What3Words would have been in this situation if it had been available then.  Technology has certainly moved on at a remarkable pace!

Stay Safe

That’s the blog done for now but if you have something that you would like me to include or would like to advertise please get in touch. Have a lovely Bank Holiday everyone.  Look after yourself and look out for your neighbours.

LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour

LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour

Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour

Join us each Monday on twitter from 12.00pm for the LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour.

LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour images

Paint On Canvas…

Have you heard about the LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour (#LincsArtCraftHour) yet? It’s twitter based and includes artists and crafters from Lincolnshire, Newark, Retford and Hull. A great place for the experts to meet to show what they do.  As a result, it’s a fantastic place to shop too!

What image does ‘art’ bring to mind?  If you’ve ever been to The National Gallery you’ll have seen paintings from small to extremely large. However, if you’ve been to Tate Modern you’ll have seen something completely different.  Art is about paint on canvas but it’s also much more than that.  We can debate good and bad art but what it all boils down to is ‘do I like it’?  You can introduce someone new to the LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft hour today.

Who’s The Artist?

It isn’t me! We all have our own talents though (art isn’t mine) so we must be grateful for that.  I know what I like as soon as I see it, as a result I set up this hour to showcase the many and varied art forms from our area. We all like different things of course and that’s what makes the hour so appealing.  Who is the ‘artist’ then?  Well, I believe that it’s the photographer, the jewellery maker, the crafter, the potter…  Art isn’t just paint on canvas but without the paint on canvas the art world would’t be complete!

How Do You Find Your Art?

There are many places to find art and in Lincolnshire we are blessed with some fantastic galleries and shops.  Social media provides a good platform for art shopping too of course so it’s time to make the most of it.  I’ve found some stunning pieces of art on social media so I’ve been able to chat to the artists in real time while shopping.  Not every conversation ends in a sale but that doesn’t matter.  The conversations help to build a following, the followers have friends, the friends have friends and family… If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, someone somewhere is going to like what the artist is doing. That leads to sales and commissions.

Get Involved with the LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour

If you’re a Twitter user you’ll be familiar with ‘hashtag hours’ which involves every interested person on the planet (or so it seems) interacting about one subject.  It usually feels like a frenzy of tweets and conversations.  Choose a subject and there will probably be a dedicated hour to it!  They are fantastic platforms for networking and getting messages seen but they can be difficult to follow.  By the time you’ve seen a post, reacted to it and asked a question you’ll have missed 30 or 40 other posts.

Frenzy Free Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour

I want to remove that ‘frenzy’.  A dedicated hour using the #LincsConnect hashtag on Twitter with Lincolnshire artists of all genres posting art, messages, links and special offers.  The beauty of the hashtag is that anyone can search it at any time.  The #LincsConnect  #LincsArtCraftHour is on Monday from 12.00pm – 1.00pm but you can still search through it at any time of the week. In fact, you can search back weeks, months or years!  Once the tweet is there, it stays there until the author deletes it.  By duplicating the idea onto Facebook I want to include others who don’t use Twitter.

Get Involved

If you’re interested please do get in touch by email so that I can get everything coordinated.  You can email me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

When?

Lets set a start date:

Monday 7 September 2020 from 12.00pm – 1.00pm then weekly at the same time.

How Will the LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour Work?

Here’s the deal:

It’s FREE!

It will rely on the artists and crafters to post their messages, links, pictures and special offers which MUST include the hashtags #LincsArtCraftHour and  #LincsConnect

The hashtag #LincsConnect will automatically post your message to the database for everyone to see.  Assume no one is looking for you on the hashtag until YOU tell them to have a look!

Post your messages with the hashtags and tag in your friends.  Ask them to help spread the message by telling their friends.  This cascade of conversation can quickly get the hashtag seen and used  locally.  As a result your posts will be seen by more and more people.

Here’s the crucial bit:  You ‘must’ search the hashtag during the week to look at the posts and do your free networking.  Get into conversations, say something positive, share other peoples posts. The more you share for others, the more likely they are to share for you.

Scheduled Posts

Don’t worry that you aren’t available during the #LincsArtCraftHour because you can schedule your messages in advance to make sure that they hit the hashtag at the right time.

LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour logo

   Click the logo above to see how the #LincsConnect hashtag works

 

LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour – What’s In It For You?

The posts will be on twitter but I will also do follow up arts blogs.  I’ll search the hashtag to see who has been interacting with others and as a ‘thank you’ I’ll highlight  the posts in future blogs.  I’ll also include links to your websites and social media pages.

What’s In It For Me?

I’ll create paid advertising slots, paid blog links and paid features.  The whole process will be time consuming for me so I will need to have some form of recompense for my work.  Will it make me a fortune? No! Will it pay my bills? Probably not!  I always enjoy helping others though and if I can manage to produce a small income from my efforts, all the better.

LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour Dave Spherical Kingfisher image

Click on the picture to go straight to Daves Facebook page or click on this link @DaveSpherical to find him on Twitter

Dave recently joined me on Twitter and ‘Oh Boy’ he has some stunning pictures for sale. In this day and age where photos are easy to take with our digital mobile phones and editing platforms it’s such a joy to see some truly stunning pictures of nature at its best.  This is just one picture of many that Dave has taken and is offering for sale so if you like what you see you should definitely get in touch.

LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour Mel Langton Art

Mel is widely known around the County and beyond and when you see her artwork you’ll understand why. Click on the picture to go straight to her website or click on this link @MelLangtonArt to follow her on Twitter

Mel creates some truly remarkable artwork including bespoke commissions like the one you can see above.  I’ve been quietly following Mel on Twitter and can honestly say that her artwork really needs to be seen (and purchased of course).

LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour Ellies treasures needlework

Click on the picture to go to Ellies Etsy shop or click on this link @ElliesTreasures to follow her on Twitter

Arts and crafts go hand in hand and I’m sure you’ll agree that this hand made key ring really is delightful.  You’ll find much more on Ellies Etsy shop page so why not pop over (click on the picture above) to discover more.  I certainly don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour Twibell Arts painting and craft work

Click on this picture to go straight to the Etsy Shop page of Twibell Arts or click on this link @TwibellArts to follow Serena on Twitter. I’ve been following Serena for several years and am always amazed at her talent and versatility. Not only did she paint the picture of this gorgeous cat (commissions welcome) but she also made the decorations in the picture too.

 

LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour Lincoln time shift picture

Manipulating an image (in this case ‘two’ images) to make an interesting piece of art is really special. This image of Lincoln High Street was taken by John and blended with an old image to create a piece of art that goes beyond the normal photograph. Click on this picture to go to Johns website or click on this link @jpbphoography to follow him on twitter.

Advertising

If you would like to place an advert on the Lincs Connect blogs please do get in touch.  Bloggers can also have links to their blogs here too.  Get in touch today if you would like to feature here by contacting me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

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LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour Mandarin Therapies mobile massage

Mandarin Therapies and Mandarin Mothers provide bespoke mobile complementary therapies (Covid-19 safe) including Aromatherapy massage, Antenatal, postnatal massage and injury rehabilitation. Click on the picture to go to the website or click on the links above to go to the social media pages

Social

PCC Marc Jones is looking for young people to join the Lincolnshire Commission.  It’s an opportunity for young people to help the police better understand their concerns and thoughts.

Click on the picture above to go to the website

See You Soon – At the LincsConnect Lincolnshire Art Craft Hour

That’s it for now but there will be lots more blogs here so please keep the link handy and log in for a quick catchup when you get the chance.

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Stay Safe

The rules have’t changed – keep washing our hands as it’s the best way to help control Covid-19

 

 

After The Coronavirus… What’ve We Got To Look forward To? Part 4

After The Coronavirus… What’ve We Got To Look forward To? Part 4

To order your massage vouchers email massage@mandarinleisure.com or call 07966 174878. Click on the picture to go to the Mandarin Therapies website.  Click here to view the video

Stress Buster

After the recent few months of lockdown stress levels certainly reached a peak for many people and for some those stress levels are still very current.  Many of us have been confined to our home while others have been working at heightened levels of pressure, stress and anxiety.  We are looking forward now to the end to the lockdown and the stress levels experienced by our emergency services and key workers may well be levelling off.  However, where some stress levels are lowering, others may be finding that their stresses are really only just beginning.  The latter is a reference to the teachers and shop owners who have had to make big changes to the way they work in order to keep themselves safe as well as the pupils, staff and customers around them.

Massage For Stress

It’s well documented that massage helps to reduce stress and anxiety levels.  The physical touch and deep relaxation experienced during a massage can last for hours, days or even weeks afterwards.  If you’re familiar with research methods you’ll understand that researching this subject will be difficult, if not impossible!  However, you might like to take a look at this post by Prof James Lake Massage Therapy for Anxiety and Stress

Emotional Benefits

Touch can certainly help to improve your emotional state but unfortunately during the recent lockdown human contact and touch has been severely restricted.  Humans are naturally ‘social’ so these restrictions are bound to have had a detrimental affect on our wellbeing.  However, the good news is that regular massage sessions can help to reverse that problem. The massage effect can certainly be enhanced with the use of essential oils too.  They have been used with massage for thousands of years and the benefits can be quite extraordinary. Each essential oil has its own unique properties but you can be forgiven if you thought they are ‘just’ about the smell. Over the years I’ve witnessed some remarkable outcomes with my Aromatherapy massages.  I’ve used them to treat headaches, insomnia, PMS, fluid retention, back pain, anxiety, stress, depression, and many other problems including pre & post cosmetic surgery treatments

Home Treatments

Treatments range from 1 to 2 hours and are all conducted from the comfort of your own home.  Relaxing? Oh yes! I have clients who leave the massage treatment and go straight to bed leaving me to pack up, put the cat out and lock up!  The last treatment of the day is around 9.00pm so a 2 hours massage will be finishing at 11.00pm.  That’s the perfect time for those who, for whatever reason, have problems sleeping at night.  The salon experience really does come to your home – a professional couch, towels, pillows, oils, relaxing music and over 27 years of experience.  What more could you ask for?

A Mobile Salon could be on its way to you. Call 07966 174878 to book your appointment

Advance Bookings

Although the treatments are all on hold until the official government restrictions are lifted it is still possible to purchase your treat now to enjoy later.  Personalised gift vouchers are available for 1, 1 1/2 or 2 hour treatments from £50.00.  There will be a price rise in August but buying your voucher now will secure the price as the voucher will be valid for 12 months.  Perhaps now, as we can see the end of the Covid-19 restrictions in sight, is the time to purchase your vouchers for a treat for yourself or as a gift for someone special in your life.  It really is the ideal gift.

Gift Vouchers can be personalised with your own message or you can order a eVoucher to be delivered straight to your inbox

Truly Inclusive

The Mandarin Therapies/Mandarin Mothers treatments really are truly inclusive.  Nursing and care home visits are included as well as end of life care.  Everyone deserves the gift of touch and the luxury of a bespoke massage.

Home visits, Care Home visits, Nursing Home visits…. Everyone deserves a massage

Book Now…

If you would like to book your massage or order your vouchers please feel free to email massage@mandarinlsiesure.com

Charity Events

Mandarin Therapies is always happy to support local charities wherever possible especially at this difficult time where many charities have been hit quite hard with reduced income.  With that in mind, Mandarin Therapies will donate 20% (split evenly) of the price of the massage to YMCA Lincoln and #teamleonie  Please quote this blog when ordering your treatment to ensure the donation goes to the right place.  Don’t forget that a discount of 20% is also available for our emergency services and serving military members.  This offer has been available for 27 years and has no end date.

Click on the Discount link below to see more:

Discount

Luxury Is A Mandarin Therapies Massage

Book yours today by email massage@mandarinleisure.com

For Everyone

Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to meet some genuinely nice people who have kept a special place in my heart.  I used to visit one dear lady who, following a car accident where someone drove into the back of her vehicle, suffered with fluid retention her legs. I visited her twice weekly to perform Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) massages.  We had a routine where I would leave to wash my hands while she got undressed and climbed onto the couch.  The routine worked well until one day when I came back into the room I sensed something wasn’t right.  Hazel was on the couch as normal but her arms were by her sides instead of on the cradle. During the 30 seconds conversation that took place about her arm placement I realised that something was seriously wrong!  Hazel had suffered a stroke.  I immediately dialled 999 and the paramedics and ambulance arrived within minutes.  Being with her at that moment, having the immediate attention that she needed and the follow up care that was provided by the Stroke Unit at Lincoln County Hospital made all the difference.  Hazel made a full recovery and was soon back home doing her daily The Times crossword.  Her brain was as sharp as ever and her mobility was no worse than it was before she suffered the stroke.  There is no doubt in my mind that my quick phone call and the rapid response by the emergency services saved Hazel from suffering irreversible damage. Hazel died of old age at 92.  I still miss you hazel X

Stroke 

“Still Here, Still Safe, Still Open”click on the picture to wee the Lincolnshire Stroke Unit video 

F, A, S, T.

  1. Face (first check for facial weakness. The face may have drooped on one side.  The person may not be able to smile.  Mouth or eye may have drooped)
  2. Arms (check for arm weakness.  The person may not be able to lift both arms)
  3. Speech (check for impaired or garbled speech)
  4. Time (dial 999)

Stay Safe

Are We Tolerant Enough?

Are We Tolerant Enough?

Are We More Or Less Tolerant?

I wonder what your thoughts are?  Are we tolerant enough in Lincolnshire? Do you think we have become more or less tolerant during this Coronavirus pandemic?  Without doubt I have seen some truly exceptional acts of kindness and heroism over the past months and I really hope it continues into our future lives on this planet.  We all know how members of the NHS have stepped up to provide an outstanding service to keep us safe and well. Helping those who have succumbed to the virus is (excuse the pun) in their DNA.

When I say NHS staff I don’t just mean the doctors, nurses, midwives, physios and the whole host of other medical clinicians and experts.  No, I include the background staff too.  The health care support workers, cleaning staff, porters, canteen staff and the huge army of volunteers who’ve put themselves forward to help.  Without these people the ‘front line’ workers couldn’t do their job effectively.

Tolerant?  On the whole I think we are.  Many of us have given up our normal way of life in order to preserve life.  Keeping that safe distance has now become normal for most of us.  Some are still ignorant to the dangers of not distancing of course but others are genuinely putting themselves in harms way in order to help maintain our health, freedom and way of life.

Some things never change. Our Police are still here to look after us and protect us

 

Policing The Streets

It can’t have escaped your attention that the police are continuing to do their primary rolls as well as policing the streets to make sure we keep a safe distance.  I read on social media recently that a group of people had been dispersed for quad biking in some local Lincolnshire woods.  Not only had they ignored the social distancing rules but it appears that they had travelled from Bedfordshire to do it!  Personally I find it hard to comprehend that people would knowingly put lives in danger like this. I feel both sorry for, and proud of our Lincolnshire police who constantly put themselves in harms way to deal with these acts of lunacy.

Day in, day out, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year… The police are always on duty to protect us.  It’s fair to say that I’m a great fan of  ‘everyone’ who acts so selflessly to protect me, my family and everyone else in our County and country.

Pride in Our Lincolnshire Police

Having witnessed an incident in London during Christmas (2019) we accompanied a young lady to the local transport police station to provide witness reports and support.  The police officer on duty was very helpful and did everything he could to assist.  At the end of the meeting he handed us some plastic wallets for our Oyster cards.  The wallets had the emergency numbers on for reporting crime on London transport.  He then instructed us to fold the wallet inside out to hide the police markings telling us that showing the wallet in London might make us a ‘target’.

I know I’m a ‘country boy’ but I was quite surprised at this advice.  Have you noticed that in Lincolnshire there is a great pride in our local force?  Whenever I see @LincsPolice posts on social media when they are out in the community the police and public are always smiling and engaging.  Obviously if things go wrong we can expect to be dealt with accordingly but that’s the nature of the job!  In these difficult times the tolerance levels of our police officers must sometimes be tested to the max!

Coronavirus And The Police

I only know bits and pieces about how the Lincolnshire Police are operating during these difficult times.  In fact I don’t know any more than the average reader.  However, I do know a lady who knows just about everything there is to know about policing during the lockdown.  Let me introduce you to Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Kerrin Wilson @KerrinWilson999 who will be chairing a Q&A session on Facebook this Thursday morning (23 April) at 10.00am.  We’re all invited:

Q&A – Click on this picture to go to the Facebook post

 

If you have a mind to help and would like to have your opinions heard perhaps you might be good enough to complete the survey below.  This is a copy of the image from the Lincolnshire Police Facebook page so the blue link you see in the picture won’t work.  However, if you click (or tap) on the picture you’ll be taken straight to the survey.  Alternatively, you can go directly to the Lincolnshire Police Facebook page to complete it from there.

Click on the picture to complete the survey

 

How Tolerant Are We?

I’m talking about our personal lives and perceptions.  If we ‘conveniently’ forget the social distancing rules for purely selfish reasons how do we react if we’re reminded to step back or turn around and go home?  Something simple like reaching across someone in the supermarket to pick something off the shelf – it’s unacceptable but how do we react if we’re asked to step back and wait?  The answer should be obvious but I’m afraid the obvious doesn’t always happen and can lead to confrontation (personal experience speaking)! Ask yourself this simple question each day: “Are we tolerant enough in Lincolnshire?”

Don’t invade someones space and don’t be confrontational if you’re asked to move back. Good manners applies both ways so with a bit of common courtesy we can all be happy

The coastal towns and beauty spots were closed over the Easter holidays (and still are) but some people still thought it would be acceptable to ignore the rules.  The rules are there for the safety of everyone so for those who are feeling aggrieved over the situation I ask for a little more tolerance for a little longer please.  It’s not rocket science but disobeying the rules could be life threatening!

The Dark Side

Domestic Abuse ….. Rather than going away this ugly and often hidden form of abuse is now more prevalent than ever.

Are we tolerant enough in Lincolnshire? Tolerance takes on a whole new meaning when we consider domestic abuse. Being locked in together can cause some anxieties and tension for families but we usually have coping mechanisms and rational thinking that allow us to overcome the tensions with simple distractions.  However, abusers and those suffering from abuse (physical, mental, emotional or financial) can really be finding life even more difficult now. Domestic abuse doesn’t have age limits or gender preferences. If you know someone who is suffering call the police today.  You’ll find some useful numbers here but if there is an immediate threat of harm call 999.  The Covid 19 lockdown won’t stop the police from carrying out their duties.  They’re here for us 24 hours a day.

Click on this picture to go straight to the EDAN Lincs website. If your life is in danger call 999. If you need to make a silent call to protect your safety call 999 and add 55. You’ll also find @EDANLincs on Twitter 

 

GET HELP if you are suffering. Use the numbers above or 999 if you’re in immediate danger. CLICK ON THIS PICTURE for more information

 

Don’t Put Yourself In Danger

If you are unable to speak during ‘any’ emergency simply dial 999 and add 55.  The operator will immediately see that you are in need of help but are unable to talk.  Your call will be tracked and you’ll get the help you need.

 

Some Things Need To Be Said

I know my blogs normally focus on the good things, the jolly things, the brighter side of life but some things need to be brought out into the open.  Perhaps you can help to make someones life that little bit happier again.  If you have doubts or suspicions make the call.

Stay Safe Everyone

#StaySafeSaveLives I’m going to clean my keypad, clean the mouse, clean the iPad, wash my hands and get out on my bike for an hour.  #StaySafeSaveLives #HandsFaceSpace

 

An Easter Message For A Bright Future

An Easter Message For A Bright Future

Easter – A Celebration Of Hope

Some words of hope from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

“…Easter isn’t cancelled…”

We may not be able to go to church, see our friends or share our table with family for an Easter feast but…

This Easter is bright and sunny but our holiday destinations remain closed. Beaches and countrysides are deserted and church doors locked; It’s easy to focus on the negatives that come with these unprecedented times isn’t it?  However, NOW is the time to start planning for the future!

Easter 2021

I can’t say it any better that the words sung by Heather Small so I won’t try.  Here is are an excerpt of the lyrics from her famous song ‘ Search for A Hero’.  Have a read and if you have a mind, click on the lyrics to follow the link to her recording on YouTube. Pure inspiration

M People – ‘Search for a hero’ Click or tap on the lyrics to go to the video on YouTube

Taking inspiration from our Monarch and reading these lyrics perhaps it’s easier to see a brighter future.  Easter 2021 will be upon us before we know it!  It will surely feel strange when we reflect on 2020 and what we missed and the loved ones we may have lost but 2021 ‘is’ our future so lets get planning.

Plan Now

What will your priorities be for next Easter?  Perhaps we shall reflect and realise that we don’t need all the trappings of an affluent society.  Will it be a simpler and more joyous occasion as we celebrate with our family around the dining table?  It’ll be a time to celebrate what we have and what is good about life.  A time to remember all the heroes who kept us going and gave us hope.  From all the outstanding members of the NHS who ‘stepped up to the mark’ and did what they had to do to save lives, to the police who kept our society safe and ‘all’ of the key workers, volunteers and small businesses who, without their selflessness we would have been in a much worse position.

 

What Will You Look Forward To?

If we are planning now for all the nice things in life will our priorities have changed?  Having realised that we can survive very well without spending so much money will we be happier with a family walk in the countryside or a family outing to the coast, City or towns?  Whatever we do to celebrate, I hope it is with family and friends and whatever your faith may be, I hope it is a happy time for you.

 

Take Care and Stay Safe

“…Easter isn’t cancelled…”