Ah yes, Shrove Tuesday is here. One of my very favourite dates in the calendar and one I particularly revel in. I can’t help getting slightly excited by the prospect of pancakes. I only ever have them on Shrove Tuesday, never any other day, although they are simple enough to make and cook. I still hear my mother’s heartfelt pleas for us to keep as much of the pancake in the pan if we could possibly oblige . . . rather than sharing it with the carpet, chairs, dining table. The pancake itself is easy enough to make, simple batter, but getting the correct amount of oil in the pan, too much and it all swims, not enough and the pancake cements itself to the pan and will rarely lift off to toss. There is a knack. I’ve taken 50 odd years to perfect it. Getting oil & grease off the carpet is another matter!
January has arrived, which means that we’ve negotiated our way around Christmas and the New Year festivities and it’s all go now through to Easter and the summer holidays! In this activity come the broad heading of spring cleaning – not so much spring time as just about any moment not being used for any other activity. There was a time when our grandmothers used to literally take the house apart to do the annual spring clean – the curtains would be taken down and if available, summer weight ones put up, the winter ones would be cleaned and stored until Autumn. Then there were the rugs to be taken out, hung over the washing line or fence, and bashed with a carpet beater to within an inch of it’s life. Today we can get our homes truly clean and refreshed with the help of professional cleaning companies. Their expertise makes the fee so worth while!
Good grief could the weathe really get any messier? There has only been one actual snow storm – it came as expected and fully forecast on Sunday night and into Monday. This of course sent the country into absolute melt down – excuse the phrase. We just cannot cope with snow. The roads become just one white blanket until the first brave soul take his car down what looks like a familiar section of the road. Then others follow and we soon have a kind of track, with piles of snow inbetween and either side. The slush resulting from this then turns into absolutely deadly ice as son as the temperature drops again. This mess is terribly difficult to deal with at home and I always rejoice in having a cleaner on a regular basis. It is essential for my balanced brain in normal weather, but ice and snow calls for the very best out there!
I was lucky enough to be invited down to Devon to stay with some chums who moved from near here. They h have a couple of large labradors. Years ago I was slightly nervous of dogs – having been knocked down by an alsation when I was only very small. I used to hesitate when having to open the gate or knock on the door of any house where I knew a dog lived, whatever size or breed.
These days I am so much happier with them. My immediate family now have two pups, one large and one small, and I have learnt to relax in their company and I realise how much we missed as youngster, not having a dog around. I haven’t got used to the mess that dogs bring but I have found a superb house cleaning company who help with this little problem. I found them online and they are so obliging!
I have a neighbour who has recently changed jobs – instead of being a toxocologist at the local very prestigious testing establishment, where the very name causes all to almost salute . . . . she is now a science lab assistant in a very large educational establishment. She absolutely loves the new job. Something different every day – not just rigorous testing day after day. The college has to allow students to try many different things and she liaises with the science teacher as to suitability and viability of the tests invesaged. She is also partly responsible for the cleaning of the test lab and ensuring all the delicate equipment is stored away safely.
The actual labs are cleaned professionally by the site agent team of cleaners – one particular one is assigned to their scient block to ensure standards are maintained, especially around examination time. The wonders of college these days.
A relative moved house recently and just dreaded what she was going to find in the new place. I say new, it is not exactly. They’re moving from a mid 1980s house to a mid 1990s house of exactly the same size and dimensions, ownd since new by the same, now aged and infirm couple.
When we move we like to really clean up after ourselves. When the removal folk have taken that last box and the truck has driven off to rest up – the serious scrubbing and spoinging down begins, then when you get the other end, it is very possible you will have to do the same before youre precious cargo is offloaded. This is definitely when engaging a cleaning agency is a jolly good idea. Making sure they are available at both ends, with expertise to clean quickly and thoroughly will give peace of mind and ensure a happy start in the new abode!
Getting the office ready for a party of international colleagues to attend a bi-annual event is a stressful activity that takes up an innordinate amount of time. When you only have your usual colleagues, you know each other’s habits and somehow become nose blind to the unfortunate side of close living. The kitchens and washrooms are rarely kept as pristine as they should when it’s a case of a cleaning rota arrangement. I have yet to find a bloke who willingly takes his turn at the cleaning – I will have taken up the challenge again.
So when it is advisable, desirable, and frankly absolutely essential, to get the office suite a clean, functional and appealing to visitors as possible, there is only one answer. Engage the services of a professional cleaning team . They will be able to strip out and thoroughly steam clean everywhere and their equipment is so much more robust than the little domestic hoover!
It cannot be easy trying to look after a house that is home to a quartet of busy, inquisitive and active children. It must be even more trouble when you add a boisterous puppy and an aged grandma into this mix. I know just such a family and although they do seem to be unbelievably good natured and content with their lot, the house and garden does rather reflect the hectic lifestyle that goes on it it.
When the grandma was celebrating a very significant birthday recently, the mum to the quartet suddenly lost her usually reliable sense of fun and began looking on edge. It took me a while to realise she was worried about how bad her house was now. I put her in touch with a fantastic cleaning agency who came to quote, suggested some additional decluttering work and within a week the house was cleaner, emptier, calmer and ready for the party to end all parties!
This strange weather does seem to put a dampener on all outside activities – no sooner had the winter days left us, and we looked forward to long walks in the spring, then back came the winter chills – together with horrendous winds and torrential rain. It seems as though the weather world has gone completely topsy turvy all of a sudden. This brings its own problems inside the home as well. The children have to be encouraged to play outside whenever the will takes them – we all agree that outside play is better all round than the continual messing about with ipads and tablets etc.!
The trouble with then is the amount of mess that comes in with them. For a really good spring clean ‘giving the place a right bottoming out’ as they say, the only true method is to get in the professional cleaners. They are quick, efficient and do not cost the earth.
The winter having at last made it’s way out, all that mucky slushy mud has dried up and hopefully we won’t be bothered by it for many days in the next few months. The only time when this has been a problem has been dog minding time – I recently cared for a teenage labrador pup – huge in comparison with one or two little lap dogs near me. He is quite a tidy animal, never seems to have hair floating around or anything, but it is absolutely incredible how it takes a massive clean up effort to clear the muddy paw prints all over the carpet too!
My best investment was to engage the services of a professional cleaning company for a one off total clean after the pup was returned to his home. My word this was the best thing I’ve done for years and I’m still basking in a clean glory.