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Life Indoors: A Virtual Art & Culture Experience

Life Indoors: A Virtual Art & Culture Experience

Missing a bit of Art & Culture during the coronavirus lockdown? A stroll through an art gallery on the weekend or an evening concert can seem like something of a bygone age at the moment. But fear not, an online movement has come to the rescue as theatres, musicians and museums. Leaning into the Covid-19 crisis, individuals and public institutions alike have come up with innovative ways to continue to entertain us! Here’s a list of some of our favourite sites offering you the chance to get your dose of world class entertainment without ever leaving your home!     Opera The Metropolitan Opera in New York has virtually flung open their doors to the public and are broadcasting a daily opera from their archive for your viewing and listening pleasure. Listen to some of the world’s most beloved operas from the comfort of your living room. Operas are only available for 24 hours, so be sure to take a look at their Online Schedule so you don’t miss a performance.   Virtual Choirs This is just the thing if you are missing that link to your community in your daily life. The Sofa Singers offer people around the world to join together to sing ...
by Les 100 Ciels Team on May 01, 2020
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Life Indoors: 5 Ingredients 5 Meals

Life Indoors: 5 Ingredients 5 Meals

Are you loving or loathing cooking these days? Many will be truly enjoying the extra time to focus on cooking new creations in the kitchen while others may find their patience running thin and wishing they could go to a restaurant. Whether you fall into the love or loathe category, everyone could use some help in the recipe department. On days when you’re looking for something simple and delicious but lack inspiration, here are 5 recipes that are quick and easy and only require 5 ingredients!  Let us know how you go!   1. Salmon and Spinach Gratin with Creamy Potatoes  600 gms Irish Potatoes 800gm of Spinach 5 Smoked salmon fillets 300ml of Double Cream 15g Unsalted Butter Peel and chop your potatoes into 1 inch chunks. Bring a pot of water to the boil, add salt and potatoes into the water and cook for 15 minutes. Strain the potatoes and set aside. Add a tablespoon of butter to a frying pan at medium heat, then add the spinach, a pinch of salt and pepper and turn lightly until the spinach is wilted. Ensure that the the spinach does not get too wet.  Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celsius. Add the spinach, potatoes and ...
by Les 100 Ciels Team on April 23, 2020
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Life Indoors: How to take care of your plants

Life Indoors: How to take care of your plants

This week at the end of a team catch up meeting on Zoom, the conversation turned to how to bring the outdoors into our homes. Quite a few of us at Les 100 Ciels live in apartments with no garden or private outdoor space. Lots of ideas got tossed around but there was a consensus that house plants were a great way to bring calming nature into the home. So on today’s blog, we share with you tips from our staff on caring for your plants to create your very own indoor garden, (if you can’t go out to the plants, bring them in!). Read on to learn some top tips to keeping your indoor plants looking lush and beautiful.     Megan’s Tips Do research on each of your house plants and make sure you understand the needs of the particular plant as each is different. Some plants need lots of light, while others need indirect sun but lots of water. You may also want research your plants if you have pets or small children as some species can be toxic if touched or ingested. Armed with this knowledge you will be best equipped for caring for what each plant require and ...
by Les 100 Ciels Team on April 10, 2020
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Life Indoors: Our favourite Audible books and podcasts

Life Indoors: Our favourite Audible books and podcasts

Now is the perfect time to catch up on new literature or expand the mind learning something new. Here is a selection of  our favourite Audible books and podcasts we’ve been listening to recently. Some are very new and others are goody oldies- hopefully, there will be something of interest for everyone! Audible Books:   The Salt Path, by Raynor Winn, Read by Anne Reid On the occasion that you are feeling a little sorry for yourself, which we are all guilty of doing especially these days, we recommend listening to The Salt Path. A middle aged couple become homeless and decide to walk 630 miles of the South West coastal path. Their story is one of courage and resilience in a time of utter despair. It is an uplifting and positive inspiration to us all at this time and shows the true healing power of nature. The landscape feels like a character in itself and the depictions of nature will leave you planning your own walks along this coastline once we are all able to go out again. Listen to it here   Bossy Pants, Tina Fey, Read by Tina Fey A hilarious telling of comedian Tina Fey’s life to date. With unrelenting wit and ...
by Les 100 Ciels Team on April 03, 2020
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Life Indoors: Self Care

Life Indoors: Self Care

Have you ever heard the advice on an aeroplane to put on your own oxygen mask first before helping others? This advice is a good example of the fundamentals of Self Care. A far cry from self indulgence and narcissism, self care is in fact a sure fire way to ensure you are well enough in yourself to freely give others the time and energy that they deserve. It is also less about something you have to do and more about a way of life. The days ahead of self quarantine, welcome a unique opportunity to put self care into practice. What self care looks like is a personal expression of what you need in your daily life to thrive. It is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your loved ones and a combination of practices which involve the mind, body and soul. Here are some suggestions for ways to self care that you may be missing in your life. Get your zzzzs Sleep is one of the most important ways to take care of the body. It is easy to fall into unhealthy sleep patterns when spending days and nights indoors. Staying up very late and getting little sleep, or ...
by Les 100 Ciels Team on March 27, 2020
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Life Indoors: How to survive working from home

Life Indoors: How to survive working from home

We are living through strange times at the moment. With the Covid-19 virus spreading around the world, the vast majority of us will be staying indoors for the next few weeks.  It is clear that now more than ever before, the importance of focusing on our shared humanity and community is integral and  at Les 100 Ciels, we are committed to continue to engage and support you, our community. With this in mind, from today we will start a blog series titled Life Indoors. Each week we will be writing blogposts to inspire you as you carry on your life from indoors, with topics ranging from how to tackle boredom, to home study,  self care and ideas on meals with limited ingredients. In today’s post, we’re looking at an issue which will affect a large proportion of us: how to work from home. If you are feeling demotivated and anxious about how you can continue to work from home, we’ve got a range of tips on how you can tackle this. We hope these tools will help you maintain your  productivity and perhaps welcome new skills and creativity. 1. If you have the space, set aside a designated area to work from home. ...
by Les 100 Ciels Team on March 20, 2020
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