Happiness month day 27 – Fresh sheets on the bed

fresh-bed-sheetsToday’s happiness takes place in the bedroom.

No, no, not *that* sort of post; it’s much more suited to a family blog than that.

When you consider you spend one third of your life between the sheets, don’t you think you deserve the most comfortable bed with the finest linen?

Mr Green and I have a real nest. The mattress is about 100 years old and was given us by a friend in her eighties. It was her Mother’s; our friend was born on that mattress and her mother died on it. Far from freak me out I was delighted when she asked me if I would like it – what history, what energy! And I don’t quite know where one would purchase a feather mattress from in the 21st century.

Nowadays it’s all about memory foam and pocket sprung. If I wanted something natural such as wool or silk I doubt I could afford it and I can’t bear the toxic ‘new smell’ that most of our products seem to come with.

So we have this feather mattress and we sleep under a feather duvet. I rest my head on feather pillows (yet more gifts from people who have switched to ‘easy care’ polyester and hollow fibre).

We have Egyptian cotton sheets which we’ve had for about 8 years. They are still as good quality as the day I bought them. If I had my time again I’d go for organic or fair trade for sure, but longevity is a huge thing to take into account when making an ethical purchase.

I don’t have a tumble dryer and all our bedding is air dried.

My happiness post today then is about making the effort to turn and fluff up the mattress, shake out the duvet and put sun and air-dried clean bedding on the bed. It’s heaven on earth and never fails to bring a smile to my face.

No matter how bad the day has been, no matter what worries I have on my mind, sinking into a soft, comfortable bed puts everything right…

What simple pleasure brings a smile to your face?


  1. nadine sellers on August 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    featherbeds are indeed rare in the US., i miss the very old one we had in France, too large and heavy to mail as we moved, so must accept sleeping on sturdy gift of old cotton mattress. the feather duvet leaks many pokey plumes and irritates nostrils…but the old cotton sheets still bring delight.
    i still make it a practice to hang all bedding out on any sunny and breezy day, it satisfies the natural instinct to sanitize, refresh and revive the good in our surroundings all the way to nest making..happy nest to all!

  2. Mrs Green on August 28, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    @nadine sellers: I guess feather would be rare and all I seem to hear about in the good old U S of A is bedbugs or something similar? A cotton mattress sounds lovely

  3. Terry (My Journey With Candida) on August 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I love a fresh laundered bed. I just wish there were someone else to change the sheets besides me.

    When I was a kid we had feather pillows. Personally, I like the polyester ones. We were in a motel one time and they had feather pillows, I swear I could smell the fowl it came from.