Lockdown Silver Linings

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Pause for thought - Albert Einstein

As we inch towards a second national lockdown, whether imposed all as one or through separate areas going into the so called ‘Tier 3’, I have to say that my heart is heavy and I am filled with a certain amount of dread. I, along with so many others, am ready for this pandemic to be over. I’m ready to … Read More

Walking Around the World – The Big Dog Walk

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Penny the Labrador

Can you help to walk around the world and support dogs in need? During lockdown Penny (or Lady Penelope as we sometimes call her!) helped us all to get out for our daily exercise and eased our anxiety. Not all dogs found themselves with their forever family every day of the week though, and dog charities were the ones stepping … Read More

Interior Design – why you need a professional

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Living room painted

A flair for interior design is something that many of us feel we have in ourselves somewhere. We know what we like and don’t, and can dabble with options. When it comes to our homes, the place where we spend most of our time outside of work, we can all throw colour on the wall and hang a few pictures, … Read More

Navigating To Your Next Adventure

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Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show NEC Birmingham

You might recall that I recently shared this post about seeking inspiration for adventure at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show. After a thrilling and exhausting day I’m delighted to bring you our review and top tips! Set across five halls at the NEC in Birmingham, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show (organised by the Caravan and Motorhome Club) is … Read More

Chaucer’s Valentine’s Gift

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Wicker heart

Widely considered to be the spearhead of English Literature, Geoffrey Chaucer also gave us a Valentine’s Day gift centuries ago. Sometimes forgotten about amongst the bustle of commercial cards and presents, his beautiful Parlement of Foules is dedicated to the day. In fact, Valentine’s Day itself combines history from centuries before Chaucer’s poem was composed with a popular notion in … Read More

Unleashing Your Fun Factor at Adventure Sports in Warwick

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Quad biking at Adventure Sports Warwick

Before the boys came along Jacob and I made time for fun. Always. We’d live by the old “work hard play hard” phrase. Jacob found his adrenaline fixes in parascending and high-speed rollercoasters, whilst I was more likely to be found galloping along the beaches of Turkey on holiday or abseiling down cliffs. Becoming parents curbed us somewhat. I’m not … Read More

Climate Change and the Hedgehog

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British Hedgehog

As I was sipping my morning coffee, looking out over our frost kissed lawn, fog lingering as it touched the tops of the hedge, I wondered about the impact of climate change on creatures that hibernate. Specifically, I wondered about hedgehogs. What if they woke, roused by mild temperatures, only to find themselves plunged into a cold snap days later. … Read More

2020 Plans

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Writer's corner

My creative, planning and organising mind springs to life in the autumn. I had pondered why in particular these things seemed so much easier in the later months of the year, but then I read a post by Emma over at The Photographer’s Way that seemed to fit. Is it the shorter days that give rise to my higher levels … Read More

Clean Air – Or Is It?

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Aloe Vera

When we think of pollution, it is so easy to conjure up an image of exhaust fumes and factories. When we move house and think of air quality it is often statistics outside the home that interest us. It may then come as a surprise that increasingly the air pollution risk is actually indoors, not out. The World Health Organisation … Read More

All Go At Jump In

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Jump In birthday party

There’s a lot of sense to the Winnie the Pooh character Tigger. Bouncing is fun. Jumping is fun. There’s something simultaneously relaxing and exhilarating about it. Finding a new and entertaining activity for your children to do can be tough. Looking for something that accommodates a range of ages is even harder, especially if you’re seeking an all-weather, all season … Read More