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Decoding the Decanting Process: When, Why, and How to Decant Wine

Which Kinds of Bottles Need to be Decanted? As important a role as decanting plays in the appreciation of wine, not all bottles require it. In fact, the overwhelming majority of wine produced today is intended for immediate “pop and pour” consumption, and requires no decanting....
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When the kids boomerang back home to the empty nest…

Recent research from the Office for National Statistics shows that 3.3 million 20-34 year olds now live with their parents, and a further 500,000 aged 35-64 also live at home. Is this loss of independence something we should be concerned about? Is it born out of financial need,...
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Want to improve your golf? A golf week in Portugal worked wonders

This is the story of a woman (me!) who started playing golf a couple of years ago, and found it really difficult to improve from my starter handicap of 36. I had worked really hard to get to that, and be admitted as a member of my local club, but then I just never seemed to get...
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Nutritional supplements to boost your health

Are they just a waste of time, or do we really need to take food supplements? Personally I think it’s really important for women to take the right vitamins to supplement their diet as they go through the menopause, and our diet can easily become depleted of vital vitamins due to...
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Empty nest? Thinking of a weekend break? Lisbon is the perfect destination.

Lisbon is an enchanting city, perfect for a long weekend break. It’s very hilly and a bit chaotic, full of life, hustle bustle and everyone is so friendly. Do not be tempted to take a car into the city as the tortuous cobbled streets are not car friendly, and even if you do...
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Ten rules for the middle aged woman!

What is “middle age” nowadays? Is it 40? 50? Approaching my mid 50’s, with my nest emptied and still feeling in my prime, I would say that middle age now carries on well into your 60’s. How different it all is from our parents and grand parents generations. Our own expectations...
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Walking the west coast of Portugal along the old Fisherman’s Trail

If you love walking then I thoroughly recommend walking in south west Portugal along The Rota Vicentina . It is a coastal walk along one of the most unspoilt and stunning coastlines of Europe. In total there are 110 km of wild coastline in the Alentejo and Vincentina Natural Park...
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Do you want to be your own boss? Here are six ideas to get you started…

Whilst traditional employment has many advantages, such as job security and employee benefits, there’s nothing quite like the freedom that comes with running your own business. Today, there are endless opportunities for self-employment, whatever your skills and experience. Here...
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Improve your tennis in Tuscany

Want to learn tennis or improve your game? What better place to learn than with experienced coaches in some of the most beautiful parts of Tuscany and Sardinia? New figures from Tuscan Tennis Holidays – one of the top tennis travel companies in Britain- show that their...
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