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Learn a new craft

Here are some suggestions from around the UK to give you some inspiration. Whilst adult education classes are great for learning a craft, if you want to get a head start or just try something for fun then it is worth considering a smaller private class. The chances are they won’t...
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Book club favourite reads

Why are more and more books so long? Don’t authors realise this puts the majority of us off? 600 pages seems to be a prerequisite for a literary prize, but I think less is more in a lot of cases. If like me your reading time is precious I bet you tend not to choose long books...
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Where to stay in the UK

Here is an eclectic selection of ideas for hotels in the UK, gathered from personal reviews. Avon The Grove, Bath A 3 roomed luxury B&B offering spacious elegant rooms and delicious breakfasts, and part of the Wolsey Lodge group. Only 10 minutes from the centre of Bath, and...
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Have you had Herman yet?

Have you fallen into the trap of allowing Herman into your house? If not beware – he will ooze into your kitchen with his pongy erupting beige habits, and friends will disappear at your approach.  I was an innocent to the slaughter, spending 10 days looking after him and then...
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The joys of gardening

If you like gardening, and want some inspiration to sort out a scruffy flower bed, re-landscape part of the garden, or maybe go green and start a vegetable patch, then why not do a gardening course? The RHS has the largest number of courses, from one off workshops and day courses...
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Period interiors and furniture

This is not my usual style of blog, but I wanted to support a local business Michael Court Period Interiors & Furniture, so here is a little bit about him: As a small bespoke furniture maker Michael Court specializes in architectural wall panelling & libraries although...
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Help your children understand their workplace rights.

Having a child starting work for the first time can be quite a difficult time. It is not the same as the day they started school – this takes them into the adult world and they need to understand what that entails. A parent’s advice can be invaluable at this time, particularly...
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Energy saving in the home – hints and tips

With energy prices threatening to go up and up, it is perhaps more important than ever that we look for ways to conserve energy in our homes, benefitting not only the planet but also our pockets. Time for change It is surprising how quickly bills mount up, yet you can save...
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Where to store the stuff the kids don’t take when they leave home

An empty nest brings freedom, yet it might also leave a gap in your life. This gap will not be healed by filling closets, shelves and space under the bed with your children’s stuff. It is not necessary to sell, give away or throw out everything your child could not fit into his...
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