A mile in her shoes


Have you ever considered running as a hobby?

Runners are many and varied, from all walks of life, all shapes and sizes and all levels of fitness, all aiming for different goals by doing something that is free and good for your health.

Research has shown that exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good, boosting your self-esteem, helping you concentrate and look and feel better which can vastly improve the quality of your emotional and mental life, and the extra benefit of running is it’s free!

A mile in her shoes encourages women who are at risk of homelessness or affected by related issues to try running as a way of exercising, socialising, lifting confidence and boosting self-esteem.

Various social factors put women at greater risk of poor mental health, but their readiness to talk about their feelings and their strong social networks can help protect their mental health.


By creating running groups for women the charity is working to create, lead and support running fitness groups through a volunteer-led programme. Sessions are provided by trained and insured female volunteers who are qualified to lead mixed ability groups.

By providing all of the appropriate clothing and working to identify and remove any barriers to running, they enable participants to access the same mental, physical, health and social benefits from running as any other woman.


The charity is run entirely by volunteers, money is raised by fundraising, most of the kit is donated second-hand by other runners, but of course it needs to be in extremely good condition.

To donate to A Mile in Her Shoes – each group costs around £5 per week to deliver – you can do so here or create a  fundraising page on the charity’s giving page.

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Spring decorating and Teen bedrooms

So the signs of Spring are here, no not the new buds, I mean charity bags on the drive, cars loaded for the tip, tins of paint in the garage and the usual mayhem of a fresh change.

We have started to update our teen’s bedroom and give him the grown up room he is ready for, his lovely childhood bed has gone to the charity shop and this is what’s left.


 I can’t believe I’ve shown the mess but it’s all on the way out and I’m sad, the unsentimental Teen isn’t keeping anything.

This is the plan for his new room:- Paint, blind, double bed, bedding, & maybe a desk.

It all started with this bedding, he chose it himself after spotting in a magazine.


The room is white but we think the back wall will be painted the Teal colour and this blind will  compliment the grey.


He is currently sleeping in the spare room and wants a similar bed, we found this black one on MattressNextDay, it’s a great price so we can also buy a  memory foam mattress too. The bed will be the last thing to go in the room so speedy delivery is great.


He has quite a big room so hopefully a slim desk will fit under the window, something from Ikea I think.

Let’s hope I can update this post quite soon with a lovely pic of a stylish grown up room, and sneak this back on the bookshelf  for his sentimental Mum.



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What’s on your doorstep – The Lewis Carroll Centre

 Do you know Alice is 150 years old in 2015

I went to visit The Lewis Carroll Centre in Cheshire.


Alice’s creator Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was born in Daresbury, his father being the Vicar of All Saints Church.


Alice’s adventures have been translated into almost every language and the famous stained glass ‘Lewis Carroll’ window erected in his memory draws visitors from all over the world, this interest led to the now completed visitor centre.


The Centre is a beautiful light filled building attached to the church.  Over the door hangs the mission bell that used to call the canal folk to Revd Dodgson’s floating chapel at Preston Brook. Colourful displays depicting the family life of the Dodgson’s and lots of information and artwork relating to Alice’s adventures are on display and listen to audio programs including readings from Lewis Carroll’s works by the famous performers Ken Dodd and Dillie Keane.

Views across the countryside surround the centre which is being run as a charity. With free entry and open all year from 10am,  you can take a tour of the church alone or with a volunteer guide, browse the themed shop selling Alice related items, or take a quiet walk in the peaceful surroundings.


I found it very interesting and the calm nature of the old church grounds makes it a lovely place to visit. I will definitely be going back.

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Every home should have one…

                                                                                                  …….That is all.


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