I was lucky enough to read an early kindle copy of Heidi Swain’s new book, another heart warming romantic read. Hayley, the Wynthorpe Hall housekeeper, has a disastrous engagement party at the pub. With the whole village in attendance distraught and embarrassed she decides to leave her village home and move into Wynthorpe Hall to escape the gossip. Welcomed by her employers the Connelly’s and her colleagues. They prove to be more like family than her own.  Rallying around her as she tries to mend her broken heart. Vowing to concentrate on a future without relationships, love and romance…

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When I was looking for some light artwork for the living room I decided to have something made. I’d seen the floral artwork by a local artist Claire Pitt, and wondered if she could make something for our home. Claire specialises in personalised items, initials, gifts for weddings, births and anniversaries. Her Mother’s day pieces make beautiful presents. But as she was talking about expanding her range I approached her with an idea. Usually specialising in hand crafted delicate floral initials I commissioned some word art which fitted in with her usual style. We discussed colours and flower styles, she…

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The Wives is the latest novel by Lauren Weisberger of The Devil Wears Prada fame. This book continues the life of Emily Charlton, once assistant to Miranda Priestly at Runway Magazine. Now a highly sought after stylist to the stars. But all is not well… Emily’s business is taking a hit from an up-and-coming social media whizz. At the same time Emily is avoiding Miranda Priestly who is persistently hounding her to plan a prestigious event. Emily sees an item on the news and escapes to help a friend in need. Old friend and Model from the Runway days Karolina,…

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If there’s ever been a county that has a vast variety of house prices it’s Cheshire.  From Halton to Alderley Edge, Warrington to Wilmslow, there’s something for everyone. We have all heard of the Cheshire Wives and their mansions but there are lots of us in lovely locations where property prices aren’t as expensive. Outside Warrington alongside the Bridgewater Canal our location is close to some lovely Cheshire countryside and villages. We’ve been here for 21 years and it’s been a fab place to bring up our boys. With the new Mersey Gateway Bridge commuting is easier than ever.  This…

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If you’re anything like me then this week will be spent finding a gift for the Dad in the family. When it’s present time for the Dad in our house we always try to find something that he really wants or might not usually buy for himself.  As funds won’t stretch to a 3D printer here’s a few less expensive ideas for Father’s Day gifts. 1.For outdoor Dads who like camping or like us, boating, there’s always a need for decent reliable torches. This Varta indestructible torch and lantern are ideal for boating and camping. The Torch incorporates a bottle…

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