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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When school holidays come around it’s hard trying to keep the kids entertained. The weather has been so mixed recently, so outdoor and indoor activities need to be on the list of fun things to do. I recently took the teen and his friends somewhere new, and as you know teenagers never usually want to go anywhere with the parents. But this was a bit different. The new Inflata Nation inflatable theme park has opened in Cheshire. When I asked if they’d like to come along to the preview evening our teen and his friends ‘jumped’ at the chance. The…

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Sunshine and sweet peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain Publication date 31 May 2018 When Kate’s happy ever after marriage falls apart she ups sticks and buys a cottage far away from her ex, her work and her friends. Kate plans to live alone quietly, putting her efforts into renovating the old cottage and gardens. Hoping the move to a place where no one knows her gives her the solitude she craves. Little did she know the quaint Nightingale Square, a close knit sharing neighbourhood, are determined to include their new neighbour. Wether she likes it or not. The cottages…

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With the recent spell of nice weather we decided to take Cholmondeley Castle Gardens up on their kind invitation to have a wander around the stunning gardens in Cheshire. The teen didn’t want to come, as usual. But the good news is, the gardens are child and dog friendly and the dog never says no so off we went. The day was a bit overcast but the grounds looked stunning despite the weather. The gardens are far bigger than I thought and there’s space for everything, children play areas, picnics, running around or relaxing. There is even an area for…

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Well, just as the snow storm arrived so did my order of spring shirts from Zara. I may have been a bit hasty but eventually spring WILL be here ….. honest. Here is my selection of shirts for Spring, what I’ve bought and what I’d like to buy. First is something we don’t often see, a reversible shirt. One day navy stripes next day red, this shirt feels lovely on and is quite roomy so hangs nicely and technically two shirts for the price of one. Zara £29.99 Next we have more stripes and although a bit ‘pyjamaish’ I love…

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