Being secretary of a boat club and on the committee of the local Women’s Institute I need a good notebook. I’ve decided to try using a Bullet Journal in hope I can keep track of my tasks and events. At every boat club meeting I scribble notes on the back of the previous months minutes. I put a reminder in my phone for events but I never really look at the notes when I get back home. I’m hoping a bullet journal will encourage me to review my notes, add anything relevant and ideas I’ve had. A quick conversation I…

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When I came home to photos scattered over the kitchen floor I realised our dog Ralf had dragged a photo box out from a low shelf, luckily they were all still in one piece. The old holiday photos showed the older boys on a ‘flying sofa’ being pulled by a motor boat. I’d completely forgotten they had done this and actually can’t believe we let them. It made me wonder about all our photographs stored around the house and on the computer. Now our eldest is living and working in America I thought we could put together a fun mix…

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Making decorations for your christmas tree is a fun craft for children and adults alike. This year, for our Old Town Bloom community garden in the town centre, we got together with Hazlehurst Artists to make ornaments to decorate the space. It was great fun and there were lots of easy but effective designs to try. Using white modelling clay and wooden letter punches we cut out designs and stamped names or words onto the clay, they can be painted or rubbed with a gilt paste to give a sheen. These will be hung from the tree.  I’m definitely making…

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Wow! Last night I watched the Pride of Britain awards. It was a festival of smiles & tears from the red carpet through to the end credits. A mixture of celebrities and heroes graced the stage and the programme, as usual, didn’t disappoint. All of the award winners had stories of outstanding courage, bravery or dedication. Often they are people you’ve never heard of and the winners are not seeking recognition. But without the #PrideofBritain awards we would never hear these amazing stories, from the emergency services to the ordinary person who could be your neighbour. There were a couple of…

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Is your dog afraid of loud noises? Luckily Ralf doesn’t seem too bothered by them, but as we have quite a few firework displays in our area we will be home with him on Bonfire night just to keep him reassured. Here are some tips for keeping your dog feeling safe and secure around the sound of fireworks: Keep your dog indoors with windows and doors closed and with human companionship. Leave internal doors open so your pets don’t feel trapped. Drawing curtains can act as soundproofing and muffle loud outdoor noise. Provide background noise such as the TV, radio or…

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