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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Before I start I’ll just say… by the time I had read a third of this book I was reading some words in a sing song welsh accent and loving it. Set in a small seaside village in Wales, Ceri Price a social media entrepreneur plans on a flying visit to Dwynwen to scatter her mothers ashes. A misunderstanding lands Ceri a job in the pub and she stays a bit longer than she intended. In the village of Dwynwen Ceri finds kindness, friendship and the chance of love. But mostly a more meaningful purpose than she’s felt in a…

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When my teenager said he needed new headphones for his PS4 I had no idea what to get. So when Maplin offered a Logitech headset to review it was perfect timing and he was thrilled to try them.   We received the G433. A wired set with easy set up that has a variety of attachments to fit all your main systems, from listening to music to playing games. A case is included, ideal for keeping everything together. If you use the headset on a pc you can have the added advantage of surround sound, on all other devices it’s…

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