On the weekend of 7/8 October communities across the country came together to create Fun Palaces. Fun Palaces can happen anywhere over the first weekend of October. They are free participatory by the community for the community. A Fun Palace is a temporary and moveable event made by local people coming together and bringing arts, sciences and crafts all free and fun to try. Working together and encouraging community engagement. I went and found an event to see what it was all about. I was greeted by a gorgeous mandala in the church grounds, I watched as the finishing touches…

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Our rescue puppy Ralf is such a lovely dog, he’s fun and friendly and mostly very calm. When we have visitors they always comment on how laid back he is for a young dog, but… He’s not an angel all the time! In fact we’ve just won a prize in a fun Instagram competition organised by The Dog House, a photo of your dog caught red pawed and in trouble. This photo won him some lovely dog treats.. …. and something I hadn’t seen before, a dog training App. This is going to be so useful as Ralf hasn’t been…

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In a recent conversation about Author Marian keyes I said ‘I’ve never read any of her books’ so on recommendation I’ve started with:  This Charming Man At first I couldn’t get into this book, the opening passages are written ‘diary like’ and very disjointed and I did wonder if this was the writer’s usual style, which I didn’t like at all. I soon realised this was only for the opening character Lola, as the four main characters, all women, each have their own voice (and font). Written in sections it flows back and forth between the women all connected by…

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When our boy was born we received so many congratulatory flowers, having a first baby at 40 was a shock to me but all of our friends and family were thrilled. Which was lovely, but secretly I’m sure they were ready to see if I took all the ‘advice’ I’d given them about parenting when I wasn’t one. I must ask them about that. When Flying Flowers sent me their info on baby blooms by birth flower I thought it was a fabulous idea. Flowers relating to horoscope traits of birth month, producing a more personalised bunch of flowers.  …

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When this line up was posted on social media in hope of finding a new home over 4000 people replied, and how could you not! Teddy, Ronnie, Ralf and Oscar were four boys from a litter of seven puppies being re-homed by Laurel Animal Rescue, previously neglected they were now cared for, clean and raring to go. I came across this photo when looking at information on buying a dog. After 12 years we felt we were ready to get the dog our teenager had always wanted, so I decided to send an email. I needed my email to stand…

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