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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I have arthritis, I don’t say it often as I try to ignore it, but it’s a big health issue. Wanting to exercise I get so envious of runners because it’s the one thing I would do if I was able. So on a positive search for something I can do I’ve discovered hula hooping. Using a weighted hula hoop 10 minutes a day can make a difference to your fitness level and your waist. My hoop is from Argos and cost about £15. Hooping isn’t a new thing. Not only did we all do it as kids there is…

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The sun is shining on my favourite seat, a place I love to sit with a book. So I found my kindle and quickly looked through my recommended reads and wow, I found a treat. Life, dreams, unrequited love and family drama make this book a great read. Drawing me in and wanting to know what happens next. Broke barmaid Fern has a regular singing set between bar shifts in the London pub where she works. Singing her heart out to drunken chatting customers night after night. Always trying to help her family. Fern supports her fed up Mum, selfish…

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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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