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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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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