This week we’ve had some WI ladies staying over, they were walking from Malvern to the NFWI Annual Conference in Liverpool in support of the Women’s Institute Climate change resolution – of course I wanted the house to look spotless. Having Arthritis means I can’t do a blitz of the house, and vacuuming is a struggle especially with the wires. Numatic have recently launched their Cordless Henry – so it was the perfect opportunity to test this out. I found the cordless Henry is slightly lighter than the classic Henry vacuum, making it easier for me to pull from room…

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This time next week I will be getting ready to collect my new car. This year I had some extra decisions to make, my current car is Diesel and although i’ve been very happy with it the news of diesel pollution and implementing extra costs has made me think twice about getting another.  I’m writing this in collaboration with forum insurance, I decided to do a bit of my own research, although nothing is certain, charges and taxes have been discussed. what’s in store for diesel drivers? 27 cities may bring in diesel charges for drivers. Emissions surcharges, extra parking fees…

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Before we got a dog I never watched pet programmes, now I see them all the time, has there always been this much dog TV? There are 8.5 million dogs in the UK so I suppose there is an audience out there for these programmes. There’s a new one starting soon about dog health, I imagine there’ll be a segment on obesity as I read the average UK dog is 22% overweight. When Ralf the rescue puppy came to live with us we had advice and guidelines from the rescue centre about his care and wellbeing. One piece of advice…

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In November 2011 we decided to have Solar panels installed. The ‘other half’ had been researching them for years, way before the Govt decided to encourage people to get them. Trying to be a bit more self sufficient he also wanted a generator and a woodturner, two out of three isn’t bad, but he’s still angling for a generator in the garage. Although we live in the North West the back of the house is full south facing so we invested a bit of the pension money on having them installed, as it was fairly early days the panels were…

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Keeping your kids occupied has always been a challenge, especially from the minute they start toddling. When my boy was small we went to Mums & Tots at the Community centre, this was as much for me as him. Chatting with other mums whilst having a cup of tea and the children played for an hour was a welcome break in our day. When he was bigger and I went back to work in a Primary School I often heard about different groups through people asking to put information in our newsletter, in fact, even though my boy is now…

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