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. It 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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The idea to make a flower arrangement started when we finished decorating the hall & I wanted a white flower arrangement between the lamps on the hall table. I’d seen a lovely one in Next and was considering buying it, even at £50! Looking on Instagram I saw the artificial peonies The big door wreath company had for sale & they were stunning. So I decided to try and make my own arrangement. Before I continue this let’s get something straight, I have never been a maker or crafter or flower arranger so, although very simple, this is something totally unusual for me. The…

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We have set ourselves a challenge, we’ve decided to clear out and update our study. As the ‘other half’ prepares to part-retire a clutter free home office is required. I have dreams of a white desk and bookcases, the desk across the window looking out onto the garden. The husband isn’t bothered he just wants somewhere clear to work and a shelf to store his files. Working from home can be a luxury but it has it’s challenges, not just choosing a nice desk and testing comfy office chairs, there are pro’s and con’s:   There is no dress code…

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