Now the new year is here I’m wondering about learning a new skill,  and hopefully seeing it through to completion. Last year I got a Ukulele and had planned to go to a class, but when the eldest realised I couldn’t even tell if it was in tune I knew it was downhill from there. Of course you don’t have to physically go to a class these days, with Youtube and online courses you can study almost anything anytime. The other half has already started some training at work.  With early semi-retirement in his plans this year his role will…

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Remember in the olden days when the only people with housework help were the Downton Abbey set, well today in the UK over 6 million homes have a cleaner or housekeeper. What was once thought awkward and embarrassing to say you employ a cleaner is now an everyday part of modern life. A third of people employing a cleaner say they just don’t have the time to do it themselves, whilst others say they can’t be bothered with the stress of arguing over who’s cleaning what. Whatever the reason It seems nowadays paying for help with housework is more a…

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A recent survey by Flogas said of 910 brits 85% of them have, at some point, considered moving away from the city to live “off-grid.” I’m not surprised by this at all, we all seem to lead such hectic lives now and I think people do want to get away from it all and find some peace. But could you actually do it? The closest we’ve come to getting away from it all is having a Narrowboat. Slowly cruising the canal at 4mph away from the hustle and bustle but It’s a real home from home with all the mod…

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I very rarely write about my chronic illness so this is my post, I wrote it for a health story series…. Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis A new study part funded by Arthritis Research UK has revealed that around 28 million people in the UK are living in chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis – almost triple the number experts had presumed. So i’m not alone then, just another 1 in 28million. I have had rheumatoid arthritis since I was 23. It started with a swollen ankle and a telling off from the doctor about my shoes, and finished 18…

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. I recently attended a talk on Dementia. I thought I knew what it was. It turns out I had no idea of how it destroys the brain bit by bit causing nerve cell death and tissue loss. Sounds frightening doesn’t it? I listened to Eula, the speaker, talk of her experience of working with Alzheimers and Dementia. She is passionate about raising awareness of the illness so it will no longer be stigmatised and to highlight the amazing work that carers and caregivers do. I have never been through so many emotions in an hour of listening to someone…

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