If the kitchen is the heart of the home, your dining room table and chairs have got to be one of the most significant furniture purchases you make with in your house. One of the main things we were looking for when we bought our house two years ago was a really nice dining area.… Read More Heart of the home
Thirteen years ago a hefty bundle of joy landed on my lap and turned my world upside down. Bringing up Harry has been challenging at times but hugely rewarding. I don’t profess to have all the answers, but here are a few things I wish I had known as a new mum. The guiltDon’t… Read More Advice to a new Mum from an old-ish Mum
Many of us have thought, at one time or another, how great it would be to leave the shackles of the day job and make a living from what truly makes us happy. But is it really possible? The lure of a regular income keeps many of us in jobs we otherwise may have left.… Read More Book review: Ruth Kudzi Is This It?
Living in a busy household full of dogs and kids, it is crucial that in our house we get the flooring absolutely right. With two Basset Hounds charging into the house on a daily basis covered in mud straight from the moors, the teenager arriving home from rugby practice or scout camp covered from head… Read More What flooring is best for you?
I’m not sure there is a place in Spain, or anywhere for that matter, with a worse reputation than Benidorm. A haven for lager drinking Brits abroad, it is defined by its English pubs, high-rise hotels and rowdy clientele. The television series Benidorm does nothing to change the public’s perception of the place, showing just… Read More Winter sun in the most unusual of places
A few bits I’ve picked up recently that will cheer up a March wintery day. 1. The Poundland faux Malone pomegranate candle £2. Created to rival the considerable more expensive Jo Malone version, these are available in small, medium and large with a burn time of between 35 and 50 hours. Not a hugely strong… Read More Spring £5 shopping favourites
AD Spring is supposed to be in the air but the freezing temperatures say otherwise and a cosy night in with some great TV is a lovely way to spend an evening. You can’t go wrong with the Panasonic GX800B TV which has some amazing features to help you get the very best television experience. … Read More What I’m watching this spring
Meet Darcey aged three and Dexter aged four our two Basset Hounds. If you’re thinking of getting a dog read this first. It might just dispel a few myths about this infuriating breed you just can’t help but fall in love with. They are not lazy The notion of a sleepy Basset Hound who hates… Read More Meet the Bassets
I’m alway sceptical of books that tell you how to be happy and transform your life with some magic formula. However having seen one of the authors, Andy Cope, speak at an event a few years ago I had an idea The Art of Being Brilliant might be a good read. The book, also written… Read More Book review: The Art of Being Brilliant
It’s a funny old thing grief, before you have experienced it you might imagine it to be a series of sad episodes, a few tears before really feeling like you are over it, then getting on with your life as normal. Of course, for those of us who have experienced it that couldn’t be further… Read More Slightly quirky ways of dealing with grief