10 top tips for budding gardeners

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I know I’ve said it before, but I kill plants. I don’t intentionally set out to kill, but that is the result – every time. My parents bought me a big green thing in a pot (don’t ask me for names) for my last birthday, which … [read more]

A brave man’s legacy

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So this is not my average frivolous rant, or product review. This is important. My brother in law, who I will call ‘Alan’ to respect his family’s privacy, has suffered four years’ of cancer. It began in his tonsil and eventually spread to his lungs … [read more]

An ordinary life: the best plot there is

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How do you write a biography about an unnamed person, who you’ve never met and who seems to have discarded their life’s work, in a skip? That was the question addressed by Alexander Masters, author of A Life Discarded, at last week’s book launch. Alexander … [read more]

Oh my aching bones

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I am falling apart, it’s official. Bad knees run in the family, which is ironic as I’m now not allowed to run. My last MRI scan showed that my kneecaps are slowly deteriorating and I have arthritis. It’s not a bad case, and the majority … [read more]

New year, new everything

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Happy new year! I hope you enjoyed Christmas/Chanukah/Winter Solstice or whatever else you celebrated. And that you feel rested from your break. We had a party of 13 guests on Christmas Day. The preparations were a back-breaker: eight hours in the kitchen on Christmas Eve … [read more]

2016 is dead. Long live 2017

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2016: move along As we crawl towards 2017, full of slightly stale mince pies and leftover Christmas pudding, I wanted to take a brief look back at 2016, before putting it in a box marked ‘shite’ and trying to forget all about it. It’s been … [read more]

Blogging for beginners

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So far in this series about blogging, I’ve covered why it’s such a good idea to start a blog, and my personal reasons for hogging this tiny little corner of the internet. Let’s say you have ideas for your first few articles, but don’t know … [read more]

How to Hygge

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We have invested a lot of time and money over the last five years, to create a welcoming house from our slightly drab, pebble-dashed 1930s semi. The Hubster did NOT love this house when we bought it. I could see the potential to make it … [read more]