It all started many months ago. The company, Exclusive Ballooning, sent an intriguing e mail asking if we would like to take part in a cross London flight. It would be in aid of The Lord Mayor’s charity and all those interested should apply.
On my 50th birthday - almost ten years ago now - I was in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, on a holiday that took me to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and all points in between.
Do Support Debbie Flint's Table Top Sale At Wotton Village Hall On Saturday August 8th In Aid Of Medical Detection Dogs!
On Saturday August 8th, Debbie Flint is holding a tabletop sale at Wotton Village Hall between 11am and 5pm in aid of a cause close to her heart, Medical Detection Dogs.
If you suffer with swollen feet, finding footwear for a summer wedding or party can seem like ‘mission impossible’. Luckily, Cosyfeet offer a gorgeous lightweight sling-back that lets you look great without your feet having to pay the price.
Did you know that natural Aloe Vera soothes sunburn? Out in the sun, even when using sun cream, we can all overdo it sometimes.
Swanwick Writer’s School has been happening at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire each summer for 67 years. I first heard the name when my mother came in the early years, with members of Nottingham Writers Club.
I have been thinking about British traditions and have found one for each month of the year. Here’s a list of events you may or may not have heard of. Some ancient, some new and some downright quirky events that will, or have continued, to take place in Britain this year.
Every man likes to have a good shave I am sure without any rash developing or painful nicks from a razor. The Personal Barber sends out monthly supplies and may well solve all your problems and ensure an excellent result every day.
Thank you to everyone who took part in my Lipogram Competition. Two winners have been chosen. It was a difficult decision for the judge who enjoyed reading all of your superb entries. Lipograms are difficult to write, but highly satisfying to complete.
When we came back to the UK in 2002 it was to move into a house we had bought four years earlier. We slowly got dragged into village life and never realised how our lives would change through joining our Community Council.
Today I am thrilled to be interviewing MasterChef Champion 2015, Simon Wood. A very worthy winner I am sure you will agree!
Here is a sad poem for all feline lovers out there.
For many years now, herbalists have been campaigning for statutory state regulation, both to protect the public from unqualified practitioners and to secure our legal status.
A recent debate on another site for the more mature browser really surprised me. Being of the mature generation myself, I was surprised to read my contemporaries ranting on about the 'waste of money', 'all a con', 'just a way to charge more' and so on.
Time to declutter my clothes, I must do it, but can I really throw away my Jeff Banks jacket from 1970? Yes, you read that correctly, 1970. And it still fits!! But I will probably never wear it again. Is it time for eBay maybe? Then there are my Levi's from the same year. They don't fit. And goodness, a Laura Ashley full length dress. Too scared to try that on! I distinctly remember buying the dress from one of the first Laura Ashley shops that opened in Oxford in 1972.
The dragon and her winged sister were chatting on the phone last week and decided it would be nice to get together; they haven’t seeneach other for all of a month. She came down here last time, so it was the fire breather’s turn to go up there; up there, being Glasgow.
Elizabeth Bailey has shared with us a poem that her mother wrote on July 6th 2015. She is 94 and stricken with Alzheimers.
Have you ever written a Lipogram? They are very difficult, but not impossible and can be a fun way to spend an hour or two!
Summer is well and truly upon us now and here are some super photos from the gardens of our friends and my own. Hope you enjoy looking at the photos and agree how lovely they all are.
Hives in New Zealand
As the spring days begin to lengthen, we are reminded that soon the long, glorious days of summer will be here – or at least we hope! But in our gardens the year is already well advanced with the garden echoing to the sound of humming and buzzing emanating from a variety of winged creatures including the ever industrious bees.
‘And take your blue budgie with you!’ David’s last angry words rang in my ears as he slammed the front door of the police house in my face, and on my marriage.
This is another great recipe from my current box of Simply Cook meals. We are 'travelling' to Korea this time!
Between 2004 and 2006, David Thomas experienced a series of disasters in his life, culminating in being told that he only had terminal cancer and only a short time left to live.
The best thing about this tomato flan is, you can make it the quick and simple way for every day lunch or you can jazz it up and it looks good enough for the centre piece of a special buffet.
My box of Simply Cook recipes and ingredients to try is proving irresistible!. The next dish I cooked was Hot Cajun Meatballs.
Sandals with socks have the ability to divide the nation as much as Marmite or a General Election. Some detest the look while others love the comfort.
I have to admit that I do tend to cheat with curries and use a well known jar of curry sauce, so this was going to be an interesting and hopefully, an enjoyable experience eating this type of curry.
Do you know, since I decided to keep you up-to-date with how I’m taking on retirement head on, I just haven’t had a moment to tell you about it!
You are never too old have a go at something different, that’s what I try and tell myself.
Photo by courtesy of Brian O'Donahue
This poem was meant for my greyhound friends, but applies to all rescued pets.
On June 19th I met Titli Nihaan founder of Titli's Busy Kitchen and spent an entertaining and very interesting two hours with her. Here are some questions Titli has kindly answered for us.
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On April 12th 2015, me and my husband (I can’t say my husband and I, or I would sound like the queen) left our home in Cornwall and set off ‘up country’.
By Andrew Dunn (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commonsmiley
At 4.15am this morning I was looking at the sky which was a vivid red colour. As the saying goes, "red sky in the morning,shepherds warning". I should have taken a photo of it with my ipad.
Why Not Try Cooking This Eggless, Fatless, Sugarless Cake? It is Delicious! Maybe Make One For Fathers Day Tea?
This is a truly delicious cake, which is perfect for those on a diet as there's no added fat or sugar. The sweetness comes from the fruit. I even make it at Christmas. It's great covered in marzipan and icing.
Do you help run a group, club or charity that benefits older people? Could your organisation do things better with a £500 award?
Fed Up With Meat Curries? Try This Aubergine And Chickpea Curry, It Is Very Tasty And Perfect For Vegetarians Too!!
Here is an excellent vegetarian curry which is easy to prepare and delicious to eat. The following recipe will serve two - three people.
Can You Help Hereford Guide Dogs For The Blind By Voting For Them To Become Hereford Sainsbury's Charity Of The Year?
If you are a Herefordshire resident, you may not be surprised to learn that this beautiful rural county homes the highest percentile of people living with sight loss, around 3.9%, in comparison to the rest of the UK, which currently stands at an estimated 2.95%.
Coffee, lots of different types of coffee, all strengths, all flavours, some instant, some ground, some good, some awful. So, I saw the website https://www.pactcoffee.com/and they have very kindly sent me a pack to try!
Here’s a link to an article in the Guardian on June 12th 2015. Gone are the days when intrepid plant-hunters could plunder the resources of the world and give nothing back.
Snow Maidens, a Star and an unknown quantity - read on!
Whether you believe in it or not, superstition plays a role in all our lives. Each of us uses it to one extent or another and I wouldn’t believe anyone who said they didn’t.
The weather has just begun to warm up, the daffodils and forsythia have just about flowered (although they seem very late this year) and I have just begun a spring clear out. This is a prelude to the spring clean. And for which, there is a reason.