An open letter to Tanya Gold

Dear Tanya Well this is weird, I feel like I am writing to myself.  Maybe I should explain, or at least introduce myself.  This is an open letter to you, Tanya Gold, from me, a woman who shares the same first name as you but I fear that might be where the similarities end. I had the misfortune to read your latest piece in the Telegraph this week that sat

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Beano Time Travellers at Mottisfont

Mottisfont might be my favourite of all the National Trust properties, especially at this time of year.  If you haven’t been, then you really should because the walled garden, full of roses really is  stunning.  You can smell it before you even reach it and I have written about it here: Mottisfont’s Rose Garden but I wanted to let you know about an opportunity to win a day pass to

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Why nobody should be mean online

I read two things this week about why nobody should be mean online.  One was a pithy statement from Em Clarkson on Instagram who was responding to the “just don’t read the nasty comments” sentiment with “what would be better was if people didn’t leave the f*cking comments in the first place”.  So true. Then this morning I read this great article on Medium entitled “Why being mean online is

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Why selling a house is like Brexit

It has dawned on me over the past few months that selling a house is very much like Brexit.    First of all it takes forever.   Much longer than anybody either estimates or claims at the outset.   Of course nobody tells you it will take that long, that you will wonder if you should book things for weekends in the future.  If you can book a foreign holiday

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What I learned at the FA Cup Final

Last Saturday I made my second visit to Wembley to watch the FA Cup Final.  Both times it was to watch Manchester City play against another team beginning with W in an FA Cup Final.   The first time was against Wigan in 2013 and the less said about that result for my Man City supporting husband, the better.   This time the FA Cup final was against Watford and

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Dear Meghan

May I call you Meghan?  I feel I can because I have followed you since I first watched you in Suits.   I might have even done a proper high five into the air when you told Mike exactly how things worked in the officers of Spector Litt (or whichever incarnation of the name was on the door when the series started.  There have been so many changes, and it

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Kids and weddings. A fatal combination?

Let’s be honest, kids + weddings = a screaming toddler in the back of the Church, right as the vicar says, ‘speak now, or forever hold your peace’. Not ideal, really, is it? Whilst it simply isn’t advisable to invite a bunch of screaming toddlers to the ceremony itself (sorry, guys…) there are many ways to keep kids entertained at your wedding reception. In fact, putting in a little bit

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Happy 8th Birthday MummyBarrow

My blog is 8 today. Eight years ago today I took the advice of Sophie at Super Amazing Mum and started telling the stories I’d been sharing on Twitter on my own blog.   As the original tagline said “because 140 characters isn’t enough”. Life hasn’t been the same since then really, I have often said that blogging has changed my life, and I am not kidding.   The opportunities

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Why Are the Canary Islands Still One of the Top Destinations for Winter Sun? — AD

This is a collaborative feature When it comes to looking for family holidays, the Canary Islands will pop up as an option time and time again.  But just why do 5 million of us Brits choose this destination every year?  From the glorious weather to the diverse activities on offer, here are just some of the reasons why:  You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune  According to WeSwap, travellers in

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#WhatHomeIsToMe

What does home mean to you? Home to me is where I feel safest, and at my most comfortable, where I can relax.   Though I appreciate that my home is probably where a lot of other people would feel at their most comfortable and be able to relax.   My laid back approach to cleaning windows (ahem) would probably drive some people mad.  As would my obsession with cushions

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Supplements and the Menopause

  The menopause really is the gift that just keeps on giving.   I think people were shocked when I listed the recognised symptoms of the menopause in this recent post: My thoughts on the menopause. The idea that the menopause is about more than just periods and hot sweats, that this pesky hormone imbalance can lead to disruptions in so many of the body’s processes is an eyeopener to

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Caroline Hirons organised my face

Not even joking.   ACTUAL Caroline “possibly the most influential skincare blogger in the Western Hemisphere” (according to NewBeauty Magazine this month) Hirons has sorted out my face.  Okay so maybe right now I do have a spot the size of a small Mediterranean Island on my chin but I see that as proof that what I have been doing to my face, thanks to Caroline, over the past week

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