Christmas Pudding Crumble

Wondering what to do with leftover Christmas Pudding? Well here’s an idea: “Christmas Pudding Crumble” We had a couple of puddings leftover this year and I know in theory we could keep them until next year but I am really bad at buying things, shoving them in a cupboard, forgetting about them and then buying them again.  So I was determined that this year that didn’t happen, hence needing ideas

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Looking back at 2019

I keep looking back at 2019 thinking it was a really crappy year, that it was one I would like to forget.  And in so many respects it really was.  Except whilst looking through all the photos I took last year I realised that there were also lots of highs, points worth remembering, and that hopefully will be the bits I remember when I look back on those 12 months

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Avebury Stones

It is hard to believe that the Avebury Stones date back to pre-historic times when you are standing up close to them.  Hard to imagine just what they could tell you if they could speak.  Or that you can get so close to them, that they aren’t fenced off in order to preserve them. The Avebury Stones and the Henge monument are particularly unusual, not just because it’s the largest

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A Christmas trip to The Vyne

In that weird period between Christmas and New Year we decided to do a Christmas trip to The Vyne.  I had been the week before  to see Christmas at the Vyne decorated with its Charles Dickens theme, but Lady Barrow (Bruce’s mum) had never been.   Lady B and Jim had driven past the signs for it many many times but somehow never managed to stop and visit.  So with

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The Brighton i360

Yes, British Airways i360 is a 162m observation tower on the seafront in Brighton.  Yes it holds 175 people and yes it does indeed weigh a total of 100 tons. But beyond the figures the Brighton i360 is a must see attraction if you are on the south coast of England.  It’s a venue that hosts events such as “Yoga in the Sky” and allows you enjoy a glass of

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The perfect comfort food? — AD

What are your ingredients for a perfect comfort food?  Years ago when my children were younger and away at their dad’s I would curl up on the sofa with a bowl of hot spaghetti, covered in olive oil and pepper and make the most of having the TV remote to myself.   It was hot, quick and crucially at that stage of my life, cheap.     When Mr B

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Christmas houses and festive stories

Experience a sparkling and colourful Christmas at National Trust places with Christmas houses, candlelit tours and festive stories in and around Hampshire If you’re looking for a really special festive experience this winter, step into Christmas at one of our beautiful historic houses. National Trust places around Hampshire feature sparkling decorations, fresh winter greenery, Christmas houses and festive family trails. Classic Christmas stories are brought to life at The Vyne

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Amazon Black Friday event!

There’s a four day Amazon Black Friday event coming up later this month and it’s not just online.  Love it or hate it, Black Friday is now a firm part of our pre-Christmas build up and each year it gets bigger and better in my opinion, with Amazon really leading the way on how to do a decent sale.  None of this “up to 50% off” and you find it

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From now on this is my politics free place

I don’t know if it was ever a conscientious decision to make my social media accounts happy places, to say out loud “this is my politics free place” but as I think about the direction I want my blog and accounts to go in it feels like the right decision. When I wrote an apology letter to my children after the Brexit result (you can read it here: Dear Kids, I

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The one about alcohol

This is the one about my thoughts on alcohol.  I thought it might be timely with many people celebrating going booze free for October. First of all I am going to nail my colours to the mast and say that I don’t really buy into the school of thought that thinks giving up booze and shouting about it for a month is a good idea.  Though to be fair it

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I am going to be a granny!

Yep, the news is out.  I am going to be a granny.  Mr B is going to be a grandpa. A couple of weeks ago Caity and Dan popped in one Sunday morning and presented us each with a present wrapped in tissue paper.  It felt like a mug and they said we had to open them at the same time.   We had no idea they would have “Grandma”

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Rigby and Peller

Last weekend I decided to head off to Rigby and Peller to stock up on some bras that actually fit me properly. Because we all need support, right?  I can’t think of a single scenario in which we don’t need support to do what we do.  And in order to do what we do we need to feel comfortable.   That has to start with the basics I believe, like

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