National Trust summer holiday adventures

Looking for more ways to keep everyone entertained during these last few long summer holiday days? You don’t have to go far from home to enjoy a change of scene, and experience new adventures in nature at your local National Trust place, in and around Hampshire. Explore wild woods perfect for hide and seek or building dens at Hinton Ampner, discover bridges over rivers where you can try your hand

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The social isolation diaries — week 20

I should probably think about renaming these now we are no longer in social isolation.  Week 20 though, twenty weeks since the drawbridge got completely pulled up and just a few weeks since it slowly began to lower again. Unless you’re in the beauty industry that is.   For this week, here in England, we had been told that the beauty industry would be able to open fully on August

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The social isolation diaries — Week 19

Week 19   Pick n Mix is back in Tesco.  If ever there was indication that we are being encouraged to “get back to normal” that feels like the surest one yet.   As I wandered into Tesco at the weekend I saw that the cafe was open, though hardly anyone was in there, and that the pick n mix was stocked again.  Though, everything in the little pods was

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Drive-in cinemas need to stay please!

Drive-in cinemas need to stay please! Drive-in cinemas in the US have been a thing since the 1930s and within thirty years there over 4000, but still there are very few here in the UK.   That was until lockdown, or rather the easing of lockdown.   With cinemas and theatres still closed, or with regular customers nervous about sitting near strangers for a few hours, drive-in cinemas have popped

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The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 18

Week 18   There’s no denying it is noisier, busier, harder to believe that all this <waves all around> is still going on.  To be honest if you had been in hibernation and only now returning to the open air it would probably take you a while to realise that we are actually still living with a pandemic in our midst.   There is very little to show for it

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Developing film with coffee

Developing film with coffee sounds like a line from Peter Kay’s standup routine. Cheese….cake? Developing film?…..with coffee?? oh yes, developing film by using instant coffee and other ingredients readily available in Tesco can be done. There’s a lot of boring chemistry I don’t understand, but the gist of it is that black and white film has elements of silver that react to light. Turning those into a picture uses chemicals ….or

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The social isolation diaries — week 17

week 17 of lockdown Have you had a haircut?  I am loving mine, and could have cried when I finally saw my hairdresser on Tuesday.  I was terrified we would go into a local lockdown like Leicester and my appointment would have to be cancelled.  I know that sounds pathetic but I hate having messy hair and looking bedraggled, so getting my haircut and  catching up with my hairdresser was

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The social isolation diaries — Week 16

Week 16 in lockdown Haircuts.  That is all we cared about this week.  Haircuts and when we can get one.  Since it was announced that hairdressers could open again on July 4th social media has been awash with people gleefully posting that they have an appointment booked.   Or smugly posting that they were in the salon at 12.01 on Saturday morning (lucky buggers). I had to wait until Tuesday

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Buying a Quooker, what you need to know

If you are thinking about buying a Quooker, or indeed any boiling water tap, there are one or two things you need to think about.   We didn’t really consider these things before we bought ours recently so I thought it might be helpful if I  wrote them all down! We had been thinking for a long time that we would like a boiling water tap so when our old

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The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 15

Week 15   That is an exact representation of the number of cups of tea I have drunk this week, a week that felt like it was a month long.   Probably because all the weeks are merging into now, aren’t they?  Though this was a lovely week as we got to welcome Lady Barrow into our support bubble.  Lady Barrow has been living on her own for the whole

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The social isolation diaries — Week 14

Week 14 of lockdown and it is all change again Might need to change the title of these now since we are no longer socially isolated.  Although in fairness we still pretty much are keeping ourselves to ourselves.  I have struggled to keep up with the rules recently, and worry that if I do something I think is right and post about it on line people will jump on me

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Curried chicken with mango dressing

This curried chicken salad with a mango yogurt dressing is the perfect weekend lunch, or lazy midweek supper.  Relatively cheap and all cooked in one dish, my favourite kind of meal! I am not normally a fan of fruit with savoury dishes (don’t get me started on pineapple on pizzas for instance) so tend to avoid things like this but actually this works and isn’t too over powering at all.

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