Looking back on 2021 — Part two

For the first part of my looking back on 2021 click on this link: Part One This though is part two of my retrospective for 2021, a year I thought nothing had really happened but when going through my phone looking for those to include showed that on average I took 1100 photos a month last year so clearly some things were happening! And it has been good to look

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Looking back on 2021 — Part one

I always feel as though I need to round off a year with a blog post. I need that full stop somehow, and if ever a year needed a full stop it was 2021. So here is my post looking back on 2021. On a personal level I fell off the blog cliff. It was neglected and mostly ignored. In my head I was favouring instagram and trying to post

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Banoffee Trifle Recipe

“Banoffee Trifle” I hear you say. Yes that really is a thing. A magnificent thing. Basically this is a seven layer cheesecake but because it has custard, caramel and cream I think of it as a trifle. Mine uses biscuits because I didnt have cake in the house, but if you want to use banana bread / sponge cake then you can do that instead of the biscuits. PS if

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Christmas Gift Guides 2021 — The one for toddlers and children {AD}

It’s that time of year! It’s Christmas Gift Guide time, and the first one I am hitting publish on is this one for toddlers and children. It has been lovely saying yes to trying out and reviewing toys and gifts for this Children’s Christmas Gift Guide that I know Lily is going to love this year. Previously I have declined accepting items we wont be able to use so its

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Pull the Pin Gin — A review

This post features a Pull the Pin Gin, a product sent to me for review and inclusion in a gift guide but I loved it so much I decided to do a stand alone review post. Pull the Pin Gin is the brainchild of Tom Foster who knows all about spices having collected them in his kit bag the world over when he was in the army. The company was

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Scentered and the power of smell — AD

“It just smells of home to me”. That’s what Jonnie said to me the other day when he got a waft of a perfume I had just sprayed. It was one I had worn for years but hadn’t recently and as we both smelled it we reminisced about how that particular smell does that and how the perfume my mum wears reminds us of a house they lived in for

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Autumn family fun with the National Trust in and around Hampshire — October 2021

Come on an autumn adventure at National Trust places in and around Hampshire. It’s a treat for the senses, introducing children to the tangy smells of rich earth, fallen leaves and apples ready to harvest. Sounds change in autumn too, with the rustle and swish of crunchy foliage, and the plop of falling conkers in our woodlands. From an eco time travelling sound adventure at Mottisfont, to harvest fun and

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Cockerings by Stevyn Colgan — A review

Cockerings is pronounced Corrings by the way, as Bruce explained to me when he finished reading it recently and asked if he could do a review. Are you a ‘dash-into-the-bookshop-at-the-airport’ kind of person? Perhaps you’re more of a ‘loiter-in-the-bookshop-over-coffee’ type? Either way, I’d say Cockerings by Stevyn Colgan is a great addition to any book collection. Personally, I think it’s a great answer to the “What book shall I buy

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Top five places to eat in Guernsey

You might think for such a small island it wouldnt be very easy to write a top five places to eat in Guernsey post but you couldn’t be more wrong. You might also be surprised to hear that there is a distinct lack of fast food places too. No McDonalds, Pizza Express or Dominos. Not a whiff of KFC or Burger King. They don’t want the rubbish that fast food

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The Little Chapel, Guernsey

Blink and you will miss the turning into the lane that leads you to The Little Chapel, Guernsey. And you can’t see it from the road so you need to trust the signpost. Follow the lane down to the gift shop and you will find ample parking, and a good opportunity to buy some local souvenirs and grab a cup of tea. There is no entry fee for The Little

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Oxford Rye — a review

I must admit I have never tried a drink made from rye before but when I saw that The Oxford Artisan Distillery had produced “Oxford Rye” I was intrigued. TOAD make a fabulous gin just outside Oxford and we were lucky enough to get a behind the scenes peek at the Distillery a few years ago when we also met Tom who runs the distillery. The gin is fabulous, the

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Why is it so hard to get HRT?

I am going to start this off by saying I dont have any answers to that question, so if you are expecting me to give you the answer, and how to find the holy grail of missing patches or elusive gels, this isnt the post for you. I can however give you my experience on why it is so hard to get HRT First of all some background. Back in

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