Page Turner – The most impressive libraries in the UK

  Sick of staring at screens, and looking for a good place to dive into a book? For the British bookworms among us, read between the lines and check out this list, detailing some of the most impressive libraries in the UK.    The John Rylands Library A free to visit public library that is frequented by students from the University of Manchester (eventually merging with the university in recent

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Visiting the Australian East Coast from Top to Bottom

If you have ever considered visiting the Australian east coast from top to bottom, now is the time to actually do it Australia is a country that combines the strange with the familiar. There’s no language barrier to get over, and the food is, for the most part, of the same sort that you might be used to. But there’s an enormous amount of extraordinary sights to see and places

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Mulled Cider Recipe

.Ever thought about mulling cider?  It is a little more subtle than mulled wine so here is a mulled cider recipe. This is a really quick recipe for mulled cider that you can either make to entertain friends or you can just make the bouquets and put them in a tin or a basket and give them as a gift. For the bouquets you will need a large Le Creuset

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Three Gentle Approaches to Try When Your Child Doesn’t Want to Visit Your Ex

Doing Christmas when you have divorced requires delicate handling, even if your children feel reasonably okay with the situation. But holidays aside, if your kid is not keen to visit or spend time with the other parent, the regular routine of visitations can be extremely challenging and painful for all involved. Showing aversion to the other parent is a natural response for children after a divorce. The key is managing

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What are your ingredients for a 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, candlelit tours 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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How to spend a long weekend in Dubai with the kids

Dubai is a destination that has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years and it is now one of the major tourist destinations in the world and one which is constantly developing. It is often associated with the rich and global elite, and while you certainly will find them here, it has also become much more affordable which makes it a great place to take the kids for a long weekend.

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There’s a four day 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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