The Oat Sheaf, Fleet — A review

Step inside the recently refurbished Oat Sheaf in Fleet and you might think you were stepping inside one of those members only clubs you see on the telly, not a pub on the main crossroads in our home town. The Oat Sheaf has been closed recently so that it could undergo an extensive refurbishment but Mr B and I were invited along to an exclusive sneak peek this week, ahead

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How to Make the Most of Halloween this October

  Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate this spooky holiday than to take the kids to a great haunted event? You’ll find plenty of events being hosted around the UK. So, if you want to make the most of Halloween this October, or you just want to take your mind off Brexit, here you’ll discover some great spooky ideas the family will love. Thorpe

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Visiting Vienna with your children

  If you have kids and are looking for a good city to take them to for a few days, Vienna could be exactly what you are looking for. It is an extremely child-friendly place. Over the past decade or so, city officials and residents have been actively working to make it a destination for families.  Opera for children The Viennese are huge fans of opera. It is not a

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A weekend in France cooking curry

If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed that we recently spent a weekend in France cooking curry.   I even wrote about the house we stayed in for Window Wednesday recently, but I didn’t really talk much about the weekend itself in that post. You might think that if you wanted to go away on a foodie weekend to learn about cooking curry you would go to

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Heard of Beauty Pie? Here’s how it works

Beauty Pie, heard about it? Or have you seen the ads and been slightly confused and thought  “how does Beauty Pie work”? Chances are that if you are on Instagram or Facebook then you will have seen an advert for Beauty Pie because their ads are everywhere but if you aren’t on there then Beauty Pie might have passed you by and that would be a shame. Why? Well because

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How to travel as a family, with minimal problems

Planning to travel as a family but want to ensure there are minimal problems whilst you are away? Here’s what you need to do. Going on vacation as a family is one of the coolest things you can do. As a human being, you’re supposed to explore the world and get to know what this entire planet has to offer. If you’re up for that kind of experience, then why

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The Pig — Window Wednesday

The Pig in Brockenhurst is just one of the Pig hotels on the south Coast and is the focus of  Window Wednesday this week. Other Pigs can be found in Southampton, Studland, the Mendip Hills, Devon, Kent and Cornwall but it was the one in the New Forest that Annie and I plumped for when we wanted somewhere for lunch this week.   The setting couldn’t have been more perfect, easily

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A special bungalow — Window Wednesday

  A very special bungalow features on Window Wednesday today. It was early in the year when we saw the bungalow for the first time on Rightmove.   Despite it being slightly over budget the estate agent had assured us that it ticked all the boxes we had set and the vendors may be open to an offer since we were keen to move fast and it had been on

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Jousselin — Window Wednesday

  Jousselin, a stunning nine bedroom house in the French Countryside features on Window Wednesday today.     I have always had a thing about windows, about the view through them that gets perfectly framed by the frame itself, or by stained glass and the stories they can tell.  To me they perfectly encapsulate a moment, a view, a feeling and when I look at the photo afterwards I can

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Another crazy day at Barrow Towers — AD

Life this summer has been bonkers, some would say ridiculously so.   No two weekends have been the same and many haven’t gone to plan (this last one being a case in point.  We were looking forward to being at home and doing nothing but then at two hours notice we were on our way to Manchester so I could spend eight minutes on the BBC Breakfast sofa).   At

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Visiting Rome for the first time

If you are planning on visiting Rome for the first time this tourist guide article is for you. Below, are details of some of the things every first-time visitor should consider experiencing and enjoying. If you are planning a visit to Rome and have never been before, this tourist guide article is for you. Below, are details of some of the things every first-time visitor should consider experiencing and enjoying.

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Jesy Nelson, Odd One Out

Did you see the Odd One Out, Jesy Nelson documentary on TV recently?  I have to admit I started to watch it, fully intending to watch it all as Jesy detailed being trolled online.  I am ashamed to say that once Jesy started talking about trying to take her own life as a result of the online abuse in 2013 I couldn’t watch anymore.   Listening to Jesy Nelson, a

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