A review of the Catipilla Cat Scratcher (AD)

A review of the Catipilla Cat Scratcher   AD — This post contains an item sent for review If you know anything about our elderly cat, Bob, it’s that she rules the roost here at Barrow Towers.  As an example, we can no longer eat at our kitchen table as it is where she eats her food, and it is where she sits to keep an eye on the dog.

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Don’t Struggle With Debt- Five Tips To Help

Debt is something that many people struggle with. Whether its student loans, falling behind with a mortgage, credit card debts, or car finance, there are many different debts that affect your finances.    When you’re in debt there are many questions that ask such as ‘What is the UCC straw man?’, ‘How can I become financially free?’  ‘How can I get out of debt?’ and more.  The best thing you

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Maximizing your outdoor space

Creating an area in which you have room to spread out and relax in is one of the joys of owning your own home. Even better, is if this space happens to be outside, preferably in a position to capture the sun on those warm summer evenings. Even properties with a modest amount of outdoor space have the potential to offer a comfortable relaxation area with a few clever pieces

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Putting together the perfect bar cart

A bar cart is a lovely addition to every home, especially if you like a little tipple now and then. You don’t have to be a big drinker to have a bar cart (you could even take a leaf out of RHS Wisley’s book and add some plants!).  It’s just as acceptable to stock it up with soft drinks and enjoy a mocktail when you want one. There are some

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Dog products you’ll love! — #AD

Dog products we are loving this summer Mr Cheeks is not getting any younger (well, none of us are, are we?) and is of an age now where we have to take more care of him than we did when we first adopted him.   He is over ten now and definitely slowing down (unless you’re the postman knocking on the door, then he will still do the dash down

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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 21

Week 21, twenty one weeks, 147 days since the first announcement that Coronavirus was serious and we were going to be locked down and not able to move about as freely as we had before, or as we ever would again for a long time.   We finally got confirmation this week that our holiday in September to Morocco has been cancelled by BA and they have refunded our tickets.  To

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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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How You Can Help Your Child Make the Right Education Choices

How You Can Help Your Child Make the Right Education Choices As a parent, you want nothing but the best for your child. It starts from birth and continues well into their adult years. Of course, as they get older, it’s no longer you that is making the choices for them, yet you can still be supportive and helpful in those major life moments. Choosing the right education is exactly

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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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