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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How to Keep Skin Healthy and Youthful at Any Age

How to Keep Skin Healthy and Youthful at Any Age Most of us aim to keep our skin looking healthy and youthful as we get older, but this will not happen overnight. To keep our youthful good looks, it is important that we take the time and effort to look after our skin and give it the tender loving care that it requires. Many people neglect their skin when they

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Home improvements you can do in a weekend [AD]

With us all being at home more than normal at the moment you might feel the time is right for finally getting around to doing all those home improvements you have been putting off for years.  I know we are!   Sometimes it can feel a bit daunting and overwhelming but if you break down any project into smaller chunks it feels a lot more manageable and you would then

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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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The social isolation diaries — Week 13

Week 13 of lockdown and here is  how it looked.  This is the week that we were told we could form a support bubble with another household and next week the shops re-open and secondary school children are heading back to school. No news on restaurants yet though, the hospitality industry is going to be decimated by this, as is the holiday industry.   There is talk that some hotels

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World Gin Day 2020

World Gin Day happens on the second Saturday in June every year, which means this year it is June 13th, today! I have written about gin ALOT over the years so thought I would do a round up post for you to have a read through in case any of the previous posts had escaped your attention. The funny thing is that I really didn’t like gin until about five

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Ever considered a yoga retreat at home?

This weekend I will be doing a yoga retreat at home, join me?   This time two years ago I was in the south of France attending a four day yoga retreat.  Not that I had ever done yoga before but the timing was right and I found myself flying on my own for the first time in decades to spend almost a week with total strangers, all in the

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Helping Your Child Bond With Your Cat: A Practical Guide

Introducing a child to a new pet, or even a family pet to a new child can sometimes be a daunting process. If you don’t do it the right way, it can be difficult for your child and your pet to form the kind of solid bond with each other than you no doubt want to foster. The bonds that children form with their pets are special and can last

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The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 12

The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 12 and It is hard to believe that we are still living with a deadly virus in our midst anymore.  If you look out the window, certainly where we are, traffic is pretty much back to normal, children are now beginning to walk back to school, and the queues for supermarkets don’t feel as long. At the beginning of the week we were being

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Slow Cooker Strawberry Cheesecake

Did you know you could make a slow cooker strawberry cheesecake?   People often associate slow cookers with stews, or casseroles, or in fact anything savoury.   And most definitely wintery.   It is less often associated with sweet things.   Like cheesecake.   Cheesecake?  In a slow cooker?  I know.. I know… you think I have finally lost the plot.   But trust me, this works, and it says “summer” like nothing else.   And

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My apple punch recipe — AD

My apple punch recipe is a really simple non alcoholic drink, perfect a family get together (when we can have them again).    I was asked a little while ago if I would like to work with Jazz Apples, providing them with a recipe that would be featured in their latest e-book.  I jumped at the chance! Ten fellow bloggers were asked to submit their favourite recipes featuring Jazz Apples

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