The social isolation diaries — week 3

The social isolation diaries — week 3 I have now got to the point where the days all roll into one and I am struggling to really know what day of the week it is.  There’s a meme going round about how those pants we all had as kids that have the days of the week printed on them would be really useful right now.  They are not wrong. This

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#BlossomWatch

National Trust launches #BlossomWatch to emulate Japan’s Hanami National Trust asks people to start a new tradition that emulates Hanami – the Japanese tradition of celebrating blossom  Conservation charity aims to build #BlossomWatch year-on-year to become an annual moment of celebration in nature’s calendar #BlossomWatch encourages people to enjoy blooming trees they can see from their windows or in their gardens and share their best images Fleeting chance to see blossom is one of

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The social isolation diaries — Week 2

Social Isolation diaries week 2 I cried over chicken breasts this week.   I found three packets of two in M&S and literally cried.  Seems as people started to realise that lockdown might become an actual thing panic buying is now a reality.  Not just for Christmas and incoming snow, but for the entire population on a weekly basis.  Fresh food of all types are now up there with loo

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International Waffle Day is today

International Waffle is today!  25th March and whilst everything around us seems to be changing I need to recognise days like this just to feel some semblance of normality, don’t you? Since international Waffle Day also falls around Easter I decided a few years ago to combine the two and decided I would experiment a bit.  Regular readers will know I am a huge fan of waffles and that this

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The social isolation diaries — Week 1

The social isolation diaries — Week 1 My granny was a hoarder.  When she moved down to Hampshire from Lancashire 11 years ago the removal company said they had never moved so much stuff for a single person in all their years of business.   When it arrived the boxes had to be stored in the garage and the shed until my parents could get them all unpacked there was

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Working from home

If you are lucky enough to have always purchased your dream home or you are looking at the moment, you may be looking at a quiet space, or want to buy double storey house or a small bungalow, it may be that you are not yet thinking about how that house may need to double up as a work space. At the moment many people are working from home and

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A note of caution from the National Trust

National Trust urges caution as good weather at the weekend could tempt people onto roads Trust warns that a good weather forecast combined with Mothering Sunday could tempt people onto the roads and toward tourist hotspots Coast and countryside will be open as usual but people are urged to use local outdoor space and not travel unnecessarily, in line with government guidance Trust has pledged to allow free access to

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Anxiety increasing? Here’s some tips

I have felt my anxiety increasing recently so knowing how to keep it, and my mental health in check during self isolation or social distancing has been as important to me as worrying about keeping my physical health in check. In all the news stories and updates I have watched over the past few weeks (and trust me I have watched hours) I haven’t seen much about how to keep

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How a basement adds value to your property

Have you ever considered adding a room to your home? You may be looking to expand your family or create a second living space, but have you thought about the way you hope to do this? Basements can increase the value of your property massively, and by finishing the space you can ensure that you have extra living space for the whole family. A basement can be a new lounge,

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Planning for the Future: Fun Things to Save Up For

Most of us work pretty hard. We’ll work nine to fives. We’ll take on overtime. Some of us have more than one job. Some of us have side hustles and side projects. But at the same time, many of us end up really focusing on the present – what we want and need right now and how we’re going to get by. This is a shame. Really, when we’re working

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The best gifts for the chocoholic in your life

We all have that one person in our lives who are addicted to chocolate. But what do you buy for the person who has an insatiable desire for cocoa goodness? If you are struggling to find a unique gift for the chocolate lover in your life, here are some ultimate chocolate gift ideas to get the gears turning. You are sure to find the perfect gift somewhere on this page,

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The laundrette of mum and dad

or in our case, the laundrette of mum and step dad!  Not that I mind to be fair but did you know that 70% of adults use their parents washing machine?  That’s according to new research from Beko and when I read it I have to say I am not surprised. When my eldest moved out with her boyfriend they moved into a flat that had a washing machine but

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