Christmas 2020 Gift Guide for Foodies

This guide contains products sent to us for inclusion in a gift guide   Wondering what to buy for the foodies in your life?  Well you have come to the right place!!  Here is my Christmas gift guide for foodies   Spice Pots These little pots could be an absolute game changer for anyone who loves making curry at home.  The pots contain the perfect spice blends for different curries,

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A special Christmas with Moonpig — #AD

I think it is safe to say that this year we are all going to be approaching Christmas differently, aren’t we?   Where the number of people around our Christmas table is usually between 10 and 12 this year we are going to be a maximum of 6 and are painfully aware that many are facing the very real prospect of being alone, or separated from their loved ones.  And

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Sous Chef BBQ Smoker — Review

  Time was if you wanted to have a barbecue you had to have a patio, or a garden, with enough space to stand the thing on.   You also needed a gas bottle, or had to have a huge bag of charcoal on hand in order to fuel it.   Then once lit it was up to one person to stand by and keep an eye on the food

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Boxsets for Lockdown, The Sequel

Need some binge worthy boxsets for this latest lockdown? Of course you do, we all do.  We all need a bit of escapism, if only for 20 minutes or an hour, a six part mini series or five seasons that take us through weeks, switching off the outside world and collapsing with some binge worthy boxsets is just what we all need for this latest lockdown. The Queens Gambit —

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5 ways to be greener in 2021 — AD

  There is no denying it, we all need to be greener, to think more about the impact we are having on the environment, and to, well, just doing more to think about our green credentials.   So with that in mind here are my 5 ways I think we can be greener in 2021. Sign up to Save Money Cut Carbon Club This is a game changer for me,

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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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Maximizing your outdoor space (AD)

This is a collaborative post 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

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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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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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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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The social isolation diaries — week 17

week 17 of lockdown Have you had a haircut?  I am loving mine, and could have cried when I finally saw my hairdresser on Tuesday.  I was terrified we would go into a local lockdown like Leicester and my appointment would have to be cancelled.  I know that sounds pathetic but I hate having messy hair and looking bedraggled, so getting my haircut and  catching up with my hairdresser was

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