10 simple Valentine’s at home ideas

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and love is in the air! While it’s a wonderful time to celebrate your affection for that special someone, it doesn’t have to break the bank or harm the planet. Candlelit dinner Create a romantic atmosphere by preparing a candlelit dinner at home. Cook your partner’s favorite dishes, set a beautifully decorated table, and enjoy an intimate evening without the restaurant price tag.

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Cote At Home’s Alpine Menu (ad)

During lockdown we had to find ways to celebrate birthdays that took into account the current restrictions. Cote became my go to for birthday celebrations and in fact it was whilst sitting in the garden enjoying a Cote beef wellington on Bruce’s birthday that we got the phone call to say that our first granddaughter had been born. So when I heard in the midst of a dreary January that

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100 Book Reading Challenges aren’t for me

In a world that seems to be constantly rushing, there’s an ever-increasing trend of reading challenges that encourage individuals to devour books at an astonishing pace. One such challenge that has gained significant popularity is the “read 100 books in a year” challenge. While some people find exhilaration in conquering this challenge, I have a different perspective. I believe that reading should be about more than just numbers, and in

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Why we need to listen to cabin crew

Five people lost their lives earlier this week when the plane they were on collided with another aircraft on the runway in Japan. Absolutely heartbreaking news. Miraculously all 397 on the Japan Airlines plane survived. How is that even possible? Well much is being made of the design of the aircraft, but an early report I read suggested a lot of it came down to the majority of passengers being

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Why 2024 needs to be the year of small

I often struggle with whether I need to define a year before it has begun. Should we put that expectation on the following 363 days on day three? Or should we do that at the end of the year, retrospectively? In previous years I have done it by way of a word of the year, such as the year of enough in 2018, or hope. This year I am going

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A Year of Joy, Challenges, and Resilience: Reflecting on 2023

As we bid farewell to 2023 and embrace the possibilities that a new year holds, it’s only fitting to take a moment to reflect on the journey we’ve navigated over the past twelve months. I wasn’t going to write a post like this because despite over 15,000 taken last year when I think about it I dont think we did, or achieved an awful lot. 2023, for our family, was

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Boozy Christmas Gift Guide 2023

Please note that some of the items in this gift guide have been sent for the purposes of inclusion in these gift guides. The majority have also now been donated to two local schools for their fund raising Christmas raffles Wines of Spain and Portugal Jigsaw Starting with something that isnt actually booze but perfect for the wine lover in your life. This Wines of Spain and Portugal Jigsaw is

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Why I am finally leaving Twitter

I finally managed to get to the point where I am ready to explain out loud why I am leaving Twitter. A notion I never ever thought possible. Twitter was always my happy place, the place I felt able to just hang out, barge into somebody else’s conversation, chat to a celeb like I we had been best friends forever, and spout what was on my mind knowing somebody would

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Guernsey’s bathing pools

Nestled along the captivating coastline of Guernsey, a charming gem in the Channel Islands, lie a collection of exquisite bathing pools. These picturesque havens, carved into the rocky shores, offer visitors an idyllic setting for relaxation, tranquility, and rejuvenation. They have recently seen a huge investment and now make for a must visit attraction. A Natural Oasis of Serenity: Guernsey’s bathing pools are a hidden treasure, secluded spots where the

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Cosmo Restaurant — A review (AD)

When I was asked if we wanted to review Cosmo Restaurant in Reading I did what I always do and headed straight to the website to look at the menu and plan what I was going to eat, even though it was a good six weeks away. Seeing that the restaurant’s USP is delivering a buffet that spans continents did not help my decision making. Normally I hate buffets because

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A Weekend Getaway in Brighton: A Local’s Guide

Hello there! If you’re planning a weekend escape to Brighton and are wondering what to do, you’re in the right place. I am not local but we have been a number of times over the years so know our way around and I’m excited to share my top recommendations for a memorable weekend in this vibrant coastal city. From strolling along the iconic seafront to exploring the historic lanes, there’s

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Billesley church

You would be forgiven for not knowing this little church exists. It is tucked away at the end of a small lane behind nearby Billesley Hotel and a neighbouring farm. There was once a bustling village here but it was wiped out by the plague in the 1400s. There has been a church on this site since the 1100s but the present building has “only” been here since the 1800s.

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