Another crazy day at Barrow Towers — AD

Life this summer has been bonkers, some would say ridiculously so.   No two weekends have been the same and many haven’t gone to plan (this last one being a case in point.  We were looking forward to being at home and doing nothing but then at two hours notice we were on our way to Manchester so I could spend eight minutes on the BBC Breakfast sofa).   At

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Visiting Rome for the first time

If you are planning a visit to Rome and have never been before, this tourist guide article is for you. Below, are details of some of the things every first-time visitor should consider experiencing and enjoying. Enjoy a night at the opera This first suggestion is a little unusual and may not be for everyone. But, a night of opera is quite an experience. Italy is the home of opera.

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Tips and tricks for getting organised

September is often thought of as a time for new beginnings. It is easier when you have young children going to school or are in education yourself, but pretty much everyone can benefit from using this time of year to sort themselves out and get organized for the autumn and winter.  Here, we look at a few simple tips and tricks to get yourself ready and in ‘back to school‘

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How to Do a Trip to New York Just Right

  There is nowhere on earth quite like New York, New York, which is so good they named it twice. It’s a city that blends history with the modern; a cosmopolitan and cultural powerhouse that is at the forefront of many exciting trends. It is, without doubt, possibly the best city on earth to spend a few days. But like with all destinations, the good times won’t just come. You

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Home Cinema or Real Cinema?

With the emergence of home cinemas and the access we have to so many films online now, it’s a wonder that cinemas still exist. However, there is still something magical about going to the cinema and nothing else quite compares…or does it? Here, we compare the two experiences to see if home cinemas really are the future… Media Quality If you use something like these Luxury Home Cinema Room Installers

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Have you heard about ALKIMI?

  ALKIMI is an innovative first in household cleaning.  Have you heard about them?  It is likely you haven’t but that is a shame because it’s a new cleaning sensation.  I have been trying their products for a month or two now and although I was sent the products to try once they run out I will be buying and continuing to use them. ALKIMI use naturally derived ingredients to

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Get Stuck Into Some DIY This Summer

The brighter and warmer summer weather often inspires householders to improve their home in some way, whether it’s a bit of decorating through to a full landscaping of the garden.  There may be plenty you can do in and around the house, but DIY is time-consuming when there may be sunshine and outdoor leisure activities to enjoy, so the key is to choose those that will have maximum effect. Some

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Simple ways to help your community

We are all busy and have busy lives. With family, work commitments, social life, and so on, it can leave very little time for other things. But there is something that you can do that can be a real benefit and add more value to your life, and that is through volunteering and looking for ways to help your local community. There are a lot of things that are going

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Beautiful candles from Cocochi (AD)

If you know anything about me you will know I love a back story.   With all the gins in my collection I know a bit about either the reason it came to being, or something about the distiller.  Products only come to exist because somebody decided to make it happen.  It doesn’t matter if that is a gin, a candle, a piece of tech, somebody somewhere had the idea

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4 ways to get more culture in your life

  I think it’s true that many of us would like to be a little more cultured. We probably read some classics at school, visited the occasional art gallery and maybe watched a black and white French film and tried to figure out what was going on by looking at their facial expressions and for most, that’s where it ends! Being cultured is all about being in the know, having

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How to decorate your home with personalised decor

  Our homes are often considered reflections of our inner selves. For example, we might end up painting the walls a colour we love, we’ll add garden furniture that we absolutely adore if we spend a lot of time outside, and we might even create custom artwork to add to our interior. There are plenty of different ways to personalise your home with meaningful decor, so we’ve put together a

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Important Home Improvements Most People Forget to do

This year, I have vowed to get everything in the house finished. A lot has been done already. But, now that each room is nearing completion, I can see things we have forgotten. I have added them to my to-do list, which I am still keeping and using on a daily basis. But, talking to friends it is clear that they have found themselves in a similar situation. So, I

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