Experience a sparkling and colourful Christmas at National Trust places in and around Hampshire

  If you’re looking for somewhere special to escape the high street crowds this Christmas, consider a visit to a National Trust place. Our historic houses in and around Hampshire feature sparkling decorations and Christmas trees, fresh winter greenery and festive trails. Outside, you’ll discover beautiful garden landscapes filled with winter colour and scent. Classic Christmas stories are brought to life at Mottisfont and Uppark, and there’s a festive murder

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Advent calendars, all with next day delivery

Let’s face it, I can’t be the only one who hasn’t quite grasped the idea that December starts at the weekend, can I?  Can I?  Anyone?  Bueller? Which means I may have been a bit slow off the mark with advent calendars.   And I know that the cardboard ones I had as a small child aren’t really going to cut it.  Even the ones I had that were covered

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My thoughts on the Menopause

I should probably date this post as I am pretty sure my thoughts on the menopause are going to keep evolving as I get closer and closer to the end of being menopausal and become post menopausal. But first of all, why this post today? Well I watched, with interest, the documentary that Mariella Frostrup did on BBC1 last night.   Menopause has been on my agenda for about six

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My top 7 travel wonders #ad

I had a conversation with Jonnie this week about his trip to Switzerland and how he feels he has “done the area” he travelled to.  He went up mountains, got on cable cars, went inside glaciers, did all the chocolate factories and other touristy places and came away thinking he could well and truly tick Interlaken off his list.     I joked how that is absolutely NOT how I

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Technology is killing spontaneity

It hadn’t really occurred to me to be honest, that technology is killing our ability to be spontaneous.   In fact I was always thinking the exact opposite.    That having so much information in the plan of my hand as allowing me to have more knowledge of what I could do if I wanted to be spontaneous.    How finding ourselves with a free Saturday afternoon at home would

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Christmas Gift Guide For Foodies

  Where to start with buying Christmas presents?  I seem to have the same routine with panic buying every year.    First of all I refuse to start before the 1st of December, and then I realise despite the fact I only have to buy for a dozen people I generally run out of ideas about an hour in.  Regardless of whether that is when shopping locally, or online.  

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Festive fun at National Trust places in Surrey this Christmas

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”.  Isn’t it?  I normally don’t feel Christmassy until at least the middle of December but for some reason I am feeling really festive  already. So if you’re already ahead of the game and all organised how about looking for somewhere special to sneak off to for the day.   Or if you have still to do your shopping but want to escape

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Festive fun at National Trust places in Sussex this Christmas

Right, now that my youngest’s birthday is out of the way I can talk about Christmas (self imposed embargo on the use of the C word until mid November you see).     Here’s some great ideas for festive fun with the National Trust in Sussex this Christmas. If you’re looking for somewhere special to escape the high street crowds this Christmas, consider a visit to a National Trust house

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Rethinking Imposter Syndrome

Have you heard about imposter syndrome? … a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. 70% of us recognise these thoughts in ourselves apparently, and can understand the impact this has on not just our work lives, but our every day lives. I have had it for years, essentially it means I think I am useless.

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Reflections on Barbados — Part 3

  The final part of our trip to Barbados is a list of the places we went to on days 11 to 16, the last portion of our holiday.  If you want to catch up on the other days you can find there here:  Barbados Part 1 and Barbados Part 2 Day Eleven We had promised ourselves a day in Bridgetown.  So us girls could shop, and so the boys

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RIP to the duck in the mask

This isn’t going to be big news to you I know, but I felt I should explain, and do it here rather than posting one of my usual (of late) really wordy Instagram posts. I have killed off the duck in the mask that has served as my avatar on line since I first joined Twitter nearly ten years ago.   I have never been one for messing about with

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Reflections on Barbados — Part 2

When I wrote part one of our trip to Barbados (Reflections on Barbados — part 1)  I had no intention of splitting it into three posts.  I thought I would just list all 16 days on one post but having reached 1000 words and 10 photos after just five days I thought it best to split it.   So here is the second part of our Barbados trip, days 6

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