February Binge Worthy TV

Following on from January’s Binge Watch post here are a few things I think you might like to binge on TV this month. Hidden Assets — BBC4 There seem to be an awful lot of crime dramas about at the moment, some of them a bit too heavy to binge all in one go. This however is brilliant. Yes it’s crime and yes somebody is found dead in the opening

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Time to talk day

“Conversations have the power to change lives” is a really powerful statement isn’t it? But it’s true and something we should all be reminded of today, Time to Talk Day, and in fact every day. I have been quite vocal about my mental health on social media, being honest about the days I feel less than positive and every time I open up I get messages thanking me for my

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Netley Abbey

Netley Abbey sits in the village named after it just outside Southampton in Southern England. In fact Netley Abbey is is the most complete surviving abbey built by the Cistercian monks in southern England and is now looked after by English Heritage. It is free to visit and is open year round (do check the website as times change). In fact it is so in tact it is hard to

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January binge worthy TV

Funny old month January isnt it? This year more than ever I have wanted to spend January indoors and on the sofa rather than out and about. I am not ashamed to say that I have spent many an afternoon or early morning bingeing TV programmes and now even have a list on notepad of trailers I have seen and think “oooh that sounds good”. Back in 2015 binge-watch was

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Titchfield Abbey

Titchfield Abbey sits just outside Fareham in Hampshire and was once a medieval Abbey before then becoming a Country House. It is looked after English Heritage and is free to visit, though there is a small fee for the car park (although we had lunch in the pub opposite and they were happy for us to leave our car there whilst we wandered across the road). There is no gift

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Looking back on 2021 — Part two

For the first part of my looking back on 2021 click on this link: Part One This though is part two of my retrospective for 2021, a year I thought nothing had really happened but when going through my phone looking for those to include showed that on average I took 1100 photos a month last year so clearly some things were happening! And it has been good to look

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Looking back on 2021 — Part one

I always feel as though I need to round off a year with a blog post. I need that full stop somehow, and if ever a year needed a full stop it was 2021. So here is my post looking back on 2021. On a personal level I fell off the blog cliff. It was neglected and mostly ignored. In my head I was favouring instagram and trying to post

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Banoffee Trifle Recipe

“Banoffee Trifle” I hear you say. Yes that really is a thing. A magnificent thing. Basically this is a seven layer cheesecake but because it has custard, caramel and cream I think of it as a trifle. Mine uses biscuits because I didnt have cake in the house, but if you want to use banana bread / sponge cake then you can do that instead of the biscuits. PS if

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Signs it is time to replace your pillows — AD

Did you know that you should replace your pillows every one to two years? It does depend on the pillows though, but that is a general rule, get rid of it every couple of years. But outside of what are some signs that it might be time to replace your pillows? You can fold it in half I didn’t know this until I attended a sleep event a few years

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Christmas Gift Guides 2021 — The one for toddlers and children {AD}

It’s that time of year! It’s Christmas Gift Guide time, and the first one I am hitting publish on is this one for toddlers and children. It has been lovely saying yes to trying out and reviewing toys and gifts for this Children’s Christmas Gift Guide that I know Lily is going to love this year. Previously I have declined accepting items we wont be able to use so its

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Pull the Pin Gin — A review

This post features a Pull the Pin Gin, a product sent to me for review and inclusion in a gift guide but I loved it so much I decided to do a stand alone review post. Pull the Pin Gin is the brainchild of Tom Foster who knows all about spices having collected them in his kit bag the world over when he was in the army. The company was

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Scentered and the power of smell — AD

“It just smells of home to me”. That’s what Jonnie said to me the other day when he got a waft of a perfume I had just sprayed. It was one I had worn for years but hadn’t recently and as we both smelled it we reminisced about how that particular smell does that and how the perfume my mum wears reminds us of a house they lived in for

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