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Share the Love

The festive season can be particularly hard for people on a tight budget. This year, UK money bloggers have joined together to help make things a little easier by encouraging people to create a reverse advent calendar, filled with food. Simply add a packet of non-perishable food to a box every day for 25 days, […]

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nature

November Nature

Though there are fewer flowers to see with every passing week, November has still got lots of natural beauty to enjoy. As the trees lose their leaves, the beauty of their branches is revealed. The sunsets are more dramatic with the addition of autumn clouds. New birds arrive daily to replace those that fly south […]

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Canal Love

As the chill in the air sharpens, ivy berries darken and leaves carpet the canal banks, it’s a great time to explore the waterways. The birds still need feeding – and are more grateful now than in the summer. The trees look magical reflected in the canal; and the sunsets get more dramatic with every […]

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Frugal Friday: Head to the Woods

The smell of woodland in the autumn is one of the best aromas around, falling leaves mingling with fallen fruit and woodsmoke. The woods are also full of wildlife and crafting inspiration at this time of year. Enjoy a woodland adventure – here are a few free ideas for fun. ID a leaf: The Woodland Trust […]

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Folklore Thursday: Healing Oils

I have been interested in aromatherapy for many years. While scientific evidence is still thin on the ground, clinical studies have found that rose, lavender and frankincense oils reduced anxiety in women giving birth, when administered by a qualified midwife; and that neroli reduced anxiety in people having a coloscopy. I have also found neroli […]

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Eat, Grow

Constant Growth

Spring may be the time that most people start gardening, but there’s no reason for you to wait until then to get planting. As the days become darker, I find it extra-uplifting having new life brightening up the kitchen – and adding freshness to food. Not everything will grow at this time of year. However, […]

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