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November Aims: How I did

November seemed to go so fast and now here we are in the first week of December! It felt good to setting and completing my aims and here is how I did. November Aims:  How I did… Food I managed to cook several new recipes.  I really liked the plum compote which was very simple but so good… Try a new slow cooker recipe. – I tried a risotto recipe with cauliflower and butternut squash.  […]

November Aims and how I did

clocks change and the quilts come out

Clocks change and it really is Autumn

,  The clocks change last weekend brought us back to Greenwich Mean Time again.  I love that extra hour in bed on Sunday morning but for the rest of the week have found myself struggling to adjust.  I am waking later, not sure when to eat and it is dark at the end of the day before you know it.  Out in the garden the chickens head off to their coop earlier and earlier. With […]


The benefits after a month of shopping locally

At the beginning of the month, I wrote about how important it is to shop locally and support retailers in our towns.  I took the decision at the start of the year to do as much of our shopping as possible from independent businesses. After five weeks, this is a reflection on how it has gone so far. I was interested to see whether I spent more money shopping this way so I have recorded spending from […]

shop locally and support your town

Shop locally, eat locally and support your town

This is my favourite part of our town centre.  A street of pretty units with independent businesses to shop locally. There are shops, services, a brewery and a second-hand furniture dealer.  These are the types of business I would like to see thrive and expand further into the town, small businesses that offer something different to the chain stores. Often I hear people say they don’t shop in our town because “there isn’t much there”. […]