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Trying CrossFit

I think I’ve just about got over it now. On Sunday and Monday, and even Tuesday, the muscles down the inside of my thighs, across my stomach and chest, and under my arms especially. This made standing up and sitting down a bit on the painful side, and I’m not sure I did a very

Sunday Soliloquy – School Songs and Memories

[ so·lil·o·quy - the act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers ] Streets Of London by Ralph McTell Every time I hear this song on the radio, and Radio 2 seems to be playing it quite a lot at the moment, I am transported back to School assemblys

Branded vs Supermaket Own Lasagne

This is the first of two posts exploring the age-old question of whether expensive brands are worth the extra money over supermarket own products. I have been asked by Debt Free Direct to take part in their campaign to help our money go a little further, by experimenting with a meal that I like to

Year in Photos – Week 10

Wednesday 5 March – A view of the boating lake at Center Parcs, Elveden Thursday 6 March – We tried shooting cross bows and target archery at Center Parcs this time, both were loads of fun. Friday 7 March – This was breakfast! A “create your own” pancake stack from The Pancake House at Center

Review: iPhone 5 Telescope Camera Lens

I love the convenience of my iPhone for taking photos. I love how I can hold it in my hand and grab a snap at any given moment. The quality isn’t bad either – fairly decent clarity and file size meaning I’ve been able to take part in a couple of photography exhibitions showing pictures

Shorts and Baby Pink Converse?

I’m going to do it. I’m going to jump on the “we’ve had blue skies for a whole day so it must be springtime” band wagon and suggest it’s time to start thinking about lighter materials and short sleeves. Too early? Quite possibly, but it’s nice to dream of summer! Oh and yes, I’m also

Year in Photos – Week 9

Wednesday 26 February – My poor grey converse ended up in the bin today after many (many) years service. The hole in the sole grew too large for them to be of any use as shoes any more. Thursday 27 February – View across Lincoln from the Old Palace Hotel. I think my house is

Making Mini Doughnuts

One thing I wanted to try in 2014 was making my own mini doughnuts, Homer Simpson style, you know – with pink icing and sprinkles. I received a mini doughnut tray for Christmas which meant I could bake me some doughnuts instead of deep frying them (in the interests of my health!), and so the

Sunday Soliloquy – At the Top of Your Game

[ so·lil·o·quy - the act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers ] Here’s a quote for you: “To be at the top of your game you must sacrifice everything.” Elise Christie, Team GB Short Track Speed Skater Elise Christie said this in an interview prior to the Sochi 2014

Review: TeaVivre Black Teas

There is simply nothing nicer than sitting down in your own living room, putting your feet up, and sipping your way through a pot of freshly brewed tea.  TeaVivre is a group of tea lovers from China, Canada and France, who all share a passion for drinking great tea and appreciate the healthy life style it

Review: Airwick Colours of Nature Reed Diffuser

Air fresheners have taken on a much more “designer” look over the last couple of years. Sprays have turned into plug-ins have turned into wooden-effect puffs of scent. This new Airwick product is a reed diffuser with balls of strong fragrance to fill your room with a vibrant scent, and I have been sent one

Year in Photos – Week 8

Wednesday 19 February – Yummy chewy Vimto sweets. Thursday 20 February – Gorgeous sky over my house as the sun started to set in Lincoln. Friday 21 February – Hate being poorly sick. This was my position for most of the day. Saturday 22 February – Had such a lovely afternoon with friends, tea, cake

Everyday Shoes from Outdoor Brands

I love being outdoors and know for sure that when you’re enjoying the countryside what you need is something decent on your feet to make getting around nice and comfortable. I lean towards decent outdoors footwear brands such as Merrell, KEEN, The North Face and Salomon (to name just a few – I’m not fussy

Review: Pluck

Meet Pluck. Pluck is magical. Pluck will make your kitchen life so much easier. At least that’s what it says on the packet! This strange looking kitchen gadget is an egg separator. It is incredibly simple to use – crack your egg into a bowl, position Pluck over the yolk, squeeze and then release to

Year in Photos – Week 7

Wednesday 12 February – New lunch idea from M&S – Beef Teryaki – was very yummy. Thursday 13 February – Lincoln Waterside (featuring a Pigeon or two!). Friday 14 February – Home made mini glazed doughnuts. Sadly by the following morning all that lovely pink icing had soaked in! Oops. Saturday 15 February – Etched