Category Archives: Lifestyle

It’s your choice…

Chatsworth Country Fair

Last Sunday we visited Chatsworth Country Fair in Bakewell, along with what felt like the rest of the United Kingdom. It was a three-day event held in the grounds of Chatsworth Estate, which accommodates the magnificent Chatsworth House — the seat … Continue reading

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What attracts you to a social media site?

I am not on Facebook; I don’t like it. But, I’m also savvy enough to realise that I’ll probably open a page eventually, given the emphasis on self-promotion via social media sites. Facebook has many merits: fast and effective communication … Continue reading

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Sadie

Sadie, our beloved cat, died today at the ripe old age of 16. Although we are incredibly sad, we were grateful to be around to comfort her during the last few moments of her life, which were relatively peaceful. Arriving … Continue reading

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Blooming Lovely!

As avid fans of Springwatch, and its counterparts Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, we have re-fashioned our garden this year to accommodate flowers that will attract bees, birds and other wildlife to its borders. There are many plants that fit into this … Continue reading

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My Shrunken Literary Muscle

I’ve often heard writers liken the act of writing to exercising a muscle and after a prolonged break from short story composition, I now understand exactly what they mean. Exercising anything is a concept I struggle with, being inherently lazy. … Continue reading

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Back to the Land of the Living!

Just a short post to let anyone that may be interested know that I’m still around and haven’t quite fallen from the face of the earth … yet. I have been forced to register at the local ‘Knacker’s Yard’ though, … Continue reading

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What determines the popularity of a blog?

Unfortunately, my writing projects, including this blog, have been shelved recently due to a bout of illness that left me feeling quite poorly. Despite not being fully recovered as yet, I am improving with each day that passes, and I … Continue reading

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Turns out, I’m no Jackie Collins! Who knew?

The results of the Ann Summers Erotic Fiction Writing Competition were announced yesterday, and my name wasn’t amongst them. Having read through the winning stories, I can see what lead the judges to make their final decision. They present as articulate, … Continue reading

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Start As You Mean To Go On

Remember me telling you about the competition in which I was recently shortlisted? The results were announced this week, and guess what? I didn’t win. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, but I’m also gratified to have … Continue reading

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Deluded or aspirational? You decide.

Now that the decorations have been cleared away and the festive season is yet another memory in the catalogue of Christmases past, our thoughts turn to the coming year and what we hope to achieve. As I’ve already said, I … Continue reading

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