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Gardening: Beautiful Borders

September 23, 2022 No Comments

Is there anything more quintessentially English than a cottage garden border?

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Gardening: A rose by any other name

September 12, 2022 Comments Off on Gardening: A rose by any other name

There’s a rose in my garden which looks like a raspberry ripple ice cream. The Rosa Ferdinand Pichard is a thing of beauty and makes me smile every time I walk past it.

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Review: Cheese Box, Winter Tarn Dairy, Lake District / Manchester

August 22, 2022 Comments Off on Review: Cheese Box, Winter Tarn Dairy, Lake District / Manchester

There’s a card on my wall which sums me up perfectly. A present from my sister, it reads: ‘She just couldn’t behave herself with cheese.’

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Gardening: The (unexpected) joy of a shed

July 23, 2022 Comments Off on Gardening: The (unexpected) joy of a shed

It’s odd how your priorities change as you get older. In my younger days I lived in London with access to a communal garden. I was content to wander round, cats in tow, safe in the knowledge that someone else would mow the grass and sort out the weeds.

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Gardening is glorious

June 21, 2022 Comments Off on Gardening is glorious

My Gran used to say that the best thing about gardening was the anticipation.

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“Libraries are hanging on by their fingernails.” Author Patrick Gale talks to Northern Soul

June 15, 2022 Comments Off on “Libraries are hanging on by their fingernails.” Author Patrick Gale talks to Northern Soul

The novelist Patrick Gale knows how to write an opening line.

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Gardening is good

May 25, 2022 Comments Off on Gardening is good

It may sound a bit twee, but my garden is my sanctuary. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, overworked or overwrought, I open the back door, step outside and immediately feel better.

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Food Review: Northcote, Langho, Blackburn

April 10, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: Northcote, Langho, Blackburn

I am many things but I am not a good cook.

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat. Lizzie Henshaw. Z-arts

Review: The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat, Z-arts, Manchester

June 9, 2021 Comments Off on Review: The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat, Z-arts, Manchester

As I looked at the oversized cat flap, built to let children into Mog the Forgetful Cat’s world, I let out a sigh.

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Review: LEGOLAND, Trafford Centre, Manchester

September 23, 2020 Comments Off on Review: LEGOLAND, Trafford Centre, Manchester

It’s four years since I last took my niece to LEGOLAND at Manchester’s Trafford Centre.

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