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Repairable Shoes from Sidi

Despite the current environmental worries and some push back against the disposable society that we live in, it it still often difficult to justify repairing modern items. It’s often cheaper to replace them. Especially as replacement often results in an upgrade at the same time. Many things simply aren’t made to be easily repairable. Not...

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Hector the Robot Mower

Now that things have warmed up a little, Hector our robot mower has been out and about. The weekend was decidedly Spring like and he’s been busy keeping the garden tidy for us. Perfect Edges The time spent creating the perfect habitat for him was time well spent. So far he hasn’t got stuck anywhere....

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Far out on the Sandbanks

Anna and I went for a low tide walk at the weekend. It had been a lovely day so I’d spent most of it in the garden. The clear up continued and things are now ready for summer. As well as tidying up and weeding the borders I cut back lots of shrubs. I also...

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Gourmet Dining in Lockdown

Our (now not so) recent culinary experiences at River Cottage and Ynyshir Hall had us inspired to visit some other top UK restaurants. We had planned to visit L’enclume in the Lake District but lockdown put an end to that for a while. We’ve had a few gourmet dining experiences thanks to Ynyshir Hall takeways...

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Hedgehog Nest

I came across a hedgehog nest while preparing the garden for the robot lawn mower. I was trimming back the pampas grass and clearing out the dead, dried growth in the middle. As I did it I thought to myself ‘this would be a perfect place for a hedgehog to over-winter’. Sure enough, the next...

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The perfect habitat for a robot lawn mower

Robots, they are all the rage in our house at the moment. We were a little dubious about how well they would work but the robot vacuum cleaner that we have has been a revelation. It may not be as powerful as an all singing all dancing upright vacuum cleaner, but that fact that it...

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16 Already! Happy Birthday Morgan

Who’d have thought it, Morgan is 16 already. How did that happen? It wasn’t the most of exciting birthdays for him as we were in lockdown and therefore at home all day long. He was also in school lessons most of the day. He did allow us to wake him up a little earlier than...

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The First Hive Inspection of 2021

With temperatures just about getting to double figures, the sun shining and no wind I decided it was time for the first hive inspection of 2021. The bees and been flying for a couple of days. They’d even looked quite busy for a few minutes at one point. I therefore knew that there were at...

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Spring is Here

No doubt it won’t last long, but it feels as though Spring is here. The skylarks are singing, there is a definite dawn chorus and I even saw my shadow whilst walking back from the beach, which means the sun must be out. What’s more, I mowed the lawn at the weekend as well. I’ve...