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Sudeley Castle Gardens Elephant Trail: Review [AD]

Sudeley Castle Gardens in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire reopened today with some rather special guests. A herd of life-sized elephant sculptures are roaming the grounds. Visitors can follow the one-way, covid-safe trail around the grounds with the help of a map at the entrance signposting where the elephants are. We were advised to take a photo of the map on arrival but you really can’t miss the elephants. The castle itself isn’t yet open, but the beautiful gardens, café and adventure playground are all open making it a fun family day out. About Sudeley Castle Gardens A total of ten award-winning gardens…

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Small changes to create a healthier lifestyle

Despite being quite accepting of the way I look, carrying extra weight doesn’t sit comfortably with me. I find running harder, I have less energy and feel tired all the time. So, over the past five years, I have tried on numerous occasions to lose weight. I’ve ran marathons and an ultramarathon. I’ve tried diets including weight loss shakes and even a high tech Modius headset designed to reset the way you think about eating. To be clear, the diets did work. The marathons did get me fitter. But over time, things go back to normal. Weight creeps back on…

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Loungewear after lockdown [AD]

As the third lockdown slowly draws towards its conclusion, do you look back on the good things that have come out of it? Is there anything you started during lockdown that you’ll continue with? There are a few things we want to stick with. I’ve made a conscious decision to make small changes to develop a healthier lifestyle. We’ve started growing fruit and vegetables in the garden, which we absolutely love. The other thing that has stuck for me though is loungewear. Prior to lockdown, I tended to just live in my jeans. Even after getting home, I’d stay in…

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Yora dog food review

About a year ago, a friend of mine posted on social media to say that she’d switched to Yora dog food. It was billed as a sustainable, ethical alternative to pet food made from fish and meat. What’s even more fascinating is that it’s made from insects. I decided to give it a try for Bubbles. As a long term vegetarian, I have never felt totally comfortable with doling out big lumps of meat for the dogs. After around a year of using it, this is my Yora dog food review. What is Yora dog food? Yora produce a variety…

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The joys of buying second hand [AD]

As a society, our wariness of consumerism is increasing. Buying new things to keep up with fashion or because what we already own is slightly worn doesn’t sit comfortably. Yet nothing lasts forever. Certain purchases will need to be regularly upgraded. The house that is no longer big enough for an expanding family. Clothes that are beyond repair or no longer fit. And a family car that is not reliable enough to give you confidence that you’ll be home on time. So what is the best way of balancing comfort with anti-consumerism? Buying second hand might just be the answer.…

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