Rugby World Cup Four Years On

Four years ago this week, we headed off to New Zealand, newly married.  If I’m honest, the wedding was a little bit of an afterthought.  We had to do it that weekend so that we could use our holiday to watch the Rugby World Cup as a honeymoon. I’m lucky enough to have some friends in Christchurch who got tickets to the England games through their local rugby club.  As England were due to be based in Christchurch, this worked out perfectly.  Very sadly, Christchurch wasn’t in a fit state to host matches after the terrible earthquake that devastated the…

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Our Thursday photo #70

We’ve had a fabulous week on the Isle of Wight, pretty much incommunicado. We’re now back to the real world but we’ve been easing ourselves in gently with a fabulous day out today. One of the highlights of my week away was popping into the workshop at Wyatt and Jack to buy some gorgeous new designer handbags made entirely from reclaimed materials. We all enjoyed the beach, especially Bubbles who is now a huge fan of the water. So much so, I think I’ve found myself a new open water swimming buddy. For the girls, the beach was all about buckets and…

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Our Thursday photo #69

We are having a well earned few days away with virtually no WiFi but I didn’t want to miss our Thursday photo #69 so here it is. I’ll be back raring to go with my normal blog posts next week. And just to prove we’re on holiday, this is what I would call an oldskool holiday snap!

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The health benefits of work-life balance

Blood pressure is often cited as a factor associated with your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.  It is also widely accepted that exercise is a key factor in lowering blood pressure. And over the past few days, the European Society of Cardiology has revealed the results of a study about daytime sleeping.  It turns out that napping during the day can lower your blood pressure significantly. In turn, this lowers your risk of having both a heart attack and a stroke. And yet, when it comes to both sleep and exercise, life tends to get in the way. I know…

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When I am old

Every day when I walk the dogs, I check to see whether my friend is looking as I pass her house. I don’t know her name, but I know that she’s in her 90’s and she’s lived on this estate a long time. If I can see her when I’m passing, I always wave and if she’s outside we always stop for a chat. Some days, she’s watching the world go by from her window. On other days, I don’t catch her eye because she is sitting at her desk, writing. The world seems to move a little more slowly…

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