Close friends are overrated

Do you ever look back on your youth and wonder what happened to all the friendships you spent so long nurturing? According to a survey by Relate, more than one in eight of us has no close friends. They suspect this to be due to the rise in social media usage and the decline in work-life balance. Nearly half of adults reported being lonely some of the time. But how much of this is due to social expectation rather than a genuine need for companionship? It might be an unpopular opinion, but I think close friends are overrated. A decreasing…

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The Firs National Trust dog friendly family day out

A couple of years ago, the Firs Elgar birthplace museum in Worcestershire became a National Trust property. This is the first time we’ve been since then. Happily, it remains a fascinating family day out. In fact, there have been a few significant improvements. Much of the museum is dog friendly and there are plenty of things to keep children entertained too. Edward Elgar and the Firs National Trust The history of Edward Elgar’s connection to this small cottage in Broadheath is fascinating. Born at the cottage in 1857, he lived there until he was just two years old. His family…

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Paris beyond the Tower

Collaborative post. Have you been to Paris? Most of us have. The City of Light, the City of Love. Home to the iconic Eiffel Tower. Paris in springtime, one of the most popular city break destinations in the world. Yet most people visit Paris the tourist mecca, missing out on its true character. The culture and identity that lies beyond the city walls. Exploring the outskirts of Paris Some of the most iconic tourist destinations in Paris actually lie on the outskirts. Take the Palace of Versailles for example. Once the palace of the French royal family, this extravagant building has…

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Thursday photo #248

Unless we’re away in the camper van, our weekends tend to follow the same sort of pattern. Saturdays are spent outdoors. Usually visiting a National Trust property, the children often ride their bikes. It’s a day of freedom and fresh air and I know they always feel better for it. Being outdoors in Winter I sometimes feel a bit guilty for dragging the girls outside when it gets really cold. On Friday, the girls played in the snow twice. Once before school on the decking, then we went up the Malvern Hills for a walk at the end of the…

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Can you eat too much fruit?

Can you eat too much fruit? It’s not a question I ever thought I’d hear myself ask. Fruit is healthy, it’s natural and it’s good for you. But can you have too much of a good thing? Over the past few weeks, a habit has been forming in our house. The children wake up early and we always want to stay in bed a bit longer. So, they go downstairs and entertain themselves for a while. Playing, watching television or playing the piano. The one thing that is consistent is that they help themselves to fruit from the fruit bowl.…

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