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Finding summer clothing from home

I’ve never been one to update my wardrobe every season. I don’t follow fashion and hate waste, so throwing away clothing to start again doesn’t sit comfortably at all. But I don’t mind admitting that sometimes, this attitude puts me at a disadvantage. When my clothes are no longer wearable, they get cut up to become rags. If I’ve just stopped wearing them or they no longer fit, they go to a charity shop. Then, I replace things when I need them. Usually by shopping in a charity shop or buying one or two items I love and making them…

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A garden renovation project

For many years, our garden has been a source of frustration. It’s not huge, but there is plenty of space. The problem was, we weren’t making the most of it. It was disjointed, with the front garden separate from the back and side garden. There was no fence between the front garden and the pavement. Strangely though, there was a huge hedge between the front and back gardens. Removing the hedge To reclaim our front garden, the first task was to remove the conifer hedge. This seemed like a mammoth task. Knowing when to do it was difficult too. Whilst…

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Thursday photo #309

It seems we are all reluctantly settling into this new normal. It’s far from where we would like to be, but for most of us we are safe at home. At the moment, that’s the best we can ask for. Personally, we’ve been making the most of this time to get our garden as we want it. Once that’s all done, it will be time to move on to some decorating indoors. Our garden progress Fencing our front garden and moving a couple of sheds doubled our usable space. This week, we’ve tidied up and fixed the swing into the…

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Thursday photo #308

Isn’t it amazing how busy it’s possible to be without even leaving the house? With the children at home, we’re slowly settling into our new routine. My work is pottering along surprisingly well. I haven’t got quite as much as normal, but having two completely different streams of freelance income often means that everything comes at once. Whilst it’s difficult to fit it all in, I’m making the most of having work to do. It’s notably better than the alternative. Finding our homeschool routine When I first started helping the girls with their school work, we’d all sit together at…

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Plant based big taste from Ape Snacks [AD]

Across the UK, vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diets are on the rise. For some, there is an ethical issue with consuming meat. Not knowing where it comes from or how the animals were treated. Others cut back on meat and dairy for health reasons. Then, there’s climate change. We are repeatedly told that meat is terrible for the environment and decreasing the amount we eat could have a huge impact on global warming. Whatever the reasoning, many people are looking for quick, tasty plant based snacks. That’s where Ape come in. I’ve teamed up with Ape and Mumsnet to tell…

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