Responsible dog-owners everywhere sometimes struggle to dispose of their bagged dog poo. There isn’t always a waste bin when you want one, and how many times have you found yourself out, on a beach for instance, having to carry a bag for the next couple of hours of your walk? You may be holding a […]

Natural Worming for Pets

by kerryb on July 9, 2014

Internal parasitic worms. Not the most pleasant subject up for discussion, but if you’re a pet owner it’s certainly something that needs serious consideration. I was not particularly enamoured with the idea of regular chemical worming and for the last few years my pets have all taken Verm-X natural wormers. When a veterinarian recently challenged […]

Zoya Nail Varnish

August 30, 2013

Having eschewed nail varnish for the last few years due to some rather dubious ingredients I can gladly say that there are now a number of brands on the market which are both animal-friendly and free from the most harmful of the ingredients. I had to stop inflicting my naked toenails on the public any […]

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The Fox Project

May 15, 2013

How did I spend my Sunday afternoon this weekend? Well, being used a climbing frame for four young fox cubs. I attended a talk and visit to The Fox Project in Pembury, Kent with my friend Helena which was organised by the PTES. The afternoon started with an informative talk by Trevor Williams, founder and […]

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Help Our Hedgehogs

March 7, 2013

Once a familiar sight in Britain and Ireland, the recent reports from the Peoples’ Trust for Endangered Species show that sadly hedgehogs are now in a serious decline. These snuffling, trotting, characterful little ‘garden-friends’ are facing a tough future. However, there are things we can do to help – from making sure there are spaces […]

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Pets and Fireworks

October 3, 2012

Bonfire Night is not far off and this can be a time of great fear and anxiety for many pets. However, there is plenty you can do to try and make this as stress-free as possible. Most importantly keep your pets safe and secure. Keep a light on and the telly or radio for background […]

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Earthbalance Paint

February 18, 2012

*** Please note – This paint has been discontinued *** After years of non-productive good intentions, I have finally got round to decorating my spare bedroom. I tried out many testers from various companies before finally deciding to use Crown’s Earthbalance emulsion. Wanting a fairly neutral ‘milky coffee’ shade I chose Toasted Almond. The first […]

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Hitchin Lavender, Cadwell Farm, Ickleford

October 28, 2011

I visited Cadwell Farm over the summer, where the 400 year old Hitchin tradition of lavender farming is enjoying something of a revival. In a peaceful location on the outskirts of the town a visit to this historic farm makes an enjoyable afternoon out.  They have a small shop and café, and for a small […]

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Loch Visions

August 18, 2011

In July I spent a day on a Loch Visions photography course near Taynuilt (not far from Oban). Despite heavy rain and more midges than there were raindrops, it was a wonderful experience. Philip Price who runs the courses from a glorious loch-side location is welcoming, friendly and professional. Kitted out with superb equipment (top-notch […]

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Orange Hideaway Cake

June 27, 2011

A zingy, orangey sponge makes a perfect cake for a summer’s day. Here I want to share with you a new take on my mum’s famous dark and milk chocolate hideaway cake.           Orange Hideaway Cake   4oz self-raising flour 4oz golden caster sugar 4oz butter (softened) 2 medium sized free-range […]

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