Children And A #Social Life

We love our children but maybe we can miss out on going out. Try to find pubs and bars where there are facilities for children and adults to be together happily. UK National Trust attractions can include child-friendly cafes and outdoor eating and drinking areas. Find other places with high chairs along with necessary good nappy changing and toilet facilities. Some museums have excellent child-friendly facilities as well as displays involving children to keep them interested.

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Sundown at a beachside bar

Keep the contact details of all these various entertainment areas you have searched out so you can invite friends to join you with ease.

 

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Glorious #Glass

We like glass everywhere. Why?

Is it the desire to be inclusive?

Is it to see all around us?

Is it to have a new perspective on things?

The Shard, London

Borough Market, London is a delight for food lovers.

Is it to give us a sense of expansion and freedom?

Is it to stop us feeling contained and restricted?

Is it to play with light?

Is it for glamour?

Is it just to be modern?

We break the old conventions and see what’s beyond. We feel better.

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The Shard, London

Be Aware Of #Autumn

The poem, Ode to Autumn by John Keats mentions the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. We can grow these plants to provide colour when others are dying down after flowering.

A hedge of pyracantha

A hedge of thorny evergreen pyracantha will keep out unwanted visitors.


A walk past local gardens is abundant with berries and changing colour.
Evergreen cotoneaster hides an outdoor eyesore such as an external drain or pipe.

Evergreen cotoneaster will hide an outdoor eyesore such as an external drain or pipe.


The vibrancy of autumn prepares us for the cosiness of being indoors when outside it can be cold and wet.
A snowberry bush or symphoricarpos

A snowberry bush or symphoricarpos will add decoration to a sunny or partially shaded site.

How To Save #Bees

People have been keeping bees for about 15,000 years. Some say we need bees to produce over 33% of our food by pollination.

Old fashioned bee hives near bee friendly plants.

Old fashioned bee hives near bee friendly plants.


These two old fashioned willow hives keep bees surrounded by a waterproof covering. The bees are easily accessible as inside, there are two modern compartments.
To help increase bee numbers, we can grow bee-friendly plants on window sills, balconies and in gardens.The picture is not mine.
Bee friendly plants

Bee friendly plants

Try #Solitude In A Crowd

Sometimes all we need is quiet and time to let our thoughts run. We can recharge our emotional and creative strength this way. We can be inspired without spending money. A beach may have other visitors but if you choose one away from tourism, you can find peace.

A Northumberland beach, UK

A Northumberland beach, UK


A country area may be filled with traffic along the major routes. Turn off and find beauty. The view below was beside a local farm.
The rolling hills of Northumberland, UK.

The rolling hills of Northumberland, UK.


A small park in the middle of a city can give us a sense of wellbeing. A bench under a tree or a group of attractive plants can raise our spirits.

#Treat Yourself To This

Your body deserves the best ice-cream, not substitutes. Ditch the cheap palm oil ice-cream. For a treat, respect your body and feed it real ice-cream made from milk and cream.

Ice cream from milk and cream

Ice cream from milk and cream


Farm ice cream is perfect as not only are you supporting farmers but also feeding your body the real fats it needs for health. However, everything in moderation.
Jersey cows supply the milk and cream

Jersey cows supply the milk and cream

Are We As #Loyal As These?

Frequently, as I look out of the window early in the morning, I see this frail elderly man. In most weather conditions, he walks in a hunched and slow manner. Always, his dog is on a lead and close to him. I wondered where he went.

The elderly man leads his dog to the field.

The elderly man leads his dog to the field.


Eventually, I saw him on the large mown grass field. He had let his dog sniff and stroll.
Leaving the field

Leaving the field


I was touched by the fact that, generally, he leads his dog on the way to the park. When he is tired, his dog leads him back. I see a relationship of mutual trust, loyalty and companionship.
Returning home with the dog leading.

Returning home with the dog leading.