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Shopping

The Alternative Christmas Gift Guide

I LOVE Christmas shopping – but only when I know that I’ve found the perfect present for every single one of my favourite people. I don’t like guessing, and you’ll never catch me wandering down the 3 for 2 gift aisle – even as a last resort. For me, that’s where I draw the line – that is mindless consumerism to me.  The truth is that sometimes the best things and gifts in life are free, and a thoughtful gesture is often far better than throwing cash at expensive clutter or resorting to “stuff” bought down the gift aisle under pressure.  

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Everything Else Shopping

Review: What Would Boudicca Do?

Do I really need yet another book on women’s history?  I’ve got a whole shelf sagging full of them at home; from Hypatia to Mary Queen of Scots, you name it, I’ve probably got it.  So do I really need yet another one?  Yes.  Yes I do.  Always.  Because just when I think I’ve read about every Warrior Queen and babein brainbox from the annals, I pick up another book and discover ten, twenty, thirty more inspiring women that I’ve never heard about.

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Cardiff Everything Else Shopping

What I Did Last Weekend: Christmas Shopping and Country Walks

Last weekend started off a little earlier than usual because Sunny’s little sister came to stay with us.  On Friday I took her into Cardiff for some Christmas Shopping, which started off with breakfast at my favourite cosy nook, Barker Tea House.  Tina had a massive bowl dog dish of porridge, and I went for their […]

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Food

Chilli & Red Pepper Jam

If you’ve never tried Chilli Jam then you’re missing out, seriously.  I made it a couple of years ago as a DIY Christmas gift for my mother in-law and was surprised how well it went down.  Sweet and spicy, it’s not exactly made for your morning toast (although she eats it like that sometimes!), but […]