Saturday, 4 January 2014

Whiz Freedom - never 'bob down' again...

I
 went camping over the summer and got caught short in the middle of the night. Not like me  as I usually hold my water like a camel.
I blame it on the owls. They woke me up with their hooting at Clippesby Hall in Norfolk and once awake the old bladder got active.
It was just after August Bank Holiday and the weather should have been roasting, but this is England and as we all know it just isn’t that predictable.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Divorce D-Day


H
eard something a bit depressing today. Tomorrow, 3 January, is known as Divorce D-Day – the day that people wanting to legally and financially split from their spouse get in contact with their solicitor.
I’m right aren’t I? Depressing, isn’t it. Among family divorce lawyers apparently enquiries go up by 30 per cent more than the second busiest month of the year.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Do fish make good pets?

G
reat excitement in our household recently since we acquired some new pets – fish! The old man and I have been lusting after an aquarium for years.
We knew nothing about them, but then again we knew nothing about children until we had them and that hasn’t worked out so badly!

In fact, there are some similarities: they are expensive (well initially in the case of the fish while as we all know kids are an on-going financial, bottomless money pit), and you can’t help but look at them with love and admiration. And that, my friends, is where the likeness ends.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Barbara Daly - Flawless Primer - my new best friend!

M
r Observant was eating his tea while reading the latest copy of The Week as I pulled up a chair and sat down next to him whilst training my eyes on the side of his bearded face.

“What’s different?” I said and he turned, obligingly in my direction, a loaded fork hovering near his lips.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

How much time do you spend washing dishes?

I
 used to think I spent about 2 hours every day washing/drying dishes and putting them away. Not any more my friends.

I must be the only woman over 40 who has NEVER had a dishwasher... until now.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Wedding presents... setting up home together


T
here’s going to be a wedding in the family – my beautiful, gorgeous niece who’s tripping down the aisle in October to marry her farmer.

At the tender age of 23, Miss Gorgeous will be embarking on married life in the first home of her own so, rarely these days, the wedding present list really IS going to help set this young couple up for married domestic life.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Running a costume-jewellery business – Paula’s gems of knowledge


W
e all like a little bit of bling to brighten up our outfits. But Paula Williams took it a stage further. She set up her own business selling costume jewellery and branched out into bags and scarves.

The mother of two discovered her new money-making outlet after her second child went to school and she found herself with time on her hands and the urge to start working.

Paula Williams with one of her scarves
She already had a long background working in the jewellery industry so it wasn’t such a giant leap into the great unknown for the 43-year-old from North Essex.

With her knowledge of the industry it wasn’t long before the Paula Bling costume jewellery business was born and it took off through her jewellery parties.

She has spent ten years selling costume jewellery to friends, family and the public and although she is now playing a bigger part in her husband Lee’s Hatton Garden jewellery business, she still does the parties from time to time.

She casts her mind back to the beginnings of Paula Bling and says she got the idea for jewellery parties as she found herself attending parties such as Pampered Chef. “It just grew from there.

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