What’s the most popular fruit in book titles?

Writing about my new top fruits started me thinking of books I’d read with fruit in the title. I could only think of six: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg James and the…… Continue reading What’s the most popular fruit in book titles?

How’s your hearing?

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Did you know that Specsavers have produced a free app that can provide a basic hearing test? If you have the TV up too loud, if it seems like everyone’s mumbling, if conversations are hard work in noisy places, if you ask people to repeat themselves on the phone, or if friends and family make…… Continue reading How’s your hearing?


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I like to sprinkle cinnamon on my porridge and occasionally a little nutmeg. But TURMERIC?? Yes, that’s what I said. A reader of my blueberries blogpost advised that she liked to stir a teaspoon of turmeric into her porridge. And she said the flavour of turmeric really enhances the blueberries. I sometimes add a little…… Continue reading Cinnamonđź’źNutmegđź’›Turmeric???

Blueberries: a great porridge topper and good for you too!

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Porridge is a great way to start the day especially with a healthy topper. Sometimes I include a drizzle of honey and occasionally a sprinkle of cinnamon. Today I added a few blueberries to my porridge and they were delicious. I know that a handful of blueberries make a great contribution to your 5-a-day. The NHS website…… Continue reading Blueberries: a great porridge topper and good for you too!

Cinnamon: a delicious porridge topper

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I’ve found that cinnamon is a delicious topper for my daily breakfast porridge. And not only does cinnamon taste good but it does you good as well. According to our well-thumbed copy of Food is Better Medicine than Drugs, cinnamon is very good for reducing blood sugar levels and can also help to reduce ‘bad’…… Continue reading Cinnamon: a delicious porridge topper

Is drinking wine good for you?

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I like reading wine bottles. Especially when the producer has added a bit of poetry alongside the warnings about units of alcohol and instructions to re-cycle the bottle. With black fruit and complex savoury spice flavours, with the distinctive taste of ‘garrigue’ – the fragrant wild bush plants of southern France, and smoky notes to…… Continue reading Is drinking wine good for you?