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?

Two plants for a cheap and easy splash of summer colour.

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I found a couple of half-used packets of seeds in the garage yesterday. And there was a nice empty space in one of the large containers at the side of the house. So, I just shoved the seeds in, gave them a dash of water and now I’ll sit back and wait for a splash…… Continue reading Two plants for a cheap and easy splash of summer colour.

4 easy-to-grow garden flowers that didn’t cost a penny!

On Saturday, I cut the grass for the first time this year. I wouldn’t go so far as to call our grass a lawn as it’s full of moss and and other assorted plant life. It’s just a patch of cut grass for the garden chairs when the weather is warm enough for sitting out…… Continue reading 4 easy-to-grow garden flowers that didn’t cost a penny!

Does London need a garden bridge?

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I usually start the day with a cup of tea and a quick look through the BBC News website. Today one story on my iPad was headed up: Garden  Bridge project “nearly collapsed”. I don’t live in London so this plan for a new bridge to span the River Thames has passed me by. The…… Continue reading Does London need a garden bridge?

Prime Suspect 1973 | Final episode tonight

Yes, it’s Thursday again and tonight is the final episode of Prime Suspect. I’ve enjoyed this series and am looking forward to the ending. Meanwhile I’ve downloaded to my Kindle the original Lynda la Plante Prime Suspect novels to read again. The Radio Times doesn’t like this series one bit: It’s the final episode of…… Continue reading Prime Suspect 1973 | Final episode tonight

Everything you ever wanted to know about the spaghetti harvest

I started the day reading on Facebook that an ex-UKIP MP had defected to the Labour Party. Three “Never”s and one “Would you believe it?” was quickly followed by “April Fool”. Good spoof! Which set me thinking about the famous spaghetti harvest April Fool’s joke. I remembered the spaghetti harvest on a BBC news magazine…… Continue reading Everything you ever wanted to know about the spaghetti harvest

5 Reasons why Prime Suspect 1973 is so good.

If it’s Thursday, it must be Prime Suspect 1973. This week (so it says in the Radio Times) we’re getting: a 1970s wedding “all floaty Laura Ashley dresses and big hats” as Jane Tennison is her sister’s reluctant bridesmaid. Meanwhile DI Bradfield is obsessing over the East End Bentley family even though Jane tells him…… Continue reading 5 Reasons why Prime Suspect 1973 is so good.