31 Oct 2017

Drainage Issues to Look Out for in Your New Home

Buying a new home can be exhilarating and terrifying in equal measures. The excitement of owning your own property can be overshadowed by a variety of problems. From subsidence to faulty plumbing, there is a lot that can go wrong with a property.

Leaky pipes are a nightmare for all home-owners, old and new. We have all heard horror stories where things have gone wrong with the plumbing. I remember an episode where I came down one morning to a puddle on the kitchen floor. Turns out the mains tap leading into the house had worn out with age and a quick fix was all it took to sort out the problem.

Not everyone gets by this easily when it comes to faulty plumbing. 

30 Oct 2017

170 mile Cycle Ride - Training and Weight Loss (Week 4 Update)

Week 4 of training for The Way Of The Roses was marked by October half-term, a couple of fantastic days out with J and M and the inevitable appearance of snotty noses. As temperatures dipped and the clocks turned back, J came down with a nasty bug.

170 mile Cycle Ride - Training and Weight Loss - Week 4 Update

We had a couple of cracking autumn days but a poorly child meant I was not able to go out on the bike. I did manage to sneak in two gym sessions through the week, including a spinning class.

27 Oct 2017

The 3x3 Rubik's Cube - a Toy that Stood the Test of Time

Can you believe it’s been more than 40 years since the Rubik’s cube was invented!

I grew up playing the Rubik’s cube. More correctly, fighting my brother over ownership of the one Cube we had. It didn’t take him long to crack the puzzle while I struggled to solve it. The next step was trying to better our times.  The competition was intense.

Some things stand the test of time. The Rubik’s Cube is one of them. In a day and age when attention spans are getting shorter, screen times are getting longer and fingers seek to fidget constantly, the Rubik’s Cube continues to endure. It enhances problem solving skills and logical thinking. It improves concentration and focus. It improves dexterity.


The old Cube has since undergone considerable transformation. It now has a brand new mechanism that makes it smoother, faster and more reliable. Gone are the days when it used to come apart in your hands as you attempted a speed record. The stickers have been replaced with plastic, which means no more fading or peeling. It also means bye-bye cheating!

25 Oct 2017

10 Things To Do at The National Railway Museum, York

My son J loves trains. He loves playing with trains, reading about trains and travelling by train. So we took him to the one place that is all about trains – The National Railway Museum (NRM) in York. We could have driven over in the car but decided to make the day extra special by going on the train.

The National Railway Museum (NRM) in York makes for a fantastic day our for all the family. It is located just outside York railway station and offers free entry. We spent an entire day exploring the NRM. Here are our top 10 things to do at The National Railway Museum, York.


The NRM is located just outside York railway station. It is very well sign-posted and a footbridge from the station leads directly to it. The NRM is open from 10-6 every day except a few days over Christmas and entry is free.

We spent the entire day exploring everything that the NRM has to offer. Here are our top 10 things to do at The National Railway Museum, York.

24 Oct 2017

Christmas Party Style for under £150

Are you all set to face the Festive Season?  

The countdown to Christmas has begun. It won’t be long before the merry-making is in full swing and your diary is bursting with things to do and parties to attend. If you are looking to update your wardrobe for the upcoming festivities, the brand Esprit has a range of clothes and accessories you can choose from.

I have put together my Christmas Party Style wish-list and it comes in just under £150. That is a bargain, don’t you think?

170 mile Cycle Ride - Week 3 Update

Week 3 of training for The Way Of The Roses went better than the previous week. Despite celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights, through the week, I stuck to the training schedule.

Week 3 of training for The Way Of The Roses went better than the previous week. Despite celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights, through the week, I stuck to the training schedule.

Hurricane Ophelia followed shortly afterward by Storm Brian meant there were no outdoor cycle rides this week. I am not comfortable cycling in gusts of 20mph, let alone 40! So it was just the gym for me this week.

18 Oct 2017

Picturesque Glencoe in Popular Cinema

It is one thing to see a beautiful location in a film or television show. It is quite another to visit the place and experience it in person.  PCA Predict are set to launch an e-book exploring how certain parts of the UK have been transformed by their on-screen popularity.

The unspoilt landscape of Glen Coe, its unpolluted air and stunning natural light make it the perfect location for an outdoor shoot. Here are some of cinema's iconic scenes set against the stunning backdrop of Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands.

16 Oct 2017

170 mile Cycle Ride - Week 2 Update

Week 2 of training for the Way Of The Roses hasn’t been great. The week started with two back-to-back gym sessions. I was supposed to go back for two more or do an outdoor cycle ride, but managed neither.

I am aiming for between 30 to 40 miles per week on the cycle through the winter months but did only half that this week. I refuse to make excuses for why I couldn’t do it. It’s in the past now and there is no way I can alter any of it. What I will do instead, is stay positive and focus on achieving my targets for this week.

A key part of this training story is to lose weight. I have a food plan that should help me do so at a steady rate. I am not skimping on fats at all. It is the processed carbs that are being culled. Here is what the plan looks like.

10 Oct 2017

Rubik's Junior Pet Puzzles - Review and Giveaway

I am a child of the 1980s and grew up wearing shoulder pads and trying to solve the Rubik’s cube. A lot has changed in the last 20 years, but Rubik’s carries on even today. In addition to the cube, Rubik’s now has a range of puzzles to suit all ages and abilities.

The Rubik’s Pet Puzzle is a fantastic toy that encourages logical thinking and problem-solving skills. Available in four cute patterns - a puppy, kitten, bunny and bear, they are suitable for children as young as four.

The latest in the range are the Rubik’s Junior Pet Puzzles. There is a cute puppy, kitten, bunny and bear to choose from.

9 Oct 2017

5 Things to Consider When Buying Your Home

Buying your own house is by far the biggest and most important investment most of us will make in our lives. It so often happens that you find your perfect house, fall in love with it and end up buying without thinking about any consequences.

There are so many things to consider and much that could go wrong. I speak from experience. It wasn’t long ago that we were hunting for our perfect family home. Here is what I have learnt after weeks and months of trying to get on the property ladder.

Buying your own house is by far the biggest and most important investment most of us will make in our lives. There are so many things to consider and much that could go wrong. Here is what I have learnt after weeks and months of trying to get on the property ladder.

Key Things to Consider When Buying A House:

5 Oct 2017

How I Intend to Train for a 170 mile Cycle Ride

Eeeks! I can’t believe I’ve done it! I have only just gone and said yes to do the Way Of The Roses (Coast-to-Coast or C2C) Cycle Ride next summer. That’s a 170 miles of cycling from Morecambe to Bridlington over the Yorkshire Dales in the north of England. What was I thinking?

Or maybe I wasn’t. I had always wanted to do the C2C as a week-long ramble. But none of my cycling buddies seem interested in walking for seven days. The only way to do it is on a bicycle, they said.

How I Intend to Train for a 170 mile Cycle Ride

3 Oct 2017

Fort William to Mallaig - World's Greatest Railway Journeys

If you are a fan of Harry Potter, steam trains, trains in general, or if you appreciate a fantastic day out with or without children, then this is for you.

Fort William to Mallaig - World's Greatest Railway Journeys

If you ever find yourself in the Scottish Highlands, do pencil in a day to enjoy a train ride from Fort William to Mallaig. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most scenic railway journeys in the world and here is why.



There are two options, two ways to experience this spectacular train ride.

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