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The style you choose is usually the one with which you feel most at home with. If you like living informally, surrounded by your possessions, you probably like a cosy traditional look, like that of a country cottage or an Edwardian villa. But if you like space, you may go for an uncluttered look, where… Read more »

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Childhood eczema, sometimes called atopic or infantile eczema, is a fairly common hereditary condition, which affects one in every eight babies. The skin becomes irritated and inflamed. It feels very itchy, and the child instinctively scratches, which aggravates the condition and can lead to the skin becoming broken and raw, and even in severe cases… Read more »

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Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips. Use a meat baster to squeeze your pancake batter onto the hot griddle, perfect shaped pancakes every time. To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes. To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a… Read more »

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On foreign travels we are all too aware of some of the illnesses encountered, so a checklist of preparations, which might be useful to have with you, follows. Diarrhoea remedy such as Arret and rehydration sachets e.g. dioralyte. Travel sickness tablets e.g. Stugeron, Sealegs, and Joyrides. Obviously useful on rough sea crossings. Indigestion remedy e.g…. Read more »

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Midway through the year, your garden should be beginning to look good. Having done all the hard work in March, April, May, be it your vegetable garden, lawn, shrub borders or bedding plants, they should all be thriving now. Your lawn should continue to be mowed weekly as growth is at its peak. You may… Read more »

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What do you see nurses, what do you see? Are you thinking when you’re looking at me A crabbity old woman, not very wise, uncertain of habit, with far-away eyes, Who dribbles her food and makes no reply When you say in a loud voice—“I do wish you’d try”, Who seems not to notice the… Read more »

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Summer has arrived and the cuckoo in a wood near my home heralds its arrival every morning with his call and so too in the garden centre, summer has arrived with people busy getting ready in the garden. A lady told me recently that the most satisfying thing she did in the garden last year… Read more »

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With the summer weather finally arriving and everyone spending more time outdoors this month I will discuss some common injuries. Insect stings & bites: Milder reactions resulting in itchy hives or rashes can be treated with antihistamines and/or hydrocortisone cream. If there are signs of anaphylactic shock ie. the face and neck start to swell, difficulty… Read more »

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Middle age is when your age starts showing around your middle. Middle age is when your wife tells you to pull in your stomach and you already have. Middle age is when you need to have a rest after tying your shoelaces. You know you’re middle-aged when the dog lets you get to the stick… Read more »

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