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Sorry for a small gap in my input. Mum has been in hospital again- the sad reality of dementia. Am catching up slowly.

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Pelargonium Attar of Roses 21/09/2015

Tea Like Turkish Delight From This Garden Plant

Wilko Seeds Wild Flowers CornFlower Mix 10/09/2015

A Wildflower Meadow In Your Own Garden

Bosch Brilliant Care Keratin Advance Hair Dryer 11/08/2015

Not Just Hot Air

Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Waterproof Mascara 24/07/2015

Trim The Brush, Shrink The Price - Add More Shades-Then It's Nice

Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Waterproof Mascara Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Waterproof Mascara, Black. Every summer I purchase a waterproof mascara. Normally hay fever starts for me around the middle of May, so having a waterproof product at the ready is important. As I tend to keep mascaras for 3 months at the most, I can usually get away with one purchase per year, unless I am going abroad outside of the summer months. The rest of the time I don't opt for waterproof, as formulas tend to be better and are generally easier to remove. I have had successes and failures with waterproof mascaras, and in general price is not reflective of performance in my experience. However this year I was drawn to a product by Guerlain, enticed by some good reviews of the non waterproof sister product Cils D'Enfer, a 20% discount code on a cosmetics website, and a good previous experience with Guerlain mascaras in general. At the rather alarming price of £24 this is not a purchase to be taken lightly, but I was sufficiently confident that the product would deliver what I was hoping for, so here is my review. I don't advocate spending a lot of money on cosmetics in general, in fact a lot of my collection is not high end at all, but as I have got older certain products seem to have a higher importance to a finished look on my maturing face, and a really good mascara seems to be one of those items which seems to be the difference between looking awake or completely shattered. Guerlain state that this mascara is “The ultimate weapon of seduction” ...

Amadeus Guest House, Glasgow 16/07/2015

A Gem In Glasgow

Amadeus Guest House, Glasgow Amadeus Guest House Glasgow Glasgow is a place very dear to my heart, and we have spent many very happy days in the city where we have family, and also it is often a convenient stopping place when we are travelling onto the highlands and islands. Although we still do stay in the chain hotels, we have recently found ourselves growing tired of the same colour schemes, and the predictability of the service, and have started to branch out into more unique accommodation. To a great extent this sort of experimentation is not a risk these days with Trip Advisor, as generally places don't hold secrets – you know what to expect. This is how I came to stay at The Amadeus Guest House. Initially recommended by my daughter who had stayed there when attending a wedding, and subsequently researched myself, I was happy to book a stay there and was looking forward to it very much last week when we arrived. The guest house has a Trip Advisor Award For Excellence and has a superb website with an excellent collection of photographs, and this further added to my sense of expectation, and when I tell you everything was faultless I would not be understating myself. Booking Was Excellent We booked on their website and initially I emailed them as we were hoping to check in later than their preferred time. This was dealt with professionally with alternate arrangements given, and I was very impressed indeed. As it happened we were much earlier than planned, as we had come from the Outer Hebrides a ... 01/07/2015

Cherries Direct From The Orchards

Up Country Sailing Fleet Dog Lead 23/06/2015

Sail Away With Me Up Country!

Up Country Sailing Fleet Dog Lead Up Country Sailing Fleet Dog Lead When my last dog Molly passed away, it was the end of a long era of owning a friend that had long since swapped long walks in the park, with long snoozes by the fire. Her lead was almost an accessory, as I knew she would toddle by my side free from danger. Pebbles her successor is on opposite poles, she is an energetic Shih Tzu puppy who is full of life, and has a desire to investigate all corners of her world. I let her do this in the confines of home and garden, or with supervision in the park, but when walking from A to B she has a harness and lead that is put to the test on a daily basis. She is strong, excitable and determined – a girl with a mind of her own. You have to trust the lead in every situation, and that is why I trust “Up Country” to provide the accessories I need and here is why. You may never have heard of them, and as far as I know you won't find them on the high street too often, but if you know where to look you can find a gem that will last for life. Up Country Yes But Well Worth The Journey! Up Country have been making collars and leads since 1984 from their US factory in Rhode Island. The hallmark of these products is twofold- first quality and second fun- and for me they fulfil both of these perfectly. Started By Alice Nicols a lady with a passion for dogs, the company produces the items they make in their entireity from design through to packing and shipping. Their aim is to make very high quality items so ...

Deep Country: Five Years In The Welsh Hills - Neil Ansell 29/05/2015

Solitude That Turned A Man Into Stone

Deep Country: Five Years In The Welsh Hills - Neil Ansell Deep Country Five Years In The Welsh Hills Being at peace with yourself in total solitude is something many of us never experience or would even want to. I remember when I was a young teenager going with my parents to a service in Dornoch Cathedral - I am not religious, but was moved by the sermon that day inside that majestic building - “The Difference Between Solitude and Loneliness” We were told solitude is rejuvenating, loneliness is destructive, and how true I have found that to be as I have gone through life. I am at my happiest in nature surrounded by the sea or the pastures of the countryside simply being, I can walk for miles on my own and be at peace – it is a choice. Loneliness comes from the misery of bereavement, or the isolation that sometimes comes with change, whether that is moving to a new area or job, or just feeling emotionally detached from others. The book I am about to review is the story of Neil Ansell who spent five years in the Welsh hills alone and at peace, and learnt to appreciate and to embrace solitude. The Move To The Country At the age of 30 Neil decided to take a life change, and he moved into the Welsh hills from London into an isolated cottage near Penlan. He had no phone or electricity, and the company he had was provided by the wildlife that he came to know intimately. The book challenges in my mind the traditional view of life that questions what is normal and what is acceptable. In a sense it is a trip down a path in history when ...

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 15/05/2015

The Scenic Route To The Top Shelf With Eyes Wide Open!

Kerastase Discipline Keratine Thermique 11/05/2015

Discipline For Hair- Let's Do Some Straight Talking!

Naturally European Luxury Hand Wash 29/04/2015

Fresh and Lovely - A Verbena Handwash For A Good Price.

The Lodge On The Loch Hotel, Onich 15/04/2015

A Secret Deal I Am Whispering About!

Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush HX6711/02 16/03/2015

My Effort To Avoid The Dental Hygienist!

Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush HX6711/02 Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush HX6711/02 Going to the dentist is a trip I dislike intensely. I don't think many people enjoy it, and even if there is no surgical procedure to endure there is often a scale and polish with the hygienist on the cards. I had managed to avoid this for many years until last month when my appointment loomed, and half an hour of poking and prodding and a bill for £45 followed, leaving me thinking about my dental cleaning regime even more carefully. I think age is catching up with me as I have some gum recession, and the words of the dentist kept creeping into my head- “maximum cleaning with minimal gum damage”- in other words maximum plaque removal but minimum abrasion to the gum line area which can make matters worse. The year before I had invested in my first ever non manual brush by Oral B. I had been quite happy with it, but always found the heads quite large as I have tightly packed teeth and a small mouth. After this experience with the hygienist I decided to invest in a Philips Sonicare alternative, as I had done research and liked the positive reviews, and also the fact that very small brush heads could be purchased which I thought might suit me better. Sourced In Boots Looking in Boots I was delighted to find a reduced model called The Healthy White HX6711/02. which was reduced from £109.99 to £43.99, and proceeded to purchase using some Boots Advantage card vouchers which brought the price down even further. I did have ...

The Loft - Tea By The Sea, Tollesbury 03/03/2015

Tea By The Sea

17 Falsifeye HD Mascara 22/02/2015


17 Falsifeye HD Mascara Boots Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara In the past I have become quite interested in watching YouTube video tutorials and reviews about cosmetics and make up. Many of these presentations have introduced me to some interesting products, and one of these is the subject of this review, namely the Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara by Boots. Retailing for £6.99 this is a true budget mascara, and it offered an alternative for me as I often purchase higher end mascaras. It is also worth noting that Boots have a buy one get one half price on the range by Seventeen, so it is a very affordable purchase at the moment if you are interested to try it for yourself. I am endeavouring to sometimes buy cheaper mascaras, as I am a contact lens wearer and always abide by a strict rule of replacing my mascaras after 3 months. I will write on the box the date of opening, and will then replace three months later, even if it is still working beautifully to make sure I am not exposing myself to any infective agents that could trigger illness. This product is highly thought of according to online reviews on the Boots website, so this also encouraged me to try the product. Lisa Eldridge, a famous make up artist, always states that mature ladies cannot get away without wearing eye make up, and I have really taken her advice on board since I turned 50 a few years ago. Mascara is vital, and the product you choose has to lift the eyes and impart a more youthful appearance. Her advice is that it is no good ...
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