Home & Lifestyle

Holiday garden care – 10 tips to stop your holiday ruining your garden

Gardening

Maxine Farmer plots the secret of perfect holiday garden care with her top 10 tips.

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Divine strawberry cheesecake with pink peppercorn sauce – perfect for summer

Food & Drink

Stunning no-bake strawberry cheesecake with a zingy peppercorn sauce....

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Beautiful Mercado de San Miguel – all you need to know about tapas

Europe, Food & Drink

Michael Edwards eats and drinks his way through tapas history...

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Simple tapas – spectacular flavours for any fiesta

Food & Drink

Tapas are firmly established culinary favourites of many of us and with these simple recipes they are the perfect food for sharing with friends.

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Caring for dogs in hot weather – 10 expert tips

Pets

Help you dog to stay cool when temperatures rise. Here are 10 top tips to help them through the heat....

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Dazzling native plants to brighten your garden

Gardening

Gardening expert Maxine Farmer gives her verdict on the best native plants available to brighten up your garden....

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Quintessential English drinks and their best pairings

Food & Drink

Marry these drinks with your dining to fully enjoy the summer sun and al fresco evenings.

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Sticky BBQ pork ribs and amazing aubergine with smoky chilli sauce

Food & Drink

Super sticky BBQ pork ribs with Tracklements habanero hot ketchup and slaw and a smashing veggie BBQ aubergine with Tracklements smoky...

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Menopause and divorce – an unequal struggle for older women

Relationships and dating, Women's Health

Claire Porter is a family lawyer at SAS Daniels LLP. Here, she discusses how the menopause can impact divorce and spousal maintenance...

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Dogs with personality – that suit you best

Pets

It’s long been said that man’s best friend is his dog but just how much do we know about them and their personality traits?

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Cost of living crisis gardening advice

Gardening

50connect are delighted to announce professional writer and garden designer Maxine Farmer as our new gardening columnist....

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Sweet potato sorbet – the unconventional dessert

Food & Drink

Summer fruit sorbets, raspberry sorbet, you'll probably have tried them all - but what about this intriguing recipe using sweet potato. ...

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Skin care – simple tips to help you through summer

Fashion & Beauty

Skin care and make-up expert Stella Gardner gives her top tips to enjoying the summer sunshine whilst also maintaining a healthy and vibrant skin tone throughout life.

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Super meal recipes to help improve your health

Nutrition, Food & Drink

Soaked oats topped with almonds and berries Helps with: Heart disease Food synergy: Almonds (flavonoids) with foods rich in vitamin C...

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Using hardy plants to create an exotic garden

Gardening, Home & Lifestyle

Gardening expert Maxine Farmer explains ways in which you can create your garden into an exotic paradise with hardy plants....

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Starting over at 50 – essential ideas for life after divorce

Relationships and dating

Finding yourself alone after being married for the majority of your adult life isn’t easy, so how do you cope?

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Exquisite Italian dessert treats – Zabaglione and Tiramisu

Food & Drink

Zabaglione and Tiramisu are two Italian dessert classics. Rich, creamy and utterly delicious here are two recipes for you to try....

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Scented gardens – Master year-round scent

Gardening

Gardening expert Maxine Farmer offers her best recommendations to help you design a scented garden....

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Tempting Cajun pork fillet with sweet potato mash

Food & Drink

Celebrity chef, Phil Vickery shares one of his favourite recipes. Cajun pork fillet with sweet potato mash.

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Taking up a hobby – creative ideas for mature minds

Hobbies, Home & Lifestyle

Turn your ideas into reality with our guide to kick-start taking up a hobby....

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Lovely tagliatelle with pancetta, cream cheese, peas and feta

Food & Drink

Masterchef winner Irini Tzortzoglou share a wholesome and delicious pasta medley of tagliatelle with pancetta, cream cheese, peas and...

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Fresh herbs – tempting your taste buds this summer

Food & Drink, Gardening

Make the most of fresh herbs throughout summer with these ideas which you’ll be able to use across a range of meals throughout the week

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Bags under eyes – simple tips to achieve healthy skin around eyes

Fashion & Beauty, Beauty

Having bags under eyes is something that affects everyone as we age. Here are some simple tips to keep the skin around your eye area...

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Gardening for health – tips to stay fit and healthy

Health, Gardening

Will Donnelly shares 7 surprising ways gardening can boost your health and wellbeing this summer. ...

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May gardening tips – planning for a perfect summer

Gardening

Protect young shoots from pests and start dead heading flowers – there’s plenty to do in the garden in May.

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Easy pork medallions with crème fraîche and tangy wholegrain mustard sauce

Food & Drink, Nutrition

Eat your way to a healthy heart. Healthy blood glucose or cholestrol level can be achieved by eating one heaped teaspoon of wholegrain...

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Blue cheese and grape salad – for better heart health

Nutrition, Food & Drink

Food synergy is a theory that nutrients complement one another and can improve your health. Here, Rob Hobson creates a scrumptiously light...

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Walk the Hadrian’s Wall trail – outdoor beauty and heritage

Outdoor leisure

The coast to coast National Trail that takes in city and country as well as Roman ruins.

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Passion for purple – powerful reds to deep purple planting

Gardening • One Comment

Gardening expert Maxine Farmer explains her passion for purple leaved plants why you should introduce some to your garden....

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Divine apricot and lemon drizzle cake – a superb home-bake for all

Food & Drink

Prep: 15 minutesCook: 40-45 minutesServes 8-10 Ingredients 175g Crazy Jack Traditional Dried Apricots, roughly chopped 100g butter,...

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Moving house with pets – 12 expert tips to reduce pet stress

Pets

Nick Jones Expert advice and top tips for moving with pets

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Easter egg trails at National Trust venues offer memorable nature adventure for all

Outdoor leisure, What's on

There is plenty do to this Easter weekend at National Trust venues around the country. ...

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Lentil, celery, green tomatoes, red pepper and feta salad – a delightful dish

Food & Drink

Masterchef winner Irini Tzortoglou shares a delicious Greek lentil, celery, green tomatoes, red pepper and feta salad. ...

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Taking an allotment – 5 simple steps success

Gardening

Taking an allotment is a creative and rewarding pastime. Here are five helpful tips to get you started.

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Key features of new no fault divorce law explained 

Relationships and dating, News & Views

Solicitor Megan Bennie explains why she believes new no fault divorce laws are sensible reforms that will bring a range of new options for...

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Top 5 coastal walks – stunning views and tranquility

Outdoor leisure

Explore the natural beauty of good old Blighty this summer on one of these coastal walks...

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Passion fruit meringue pie – an irresistible homemade dessert

Food & Drink

Sarah Helmsley shares a wonderfully fresh twist on a classic recipe to create an amazing passion fruit meringue pie

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Exercise for dogs – a happy dog is a good dog

Pets

It wasn't just people who were isolated and under exercised during the pandemic. ...

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Healthy tangy tomato, avocado and chickpea salad dressed with olive oil

Nutrition, Food & Drink

How food combinations can help you stay healthy and make attractive meals. ...

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Salmon, prawn and almond curry

Nutrition, Food & Drink

Rob Hobson shares his recipe for salmon, prawn and almond curry and demonstrates that adding food synergy to your meal-making can super-boost your health, as well as being mighty fine eats.

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Dating advice for men – expert tips to master modern dating

Relationships and dating

Going out on a date can be a very daunting process as the world of dating has become a confusing maze of dos and don’ts. Here we take a...

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Companion planting – create a harmonious garden

Gardening

Companion planting is a method of getting the best results in your garden by placing beneficial vegetables and flowers side by side. ...

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Repotting cacti – best care for succulents

Gardening, Home & Lifestyle

Pain-free tips for repotting cacti to keep your plants healthy all year round.

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Plan your garden – expert ways to deliver what you want in 2022

Gardening

Here are steps to help determine what you want from your garden before the planting season is underway....

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5 expert top tips to spruce up your home for spring

Home & Lifestyle

Refresh your home for spring with five top tips on colours, fabrics and pattern....

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Seasonal vegetables: Delicious and inexpensive way to eat local

Food & Drink

Virginia Webb champions the delicious spring vegetables that should be on your table in March.

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Walking: Highlights of the South Downs Way – pt 3

Outdoor leisure

We complete our trail along the South Downs Way, taking in the A286 via Crown Tegleaze and Littleton Farm....

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Mouth-watering roast lamb with mint sauce – a kitchen classic

Food & Drink

Serve up the perfect spring Sunday roast with our fool proof recipe for roast lamb....

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Walking: Joy of the South Downs Way – pt 2

Outdoor leisure • 2 Comments

We continue our trail along the South Downs Way from Exton to the A286 for Cocking taking in Old Winchester Hill and Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

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Mouth-watering chocolate and peanut butter tart

Food & Drink

A dreamy dessert dedicated to chocaholics and anyone with a sweet tooth. ...

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Pruning in the garden – essential spring clean jobs for March

Gardening

As we welcome longer days and less ground frost John Kane takes on the gardening jobs for March....

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Repotting plants – top tips for healthy growth

Gardening

Spring and summer can prompt an eruption of growth in potted plants, here are some repotting techniques that will ensure your favourites don’t wither.

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Walking: Highlights of the South Downs Way – pt 1

Outdoor leisure

Experience some of our finest countryside between Winchester, first capital of England, and the white chalk cliffs of Eastbourne in part...

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Divine lemon and passion fruit drizzle cake – a perfect treat.

Food & Drink

This lemon and passion fruit drizzle cake is a classy little showstopper that won't tax your baking skills....

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Home and pet sitter – perfect way boost your retirement income?

Pets

Find out how to supplement your income as a home and pet sitter.

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Stir fry chicken with broccoli – quick, healthy meals

Food & Drink

With a bit of forward thinking you can build a list of simple, speedy recipes to help you get your 5-a-day. Try this one for stir fry...

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Stir fry beef and broccoli – quick, healthy meals

Food & Drink, Nutrition

One-pot cooking at its best. Quick, simple and very, very tasty....

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February vegetable patch jobs – positive tips for a bountiful harvest

Gardening, Home & Lifestyle • One Comment

It’s time to harvest the last of the winter vegetables and prepare the veggie patch for the first sowing of spring

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Delicious lasagne with chestnuts and peppers

Food & Drink

Rejuvenate your love of pasta dishes with this vegetarian lasagne with chestnuts and peppers....

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Win Organic Works heavenly hydrating bath and body bundle

Competitions & quizzes, Beauty • 9 Comments

Win a heavenly hydrating organic bath and body bundle (value £87) from the multi award winning Organic Works … just in time for...

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Tips for bathing dirty dogs

Pets, Home & Lifestyle

You're on a hiding to nothing trying to keep your pet clean while walking at this time of year. Here are some tips for coping with the...

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February kicks-off the garden spring clean

Gardening

Gardening – February spring clean. All jobs that will ensure your oasis of calm is in tip top shape for spring...

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Why natural skin care should be everyone’s new year’s resolution

Fashion & Beauty • One Comment

Cold weather, stuffy indoor air can play havoc with ageing skin. Here Fay Watt reveals how natural skin care can rehydrate and refresh your complexion.

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Healthy Cavolo Nero salad with sweet potato, pear, walnut & blue cheese dressing

Food & Drink

What could be simpler than salad to keep you on the healthy eating straight and narrow?...

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January garden jobs to round off the month

Gardening

Now is the time to prune fruit trees and deciduous trees ready for Spring....

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Dangerous DIY jobs that shouldn’t be attempted by novices

Home & Lifestyle • One Comment

The DIY boom has seen many turn their hand to home improvements, but there are jobs that really need professional skills.

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The perfect Burns Night supper

Food & Drink

Burns suppers may be formal or informal but they must always be entertaining. We take a look at the ceremony of Burns Night....

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Loyalty penalties – how to save £100s on your car insurance

Motoring, News & Views

The Financial Conduct Authority has clamped down on car insurance loyalty penalties offering consumers the hope of more affordable prices. ...

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Celebration of Life Day – discover your family joy

Relationships and dating, What's on

Author, podcaster and coach, Susie Pearl lists how you can bring your family closer together through Celebration of Life Day.

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Old fashioned bread pudding – a heavenly bowl of sin

Food & Drink

One of those traditional puddings, rarely seen in today's restaurants or shops but is a real family treat!...

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Burns supper recipes

Food & Drink

From starter to pudding, we've got all the essentials for a Burns Night Supper, just add neeps and tatties!...

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Delicious vegan California walnut and lemon parsley spaghetti

Food & Drink

At only 780kcal per serving this quick and easy walnut and lemon parsley spaghetti is a winner for any new year eating plan....

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What’s good for your garden? Expert tips or old wives’ tales

Gardening, Home & Lifestyle • One Comment

Do you employ good sense when assessing the virtue or otherwise of 'internet expert' gardening tips. Here are some simple gardening tips...

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Wardrobe detox – New Year relief from clutter

Fashion & Beauty, Home & Lifestyle

There’s never been a better time to redress your fashion sense – and discover how to look good for less.

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New Year healthy eating – pasta

Food & Drink

Christmas can be a time of 'big eating', so give your tummy a breather in January with these simple pasta recipes that will satisfy in...

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Top winter walks for easy post Christmas exercise

Outdoor leisure

The National Trust cares for hundreds of walking trails in beautiful locations across the country, so here’s our roundup of the top...

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Why do we stress over New Year’s resolutions?

Home & Lifestyle, Relationships and dating

Dr Lynda Shaw cautions that unrealistic expectations and lack of commitment can undermine your New Year’s resolutions.

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Perfect Christmas cheese combinations

Food & Drink

Devise the perfect cheese board and serve with a varied range of tipples, from expert Jilly Goolden. ...

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How to make a perfect Christmas home

Home & Lifestyle

With the festive season upon us and the opportunity to invite friends and family into our homes once again, here are some tips to create a...

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Long-term relationships – sustaining the passion

Relationships and dating

All relationships go through phases. Here are 10 top tips for ensuring your relationship retains its spark. 

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Exercising your dog for happy, healthy life

Pets

Getting out and about with your dog can help your pet blow off steam and de-stress....

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Spice up the kitchen with simple Chinese recipes

Food & Drink

Break the habit of spending needlessly on expensive takeaways, these simple recipes will help you discover the confidence to do it...

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Perfect trifle – tradition triumphs over trends

Food & Drink

New research reveals winning formula for the perfect British Trifle

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Perfect Christmas mulled wine recipe

Food & Drink

Delicious, festive mulled wine recipe full of spices and the season's cheer....

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Why diluted skin care products mean you could be flushing money down the drain

Fashion & Beauty

What's the attraction of the skin care products you buy, big brand, nice smelling? Unless you know what's in them, says Fay Watt, you could...

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Decadent double chocolate chip and blackberry muffins

Food & Drink

This recipe for double chocolate chip and blackberry muffins is provided by Food For Thought, a Fair Trade baking brand that has added new...

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Stressed-out skin – expert tips to combat eczema and psoriasis

Fashion & Beauty

Dr Toni Phillips shares her expert advice on recognising the tell-tale signs of stressed-out skin and how to help keep stress-related skin...

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November garden checklist – expert tips

Gardening, Home & Lifestyle • One Comment

John Kane prepares for winter with a roundup of maintenance jobs to be done around the garden in November.

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Tell tale signs that your dog is in pain

Pets

Changes in behaviour and temperament could be signs that your dog is in discomfort. Here is how to spot the tell tale signs....

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Mouth-watering organic soup recipes

Food & Drink • One Comment

Here's our pick of the best organic soup recipes on 50connect including hearty lentil soup, a rich minestrone, black bean and chilli...

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Super foods – Mediterranean soup with cavolo nero

Food & Drink • 2 Comments

A rich, warming soup from table to tummy in just 25 minutes. The perfect comfort food to follow an afternoon gardening or a winter walk....

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Giving a pet as a gift – important considerations

Pets

Thinking about giving a pet as a gift in the run up to Christmas? Don't ignore the many responsibilities that come with animal care....

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Vegetable patch excellence – Essential maintenance for November

Gardening

It’s cold and wet in the veggie patch but there’s still work to be done!

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Kale mac and cheese – exquisite winter warmer recipe

Food & Drink

There are few things more welcoming than coming home to macaroni cheese on a cold autumn night....

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Rose colours: The hidden meaning of roses

Gardening, Home & Lifestyle

Have you ever considered the meaning or symbolism of why we use different rose colours for different occasions? Read on and find out ......

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Divine Drambuie soaked apple tarte tatin

Food & Drink

TV chef James Martin shares this luxurious autumnal dessert treat – apple tarte tatin.

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