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Retiring with family and friends

A major deterrent to downsizing is being unable to find a suitable retirement development close to your family and friends. But what if you could persuade them to move to the same development as you? This is just what Barbara Friggens did some 80 years after being born in the same house as her cousin Corinne. Now the pair are …

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GARDENING

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Taking advantage of the light midsummer evenings

LOUISE MIDGLEY makes the most of the long balmy evenings to keep her borders in order Watering the hanging baskets, …

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New plants and products for 2017

Louise Midgley looks at newly introduced products and plants beautiful enough to grace our gardens. Rosa Dame Judi Dench from …

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March gardening highlights

LOUISE MIDGLEY enjoys spring colour and the promise of things to come in her garden In March, no two days …

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TECHNOLOGY

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Keeping safe online

BILL CAREY offers some essential tips to ensuring your online experience is risk free With a recent string of high-profile hacking …

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Top five apps for older people

The number of people aged 65 and over accessing the internet has risen by more than a quarter in the past …

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Home Security System

In the last year I have been considering installing some sort of video camera in the house which will add …

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TRAVEL

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Hotel Review: the Swan at Hay-on-Wye

KIT SALISBURY travelled from the USA to visit a town she had only read about, and discovered that it boasts …

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Discover your voice on a singing holiday

It takes someone rather special to turn a small group of mature women who have never sung together before into …

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Walk in Wordsworth’s footsteps – among the bluebells

THERE is very little written about Dorothy Wordsworth but one boutique hotel in Somerset is doing its celebrating the sister …

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS

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Top tips to giving your new home a fresh look

Whether you are downsizing to the country, coast or town you want to create a peaceful, welcoming environment in which …

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How a workshop can prevent loneliness and keep you active

JANE SLADE visited kitchen designer Mark Wilkinson’s ‘super’ workshop before his untimely death in July this year and left feeling …

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How you can benefit from the Green Deal

  Thanks to the Government’s Green Deal scheme an Oxfordshire couple has transformed the energy efficiency and appearance of their …

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