How to make the most of green garden initiatives

Greening up the garden May and June are some of my favourite months in the garden. The garden is in full force with new plants emerging everyday. It’s also when gardeners make their annual pilgrimage to The Chelsea Flower Show in London. I missed going in person this year as it clashed with too many family commitments and the dreaded GCSE revision but I managed to catch most of it on the fabulous ...

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How I made my own hat

You know what they say … If you want to get ahead, get a hat. With the renewed popularity in vintage style and fashion and the likes of Kate Middleton indulging in wearing hats for all sorts of occasions, the humble hat is making a comeback. And thanks to Louise Brooks and Vikkie Brand at Hats from the Hall you can create your own, bespoke, creation for a wedding or party, or just because you’re ...

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What to do in the garden in April

Here’s what jobs you should be doing in the garden this April to help your green spaces to look amazing. Spring is one of my favourite times of the year. I love how new life is emerging all around us. The lambs are in the field behind our house and the bulbs are showing their delicate faces. In the garden there are lots of jobs to tackle this month. Here’s what I’ll be doing in the garden this ...

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How to fight allergies naturally

Discover how you may be able to treat allergies with natural remedies and lifestyle changes. It’s the time of year when allergies are a favourite topic of conversation in homes and offices but over-the-counter products aren't your only option for treating allergies. Here’s my take on some common alternatives which have been seen to have great results. Supplement with ‘friendly bacteria’ Adding a ...

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Gluten free, refined sugar free brownie jar

This chocolate brownie jar is an easy (and last minute) gift idea, that’s perfect for all occasions – birthdays, mother’s day, and thankyous. It goes down a treat each and every time and it’s a super simple gift that everyone can enjoy! You will need: 1 mason jar Label to decorate Wooden spoon optional INGREDIENTS: Dry: ¾ cup oat flour ½ cup almond flour 2 tbsp cornflower 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/ ...

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March gardening tips to prepare your garden for the spring and summer

Gardening tips to get your green spaces ready for spring. It feels too cold to be gardening, but there are still quite a few things you can do in March to prepare for the coming months . I love cold, bright sunny days like we’ve had the last week or so. Despite the cold, on a bright and sunny day it's lovely to get out in the garden for an hour or so. At this time of year you want to have a ...

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Christmas tree shopping – the Ali Hutchinson way

It’s that weekend already – “what weekend?” I hear you say. The Christmas tree buying weekend, of course! Is it only me? Surely I’m not the only who has a Christmas Tree Buying ritual? I know, you have one too right? For us it’s a family affair. We choose the weekend and irrespective of weather, it’s the weekend we go to choose our tree. I go with a 6ft tree in mind and the idea of a short pair ...

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