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Retiring from work, but not from life!

The common misconception is that retirees automatically reach for their pipes and slippers when they decide to stop working, but this is often far from the truth In fact, many sixtysomethings use their retirement as an opportunity to take up new hobbies, go travelling or simply enjoy themselves socially, as these real life residents from our retirement villages demonstrate. Gavin …

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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 a newly-refurbished four-star hotel Nestled in the verdant Welsh Marches between Wales and Herefordshire, Hay-on-Wye offers everything this traveller could want:  a charming, walkable town with points of interest at every turn, a tea room or two, and 30 (yes, …

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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, newly planted specimens, tomatoes and cucumbers in the greenhouse has to be my main priority during this ‘Flaming June’ heatwave. However, there’s a multitude of other jobs that need doing, such as tying in climbing clematis stems, deadheading roses and …

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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 a respectable a capella group, says JANE SLADE after experiencing a singing holiday in Salzburg This wasn’t a typical Run By Singers holiday. In fact it was the first time the company had offered a trip for women only. The challenge of taking …

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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 David Austin Roses This enchanting Hybrid Musk variety named after one of Britain’s most beloved stars of stage and screen, is one of only three introduced in 2017. Rich apricot coloured blooms carried on strong arching stems bestow a delicious …

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Making a mobility scooter a fashion accessory

Etiquette expert Liz Brewer is never one to miss a party – even when she has broken her leg reports JANE SLADE Liz Brewer, who starred as the fearsome teacher in the TV series Ladette to Lady, decided to make The Chelsea Flower Show, her first outing after fracturing her tibia two weeks ago – arriving on a mobility scooter. “I fell over while wearing my six-inch …

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Learning to be an actress at 68

Older actresses complain there aren’t enough good parts for them but this has not deterred Lady Henrietta Rous who is pursuing an acting career at aged 68, reports JANE SLADE Lady Henrietta, whose family own the Cliffside village of Clovelly in Devon (where the Water Babies author Charles Kingsley lived) is best known for editing the Sixties’ fashion designer Ossie …

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Books to inspire gardeners

Louise Midgley reviews some newly published books guaranteed to inspire gardeners this season Urban Flowers: Creating abundance in a small city garden By Carolyn Dunster Photographs by Jason Ingram Published by Frances Lincoln £20 Hardback April Urban gardens are notoriously small and more often than not shaded out by neighbouring buildings, boundary walls and fences. To find a book crammed …

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‘Rightsize’ to a luxury apartment in the heart of London

The decision to ‘rightsize’ and move from a forever home to somewhere more manageable can be difficult but, once made, it unveils a world of opportunity Once regarded as an inevitable compromise, ‘rightsizing’ is now an aspiration following the arrival of a new generation of luxury retirement communities, which are redefining how people choose to spend their golden years as …

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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 are the same. Growth is rapid and a shrub that’s in bud one day can be in full flower the next. Yesterday I noticed the Sophora microphylla ‘Sun King’ had finally surrendered to the warmth of the sun and was …

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