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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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How you can benefit from caring for an animal

There are many mental health benefits as well as physical ones that come from spending time with animals and pets The health benefits of dog ownership are well documented and a study commissioned last year by pet food company, Butcher’s Pet Care found that dog owners are fitter and healthier than those without canine companions, with 73 per cent saying they …

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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 you feel completely at home and utterly comforted For many downsizing to a smaller home or a retirement apartment means an opportunity to start afresh, with a blank canvas to create your dream decor. Need some inspiration? Here top interior …

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Introducing a new way to live in retirement

Nicholas John talks to Keith Cockell, Chairman of Inspired Villages, market leaders in the care village sector Keith, why are you looking to publish this series of interviews? After many years spent developing retirement villages and working to get across the essential message that living in a safe and secure environment with all the care needed as one got older, …

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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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