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Home-made Aromatic Wax Fire-lighters

Home-made Aromatic Wax Fire-lighters

These homemade wax fire lighters are great at Christmas time. They give off a lovely aroma and also make nice gifts for friends and family that have a real fire. Sadly they are not suitable for log burners, but if you are fortunate enough to […]

Make your Own Christmas Crackers and Learn their History

Make your Own Christmas Crackers and Learn their History

It’s hard to imagine the end of Christmas lunch without pulling a cracker, indeed from the corny jokes to the paper hats they are undoubtedly part of our Christmas tradition and one we can thank the Victorians for. It was back in the early 1830’s […]

Brussels Sprouts are for More than Just Christmas

Brussels Sprouts are for More than Just Christmas

Brussels sprouts are famed for being an essential part of the British Christmas dinner, perhaps because they are at their best around Christmas time.  They are a little like Marmite in that you either love or hate them, and there reputation for aiding flatulence has […]

Traditional Remedies that Every Parent Should Know

Traditional Remedies that Every Parent Should Know

Sometimes the natural home made recipes are the best and once you become a parent you can’t help thinking granny really did know best. There is something very comforting about using home remedies that have been passed down through the generations and when you become […]

Gone from the High Street, but not forgotten

Gone from the High Street, but not forgotten

There was a time when you would pop into a Keymarket store and buy a Jumbo loaf of bread wrapped in waxed paper, get a quarter of ham from George Masons’ before popping to Timothy Whites the chemist to buy a bottle of milk of […]

Drink Tea and be Orgasmic

Drink Tea and be Orgasmic

There is nothing quite like a cup of tea in times of stress and strife, indeed in times of crisis nothing seems more natural or as comforting  as popping on the kettle to make tea.  Whilst the claims of the stress relieving qualities of the […]

The Art of reading tea leaves

The Art of reading tea leaves

Reading tea leaves is an ancient and fascinating art. Tea leaf reading is a little like any other form of divination in so much that you need a clear mind, creativity, patience and an ability to just sit and contemplate.  The art of tea leaf […]

Natural Sleep Solutions

Natural Sleep Solutions

When you wake from a good night’s sleep the world seems a little brighter and you feel able to tackle the day ahead.   Most of would agree that there are few things that feel worse than feeling exhausted but unable to sleep. Around one in […]

The History of Hysteria and the Dawn of the Vibrator

The History of Hysteria and the Dawn of the Vibrator

The history of hysteria is a fascinating one. The idea that the womb is the seat of irrational and emotional behaviour in women has seemed perfectly logical to men throughout history. In 1801 the condition was finally labelled hysteria, from the Greek word for the […]

Vintage Housewife – keeping the household happy

Vintage Housewife – keeping the household happy

Advice for women in the 1930s: ‘Nothing destroys the happiness of married life more than the lazy, slovenly wife’ It must have been a grim for wives at the turn of the 20th century, judging by advice given to them on how to keep their […]