Do you want to buy a bird watcher a present, but not sure what they’d like? Here are some great gift ideas that will appeal to birders and nature lovers alike.
Wood-burning stove accessories make great gifts for someone who owns a cozy wood burner. Here are some ideas for presents that will be treasured.
This illustrated novel has topped both the adult and children’s bestseller lists. Folksy yet deep, this unusual book is an international favorite.
You can hear nature close to home when you listen to the dawn chorus. Every day there’s an amazing burst of song as birds wake up.
Good pictures make online articles more attractive. There are plenty of royalty-free images on the internet. Here are some tips on how to find the best.
Are you an adrenaline-junkie? Do you love extreme sports? Then wingsuit flying could be the perfect hobby for you.
Ghee, or clarified butter, is said to be a superfood. So, what is it and why do people say it is a healthy fat?
Don’t pour old cooking oil and grease down the drain. It congeals and blocks sewers. Here are some tips to help you get rid of them safely.
A genuine Mackintosh coat is waterproof and stylish. The rubber-coated mac was invented 250 years ago, and is a fashion classic beloved by celebrities.
On your smartphone dirty fingerprints can be seen, but germs are invisible. Here are some tips on how to keep computer touchscreens clean.
On a hot day, do you long for a squishee drink like Bart's? I do. A crushed ice drink is a great cooler in the summer. Here’s how to make one of your own.
Share your experience of eating out, and you could get lucky and be offered a free meal. Here are some tips on how to write a memorable review.
Typing speeds improve as we practice more. But how much does the type of keyboard, and our age affect our typing skills?
Cats and kittens are great subjects for haiku poems. If you don’t know the format, here are some tips to get you started and writing your own 3-line poetry.
Scones are the perfect teatime treat. They’re easy to make and use items you already have in your store cupboard. But do you know if the cream or the jam should go on first?
Really good scrambled eggs are light and fluffy and taste delicious. Once you know how to make them, they are a quick and easy snack. Here are my tips for making the best eggs ever.
Healthy teeth make great smiles. Here are my top three recommendations of dental gadgets to maintain good oral hygiene.
Make a drunken fruitcake this Christmas. Its high alcohol content helps it last a long time. That is, if you can stop your family and friends from eating it all!
Decluttering, cleaning, and organizing your closets helps get your life in order. Here's my experience of trying out Mari Kondo's tidying method.
Sunflowers are the perfect choice for big and bright flowers for your garden. Bold and colourful, they love the sun and are easy to grow. Start your children's interest in gardening by planting some this summer.
See the Northern lights with the Norwegian ferry company, Hurtigruten. It's a different experience from being aboard a traditional cruise liner; there are fewer passengers and lots of helpful, multi-lingual staff. This is having a holiday in slow-motion. Very restful and gentle.
Venice has history, architecture and canals. Millions of tourists visit every year. They bring money and employment, but there is a downside too.
Pixabay and Freerangestock are websites that allow you to earn by uploading photos. Can these stock photography sites really provide a passive income?
You can save money with Amazon Warehouse deals. They're sold by Amazon, not a marketplace seller. Here how to find the best bargains.
Plan ahead to get fairly priced tickets for next summer's Wimbledon championships. Here’s how to avoid the ticket touts and see live tennis.
What should you do with your old PC or laptop? Don't throw it in the trash. Here are some ideas on how to reuse and recycle your old computer.
It's not easy to recycle old tapes, but they can be repurposed. Here are some ways to upcycle old audio and VHS tapes.
Internet banking is the modern way to manage your money. Online or e-banking using a smartphone or laptop is convenient, and easy to use. There are a few drawbacks but these are outweighed by the time and money you save.
Amazon wants you to try their Prime service. You can cancel at any time, so is the free trial worth it? And is it really free?
Are you a poet who wants to be published? Have you entered a writing competition and had your poem included in an anthology? Some of these contests are scams. Here are some tips to avoid being conned.
Mystery shopping can earn you extra cash. Flexible hours, plenty of freebies, what’s not to like? Is this a way to make some easy money? Here's what being a secret shopper involves, and some of the highs and lows of the role.
Online searches help you find out about people and places in old photos. Here are some tips on how to use the internet for your research.
Many writers find it helpful to get honest feedback. Writers' groups are ideal for this purpose. Here are some guidelines to make it a positive experience for both giver and receiver.
Wool is used to make clothes, bedding and insulation. It's renewable and recyclable. Wool is a wonder natural fabric that keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Some birds fly repeatedly at windows and attack their reflection. Here are some cheap and easy ideas that really work to stop them doing this.
Do you suffer from cold fingers and toes in winter weather? Here are five gadgets to keep your feet and hands warm-as-toast.
You can remove and prevent pilling or lint bobbling on clothes. Here’s why it happens and some tips to get rid of fuzz-balls if they occur.
Hard boiled eggs are great for salads. Here are some tips to make your hard-boiled eggs easy-to-peel.
The origin of the phrase “million dollar question” is linked to two 20th century TV quiz shows. Learn more about how it became a common catchphrase.
Life in a medieval castle could be relatively comfortable, but for some it would have been a smelly and dirty place to live. It depended on whether you were born wealthy or poor, a noble or a serf.
A National Insurance number in the UK is as important as an identity card. Without one you are unable to claim benefits or health care. The significance of each part of your NI number is explained here.
Swarms of midges, mosquitoes and biting flies can ruin a summer evening. Here are some tried and tested strategies to help you repel biting insects.
Choosing earrings for sensitive ears can be tricky. "Hypoallergenic" doesn't mean earrings are allergy free. Here are some tips to help you find jewelry that suits sensitive skin.
Some nuts are easy to shell but walnuts can be awkward. The edible part of the nut often shatters along with the shell. Here are some cracking ideas to solve the problem.
Selling second-hand books online can be a money-spinner. Here are some tips about what sells and what the pitfalls are. You can make money by buying vintage books and selling them, but you need to know what kind of books people want to buy.
Picking up broken glass from a yard or lawn can can cause nasty cuts. Here are some safe ways to clear glass splinters and shards.
One of the worst chores is cleaning a messy oven. Here are some tips and tricks to stop unsightly grease splashes in your cooker.
Tips and tricks to make the most of your exam revision time. The best students work smarter, not harder.
Springtime makes us act a bit silly. Reciting rhymes and poems seems to come naturally. Here are some old favorites. Many are well known, but I hope you discover some that are new to you.
Are you worried about getting quality fresh produce if you shop online? My experience has been very positive. Here are some tips to get the best food delivery.
Fish can be preserved by drying, salting, and freezing. These are effective ways to store bumper catches for times of scarcity.
Most gold has a karat hallmark on it, but it may be too worn to read. You can do a simple acid test at home to determine the karat rating, and the equipment is relatively cheap to buy.
Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry used to describe nature. They are short and powerful lines. Here are some of my haiku poems about cold weather and winter.
Woodlice, also known as roly-polies and pill bugs, are harmless, but most people don't want them indoors. They help break down organic matter, so why not learn to love them instead of destroying them? Here are some tips to keep pill bugs out of your home.
Flash fiction grabs the reader's attention and leaves them wanting more. Flash fiction is sometimes called sudden or very short fiction, and it's a great way to practice creative writing.
People use the words bine and vine as if they mean the same. But each type of plant grows in a different way. Here's how to tell them apart. You'll impress other gardeners with your new-found knowledge.