Crazy about colouring

Crazy about colouring

Of the top 10 books sold by Amazon this year, four were colouring books for adults.

Forget the idea that colouring books are for children. In a time-short world dominated by digital screens, many adults are now embracing the concept of the soothing art of colouring. Chosen for their creativity and the quality of the illustrations and paper, colouring books for adults are of an exceptionally high quality. They are designed to help calm, destress and focus the mind in the belief that exploring colour and space occupies parts of the brain that might normally be involved in anxiety.

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Guest — Caroline Martin
What a clever idea for a competition! it is very topical and anything to relax the mind is welcome.
Friday, 13 November 2015 11:03
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A walk with a purpose

A walk with a purpose

At Rugeley we’re on the doorstep of Cannock Chase, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty boasting 26 square miles of mixed woodland with large areas of coniferous and heathland.

Its features made it ideal, throughout both wars, as an area for training the soldiers about to be sent overseas. We decided to walk a very small part of the Chase, one fine evening in August, to view a few of the historical sites that are still evident from the encampments of the First World War.

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Guest — Julie Berry
Thanks Rugely. My history interest is definitely piqued. Must tell you about Deepings history inspired visit to Lincoln's Magna C... Read More
Thursday, 22 October 2015 12:22
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The Yorkshire delights I got to see with my photo competition prize money

The Yorkshire delights I got to see with my photo competition prize money

I was so thrilled when Jeanette House, the Trustee responsible for organising the Photo Competition, rang me to say I had won! The prize of two nights in Yorkshire was another opportunity to add to my photo collection.

In late April my husband and I travelled up to The Steeton Hall Hotel in Keighley stopping at the fabulous Yorkshire Sculpture Park for lunch on the way – lots of lambs and Henry Moore sculptures and far too much to see in a quick visit.

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Guest — Jenny Lee
What a great trip, Lynn. Well done on winning the photo competition. I wonder if it could become an annual event ( even if the fir... Read More
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 17:05
Liz Valette
It's a thoroughly deserved prize Lynn, you have a good eye for great photography.
Thursday, 01 October 2015 05:04
Guest — Ilana Levine
You've sold Yorkshire to me!
Monday, 05 October 2015 10:57
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A Japanese year for Trentham

A Japanese year for Trentham

Trentham NWR has been fortunate this year – with Japan as our themed country – to have had Chitose Ikawa from Tokyo as a member of our group while she was here studying at Keele. Nearing the end of Chitose’s year in the UK a few of us took her to Tatton Park to visit the famous Japanese Garden. Built by Japanese craftsmen in 1910 for the 3rd Lord Egerton it features acers, azaleas, water irises, a tea house and a Shinto shrine. Our guide walked us through explaining each item and its meaning, pointing out essential components such as the sacred fox Inari in his red bib, a turtle, water, bridges, stepping stones and zigzag paths to fool the devil.

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Liz Valette
I'm looking forward to receiving the Autumn magazine and reading Chitose's article.
Thursday, 01 October 2015 08:13
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Legs up, feet flexed – prepare for landing!

Legs up, feet flexed – prepare for landing!

My tandem skydiving experience was a present from my children for my 60th birthday last year. You can imagine my surprised look when I opened the envelope!

I booked the dive early in the year, timing it so that it came soon after my son's wedding so as not to leave me with too much time to dwell on it.

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Guest — Sarah Akhtar
Well done Linden, rather you than me!
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 20:43
Marilyn Vigurs
What next Linden?
Friday, 21 August 2015 22:03
Lynn Welsher
Well done - brave lady !! Parascending a few years ago was enough excitement for me!
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 17:03
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