A Weekend In Cumbria With Sally's Cottages

A couple of weeks ago I was invited along with eight other bloggers to spend a weekend in Cumbria with Sally's Cottages. This was the third blogging retreat to take place with this group of bloggers, however it was my first chance to attend so I was really excited to get together with all the girls and have a good natter and relax.

6 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Home to Sell It Fast

The golden rule of house selling is to remove your stuff. Sure, your belongings are treasured and loved by you, but prospective buyers are unlikely to feel the same. They want to imagine living in your home, without you in it. A decluttered home also looks cleaner, more spacious and brighter. With fewer things to blocking the view, you can show off the best features. Don’t forget, you have only a few seconds to make an impression.

5 Tips for Getting Outdoors in Autumn with Chronic Fatigue #HotterWalkies

As someone with a chronic illness, I know that getting outdoors is both a huge challenge and an important thing to do. Add the cold and varying weather temperatures, Autumn can be a difficult time of year to get outside. Finding a balance between getting some vitamin D and not overdoing it isn't easy. I also have a little sausage dog who adores her walks and whilst my husband does the majority of them, it is a joy for me to be able to go along with them and watch her skipping in delight at all the pleasures of walking outdoors. I thought I'd put together a few tips for getting outdoors in Autumn that I have come across over the years, which can enable people with chronic fatigue to enjoy their walks without overdoing it.

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Dunfermline's Tyre and Driving Checklist

Dunfermline may be a great place to live and work but its roads can be a hassle to drive about on. The A823 is frequently congested, for example with southbound traffic queueing for the M90 and the Queensferry Crossing Bridge beyond. There again, Queen Anne Street in the vicinity of the bus station in the town is another hotspot for congestion. At times, the A994 beyond Pittencrieff also gets clogged up, too. Although problems of traffic congestion are not unique to Dunfermline, there are some issues which make it a particular problem in the town, for example, when the Fife Farmer's Market is held each month.

With a mixture of busy town centre streets, supposedly fast-moving trunk roads and a network of often poorly maintained rural lanes, Dunfermline's drivers see it all. That's why you should have a checklist for your car's tyres. Without a good set of tyres on your car, you are more susceptible to the major problems which means you either need to hobble onto a garage or try to change your wheel on a potentially busy street. To avoid such undesirable outcomes, consider the following steps to make sure your tyres are in good condition.

Confirming your tyre tread depth is essential if you want to survive Dunfermline's roads. You need good tread depth to maintain proper traction and to be able to stop quickly if the traffic flow seizes up ahead of you. A simple gauge is all that is needed to tell whether your tyres have enough tread to cut through rain and snow and to provide you with adequate grip. If they don't, then you should order new ones. You can find tyres in different parts of Dunfermline with just a few clicks on the website of Point S. Order the ones you want and have them ready to be fitted when you are ready.

Another good thing to check frequently is the air pressure of each tyre. Too few Scottish drivers do this as often as they really should. Both over and under-inflated tyres lead to a loss of proper grip and you can easily spin off if you steer too hard to swerve around something in the road if they are not pumped up correctly. Given the number of potholes in the vicinity of Dunfermline, you really ought to take this advice seriously!

Whether you are from Pitcorthie, in the south, or Headwell, in the north, checking for debris in your tyres is also well worth it. Sharp twigs and brambles, as well as things like nails and screws, can work their way into tyres, slowing causing them to degrade. Modern tyres are capable of withstanding such abuse – up to a point. You might think your tyres are okay even if they have not been running with a slow puncture to alert you to the issue, but items sticking into them picked up from the road can definitely spell trouble down the line. A simple visual inspection is all that is needed to spot potential trouble.

How Mrs Hinch Has Inspired Me As A Chronic Fatigue Sufferer

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few weeks you will have heard about the latest social media sensation that is Mrs Hinch. A woman who combines a love of cleaning with an infectious personality, she has gone from a few thousand followers on Instagram to 750k (and counting) in a mere couple of months. Sophie, the name behind the account, names her cleaning products (Paul the Pine and Vera the spray mop, to name a couple), has her own 'Narnia' of products and shows you quick and easy cleaning tips using one hand to clean and one to film as she does. Not only has she swept across Instagram with her stories, she has featured in several national newspapers and bagged a regular slot on This Morning.

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