Project for the weekend – Treat your feet

Have you ever tried hiking socks? I tell you, those hikers have been keeping this secret for too long: socks with extra thick, cushiony soles and sometimes even areas where the fabric thins out to allow for ventilation. Foot heaven.   Whether you’re trudging through a mountain of errands or planning to take to the sofa until the snow thaws, some TLC on your toes … Continue reading Project for the weekend – Treat your feet

Project for the weekend: Snacks that make you feel good

In many parts of the world the holiday season is now underway and real food is being replaced by party food. It’s tasty, pretty and often conveniently bite-sized but its high sugar, chocolate or carbohydrate content plays havoc with our energy levels.   To keep on a relatively even keel, current science tells us we need lots of ‘good’ fats, as well as starches that … Continue reading Project for the weekend: Snacks that make you feel good

Project for the weekend: be a little kid

When things have been hard for a long time, it’s easy to forget what enjoyment felt like. Well-meaning people tell us to do something nice for ourselves but our minds draw a blank.   This little exercise is about allowing your mind to switch to a different place, for half an hour or half a day – however long you can manage. It doesn’t matter … Continue reading Project for the weekend: be a little kid

Project for the weekend: scent

As the seasons change we’re about to be bombarded with a new set of scents. The air fills with a heady mix of summer outdoor cooking or winter’s spiced baking. In my street, the evening dog walk, which last month hinted at who was having what for dinner, now tells me which of my neighbours have wood-burning stoves or coal fires.   Scents are powerful … Continue reading Project for the weekend: scent

A project for the weekend

Over the next couple of weeks the UK will reach peak fireworks season. One of my dogs is petrified of fireworks so I’ve been experimenting with dens for him to escape to.   I got the idea of a den from this article by Dr Rachel Casey. It’s full of lots of good advice. http://vetbehaviour.info/dogs/20-noise-fears-in-dogs/18-signs-and-development-of-noise-fears-in-dogs-2.html   First I tried to make his current crate more … Continue reading A project for the weekend