Author: Timothy Smart

Pets Pooches & Chicken Pens Just A Click Away

I thought I was dreaming a little while ago – living in a nice family house on an executive style estate with a standard sized back garden, I was surprised to hear chickens making that familiar clucking, hiccing sort of noise that chickens do.   I didn’t think too much of that at the time, until […]

Feeling Frozen Confuses My Shopping Mojo

It can be so difficult in the winter months to generate any interest in shopping and retail therapy of any kind.  I tend to stay indoors much of the time and only venture out for a healthy walk a couple of times a week.  My mind cannot cope with the rest of me feeling utterly […]

Best Browsing Practice Eliminates Impulse Buys

Knowing all the way to shop for gifts, homeware, kitchenware, every kind of ware . . . .   At one time we were content to go down to our local high street accepting whatever was in stock and, in our price range.  For the longer term purchase such as new lounge suite, then travelling to […]

Caution Needed For Out Of The Way Holiday Picks

Holiday booking time is fantastic fun for families who would love to sit amid a pile of glossy travel brochures, all excitedly picking out this hotel or that.  Or maybe they are more the adventurous types who like to take the less well beaten path to somewhere ancient and not easy to reach.  I used […]

How Trips To The High Street Have Changed

We’ve seen so many changes to our ways of operating in recent years that it’s hard now to think back to the days of automatically strolling along the ‘high street’  for whatever we needed.   Definitely gone are the trips to get a fancy dress for the lady wife from one of the selection of independent […]

Changes In Gifting Arrangements

Many of the things we buy via the internet are causing a bit of a problem on arrival now that brexit has actually occured and is in place.  All the political wrangling and back biting has nearly gone away.  Only to be replaced by confusion and mayhem when goods arrive at the port or at […]

Changing Family Holiday Habits

Living on an island is pretty different for us than for those who live in a part of a massive continent.  There are so many different goegraphical oddities with forests, lakes, hill and mountains, everything that a good and pleasant land should have, but on a smaller scale. It makes for some wonderful holiday locations […]

Exotic Holidays Up Mountains & Trekking Forests

Holidays are a mute point just at the moment.  So many cruise lines have had problems that it’s a worry that my favourite form of holiday will not be able to survive!  In these days of ever more exotic travel, in a normal years, it’s possible to plan and book trips to the most deserted […]

Holidays Big Business Even On A Paradise Isle

I’ve been away staying with chums who live in a wonderfully sunny spot in the Med.  They’re used to driving miles to the nearest decent shopping outlet – generally for groceries and essentials.  Gifts and other household shopping need something far more organised.  When someone lives far off, in an idyllic spot, it’s not easy […]

The Changing World That’s Post Lockdown

There has certainly been a turn down in the travel markets lately.  Cruise liners are parked up in every available home port, being thoroughly stripped out and sanitised.  It’s probably the only time since the second world war that there have been no cruises out there picking up and disgorging thousands of happy passengers and […]