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How to Choose The Perfect Raincoat

By Alison Thompson

A good raincoat is a wardrobe staple. Choosing the right one, however, can be a minefield. Raincoats come with a range of bells and whistles, and in all colours of the rainbow. They come with high-...

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Border-lion Obsession

By Alison Thompson

In March our local area was plunged into almost total darkness as the result of an electrical outage. Cue a lot of stumbling round the house tripping over things, cursing our woeful lack of gas can...

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Interview with Mini Maedgen

By Amy Robinson

It was the end of a busy Sunday at Mini Maegden when Lighthouse arrived to chat with owners Emma and Jo. Mini Maegden is a grilled cheese and coffee van situated in Jo’s parents’ field, just off th...

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The Unfortunate Incident of the Stairs in the Nighttime

By Alison Thompson

Spring is finally here. The days are lengthening, spring bulbs are in full swing and the fields are beginning to be full of little bundles of curly wool kicking up their heels of a sunny afternoon....

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Zen And The Art of Fish Keeping

By Alison Thompson

Alison Thompson discovers unplumbed depths as she learns the art of fish keeping.

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The love of gardening...

By Alison Thompson

For Alison Thompson, Christmas is a distant memory and a New Year full of plans has begun…

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December Derby

By Alison Thompson

The festive season is more of a marathon than a sprint for Alison Thompson.

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Lighthouse Gift Guide

By Amy Robinson

’Tis yet again the season for filling the advent calendar, stringing up the lights, and decking the halls with boughs of holly. Christmas cheer blares from radio stations to high street speakers, a...

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Elf And Safety

By Alison Thompson

It’s a hectic time of year but, having once almost spent Christmas locked in a public toilet block, Alison Thompson has learned that one can’t be too careful how one chooses to relax.

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A Brief History of the Yellow Raincoat

By Amy Robinson

Whilst it’s hard to say when rubberised yellow raincoats first came back into mainstream fashion, there’s no doubt that they’re here to stay.

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Fowl Play

By Alison Thompson

As autumn advances, Alison Thompson begins to get the garden ready for winter. First, she needs to get to grips with some pesky feathered visitors.

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Grilla Warfare - Summer Pursuits Are Drawing To An End

By Alison Thompson

Alison Thompson’s struggle to rescue an al fresco house-warming party from total washout forces her to accept that the summer is inevitably drawing to a close.

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