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My Favourite walk in Saltram!

My Favourite walk in Saltram!

I love walking and I particularly enjoy the circular loop around Saltram House and its gardens.  The loop is 2 miles in length and passes by quite a mixture of settings including fields of cows, a beach, views of Saltram House, woods, a bird hide and glimpses of the...

Steptember – A morning walk to start the day!

Steptember – A morning walk to start the day!

Since lockdown hit I have started each morning with a walk before the working day, this has really helped me wake up, get ready and go for what day is ahead of me. I am very lucky to live in a lovely part of Plymouth, The Hoe. Each morning as I’m walking up to road I...

Steptember – Getting in your steps with the family bestfriend!

Steptember – Getting in your steps with the family bestfriend!

It is well known that there are many benefits to having a dog in the family, in terms of relieving stress and increasing general fitness levels with dog walking. A dogs’ love is unconditional and they tend to be very loyal to their own family, with a joyful welcome...

Steptember – Walking for Wellbeing!

Steptember – Walking for Wellbeing!

It’s not been easy to stay active these last few months. Working from home trying to juggle work, kids and everything else life throws at us hasn’t left much time to stay active. So with Steptember upon us I thought this is the perfect opportunity to get out there and...

Returning to the Garden

Returning to the Garden

As the weather starts to turn and become wetter, summer seems to be turning rapidly into autumn and most of the vegetables in the garden are starting to see their production come to an end (although the grass and weeds don’t seem to have got the message yet!). It’s...

I’m back after redeployment

I’m back after redeployment

I'm back after redeployment What a crazy few months it has been, I was one of five team members that were redeployed to Plymouth City Council right at the beginning of COVID-19 to help the Caring for Plymouth Team. Our roles were to ring all the shielded people in...

Exercising at home

Exercising at home

Exercising at home Like most of us I have adapted my physical activity over the last few months to include exercising more at home.  Instead of travelling to my local church hall to undertake my Pilates class I am now logging onto ZOOM twice a week to follow my...

An update from the Garden

An update from the Garden

A lot has changed over the last few weeks since the last garden update. Firstly, the sunshine has been replaced by cloud and rain which while good for the garden does make it harder to keep on top of things trying to dodge the showers. That said, our veg plot this...

Bring Your Dog to Work Day

Bring Your Dog to Work Day

Tomorrow (26th June) is Bring Your Dog to Work Day and our advisor Nita explains why working from home during the COVID-19 restrictions have been beneficial not just to her but to Poppy too. Here I am working from home, as advised by the PM, I am sat at my desk in a...

Feeding garden birds is good for your wellbeing

Feeding garden birds is good for your wellbeing

Feeding garden birds is good for your wellbeing We top up our bird table regularly with bird seed and the food doesn’t last very long.  We attract pigeons, blackbirds, robins, tits, collared doves, rooks and jackdaws.  We also have some hungry grey squirrels who like...

CLANGing by the Pond

CLANGing by the Pond

Our pond provides a focal point for our garden and is a source of great interest, particularly for our grandchildren when they visit. It has been there for many years and is home to many different colours and varieties of gold fish. When we first moved here in 2001,...

Positive Effects of Flowers

Positive Effects of Flowers

Flowers and greenery have a huge impact on wellbeing.  If you are surrounded by flowers it helps you to feel less anxious, less stressed and less depressed. Lots of studies have proven that flowers give you peace of mind and increase life satisfaction. I love purple...