So you want to do less ironing. Well, if you and I didn’t iron any clothes, what’s the worst that could happen? Okay so ironing gets creases out of things, but how bad are the creases, really? Do you perhaps iron things to finish them off drying instead of using an airing cupboard? Maybe you don’t have an airing cupboard thanks to the prevalence of 1990s combi boilers, which can be installed without a hot-water tank. Maybe you’d rather iron than fold damp clothes to perfection. Maybe you want to be like your Mum, and that’s how she did the…

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We had a fabulous family holiday to France last summer. We took our car on the ferry and stayed on a campsite, in a gite and a hotel. After sharing a few photos and details of our adventures on Facebook, several friends said to me “I’d love to have a holiday in France but I don’t know where to go.” Well my wish-list included not going too far, finding chateaux, cycle paths, sun and swimming. If that sounds like your thing, here are my four top tips! Loire Valley The central area between Angers and Blois is full of stunning,…

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Our house looks like it’s been burgled. It’s not standard family mess this time, no. There’s an empty TV bracket on the wall opposite the sofa and empty picture hooks above the fireplace. It’s gloomy, unloved and stark, it’s not a good look! Well, we haven’t been burgled but there’s a bit of a tale here. Smoking TV The easier one to explain is the empty TV bracket. One quiet evening last week an acrid burning smell came from the TV. We quickly switched it off and googled it. No, we didn’t grab a fire blanket or even an air…

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