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Hot Wire

Hot Wire

Telling it like it is.

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When the shoestring's a bit short

When the shoestring's a bit short

A weekly piece full of tips and old fashioned wisdom (with an up-to-date twist) to help with the constant battle of financial survivial.

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Down to the ground

Down to the ground

Diana Noonan, award-winning author and passionate gardener shares her ideas and inspires us to make the most of our gardens.

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  • Pick-me-up Gardening

    urnI don't 'do' frivolous. So how come, in the space of just one week, there has appeared in and around my home a lime green candelabra (it graces the writing desk), two Italian urns (balanced artistically, one each side of the path leading into the perennial boarder), and a rather gorgeous garden 'feature' (which I've hung behind the potted colour on the deck)?

  • So many Ways to Say It?

    tuscanwHow many languages do you speak? If I'm honest, I'd say one – English (along with a 'get-by' smattering of Greek, and the sort of French that helps me find a loaf of bread and the loo!). Unless, of course, you count 'garden talk', in which case I can probably lay claim to Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Albanian, Russian, Japanese, Berber, Bengali, Thai, Malay and several others.

  • Inspirational Uncle Wang

    unclewangwIt hasn't been the easiest week in the garden, and I'm feeling weary. Actually, let me re-phrase that: it's been a downright difficult, utterly demanding week (in fact it's felt two) and I'm bone tired. And I've got an aching back.