• Stuff I Like

    Bradgate Park

    My son and I came for a walk to Bradgate Park last Friday for 3 miles of good exercise. It was a really lovely sunny day and the park always makes me feel refreshed and happy when I go. I am fortunate enough to live just 4 miles away, and I consider to be one of the most beautiful parks in the country. Bradgate Park, situated in the town of Newtown Linford, Leicestershire, has a very long history. It covers 850 acres and has the River Lin running through it which flows into the Cropston reservoir. The park was first mentioned in 1241,  and was used as a hunting ground, but…

  • My Art

    Painting Disaster

    During Art Class 2 weeks ago, we were attempting to paint Botanicals, you know the sort of thing, leaves, flowers and succulents. I love how those cute little bushes are called succulents. Anyhoo, it was downright difficult, and after many attempts I concentrated on the drawing instead and brought it home figuring out that over the next few weeks I would apply the paint slowly and be moderately happy with the result. I was pleased with my drawing, so about a week ago, I proceeded to use the techniques my art teacher had taught us. Using masking fluid, (irritating latex smelly rubber liquid that dries on the paper, thus masking…

  • Tips

    WordPress Themes and Widgets

    I’m writing this post in response to a few comments I’ve received recently about the theme design for my blog. There is someone behind the really technical stuff of Pipstips, but I do fiddle around quite a bit with themes and widgets and alter stuff now and again as the need necessitates in my frenzied head. I’m the sort of person that likes change and variety, so after a while I start getting a bit bored with how it looks and fancy a new look. In answer to a readers question on my theme choices, this is what I am currently using with WordPress; Savona Classic. Savona themes are quite…

  • Random

    10 Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day

    So life can be pretty crap at the best of times. We may be going through money worries, health problems, work problems and love, or the lack of it. A feeling like we could be doing more with our lives or doing less, because we are experiencing some sort of work-related burnout. Or maybe, beating ourselves up every day because we may worry that we have spoken out of turn to someone or done something wrong and upset a family member, friend or a partner. To have negative feelings and be self-deprecating is not good for our well-being. However, to be positive and to look at the good stuff we…

  • Eatables

    Pasta Bake with Mozzarella Cheese

    If you are following the Slimming World diet then this recipe is Syn free apart from the cheese, which isn’t many, probably about 1 or 2 per serving. I eat this with salad and it tastes lovely. This amount makes enough for a dinner for me and my 2 boys, and it keeps in the fridge for a day or two. Ingredients: 400g beef mince, 400g tinned tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of tomato puree, 2 cloves garlic, 500g pasta (penne or similar), 1 ball of mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper. Method: Preheat the oven to 200c. Put the pasta on to boil. Dry fry the beef mince with the crushed garlic…

  • Tips

    10 Tips for Learning a Language

    As I sat this morning drinking my coffee and staring into space, it suddenly dawned on me that I had some homework to complete for my french language class today. From my earliest memories I can remember dreading homework. Once I’m into the swing of it I’m OK. I think it’s just the lack of motivation that I need to get started and I always leave it until the last minute and try and cram in as much as possible. This is not a good idea. To be brief, I completed my homework, it was about past participles of French and irregular verbs, and after scanning my material I realised…