I saw something on Twitter a week or so ago.

‘We are now entering the third month of January,’ it said.

It took me a minute, but God, that’s how it felt this year didn’t it? It became a thing for us to all talk about, as a nice distarction from the weather.

‘January’s dragging isn’t it?’

‘When is January going to be over?’

‘How long even IS January this year?’

Needless to say that Belle and I were very much looking forward to a night away at The Belfry Hotel and Resort over the last weekend in January. It came a couple of days after a slightly stressful parents’ evening, and was generally much needed.

The Belfry Hotel and Resort was incredibly easy to get to, which is always a nice start to a mini break. We whizzed (sensibly) up the M5 and the M42 and there it was, just a few minutes off the motorway.

First impressions were ‘blimey, this is a massive place isn’t it?’ And it is. The Belfry resort is huge, with over 300 rooms, a large restaurant, separate bars, a huge golf shop, indoor pool, spa and of course, a golf course. I was expecting January to be quiet, but the place was buzzing with people. (Hence some of the images in this post being provided by the hotel, as I couldn’t find anywhere to take pictures without people in them!)

Belfry Hotel Lobby

This is just the lobby!

First things first, we checked in and dropped off our stuff in our room. This was a little bit of a mission as the place is so big that our room was a good walk from the reception, through some corridors, the golf bar, and then up in the lifts. We found it in the end though and only had to stop for directions once. View Post

While most people describe moving as a tedious and stressful process, there are some things you can do to ensure that the process is less stressful and strenuous than anticipated. There is a means through which you can move comfortably and even enjoy the moment as you consider it a rewarding experience. That said, here are four tips that you can use to keep stress at bay while moving.


  • Create a to-do list


The process of moving is accompanied by a long list of things to do. The process is not an easy one, and as such, you should not kid yourself into thinking that you will remember to pack and get everything done with only your memory to rely on. Even the most organized individuals are dependent on a to-do list when it comes to complicated issues. To ensure that your moving doesn’t give you much stress, check out us-mailing-change-of-address.com’s moving advice which features email reminders, a personal task list, and coupons which may help you to prepare and organize yourself sufficiently.

  1. Avoid rushing your move

Assuming you are not being pushed to move, it is advisable that you take your time and don’t rush the moving process. This does not advocate for the last minute rush; instead, this time should be used to accomplish your planning and coordinating of the process. By doing so, you can adequately plan and get everything done before moving. During this period, you can do a lot including coming up with a week-by-week strategy or paying rent in advance so that you don’t have to worry about payment. This will free up your mind and give you adequate time to put your things in order before you move your stuff to a new place.

  1. Be as organized as possible

The key to avoiding stress when moving is supreme organization. Success when shifting can be achieved by ensuring that everything is in order before the actual day of moving. By doing so, you can account for everything packed in the boxes, thereby reducing the likelihood of misplacing things. Marking and labeling the boxes makes it easy to identify your items once you get to your new house. While packing, making sure you first pack the non-essential items followed by the important things.

  1. Change your address online

Changing your address is easy but when ignored may cause unnecessary stress. Updating your address ensures that you continue to receive essential mailings. It is a requirement by law that you upgrade your address for tax purposes as well as for identification purposes. The easiest way to change your address online is by using us mailing services and submitting your information as soon as you are aware that you will be moving to a new location. The earlier that you start to prepare, the better off you will be in the long run. Happy moving!

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‘Is the heating going to be on?’ Belle asked me as we were on our way home yesterday evening.

‘Yes,’ I said, ‘I put it on earlier for the cats. In case they got cold.’

She looked at me.

‘The cats who spend the whole night outside and are covered in fur?’ she asked, eyebrows raised.

‘Yes,’ I said, feeling a bit silly, ‘I didn’t want them to be sad.’


Welcome to my new life, in which I spend an unreasonable amount of time every day worrying about whether or not my cats are happy. Because how exactly do you know if a cat is happy? What if they are bored? What if they get lonely and miss me but don’t know how to tell me? What if they wish I’d leave the radio on, or would like a different blanket?

Every time I leave the house I wonder if they’ll be sad, not knowing when I’m coming back, (I do tell them but I never see them write it down), or if when I DO come back they will have forgotten me. It can be hard with cats because they often don’t give a lot away. A dog will make it very clear how happy he is, but cats play it much cooler. Someone on Twitter said to me recently that cats can actually understand and speak English, they just CHOOSE not to. I feel like this could be true.

I know I’m doing all the basics – they’re microchipped, vaccinated, treated for fleas and worms regularly and have a balanced diet, (WHISKAS® ‘creamy soups’ are their favourites, and I find it adorable that they are called ‘creamy soups’), but how about their emotional wellbeing? Are my cats happy?

When you look at it rationally, they do seem pretty content.

They mainly lie around on top of me on the bed like this:

How do I know if my cats are happy?

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Do you remember recently when I sent my poo through the post?

It wasn’t the sexiest thing I’ve ever done to be honest, but it was part of some research looking at how your DNA and your gut bacteria effect your health. Although it didn’t flag any weird diseases or anything, my general gut health was not great. In fact, I only scored 4 out of 10 for my ‘microbiome diversity’.

how to improve microbiome diversity


Apparently ‘Diversity indicates the approximate number of bacterial species that live in a person’s gut. Each type has its own functions that are often complementary. A diverse microbiome can perform a broader range of tasks that regulate and compensate, making the whole system more stable. If the community lacks richness, this compensation mechanism may be compromised and cause dysbiosis, a condition known to precede illness.’

And nobody wants THAT do they?

Also, generally I dislike doing badly in tests. It’s not really my THING. It takes me back to being ten years old and being in the team for the inter-school book quiz. We were in the semi-finals, which were being held in the town library in front of an audience of friends and family. We’d been given a book to read, which we were then quizzed on.

The quiz began.

‘We will be asking questions today about ‘Woof”, said the quizmaster.

I panicked.

We hadn’t read ‘Woof’.

It turned out that our teacher, Mrs Bryant, who I already had a bit of a grudge against as she had disagreed in front of the class with my interpretation of some of Romeo and Juliet, (I was a precocious child, but she was wrong), had made us read the book for the FINAL by mistake – ‘The Wolves of Willoughby Chase’. Rather than stand up and say something though, she let us sit through the WHOLE QUIZ getting everything wrong and looking stupid. Needless to say I cried at the end and have never forgiven her.


My gut bacteria. View Post

Now that Christmas is over and we’re almost finally at the end of this horrible January we’ve been having, it’s time to start thinking about spring, and my lovely new garden!

When my dad came over to help me plant my garden and I had it all redone by an actual landscape gardener (fancy) it was already getting chilly so I didn’t have much of a chance to bask in the sunset in my brand new garden with my kitties. I’ve mainly been inside sat looking wistfully out at the dark garden while Belle watches some kind of nonsense teen show on Netflix, imagining the coming summer months where I could be sat outside with a good book and a nice cheeky little gin cocktail or a cup of tea.

Now that it’s finally about to be getting lighter (I know we’re still a long way away from balmy summer evenings but you have to start planning things like this in advance) I’m starting to think about what extra plants and little additions I want to start including in my garden paradise of dreams. I have a bench at the front of my house for kitties or passing strangers to sit on if they feel like it, but I don’t really fancy the neighbours watching me sit out at the front of my house while they eat their tea and watch EastEnders, so I’m starting to think about what kind of furniture I want to get for the back garden and where it’s going to go.

I have a shed, but sitting in the shed obviously isn’t going to cut it. I also have an area where I want to put a little table and chairs so that me and Belle can eat outside, but I also want somewhere where I can really relax and soak up whatever small amount of sun we might get this summer. When we’ve been to stay in Yurts before they’ve sometimes had a hammock which I’ve curled up in to read a book and I love the idea of having one but it might seem a bit out of place in a terraced garden in Taunton, so some nice patio furniture from LOVEThESIGN will probably do the trick.

A really nice squashy outdoor chair could be perfect, or even a corner type sofa if I had the space. Whatever it is, it’s going to need to be big enough at least for me and three fairly big by then kitties (when I manage to coax them into sitting on my lap outside rather than running around chasing things, obviously.) Even a cute little deckchair style thing would be really nice so that I could just pop it away in the shed for the majority of the summer when it will be raining. Always good to be a bit realistic about these things. Or on the less realistic side, hammocks all round it is!

*googles ‘hammocks for cats’.*

Do you have any patio or garden furniture that you really love? Let me know some inspiring ideas so I can get planning now!

cute cat paws

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