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Shopping Small In Your Community

One of the pleasures I take in visiting smaller towns and villages in North Wales derives from the variety I see on the high street. Unlike cities and towns where small businesses have been beaten by the lowest common denominators of ‘cheap’ and ‘easy’, local businesses create colour and diversity. They’re ...

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Being Mindful For Our Pets

We have posted before here on The Hills about mindful consumerism, and whilst we are often reminded to be thoughtful in our actions, be present in the now, and take time to be cognizant of where our food and products come from - I’ve recently been applying this to looking after ...

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The Hills Meets - Lady and the Tramp

As you well know, here at The Hills we are crazy about our pets and all wildlife, and we take great pride in giving our furry friends the best lives possible. We have our resident vet expert Dugie here to give advice on their health and wellbeing, and we’re now lucky ...

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Food from the Hills - Chocolate Courgette Muffins

Today we are welcoming Nutritionist and coach Lindsay from The Wellness Gypsy to the blog, to share one of her favourite breakfast recipes. She says 'muffins for breakfast feels a little rebellious. It's a chocolate muffin that not only tastes amazing but is packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy proteins and fats to get ...

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Summer Multitasking

We’ve been blackberry picking, my youngest son and I. Yes blackberry picking at the start of August when we wouldn’t usually go until the end of August bank holiday. Which meant we had out first blackberry crumble, oven on, cream out, in the heat. Very odd. The apple tree is also dropping fruit already ...

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Book Review - Tarry Flynn, by Patrick Kavanagh

Tarry Flynn, a young man in his mid 20s in 1930s staunchly Catholic Ireland, spends his days arguing with his mother, tending his smallholding and talking about girls with his friend, Eusebius...

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The Hills Meets - Jo Smith

It’s been a jam-packed summer, and I am thrilled to be getting out and about and spending time with our newest members of The Hills Members Club. Most recently, I met up with Jo Smith to find out more about her incredible talents and her passion for small businesses and rural ...

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Food from The Hills: White Bean, Coconut and Roast Pepper Stew (vegan & gluten free)

Today we have another guest recipe post, from the lovely Niki from Rebel Recipes. She says that this dish is "a gorgeously creamy white bean and roast pepper stew with three types of beans, tomatoes and a big dollop of coconut yogurt swirled in to make it beautifully creamy. It’s light ...

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Food From The Hills: Cauliflower, Chickpea and Spinach Curry

This warming super-fuel dish is ideal if you’re trying to up your green intake and fend off nasty bugs. Chickpeas keep you feeling fuller for longer, plus spinach is full of iron and is an early spring crop, so perfect for this time of ...

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The Interview: Ella Woodhead, Equestrian

Ella Woodhead, marketing guru by day and eventing enthusiast every other waking hour, started riding on a geriatric pony at the age of 6. Now 22, she dreams of making Team GB. Here she tells The Hills about the qualities that ...

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3 Easy Ways to Create a Wonderfully Scented Fire

Who needs a scented candle when you can have a scented fire?

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A Woman in all Seasons

Just when I thought the spring was coming, with swathes of snowdrops dancing in the breeze, and daffodils optimistically poking their green shoots skyward, last week’s Beast from the East has floored me. It was even too cold for the kids ...

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Food from The Hills: Too-Good-To-Be-True Sticky Toffee Puddings

Why this pudding? Cos its dreary and cold, we are struggling now with the weather, you want to come home and think warmth and comfort. Twenty minutes prep time and I guarantee this pudding will lift your spirits

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Book Review - Tarry Flynn, by Patrick Kavanagh

Tarry Flynn, a young man in his mid 20s in 1930s staunchly Catholic Ireland, spends his days arguing with his mother, tending his smallholding and talking about girls with his friend, Eusebius...

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Food from the Hills - Chocolate Courgette Muffins

Today we are welcoming Nutritionist and coach Lindsay from The Wellness Gypsy to the blog, to share one of her favourite breakfast recipes. She says 'muffins for breakfast feels a little rebellious. It's a chocolate muffin that not only ...

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