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Natural Inspiration: The Relationship Between Art, Nature and Wellbeing

Janet Hill | Feb 15th, 19 | Leisure

I read a fascinating article published in The Guardian a few years ago which reported that artists were heading for the countryside in droves. In the 80s and 90s, being considered a serious artist meant living in a city, specifically London; and if we’re talking even more specifically, somewhere quirky and ...

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A Valentines Love Letter to The Countryside

Our beautiful countryside, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways…

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United We Stand: Collaboration is The Way Forward

Janet Hill | Feb 8th, 19 | Business

If you are like me, the Hills members and so many other entrepreneurial types - business owners, freelancers, sole traders, side hustlers; whichever label you prefer - it’s common to choose a more ‘pioneering’ work/life style because we simply love doing our own thing.

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Weekends Away in the UK - Why Go Anywhere Else?

I remember when the humble staycation was the option for holidaymakers too adventure-adverse to go abroad - or it was seen as a cheap and cheerful way for families to get some time out without blowing the budget.

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Lamb Tales

Our frosted hills and fields, for so long hushed in a quiet stillness of waiting, will soon be alive with the joyous sight and sound of new-born lambs, and the low chunnerings of their attentive mums. Snowdrops will give way to daffodils, and our hearts will be gladdened by the promise ...

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Vegan Food from The Hills: Mushroom Scallops, Black Pudding & Pea Puree

Yes you read that right - vegan black pudding! Our Veganuary guest blogger The Vegan Olive recommends The Real Lancashire Black Pudding Company V Pud and suggests this recipe as a fabulous dinner party starter.

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Loving our Hills Community

A couple of weeks ago, we published an article commending the countryside for being a prime place to live. Amongst our top 5 reasons? The wonderful community spirit in such gorgeous rural locations.

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What’s in our diary in The Hills - Spring 2019

Janet Hill | Jan 25th, 19 |

As we are deep into January, there’s snow on the ground here in north Wales, and it’s a month since Christmas; which means it's time to get that new diary out and book in our very best spring events!

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5 reasons to relocate to the countryside

You may have lived in the rolling hills for decades, or you may be obsessed with Escape to the Country and dreaming of upping sticks, but one thing is for certain, the rural living dream is real, and one which isn’t ...

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Book Review - Educated by Tara Westover

Tara Westover’s Educated was one of the biggest books of 2018, topping awards and bestsellers lists across the world. It’s a memoir in which Westover - who, by the way, is still only 32 - recalls her upbringing in rural Idaho ...

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Reasons to be loving houseplants this January

Ahhhhhh, the humble houseplant, from dainty orchids to brightly coloured Gerbera and spindly leaved spider plants, they brighten our homes and help to bring a little touch of nature inside. When the days are dark, and our time spent outdoors can ...

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Loving The Hills in 2018

Wow what a year! As we are settling down after a potentially busy few days of festivities, I am taking a moment to reflect today on our year at The Hills. It really has flown by, and I am confident that is ...

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Mindful Consumerism: How The Countryside Does It Differently

It's easy for us to slip into auto-pilot at this time of year, running from one party to shop, and we get swept along in the worldwind. By definition, consumerism is in total contrast to mindfulness: 'The preoccupation of society with ...

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Book Review - Educated by Tara Westover

Tara Westover’s Educated was one of the biggest books of 2018, topping awards and bestsellers lists across the world. It’s a memoir in which Westover - who, by the way, is still only 32 - recalls ...

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Veganuary Food From the Hills: Lemon Sponge Cake

Unless you have been in hiding this month, you will be aware of the Veganuary campaign (see yesterday’s post for more information) and to broaden our plant-based horizons, this January we are welcoming vegan food blogger ...

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