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Getting Started with Social Media Analytics

Janet Hill | Oct 15th, 18 | Business

Good morning and welcome to another week in The Hills! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend? What have you been up to? We celebrated my mum’s 80th birthday on Saturday and during the dinner I sat back and watched how vibrant and so full of life she still is. ...

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Get Your Dose of Adventure in the Countryside this Autumn

During the summer, it's so easy for us to pick up our day-to-day activities and move outdoors. From evening strolls, to picnic lunches; weekend exploring or even just the local beer garden. However, as we all settle into the cozy comforts of autumn, with the daylight hours creeping ever-shorter, it’s easy ...

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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 easy way to inject som leafy greens into your diet at this time of year when salads are ...

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A Prayer to Nature

I have had an uncharacteristic day, a very un-Julie day, something I haven’t had since my summer by the sea in France. I have had tea in a bookshop with my son. I have gathered windfall apples and stewed them, they are waiting to be turned into cinnamon pies. I have cut ...

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Mythbusting SEO: What it is and why you need it

Janet Hill | Oct 8th, 18 | Business

Good morning - and welcome to a brand new week! Whilst we have been talking a lot about social media and print marketing lately, we have been skirting around the issue of webdesign and SEO. Ah yes, SEO! Those three little letters that can throw your business brain into a frenzy of ...

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The Hills Meets - Julie Leoni

One of the most pleasurable and fulfilling activities of running my own business is meeting and spending time with talented people. In this week’s ‘The Hills Meets’ feature, and I am thrilled to be joined by my great friend, Julie Leoni. You may recognise her name from her monthly guest posts ...

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Book Review - Annie Proulx: Brokeback Mountain

Often, when we pick up a book about the countryside, it’s because we want to read reverent descriptions of beautiful landscapes; to revel in the glory of the land we love. We want to read about things that stir something deep within us; “finches’ wings;/Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, ...

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Tales of Inspiration - Motivating the Creative Movement with your story

Recently, when the nights have been drawing in and after I have spent the day researching and talking to our brilliant Club members, I have been taking some time out to listen to the wonderful Holly Tucker’s podcast - Conversations of Inspiration. As a small business owner, I am drawn to ...

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