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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 going away. If you’re thinking of moving from the big ...

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Easing Into Life This January

It’s wonderful to be back here at The Hills, a very happy new year to you all! I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas break, and managed to unwind, unfurl and embrace the slowness that the period brings.

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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 be limited, it can be ideal to add some greenery ...

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The Hills Christmas Gift Guide - Artisan and Homemade Gifts

In an age where the shop small and Just A Card campaigns are running strong and gathering steam year after year, long gone are the days when homemade and ‘craft’ gifts look Scrooge-like! Making or purchasing handmade items demonstrates a care for the community, a thoughtful purchase and passion for passing ...

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Natural Eco-Friendly Christmas Decor

Whether you are a 1st of December decorator, or a 12 days before, there is nothing more festive than the cosy glow of fairy lights, candles and decorations that hold memories, traditions and meaning. Christmas is truly a most magical time of the year, however unfortunately, it’s also by far the ...

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Mindful Fashion - Supporting the Indie Fashion Industry this Christmas

I’m sure you have all heard the phrases ‘fast fashion’ and ‘slow fashion’ over the past few years, but have you ever considered what they mean other than the cost of your garments? For many people, they consider fast to mean cheap, and therefore a hefty price tag at the other ...

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Is September the New January?

Are you enjoying the darker mornings and cooler air we are feeling recently? I have taken the hint and packed away my flipflops, dusted off my Barbour and dug my fine knits out of my wardrobe! Cosiness is akin to happiness in my book, which is why I am delighted to ...

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3 Easy Ways to Create a Wonderfully Scented Fire

As the weather is decidedly turning, recently we’ve taken the hint to slow down a little, spend more time indoors and make sure the blankets and throws are ready for a chilly evening on the sofa.

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Book Review - The Poetry of Ted Hughes

I’ve got a confession to make. I love poetry. I’m not a stuffy academic or a lovelorn teenager. I’m not strange, or pretentious - well, at least, I dont think I am. I’ve just always loved verse; how it distils vast landscapes of feelings down to a tiny number of carefully-chosen words. ...

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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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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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The Hills Meets - Stoneworkz

We’re taking some time today here at The Hills to look more closely at one of our growing number of fabulous directory businesses: Stoneworkz, based in Denbigh and online. This thriving business has taken an ancient craft - stonemasonry - and turned it into something thrillingly contemporary, helping their clients create ...

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