When were they invented? Stationery


There are so many small items of stationery that we take for granted. But when were they invented?

Your task for today is to put these items in the correct order of when you think they were invented, starting with what you think is the earliest. Only after due debate and discussion are you allowed to click on the link which gives you the answers!

1. Post-it note
2. Paper clip
3. Ballpoint pen
4. Tippex
5. Stapler
6. Elastic band
7. Pencil sharpener
8. Pencil
9. Typewriter
10. Scissors

If that’s not enough of a challenge, you can try to guess the dates they were invented and in which country.

When you’re ready, you can find the answers to “When were they invented? Stationery” by clicking here

Top Twenty Healthiest Foods #2 Broccoli


When my children were small, I encouraged them to eat broccoli by calling it “baby trees”. If time permitted, we could make dinner look more appealing to young eaters by arranging the food on the plate as a garden with a forest of broccoli on the plate rim. Actually, it is one vegetable which appears to be quite popular with young children. Apparently it’s a regular favourite in school dinners – as far as any vegetables are favourites with children, that is.

And there are so many reasons for encouraging both children and adults to eat broccoli! Continue reading

Do you know your proverbs?


In days gone by, people loved wise old sayings. It seemed like a point was never made simply and directly if it could be dressed up in an illustrative metaphor or catchy phrase.

My mother and her mother could have whole conversations in proverbs. It would go something like this:

Mum: Old Arthur’s sailing close to the wind.

Gran: Yes, he’ll need to look before he leaps.

Mum: But he’d better strike while the iron’s hot.

Gran: Well, fortune rewards the brave. It’s an ill wind, after all.

Mum: Hm,but you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Gran: Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Though there’s many a slip!

Rough translation:

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What are the Top 20 healthiest foods?


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Most weight loss and healthy eating programmes focus on what you CAN’T or SHOULDN’T   eat. All very negative.But the quest to be healthy is one of the most positive we could possibly embark on, so shouldn’t the advice be expressed in positive rather than negative terms?

I like the idea of being told, “Try to eat all these things” instead of “YOU MUST NOT EAT…”  so I undertook some research to find out the 20 healthiest foods we can eat. Here they are:

  1. Natural yoghurt
  2. Broccoli
  3. Pineapple
  4. Blueberries
  5. Globe artichokes
  6. Oily fish
  7. Oats
  8. Nuts
  9. Oranges
  10. Sweet potatoes
  11. Cabbage
  12. Carrots
  13. Onions
  14. Tea
  15. Sunflower seeds
  16. Quinoa
  17. Olive oil
  18. Eggs
  19. Tomatoes
  20. Flax  seeds

All of these should be a regular part of your diet. So how many do you eat at the moment? I will be dealing with each of these foods in detail on this blog, discussing what the health benefits are and providing suggestions for how you can enjoy including them in your diet.

The first post in this series is on Natural Yoghurt and you can read all about it here: 


Cleanliness is next to hopelessness




Do people really do housework?

My mum used to – and so did all the other mums of her generation. Apparently, when people got proper decent homes after the war they were so pleased with them that they wanted to keep them spotless and so that’s just what they did, even though it meant women spent all their time cleaning, polishing, dusting, sweeping, buffing, washing, starching and ironing.

People took a pride in all this. If you hadn’t coated your doorstep with red polish for two weeks and if the brass pokers on your fire grate weren’t gleaming, then you weren’t fit to hold your head up. When you heard that relatives were coming next week, your first thought was to wash the nets with a blue rinse and shine up the windows, before embarking on a really major spring clean of the whole house. Continue reading

Top 20 Healthiest Foods: #1 Natural Yoghurt


What are the healthiest things to eat, I wondered? It seems like we’re always being told what we should eat less of or maybe not even eat at all! But I prefer to be positive: what foods could or should we be eating more of? I decided to look at twenty healthy superfoods and see whether it would be worth adding more of them to my diet.

Superfood Number 1 Natural Yoghurt


Yoghurt is a truly versatile and enjoyable healthy food and I don’t think I could do without it.
Yoghurt comes in a huge range of flavours, not to mention with the addition of various sweeteners both artificial and otherwise. I find the sweetened varieties leave behind a sickly aftertaste, so I prefer to stick to natural yoghurt. I sometimes buy the creamy Greek variety which is a good substitute for cream, but I usually get the normal runny stuff. Continue reading