DOGGY FUN DAYCARE – A WONDER WORLD FOR ANIMALS

DOGGY FUN DAYCARE – A WONDER WORLD FOR ANIMALS

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If you have any reservations at all for sending your beloved dog to be looked after when you are working, we have made the discovery of a lifetime.

Doggy Fun Daycare is the brainchild of Nic and Gary Worthington, who have recently relocated to Norfolk, and with a plethora of land and a world of ideas for a new business startup, but they decided to follow their passion and have set up the most exquisite day care centre for dogs.

As Nic says ‘I am amazed how quickly it has taken off considering how many people are doing it!  I think the videos really help as I have some really great dogs that are the stars of these hilarious clips.  I have benchmarked other doggy day care websites and there is no fun to them!  I think it also helps that we have a bespoke fully enclosed  play paddock for them to run free and be nutters!  The Client’s are updated throughout the day with the clips via WhatsApp so that they are not fretting as I used to do when leaving Tilly.  Anyone holidaying in Norfolk too can drop off their beloved dog’.

Nic was already the owner of Tilly, a beautiful black Labrador, who really is her ‘baby’ and was quite apprehensive at first when considering how she would be able to look after other dogs as well as her own.  But decided to give it a try and the rest is history with dog owners driving from far and wide to experience her five star doggy fun daycare.

Nic not only looks after the dogs with constant care and attention, but she makes sure they are stimulated with games throughout the day, as you can see from some of her videos, which we have all found both heartwarming and hilarious.

Her husband Gary joins in as much as he can on his free days from a job he has with the NHS, and so there is no love spared as the dogs delight in dedicated loving care and attention.

It is definitely the ‘soul’ project of the animal loving couple.  So much so that local dogs who have spent just a day or so in their care can’t wait to get back, and have been known to try to break through the gate when passing by with their owners.

Nic has now added an overnight facility for dogs to board, offering the dogs a home from home environment with soft beds and sofas galore and we would recommend that you put your name down early wherever you are based, as she is guaranteed to be fully booked as news gets out of her exclusive doggy daycare facility.

Reasons to choose:

  • Fully Licenced with North Norfolk Council
  • Home from Home Environment
  • 24 Hour Supervision
  • Two Walks per day
  • Bespoke Fully Enclosed Play Paddock
  • Regular Photos and Videos throughout the day of your Dog via WhatsApp
  • Love and Attention given to each dog

 

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Birth of a Cult: M.A.C From Wow to Now!

Birth of a Cult: M.A.C From Wow to Now!

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All Ages, All Races, All Sexes… A professional makeup brand setting trends backstage at fashion weeks around the world. Today, M·A·C means so many things to its millions of fans in every corner of the planet, but a global beauty phenomenon has to begin somewhere.

Make-Up Art Cosmetics started life in Toronto, Canada. Makeup artist and photographer Frank Toskan and salon owner Frank Angelo became frustrated by the lack of makeup that photographed well, so they decided to create their own. At first, they made the cosmetics in their kitchen and sold them straight from the salon to fellow makeup artists, as well as models and photographers. Soon, stylists and fashion editors got in on the action. As the magazine credits racked up and word-of-mouth popularity grew, the duo launched M·A·C in March 1984 from a counter in a Toronto department store.

Their approach was chic utility, with the makeup coming in black pots rather than compacts. While other major makeup brands at the time were predominantly skincare companies, M·A·C chose instead to establish itself as the ultimate colour authority. Professional makeup artists manned the counter, an industry first. One of the most popular offerings was an intense matte red lipstick, which got a boost with an appearance in a photo-shoot of the fast-rising Madonna.

The company took the industry by storm, offering a wide range of products that blended street savvy with glamorous style and panache. Behind the counter, the M·A·C approach was notably different. Rather than driving sales through traditional promotional techniques, M·A·C relied on the integrity of its carefully formulated product line. Adding to the image was a touch of outrageousness. A company that honours individuality and self-expression above all else, it brought a brilliant sense of drag and theatre into the sleek M·A·C stores and department store counters.

M·A·C is sold today in over 105 countries around the world. It remains committed to developing new categories, products and over 50 collections each year, all of which continue to serve the demand of consumers and professional makeup artists alike.

Collaborations with adored names from popular culture, art and fashion have included such names as Rihanna, Lorde, Proenza Schouler, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Brooke Shields. These continue to enhance M·A·C’s relevance and reach to existing fans as well as new ones, while our makeup Artists’ rock-steady presence backstage at over 200 fashion week shows around the world, working with names from Prabal Gurung to Vivienne Westwood, secures the envied status of M·A·C as the world’s leading beauty trendsetter.

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SELF DOUBT AND ANXIETY – THE POWER OF PROJECTION

SELF DOUBT AND ANXIETY – THE POWER OF PROJECTION

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It may seem these two disparate concepts are hardly related, but they often go hand in hand.

Many of us are labelled at birth by our parents, as the ‘clever’ one or the ‘creative’ one or even the ‘hopeless’ child, which is merely based on how they want us to live their lives.

I had a phone call last year from a close friend, distraught after her elderly Mother had thrown out some of her favourite clothes and childhood possessions.  Marianne had recently moved back in to look after her since her Mother’s physical and mental health had deteriorated, but had taken a short break away from the daily grind of being a constant carer.

On her return she had found her wardrobe and chest of drawers invaded, with half of the contents given away to charity.  My friend who already suffers from anxiety and self-doubt, was thrown into a major frenzy – and it took her several days to return to any sort of normality, blaming herself for abandoning her Mother.

This was however, the turning point for Marianne, who realised after several months of counselling that it was in fact her Mother’s way of getting Marianne to carry the rage and anxiety she had been feeling herself prior to her outburst.

Added to this Marianne had always been told that out of all of her siblings, she was the one who was the major disappointment, and would never make anything of her life.  On the contrary, she has been a high achiever, even more so than her two sisters, but who constantly seeks her Mother’s approval, which is never recognised in spite of her major accolades in her successful career in the City.

How many times do you hear in a marriage or relationship breakup, that the man or woman has to leave because his partner is ‘crazy’.    This always sits uncomfortably with me, because you can bet that they will go on to meet someone else and evoke the same pattern of behaviour in their new relationship.

Therapists and psycho analysts call this ‘projection’ as they are in fact again getting their partners to carry their anxiety or feelings of hopelessness so that they don’t have to.

If this is hard to digest, let me give you a very simple example of how it works and how toxic this type of ‘projection’ can be.  A close friend who is also an exceptional therapist had a new client several years ago who was suffering from depression, so badly that he wanted to end his life.  My therapist friend David spent the entire session baffled by his account of what had happened since his wife’s departure, and at the end of the session told her he felt he was carrying his partner’s feelings of desperation.   He left feeling a lot happier.

Two hours later his estranged wife called him saying she was feeling suicidal and wanted to give the relationship another go!  He thankfully declined, and as far as I know, has remained anxiety free ever since.

I hope this may be helpful to those of you who are suffering with anxiety and depression, because if you look closely, you may find some of it may not even be yours to carry.

If you or anyone you know are struggling please check out the following websites for
help or just for someone to talk to

https://www.nhs.uk
https://www.mind.org.uk
https://www.thecalmzone.net/
https://www.samaritans.org/

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Parmesan and Mushroom Arancini with Taleggio Filling

Parmesan and Mushroom Arancini with Taleggio Filling

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Arancini, meaning “little oranges” because of their shape and colour, are fried, stuffed rice balls originating in Sicily.

They are a famous street food and, due to their popularity, widely available now in the UK from street vendors, Italian cafés and restaurants. Arancini are a clever way to turn leftover risotto into another culinary delight. These fried risotto balls make wonderful finger food – and not just for parties! They are a delicious and versatile little snack for on-the-go or for a lazy evening at home. Best enjoyed straight out of the oven while the Taleggio in the centre is still hot and gooey.

Parmesan and Mushroom Arancini with Taleggio Filling

Category: appetizer

Cuisine: Italian

Yield: 15

Parmesan and Mushroom Arancini with Taleggio Filling

They are a famous street food and, due to their popularity, widely available now in the UK from street vendors, Italian cafés and restaurants. Arancini are a clever way to turn leftover risotto into another culinary delight. These fried risotto balls make wonderful finger food – and not just for parties! They are a delicious and versatile little snack for on-the-go or for a lazy evening at home. Best enjoyed straight out of the oven while the Taleggio in the centre is still hot and gooey.

Ingredients

  • 200g risotto rice, e.g. arborio
  • 25g butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 125g chestnut mushrooms
  • 600ml vegetable, chicken or beef stock or broth (1 stock cube)
  • 100ml white wine, e.g. Pinot Grigio
  • 75g grated Parmigiano-Reggiano parmesan
  • Large handful of curly parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • 50 Taleggio, cut into 15 cubes
  • 2 small eggs
  • 5 tbsps. plain flour
  • 80g bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Chop the onion and garlic.
  2. Slowly heat the saucepan and melt the butter.
  3. Sweat the onion and garlic for about 2 minutes. Finely chop the mushrooms and add to the pan.
  4. Add the uncooked rice to the saucepan and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Stir several times to avoid any burning of the ingredients and rice sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add the white wine to the pan. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  8. Add stock to the rice bit by bit (pour from the measuring jug).
  9. If you are using stock cubes, boil water and dissolve 1 stock cube in 600 ml hot water.
  10. Keep adding more stock once the liquid has been absorbed by the rice.
  11. Stir regularly to avoid any burning of the rice.
  12. Finely chop the fresh parsley and add to the pan.
  13. Finely grate the Parmigiano-Reggiano and stir into the risotto and turn off the heat.
  14. Let the risotto cool off.
  15. In the meantime, prepare three bowls, one with a whisked egg (you can use a fork for that), one with the flour and one with the breadcrumbs.
  16. Cut the Taleggio into 15 equally sized cubes.
  17. Once the risotto is cold, take a small spoonful of it in the palm of your hand, put a piece of Taleggio in the middle and enclose the cheese with some more risotto.
  18. The size of the risotto ball is roughly that of an egg.
  19. Lightly dust the risotto ball in flour, then dip it into the egg, covering every surface, then use a fork to transfer it into the bowl with the breadcrumbs for coating.
  20. Place the risotto ball, on the baking tray.
  21. Repeat the process until the risotto is finished.
  22. Take a clean frying pan and add as much oil to it as to cover the entire surface, with roughly half a centimeter in depth.
  23. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C (fan) or Gas mark 4.
  24. Once the oil is hot, carefully place the arancini in the pan and deep-fry until golden brown. Remove the risotto balls with a slotted spoon and place them on a baking tray.
  25. Use kitchen towels to remove excess fat.
  26. Bake the arancini in the oven, middle rack, for about 15 minutes.
  27. Serve immediately.
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(Credit to: Castelli/Parmigiano for these beautiful recipes)

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GLAMPING, CAMPING AND COOKING TO COMMAND

GLAMPING, CAMPING AND COOKING TO COMMAND

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Glamping is definitely a trend that has grown incredibly in the past few years, so much so that even the rich and famous are heading out of town just to explore the countryside and instead of checking into exclusive hotels, are opting for a ‘five star’ experience in one of the great Glamping sites springing up all over the UK.

There is nothing better and more bonding for a couple or family, than sitting around a camp fire cooking and reminiscing, and in the absence of electricity, it is wonderful to switch off from the World and turn back the clock to those joyful pre internet days when communication was conversation.

One location I have tried and would recommend is Nethergong in Kent, which has been long established as a camping site, and now extremely well equipped with everything you would need for Glamping, if you wanted to stay in one of their Shepherds Huts, Bell Tents or Romany caravans.

Nethergong is a family run business who take care to ensure all of their guests have everything they need for a delightful Glamping experience.

They have a two-acre wood with tall, evenly-spaced poplar trees and grass underfoot. In addition to Glamping there are several grassed camping areas, including the First Field, the Fruit Trees, the Carp Lake and the New Duck Pond. Some areas can be let exclusively to groups of families dependent on availability and numbers. See their Map for more details.
One of our most popular areas is either side of our shallow Frog Pond, populated by many marsh and common frogs, toads, dragon flies and damselflies and the odd grass snake! The frog pond is suitable for pond dipping and paddling and nets can always be found in their shop (our best seller). Their one-acre Carp Lake can be fished by campers and is not open to the public. Every morning at 10am Jed, the owner, can be found with a throng of children feeding the carp which compete with the swans and the ducks for the food.

History of Nethergong

In the early 90’s Jed’s father planted 3000 English broad-leaved trees on our 26 acre piece of beautiful Kent countryside. Jed then dug out two lakes and more recently stocked the carp lake with thousands of carp for our campers enjoyment. Their oak, ash, willow, elm and beech trees are their pride and joy and at 25 years old are now coming to maturity.

Environment

The natural and unspoilt nature of Nethergong enables hundreds of wildlife species to thrive and live harmoniously with their temporary human guests. The wildlife includes:

  • Hundreds of frogs. The marsh frogs’ chorus (best heard from April to July) has to be heard to be believed
  • A resident swan family who have raised a brood for the past three years
  • Rare dragonflies and damselflies
  • Coots, moorhens and ducks of all varieties
  • Newts, lizards and bats
  • Rare visiting Turtle Doves
  • Cuckoos in spring
  • Nightingales singing at night
  • Owls – From the riverbank you can also see the Barn Owl nesting boxes across the far side of the field. They also have Little Owls and Tawny Owls
  • Marsh Harriers and Buzzards.

Glamping is ideal if you are travelling with kids and multi generations, some of whom may be in need more of their home comforts.   This gives the family the outdoor experience, but will enable them to cook their favourite meals, if the tastes differ within a family.  For instance, two members of my ‘tribe’ have special dietary requirements, whilst the others enjoy a good steak or burger.  Mission accomplished and everyone catered for and the entire family happy and able to enjoy their holiday to the full.

Check out Nethergong for yourself at http://www.nethergongcamping.co.uk/

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THE LAW WITH ALPACAS – A WORK/LIFESTYLE BALANCE

THE LAW WITH ALPACAS – A WORK/LIFESTYLE BALANCE

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Jo Davis is a Partner at the Buckinghamshire and London law firm B P Collins, heading up the Employment Practice team, and is recognised as a top lawyer in her field by both the Chambers and Legal 500 Directories. Jo is known for her warmth and humour, whilst fighting ‘like a tiger’ for her clients, and it was a pleasure to meet her for tea at Pinewood Studios, where we enjoyed a chat about employment law, the elusive work-life balance – and the perils of the alpaca mating season!

Welcome to Pinewood Jo! Tell me, did you aspire to be a lawyer from a young age?

I had no idea at school – originally I wanted to be a teacher, but then all my friends wanted to as well, so I said I won’t do that then! My eldest brother did a law degree and he’d come home from university talking about some of the cases he’d studied and I thought I quite fancy that. He was training as a barrister and I didn’t want to compete, so I did the solicitor thing and did a law degree at Manchester (Metropolitan Uni as it is now), which I really enjoyed. Then I went to Guildford Law College, which covered all of the core subjects – conveyancing, probate, the lot.

And what led you to specialise in employment law?

My first job was in a small firm next to The High Court in The Strand – which gave great exposure to disputes. I worked on a high-profile case of a top-level female TV producer, whose boss (also female) really picked on her and ultimately unfairly dismissed her. It was widely reported on, and this case whetted my appetite – ever since, I have loved working in employment law. I was lucky, I fell into something I loved from the start.

What personality traits would you say suit a career in this area – and did you show these traits from an early age?

Law in general, but particularly employment law, is all about problem solving – people want a result and you’ve got to get them there. I always liked problem solving – I like taking facts and working out the best way forward. I was the kid that wanted to do the Rubik’s cube – plus I like people! I come from a family of journalists, so communication is something that runs in the blood; and it’s satisfying when you get to the end of a case and have a positive result – I like to win! I acted for one client, who had given evidence at a colleague’s discrimination hearing (speaking in support of the employee, so against her employer); she returned to the office on the Monday, and her boss sacked her by text on the Tuesday! She was single, going through IVF at the time and had no savings as a result., so she ended up renting her house through Airbnb. The other side wouldn’t negotiate at all – but in the end we got her a good and fair settlement. Now she’s back on her feet and doing really well. Cases like that that stick with you; you’re championing the underdog and I love that.

And is employment law a particularly male or female-led area of law?

There are probably more women in employment law than men – generally there are more women coming into the legal profession than men now; but still fewer getting to the top, although increasingly now we have more women at the top in B P Collins. I have three kids, and a good work-life balance and flexible working is one of the things that B P Collins supports.

What would you say are the main challenges of the role?

The hardest point is probably. adapting to the constant changes; there is a lot of referring to text books and online resources, as employment law is very nuanced and technical. Other than that, it’s getting the work-life balance right – I’m always rushing; I have friends who somehow seem to be a lot more laid back than I am!

I disagree; it sounds like you have a great balance – and a pretty full life outside of work!

Well, I get to take my kids to school in the morning, and I’m able to see school plays and so on – I’m really glad about that, as you can’t get those years back. My husband is based at home and looks after the kids, so I’m lucky – it’s much harder if you’re both working – it’s all about balancing.

 And back at work, what are the most common issues you confront in your cases?

I’d say whistle blowing and discrimination – I was involved in one of the biggest age discrimination cases of recent years, where a Partner in a law firm was kicked out at 65. That went all the way to the Supreme Court – it was fascinating to see it through.

Gender discrimination does occur, but it’s rarer than it used to be – people are more alert to it and generally see the pitfalls.  That’s not to say it doesn’t still happen , but it happens inadvertently, such as in cases of indirect discrimination, when an employer applies a rule to everyone, but it impacts a certain group or gender more. And on payment issues, men are still more pushy for pay-rises than women, who can be more self-deprecating.

Sorry to bring up the B-word, but how is employment law being affected by the current climate?

With Brexit, it’s difficult to tell – there’s more caution, probably fewer acquisitions, as everyone is waiting to see what happens. We have an immigration team, who are doing a lot of training as the government is becoming clearer on what changes they are planning. Overall we are busier than ever, getting good quality work across London and the South East, particularly since opening our new office by St Pauls. I’ve got a really good team around me, so I’m lucky.

What advice would you give to law students today?

 Generally I’d say to do a job you really love, as you’re going to be doing it for a lot of hours. If you’re doing law, find the area that really interests you, and take your time to find what makes you tick – if you like attention to detail, the corporate or property side might appeal; if you like fighting a battle and winning, then maybe litigation is for you; just don’t jump too quickly, as once you’re on one track it’s not so easy to retrain.

 And what advice would you give to your younger self starting out?

I don’t regret anything I’ve done – I’ve liked all the firms I’ve worked in. At B P Collins I like working with different teams and having colleagues to talk though issues; you find you talk yourself into the right solution. It’s a really friendly firm, we’re all about the long-term relationships with our clients, and we like to have a laugh too. I don’t think I’d change very much really.

And back to that work-life balance, what do you do outside of work? I hear you have an
alpaca farm!

Yes – we have 12 alpacas, with two on the way, so we’re building up a herd. They all have different characters – we had one that went berserk; he’d be really friendly and then spit at you – and alpacas generally don’t spit, that’s llamas – alpacas are much cuter! And then there’s Donna, she’s very skittish, particularly around bald men for some reason! The female alpacas are worth a lot more because they breed – but then you do get the odd exceptionally good male, the stud, the Sean Connery of alpacas – and they’re worth a fortune. And mating them is an interesting experience! I let the experts sort that out for me, but once it’s done they have a spit-off – three meetings, a week apart – and if the female spits at the male it means she’s pregnant! So that takes up quite a few weekends!  We plan to sell them – but I can’t quite bring myself to yet, as we’re too attached!  We also have 20 chickens, 8 ducks, two lambs, a dog, a cat, a rabbit and two dwarf hamsters – and we’ve just put up a yurt – it is basically The Good Life!

To learn more about Jo’s alpaca farm, see her website www.waterperryalpacas.co.uk
To learn more about B P Collins’ services, visit www.bpcollins.co.uk

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