A Woman’s Right To Shoes

legs in the air with colourful high heeled shoes

Get any bunch of women in a room and it is not long before talk turns to shoes. Honestly, any bunch of women you could name. But among my circle, the conversation’s shifted, somewhat. These days, we’re not debating the gorgeous mauve suede of a pair of kitten heels vs the lustworthiness of a pair of red-soled Louboutins, but which makes of shoes are the comfiest on the planet. Because when you’re aiming for 10,000 steps a day for optimum health, you want to stride, not teeter. (This is even more important if, like me, you’ve managed to fall over twice and break a wrist. Even though once that happened slipping on a greengage on my own lawn wearing flats, I still want to minimise the chance of falling from any kind of height onto a hard surface.) Read More…

Banish The Winter Blues


These dark winter days make my tendency towards low mood worse. Are there any natural remedies that could help?

Winter blues affect around one in five people in the UK, according to the Seasonal Affective Disorder Association (sada.org.uk). These mildly debilitating symptoms are known as ‘sub-syndromal seasonal affective disorder’. For about two per cent, however, SAD is a seriously disabling illness. The key is to try a range of strategies.

Go outdoors in natural light, especially at midday. Sit near windows when you can, and choose pale bright colours at home and to wear.

Walk away the blues. A daily one-hour walk around lunchtime can be as helpful as light treatment (below). Read More…