Regular columns on allotment gardening, transitioning and health and fitness.

Health and fitness column: health and fitness doesn’t have to be forgotten at Christmas

Health and fitness column: health and fitness doesn’t have to be forgotten at Christmas

by Gen Preece. Have you noticed the supermarket’s Seasonal aisles become filled with Christmas stodge earlier every year? This year I saw it on offer before Halloween had even arrived! It’s not always easy to say no to. Especially when times feel stressful and days are colder and darker. And that’s before tins even start appearing in the office.
Transgendered Substantiation # 4 Dressing

Transgendered Substantiation # 4 Dressing

by Lucy Rose. A few words before we start Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at the time. They almost
Transgendered Substantiation #3: Strangers, Friends & Family

Transgendered Substantiation #3: Strangers, Friends & Family

by Lucy Rose. A few words before we start… Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at the time. They almost
Transgendered Substantiation #2: Coming out

Transgendered Substantiation #2: Coming out

by Lucy Rose. A few words before we start… Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at the time. They almost
Allotment column: courgettes and manure

Allotment column: courgettes and manure

by Sian Bryant. It was probably the point where I realised my gardening gloves had developed a hole without me noticing, rendering me incapable of scratching my nose without smearing dirt all over my face that the realisation dawned that this ‘good life’ malarkey was far from glamorous. Standing in my plot, fork in hand,
Transgendered Substantiation #1: But how do you know?

Transgendered Substantiation #1: But how do you know?

by Lucy Rose. A few words before we start… Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at the time. They almost
Health and fitness column: stress part 2

Health and fitness column: stress part 2

by Gen Preece. If being stressed out is stressing you out, here’s how you can stop it snowballing (this does work!) In part one, we established what we need to remember, forget and recognise. Now we will explore how restoring balance can successfully minimise the effects and damages of stress, which I hope you find just
Health and fitness column: stress

Health and fitness column: stress

by Gen Preece. Stress: what we need to remember, forget and recognise Change your perception, change your response and watch the stress fade. Here’s how. We all feel stressed from time to time, whether it’s getting stuck in traffic, dealing with an annoying work colleague or bigger things, like unexpected life-changing events. I believe one
Allotment column: can you dig it?

Allotment column: can you dig it?

by Sian Bryant. For one of the first times in my life, I am in the unfamiliar position of being ‘on trend’. Sadly, it has nothing to do with my sense of style but everything to do with a small plot of land that I recently become the proud owner of. My accessories of choice
Health and fitness column: increase your energy, productivity and free time

Health and fitness column: increase your energy, productivity and free time

by Gen Preece. Most people I meet these days ‘firefight’ their way through the day, certainly most of the ladies that contact me about personal training or joining boot camp, who are struggling to juggle work, kids, home and family life. There may be a bit of structure there, eg the daily routine of rushing to get the kids