Vicky Dean
Born and raised in Leicester, now living in beautiful rural Mid-Devon. Married to a wonderful husband who likes to eat curry and talk about himself in the third person. Writes about walking, particularly on Dartmoor and surrounding areas. Avid reader of historical novels and more recently, OS maps.

Entries by Vicky Dean

Two Hundred and Six Miles Later - Loving Life in Rural Devon

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2016 | (15:33)

Five months ago in November 2015 we packed up our house in Leicester and moved 206 miles south to a sleepy village in rural Mid-Devon. Having only visited Devon once before, when we were house hunting that August, it was a pretty radical thing to do. The decision had been...

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A Guide to Offbeat Scottish Festivals & Events

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2014 | (11:16)

There are numerous traditional events and competitions held during the course of the year in Scotland which celebrate the country's long and colourful heritage.

Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa takes place every year in Shetland on the last Tuesday of January and marks the end of Yuletide. The...

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Going Rustic: A Guide to Painting Old Wooden Furniture

(0) Comments | Posted 3 July 2014 | (15:34)

Old furniture comes in two categories: a shabby old piece you fell in love with at a second hand store that just needs a little bit of love, or, more likely, a piece you got ages ago when you were broke and is now a horrible eyesore in your home....

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A Spot of Escapism: Period Drama Locations to Visit in England

(0) Comments | Posted 12 June 2014 | (16:30)

Period drama is a fantastic form of escapism; imagining yourself transported back to times where big frocks, country dances and love affairs were the main order of the day. If you are looking for somewhere to visit on the next bank holiday or if you are a period drama lover...

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Traversing Pilgrim Paths: The Latest Brit Holiday Trend

(0) Comments | Posted 21 May 2014 | (17:34)

Think of a British holiday maker and you probably picture a pasty sock-and-sandal wearer lounging on a Spanish beach or asking irritated French shop owners if they 'parlez-vous Anglais' - scenes reminiscent of 'Sun, Sex & Suspicious Parents' may even come to mind. According to a recent article by Travel...

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Bank Holiday Attractions for the Arts and Crafts Enthusiast

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2014 | (09:52)

Another bank holiday weekend is nearly upon us. If you are an arts and crafts enthusiast looking for inspirational activities with a creative bent then read on. Looking at William Morris, John Constable and Beatrix Potter we will tour the houses and landscapes that they lived in and loved.

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Flea Market Shopping: The Ultimate Guide

(0) Comments | Posted 23 April 2014 | (17:20)

Spring is here, and it's the best time of the year to spend a Saturday looking for choice pieces for your home on a budget - time to hit the flea market and find the bargains that will transform your house (after a bit of spit and polish).

Flea market...

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Are Consoles Becoming Too Focused on "Entertainment"?

(0) Comments | Posted 28 August 2013 | (08:53)

There was a time when there was a clear and definable line for what constituted a games console and a PC. This line started to fade as far back as the PS2 with the introduction of a built-in DVD player and online capabilities (via a LAN cable of course). With...

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Is The Home You Are Buying at Risk of Flooding?

(0) Comments | Posted 26 July 2013 | (14:20)

We may all remember last year (2012) and being told that it was one of the wettest years on record. 2012 was the second heaviest year for rainfall since records began with 1,330.7mm. The year 2000 was the wettest year on...

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Crime in the UK - Are Things Really as Bad as We Think?

(2) Comments | Posted 28 May 2013 | (09:19)

Plenty of things have changed over the last 50 years but there are always constants, things that will survive for good or bad. Unfortunately, one of these constants is crime and there aren't many topics that get people talking and cause a stir in the media like crime. With crime...

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Careers: What Do Kids Learn at School These Days?

(0) Comments | Posted 14 February 2013 | (10:30)

As a youth I remember being infuriated when hearing older people say "kids these days are...." Or "the youth of today...". Imagine my surprise recently when, at the ripe old age of 25, I found these words coming out of my own mouth. This was sparked off by a round...

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Personal Branding Lessons From The Pope

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2013 | (16:15)

This week, the shock resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has filled the headlines. The decision has not only surprised his faithful followers but also governments, such was the secret so tightly kept. The first pontiff to step aside since 1415, Pope Benedict attributes the decision to...

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Complaint Handling Within the NHS: Eye Opening Stats

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2013 | (08:46) recently released some interesting statistics on complaints made about the NHS in 2011-12. There was a 1.3% rise on NHS complaints in this period when compared with the year before. The total received was 150,859 of which 16,337 were escalated to the ombudsman due to the complainant not being...

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A Small Business Owners Guide to Company Pensions

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2013 | (10:43)

In 2010 the UK government decided that all UK companies, irrespective of their size, should offer a company pension scheme or be part of the National Employment Savings Trust. The government fear that we as a nation are not saving enough towards our retirement now that the average life expectancy...

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Festivals to Make Your Eyes (and possibly other body parts) Water!

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2013 | (10:32)

For most people drinking a cold beer, going to the cinema or playing a sport is how they relax after a hard day at work. However, there are those out there who like to play it a little less safe when it comes to their spare time. Booking for a...

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