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If you’re concerned about food waste - a subject I’ve been writing a lot about recently - the next few days could be a particularly worrying time of year, writes thrifty living columnist Sheena Grant.

Thirty years ago, Amanda Melton was the youngest member of the British team at the World Equestrian Vaulting Championships. Now aged 40, she’s still able to impress. Sheena Grant finds out more ahead of this month’s British Vaulting Championships.

Many of them may not have made it as racehorses but that doesn’t mean the 7,000 thoroughbreds who leave the sport each year have nothing to offer. Sheena Grant finds out about the work of the charity Retraining of Racehorses and one horse in particular, making her name in a very different kind of racing.

Can you eat broccoli leaves?

When Joe Harkness began writing a blog about how bird watching helped him manage his mental ill health he had no idea what it would lead to. Ahead of World Mental Health Day on October 10 he told Sheena Grant about his forthcoming Bird Therapy book, which has attracted the attention of Springwatch presenter Chris Packham and comedian Bill Bailey.

What’s the cost of being a loyal customer?

At the age of 45 Sarah Field is about to realise her childhood dream of competing at the world’s most famous horse show. Sheena Grant reports.

Opinion: Can you save £70 a month by getting Food Savvy?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Is it really possible to save up to £70 a month by taking part in a challenge being run by a campaign to cut food waste?

It’s easy to despise a playground bully but is that the right reaction? Their actions betray just how lacking in confidence and self-esteem they really are, says Dr Rosemary Taylor, one of two speakers who will be sharing their expertise at an event for parents in Ipswich.

What coin expert John Sadler doesn’t know about medieval silver pennies struck in his home town probably isn’t worth knowing. He tells Sheena Grant about his latest book, chronicling 50 years of painstaking research, and puts forward a shocking theory about the Norman invasion.

How well do you know your Shakespeare?

It’s a bumper year for blackberries, writes thrifty living columnist Sheena Grant.

Opinion: How to save money on winter heating bills

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Autumn’s gathering pace and it won’t be long before we’re thinking about firing up the central heating again, writes thrifty living columnist Sheena Grant.

We all know good nutrition is important for health but how many of us realise just what can happen if our children don’t get the vitamins and minerals their bodies need? Sheena Grant learns more from Lucinda Miller, who will be sharing her expertise with parents at an event in Ipswich on September 18.

Opinion: More courgettes for dinner to-marrow

Thursday, September 6, 2018

In fields not far from my home, the onion harvest is under way. And, from previous experience, I know what that means - lots of perfectly good produce often left to rot in the fields once the harvest is complete.

Make do and mend used to be what you did if you couldn’t afford something new. But repairing seems to be acquiring a new cachet, as Sheena Grant reports.

Most of our homes are littered with things we never use. We may keep them for sentimental reasons, because they might ‘come in handy’ one day or because we just haven’t got round to off-loading them, writes thrifty living columnist Sheena Grant.

Opinion: Thrifty ways to indulge a love of books

Saturday, August 25, 2018

If, like me, you love a good book you’ll know that a voracious appetite for reading comes with enormous pleasure but one or two problems as well, writes thrifty living columnist Sheena Grant.

Cars are something of a mystery to me and largely, I’m happy for it to stay that way, writes thrifty living columnist Sheena Grant.

Opinion: Frugal ways with a freezer

Saturday, August 11, 2018

There are lots of things you can do without when you’re attempting to live life a little more thriftily but a freezer probably shouldn’t be one of them, write thrifty living columnist Sheena Grant.

Increasing numbers of pregnant women are overweight and figures suggest this region could be worse affected than many other parts of the country.

School summer holidays can be one of the most expensive times of the year for parents, writes thrifty living columnist Sheena Grant.

Iona Hodgson is curating a series of art exhibitions drawing on the beauty of the natural world in a new project kicking off in Suffolk this month. She told Sheena Grant more

The more I look into the issue of how modern washing machines are built, the more confused the picture becomes, writes thrifty living columnist Sheena Grant.

TV weather forecaster Jim Bacon recalls the long hot summer of 1976 and tells Sheena Grant why heatwaves like this year’s could become typical in the future.

Promoting body positivity and clothing for fuller figures can help fight stigma and boost self esteem. Can it really be true that it can lead people to underestimate their weight? Sheena Grant reports.

We all know how things often play out when you sign up with a new energy or utility company, writes Sheena Grant.

Wherever Donald Trump goes the term ‘fake news’ is sure to follow, as it did during his controversial stop-off in the UK. But is fake news really just a modern phenomenon? Sheena Grant reports on a project at the Museum of East Anglian Life that attempts to answer that question.

East Anglia has a long association with spooky happenings and Suffolk perhaps more so than anywhere else, says Kirsty Hartsiotis, one of the authors of a new collection of ghost stories associated with the county. She told Sheena Grant more.

The end draws ever nearer for my beloved washing machine, loyal laundry partner of 22 years, writes Sheena Grant.

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