8 tips for protecting bees

1 PUT UP NESTING BOXES Homes for solitary bees, such as the leafcutter bee that nibbles the edges of rose leaves, can be made from wood or small logs (for instructions on making, siting and aftercare, see foxleas.com). Honeybee nesting boxes (not hives for honey collection) designed to help conserve wild bees populations are available …

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How to write your novel: top tips

Love writing but feel daunted by the thought of writing a full-length book? Writers who have lived the dream share their top tips. From Stephanie Lam… Finishing your first draft • Keep going until you reach the end. Don’t go back and revise, however tempted you may feel. You’ll get bogged down in perfecting that …

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Origins of common expressions

Many of the expressions we use in everyday conversation have fascinating origins. Breathe looks into just a few… To give the cold shoulder Meaning: To make someone feel unwelcome Origin: In Medieval times, the host would offer a cold piece of meat from the shoulder of mutton to his guest to let him know it …

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5 tips for new meditators

There are so many reasons and ways to meditate that it can at first seem daunting, but the benefits of sustained practice are worth the effort. You just need to give it a go. There is no one way There are many approaches, theories and philosophies when it comes to meditation. At the start, these …

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Have a mindful Christmas with Breathe

Christmas. The word alone is enough to strike fear into the heart of the most seasoned shoppers, foodies who adore cooking for friends and family, and even those for whom showing goodwill to their fellow citizens isn’t just an annual event. But the festive season doesn’t have to be a stressful, draining and tortuous affair. …

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