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Woman's Weekly 19-Feb-2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Loved and trusted in equal measure, Woman's Weekly has been the market-leading womens weekly magazine since it was launched 100 years ago.Packed full of inspiring, helpful and useful ideas and information for women who are the heart of their homes and families, it offers a unique mix of practical, compelling and up-to-the minute content.

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I have to say I was inspired by reader Hilary’s letter on the next page, in which she talks about the opportunities retirement affords for giving back something to the community. We are all, on average, living much longer these days, so what for our grandparents was probably the very last few years of their life has become potentially a huge opportunity to forge new experiences and maybe also help our fellow citizens as a volunteer. Hilary is now working for the ambulance service and her local wildlife trust (plus helping with her grandchildren!). I hope 70-year-old future me will be doing as much to help others. Fast food I love to cook but as they say these days, I’m ‘time poor’. I’ll definitely be trying the 20 minute recipes on page 24. Back…

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come on inside!

Pleasure in store I was looking for a pattern of a plain raglan cardigan to knit and remembered I had old magazines of my mother’s stashed away. My mam passed away 20 years ago and I had kept them all this time. I thought you might like to see them. Susan Shiels, Warwick Another option! I have just read your article in the 15 January magazine about the ladies who are not yet intending to retire. I just wanted to express a different perspective as there are many advantages to retirement, too. I retired last year at the age of 60 from a job I loved and having had a truly fulfilling professional career. This enabled the next generation to step up the career ladder and gave me the opportunity to give back to society.…

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fine romance

I was so pleased to hear that Katie Fforde’s favourite author is Georgette Heyer (13 November). Born in 1902, she wrote The Black Moth when she was 17 and she is still in print toda y. Known for Regency romances, it is widely ac knowledged that her history novels are superb, and her reconstruction of the Battle of Waterloo in An Infamous Army was second to none. I discovered her in my teens in the 40s, and my daughter owes her name to Leonie, the heroine of These Old Shades . If you want romance, go for Georgette! Pamela Bemment, Wiltshire…

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gardeners’ questions

Q I want to plant a red rose for my late wife. She used to love red roses, especially the dozen that I gave her on Valentine’s Day. What do you recommend? Mark Hutton, Canterbury A There are many roses to choose from but maybe the lovely small climbing rose ‘Sympathie’ will appeal. It produces clusters of disease-resistant medium, red, cupped semi-double blooms with a delightful fragrance. It can be grown up a pillar and will reach up to 3m tall. Another favourite is the Scarlet Patio bush rose, which produces scented double blooms on plants up to 60cm tall. Q What are the best fuchsias for hanging baskets? Denise Richards, IOW A Trailing fuchsias in the California Dreamers series won’t disappoint. From late June until the first frosts, they produce blooms up to 10cm…

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what you’re wearing

Karen Ivey, 59 Tell us about your look… These are fairly new trousers from the high street. I liked the trendy check fabric – ideal for a wardrobe update. My jumper is Zara. My leather jacket is from Karen Millen and was a gift. I often wear it over a floaty dress for a more ‘boho’ look. My boots are Moda In Pelle and my luxe Coach bag was a Christmas present. And the best bit of your body? My décolletage. You wore it well Lois Holyoak, née Massey, 1951 Sent in by her daughter, Jane Meel This photo of my mum was taken when she was maid of honour at her sister’s wedding. Her dress was pink taffeta rimmed with lace, her hat was pink straw. We’d love to see how great you looked in any era up…

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we love

Tea with the Queen Wanting to break free from the boredom of washing up? Sing your heart out while wiping the dishes with this Freddie Mercury tea towel. Available from shop. nationaltheatre.org.uk , £12.50 Polish up your act Freshen up your manicure with these Mavala mini nail colours. They’re the perfect little pots of colour that won’t dry out before you reach the bottom. johnlewis.com , £5.20 Square root This unusual and elegant pot with its square stand will add a touch of class to your plants at home. nookoo.co.uk , £20…