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  1. Adoption gifts make for great gifts, especially for the person who has everything and would rather your hard-earned cash went to something meaningful.

    The range of animals you can adopt is ever increasing - but here's a new idea for anyone looking for a gift for someone who loves and cares about nature and wildlife

    Sponsor a Wildlife Guardian

    You can do this from a number of wildlife charities.  The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation has such a scheme and you can sponsor a wildlife guardian for just £32 for the year.

    Wildlife rangers or guardians put their lives on the line every time they go to work.   They are working to protect endangered animals and their habitat, watching for signs of illegal activities such as poaching or illegal logging.  In the last 10 years, it is estimated that over 1,000 wildlife rangers have been killed in the line of duty. 

    Wildlife rangers and guardians may also keep a record of wildlife sightings, help injured wildlife and contribute towards the picture of wildlife in the area.   It depends from one charity or community to another what their role is. 

    The job of wildlife ranger or guardian also gives people work caring for wildlife and their habitats in their region, which also in turn encourages eco-tourism - there are wildlife there for visitors to enjoy! 

    So on World Ranger Day, I wanted to raise awareness of the option to make a donation or adopt/sponsor a wildlife ranger or guardian.

    Sponsor a wildlife guardian with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

    Sponsor a wildlife guardian with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
    Photo copyright Ann-Marie Weeden.

    Click here for information on other charities you can help to help rangers help wildlife! 




  2. Calling all Paddington Bear lovers - or anyone looking to treat a little one (or an adult for that matter), you may want to trot off to Hive.co.uk

    They've got some great offers on that wonderful bear, Paddington.   Did you see the movies?  I loved them both - it takes a lot to get me to the cinema but I adored both Paddington movies. 

    I love Paddington Bear!  He's a legend!


    Go to Hive.co.uk to see the Paddington Bears they have


  3. There are some lovely collections at the National Trust Online Shop and my mother particularly enjoyed the scarf I gave her.

    It's called the National Trust Sussex Downs Sunrise Scarf 2018 and Mum loved it :-)   She adores coming to stay in Sussex and I thought it would be a lovely momento of her stay here...

    National Trust Sussex Downs Sunrise Scarf, 2018

    There's a bag you can also buy to go with it - or you could just get the National Trust Sussex Downs Tote Bag for £25... 

    National Trust Sussex Downs Tote Bag

     National Trust Sussex Downs Tote Bag

    They've also got a rather fun National Trust Mug, Sussex, for £9.00 - click here to take a peek.

  4. Here's a lovely gift idea if you're looking for a wedding present or anniversary present for a happy couple...a beautiful momento of their day

    Engraved Set Of Two Swarovski® Crystal Champagne Flutes - Swirls
    Engraved Set Of Two Swarovski® Crystal Champagne Flutes - Swirls

    £39.99 from Getting Personal

    They are presented in a beautifully branded box.  You can personalise the flutes with a message in up to 54 characters and use Getting Personal's innovative preview function to see how your personalisation will look.  They are made of crystal and you should hand wash them only.   The bottle of champagne doesn't come with them but you could always treat them to a bottle to go with the flutes. 

    There are other personalised gifts which may suit too at Getting Personal - a pair of whisky tumblers and wine glasses.  

    Click here to see the range of personalised gifts at Getting Personal


  5. The world-famous Wimbledon tennis tournament starts on Monday 2nd July this year :-)

    It really is an incredible tournament, and the stamina and strength of the tennis players is quite something.   Day after day the matches go on - weather permitting - strawberries are consumed, Pimms are downed, and everyone has their own player they are supporting.

    Why not treat yourself and a loved one to a Wimbledon Tour for Two?

    Wimbledon Tour for Two
    Wimbledon Tour for Two
    £50 from Virgin Experience Days

    Virgin Experience Days are giving you the chance to tour around the Centre Court as part of a small group, the picnic terraces and Water Gardens with their view of London.   

    See the Centre Court, which has seen amazing battles between Wimbledon finalists
    See the Centre Court, which has seen amazing battles between Wimbledon finalists

    And the great thing about tours like this is that you can go to areas that are usually out-of-bounds to the public, including the Press Interview Room and the Millennium Building. 

    Plus you can explore the hsitory of the sport in the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Musum which hosts an array of tennis memorabilia, a 200 degree cinema and special effects which create a "ghost" of John McEnroe.

    Visit the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
    Visit the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum 

    It's not for anyone who has mobility problems as there's quite a lot of walking and the minimum age for this experience is 16. 

    Buy this Wimbledon Tour for Two Adults experience now
    from Virgin Experience Days
    for £50.00