Welcome to the all new Clifford James blog! We look forward to giving you regular posts on all sorts of interesting topics. Of course, if there’s anything in particular that you’d like us to feature please feel free to get in touch.
To start off with, we thought we’d introduce you to some other great blogs out there. Today we’re focussing on Grandmas, as blogs are fast becoming a wealth of information to modern grandmas everywhere. Use them to get hints, tips and inspiration from other grandparents, or simply enjoy a rare insight into the lives of others.
We’ve found some great blogs to share with you. Do let us know if you’ve got a blog we can add!
What’s not to love about Grandma Frogs’ Garden? Here Grandma Frogs (named by her grandchildren; their other grandma is Granny Cat) shows you around her garden. Tips on wildflowers, plants and the wildlife you can expect to see in a nature-friendly garden.
This great, practical blog is a must-read for the fashion-conscious. It gives some really sound advice on the most basic of fashion principles – how to buy the right underwear for your outfit, the latest cozy knitwear to keep you warm and stylish, how to buy comfortable, practical yet fashionable shoes and many more useful tips and pointers. Can’t recommend this blog highly enough, and it’s relevance extends to any age group – not just the over 50’s!
Maureen Davies shares her thoughts and adventures whilst touring in her Performance 700 motor-home. Follow Maureen on her exploration of Great Britain – from trips to the Cotswolds to tours of the Peak District. Maureen always gives a cheerful, friendly update of her travels, along with some great (and sometimes hilariously funny) photographs.
Ginger Grandma lovingly blogs about all things grandma-ish. Pick up tips on some great recipes (Grasshopper pie is a firm favourite). Get great advice for gardening whilst simultaneously keeping the grandchildren amused. There are also some hilarious accounts of spending far too much time in a caravan, which is always worth a read.
Granny Green’s big night out is the latest social group to hit Edinburgh, and here you can keep up with their shenanigans wherever you are in the country.
Get tips from the collaborative knitting workshops, check out some great new recipes and keep up with the latest literary recommendation from the Granny Green bookclub. You can even keep up with their film club (with some not too grown up films on recommendation!).
Mavis writes about being a wife, mother, grandmother and about ‘growing older on the outside but still very young on the inside’. Here Mavis blogs about her life, covering trips to Ely Cathedral at half term and trips to knitting and craft shows. A great, chatty blog about everyday life.
Get updates from The Granny as she blogs on life, the universe, travel and grandchildren.
Nothing is beneath The Granny’s notice, whether it’s traffic jams in central London to travels across Spain. Funny and lighthearted, this is a great social blog.
Lady Banana blogs about pretty much anything. Find out about the best new reads. Watch some of the great videos that Lady Banana has picked out for you (most of which involve cats doing hilarious things). And, of course, catch up with Lady Banana’s very own cat, Mable.
Lady Banana is also queen of the gadget reviews, and if you’re an iPhone fan this is definitely the blog for you.
Ruth Bond, Chair of the Women’s Institute, blogs about life in the modern WI. Ruth travels all over the country – and a fair way around the world – on WI business. We hear about the issues the WI have been dealing with and the various fun things the ladies get up to over the course of the year. Ruth has a fun, witty writing style and is always doing heaps of interesting things, so this blog is a good read.
Quilting Trish (aka Trisha Thornhill) blogs about quilting, gardening, card making and grandchildren. Some really creative designs for all manner of quilts and cards, as well as a few blogs that are slightly off the beaten track (like updating the boiler in the kitchen). A good blog to get your creative juices going.
Virtual Granny (and Grandpa) blog about everything important – from how identify the finest single malt scotch, the best ways to cook with the grandkids or fashion tips for getting old in style. This blog really is a mine of useful (as well as useless but funny) information on just about everything. And when you get bored of reading there are some great video debates to get your teeth into. Well worth a look!
Granny Rant is exactly that – a good old rant about everything ridiculous about modern day society. The content is usefully filed into sections – grumbling, just saying, rants, madness – and the content is always sure to get a nod of agreement and a small chuckle.
For her 70th birthday Mavis Paterson (aka Granny Mave) decided to cycle the 5,500 miles from Vancouver, on the west coast, to New Foundland, on the east. She did this for the adventure, and to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care.
As a mother of three, and now grandmother to three grandchildren, Mavis’ update are funny, interesting and truly inspirational.
Lorna co-founded Grannynet with her daughter, Verity, and here she blogs about being a modern woman, a mother and a grandmother. Grannynet is a social support network for grandparents and here Lorna continues that theme, giving useful advice and insights into her relationship with her grandchildren. Touching and thoughtfully written.
An Irish grandma blogs about her favourite recipes (there’s a good recipe for apple and raisin spice bars), great places to visit in Ireland and anything useful. There’s even an entire archive of handy tips, like how to iron a shirt (with step-by-step pictures) and the best way to remove grass stains. There is so much information that even the most informed of grannies will learn something useful.
Seventy-something Connie blogs about all things creative, from autumn-themed needlework to fairy cakes. All this is accompanied by Connie’s cheery commentary, recalling fond memories of events new and old.
Mum of two and nan of four Gwyneth makes all sorts of great cards for all occasions. There is some great inspiration for Christmas here, with lots of great card ideas for you to make at home. Team this with Gwyneth’s quirky updates and you’ve got a great blog for anyone with a creative streak!
Viv Sellers blogs about what she knows best – gardening, family and (of course) tea! There are also some fascinating stories from Viv’s dad’s war diaries, an extract of which was published in The Times this September. This is a touching blog about getting enjoyment out of everyday life.
Around and about is a great blog for anyone that appreciates beautiful photography. There are some lovely photos of seal spotting in St Ives, as well as photographs of all manner of wildlife, taken from locations across the country. This is a beautiful, image-led blog that can help you while away the odd couple of hours.
Dosie Rosie blogs about ‘crafting, gardening and everyday life now the kids have left’. Rosie is currently on her travels, and gives some insightful updates from Hong Kong and New Zealand. Rosie has a great, infectious personality and a quick read of this fun blog is sure to put you in a good mood.
Linked to the popular ‘Fabafterfifty’ ezine, this fun blog covers everything from the serious to the hilarious, with some great posts on having children over 50, 10 reasons why women over 50 make great employees and a special post on 80’s models (no, by that I mean models over 80, not models from the 1980’s). A good blog for some lunch-time reading.
Hazel blogs about life by the coast in Cornwall, as she explores every inch of the beautiful countryside. Find out about her walking boot test from Liskeard to Looe, and her adventures on the Tamar Valley train ride! This blog will revive the old nostalgia’s for Autumnal country walks and beachside adventures. And, of course, after reading a couple of posts you’ll want to be in Cornwall!