Pre-Ski Exercises

Before going on a ski holiday it is wise to be as fit as possible. You need to be prepared for physical activity which may involve muscles and joints in positions that you do not normally use. For the beginner the first time on snow will mean falling down and getting up again, which can be demanding on muscles that are unused. Without some exercise preparation beforehand, it is possible to become stiff Read more ...

13. May 2017 by admin
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Ski Resorts

Skiing has spread throughout the world – anywhere there is snow, a hillside and people who want to ski, lifts are built and a ski area developed. From the mini ski areas on the eastern side of North America to the high Himalayas, there are lift-served ski slopes. Instructors from the northern winters travel south to the mountains of Australia, New Zealand and South America in the summer months to Read more ...

02. May 2017 by admin
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How to Choose the Right Ski Boots

Ski boots Of all the skier’s equipment, boots are the most important item. A correct fit is essential to transfer the controlling movements from leg to ski without movement loss, and to hold the foot comfortably for the ski. The modern plastic boot is made in two parts: a rigid outer shell moulded in plastic material, and a softer foam-filled inner boot that cushions the foot. There are many Read more ...

02. May 2017 by admin
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Plants | Water and Watering

Although they look fairly solid, green plants are about 95 per cent water. They wilt when not watered. Water also provides plants with their own internal transport system, moving nutrients and manufactured carbohydrates and hormones to wherever they are needed, in order for the plant to grow, survive and reproduce. LEAVE IT TO NATURE In the wild, plants get by without being watered. Our garden Read more ...

27. May 2014 by admin
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How Plants Grow |Plant Factories

The Science of Plant Growth Everyone has to start somewhere, so instead of thinking about what to do first or how to plan your garden, start with a tidy up. You may be surprised by what you find. Old shopping trolleys and bikes spring to mind here – as our introduction to our current garden – but that’s not always the case. Someone once told me to do nothing but tidy for the first year, until Read more ...

26. May 2014 by admin
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Soil Types

Doing the Groundwork Soil Soil doesn’t look very exciting, but it provides the heart of the garden. It is like a supermarket, supplying water, air and food to the plants it has growing in it. It also gives roots something to grip onto, so that they can hold plants upright. To garden successfully, you need to know a bit about your soil. This can vary from garden to garden, or, in some cases, within Read more ...

26. May 2014 by admin
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First Time Gardening

Congratulations on becoming the custodian of your own garden space — or commiserations if you have reluctantly taken over a house or flat with a garden and you’re not yet a gardening fan. Gardening is an activity that has often been seen as something for the middle aged and elderly; something the young people in my family have always loathed by association with a grown-up activity, but there’s Read more ...

26. May 2014 by admin
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Guide to Cooking with Wine

SOME HINTS ON COOKING WITH WINE There are scores of ways in which wine is useful in the kitchen, but very few of them indeed call for particularly good-quality wine, and no way is more important than that of refreshing the cook! Cooking also calls for all sorts of awkward quantities of wine, usually considerably less than a full bottle. Some people keep a ‘cooking wine’ bottle by the stove regularly Read more ...

05. November 2013 by admin
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When to Drink Wine With Food

FOOD AND WINE It is sad that people worry so much about matching wine with food, as it really matters so little. The only important aspect is that you enjoy it. Even the best-known ‘rule’, which dictates that you must drink red wine with meat and white wine with fish, was made to be broken. Fish tends to be more delicate than meat. White wines tend to be more delicate than red and to have Read more ...

05. November 2013 by admin
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Getting the Right Nutrients for Healthy Eating

Balancing your diet A good daily diet should include a variety of foods from each of four groups: fruit and vegetables (five portions); cereals, breads and grain products (four portions); milk and dairy products (two portions); and poultry, meat, fish, pulses and eggs (two portions). How much protein? Seventy-five grammes (2-1/2 oz) a day is plenty for most people's needs, and any normal, balanced Read more ...

05. November 2013 by admin
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