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Health Food of the Month: Noodles

datesStir fry is such a normal item on menus today that is hard to believe that when many of us were kids, this didn’t feature at all in normal family meals, or even in general restaurants. Today of course stir fry is a hugely popular meal, featuring all sorts of ingredients but usually based around noodles.



Take a look at this month's recipe inspiration for starters, mains and desserts.


Vietnamese Beef Pho Soup King prawn chow mein

Results coming in from
the big garden birdwatch

bird sitting on a fence

More than half a million people are thought to have counted their garden birds last weekend for the 2017 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

This is the world’s largest garden wildlife survey, now in its 38th year, and provides valuable information about the wildlife using our gardens in winter.


New reports show malaria treatment fails

woman in bed with fever

Travel is fun and for modern day retirees and those on part time work, travel to more distant parts of the world is becoming more and more commonplace. But of course with travel there can be risks, and malaria is definitely one of them.


Jobs to do in February


Spring is in sight

sowing vegetables

This month there are signs of the approaching spring, with bulbs appearing and wildlife waking up as light levels and temperatures increase. There's plenty to do indoors this month to prepare for the season ahead. Outdoors, as the garden comes to life again, it's time to prune shrubs and climbers, such as Wisteria as well as evergreen hedges.


Win great prizes in our current Competitions

Amacello Regensburg

See the foot of the page for more details and to enter the competitions

New Online
e-learning Retirement Courses

Visit PlanOnline today!


LaterLife visitors can access to the Jelf Retirement Income Finder service.


Luxury walking on Menorca
To be enjoyed not endured

menorca walking group

Balearic Outdoor Holidays organise luxury walking holidays on the unspoilt paradise island of Menorca.

These fully guided walking holidays are based from the charming Biniarroca Country Hotel and the holiday price of £899 includes:

7 nights bed and breakfast at the stunning Binniarroca Country Hotel.

7 suppers at the hotel's award winning restaurant. These include all required wine and a pre-supper drink.

5 fully guided coastal walks with back up vehicle in attendance.

All transfers, including airport.

Picnic, tea, coffee and biscuits during every walk.

We've still got limited availability for week of 5th May and if you'd like to join us, please email or call on freephone 0800 072 4832.

Virgin Balloon Flights

10% off romance gift packages for Valentines Day
with code Valentines10

FREE weeks with Mercury Holidays!

Mercury holidays have some great offers at the moment on Winter Sun holidays, meaning you can escape somewhere warm this winter for even longer. Choose from holidays in Cyprus, Tenerife or Lanzarote.
Or you can visit their website for their full range of holidays.

Cyprus - 2 weeks Full Board with a 3rd week FREE from £695pp
The Annabelle

Tenerife - A week All-Inclusive from £399pp
Hotel Villa de Adeje Beach

Lanzarote - A week Half Board from £399pp
VIK Hotel San Antonio


Warner Breaks

until 6th February

Click here for more details.


Save 15% on beautiful bouquets from Flying Flowers!

A gorgeous bouquet is the perfect way of letting your loved one know just how special they are, so we’re delighted to offer you an exclusive 15% off at Flying Flowers, just by quoting code LIFE15

Flying Flowers have over 30 years’ experience of helping celebrate life’s special moments.  And with a beautiful collection of bouquets, all arriving with FREE delivery and a FREE Pop-Up Vase, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect gift for any occasion.

Order now at and quote code LIFE15 for your exclusive discount.

15% discount code applies to bouquets only with the exception of Help for Heroes, Prima, Good Housekeeping, International and Interflora collections.. 


Current Competitions

Silver Travel Advisor

Enter the February Prize Draw

Amacelleo Regensburg

This month our prizewinner and partner will win a 7 night Enchanting Rhine river cruise, including flights and transfer to/from the ship, from award winning AmaWaterways. Travelling from Amsterdam to Basel (or the other way about), you’ll pass through some of Europe’s most interesting and important towns and cities, not to mention the charming countryside. You’ll be able to join informative tours on shore, or take bicycles off to explore.


Competition closes on the 28th February 2017


Win Free State of Jones on DVD!

Free State of Jones DVDBanding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.

We have 3 DVDs to give away!

Competition closes 28th February 2017



Win I, Daniel Blake on DVD!

I, Daniel Blake DVD
Daniel Blake has worked as a joiner for most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with single mother Katie who is battling to keep her two young children fed. Daniel and Katie find themselves in a no-man’s land, striving to pull themselves out of the welfare bureaucracy of modern day Britain.

We have 3 DVDs to give away!

Competition closes 28th February 2017



Win Urban Hymn CD soundtrack or the film on DVD!


Urban HymnSet against the backdrop of the 2011 British summer riots, Michael Caton–Jones’ URBAN HYMN is a redemptive coming-of-age story set in South-West London and follows wayward teen, Jamie (Letitia Wright). Encouraged by inspiring and unconventional care worker Kate (Shirley Henderson) to use singing as a release from her troubled life, Jamie’s loyalties soon become torn between Kate and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne (Isabella Laughland).

Michael Caton–Jones’ URBAN HYMN, is available on DVD and Digital HD from 30th January, and the CD is available from Sony Music.

We have 5 CD soundtracks and 1 DVD to give away!

Competition closes 14th March 2017


Win a 30 piece BBQ set worth £50 from HotSpring World
- the Hot Tub Professionals!

Hotspring WorldHotSpring World also offers Spas from just £2795! Imagine, every day made better by taking a relaxing hydrotherapy massage in the comfort of your own home in one of their hot tubs.

These can help ease aching muscles and painful joints as the body’s natural buoyancy when submerged in warm bubbling water, caresses those sore joints, promoting easier pain-free movement. Arthritis sufferers can exercise more often in a hot tub building muscle strength and improving flexibility. Spas can even boost your property’s value! 

We have two 30 piece BBQ sets to give away!

Competition closes 15th March 2017

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