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Trying to over fight cold weather is not always the best thing. According to Spring Chicken, experts in products for the over 60s, this hearty hardiness is not good for everyone.



Silver Travel Advisor Article:

Are you, like me, done with airport hassle? I simply cannot stand in another queue at some ungodly hour, shoes off, clutching my trousers as now beltless, whilst trying to grapple my laptop out of my rucksack and pop my lipstick in a plastic bag that’s always too small or won’t close properly! No more can I do it. It is Great Britain for me this year. And upon investigation, there are some seriously good holiday options available.

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Health food of the month - Dates

datesWhatever type of date you choose, they all contain useful nutrition. In fact, if it were not for the very high sugar levels (which make them so tasty!) dates would really be very good for us. The good news is they contain no fat and no cholesterol but instead are packed with a range of good minerals and vitamins.



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

dates in bacon with cream saucesticky gammon with a quick fig and date relishmiddle eastern spiced fruit skewers 

Lakeland are the leading supplier in kitchen and homewares and we've teamed up with them to bring you a selection of vegetarian recipes.


lemon meringue piesThese adorable mini lemon meringues pies are great to serve as dessert for a dinner party and featured in the second series of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard.


Visit Scotland: Scotland's Winter Festivals

It may be dark and cold, but there is plenty of reason for cheer at this time of year. Think trees festooned with twinkling lights, outdoor ice rinks, bustling Christmas markets and the aroma of mulled wine – make no mistake, the festive season is upon us.

Whether you’re a Scot at home or abroad – take the time this winter to celebrate Scotland’s distinctive culture and heritage with dear family and friends. Look forward to a magical Christmas, a sparkling Hogmanay and Burns Night festivities. Wherever you are in Scotland, there are great events, entertainment, shopping experiences and festive cheer to warm up winter days and nights.



Jigsaws are for all ages

Doing a jigsaw used to be a pastime for children; but in recent years this hobby has enjoyed a real resurgence. Today you can buy a huge range of jigsaws designed for adults and even get your favourite picture made into a lovely jigsaw.



Why you Should Embrace the British Garden Birds in Retirement


When you retire you may suddenly find yourself with an abundance of spare time. One fantastic way of filling this spare time is through sharing your garden with a whole host of plants and wildlife, especially birds.

Our friends over at Kennedy Wild Bird Food are here to explain how you can get the most out of your new hobby. These feathered friends of yours can provide hours of enjoyable viewing, especially when some of the more unusual birds make a cameo appearance.



NEW Online Retirement Planning Courses

Many visitors will already know that LaterLife is the leading provider of open Planning Retirement Workshops.

Now we have developed a very comprehensive Online Retirement Planning course, covering both lifestyle and finance, which draws on the extensive experience of delivering face to face courses to the many thousands of delegates each year. By providing alternative paths and optional levels of detail it is applicable whether you are within a few years of retirement, in your first years of retirement, or are still 10-15 years away.


What’s more, during the launch period, we are offering newsletter subscribers a massive 50% discount on the price. Click below to find out more!

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Planning Retirement Online


Current LaterLife Articles

You'll find in the boxes below below links to the current editions of each of our various articles or special features, or you can jump straight to main sections like Health & Travel here:

LaterLife Health
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Relationship Counselling & Advice Index
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Jennie's special offers direct to you from Silver Towers

Dear Silver Travellers

Oh what a night, late-November, now in 2016! Which isn’t quite how the song goes but never mind! We are proud to announce that at the prestigious British Travel Awards on 23 November, Silver Travel Advisor won the Silver Award for Best Travel Review/Ratings website, with the Gold going to TripAdvisor and Bronze to Feefo. All really pleasing and many thanks to you all, as these Awards are voted for solely by the public, and that makes us even happier!

So, on with what we do in this newsletter, which is to bring you a selection of offers, some exclusive to Silver Travel Advisor. There’s a real choice this month from UK coach tours, European river cruises, and winter sun walking holidays to exotic Sri Lanka or exciting Peru, with some excellent offers for solo travellers too.

In our free prize draw for November you could win a Tauck Romantic Rhine river cruise for two next May on board the beautiful MS Grace. What could be more glorious than sailing down this magnificent river in late spring time? Make sure you enter to be in with a chance to win!

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Gardener's Diary

This month's Gardening Tips: Jobs to do this month and Trees and Shrubs

In association with The Royal Horticultural Society - the UK's leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening.



Travels With Alice -
Spotlight on Scandinavia

By Jeanne Davis, written in her usual thought provoking and entertaining style

Jeanne's column gives a personalized viewpoint on her recent travels. Insights into human behavior are mixed, in inimitable Jeanne style, with great locations and underlying humour.


These adorable mini lemon meringues pies are great to serve as dessert for a dinner party and featured in the second series of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard.



Have a look at some of the latest job opportunities

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Balearic Outdoor Holidays.


To be enjoyed not endured.

We organise guided walking holidays on the enchanting Spanish islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza.

All walks are completely backed up and you'll feel  looked after from the minute that you arrive.

Our holidays feature achievable walking, great accommodation plus wonderfull food and drink.

Call us on freephone 0800 072 4832 or visit our website for more information.



Volunteers' Stories

Founded in 1931, IVS is a non-profit organisation that promotes peace and social justice through volunteering.

This article series will bring you stories from their volunteers about their inspirational experiences...



Relationship Column:

Over my career I certainly met plenty of people who were finding those changes hard. I know I found my transition difficult and missed my counselling and training work very much. I missed the brilliant and supportive colleagues in our shared office/sitting room, I missed the routine, and the wonderfully courageous people who trusted me to be alongside them as they struggled to make sense of their problems.


A series focused on helping us enjoy technology products for years to come

This month we look at photo composition tips.

Photo composition tips
Creating an iTunes account on your computer
Air Conditioning Units - The Facts
Why isn't my DVD Player working with my TV?
What to look for when buying an MP3 player
What does data roaming mean?
How to Detect Wireless Piggybacking?
How to Roll Back to your Previous Operating System?
Using a DVD Recorder
More KNOWHOW Articles

How to Paint and Draw Holly for Christmas Cards with Judith Milne

holly in coloured pencil

As Christmas draws closer, our thoughts turn to all things associated with the season and its traditions. Evergreens featured as decorations in homes and shrines of pagan people at this time of year, as their continuing greenness was a sign of life in the winter, when other plants were dead. Holly, ivy and mistletoe also bore fruit at this time. Evergreens were used as Christianity developed and people looked for Christian meanings in these plants. It is thought that the English word holly derived from the word holy.


Visit Scotland

It may be dark and cold, but there is plenty of reason for cheer at this time of year. Think trees festooned with twinkling lights, outdoor ice rinks, bustling Christmas markets and the aroma of mulled wine – make no mistake, the festive season is upon us.

Scotland's Winter Festivals
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LaterLife Travel

Award winning travel writers, broadcasters and photographers Hugh Taylor and Moira McCrossan spotlight destinations and topics in the Travel Guide

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Read about the LaterLife Retirement Planning & Finance web site. A valuable resource for you and your children.



Health food of the month
- Dates

In our childhood days, dates were the dried variety, tending to be hard and sticky and fibrous. Today dried dates are still available of course but they also come in other varieties including soft and semi soft.




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Current Competitions:

Enter the December Prize Draw

Every December we come over all festive with a giant stocking, brimful of travel goodies!  We’ll be offering a prize for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas: cuddly toys including baby pandas from Wendy Wu Tours, and a gorgeous soft hedgehog from Forest Holidays, travel, cookery and adventure books from Simpson Travel, Bradt Travel Guides and others, gift vouchers from Grand UK Holidays,  goody bags from our partners, there’s one from Shearings, and so much more! 


Competition closes on the 31st December 2016


hector dvd

Set across the UK, HECTOR is the alternative Christmas feel-good film of the season, when people’s thoughts naturally turn to family.

Hector McAdam (Peter Mullan) is embarking on his annual journey from Scotland to a London shelter, where Christmas cheer and a turkey dinner await him. But, aware this might be his last Hector opts to reconnect with his past and reunite with those he left behind.

We have 3 x DVDs to give away!

Competition closes 14th December 2016

Win a stylish Fire Pit from HotSpring World!

hotspring world fire pit and hot tub

Make the most of your garden over the festive season.

With Christmas just around the corner are you scratching you head to find the perfect present for your family? Well if you really want to make a splash then here’s a gift idea which is both luxurious and affordable! We are talking about giving them their very own Hot Tub!

We have 1 fire pit to give away!

Competition closes 14th December 2016

Win Asterix: The Mansions
of the Gods on DVD!

asterix dvd

The year is 50 BC. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely...

One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. Julius Caesar exasperated by the situation, decides to change tactics. Since his armies are unable to prevail through force, Roman civilisation itself will charm the barbaric Gauls. And so he has a luxurious housing complex built near the village for Roman families, called ‘The Mansions of the Gods’.

We have 3 DVDs to give away!

Competition closes 19th December 2016