Author Archives: markbendle

Pensioner climbed Everest aged 76

Pensioner climbed Everest aged 76

A courageous widower defeated all odds as he completed an arduous trek up Mount Everest – aged 76. Widower David Richards embarked on an 11-day adventure as he scaled the mountains to reach the ...
The benefits of gardening

The benefits of gardening

The King’s Fund charity was commissioned by the National Gardens Scheme in 2015 to research the links between gardens, gardening and health. The final report clearly demonstrates how gardening can mak ...
Clean, green and sublimely serene

Clean, green and sublimely serene

Patricia Vine samples the serenity of Slovenia Slovenia is a country full of wonderful surprises. With castles, legends and dragons – it is a truly magical place. Nestled between four countries: Croat ...
Life painting

Life painting

Retirement is an unfamiliar term to 85-year-old Christopher Hall from Berkshire. A respected professional oil painter all his life, it is a career that has allowed him to support his wife and three so ...