Why do weeds grow with no help, no special treatment, no protection and despite all attempts to eradicate them? While many plants require feeding, nurturing, the right amount of watering weeds just grow!!

They grow in the lawn, in the flower beds, in the gravel, in the block paving in the gutter or in seemingly thin air. How can this be? They are on a quest for world domination and often they seem to be winning.

Do you have a tried and tested way of dealing with them? Down on your knees pulling them up individually or a special gadget or tool that helps. Do you have a special formula that you spray them with where you mix several household ingredients to replace off the shelf nasty chemicals?

Our negative thoughts can be a bit like weeds, they seem to pop up completely uninvited. They don't need any cultivating or special conditions to thrive and take over parts of our mind. When we don't pull them up, they quickly multiply and can cover a whole patch of our minds with anxiety, worry and fear.

Some advice from gardeners, that I don't always follow, is to pull a weed up as soon as you see it, while it's still small and before it's had chance to seed itself or spread. Root it out. This is probably a good idea with negative thoughts too, don't give them time to grow and take over. Pull them up, and replace them with other things. Positive people, books, music, get out if you can, do a little jig in the kitchen, go for a walk. Phone a friend!

There are people who you can talk to and who can point you in the right direction to get help. If you can talk to someone and get help early you can stop the issues and thoughts getting any bigger.

Why not come and see us or give us a call? Having a chat can make all the difference, and can replace some of those negative thoughts with other more positive thoughts, smiles and laughter. And if you have any tips for getting rid of the weeds we'd love to hear them.

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Tracy Haskins, Charity Manager

Do you have a favourite flower? A rose, sweet peas, cosmos or lilies? I love all of these but I really love daffodils. They don't have the wonderful scent of roses or sweet peas or the bluster of lilies, or the delicate foliage of cosmos but they really lift my spirits and make me smile. Seeing them poke up through the ground or lawn with such bold determination is just great, they are not put off by the cold or rain and seem to beckon the sun to shine.

Apparently, daffodils were brought to Britain by the Romans, legend says they are associated with cheerfulness and should always be given in a bunch.  There are more than 200 species of them. Here they symbolise new beginnings and friendship.

They are also meaningful in other countries: in China, they symbolise good fortune and are the official new year symbol; In Japan, the daffodil means joy and in France, they are a sign of hope.

Take the time to have a closer look next time you see some daffodils and see if they lift your spirits, bring a smile to your face or promise hope for a new season.

If you are facing a new beginning, perhaps not of your choice, or are looking for friendship, why not come and see us at one of our regular activities, you will receive a warm welcome, smiling faces and some joy and hope!!

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Tracy Haskins, Charity Manager

Do you like walking in the rain? Or watching it roll down the windows when you're all dry and warm inside? We are all different and sometimes it depends on what you are doing. You might be happy to wrap up in your coat and wellies and take the dog for a walk in the rain but if you are rushing into town to do some shopping you just hate it when your glasses keep steaming up!

Whether you love the rain or not we do need it. The gardens, the farmers, the reservoirs, the waterbutts. After such a hot dry year last year we have a lot of making up to do to return water levels to 'normal'. 

Sometimes , just like a waterbutt, I feel like my water level is running a bit low. My energy, enthusiasm and mood can become a little low and I need to be topped up. Drinking a lot of water, although very healthy, is not what I need when I am feeling like this. I need to get out into nature and go for a walk (even if it is raining); Spend some time relaxing with the family; Go out and meet a friend for a coffee or spend an afternoon with a good book. We are all very different, what tops you up when you are feeling a bit low?

One thing that can help is getting out and being with people, getting a smile and having a chat with someone who takes time to listen to you. And 'laughter really is the best medicine' and you will find plenty of this at our sessions, so if you are running a 'bit low' and need a 'top up' why not come and join us at one of our regular sessions, we would love to see you.

You can find out more about Hope Trust on T: 01394 272592, M: 07845 202 112 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.hopetrust.org.uk or on our Facebook page: The Hope Trust

Tracy Haskins, Charity Manager