Cookie Notice

Cookies are small pieces of data that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website or application.

We use cookies on this website to provide you with a better user experience. We do this by placing a small text file on your device/computer hard drive to track how you use the website, to record or log whether you have seen particular messages that we display, to keep you logged into the website where applicable, to display relevant adverts or content, or to refer you to a third party website.

Some cookies are required to enjoy and use the full functionality of this website.

We use a cookie control system (Cookie Notice plugin) which allows you to accept the use of cookies, and control which cookies are saved to your device/computer.

Some cookies will be saved for specific time periods, where others may last indefinitely.

Your web browser should provide you with the controls to manage and delete cookies from your device: please see your web browser options. However, if you choose to do so, you may not be able to access certain services on our website rightly, and some pages may not load properly.

By agreeing to accept our use of cookies, you are giving us, and third parties we partner with, permission to place, store, and access some or all the cookies described below on your computer.

Cookies that we may use:

  • Essential cookies authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts
  • Performance cookies: these collect information about a user’s use of the website
  • Session cookies: these perform such tasks as remembering what you have in your shopping cart. Session cookies expire after each browsing session
  • Functional cookes allow the user to watch video on this site, or listen to audio, or, if allowed, to post a blog post
  • Media cookies. These improve the performance of the website and provide special features and content. They may be placed via third party plugins. They may also allow you to share content with social networks.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Third Party Cookies


We use the Askimet plugin to block spam comments. It’s a plug-in that blocks suspicious comments (including suspicious IP addresses)  which deletes spam comments to save us time and potential hazard. You can view their terms of service here:

Google Analytics:

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, the number of visitors to the website and blog, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited. It does not collect your name or any other information that makes you personally identifiable.

Read Google’s overview of privacy and safeguarding data.

If you wish to stop Google Analytics from using your information, you can opt out at this link:


From time to time we may embed videos from YouTube using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.

Read more at YouTube’s embedding videos information page.

Social Media Plugins

We use third party plugins to allow you to share content from our website to social media, and to connect you to our social media profiles, should you wish to like or follow us.


We use this plugin which may collect non personal information about you, such as IP address. Read AddtoAny’s Privacy Policy here.The plugin is compatible with GDPR.

Amazon Associates Affiliate Programme

Emma Dewhurst is a member of this programme. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

If you click on an Amazon Associates affiliate (‘Special’) link, Amazon Associates may track your actions by using a cookie saved to your device. Your actions are usually recorded as a referral from our website by this cookie. In most cases we earn a very small commission from the advertiser or advertising partner, at no cost to you, when you click through our sponsored link to the third party website and make a purchase (in Amazon Associate’s case within 24 hours); and in some cases whether you make a purchase on their website or not.

Clickable sponsored or affiliate links may be displayed as a website URL or as a titled anchor text link. In accordance with the EU Amazon Associates Operating Agreement, we undertake always to disclose where a link is an affiliate link before the user is likely to click on it.


We use this plugin to create our Contact form and related Mailchimp email subscription sign-up. When you submit an online form from our website we may collect personal information about you, such as your email address.

General Information about Managing Cookies

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.

Here is our full Privacy Policy, including information found in this Cookie Notice.