A cruise around the British Isles.

A cruise around the British Isles

I  have been lucky enough to have travelled quite a lot in Europe but there are still many places in the British Isles that I have not visited yet.

So when my husband saw an advertisement for a cruise going right round the British Isles departing from Avonmouth, our local port we thought it was too good to miss.   We booked with CMV, cruise and Maritime Voyages.  The ship used was the Marco Polo.  This liner has an interesting history having been built sixty years ago for the Soviet Union.  I had never been on an ocean cruise before and was not sure what to expect. Continue reading “A cruise around the British Isles.”

Two National Trust properties to visit near Bath.

Bath a brief historyTwo of my favourite  National Trust properties near Bath.

My husband and I are members of the National trust.  For any one who is unfamiliar with the National Trust it is the organisation which looks after many stately homes and gardens as well as large swathes of countryside in England.  It is a charity and membership fees help pay for conservation and upkeep of the property and land.   It is also possible to pay an individual admission fee to each property.

I thought I would share two of my favourite local gardens for a relaxing afternoon walk . Continue reading “Two National Trust properties to visit near Bath.”

Make an extra £20.00 a month by filling in surveys

How to make an extra £20 a month

From 2017 the British government allows you to make a £1000 a year without having to declare it for tax purposes.  If you have a couple of hours a week to spare it is fairly easy to earn some extra money online.

A lot of companies like to conduct market research by getting people to fill in surveys.  This can be any thing from watching adverts to see if you have understood the message, to asking questions to find out how you shop. Continue reading “Make an extra £20.00 a month by filling in surveys”

How to sell books online

This is a stock photo of some library shelves
Most people have some books that are unloved

Online bookselling

A few years ago I used to supplement my income by online bookselling on Amazon.  Although I no longer do this I thought I would offer a few tips in case anyone else is interested.  Some  are also probably relevant to general online trading.  I am now a poacher turned game keeper and help at a local charity shop and I sometimes spot items they can sell on Ebay.

Most people start by selling their old books, often college textbooks but then need to look for replacement stock. The first thing I realised was that online selling is more about the ability to source quality stock cheaply than  brilliant salesmanship. Continue reading “How to sell books online”

Earning money while helping with academic research

Earning money while helping with academic research

Since retirement  one of the most interesting ways I have found to supplement my pension is by helping with academic research.

I joined    Prolific  which is   a website that  links academics from around the world with participants willing to help complete online research studies.  Many studies are on psychological topics but a variety of other subjects are covered.  Surveys can take from a few minutes to an hour or sometimes more.  You are told in advance how long a survey will take and what the fee will be. Payment is generally about £5.00 per hour and can be made via  paypal or donated to charity.  Unlike most survey sites  you rarely get disqualified from a study .  You don’t need a degree to join and participants from most countries are accepted on to their panel.

So far I have completed about 200 studies and earnt over £200.00

click here to find out more  Prolific      I get a small bonus for referring  a researcher who wants to run a study.
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