Author: DLiving

Local Crafts: 2dazzle

Sisters Emily Baker and Hayley Squires share a love for jewellery which stands out from the crowd, and have channelled their passion to create a successful jewellery business. The sisters’ creative backgrounds in fashion/textiles and marketing/events led them to share their ideas and to combine their strengths to launch a successful business offering quality, affordable jewellery. Inspired by their interests and a visible gap in the market for unique and fashionable jewellery, 2dazzle offers a diverse range of jewellery. Their collections ranges from Sterling Silver, silver and gold plated items to high-end costume jewellery, suitable for a variety of...

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Helping Those Who Help Others: Wisdom Estates are proud to support ellenor

When Wisdom Estates opened its doors in 2013 Robert Wisdom had a clear vision of the future in serving the community of Dartford and surrounding areas. Their over-riding objective was to improve the perception of Estate Agency, and to provide the best possible buying and selling experience by giving exceptional Customer Service at a competitive cost of 1% Selling Fees! Their other commitment was to become an integral part of the local community and to involve themselves, and their business, in local events, organisations and charities. To date they have supported among others, the Mayor of Dartford’s Charity Appeal,...

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Stick a light on your bike

By local resident Peter Abbey The nights are drawing in, you can tell because by the time The One Show starts you’ve already pulled your curtains closed and decided that leaving the back door open for the dog is way too chilly. It is nights like these that the old man in me breaks loose and shakes a disapproving fist in the air at the number of (don’t make me say it, please don’t make me say it) youths (ah man, I said it) riding the streets without lights on their bikes. Now I’m fairly sure this isn’t just...

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The high street shops have disappeared and it’s all my fault

Mum was eager to finish shopping and start the long walk home up Dartford’s East Hill. My brother was sat on the pavement, struggling with his shoelace. That was the trouble with our butcher’s shop. The sawdust on the red tiled floorneeded to be piled into mounds with your feet, and you only had until the butcher stopped talking to mum, so you had to work fast, and sometimes it got in your shoes. Mum wasn’t a fan of our game, but the butcher never seemed to mind. “Hurry up and get that shoelace tied, or Mum won’t let...

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I don’t think my high street will ever be the same again.

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” I didn’t think of that. Henry Ford, the American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company did. I agree with the first part. “BIKE!” Thinking is very hard. “BIKE!” Thinking is virtually impossible when your child wants your attention. “DADDA BIKE!” ‘Yes William, that’s a lovely bike. Is that one your favorite?’ My son absolutely loves bikes. ‘Bike’ is one of the dozen or so words he has mastered so far, but it’s said with much more vigour than the...

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