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    Top gardens to visit across in Guernsey

    Guernsey, an island which is temperate, and close to France in the English channel. It is part of the UK and is ruled under UK law. The temperate weather however is incredibly appealing to Brits who are understandably obsessed with their weather. Due to the temperate weather, the plant life is very different to that of mainland England and as such there are many beautiful gardens on the island. One of the most popular is the Candie Gardens in St Peter Port (which is the capital of Guernsey). Candie gardens is a 19th century garden which is popular with locals and visitors alike. There is plenty to do there including…

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    Home based dating ideas

    If home and interiors is your thing, then there are loads of great ways to meet new people – whether you are looking for new friends or a date. A great place to start is to search online for local dating sites – such as “Kent dating site” or “dating sites in Kent” and then look for people with similar interests or hobbies as you. There are dating sites out there for people of all ages and professions. If you are a more mature dater, you might want to try a site for seniors. I’m going to share some of my favourite ways to meet people with similar interests and in…

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    My dream home

    For where I am in my life right now, I truly believe I am already in my dream home. Don’t get me wrong, if I could have a mansion given to me and staff to look after it and someone else to pay all the bills, I wouldn’t turn it down, but for me right now, my house is perfect. After living in my one bedroom flat for 12 years, I still can’t believe I have a three bedroom detached house! I really do feel like I’ve won the house lottery. For me and my cats it is plenty of space. I knew the minute I set foot in it…

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    An environmentally friendly kitchen

    In a world which has growing waste and climate change problems, more and more people are trying to reduce the carbon footprint of their lifestyles and become more environmentally friendly. Some things are easier to do, but others are more tricky. Here’s my top tips for helping to save the planet from the kitchen! Recycle It’s an obvious one – but recycle anything and everything you can. Different local authorities have different rules and processes which dictate what you can recycle, but if you have things you can recycle from home – some supermarkets have recycling points, and of course you can always go to the local recycling centre. I…

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    Surviving flat pack

    Since moving into my great new house, I have had to do a fair amount of work. Fortunately, the decorating part was in the grand scheme of things pretty minimal (painting is about as stressful as it got) however I have needed lots of new furniture. If you are new to this site, you might not know but last year I moved from living in a one bedroom flat (where I had been for 12 years) to a three bedroom house complete with a garden! I have an insane amount of space – which I am loving – and whilst I didn’t want to fill it to the brim, I…

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    Let there be light

    I love my house! I knew the moment I walked in that it was my house and I’m so happy to be here. For almost the whole of last year I had time to plan how I wanted to decorate and style my house. Many hours have been spent pouring over Pinterest, home magazines and loads of great home websites and blogs. One of the ideas I came across that I love the most is glass roofs. They just transform a space and make it so much lighter and brighter. My house isn’t laid out in a way that I could have one, but if I ever win the lottery…

  • Garden

    Which wildlife are good for your garden and why

    Creepy crawlies are often the last thing on your mind when venturing out to your garden — but you should be encouraging their visit! From bees, which are important pollinators of various plants and fruiting trees, to ladybirds, which feast on aphids. Together with Dobies, retailers of garden plants, we take a look at the wildlife that you should be more welcoming to and why. Welcoming butterflies and bees Although they can sometimes be a nuisance, butterflies and bees are brilliant for your outdoor space. They are natural pollinators, which means that they help spread your flowers around the garden and encourage growth. If you want to attract these, you…

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    4 techniques for using your garden to battle against climate change

    Ice on rivers breaking more quickly, animals having to relocate, trees flowering at a much more rapid pace and glaciers shrinking — just some of the dramatic effects caused because of climate change worldwide. Temperatures across the globe will continue to increase in the next few decades to come too, predict scientists, with the blame mainly being put on the greenhouse gases that are produced from human activity. Cutting our carbon footprint will be one way to fight back against climate change, though so too will be improving the ways we look after our urban gardens. Keep reading for four techniques that you should adopt into your lives in the…

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    Reduce air pollution with your garden

    We’re used to the idea of “getting away from the city” for some country air, but that thought it becoming increasingly more serious; the air quality in UK cities is becoming ever-more appalling. In fact, London hit its legal limit of air pollution for the entire year of 2018 in less than a month. This report from the Guardian also states that approximately 40,000 deaths are linked to the poor air quality of UK cities. For those of us living in urban areas, air pollution is a real problem that needs addressing. One big way you can protect yourself from air pollution is to adapt your garden to suit. If…

  • Homes

    How to achieve the right atmosphere in the home through interior design

    It can often be difficult to have the perfect atmosphere across your home, but we can help.  From pendant lights to cosy furnishings at the dining table, adding the softer touches to your interior design can help to create a room with character, atmosphere and a mood. Harvey Jones, who supply handmade kitchens investigate: Deciding on textures You can be extremely experimental with textures in your home. In fact, if you’re looking to achieve an informal, cosy setting then steer clear of a regimented list of restricted textures and you’ll find textures that marry well irrespective of their feel or material. Mirrors and glass objects are a good accent to any texture.…