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Gimme Five! Electric fans

Friday, July 25th, 2014

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selection of 5 electric fans

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but with so many weeks of bright sunshine and lovely weather our house has become really hot and stuffy – especially on the top floor where the rising air has hit a cul-de-sac.

The vast majority of buildings in the UK don’t need air con for more than a couple of days – maybe weeks – per year. So installing expensive cooling systems aren’t even an option. An electric fan to get the warm air circulating will suffice. Just because it’s only going to be used occasionally doesn’t mean that you should settle for one of those ugly, flimsy-looking, white metal & plastic models.

There are lots of well-made, beautifully designed electric fans on the market from which to choose. Their price range varies a lot though – if money’s no object, the future design classic from Dyson will set you back almost £300. At the other end of the scale, the cute pink number from Clas Ohlson is a mere snip at less than £20. Our top pick though, is the bamboo floor fan from Stadler with its mid century modern style good looks!

  1. NSA’UK DF-102CM white desk fan, 10 inch: £39.95, John Lewis
  2. Stadler Form Otto Bamboo: £145.76, Amazon
  3. BIONAIRE BASF1516-IUK 2-in-1 desk & pedestal fan – chrome: £39, Currys
  4. AM08 pedestal fan: £299.99, Dyson
  5. Table fan: £19.99, Clas Ohlson

Gimme Five! Memo boards

Friday, July 18th, 2014

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selection of 5 memo boards

We’ve a little slate hanging up in the kitchen where we’re supposed to write down our shopping lists and messages but it’s so small that it rarely gets used. One of these proper memo boards will stop us from both buying the milk!

We had a look at some of our usual internet haunts and came up with this short-list. We love the 2-metre tall blackboard from Graham and Green (#4) but alas, we won’t have the space for it.  It should go without saying that #2 is our favourite! Firstly, it’s bright orange; :-) secondly, it’s a pegboard – something we’ve already said we want on a wall in our ‘soon to be set up’ home office.

  1. Week planner memo chalk board: £29.07, Wayfair
  2. Large pegboard, orange: £60, Notonthehighstreet
  3. Master of Boards® stainless steel magnetic memo board – Monaco – 35x50cm: £29.99, Amazon
  4. Chalkboard: £389, Graham and Green
  5. Vintage double sided silver clip display board – receipt keeper accounting system: £33.01, Etsy

Gimme Five! Outdoor solar lights

Friday, July 11th, 2014

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selection of 5 outdoor solar lights

We’ve been enjoying sitting in deckchairs in our garden this summer. It gets direct sun until almost 7pm at this time of year. It’s been warm enough to sit out until way after the sun has gone down.

We want to get some pretty yet functional lighting to enhance our garden space and think that we’d be best served by some outdoor solar lights. No fiddly – and not to mention potentially dangerous, given our electrical knowledge  – cables and sockets to contend with. Solar lights are notorious for being a bit dim thanks to the often measly British sunshine. But we don’t mind that, we’re not after floodlights, just a nice, warm glow to give the garden added atmosphere. Here are some we’ve found…

  1. SOLVINDEN solar-powered table lamp: £9, IKEA
  2. Lola LED solar powered outdoor glass jar lantern in blue: £7, B&Q
  3. Solar outdoor string lanterns, multi: £20, John Lewis
  4. Solar post light: £16.99, Crocus
  5. Solar bamboo light: £6.99, Original Organics

Gimme Five! Tour de Yorkshire souvenirs

Friday, July 4th, 2014

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Gimme Five! Tour de Yorkshire souvenirs

The Tour de Yorkshire is pedalling its way through the county this weekend. There’s a fantastic atmosphere in the Calder Valley. Lots of the shops have made a big effort with their cycling-themed window displays; houses along the route sport bright yellow bicycles in their windows and the schools have gone to town with banners and cycling figures attached to railings.

We drove up Cragg Vale (the longest, continuous gradient in the country) this week to reckie a good vantage point for Sunday. There are multiple colourful strings of bunting right the way to the top – apparently it’s a world record attempt – over 10 kilometre’s worth!

The Tour’s visit to this area will be a once in a lifetime occurrence – here’s a little cross-section of commemorative and celebratory things produced in recognition.

  1. Bang Tidy Clothing women’s Yorkshire Cyclisme 2014 T shirt: £10.97, Amazon
  2. Tour de Yorkshire, day two – signed, mounted limited-edition print: £120, Michelle Campbell Art
  3. Handmade Tour de France Yorkshire bunting: £15, Etsy
  4. Velo-City – 12-bottle case: £32.50, York Brewery
  5. Cragg Vale cyclists print – inspired by Tour de Yorkshire: £45, Folksy

Gimme Five! Pillows

Friday, June 27th, 2014

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selection of 5 pillows

I feel like I’ve become a bit of a sleep wellness expert in the last couple of weeks – yes, there is such a thing! What with the post on duvet covers and all the research I’ve done on mattresses. It was this fact-finding mission that led me to realise how important pillows are to a full and restful night’s sleep.

We’ve been putting up with some rather ropey specimens for far too long. They’re lumpy (thanks to a few rounds  in the washing machine), they’ve lost all their bounce and are way past their expiration date. According to The Sleep Council, pillows should be changed every 2-3 years.

A couple of years ago, on a day trip to Huddersfield, we bought six feather pillows cheap from a shop that was having a closing down sale. BIG MISTAKE! The pillows were way too soft – even stacked three high your head just sank. And the non-stop jabs in the face and shoulders by the sharp end of feathers poking through made a bad situation worse. What a false economy – and that shop that was closing down? It’s still open!

Pillows, like a mattress, are worth investing in – and, something which I can personally attest to, you get what you pay for. We’re both side-sleepers who prefer firm, synthetic-filled pillows; so I’ve short-listed suitable examples fitting these criteria  – a selection of the best and highest rated by people that have bought, tried & tested.

  1. Sealy ‘Posturepedic’ cooltech gel pillow: £59.50, Debenhams
  2. Memory microfibre pillows: from £25.60, The White Company
  3. Dorma Tencel blend memory foam traditional pillow: £29.99, Dunelm
  4. Tempur Cloud pillow: £85, John Lewis
  5. The Fine Bedding Company dual support pillow: £36.50, Linen House