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Gimme Five! Outdoor thermometers

Friday, August 29th, 2014

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selection of 5 outdoor thermometers

The weather’s been all over the place in the past few weeks. The summer started with long hot sunny days then things became far more unpredictable; the remnants of a hurricane blew in from the US, there were hailstones in Hove and we’ve just had the coldest August bank holiday on record.

I’ve learnt from bitter (literally!) experience that just because the sun’s out doesn’t mean it’s warm. Or that rain means it will be cold. One big help with choosing outdoor attire has been the thermometer we have in our back garden, just outside the kitchen window. We can peak through the glass and see just how warm or cold it actually is. You’ll never go out over or under-dressed again!

There are quite a few outdoor thermometers available on the net. You can even find full-on weather stations if you’re that way inclined! As well as temperature, they measure humidity, rainfall, wind speed & direction, sunrise & sunset times, phase of the moon… We’re not that weather obsessed – a basic thermometer will suffice! :-)

  1. Annecy thermometer: £18, Garden Trading
  2. Giverny thermometer: £10, Notonthehighstreet
  3. Filigree thermometer: £9.99 Primrose
  4. Gooseberry thermometer: £26.50, John Lewis
  5. Giant solar garden thermometer: £9.99, Coopers of Stortford

Gimme Five! Hibernation homes

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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selection of 5 hibernation homes for garden wildlife

The weather has turned positively autumnal this week – and August Bank Holiday weekend isn’t even upon us yet! We’ve been seeing squirrels scurrying about busily collecting supplies for later in the year.

We regularly feed the avian visitors to our garden, especially hanging seeds and lard balls in the trees during the lean winter months. This year, we plan on doing a little bit extra. Erecting insect, bat and hedgehog hibernation homes will make our garden a veritable wildlife boarding house – the kind of lodgers we’d love to welcome! There are so many types of homes and shelters to choose from out there. And so many different creatures that you can encourage to over-winter and stay on year-round.

  1. Butterfly biome: £24.99, RSPB
  2. Wooden hedgehog house – £99.95, Notonthehighstreet
  3. The Birds and the Bees: £34.95, Etsy
  4. Double chamber bat box: £28.95, Ethical Superstore
  5. Ladybird house – £9.99, Crocus

Gimme Five! Clear umbrellas

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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Selection of 5 clear umbrellas | H is for Home

Classic sunshine & showers all this week – the weather doesn’t know what it’s doing from one minute to the next. You don’t always want to be wearing layers of waterproof clothing if the rain only lasts ten minutes, so a nice umbrella is the perfect solution. I like a clear umbrella myself, so I can pull it down low but still see where I’m going. Here are five of my favourites from around the web.

  1. Birds on a Wire dome: £14, BHS
  2. Bubble: £25, Hunter
  3. Stella McCartney: £37, Selfridges
  4. Mood Dots parasol: £35, Radley
  5. PVC dome Enchanted Dotty print: £17, Totes

Gimme Five! Portable record players

Friday, August 8th, 2014

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selection of portable record players

We’ve been sorting through a lot of our vinyl records that haven’t seen the light of day in years. We’re thinking of eBaying off these ones and investing in others that are more likely to be played.

Some of the best vintage vinyl finds we’ve had over the years have been found at car boot sales. Having a portable record player with you when you’re out record hunting ensures you don’t get home to find you’ve bought a duff! They’re also perfect for domestic use if you want to listen to your vinyl in different rooms – perhaps a bit of Kenny G in the bath ;-) With the resurgence in popularity of vinyl, there are lots of portable record players on the market. We love the retro looks that some of them have – but the favourite has got to be the Charlie Brown one, we’re big Peanuts fans!

  1. Crosley Cruiser portable turntable in Ditsy Print: £125, Urban Outfitters
  2. Steepletone SRP025 green retro portable vinyl record player: £59.49, eBay
  3. Numark Portable USB vinyl archiving turntable: £99.99, Maplin
  4. Crosley Peanuts turntable: £89.99, eBay
  5. GPO Attache Protelx brown briefcase style vinyl record player turntable: £84.90, Amazon

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