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Gimme Five! Address Books

Friday, September 12th, 2014

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selection of 5 address books | H is for Home

Hand-written address books are fast becoming an endangered species in the 21st century. They’re share the same (sinking) boat as writing paper, postcards, thank you notes, journals… The mobile phone, computer and other technology have a lot to answer for!

Don’t allow them to become extinct, fight back! Go get yourself one and transfer all your Outlook contacts to it – in your best handwriting and using a nice fountain pen!

As the front cover of address book #1 muses (or predicts, if you’re that way inclined!):

Quite sweet how we still write everything down, just in case aliens come and smash up all our computers or something.”

  1. Waldo Pancake address book: £7.50, John Lewis
  2. Personalised address book: £58, by Noble Macmillan on Notonthehighstreet
  3. Liberty iconic address book: £6.38, Hive
  4. Black & white floral birthday and address book: £7.99, WHSmith
  5. Creative Walls large address book: £9.64, Foyles

Gimme Five! tea towels

Friday, September 5th, 2014

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selection of 5 tea towels

We go through tea towels like nobody’s business! Do you? We treat them really mean. They get stained so easily and lose their vibrancy after a few washes. We somehow manage to set a fair few on fire as well!

It’s such a shame to do that to tea towels – some of them are so beautiful – like works of art. Some people have them displayed on their walls. In fact, we’ve got a few put away ourselves waiting to be framed.

Luckily, for the most part they don’t break the bank; so if you come across some with a particularly pretty pattern, stock up on a few!

  1. Set of 2 very large French linen tea towels (vintage): €40, Cachette
  2. Arca pack of 3 patterned tea towels: £12, Habitat
  3. Tea cups tea towel: £6.50, Etsy
  4. Marimekko Kippis Cheers set of 2 tea towels: £30, Heal’s
  5. The Tea Towel: £9.95, by Distinctly Living, Notonthehighstreet

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