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Gimme Five! Collar & lead sets

Friday, April 17th, 2015

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Selection of dog collar & lead sets

It’s National Pet Month, so we’ve commissioned our Weimaraner to edit this week’s Gimme Five! offering. Over to you Fudge!

I’m into fashion – but only up to a point. I’m not into diamanté or metal studs or anything like that. I like to look trendy but not be too bling. I’m a down-to-earth, practical lad; I like to keep warm, keep dry and keep safe. So my entire wardrobe consists of a Drizabone coat (warm & dry) and a collar & lead. For me, anything more than squiffy bandana is too dressed up.

Luckily, with the fur I have, accessories in almost any colour suit me well. For day to day wear I tend to opt for black – classic and unassuming. I also like red, mossy green and orange.

My current collar & lead combo is looking past its best – I blame all the walks out in the wind and rain – it’s weather-beaten and beginning to disintegrate. I’ve had them for years and I think I’m due an upgrade anyway!

  1. Ancol round sewn leather collar tan: from £5.95 | Ancol leather lead 100 x 1.9cm: £8.50, Pet-Supermarket
  2. Orange & olive collar & lead set: £44.95, PetsPyjamas
  3. Doggy Things plain leather dog collar, black: from £4.99 | Hurtta outdoors jogging leash: £18.90, BestPet
  4. Outhwaites gun dog rope slip lead, olive: £9.98, PetShop Bowl
  5. Ruffwear Knot-a-Collar dog collar: £21.13, | Ruffwear Knot-a-Leash dog lead: £30.31, Monster Pet Supplies

Gimme Five: Tumbling tomatoes

Friday, April 10th, 2015

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Selection of 5 types of tumbling tomatoes | H is for Home

Our potatoes have been chitted & planted out, the first of our veg seedlings have sprouted, it’s time to start thinking about getting some tomatoes started.

Our garden (and allotment for that matter) is really shady, a definite no-no for sun-worshipping toms. The sun only hits our back garden from around 1pm, and only at a height of 4 foot and above. We have a tall south-facing fence so we’ve decided to try growing tumbling tomatoes along it. We have a couple of hanging baskets and just bought some hanging grow bags.

Mark Ridsdill Smith aka the Vertical Veg Man recommends ‘Cherry Cascade’ for hanging baskets. In a Telegraph gardening trial ‘Hundreds and Thousands’ came out tops. After some research, we’ve come up with this short-list of tumbling tomato contenders.

  1. Tomato ‘Tumbling Tom Yellow’ (10 seeds): £2.25, Marshalls
  2. Tomato ‘Gartenperle’ (25 seeds): £1.49, Crocus
  3. Tomato ‘Cherry Falls’ (15 seeds): £3.19, Mr Fothergill’s
  4. Tomato ‘Romello’ F1 hybrid (6 seeds): £3.99, Thompson & Morgan
  5. Tomato ‘Hundreds and Thousands’ (8 seeds): £3.99, Suttons

Gimme Five! Serving trays

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

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Selection of 5 serving trays | H is for Home

We’re great fans of breakfast in bed. A pretty serving tray just adds to the enjoyment of the experience. One thing that all these serving trays short-listed have in common is their bold, bright illustration.

We actually own one of these IKEA trays. We think it’s so striking that we have it on display in our kitchen with our collection of vintage Scandinavian pottery and enamelware.

  1. MissPrint Trees tray: £20-30, John Lewis
  2. BÄRBAR: £5, IKEA
  3. Large Betsy Liberty print rectangular tray: £29.95, Liberty
  4. Owl design round tray: £15.60, Marks and Spencer
  5. George Home lap tray: £8, Asda

Gimme Five! Radio-controlled wall clocks

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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Selection of 5 radio-controlled wall clocks | H is for Home

The clocks go forward (or is it back?) this Saturday night into Sunday morning. We’re looking forward to those lighter nights. Thankfully, the time on smartphones and computers gets updated automatically. We have a number of wall clocks dotted around the house that need to be manually changed twice a year. Radio-controlled wall clocks make this task a thing of the past.

We’ve got a great selection to share with you – something for everyone and every pocket, we think. The traditionalist, the gadget freak and the colour lover.

  1. Jumbo wall clock with thermometer: £34.99, Oregon Scientific
  2. Unity Lytham radio-controlled wall clock: £29.80, Amazon
  3. Red Precision radio-controlled wall clock: £14.99, Argos
  4. Lascelles radio-controlled wall clock: £60, John Lewis
  5. TFA Dostmann analogue radio-controlled wall clock: £95.99, Wayfair

Gimme Five! Shade loving vegetables

Friday, March 20th, 2015

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selection of 5 shade loving vegetables | H is for Home | #gardening #allotment #seeds

We’ve been working down to our allotment a couple of times in the past few weeks, mainly raking up mounds and mounds of leaves that fell last autumn.

In the summer, much of the plot is in dappled shade thanks to lots of big, tall beech trees. Because of this, a lot of what we planted last year such as tomatoes and peas didn’t produce bumper harvests. This year we’ve been looking into shade loving vegetables.

Vegetables and herbs with lots of dark green leaves are an indicator to shade tolerance. Spinach, kale, lettuce, parsley, coriander will all do well. There’s a saying I’ve come across which is a general rule of thumb for growing fruit & veg: “If you grow it for the fruit, you need full sun. If you grow it for the leaves, stems or sprouts, partial shade is all you need.”

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