We live in a small township, in fact our houses are the last of the big executive detached style from the early 2000s before the need to downsize became the bye word in house building. The town houses of today are generally much narrower and […]
I had the interesting opportunity of visiting a recently moved into school house conversion – right out in the sticks and the sort of place that would be jumped at on the escaping the rat race kind of tv lifestyle shows. It has huge space, […]
Gosh where did that last year go? It just doesn’t seem possible that only a few short weeks ago I was sat here regaling you all with my tales of the past month and the wonderful displays we had with the neighbourhood lighting themes. There is one house quite near me that has never shown any bulbage at Christmas, or any other time for that matter. The family are very quiet and have always appeared to me to totally ignore the Christmas frenzy. Rather as I have always wished to behave actually! However, this last Christmas, there was a stunning change – tree lights down the front drive have made it look really like a winter wonderland – the shrubs and pots dotted along the drive have been so beautifully hi and lo lit. Of course, it is possible the original family moved out whilst I wasn’t watching – but whoever arranged the lighting was an expert – and we heartily applaud them!
Christmas lights – there being so many different types of them these days, it is utterly bewildering. When we were small, the most exciting thing in our village was the Major at the top of the hill who used to put brightly coloured lights around […]
Getting out there for the annual firework display – that used to be the highlight of my birthday celebratory period. Although born in October, I always had the honour of having a family sized box of fireworks and a belated party as part of our […]
The nights are beginning to get seriously nippy now. Gone is mellow September with all the glorious last weeks of summer time. The sun is often out in the day time now, causing the Indian summer we so long for, but the nights don’t seem to have caught the drift – it is decidedly parky here now. So what to do with the garden now that mother nature’s little sunbeams have shifted away for the season of good cheer. We can either shut up shop altogether and remain huddled indoors, sat around the god known as tablet or laptop, or we can bite the bullet, get a new heavy duty winter coat and truly embrace the chance to see our garden in a new light. Talk to professionals – they do know how to highlight and downlight a garden scheme and will deal with the safety aspects – often overlooked by the amateur.