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 […]
Keeping up with modern lighting trends is not always something that families do as often as they should. For decades, halogen lights were the thing to have for low voltage outdoor lighting schemes. These days however LEDs have just about replaced them for the reason […]
One of the most important aspects of having a garden is to be able to see it all year round. Until fairly recently the idea of having lighting anywhere outside, apart from guiding one from the back door to the bins or the front door tot he car, was unheard of. However, with so many wonderful ideas issuing forth from the hundreds of daytime tv shows about property and gardens, it’s now the most trending thing you can do to improve your plot. Until pretty recently my garden was only illuminated by a couple of haphazardly placed solar lights on small poles – not terribly artistic or reliable. True, they are better than nothing, but on a dark drizzly day, there’s not a great deal of solar anything being stored for later. I’m having a proper company quoting me for a small outdoor scheme. Two specimen trees and the shrubbery will be the start. Then I’ll be able to add to once I decide on my final scheme.
Ah the end of the long winter nights . . . . Spring has almost sprung, we have had some very fine bright days with lovely long breeze free evenings. With all these changing weather conditions, the need for lighting comes into play. My sitting […]
The government is begging us all to take a new smart meter from our energy suppliers. The point about the saturation advertising is to highlight that if we have a smart meter, we will willingly check it constantly and panic at the readings and thus cut down entirely our domestic power consumption. The tag line is speedily mentioned that savings quoted are only achievable with a smart meter if the family reads it regularly and literally makes the manual changes themselves by turning the thermostat down a point or two, permanently and runs the bath water less – suggesting a shower is more planet friendly and uses far less water and power. The constant mention of saving, making do and mending and looking after things better. These should have been the planet’s tag line from the very first, as soon as domestic power was introduced. It’s sadly rather late now.
When the houses on my estate were built nearly twenty years ago, we were all provided with outdoor lights at the front of the house either side of the up & over garage doors – rather amusingly they’re called carriage lanterns. Well inevitably after a […]
Ah that time is coming round again – bonfire night. It used to be such a big thing in my childhood. I probably fel more attachment to it because my birthday falls within a short period of the big day and somehow any party activity associated with my birthday had to include the costs of bonfire night and fireworks. The sparklers were always popular and Dad would string some sort of lighting along the back fence, over the box hedging and back round to the shed. I can’t imagine they were waterproof safety lights. In fact, it’s probably a good job none of us were aware of any safety considerations as we are today – we’d have had no fun whatsoever! I’m sure Dad must have made provision for us not being electrocuted during his 1 hours annual display. We have all kinds of outside lighting schemes available today – all have to be safety checked and installed by a qualified electrician. Probably just as well!
One of the fab things about getting to autumn is seeing the countryside in a new light. We have had a truly monumental summer period – amazing sunshine and blistering heat for weeks on end. I personally don’t remember anything like it ever before and […]