You Rock!

So far the summer weather this year has been fantastic for most of the UK, with long hot summer days (just like a certain generation can remember when we were growing up). Remember the 1955 and 1976 heatwaves? Or the more recent 1995 and 1997 heatwaves?

Hot summers are a great opportunity to get the whole family outdoors. But, if we’re honest, a day out can soon empty the family purse. If you are wondering how you can keep the costs down, use up some the school holidays and get the kids away from their games consoles, here’s a fabulous idea that kids of all ages will enjoy.

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Plant a tree

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Upcycle Projects

In our last blog we wrote about the use of plastic and the worldwide effect if we all don’t cut down on its use. We did some research on the internet and found that there are some fabulous recycling projects – from the really easy to some pretty mammoth projects.

Here are five DIY upcycling projects to keep you busy.

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International Plastic Bag Free Day

We don’t normally blog about things that are seen as contentious, however, today is International Plastic Bag Free Day and I think most of us have seen the harrowing pictures that have been shown on TV recently about the effect that plastic has on or sea life. Something that was once marketed as a really useful object has become one of the worst problems the world has seen.

Here are a couple of facts you may not know about plastic carrier bags.

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Let’s Get Creative in the Garden

Following on from the gardening theme in our last blog, we thought we’d give you a little bit of inspiration to make your garden have some of your own personality.

Here are five unique creations for your garden.

1. Bold Barrow – If you have an old wheel barrow lying about that isn’t being used, fill it up with compost and plant bold coloured container plants in it. Here’s how

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Growing Your Own

As some of you may know, we like to grow our own fruit and veg her at Layhead, and June is usually pretty busy for us. Each year we have a plentiful supply of soft fruit from our well established black currant bushes and raspberry canes. Most years the plum tree tends to go into overdrive, providing us with a plentiful supply of sweet plums for our popular homemade plum jam. Even the old walnut tree gets in on the act later in the year so we have home grown walnuts for Christmas.

If you’ve never grown your own fruit and veg, we’d encourage you to have a go. There is nothing nicer than having fresh home grown salad as part of a summer meal. You don’t need a large garden to grow your own. Lots of modern varieties of vegetables can be grown in pots. Salad leaves are a classic example. Here are some other vegetables and herbs you can grow in containers: chives, lettuce, radishes, basil, garlic, kohlrabi, onions, peas, carrots, chard, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, leeks, peppers, spinach.

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Holiday Cottage Owners Don’t Just Work….

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