Preparing Your Oil Tank for the Winter

It’s unmistakeable – the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us. It’s always a pleasant time of year, with cooler daytimes and red leaves, but we all know that winter is not far behind and if you live in one of the 1.6 million UK households that use home heating oil, you’ll also know that it’s time to fill your tank.

We’re all familiar with the traditional boiler breakdown on the coldest day of the year so far – it’s a cliché, almost. This happens, however, because people don’t prepare their boiler for the sudden demands they’ll be putting on it when the mercury drops. If you use heating oil, you’ve also got the tank to think of. It’s not just about filling it, it’s about making sure there’s no cracks, no water in the system and some other checks.

Preparing your oil tank for Winter

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5 Reasons Why Having a Carport is an Advantage

I’m at work for 6am some mornings and the last thing I want to do at this time of year is spend precious time scraping the ice and snow from the windscreen. The solution? A carport of course!

Getting up at 4:30am is a bit of a drag at this time of year. It’s cold, dark and plain miserable. It’s no wonder January is known to be the most depressing month of the year. I suppose the good thing is that I leave work at 3pm. So by making the getting to work part easier I’m all for it.

We have a new build house that comes with one space, but like most families we have two cars. I would love to have a carport that covers both of our cars like this double carport. Imagine how nice that would be in the Cornish Winter weather to actually get your shopping out of the car without being drowned by the rain?

Advantages of having a carport

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Book Review: Robin’s Winter Song

As you know by now we love reading books in our house. Our latest read is Robin’s Winter Song by Suzanne Barton. A wonderful picture storybook for all young children.

It’s quite fitting at the moment due to the snow conditions around the country at the moment. Although down here in Cornwall it’s wet and mild today but snow is forecasted for tomorrow. To be honest it’s unlikely as snow is a rare sight for us. We did have it back in 2010 which was quite heavy at the time. I remember as we had to go and pick up the keys to our brand new house and had to park on top the hill and walk down to it as there was no way of getting down there or getting back up! So if it does snow this weekend we won’t be going anywhere!

Book Review: Robin's Winter Song. A tale of the changing seasons

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How to Keep Your Energy Bills Low in Winter

Officially Winter only started a few days ago! The 21st December as stated by the Met Office if we went by the Astronomical season, and it ends on the 19th March 2017. So now is the time to think about how to keep your energy bills low in the Winter season.

I will share with you my tips on how we help to keep our bills lower and Premier Bathrooms also have their own tips and tricks on how to keep your energy bills lower. So hopefully you will be sorted and save money this Winter!

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Bedding Tips: To Be Fall Ready & Sleep Better

We are now leaving the Summer behind us and heading into Autumn. With the evenings beginning to cool it’s time to think about changing the bedding for having a better nights sleep. I love this time of year. With fall beginning, leaves falling from the trees, colder nights. It’s time to dig out the Autumn and Winter duvet and prepare the bedroom.

I have put some tips together to help you get Fall ready:

Cosy Bedding

I absolutely adore warm snuggly duvet with gorgeous duvet covers. You can get some really lovely duvet covers which can compliment your Autumn bedroom. A relaxing atmosphere in the bedroom can make for better sleep.

Here are some of my favourite Autumn/Winter duvet cover designs.

This stunning stag design gives your bedroom that toasty log cabin feel.

Stag Duvet Cover Design - Autumn Bedding

The Innsbruck Grey Duvet gives you the Winter and Christmassy feeling.

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You can also add bedspreads and throws to your bed for extra warmth. I love rustic colours and country patterns for this time of year for the bedroom. It really freshens up the whole room, yet keeping it warm and cosy.

Adding a patterned duvet with geometric shapes adds another dimension to the theme of your bedroom.

Curtains

Why not invest in some lovely new curtains for your Autumn bedroom to update the look. I think pretty designed curtains make a room that extra special.

These latte coloured curtains are the perfect shade of colour for Autumn. Curtains are great for keeping out the cooler air for this time of year, leaving you to have a better nights sleep.

latte-curtains

If you are planning on updating your bedroom for the fall season, why not also take a look at the children’s bedrooms.

Kids need to have the perfect sleep-inducing environment. A room that is quiet, dark and cool can help to promote better sleeping habits.

To achieve this environment, thick and heavy curtains or blackout curtains are key. There are a fantastic range of children’s curtains for Autumn on Yorkshire Linen.

I have to say that my favourite are the moonlight navy blackout curtains. Perfect for that dreamy kids bedroom, yet blocking out the light.

 

moonlight blackout curtains

Accessories

There are some wonderful accessories out there that you can find for the bedroom. Lovely pictures, cushions and a thick warm cosy rug are great additions to your Autumn bedroom to add colour and style.

 

autumn-bedroom-mood-board

Are you ready for Autumn yet? Do you plan to give your bedroom or your children’s an Autumn makeover?

I would love to hear your ideas.

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7 Hints and Tips on Preparing your Winter Garden for Spring

Well it’s Thursday again so time for another 7 Hints and Tips post. This week I want to help out with tips on preparing your gardens for Spring. Being nearly 40 weeks pregnant at this time of year I am really behind with my Winter garden prep, so it’s going to have to wait this year. The upside is that I have all Summer off on maternity leave so I am sure I will have some spare time to get out and about in the garden.
So It’s that time of year, where we are all waiting for Spring to arrive. Now is the time to get outside in the garden on a dry day and start working on the garden preparing for Spring. If you get some work in now, you won’t be caught out if we get an early Spring. Here are my 7 Hints and Tips on preparing your Winter garden for Spring.
            winter garden

  • Tidy – Now is the time to have a bit of a tidy up. Clear up dead leaves and debris from around the garden, flower beds, boarders and patio areas. Remove any dead flowers that have been missed, prune bushes and shrubs before the first Spring growth.

 

                   
  • Compost Area – Create a compost are where you can put all your garden waste. This could be one you have made yourself with a few pieces of wood, or a compost bin bought from your local garden centre. This is great for putting all your vegetable peelings and grass clippings.
  • Fix Fences and Trellis – Get the fixing jobs out the way so you have more time for planting in the Spring and Summer.
  • Garden Pests – Now is the time to remove and control pests around the garden before they get out of hand in the Spring. Remove hibernating slugs, snails and aphids.
  • Install Water Butts – I have 2 water butts in my garden and I couldn’t do without them. Not only does it save on the water bill during Spring/Summer but the rainwater is much preferred by some ericaceous plants such as Rhododendrons and Blueberry bushes.
  • Greenhouse – If you are lucky enough to have a greenhouse (I unfortunately do not due to my garden being a hill so no flat areas for one!) I would suggest giving it a clean out before you start to plant your trays of seeds. This is so that any pests that are hibernating inside are removed.
  • Gardening Tools – Clean and sharpen your gardening tools, to not only prevent the spread of diseases but also to preserve their lifespan.

 

                   
Hopefully these hints and tips will help you get a head start on your garden for Spring. Now I have sat down and written about these tips I have just realised I have a lot of work to do in my own garden!
Do you have any of your own gardening tips on preparing for Spring?
 A Cornish Mum

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