We still love wooden houses.

When we decided to leave caves, possibly, archaeologists believe, because of overcrowding,  the first humans were faced with the immediate problem of where to live and in what. Maybe it was a race memory of when we lived in the trees but it was wood that they turned to. Using the paleolithic axes they had they began to chop down and shape the trees around them into  crude logs. This was the beginning of the Mesolithic era and the start of our love of wooden houses.

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There is something about a log cabin. It feels homely and secure. Trees naturally reduce heat so they act as natural barriers to keeping out the warmth of the day. On the opposite, they are also great at keeping out the cold. Just ask Southampton Timber Merchants http://www.timbco.co.uk/

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In films and television the log cabin wood house has been used in so many settings. It is the scene for the hardy Frontier family battling against the elements and the Native Americans. In the horror genre it is where the teenagers make their last stand or an ill advised holiday like in The Cabin in the Woods.

Plastic. The modern building block of life.

Imagine a world where everything was made from metal, wood and wool. The transportation of liquids and foodstuffs would be extremely costly forcing prices to rise exponentially. Not only that,  the protection of certain surfaces, the construction of goods in the home, the waterproof clothes that we wear, all of these need to have plastic in their make up at some point.

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We need plastics and they are now completely dominant in our lives. We cannot keep on using wood as trees are precious. Metals are a finite resource. This is why companies like https://www.rackzone.ie/shelving/plastic-shelving are looking to use Plastic Shelving as an option for your storage and warehouse needs.

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One other thing that should always be remembered is that the majority of plastic is recyclable. These can be used to make a plethora of new items. Wool cannot do that. Wood can be recycled but it usually takes the form of a weaker inferior type like chipboard or MDF. Cotton clothes are the victim of fast fashion, tonnes of it end up in landfill every year. We need to look at our use of plastics for certain, but at least we have a chance to reuse it  so that we do not need to add anymore as waste into the environment.

Keeping your heating

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When it comes to keeping your heating system running smoothly there are a number of things that you can do to try and ensure that your system is working to the best of its ability and hopefully make sure that your energy bills don’t skyrocket.

The first thing is to ensure that you have a Boiler Service Gloucester company such as https://www.hprservicesltd.com/gloucester-boilers/boiler-service-gloucester/ come in annually to look at your boiler and give it a service to ensure that it is safe to use and running efficiently. If there are any issues with your system they will be able to tell you and deal with any remedial works or they may suggest a new boiler depending on the extent of the issues and the age of your existing boiler.

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Next you want to ensure that all of your pipes relating to your heating system are insulated to help prevent them from freezing during the cold weather. Frozen pipes can cause your boiler to have a major breakdown that will require and engineer to come and unseize the condensate pipes.

Lastly you should ensure that you regularly check the pressure in your system. You can do this relatively easily and adjust the pressure if you need to. Ask you boiler engineer to show you how to do this next time they come to do your annual service.

How to reduce the risk of dementia

Unfortunately, there are some risk factors you cannot change, these include:

Age: those who get diagnosed with dementia are usually over the age of 65. On top of this, the risk factor for dementia roughly doubles every five years. People aged 80 and over have a one in six risk of dementia. Find out how Dementia Care Homes Solihull can help at a site like https://sandersseniorliving.co.uk/the-collection/claridge-place-care-home-solihull/

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Ethnic background: there are particular ethnic backgrounds that have a greater risk. For example, African, African-Caribbean and those from South Asia often develop dementia more often than white Europeans. The reason being is that they also have a higher risk factor for diabetes, stroke, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, also there are differences in smoking habits, diet, genetics and exercise.

Gender: Many more women develop dementia than men. Around the world, women with dementia exceed men by two to one. Twice as many women over age 65 were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease than men, while vascular dementia was diagnosed slightly more in men than women.

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Genetics: rarely, Alzheimer’s can be genetically inherited, and this usually affects people under the age of 65. However, despite getting older being a factor likely to increase the risk of developing dementia, research suggests up to one in three cases of dementia can be prevented. Factors that can be helped include:

Preventing diabetes

Reducing alcohol intake

Taking care of high blood pressure

Getting more exercise

Better education

Preventing obesity

Improving physical health

Stop smoking

Everything a hoodie wearer can tell you about the garment

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If you are a fan of the hoodie and you have several different types, in all colours and styles including Farah Hoodies like the ones you can see at places like https://www.ejmenswear.com/men/farah/hoodies then you most probably could tell others the following about these tops.

  • Comfy cosy – they are one of the most comfortable tops that you can wear and are made of super soft material that feels like it gives your body a nice little hug. There are no other items of clothing in your wardrobe that give you the same feeling.
  • Choices – there are so many choices, from those that have pockets on the front to keep your hands warm through to those emblazoned with your favourite quote. They come in every colour that you can imagine and styles that ensure you are never out of an option.

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  • For all moments – hoodies are incredibly versatile and not only can you wear them on the way to and from the gym but for an evening out when the weather might get a little chilly and throughout the AUtumn and Winter months to keep you nice and warm.
  • Favourites – of course you have your favourites that you like to snuggle up in and enjoy a nice hot chocolate or a glass of something stronger.

Don’t be like “George Banks” in “Father of the Bride”!

“George Banks”, played by Steve Martin is the overprotective Father of “Annie”, portrayed by Kimberley Williams, the “Bride to Be” in this hilarious American film Comedy released in 1991.  Poor “George” is devastated when his only daughter, “Annie”, comes home from College and announces she is engaged and planning to marry a young man called “Bryan MacKenzie” after only knowing him for three months!  To add to “George’s” despair his wife “Nina”, Diane Keaton immediately approves of the whole idea and after meeting “Bryan’s” parents and the cost of the wedding seemingly spiralling out of control, George loses his usual calm demeanour and his actions become more and more erratic!  He plans to split the couple up and when “Annie” and “Bryan” have a huge fight over a blender it seems like “George’s” meddling has worked.

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Like Georges temper, things can snap.  From sash cords that become brittle and eventually break to belts that crack under the constant stress and strains they are put under.

Then he finds the forlorn future Groom at the pub where he tries to talk to him about “Annie” but they end up discussing whether or not the couple will buy their first home together! Eventually the young couple reunite and the wedding plans go ahead at full speed with the help of Frank Eggelhoffer, their eccentric wedding planner.

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One year after starting the wedding preparations the couple finally take their marriage Vows and have their lavish Reception at the Family’s Home.  With “Annie” and “Bryan” safely off on their Honeymoon, “George” can relax and dances with “Nina” as they take solace together.

Exploring Glenveagh national park

In the North West of County Donegal lies one of the most stunning beautiful areas in Ireland. Glenveagh National Park is a real jewel in Irelands Emerald crown and attracts many visitors hoping to get away from the hectic pace of daily life and enjoy the picturesque rural landscape that abounds here. With many fantastic local places to stay, as well as pubs and restaurants in the area, it is the perfect place for a holiday for those looking to relax and unwind – remember to pack warm clothing such  as aran sweaters and a sturdy pair of boots if you are hoping to explore the surrounding countryside.

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Glenveagh national park is a real treasure of mountains, lakes and tumbling waterfalls. With miles of walking trails to suit a gentle stroll or a more brisk ramble, you will be delighted by the stunning sights that you find on your walk. As well as the scenery, the park is heavily involved in conservation and is home to the magnificent Golden Eagle.

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The mountainous location is perfect for these beautiful birds and since 2001 huge efforts have been made to reintroduce the birds from Scotland to Ireland so keep your eyes peeled! Because the park is still a very wild habitat that is well protected and remains virtually untouched by man, there is a wide array of flora and fauna thriving in this National Park, and conservation of the environment remains of the highest importance here. From the foxes and badgers of the woodlands to the ravens and the plovers that next high in the clifftops, this is Ireland at it’s most wild and beautiful.


Where you can see the Native Red Squirrels in the UK

The much love Red Squirrel is the squirrel native to the British Isles. It came under threat as the North American Grey Squirrels were introduced and is now a well loved and protected species. Despite huge efforts to get these squirrels back where they belong, there is still not much chance of coming across one in the wild, as the grey squirrels still dominate most areas. But there are a few places in Britain where you can go to try to spot one of these lovable forest creatures…

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The Isle of Wight – As a small island, the Isle of Wight is an ideal safety area for the Red Squirrels. They are much loved and protected on the island, and vigilant conservationists to their best to make sure that no greys do ever find their way over to the island, with the Solent providing the perfect safety net. The Isle of Wight may be small, but there is plenty to see and do here besides the squirrels, including the Needles and Blackgang Chine.

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Anglesey – The isle of Anglesey in North Wales has been the place of a huge conservation project for the red squirrels. Numbers were believed to be at no more than 40 back in 1997, when action began to start the huge conservation project on the isle. Now, the reds are back, and it is believed that there are now over 700 flourishing in the trees here. Whilst here, visitors can also enjoy coastal walks, taking in the stunning welsh coastline.

Glenariff Forest Park, Ballymena – One of Northern Ireland’s most stunning parks, the terrain is a little more challenging in places. You will need your rock climbing shoes Ireland has plenty to offer from https://basecamp.ie/outdoor-footwear-dublin/shoes.html It is worth the trek here though because not only do red squirrels flourish in this beautiful woodland, but you will also be treated to a scenic walk through waterfalls and trees.

Reasons to demolish an old barn

If you have an old barn on your property, there are many benefits to tearing it down. Don’t think the material will go to waste though. The timber from an old barn can be surprisingly valuable.

Old timber is seasoned with time and naturally, which fits ideally into current demand for more sustainable and green living. Old worn wood has kept its popularity in home design and craft projects.

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For homeowners who are interested in upping their green credentials, barn wood is perfect because of its sustainability, rustic appearance and recycled material use of things that would simply end up in the tip.

Likewise, combining the interior and exterior of your home or building results in a growing feeling of being connected to nature, which is very desirable in certain locations, such as in rural areas or on the coast.

Besides being used to accent the construction (eg, flooring, doors, beams etc.), wood from barns is a desirable material for those working with wood and other crafts.

Tables, benches, frames, dressers – all of these can be made from beautifully weathered barn wood.

Be sure to salvage wood from an old barn before dismantling or deconstructing the entire structure for maximum results, and it’s also a great way to make money or recoup some of the costs of dismantling. Find out more about Demolition Bath at a site like David Horton, a provider of Demolition Bath services.

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Demolishing a barn on your property is safer and more attractive to buyers. Many old barns are simply an eyesore. As well as being dangerous and dilapidated, they can also become a problem with rodents and insects.

Sansevieria – The Perfect Indoor Plant for Home or Office

The plant Sansevieria, also known as snake plant, and mother in law’s tongue, has long been a popular indoor plant. In the wild the plant is found in the scorching desert heat of Ethiopia, but has adapted well to being an indoor plant, and remains as popular today as it ever was.

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If you are wanting to add some greenery to your office – maybe you are going back to work and sprucing the office up with some next day office furniture from https://www.bestbuy-officechairs.co.uk/office-desk-ranges/next-day-desk-ranges/next-day-start-office-furniture/ and have a good old clear out,  plants are the perfect addition to create a calm office environment.

As well as being very easy to look after, and unusual and attractive plants, Sansevieria is also very good for humans who share a room with it! It is able to balance the humidity levels in the room, as well as converting pollutants in the air into oxygen – so not only will you benefit from looking at this attractive plant, but your skin and your respiratory system will also reap the rewards! Particularly for asthma sufferers, this is a very helpful plant!

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There are a wide range of Sansevieria plants to choose from, in fact there are more than 70 different varieties. Plant them in a large pot so that they have plenty of room to grow. Where you place it in the room will also affect the colour of the plants leaves – if you put it in a light sunny spot such as by a window, the leaves will be a lighter colour than a plant that is in the darker part of the room.