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January 2019

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Romantic getaways made for two PAGE 12

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Find the perfect buyer for your home

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Wrap up warm this winter

Find your perfect match

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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elcome to the January issue. At the time of going to press, the new year is just around the corner. With the end of the Christmas festivities, January is often viewed as the perfect time to make a fresh start in all aspects of life – whether that be health, wealth or happiness (or all three!) But don’t forget your wardrobe too! We’ve been on the hunt for some winter warmers that are not only on trend, but cosy too. So, take a look inside at our finds. And with the arrival of 2019, thoughts for many naturally turn to making a fresh start; whether that be moving home or finding love. On February 14th it’s Valentine’s Day so we’ve gone all romantic in this issue! Inside we give recipe inspiration to get you in the mood for love and take a look at some of the best destinations to escape to that are perfect for a romantic getaway. Plus, there is also a fun quiz to see who your perfect Valentine would be! As ever, there is plenty inside to keep you reading and all of us here would like to send you best wishes for the new year ahead; we look forward to helping you with your property move in 2019. Linda McKeown Editor

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Planning your house move from start to finish is crucial


Find the perfect buyer for your home The new year often signals a chance to start something new. And now is a great time to market your property and find the perfect buyer for your home – while finding the perfect home for you! Millions of people access property websites and apps during the new year as they start to dream of making changes to their life. Previously, it was common practice to see house hunters waiting until the warmer months to buy or sell a property. However, thanks to the internet, house hunters are trawling through properties 24/7; so if you list your home now, you can be guaranteed that it will be shared with a captive audience. In fact, the darker and colder evenings could work to your advantage when selling your home, as you can use lighting to make the house seem homely and stylish. Incorporating different light sources, such as table or standing lamps and overhead lights, can improve the mood of the room. When the weather is cold outside, putting the heating on an hour before the viewing, and making your potential buyers a nice cup of tea will make them feel cosy, happy – and perhaps more inclined to put inan offer. If you’re looking to buy, then viewing a house in the winter can help you to try out things you wouldn’t be able to in the summer. For example, it may be cold outside but if the house you’re in is nice and warm, it shows reliable insulation and no signs of drafts.

Plan, plan and plan! During anytime of the year, planning your house move from start to finish is crucial; no more so than the hectic month of January. However, kickstarting your property move in the new year doesn’t have to be difficult – you just need planning! Set yourself a plan of what you need to do to achieve your big move, and a date you would like to realistically be moved in by. It’s worth remembering that people are busy during January so flexibility, as always, is crucial for speeding up your sale.

Within your plan, it’s also worth outlining your budget, who you need to notify of your change of address, and how you are going to move your belongings from one home to another. Ensure all remnants of Christmas – from decorations, the tree and unused gifts – are all packed away. It’s important that the home is as free from clutter as it can be. Having too much clutter around the house may impact the viewer’s vision, harming your chances of selling. And like-wise when you come to view a property – pay particular attention to available storage spaces, so you can be confident that all your belongings will be able to find a home. Those small house repairs that you said you, “will do sometime after Christmas” can also help to sell your home quicker too. If you were to change the broken lightbulb in the bathroom, touch up any cracks in the wall, repair the leaking pipe, or unclog the drain, then you could find that interest in your home takes a big rise.

The garden Now is the perfect time to give you garden a spring clean too. Pick out any overgrown or dead shrubs and weeds, cut the grass and brush away any dead leaves on the ground. One good idea is to show viewers pictures of the garden in the summer, with the family gathering on the patio, soaking up the sun and enjoying a barbecue! Once you feel like you are ready to get your house on the market, it’s important that you choose an agent who is the perfect partner for you – who you can rely upon and understand your needs and flexibility. Which is where we come in! Take time to read and listen to what people have said about our service – and you can talk to us too about how we can achieve your home’s full potential.

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How to care for, and get the best out of your garden Even during winter, your garden still needs your care and attention if it is to be at its best in spring. So, here’s how to keep the love you have for your garden as warm as can be

garden look neater and create more space for your garden life to grow and flourish. Since autumn has just passed us, what better time to clean up all those leaves that have fallen onto your lawn and plants. Get the rake out, gather them all up, and make your garden tidy again.

Weeding, pruning and raking

Sowing fruits and vegetables

Though inevitable, weeds are a gardener’s arch nemeses. Getting them under control can be timeconsuming; but the more you manage them, the easier and quicker it will become to get rid of them. A good tip is using approximately two inches of mulch in your garden. This should not only retain moisture for your plants but will also suffocate weeds and prevent them from growing.

One of the wisest jobs you could undertake at this time of the year is sowing your fruits and vegetables, as the time they will spring into life is just around the corner! So, with your sowing kit ready, make sure you are prepared for labels, module trays, seed compost, and a couple of markers.It would almost be a crime not be get so prepared for sowing and then not buy tomato seeds, so, if you haven’t already, now’s the time. The best time to plant them is at the end of February.

Your garden needs regular pruning, particularly any fruit trees, overgrown hedges and buds. Trimming the excess growth right down to their base will make your

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There’s really nothing like fresh peas straight from the pod, and early types such as ‘Feltham First’ and


Winter is the perfect time to plant hedges and bare-rooted trees, because by the time spring comes around, they will really start to grow and develop

‘Early Onward’ are hardy and should be sown at the beginning of the new year. Garlic is another vegetable which should ideally be sown as early as possible in the year, while onions, although it’s traditional to sow them on Boxing Day, can actually be sown anytime in January.

Planting/pruning hedges and flowers Winter is the perfect time to plant hedges and barerooted trees, because by the time spring comes around, they will really start to grow and develop. Lining your garden with hedges may mean the world of difference in terms of enclosed privacy in the warmer months, or it could just mean encasing your garden with a wonderfully attractive border. Pruning various growths in your garden such as Wisteria, Clematis, Cornus, Salix cultivars, Winter Flowering Jasmine and summer sideshoots, will do the world of good for when spring and summer come around. One particularly handy tip is to remove any faded flowers from your winter pansies to stop them from setting seed and encourage a flush of new flowers for the warmer months ahead.

Cover your plants Covering your plants before nightfall arrives each day will mean protection against some of the coldest

temperatures of the entire year. Do so before dusk as if you wait until darkness falls, most of the stored heat in your garden will have dissipated. When covering your plants, try not to leave any openings for the warmth to escape. When dawn breaks and the frost has thawed, remove the covers in good time. Delaying doing this could cause the plant to break dormancy and start actively growing again; which would make it even more susceptible to frost damage. For this job you could use bed sheets or blankets, drop cloths, or even an inverted flower pot or bucket.

Some great plants and flowers to grow this time of the year are: Lilies Allium bulbs

Winter flowering shrubs to add interest to borders Daphnes

Roses (in a sunny position for better colour)

Viburnum x

bodnantense - Wintersweet

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Find your perfect match

Your perfect date night would be.. . . A. Dinner and a show B. Staying in with a takeaway and a film

C. Doing something active

We are all looking for a little romance in our lives and with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, why not take our quick, fun, quiz to find your perfect match!

Pick a meal for your perfect date A.

bath – alone

Love you

A. B. C.

Beer and a Chinese

D.

Fish and chips eaten on the beach

D.

Meal deal for one

Which type of film would you go and see? A.

Chick flick

B.

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Whats your favourite musical genre?

Three-course fine dining experience with wine

B. C.

D. Taking a long bubble

Comedy

C.

Action

D.

Drama

70’s soul

80’s anthems

Classic rock and roll

Anything I can sing loudly to using a hairbrush as a microphone!


Pick a romantic weekend away

What do you notice first about your date?

A.

B. Sightseeing in Budapest

A. Their smile B.

Gondola ride in Venice

C.

Their personality

C. Their physique

Long walks in the Lake District

D.

Camping at a music festival with a group of friends

D. Their Christmas jumper

I just love thats all So, you've answered the questions. Now simply find whether you have answered mainly a, b, c or d's and read all about you and your perfect partner below!

Mostly A

Choose your favourite box set A.

Gavin and Stacey

B. C. D.

You are a true romantic and a lover of the finer things in life. Your ideal match would be someone with sophistication who could take you for an intimate candlelit dinner or whisk you away for a romantic weekend.

The Office

Mostly B

Games of Thrones

You appear to be very down to earth and enjoy spending time with family and friends. A perfect match for you would be someone who would happily fit in with this and you would do the same. You are happy either out and about or spending the evening in front of the TV with a takeaway and your special someone.

Pride and Prejudice

Mostly C

You are throwing a party. What theme would you choose? A.

Sophisticated and intimate dinner party for a few friends

B.

Barbeque with family and friends

C.

A rustic garden party

D.

Fancy dress!

You clearly love the great outdoors and are not afraid of adventure. Your perfect match would be someone who isn’t scared of getting their boots dirty and would happily go into the wilds with you – along with a tent to sleep under the stars!

Mostly D

You are a free spirit and the type of person who knows their own mind. You do not conform to the norms of a perfect match but will know them when they come along. You are happy to wait until someone comes along who will love you just the way you are; until then, just go with it and embrace your inner Bridget Jones!

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Be a bathing Beauty! Give some love to your bathroom (as well as yourself) with these quirky finds that’ll leave you longing to spend more time in the tub!

Next Elephant Toilet Roll Stand - Pewter

Hudson Tiered Caddy This on-trend three-tier storage caddy is the perfect addition to add a rustic touch to your bathing space.H: 78cm x W: 43cm x D: 30cm.

Add some animal fun to your bathroom with this unique toilet roll holder.

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Unicorn Rubber Duck

Margo Selby Toilet Brush An essential for any bathroom, this attractively decorated toilet brush is decorated with an intricate geometric pattern in striking metallic hues. Perfect for adding statement style to a contemporary bathroom.

£30 www.johnlewis.com

No bathroom would be complete without a rubber duck. Bling up your offering with this Unicorn Rubber Duck!

£4

Giraffe bathroom art

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This high quality illustrated print is printed onto white matte paper that is between 160gsm to 300gsm thick. The perfect quirky touch to any bathroom.

River Rock Granite Stone Wash Basin

£19.00 Prodigy Prints at Etsy www.etsy.com/uk

Modern Bathroom Light Pull Choose from metallic copper, silver or gold for a stylish bathroom light pull. Ideal for adding a sophisticated touch to any bathroom. Comes complete with the jute rope cord.

£15

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Looking to update your wash basin? This hand carved Mini River Rock Nobu Granite Sink, makes for a fantastic addition to any modern bathroom.

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Super Bowl LIII - 2019

Super Bowl LIII, the 53rd Super Bowl and the 49th modern-era National Football League championship game, will decide the league champion for the 2018 NFL season. The game is scheduled to be played on February 3, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

32 teams compete in the NFL Play-Offs across two divisions: The National Football League (NFL) and the National Football Conference (NFC). After the regular football season, the NFL schedule moves into the playoffs, which ultimately lead up to the Super Bowl. In regular-season games, teams compete for the best win-loss records, and those teams with the best records advance to the playoffs. The playoffs, meanwhile, decide who goes on to the Super Bowl. The NFL schedules all those regular-season games — 256 in a typical season — to separate the good teams from the bad. On every level of sports, people want to declare a champion. In the NFL, a total of 12 teams qualify for what amounts to the road to the Super Bowl.The Super Bowl is the NFL championship game. It pits the winner of the AFC against the champion of the NFC. The game was born out of the merger agreement between the former AFL and the NFL in 1966.Six teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs, with the four division winners qualifying automatically. These winners are joined by two teams called wildcard teams, who qualify based on the win-loss records of the remaining teams in each conference that didn’t finish first in their respective divisions. The Super Bowls finalists have yet to be decided, however, the early favourites for 2019’s prestigious prize are: Los Angeles Rams after their great start to the season, and last-year’s runner up, New England Patriots, as well as Kansas City Chiefs. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won the most Super Bowls with six championship wins, while the New England Patriots, the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers all have five wins respectively. New England has the most Super Bowl appearances with four from 1990 to 1993. The Super Bowl has become a massive event in America and over 111 million Americans tuned into 2017’s match between Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. The American sport has generated a lot of support across the pond to the UK, with over one million Brits staying up into the early hours to watch the Super Bowl. Many people up and down the country go to Super Bowl parties, which are effectively American-themed parties which show the Super Bowl on a big screen. The Super Bowl has recently become just as iconic as the game itself, with many legendary artists performing on the pitch at half-time. Last year, the well sought-after slot was filled by American singer Justin Timberlake, while legendary guitarist Slash famously joined Black Eyed Peas on stage in 2011 to perform “Sweet Child O’ Mine” with Fergie.

The American sport has generated a lot of support across the pond to the UK, with over one million Brits staying up into the early hours to watch the Super Bowl

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Wrap up warm this winter! Last year, the UK experienced snow that seemed to last longer than probably most of us hoped for. So, this year, make sure you are prepared for the coldest spells that come at this time of year with this season’s fashion finds

So far winter has brought us wind and rain, and with this likely to continue over the coming months, it’s time to ensure that you are getting the warmest – yet fashionable – clothing you can, to help avoid a struggle this winter! Parka coats are going to be popular again this year. This Parka from H&M comes in six different colours, so you can choose your favourite! The great thing about winter is every colour is coming into the fashion world ready to keep us warm, so colours such as red and yellow work well with our clothing choices. And when it comes to choosing a coat, this season is all about length – the longer the better! Opting for a long coat will help to keep much of your body nice and warm. Opting for one with a big hood is a great way to help keep the chill out. For extra warmth, get a woolly hat to match your parka to keep you toasty-warm when it’s really cold outside!

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This season, shirts are going to be popular for a smart look. However, key features to look out for are long sleeves and high necklines – which will help protect you against the colder weather, as well as your style being on-point! Fleecy and fluffy coats are just everywhere this season. There are plenty around in high street shops and online; coats like this blue shearling faux fur longline coat from 3 River Island is available for £70. Pair this with a long sleeved top and a cardigan underneath with jeans and boots for a warm and cosy outfit.These lady’s tops from 7 New Look at £9.99 are also great for this season; long sleeves and roll necks, keeping your neck to your waist warm! Pair with some checked trousers, a pair of boots and a block coloured coat for a warm, yet stylish, look. And not forgetting the kids; these shirts from 6 H&M are just £14.99 and are thick enough to keep them warm, but can also be layered and feature long sleeves with collared necklines to help keep their chests warm. Bright coloured gloves are making an appearance on the runway this season. Block coloured, bold gloves are a great way to brighten up the dreary winter days. These fuchsia suede gloves from 5 John Lewis at £14.00 are simply perfect for doing this! Big scarves and snoods are also a must! This men’s snood from 1 Next is £14 and is the perfect thickness to keep you nice and warm! Over the knee boots are also a great way to keep your legs and feet warm! With jeans, jeggings or thick leggings, you can wear these with pretty much any outfit! These Black suedette ‘Cretch’ stretchy block heel knee high boots from 4 Debenhams cost just £31.50. When taking the dog out for a walk, it’s nice to know that they will be nice and warm whilst out in the cold winter air. This doggy coat from 2 The Pet Express is not only adorable, but it’s also waterproof and practical. If it rains or snows, your dog doesn’t have to get in your car or jump on the sofa completely soaked through! * Prices correct at time of going to print

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Romantic getaways made for two If one of your new year’s resolutions is to explore new places with your partner, look at our guide to suit all budgets. Including romantic European cities, cosy British countryside and the dazzling Northern Lights

Iceland On nearly everyone’s bucket list is a trip to Iceland to see the spectacular Northern Lights! The best time to see the lights is from September to mid-April, as these are the months where there are full dark nights. And the best places to see the Northern Lights are remote cabins, outdoor hot pools and the black sand beaches, all of which can be reached on one of the many Northern Lights tours. Situated only a few hours drive from Reykjavik, there is plenty of beautiful countryside, valleys and peninsulas. The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most famous tourist spots, known for its chalk white water and healing properties.

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Venice

Venice, also known as ‘The City on Water’ tops the list of romantic places in Italy for its tradition, history and beautiful architecture. Venice’s famous Bridge of Sighs was made popular as a place to kiss in the movie, A Little Romance. In a touching scene, an American girl and a French boy declare their love with a kiss on a gondola ride beneath the Bridge of Sighs. Recreate that scene for yourself with a gondola ride through the city! It’s worth noting that some gondola rides can take you to the quieter back canals away from the tourist hotspots.

Venice, also known as ‘The City on Water’ tops the list of romantic places in Italy for its tradition, history and beautiful architecture

The famous Rialto Bridge is the oldest bridge across the canal and offers spectacular views of the city. The Grand Canal is one of the most iconic parts of the city and there are plenty of restaurants, coffee shops and restaurants overlooking the canal. You can also get close to nature – and to your loved one – by spending an evening at the romantic St Mark’s Square in the heart of Venice. Stand close to each other, hold hands and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the city. The peak of the summer sees gorgeous sunny weather; however, the city does get very busy. The winter sees cooler temperatures and quieter streets to explore – perfect if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle.

Paris

Amsterdam With its romantic canals and cobbled streets, there are so many reasons to take a break to Amsterdam. The magical sight of Amsterdam by night will, all by itself, put you in a romantic mood. The city is famous for its bridges and they are lit up at night to create a truly beautiful sight. Book a night time cruise to really enjoy the city landscape at night.

Mention ‘romantic getaway’ to anyone and straight away they’ll think of Paris! Also known as the ‘City of Love’, the French capital is romantic for its sights, native language and its popularity as a honeymoon destination. Standing above this historical city is the most romantic of places, the Eiffel Tower. The city itself boasts cobbled streets, architectural buildings and something beautiful around every corner. Paris can be enjoyed all year round, although Valentine’s weekend is a popular time of year, while the summer averages high temperatures. The city also makes for a perfect winter getaway.

Cornwall Cotswolds The picturesque area of the Cotswolds is set in SouthCentral England and is steeped in history, charm and beautiful countryside. After a day of picturesque countryside walks, you can enjoy one of the many pubs the area has to offer where you can expect roaring fires, period features and an authentic old-world feel. The Cotswolds is home to some of the UK’s oldest pubs which offer locally sourced produce. Visiting the Cotswolds is a relaxing getaway and the area is well known for its star gazing. So, you and your loved one can sit by a fire outside with a glass of wine trying to spot shooting stars. Don’t forget a blanket and a flask of tea in the colder months though!

If you’re looking for an unforgettable romantic break in the UK, then Cornwall is the place for you. Aside from the popular tourist seaside towns and villages, there are plenty of secret, peaceful beaches and coves perfect for a romantic getaway, including Porthcurno and Housel Bay on The Lizard Peninsula. Whether you’re looking for strolling country walks, watching sunsets or a spot of surfing, there are plenty of places of romance. The seaside town of St. Ives has a gorgeous harbour and plenty of fish and chip shops, whilst Penzance offers sea safaris including wildlife cruises where you have the chance to see dolphins and seals! There are also vineyards, breweries and cider farms around the county, providing a great day out for couples. There are also plenty of spots to propose! 13


Spice up your Valentine’s Day Featuring fresh scallops, prawns and hot chilli, this speedy starter for two is the perfect luxurious treat for you and your Valentine

Seared garlic seafood with spicy harissa bisque MAKES 2 | 15 MINS PREP & COOK Calories per portion: 457kcal

Heat the garlic butter in a frying pan until starting to foam.

400g can lobster bisque 1 tbsp harissa zest and juice ½ lime 2 tbsp single cream, plus a little extra for drizzling 8 large raw king prawns, peeled 6 scallops, roe removed 1 tbsp garlic butter small handful coriander, leaves picked ½ red chilli, thinly sliced toasted bread (to serve)

Then add the seafood and cook for 1 min on each side until the prawns are pink and the scallops are cooked, start to brown, but still have a little bounce

Heat the lobster bisque, harissa and lime juice in asmall pan until bubbling. Add the cream, reduce the heat and then keep warm while you cook the seafood

To serve, pile the prawns and scallops into the centre of 2 shallow soup bowls, pour around the spicy bisque, scatter with a few coriander leaves, chilli slices, lime zest and a drizzle of cream. Serve with toasted bread.

Season the prawns and scallops.

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This recipe can be found at : www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/ 2892668/seared-garlic-seafood-withspicy-

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To let: should you furnish your property? We take a look at what you need to bear in mind when it comes to deciding whether you should furnish the property you are letting!

As a landlord, you need to make the decision as to whether you will furnish the property that you are letting out to tenants. There are plenty of options available to you – including fully or part furnishing, or not furnishing the property at all.

What do we mean by furnished? This means that you will need to include furniture such as beds, desks and sofas. If you are worried about any damage done to your property by your tenants – accidental or not – you can opt for specific insurance that will cover you for this. Just as it’s essential that your property is in a satisfactory state of repair for your tenant, it’s also important to ensure that any furnishings provided by you are also up to standard. All furniture that you provide needs to comply with fire safety regulations. And this is especially true if you decide to buy older or second-hand furniture. If you choose to buy new furniture, then this will be less of an issue for you as the responsibility falls on the retailer to ensure that it complies with regulations. However, always check the labels on any pieces you purchase to ensure it’s safe. And remember to keep any receipts for these purchases and leave any safety labels attached so that your tenants have peace of mind.If you fail to comply with safety regulations, you could face a fine or even sent to prison.

Choosing furniture for your let property It’s key to remember that cheap isn’t always cheerful – and you may in fact end up replacing things more often if they’re not built to last. Of course, buying good-quality and durable items doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank either. In fact there are great sites out there, such as freecycle.org, gumtree.

com, plus many others that are great for picking things up for free. Other options to help you save the pennies are auctions. Either go in person or bid for items on auction sites.

Unfurnished

An unfurnished property doesn’t necessarily mean that it is empty. In fact, part furnished properties still have items like carpets, curtains, appliances, light fittings and white goods for the kitchen.If you decide to go down this route, it’s worth buying a few basic items to help attract potential tenants (and it could actually help to increase your monthly rental income too!) Look into providing a bed, bedside units, a sofa and a cooker.

Think about your tenant

If you’re letting out your property and are unsure of whether to offer it furnished or unfurnished, it’s important to think about who your potential tenants are. Families are likely to have much of their own furniture – and this applies to long term tenants too. However, if you’re targeting the student market instead, they will be attracted to your property if it includes desks and chairs. Bear in mind though, that if you want to appear in any university accommodation lists, you might need to meet their requirements in regards to furnishing.

Top tip:

Avoid making purchases that look nice and are to your taste, rather than being practical and durable. Washable covers on sofas will be a god-send when you have to clean for another tenant!

Just as it’s essential that your property is in a satisfactory state of repair for your tenant, it’s also important to ensure that any furnishings provided by you are also up to standard

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We have all grown up with the rhyme, “thirty days have September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31 except for February which has 28 days clear and 29 each leap year”. But have you ever stopped to think why February is short changed in terms of days or what a leap year actually is?

full moon and is the seasonal equivalent of August in the southern hemisphere. February consists of 28 days in a common year and 29 in a leap yearbut why do we have leap years?

February is the shortest month in the year, which many welcome due to payday arriving that little bit earlier! In the current calendar, February is the second month of the year and in the northern hemisphere, it’s the last month of winter.

A leap year occurs every four years to help synchronise the calendar year with the astronomical or seasonal year. A leap year, also known as an intercalary or bissextile year, is a calendar year with an extra day added. This is because the time it takes for the earth to orbit the sun is 365 and a quarter day each year. So, every year, another quarter is added. The next Leap year will be in 2020.

Until 713 BC the Roman calendar consisted of just ten months. January and February were added by emperor Numa Pompilius, so the calendar would reflect a standard lunar year of 365 days; February was added as the last month of the year. Prior to this, the Romans had considered winter to be a month less time which had no value. When the two extra months were added, one needed to have an even number of days even though even numbers were unlucky by the Romans.

On a more personal , if you are born on February 29th when do you celebrate your birthday? According to government sources you would celebrate on 1st March. Those born on this day are known as leaplings and the odds of this happening are 1 in 1,461. However, one Norwegian family defied these odds and had three children born on consecutive leap year days in 1960,1964 and 1968. Others with leap year birthdays are the composer Rossini and musician Ja Rule.

February is the only month of the year which can pass without a single full moon and is the seasonal equivalent of August in the southern hemisphere

February unfortunately drew the short straw being given only 28 days. When the calendar was changed again in about 450BC, February was moved to the second month of the newly arranged year. Due to it only having 28 days, February is the only month of the year which can pass without a single

Having an extra day in the year has been debated as to whether it is lucky or unlucky, with Scottish tradition implying that it will be a bad year for sheep. However, if you are on a fixed monthly rent it’s good news as you receive a day of free living! And it was good news for Hattie McDaniel who became the first African American to win an Oscar on February 29th 1940 for her role in the film Gone with the Wind.

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Gilbert Close, Shooters Hill, SE18 Guide Price £350,000 - £370,000

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Brent Road, Shooters Hill, SE18 OIEO £220,000

Mulgrave Road, Woolwich, SE18 £165,000

Offered with superb panoramic views of London, is this well appointed and presented top floor one bedroomed flat. Comprising communal entrance, entrance hall, spacious lounge, fitted kitchen, large double bedroom, modern white bathroom suite, garage en-bloc to the rear of the property, and well tended communal gardens.

Calling all cash buyers!! Beaumont Gibbs are pleased to offer this 11th floor two bedroom balcony flat, which is perfectly located. This property has been recently renovated and redecorated including a newly fitted kitchen and shower room, other benefits include cental heating and double glazing.

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W H AT OU R CUSTOMER S SAY

Abigail Lloyd Landlord The level of service that I got from Beaumont Gibbs was excellent. As a letting agent you want someone at the end of the phone who’s friendly and gives advice and that’s exactly what Beaumont Gibbs gave me. Its not corporate where you have no idea where your money is going. I would 100% recommend.

Alison Kelly

Tom Thurgood

Landlord

Seller I was really impressed with the agent that came around. They were really enthusiastic about my home and the work I’ve done on it. Viewings from Beaumont Gibbs were always good, there was a lot of communication which was useful for me. There were a few occasions where the agents couldn’t make it as they has been held up, but they were always on the phone communicating. I would always recommend Beaumont Gibbs.

I feel like Beaumont Gibbs are family, I have been using them for a long time now and I can call them up about anything and their very communicative. Beaumont Gibbs advertising of my property was very professional and they did it both online and also with a board outside the house and I think that creates a really good flow of people coming to view. Since I’ve been with Beaumont Gibbs I haven’t had any period of time that I haven’t had a tenant, they have always found me a good tenant.

Huub Niewstadt Buyer The level of service I received from Beaumont Gibbs was excellent and I enjoyed working with the company. The best thing about working with Beaumont Gibbs was how quickly they answered and returned my calls, someone was always available to talk to me. I would always recommend Beaumont Gibbs to family and friends.

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GIVING BACK. Simon Vyle Seller We felt that we were welcome and we were going got be treated as important clients. Beaumont Gibbs produced very detailed property brochures and the photographs were very well presented.

Michael Garrett Buyer

BEAUMONT GIBBS ARE PROUD SPONSORS OF THE AIR AMBULANCE.

Its important to have someone that understands your properties needs and someone that’s going to call you back with the queries that you have, so I felt that I had a good service with Beaumont Gibbs.

Athena Morse Seller The service from Beaumont Gibbs has been exceptional they’ve really looked after me, marketed the property well and I felt really well supported throughout through the sales process.

We are so pleased to be supporting this fantastic group of people. Not many people seem to realise that the air ambulance is in fact a charity and is not funded by the government. So much of their fundraising is done through people raising money from events such as abseiling, running marathons, at events like the Plumstead Make Merry, where Beaumont Gibbs and the air ambulance worked together to raise money, whilst the children had their faces painted. They are such dedicated and hardworking people and let’s not forget what they do, they save people’s lives on the streets of London. Did you know they can perform open heart surgery on site?

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M E ET TH E TEA M

Beaumont Gibbs have been established since 2006 and are based in the heart of Plumstead, SE18. We offer a service in both residential sales and lettings, including full management and a ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude towards all of our clients. Our office opened in 2007, and is situated on Plumstead Common Road in ‘the dip’.

Hi I am David Gibbs Well what can I say about myself! I have been in the industry since 1990, working for a large corporate chain. I started Beaumont Gibbs back in 2006 and have grown it considerably in the following years and even expanded the premises back in 2016. The best part of my job in fact is a number of things; I have a great team of people working with me. You meet new people every day and I love looking at innovative ways of adding to the business, which will give us a competitive edge. I am a father of three girls, one is all grown up and the other two are in primary school. I am married to Nikki, who works with me here and my hobbies include watching boxing, supporting Liverpool FC and playing snooker.

David Gibbs Director

Hi I am Nikki I am a mother to two girls and spend my time juggling being a mum to these two and working as David’s P.A and the office secretary. I am a master of multi-tasking, as I am a wife, mother, P.A and secretary all in one go. You will not be surprised that my favourite pastime is sleep! I have been working with my husband for well over a decade now, which is no mean feat. We get on so well together though, that living and working together is always a lot of fun. I love the people I work with and it makes coming to work that much better.

Tony Batchelor

Nikki Gibbs P.A. to David Gibbs

Hi I am Tony I started my Estate Agency career in 2001 in Welling, Kent, where I grew up. My main role at Beaumont Gibbs is taking properties on for sale, helping the sales progression side of the job and also working closely with David Gibbs the director. I have lived and worked in Plumstead for years now, so I feel like I am a part of the furniture. I enjoy all kinds of motor sport, and am a keen gardener and would also really love to have an allotment. I am most passionate about my family. I am a father of one grown up son and have been with my partner for over 20 years. I love spending time with them, especially on day trips out to the seaside on the south east coast. My favourite food is fish and chips or curry, my favourite time of day is definitely sunset and my favourite country is Italy.

Senior Property Consultant

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Paul Allen

Hi my name is Paul I was born and raised in the south London area and studied at Stanley Park High School in Carlshalton I now live in Wallington with my wife and have two grown up children, one boy and one girl. I have a very friendly nature and can seem to connect with most people I meet. I guess it’s just my natural charm! I work really hard to try and find tenants and buyers a new home and always update all my clients regularly with what is going on with the sale or rental of their homes. During my spare time I love fishing and watching my favourite football team, Crystal Palace.

Sales & Lettings Executive

I am one of the property managers here at Beaumont Gibbs. I have been doing this now for over 10 years and really enjoy managing other people’s property. I try to manage property as if they were my own, and in that way I feel I can give our landlords the best possible help and advice. I work with a great team where we all pull together to give the best possible service to our venders and landlords alike. Away from the office in my youth, I played professional football which was a great part of my life. I recently have just started playing bowls, which is miles away from football but I like it. I have recently moved to Whitstable to a seaside cottage which we are just doing up. Its hard work but we love living by the sea. Working at Beaumont Gibbs I can honestly say is an enjoyable part of my life now. It’s not just the work but the people you work for and without each other’s support the working day would not be the same.

Chloe Eastwood Property Manager

David Sewell Property Manager

Hi my name is Luke I have been in Estate Agency since 2011 and have worked for Beaumont Gibbs since 2013. During this time I have learnt so much about the job and feel that there is very little I do not know about this industry. The best part of my job is helping people during one of their biggest time of their lives in moving home. I really immerse myself into their world and am a very good problem solver. When I am not working I love watching and playing basketball and listening to Jazz. I am a father of two, the youngest was born in May 2018. We have named our son Fraiser “Ronnie Scott”, named after the famous jazz club.

Luke Scott Sales & Lettings Executive

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Hi my name is Chloe I have been working in the property industry since 2007 doing various roles. I am working as a property manager for Beaumont Gibbs and I really enjoy the work I do and the team that I am surrounded by. I am a woman who loves to maintain my appearance, Taking care of myself pushes me to be positive and take care of others and I feel my big bubbly personality can help when dealing with clients and making them feel as though I am not just an estate agent. Working in the property industry has helped me in many ways as I have recently become a homeowner and it helps me understand the other side and how stressful it can be. I have now realised my life is not talking about which party to go to next, but which washing product is the best! Life brings many lessons and one I am grateful for is achieving my goals and I look forward to my next chapter in life!


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