The Village Directory Feb/Mar 2021 Edition • Issue 118• Royal Mail
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It’s time to grab a spade, or perhaps a fork, and get planting. Autumn is widely viewed as THE best time for planting, but provided you get going fairly early in the year, then trees, shrubs, climbers or herbaceous plants will all have a decent amount of time to get established before the weather gets hotter and drier. If you have noticed that your garden has lacked colour, shape or perhaps perfume over the last few years then take a look at the spaces that need filling and go on a shopping trip. Start by clearing the soil properly by digging or forking it over and removing pernicious weeds or debris. Next, measure the space you have to offer, as it is important that the plant you choose will not outgrow its new home too quickly. It is worth jotting down the approximate measurements of the gaps you have to fill and at the same time making a note of how sunny or shaded the spot is. It is amazing what you find you have forgotten by the time you are in the garden centre. If you feel the need for a bit of springtime colour from shrubs you plant, then there should be a good selection to choose from right now – perhaps a flowering currant with flower trusses in red or pink, each up to 10cm (4in) long, a star
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The Garden If the soil is either heavy clay or extremely light and sandy, it is well worth digging a much bigger hole, gradually incorporating more of the ‘natural’ soil into the compost or planting mix as you get closer to the sides of the hole. Before planting, remove the pot and firmly tease out the roots – soaking the root ball in a bucket of water for an hour or two should help if they are quite congested. It is essential that you do this or else the plant may not ever get properly established, as its roots will not move out into their new surroundings. Ideally you’ll not buy a plant that is too pot-bound (I always recommend checking carefully before you buy) but if there are any really large, woody roots encircling the root ball you
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Warm and quiet, dark and comfortable – ensure your bedroom has all the ingredients for a great night’s sleep. Lack of sleep has a profound effect on our physical and mental health, and as many as one in three of us – according to the NHS – suffer from poor sleep. It’s wise to make your bedroom as sleep-friendly as possible – dark, quiet, tidy and comfortably warm. Start with the mattress Choosing a mattress can seem highly confusing but start by deciding whether you would prefer a sprung or non-sprung version. Sprung mattresses are literally filled with lots of springs, but while open-spring mattresses are cheaper, they should be used for guest rooms or children’s beds; the best ones are individually ‘pocket’ sprung, with a large number of small springs each
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in their own pocket of fabric and working independently from each other, so they adjust to the body and eliminate ‘rolltogether’. Calico pockets, hand nested in a honeycomb pattern and centre-tied with linen cord, are the best quality. You might find it beneficial to have a sprung mattress that is ‘zoned’ across the middle to give extra support for heavier hips and shoulders, or made ‘half and half’, to provide different tensions on each side of the bed. Another solution for sleeping partners who are very different weights is a ‘zip and lock’ system of two different mattresses that fasten together in the centre.
The Home Sprung mattresses can be filled with a variety of materials, including cotton, wool, coir, foam and horsehair, with additional mohair, cashmere and silk in luxury versions. Tufted construction is generally considered better than quilting, as it prevents loose fillings from being dislodged. In cheaper mattresses, fillings usually come in compact pads, while in better quality mattresses there will be layers of loose fillings in greater volumes. Always look for a high-quality mattress cover (known as ‘ticking’), while hand stitching on the sides keeps the mattress in good condition for longer, and sturdy handles help with turning (which should be done regularly to even out the wear and thus prolong the life of the mattress). Non-traditionalists may be interested a non-sprung mattress, a relatively new market that is growing rapidly. Sometimes called the ‘mattress-in-abox’ option, the mattress is delivered vacuum-packed in a box, ready to be unrolled, at which point it will expand naturally and can be slept on a few hours later. The choice of non-sprung mattress materials includes latex, memory foam, polyurethane foam and gel, a new filling known for its support, breathability and thermo-regulating properties. These mattresses, which are good for allergy sufferers and said to be excellent for joint pain relief, mould to the sleeper’s shape and are often warmer than sprung mattresses (not necessarily a good thing). It is also possible to buy ‘hybrid’ mattresses, which provide the traditional support and comfort of springs with a pressure-relieving, non-sprung top layer. A happy combination that could well be the way forward. What about the windows? Windows can be a source of disturbing light early in the morning, and noise, heat loss and draughts at any time. For single-glazed sash windows that are opened regularly, specialist seals fitted into a rebate will improve draughtproofing, while secondary glazing is a good idea for windows that are seldom used, trapping heat and blocking sound. In the right place, well-fitting timber shutters can be at least as effective as double glazing, and will complement a period property. The traditional solution, of course, is a thick, floor-to-ceiling curtain. Add a thermal or
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blackout lining, and it serves several purposes – as well as being a way to add colour and texture to complement your scheme. Extend the curtain pole far enough beyond the window edges so that light cannot creep in. The same applies to blinds – thick, blackout versions are best, fitted close to the wall so that draughts and light can’t escape around the sides. Don’t forget about the floor Suspended timber floors can be another source of draughts, in which case a fitted carpet with a thermal underlay is ideal. Carpets deaden sound and are beautifully soft underfoot. If, however, you prefer the look of original timber floorboards, seal any gaps at the base of the skirting boards with foam strips, a bead of silicon mastic or slivers of matching timber, and add thick rugs at each side of the bed for extra comfort. Another really effective improvement is to add insulation such as foil-faced foam board, wood fibreboard or quilt below the boards. The end result? Toasty toes and a lovely warm room.
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Dogs and cats are just as prone as humans to picking up viruses, albeit different ones to us! This means that vaccinations and boosters are essential part of caring for your pet. For Cats Core vaccinations include one for feline parvovirus and others to prevent cat flu. As with people, flu can spread rapidly and has many different strains, which means that it will never be completely wiped out. A cat flu vaccine – given from around eight weeks of age – will boost immunity. A booster vaccine should be given a year later. For Dogs There are many diseases that dogs should be vaccinated against. However, most vaccines are combined, and the schedule starts when the puppy is about six weeks old. A Lyme disease jab should be given to adult dogs once a year, particularly if you walk in grassy or woodland areas. Will This Hurt? Pets are generally given an injection underneath the skin at the scruff of the neck. Dogs’ kennel cough vaccine is usually administered as a nasal spray, however. The single-use disposable needle is very sharp and shouldn’t trouble your dog or cat too much. Don’t Forget! Make a note in your diary to get these shots done regularly. It’s part of the cost of owning a pet and of course prevention is so much better – and cheaper – than cure.
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The Wright Way Painters & Decorators are a family owned company established by James Wright in Cranbrook, Kent. We specialise in domestic projects in the surrounding areas. Tired of having to decorate your own home, or frustrated with the quality of the previous works? Our team are fully qualified and use modern painting systems to ensure we bring you a flawless finish every time. On the larger jobs our team will work together, ensuring you get your home back sooner.
How does the process work? Simply contact us by phone, email or via the contact form on our website and one of our friendly team will get back to you to arrange a free no obligation estimate in the comfort of your own home. After our visit, we will then send you your estimate by email or post and if you decide you would like to go ahead, we will book you into our diary and give you a date and time frame for the works to be completed.
Why choose us? Our decorating team work with you to ensure minimal disruption to your home whilst any works are taking place and we will always keep you updated on the process of the job so you are always in the know.
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Check Your Oil Tank Have you checked your oil tank lately? The Great British climate puts a number of pressures on heating oil tanks in your garden, and it is good practice to carry out a thorough check of your oil tank every 6 months. Many homeowners may not be aware that they are responsible for the condition of their tank. Pay particular care to warning signs of wear and tear that include: • • • • • •
Cracks or splits Rust Bulging Gauges not working An unusual oil smell The position of the tank: regulations are designed to protect tanks from a fire if started nearby. An oil tank needs to be at least 1.8 metres from any openings to buildings, unless a fire barrier can be deployed. Foliage covering the tank: keep the tank clear of foliage to ensure you can get around it to carry out regular checks. This also ensures the oil distributor can fill the tank safely.
Oil tank leaks can be costly to the environment, and to homeowner’s pockets. It is far better to maintain your tank’s condition than deal with the outcome of a damaged tank. Also, a well-maintained tank will keep a heating system running with fewer breakdowns, as water in the oil line is a major
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Staging Your House for a Sale
When you’ve decided it’s time to move, you want to attain the best price you can for your house without undertaking major renovations from which you’ll have no long-term benefit. Follow these tips to prepare your house for sale.
Surfaces, cupboards (inside too – buyers are nosey), carpets and bathrooms should be sparkling.
Unless it’s truly unusable (or 70s ‘avocado’), a cheap new kitchen or bathroom will be a waste of money.
Sell, give it away or take it to the recycling centre. You’ll need to do it when you move anyway.
Paint or not?
A few minor scuffs won’t matter. Peeling wallpaper and stained walls will.
Curtains, throws, tasteful pictures, houseplants and lighting.
The front of the house and the hall is what your buyer will see first. How does yours look?
What’s this room?
Pics of your little darlings and travel souvenirs are only of interest to you.
If it’s supposed to be a dining room/spare bedroom, make it look like one even if you don’t use it.
What’s that smell?
In a showhome, every room will have the lights on. Do the same in yours, and make sure your lightbulbs are bright and windows are clean.
Don’t overpower the house with scent, but make it pleasant to walk into. And definitely don’t have a curry or fish the night before a viewing.
Make it neutral
You may love the purple spare room, your buyer will likely not.
If a room is crammed with furniture but you want to keep the pieces, put some into storage while you are selling.
More tips: website www.theadvisory.co.uk is a excellent independent resource for house sellers.
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I was wondering what to write about this I was wondering what to write about this month, then my daughter was off school sick month, then my daughter was off school sick on Monday and my son was sent home today. on Monday and my son was sent home today. Working around kids is rarely easy. I’d like to Working around kids is rarely easy. I’d like to say I’m an expert after lockdown, but I’d be say I’m an expert after lockdown, but I’d be lying. Nevertheless, here are my top tips (and lying. Nevertheless, here are my top tips (and those of friends, family and good old Google) those of friends, family and good old Google) for getting stuff done when you have children for getting stuff done when you have children at home. at home. First off, cut the guilt. If you need to let First off, cut the guilt. If you need to let them have screen-time for a few hours or them have screen-time for a few hours or eat half a packet of choc biscuits, it’s OK. eat half a packet of choc biscuits, it’s OK. As I type this, my son is watching a gamer As I type this, my son is watching a gamer (who has a toe-curlingly annoying screechy (who has a toe-curlingly annoying screechy voice) on YouTube, while simultaneously voice) on YouTube, while simultaneously playing Minecraft on his tablet. I am in playing Minecraft on his tablet. I am in another room trying to block out his cries of another room trying to block out his cries of ‘OMGEEEEEEEEE you guyyyyys!!!’ ‘OMGEEEEEEEEE you guyyyyys!!!’ Share the load. If you have a partner, discuss Share the load. If you have a partner, discuss how you’re going to split childcare. If one of how you’re going to split childcare. If one of you really can’t take responsibility during the you really can’t take responsibility during the day, make sure they take over the cooking, day, make sure they take over the cooking, bedtime routine and so on in the evening, so bedtime routine and so on in the evening, so the other person can catch up with work. the other person can catch up with work. Focus on quality, not quantity. Try to carve Focus on quality, not quantity. Try to carve out portions of your day when you can give out portions of your day when you can give your child undivided attention. You’ll likely your child undivided attention. You’ll likely be rewarded with at least an hour or so of be rewarded with at least an hour or so of peace to work in afterwards, which is usually peace to work in afterwards, which is usually worth more than three hours of constantly worth more than three hours of constantly interrupted work. interrupted work. Set up activities that your child can do alone. Set up activities that your child can do alone.
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