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26th June 2020

The Year Of The Garden – Definitely This Time!

Year Of The Garden - Update

We can’t put it off any longer; the garden is so overgrown, we have a blackberry bush growing in the greenhouse and up through the roof!

blackberry bush growing in the greenhouse and up through the roof
Blackberries growing through the greenhouse roof

Ant and I went outside last week and just decided to make a start there and then. We haven’t really got any long term plans, we’re just working on a bit of the garden at a time, starting with 2 new raised beds.

While I worked on my raised bed, Ant started digging the borders on the other side of the garden that had been taken over by grass. We found a path that everyone had forgotten was there!
It only went down one side and we’re making a corner bed so Ant laid more path in front of the shorter side

We’ve all helped in some way, but Ant has done the lion’s share. We decided to make it out of wood rather than bricks as it’s faster, easier and probably cheaper, although we did have to buy a new saw. I’m not sure what kind it is, I leave those details to Ant but if you need any information about saws, check out Best Saw Club.

Ant’s having the long bed for fruit and the shorter one for herbs. He’s going to be putting a wooden board on the top of the walls so people can also use it as a seat.
We went to the garden centre earlier and bought some raspberry plants to go with the currant bushes and fig plants he planted yesterday.

We’re going to be sorting the lawn out when everything else is done.
Next job is to clear the top of the garden, including evicting the blackberry from the greenhouse!

Five Birthday Party Ideas for Your Husband

birthday party ideas for your husband

When your husband’s birthday rolls around, you can end up in a frenzy trying to figure out what to do or get him while juggling daily family life. The thought you put into his birthday will count for much more than gifts, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make it memorable. What’s important is making him feel special and seeing him smile from ear to ear. As parents, your priorities are your children, so on your birthdays, you deserve some attention. If you want to get friends and family involved and plan a party for your husband, here are some ideas

1 Host a pool tournament

A fun idea that any husband will love is to get friends around for a pool tournament. You can set it up just like a regular tournament where you eliminate losers each round until there’s one person left standing. Have everyone bring some type of easy finger food like chips and dips, samosas, mini sandwiches etc. Home Leisure Direct has tons of pool tables at Homeleisuredirect.com, whether you want a classic English model or even one that converts to a table.

2. Surprise dinner party

Give your husband a birthday to remember by surprising him with a dinner party with all his friends. Have a potluck so you have less preparation to do and decorate the house when he’s at work or out. Ideally, you can get one of his friends to take him out for the day, such as taking him golfing or even just out for a coffee, while you get everything ready. Have a special chair prepared for him and a birthday hat for him to put on when he arrives. Make sure to turn all the lights off and get everyone to be quiet so you can give him a huge surprise when he comes home.

3 Adventurous weekend activity

If your husband loves the outdoors, consider scheduling an adventurous activity or weekend away with friends who also enjoy the outdoors. Plan a group excursion, such as canoeing, ziplining or white-water rafting. It could be a single day affair to make sure it’s accessible and affordable for all his friends. Alternatively, if everyone’s got time, you could do a weekend camping trip.

4 Whisky tasting party

Host your own mini whisky tasting event from your home or backyard. Invite all your husband’s guy friends and set up a range of whiskeys for them to sample. You can even mix up whisky-based cocktails for them. Do a bit of research and be their guide as you tell them about the different types of whiskeys, where they are from, and what flavour profile they have. Then, leave them to enjoy some guy time.

5 Go out for a karaoke night

Just because you are adults doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of good old fashioned fun! Book a karaoke room for your husband’s birthday and invite some friends to join and sing their heart out. Order a round of his favourite drink to start the night and give everyone a bit of liquid courage.

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Top 4 Reasons Why Dear, Klairs is a Popular Korean Skincare Brand

skincare cream - Dear, Klairs
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Few brands in the skincare industry can enter with a bang and keep that momentum going for years. For many newcomers to the market, that buzzing sense of hype that comes with a new product line can quickly fade, shadowed by the next big thing in the fast-paced world of beauty and cosmetics.

However, a solid brand identity with a commitment to top-quality products has kept some companies relevant from their starting moments to the present day. One such company is a revolutionary developer of Korean beauty products, Dear, Klairs.

Established in 2010, the company is younger than other cosmetic brands it is ranked against. However, the brand’s consistency and attention to its customers’ needs has kept its success going, with no signs of stopping soon.

Below are three reasons why the Korean skincare company remains so popular with consumers:

1. Ethical Practices

The first reason that the brand is so famous worldwide is that users are not afraid of their business practices. While there are now more and more cosmetic companies adjusting their policies to keep up with a more ethically aware customer base, Dear, Klairs has been pioneering humane and natural product lines since its beginning days.

The Korean company makes a point to include Vegan-safe options in its product lines. It guarantees that all their products are cruelty-free, avoiding the practice of animal testing altogether. All ingredients used in their quality formulas are sourced using ecologically responsible methods, so they have a minimal environmental impact.

This compassion for mother earth and its consumers extends to all areas of their company, with even their product packaging almost always being 100% biodegradable, and boasts recyclable and environmentally friendly containers at their many Korea-based and international store outlets.

2. All-Natural Formulations

Although the company has not yet made the full transition into a fully Vegan cosmetic company, its focus on naturally sourced ingredients and plant-based formulas are evident in its products. Every line is released with two criteria in mind: Simplicity, and Natural Appeal.

Most skincare products come with no artificial fragrances or compounds, which means you smell the authenticity of their formulas. A product enriched with butter will undoubtedly carry the rich, creamy tones of natural butter extracts, just as you would expect!

This attention to nature-inspired formulas and products also has the bonus side effect of being by and large safe to use on all skin types, with minimal risk of causing an adverse reaction or damage to the skin due to the lack of unnecessary chemical compounds in their products.

3. Consistent, Complete Skincare Lines

From their Freshly Juiced products to their best-selling Rich Moist Soothing Skin Care line, the Korean company achieves a deep variety in their catalog. It has performed all of this while keeping consistent with their brand identity and vision. The company knows exactly who its customers are, and strives to deliver with every new release.

Each product line comes with an item for every skincare need, from toners to cleansers to a variety of creams that target different skin areas and conditions. Every new development assures that you never miss out and that no part of your skin is forgotten.

4. International Availability

One of the many reasons Korean skincare got attention from people worldwide is its fast availability. Beauty e-commerce is exceptionally robust in South Korea, and it has helped several brands gain exposure in other countries. Dear, Klairs has expanded its retail shops beyond Korea and into most continents around the world. Because of the brand’s aggressive international campaign, women from all over the world have experienced the magic of Korean skincare.


Achieving a cult following in any area is an admirable feat, but even much more so in an industry where consumers depend on top quality products every time. After all, it is their skin that’s on the line! But the company has achieved this in its relatively short time on the market compared to other brands.

It has captivated many skincare lovers because of the simple fact that the brand hardly changed beliefs after all this time. The company believes in pure, naturally-developed products that speak for themselves; all made with compassion. Customers who have come to love and need these types of skincare items keep coming back for more because very few brands do it better.

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