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Top Ten Tips for Taking your Pet on Vacation

Added July 18, 2019, Under: Environment, Pets, Top 10

Whatever time of the year, more and more pet owners are deciding to take the 'Ruff with the Smooth' and bring their pets with them on their holidays. And often with successful outcomes. With many more holiday destinations catering for pets - and dogs especially - vacationing with your pet need not be so difficult. But it is wise to bear in mind the type of pet, their temperament, their size and their unique likes and dislikes when you are planning that trip! Our top ...

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How to Heal Your Gut With These Seven Simple Steps

Added July 1, 2019, Under: Environment, Health

  And they all begin with the letter R just like our earlier post on the environment - Our Seven Suggestions for a Zero-Waste Lifestyle. Here are those seven simple steps 1. REST - and that means a rest from food!  When you have a day (or longer) without food and you give your digestive system a rest, your body will go into cleaning mode - that is, detoxing, helping to remove the  toxins and debris in your system by keeping your bowel moving as ...

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Are You Up With the Larks or Are You a True Night Owl?

Added June 28, 2019, Under: Environment, Health, Insomnia

Many people find that they can be divided into two types as far as their sleeping habits are concerned. There are those who tend to wake early but struggle to stay up after a certain time in the evening.  I am one of those!  They can be categorized as being "up with the larks". Then the other group find it very difficult to wake up in the morning, preferring to lie-in late but can remain active late into the night.  These are ...

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How to Keep Those Nails Clean When Digging in the Dirt!

Added June 17, 2019, Under: Environment, How To

Some of us will call it soil, others use the term 'dirt' but either way if you are a hands-on sort of gardener, the chances are that you will get some soil under your fingernails. And if you like to go barefoot in the garden, then the toenails can be affected too!  But don’t worry, there are lots of suggestions on how to clean those nails. Soap, showers and water Start by cleaning with the basic nail brush, soap and water routine. ...

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Helping the Hummingbirds to Stay Safe

Added June 16, 2019, Under: Environment, How To

When I get the chance to spend time in Southern California, I am always intrigued by the tiny humming birds - and love to watch them.  They are so different from the garden birds we treasure and enjoy in the UK. In spring and summer, many bird lovers like encouraging humming birds into their gardens and yards. Hummers (as they are affectionately known) love to sip on "nectar" (glorified sugar water) for a quick boost. But unfortunately, some homeowners have turned to store-bought ...

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What is Ragwort (or Tansy Ragwort) and is it a Helpful or Harmful Plant?

Added June 7, 2019, Under: Environment

Like many debates today, the story of Ragwort has two sides. Common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) is a poisonous plant that is becoming increasingly common in the UK, seen regularly growing along roadsides, on wasteground and in areas of poor land management. Unfortunately, ragwort can spread into fields and farmland. While ragwort is a wild flower native to Eurasia, it is now found throughout the world including parts of the USA where it is generally known as tansy ragwort, or tansyweed.  Ragwort is unrelated ...

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Top Ten Tips to be Water Wise in your Garden or Back Yard

Added May 16, 2019, Under: Environment, Top 10

With climate change becoming an indisputable fact of life, many places today are suffering from alternate bouts of drought and of flood. And experts have warned about growing populations and increasing risks of water shortages in the coming years. If you own a beautiful garden full of plants, lawn and of course wildlife, how can you prepare for less water being available?  And should you be saving water right now? Saving water makes sense for everyone wherever you live, thinking about the future ...

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Is there Still Life Ahead for those Old British Public Telephones?

Added May 12, 2019, Under: Environment, How To, Technology

One of the iconic symbols of Britain is its bright red telephone kiosk - and of course tourists love them! But sadly with the meteoric rise of the cell phone, and the landline telephone losing out,  those red boxes housing public telephones are fast becoming redundant. There has been a 90% reduction in calls made from the phone boxes in the past 10 years while today only an average of one call per day is made from these phones. So you can see ...

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Those 6-Pack Plastic Rings Can Cause So Much Harm

Added April 21, 2019, Under: Environment, Technology

Those plastic rings used to connect drink cans together have been around since the 1970s - and it has long been known how lethal they can be for wildlife. Thousands of marine animals and birds are thought to die or become maimed by getting trapped in discarded six-pack plastic hoops each and every year. But why has it taken so long for something to be done about it? Much like the plastic straws, six-pack rings are often seen as enemies of the ocean. Though ...

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How to Have a Healthier, Happier Bedroom for a Good Night’s Sleep

Added April 11, 2019, Under: Environment, How To, Insomnia, Natural remedies

Are you finding it difficult to get to sleep at night or do you get a few hours sleep at the start before waking up in the early hours, tossing and turning? It might be worth looking at your bedroom in more detail and finding out what might be causing your insomnia. Do your bedroom walls need a zero-VOC coat of paint? A VOC-free paint on your walls and woodwork will help you to breathe more easily by minimizing any chemicals.  There are ...

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