A review of the Catipilla Cat Scratcher (AD)

A review of the Catipilla Cat Scratcher   AD — This post contains an item sent for review If you know anything about our elderly cat, Bob, it’s that she rules the roost here at Barrow Towers.  As an example, we can no longer eat at our kitchen table as it is where she eats her food, and it is where she sits to keep an eye on the dog.

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Maximizing your outdoor space

Creating an area in which you have room to spread out and relax in is one of the joys of owning your own home. Even better, is if this space happens to be outside, preferably in a position to capture the sun on those warm summer evenings. Even properties with a modest amount of outdoor space have the potential to offer a comfortable relaxation area with a few clever pieces

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Putting together the perfect bar cart

A bar cart is a lovely addition to every home, especially if you like a little tipple now and then. You don’t have to be a big drinker to have a bar cart (you could even take a leaf out of RHS Wisley’s book and add some plants!).  It’s just as acceptable to stock it up with soft drinks and enjoy a mocktail when you want one. There are some

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Buying a Quooker, what you need to know

If you are thinking about buying a Quooker, or indeed any boiling water tap, there are one or two things you need to think about.   We didn’t really consider these things before we bought ours recently so I thought it might be helpful if I  wrote them all down! We had been thinking for a long time that we would like a boiling water tap so when our old

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Home improvements for the weekend [AD]

With us all being at home more than normal at the moment you might feel the time is right for finally getting around to doing all those home improvements you have been putting off for years.  I know we are!   Sometimes it can feel a bit daunting and overwhelming but if you break down any project into smaller chunks it feels a lot more manageable and you would then

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How to have a quiet night in — AD

When I was asked if I wanted to talk about having having a quiet night in it was against a backdrop of us actually being able to go out.  Now none of us are allowed out and the world feels very different from how it did previously!  How quickly things have changed in March 2020, huh?  Staying in really is the new going out. I have always been a bit

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Working from home — AD

If you are lucky enough to have always purchased your dream home or you are looking at the moment, you may be looking at a quiet space, or want to buy double storey house or a small bungalow, it may be that you are not yet thinking about how that house may need to double up as a work space. At the moment many people are working from home and

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How a basement adds value to your property — AD

How a basement adds value to your property Have you ever considered adding a room to your home? You may be looking to expand your family or create a second living space, but have you thought about the way you hope to do this? Basements can increase the value of your property massively, and by finishing the space you can ensure that you have extra living space for the whole

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4 Ideas for the Children’s Bedroom: Make Bedtime Fun — AD

4 Ideas for the Children’s Bedroom: Make Bedtime Fun Every so often, you come across an idea for the children’s bedroom that makes you wish you were young enough to have that in your own room! Well, whether that has happened to you or not, by the time you are done going through this list, you will know that feeling for sure. The Pirate’s Chamber Does your child like pirates?

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Staging a property for sale — AD

Have you thought about staging a property for sale?  Have you heard that term? Typically people buying houses are only in the house for ten to fifteen minutes so if they can’t see a room’s potential they will dismiss it. It is no good suggesting that dumping ground is a study if you can’t see the floor, let alone space for a desk.  Ditto that corner of the lounge that

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Getting ready for the arrival of a grandchild — AD

Getting ready for the arrival of our first grandchild You know I am about to be a granny, right?  That we are currently getting ready for the arrival of our first grandchild in May?  We are counting down the weeks, and chalking off the midwife appointments as the due date approaches. And of course with the imminent arrival of our first grandchild comes the need for us to think about

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2020, the year to get your craft on

Could 2020 be the year you get your craft on? When my children were little I didn’t ever really get completely into doing crafts with them, though I hate to admit that.  Yes, we did cutting and pasting, and turning pasta into necklaces but I never really progressed with sewing, knitting or crocheting.  I did try, in my defence.  My granny would often patiently try and teach me how to

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