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January 14, 2020

Polished Concrete Flooring

Polished Concrete Flooring: A flooring option which most people associate with warehouses, galleries and department stores, polished concrete is nowadays making inroads into the domestic flooring market. It has a number of advantages over traditional flooring techniques and although you might not at first think so, it is good for the environment. This is because most properties already have a solid concrete base (foundation), so there is no need for additional expensive flooring materials which will only last a few years and then need replacing. Concrete will endure for many years and it is thought by many that a properly treated polished concrete floor should last upwards of 100 years, making it by far the most long-lasting form of flooring available today. It is also cost-effective because the main materials are already in place and once done, it will never need replacing and in many cases not even need to be repaired as this flooring is “tough”.

There are a wide range of colours and finishes that can be applied to polished concrete and it can be made to look like pretty much any other type of flooring, from wooden plank imprints to complex marble-like colouring processes. The obvious and most common look of polished concrete is the ubiquitous “wet” look, with a highly polished, glossy surface that looks like you could eat your lunch off it.

Easy to clean and maintain, polished concrete is going to become much more accepted as a domestic flooring choice in the next few years, so if you are planning to have a new floor in your home or office, you could do little better than to explore the possibilities of a polished concrete floor.

http://www.polishedconcreter.uk

December 17, 2018

Tiling and Tilers

Filed under: DIY,Services,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 11:26 am

Tiling and Tilers: There are plenty of jobs that need doing around the home that require the attention of a professional tiler. DIY fans will be keen to do tiling work themselves but this may be a mistake if you want the resulting tiling work to look good and up to standard. Some plumbers will include a tiling service when they are fitting a kitchen or bathroom and some of them are very good at this, though perhaps not as good as somebody who specialises in this kind of work. Proper tilers know just what they are doing and can make an accurate assessment of how many tiles you need to complete the task in hand, how much adhesive is required, and exactly how long it will take. So for your planned tiling project whether it be a new installation or the replacement of an existing area of tiling, you woul be best to contact a professional local tiler to get the work done correctly and efficiently.

http://www.budgettrades.uk/

 

June 19, 2018

Take Guitar Lessons

Take Guitar Lessons – Playing a musical instrument is something that pretty much all of us at some time or other have wished we could do. When you sit and watch somebody playing a guitar for instance, you just really get the feeling that you have missed out by not learning to do something like this. I have always thought it would be really cool to just sit down on a wall somewhere and start strumming out a recognizable tune and watch the reactions of the people walking by. If you want to be that cool person sitting on the wall, you need to get yourself down to the nearest guitar teachers and get booked in for a course of lessons so that you can start mastering this fascinating instrument. In your local area, you should be able to find guitar lessons for people of all ages and capabilities. If you are a complete beginner at playing the guitar, that should not be a problem and likewise if you have some ability but have maybe come to a crossroads in your guitar playing, maybe some lessons will spark new enthusiasm and give you a reason to progress further. You could also try doing lessons online which is of course cheaper and more convenient, but perhaps not quite so effective.

For more details on guitar lessons look here: http://www.guitarlessonz.uk

May 24, 2018

Getting Help With Your Garden

Getting Help With Your Garden – If you are old, disabled, lazy or just too busy you may find it hard to keep up with your garden maintenence. Especially at this time of the year the garden can get overgrown pretty quickly. Once your lawn gets to a certain length it can become difficult to trim with a standard lawn mower. Maybe the time has come to call in a local gardener to help you with the major tasks. Sometimes it is enough just to get a gardener to get your garden straight just the once and then it becomes easier to keep it in order. But if you don’t think you will be able to give it the attention it needs then booking in regular visits by a gardener is a better idea. Discuss with your gardener how often your garden needs doing to keep it in good order, for some people it may be once a week, for others it might be once a fortnight or even once a month, though grass and weeds can grow pretty quickly in the summertime when rain followed by warm weather provides ideal growing conditions for these plants. A garden that is properly looked after is a blessing and you can get lots of pleasure from enjoying it and using it to its best advantage. It is nice to sit outside to have a cup of tea or even breakfast, when the weather is fine, and of course enjoy a barbeque. Summer barbeques are ever more popular in the UK and whenever the weather is fine there is a rush to the supermarket for all those burgers, sausages and chicken wings. Get the most from your garden and call in a gardener to look after it.

Find local gardeners here: http://www.gardenery.uk

August 21, 2017

Have Some Coving Fitted

Have Some Coving Fitted – If the rooms of your house are looking a bit tired and drab you might want to consider having some coving fitted to give your rooms a bit of a lift by adding some decorative and attractive features. If you decide to use some of the cheaper polystyrene or polymer coving that is readily available at DIY stores, you might be able to do this job yourself if you are that way inclined, but even using this readily prepared coving with corner sets included, you might find that it is a bit tricky once you get started. So you might need to call on the services of a specialist coving fitter to either do the job from scratch or finish off you feeble attempts at the project. If you already have coving installed, it will be something of a bigger job to remove all the old coving, clean up the walls and ceilings, and cut and fit the new coving. In this case it would really be better to call in the help of an experienced coving fitter (or plasterer) who will breeze through this job in no time at all, having all the correct tools and equipment readily to hand.

If you are looking for a coving fitter look here: http://www.covingo.uk

If you have other similar work that is a bit more involved than simply coving, you may need the assistance of a plasterer, in which case you could look here to find information abour plastering and plasterers:

http://www.plasterered.uk

August 14, 2017

Dog Training is Important

Filed under: England,Services,Uncategorized,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 5:43 pm

Dog Training is Important – When you get a new puppy or dog it is important to make sure that it is properly trained to be obedient and well-mannered. Dog training not only makes owning a dog a better experience for you and your family, it also makes the life of your dog more pleasant and stress free, and also saves your pet being an annoyance to neighbours and visitors to your house. The type of training that you do with your dog will depend on the breed of dog, what you expect from your dog and what your final goal is for your pet, but the first step will be house training and basic odedience training. If you are having specific problems with your dog, these can be addressed by targeted training, for instance if you have a dog that is constantly barking, or a dog that is always chewing the furniture or items around your home. There are numerous dog training techniques which can be used and different dog trainers use different methods. Some of the most common dog training techniques include, clicker dog training, positive reinforcement and model-rival or mirror training. The best way to find out which method is ideal for your dog, is to chat with a local dog training expert. As a dog owner it is your responsibility to train your dog to respect other people and other pets and animals.

July 8, 2017

Have You Tried Aromatherapy

Have You Tried Aromatherapy? – In these busy modern times it is very easy to get stressed out and anxious just carrying out our everyday tasks, going to work, shopping, picking up the kids and so forth, and we rarely take time out to de-stress and relax, apart from maybe one annual holiday per year. Now one thing you could try to resolve this issue is to have a few sessions of aromatherapy massage, which should help you relax and get a bit of inner peace. Now aromatherapy practitioners make all sorts of claims for their treatments being able to cure a multitude of ailments and illnesses, but even if you don’t believe all that hype, at the very least you will get a relaxing massage to improve your general feeling of wellbeing. Aromatherapy is one of the alternative medicines and involves the use of essential oils, which may be used directly on the body or by means of diffusers or vaporizers. These essential oils are extracted from flowers, plants, herbs and fruits and are highly concentrated and quite potent. If you believe in the healing claims of aromatherapists you might try the treatments for migraine headaches, back pain, depression, sciatica and a number of other complaints. So why not book a session with your local aromatherapist and give it a shot?

Find out more here:  http://www.aromatherapys.uk/

July 6, 2017

Get a DJ for Your Event

Filed under: Events,Services,Uncategorized,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , , — needahand @ 6:49 am

Get a DJ for Your Event – Next time you are planning a party or special celebration you should consider hiring the services of a professional wedding DJ to do the music for you and organise all the entertainment. A professional DJ will bring all his own equipment and gear with him (so you don’t have to use your own) and provide everything you need to make your occasion go with a swing. Apart from supplying the musical entertainment your local DJ will provide a top quality microphone for all those important announcements, first rate lighting system so everything looks and feels great, and may even sing or provide some other live entertainment. Once you have a DJ booked you can relax and leave him to deal with all the minor details, while you get on with organising the rest of the party. Make sure you discuss with your DJ the exact types of music you want, tell him the age group of the guests and he will be able to help you with this, also make certain you tell him the type of event and he will fashion his presentation to suit the occasion ie: wedding, birthday party or corporate event. So go out and get your DJ booked and lets PARTY…

To find out more about wedding DJS look here: http://www.weddingdjz.uk

July 5, 2017

You Could Try Acupuncture

You Could Try Acupuncture – Have you got aches and pains that won’t go away? Have you been to the doctor a dozen times and never got a solution to your medical problem? Then it might be time to try an alternative therapy such as acupuncture, to see if that can get to the root of the problem. This age old treatment began life in China many centuries ago and has been adopted in the UK more and more over the last fifty years or so. Acupuncture involves inserting fine (very fine) needles into the skin at certain points of the body (not necessarily where the pain is) to open up the energy channels and restore the balance of Chi. Supposedly your life force or Chi flows through channels in your body which are called meridian lines and it is on these meridian lines that the acupuncture needles are inserted. Because the acupuncture needles are so fine, there is rarely any pain felt by the patient, in fact pain may disappear quickly as a result of the treatment. Acupuncture therapy can be used for many different complaints including back pain, sciatica, anxiety, IBS, joint pain, post-operative pain, dental pain and headaches (or migraines). So if you have got pains that won’t go away, have a try at acupuncture, you might just be pleasantly surprised.

Visit: http://www.acupunctures.uk

June 15, 2017

Take Yoga Classes

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 7:05 pm

Take Yoga Classes – A good way to keep a decent level of fitness and getting additional health benefits is to sign up to regular yoga classes which can alleviate a number of health and mental issues and at the same time give a general feeling of peace and wellbeing. Yoga comes in  a bewildering variety of disciplines which might at first put you off the idea of yoga, yet pretty much all of the disciplines have the same ultimate goal and that is to reach a higher state of self-awareness. Many people use yoga as a way to de-stress after a busy day while others use it as a way to meet new people and improve their social life. Joining up for some yoga classes at your local community centre should be a fairly straightforward process and you could start off with beginners classes while working up to a higher standard as time goes by. Which type of yoga should you try, well that is a godd question and can only be answered by you, so you should study the various kinds of yoga Hatha, Bikram, Vinyasa etc and decide which one is the best for you.

More about yoga here: http://www.yoganto.uk

June 13, 2017

Try Tai Chi

Filed under: Uncategorized — needahand @ 8:27 am

Try Tai Chi Classes: If you are thinking about starting a new fitness regime but do not want to do anything too energetic, you might want to consider taking part in some Tai Chi classes to help you on your way. Tai Chi is a relatively gentle form of exercise with the added benefits of some self-defence instruction and of course taking part in Tai Chi classes is also a way of meeting new people and improving your social circle. If you want to learn Tai Chi properly there are 108 movements in total to learn in the Tai Chi set, so this should be your ultimate aim although you can start gradually and work up to learning the full set if you really want to. Tai Chi has many health benefits apart from the fitness element, it can help with stress, anxiety and depression, it can lower blood pressure, it can give you more energy and stamina and it can improve your flexibility and balance. There are many more benefits than this and what you get from Tai Chi may depend on what issue you are trying to help with. Tai Chi can easily be practiced by people of all ages, from young children to octogenarians, so why not book a local Tai Chi class today and get started on your new fitness regime?

August 17, 2016

Yoga an Overview

Filed under: Facts,Uncategorized,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 10:40 am

Yoga – If you have been thinking about taking yoga classes or perhaps even attending a yoga workshop, you might be looking for a little general information to get you up to speed on just what yoga is all about. Below is a short overview of what to look for and what you can expect from most yoga classes. Take a look around and see what is available in your area.

Yoga an Overview – Yoga is a gentle exercise system that is beneficial to both the spirit and body, it’s based upon early traditions from North India, stretching back in the region of 4,000 years. Yoga was introduced to the west from India in the late 19th and early 20th century. As an exercise method which can be used at any time of life and by those of all shapes and sizes, yoga is among the most beneficial low impact activities in which you can participate.

Yoga can help circulation by lowering blood pressure and lessening a person’s resting pulse rate while escalating core body strength and metabolic rate to help in improving body shape and accentuating muscle tone, consequently participating in a yoga class on a regular basis has a proven history of health and fitness improvements that can really help your general wellbeing and quality of life.

The emotional and mental health gains are also significant with yoga fans enjoying a reduction in cortisol, the stress hormone, whilst increasing dopamine levels to give a calm sensation of harmony and happiness. By means of meditation, self study, correct breathing, postural exercises, chanting yoga gives you the opportunity to enhance the spirit, mind and body.

One of the positive aspects of yoga is that to participate no special equipment is needed to join in, with loose, comfortable garments being all that’s needed for novices to participate in lessons. Nearly all yoga teachers can provide yoga mats and any further apparatus that is required for the yoga session so you don’t need to invest in these items. It is also suggested that you allow at least sixty minutes after eating before you take a yoga session because the activity can feel a bit uncomfortable on a full stomach.

If doing yoga with a group of people is not something you would enjoy, then you could contemplate the idea of private tuition where you can augment your yoga skills in your own home or perhaps in a private room, thus avoiding the distraction of others. Some yoga teachers offer this option as a means of giving an even more personal and beneficial yoga experience one-on-one.

So why not sign up for some local yoga classes and get started on gaining a new skill.

To learn more about yoga and how to find a good yoga class look here: http://www.yoganto.uk

April 6, 2012

Ivybridge Devon

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — needahand @ 10:11 am

Ivybridge Devon – Situted in the South Hams district of Devon, the small town of Ivybridge sits at the southern edge of the Dartmoor National Park about 14 kilometres to the east of Plymouth. Ivybridge is what is known as a dormitory town on the outskirts of Plymouth, with a population of over 12,000 residents. Mentioned in documents of the thirteenth century , the history of Ivybridge is marked by its status as the location of an important bridge over the River Erme, on the road between Plymouth and Exeter. During the sixteenth century, mills were constructed to make use of the power of the River Erme. Ivybridge today is a popular tourist destination and an ideal base for visiting the Dartmoor National Park, and surrounding towns and villages such as Plymouth, Tavistock, Cornwood and Bickleigh.

See an Ivybridge map here: http://www.my-towns.co.uk/ivybridge-map.html

March 26, 2011

Spanish Days of the Week

Filed under: Facts,Spain,Uncategorized — Tags: , — needahand @ 7:55 pm

Spanish Days of the Week – One of the important lessons when learning Spanish is to learn the Spanish days of the week – in general conversation you will use these frequently and being familiar with them is an essential part of learning to speak Spanish. Check out our webpage with tips on how to say and learn the words: Spanish Days of the Week.

August 27, 2010

Torremendo

Filed under: Costa Blanca,Spain,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 10:30 am

Embalse de Pedrera Torremendo

Embalse de Pedrera Torremendo

Shown in the picture on the left is the large Embalse de Pedrera reservoir which is located close to the village of Torremendo just back from the coastline of the southern Costa Blanca. The reservoir is used, among other things to feed water to local golf courses such as Villamartin, it is also a popular area for fishing and the fact that it is free to fish makes it even more attractive though recent rises in water levels have made it more difficult to catch. Ideal for a spot of carp fishing, you may also be lucky to catch a Black Bass, the fish are not huge but make good sport. The village of Torremendo itself is small and typically Spanish, though it is increasingly attracting the British and other nationalities. Those looking to settle in the area will find some decent Torremendo properties on offer, most enjoy super views over the lake and would be especially attractive to fishing fans, who could just take a short walk to enjoy their sport.  Torremendo has a limited choice of facilties mostly revolving around cafes and bars, for better shopping and more choice you can always head for nearby San Miguel de Salinas.

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