Homes and Gardens

Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win a CJ Wildlife Adventurer Guardian Seed Feeder Bundle

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with CJ Wildlife to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a 4 port Adventurer Seed Feeder complete with Guardian cage, 10kg of Hi-Energy No Mess Seed Mix and a Window ID chart.  A super bundle worth over £89 to brighten up your garden and encourage more birds for you to enjoy.

This combination of Adventurer Seed Feeder with a Guardian cage has been designed so you can provide a stylish sanctuary for your smaller garden birds to feed in confidence and safety.

Both the feeder and cage are made from tough, powder-coated steel with a graphite grey finish. It is easily dismantled for cleaning and can be hung from the feeder handle, pole-mounted (optional extra), or used free-standing.

The Adventurer Feeder has a capacity to hold over 1kg of seed meaning less frequent filling and peace of mind when you go away.  All four feeding ports are equipped with our patented perching rings which have been designed to the optimum perch/aperture dimensions for birds to feed comfortably and safely in their natural position, facing forward for maximum feeding efficiency.

You will find a vast array of birds will visit and enjoy the Adventurer Feeder; from Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Crested Tit, Siskin, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Brambling, Chaffinch, Tree Sparrow, House Sparrow, Robin, Starling and Redstart.

The Guardian cage is an important addition which has been designed to allow the smaller birds to pass through, whilst larger birds and squirrels are prevented from getting at the food or causing damage.

This Adventurer 4 port feeder with Guardian is also available to buy from CJ Wildlife priced at £52.99. 

To get you started, this prize includes 10kg of CJ Wildlife Hi-Energy No Mess Seed Mix – the original no-mess food for birds.  All ingredients have been de-husked, so there will be no waste and no mess saving your birds precious time and energy and giving you with peace of mind there is no clearing up to do.

In addition, you will receive a CJ Wildlife Bird ID Chart to fix to your window for you to identify just who is enjoying your feeding station. Get the whole family involved and see who can spot each variety first.

You can find out more about the chart at www.birdfood.co.uk

About CJ Wildlife

CJ Wildlife is one of the UKs leading specialist suppliers of garden bird and wildlife products with a range of food, habitats and care products.

Based on the same farm in rural Shropshire where it all started 30 years ago, the dedicated team work alongside ornithologists and wildlife experts to research and develop products which can help customers care for more wildlife in their garden.

For more information about all the wildlife ranges and inspiration for your garden and home visit www.birdfood.co.uk

For Your Chance to Win

Tell us how many birds are shown on the CJ Wildlife Window ID Chart? 
(Product code 97862)

          a) 18 birds
          b) 20 birds
          c) 23 birds
          d) 25 birds

To Enter the Competition

Tell us how many birds are shown on the CJ Wildlife Window ID Chart?Then send in your answer together with your name, address and telephone number by clicking on the Sixtyplusurfers link below:

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The Potted Garden Tips

Graceful Winter Grasses

This month we’ve got a great new gardening project from The Potted Garden to make the most of your garden, balcony or conservatory in the colder autumn weather. 

Ornamental grasses can be used to great effect in the garden and are perfect plants for containers. They can provide a calming effect or a more dynamic focus to specific areas of your outdoor living space. 

Growing grasses in pots combines the beauty and versatility of ornamental plants with the freedom of container gardening, which means you can move them around according to the seasons or personal preference. Most ornamental grasses adapt really well to container culture and some are actually easier and more practical to grow in pots as it keeps them under control.

Use loam-based compost such as John Innes No 2 with 20 percent loam-free compost to lighten the mix. Select good-sized pots to suit maturing plants, and remember to feed and water and to pot the plants into bigger pots when their roots have filled the pot. They do not need much feeding though, one application of a balanced fertiliser in spring is adequate.

The up-side of ornamental grasses is that they are relatively low maintenance and generally suffer from few problems if they are kept in the right part of your garden for their needs – light, shady, partial shade. 

Some of the most popular varieties include:

Carex, a tuft forming evergreen perennial that is very tough and contemporary and look good all winter.  Try Carex ‘Milk Chocolate’ – a richly coloured variety that slowly forms a dense mound.  It has dark purple and brown slender foliage with delicate pink edges that turn into autumnal shades of orange and brown as winter approaches, growing to a height of 60cm.

Stipa tenuissima, also known as Mexican Feathergrass, is hardy and fast growing producing a frothing cascade of yellow flowers. An elegant grass with fine, gently arching leaves. Feathery plumes of flowers emerge from June to September and mature to a soft golden brown in winter.  It can grow up to 100cm. 

Festuca glauca is a tufted evergreen grass forming a tactile mound of thin blue-green leaves.. Summertime brings buff coloured feathery flower stems that rise above the foliage and move gently in the breeze.  A really versatile plant that reaches a height of around 40cm and adds year round colour and texture to any container garden.

If pots and containers are just part of your outside space then here are some gardening tips for this month from the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society).

Plant autumn colour

Create a bird feeding area

Move tender plants inside or into a greenhouse to protect against frost, or fleece

Harvest autumn vegetables

Collect falling leaves

Plant spring flowering bulbs

Prune tall growing roses

Dead head all faded flower heads and remove any parts of plants that have died back

Gardening in a Small Space

Clever Ideas for a Beautiful Balcony

With green space at a premium, especially in our towns and cities, it’s a crime not to make full use of your balcony.

A balcony should be so much more than a bike shed or dumping ground for that cross trainer you never use.

With Elho’s clever ideas it’s never been easier to love your balcony and get closer to nature. So go on, get outside and feel happier, healthier and more energetic.

Make the most of what you’ve got

There’s a Green Basics pot or planter for every nook and cranny. If you don’t have floor space to spare on your balcony, use railings, tables and hanging spaces.

Liven up a wall with Balcony Pot Holders, or make a humble drainpipe look good with Drainpipe Clickers. And grow your own herbs, vegetables or fruit with the Flower Bridge Grow House.

Light up the night

Extend the nights with the clever Flower Light. It’s a pretty planter for your outdoor table and a practical light that works on solar energy.

For every hour of full sun it gets during the day, you’ll get back an hour of light in the evening.

Happy plants, happy you

Many Elho pots and planters come with an in-built water reservoir.

If you overwater or there’s a heavy shower of rain, the excess water is collected. So you don’t need to spend hours tending your plants, just sit back and enjoy the sunshine.

Going up

If your balcony needs more green, embrace the trend for vertical gardening with the Corsica Vertical Garden. With brightly coloured pots and you will always have colour on your balcony, extending the use of your balcony well into the Autumn.

Elho pots and planters are widely stocked at all good garden centres, retailers and available online.

For details visit www.elho.com                   

Louise Redknapp Collection

Louise Redknapp Launches Furniture Collection at Harveys

Louise Redknapp unveils new BOLD furniture collection at Harveys

Harveys the largest furniture specialist in the UK unveils its first ever celebrity partnership, as it launches BOLD by Louise.

Louise Redknapp has partnered exclusively with Harveys on a collection of exclusive vibrant and chic sofas, chairs and footstools that fit seamlessly into a modern and stylish home.

Designed for those looking to inject some personality into their rooms, each piece makes a statement and is available in a range of rich colours and confident neutrals: from chic coral and dramatic indigo, to deep emerald, rich charcoal, clean white and bold turmeric among others.

Aiming to push the boundaries of interior style, the stunning product line up combines strokable velvets, soft wools and luxurious linens with contemporary shapes adding a touch of drama to your living space.

Harveys approached singer, presenter, fashion blogger and interiors enthusiast Louise to collaborate with them. It was her flair for interiors and effortless styling that inspired Harveys to go further, asking Louise, who is Co-Founder of fashion blog A Style Album, to partner with the brand on an exclusive furniture collection.

Louise has been fully involved in the design process, working with the Harveys team to ensure every detail fits her own style aesthetic. All of the products in the range are hand-crafted and made in Britain, with Louise visiting the manufacturer to choose fabrics and test designs every step of the way.

Louise Redknapp explains, “I only design things I would put in my own home, and this collection is a true reflection of my personality and style. We’ve worked so hard on the shape and design of each product, and seeing the final finished range was a truly stand-out moment for me.

“I wanted people to have a focal point in their living spaces that will be a conversation starter for guests, and BOLD by Louise really encapsulates this. Working with Harveys has exceeded my expectations: the collection is beautiful and I’m so proud of it – I’ve even got the Icon Large Chaise in my living room.”

Lisa Broad, Head of Buying at Harveys furniture, who worked with Louise on developing the collection says, “Working with Louise has seen the Harveys brand go on a really thrilling creative journey. When we started working with her we knew she was a strong fit for us, and her bold personality has shone through in the iconic pieces in the collection. BOLD by Louise will give our customers the confidence to be brave and push the boundaries when it comes to styling their homes.”

Kalwant Singh, Managing Director of Harveys furniture says, “Harveys is in the middle of great change and innovation. This is the first time we have partnered with a celebrity and the team has been committed and driven to produce a range that will inject vibrancy into shoppers’ homes: stylish furniture that doesn’t compromise on comfort, whatever the budget.”

BOLD by Louise is available to buy now exclusively from Harveys online at www.harveysfurniture.co.uk and in 136 Harveys stores nationwide.

Cosy Rugs for your Home

Sink Your Feet into
a Lovely Soft Rug

One of the UK’s biggest online retail destinations for buying rugs for the home www.therugseller.co.uk  is gearing up for its busiest months (October & November) with more than 2000 new products – taking its choice to more than 25,000 rug styles available.

Design Director Daniel Prendergast says, “We experience a flurry of sales with the onset of the autumn months as homeowners update their homes with the latest seasonal trends and get homes nice and cosy.

“We source new designs from all over the globe and there are some strong new looks for the coming season.”

This season’s hot picks include:

 Soft Shaggy Rugs (for under £50!)

Dazzle Rugs – priced from £29.95

There’s nothing like sinking your feet into a cosy deep pile rug or even snuggling up on one next to the fire.  This Dazzle rug from www.therugseller.co.uk  is super-soft with a slight metallic sheen that adds a real touch of luxe. 

Available in duck egg, caramel and taupe colourways or an on-trend blush pink that proves pastel shades aren’t just for summer.

Extravagance Rugs – priced from £39

Alternatively, this durable thick-pile ‘tufted’ rug, which has a slightly shaggier appearance, is available in six gorgeous colourways, including a berry red that’s perfect for autumn/winter.

Perfect Pink And Mellow Yellow – Two Hot Colours For Autumn 2018

Pink is a hot trend for this coming Autumn and looks lovely and cosy when styled with grey and winter white textiles.  Plain pink looks great on the floor or add visual interest with one of these patterned rugs.

We’re also seeing lots of interest in our yellow rugs – opt for mustard and turmeric or golden tones to reflect seasonal changes outside.

Medina rug from £54.99, Ainslie Stripe Rug from £274, available to buy from www.therugseller.co.uk

Polar rug from £39.99 and Pearl rug from £84.99 from www.therugseller.co.uk

Sheepskin And Faux Fur

Sheepskin and faux fur rugs are a classic way to add comfort and cosy textures to homes – and they don’t just have to be used on the floor, pile them up on the sofa or the bed for that interior expert styled look.

Wildfire Sheepskin Rugs – Available in 15 colours from subtle naturals to vivid teal or mustard. Faux Fur rug in white from £29.95 and natural sheepskin rug.

Online rug store, The Rug Seller www.therugseller.co.uk  has one of the largest collections of rugs and floor coverings (over 25,000) sourced direct from suppliers across the globe so that customers can make significant savings on high street prices. 

And with many rugs UNDER £50 – homeowners really can’t go wrong!

Greenhouses from Access

Inside Out Greenhouse from Access

The new Chatsworth Greenhouse from Access Garden Products offers keen gardeners a unique opportunity to own a greenhouse which can be accessed from outside. This clever invention has been designed with gardeners in mind who would love to own a greenhouse but don’t necessarily have the space to accommodate one. 

Its clever design means there is no central path, like that of a standard greenhouse and has a much lower roof too; so whilst it’s still free standing it isn’t to big that it dominates the whole garden.  It’s been designed in such a way that you can access it at every given point from outside and has sliding doors on all four sides as well as a sliding roof allowing for extra ventilation on hot days.

All the panels are made from 4mm toughened safety glass, with the centre staging being no exception. This allows plenty of light to reach lower levels of the greenhouse and where required can be removed to accommodate taller crops such as tomatoes.

There are ten seed tray shelves included in the Chatsworth allowing for maximum storage. Each one can be adjusted to any height, and when not required can also be simply removed. 

But, what’s even more quirky about this versatile greenhouse is that it boasts two louvre-vent panels which each has a unique built-in, temperature-sensitivity-mechanism, enabling it to automatically open and close as temperatures rise and fall – now that really is clever!

Like most greenhouses, the Chatsworth has been designed with a convenient ‘potting-up work station’ which has been colour-co-ordinated to match the colour of the greenhouse itself. It also has a built in watering system comprising eight nozzles and valves, allowing misting to be zoned.

And as if that isn’t enough you can add a timer too as an optional extra. This means you won’t have to waste time anymore watering every morning and night as it will be automatically done for you – an invaluable added extra for when you are on holiday.

All-in-all the new Chatsworth from Access offers a unique and truly versatile greenhouse experience to any gardener, amateur or professional and at £2,290 all-in, offers excellent value for money.

Access offers greenhouses for all shapes and sizes, so if you’re looking for something a bit smaller, the 4′ Half Grow House is perfect for smaller gardens or patios.

For details about Access greenhouses visit www.garden-products.co.uk  

Mindfulness at Home

Style Tips to Boost Mindfulness and
Calm in Your Home

With wellness being front and centre in people’s minds, it’s no wonder that creating a serene, happy space has become a huge interior trend to explore.

Combining the best of Scandi comfort and health-focused influences – think aromatherapy, colour psychology, and lots of plants and greenery – this wellness trend is growing, and here to stay.

Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice shares 3 tips on how to create a relaxing space that can also boost wellness.

1. Introduce some small and meaningful accessories

When it comes to embracing a happier and productive space, a little goes a long way. “The trick is to decorate smart,” says Rebecca. “Go with décor elements that will easily switch up the ambience of the room, like scented candles and aroma diffusers for an instant pick-me-up.”

Sarah Duncan, Reiki therapist and founder of Soul Candles, discusses the benefits of these stylish and practical accessories, and the importance of turning the home into a sanctuary. “I’m a big believer in the effects and benefits of using aromatherapy oils in the home, and the two easiest ways of going about it are with candles and diffusers.

“While candles can really set the mood, you can get the same effects – and do away with potential fire risks – by opting for a diffuser, and then selecting the right oils for the right space. For example, our Relax range is ideal for the bedroom and winding down after a long day – notes like lavender, geranium and ylang ylang will lift your mood and improve cognitive function. For livelier spaces, such as the living or dining room, go with our Uplift range to awaken the senses.

2. Decorate with natural materials and plenty of greenery

It’s no secret that natural homeware and décor are big this year, with rattan pieces and the tropical aesthetic shaping up to be hot summer favourites.

“Woven rugs, wooden furniture and rattan baskets are ideal picks for this look,” Rebecca says. “They lend a handcrafted appeal that complements the understated, calm tones of the space.”

“This is also a perfect opportunity to exercise creativity and incorporate some DIY decor. So whether it’s customised shelving or macrame wall art, the end result is a personalised creation that scores big on style without breaking the bank.”

Another mood lifter to consider: indoor plants. “Greenery can be key when it comes to promoting productivity and a healthier wellbeing,” says Rebecca.  “Succulents and cacti are easy to care for, but for a statement-worthy investment, a terrarium would make for a stunning feature piece.”

3. Build a calm, energised setting with colours and textures

Taking visual cues from the Hygge craze last year, neutrals can set the mood for a relaxing space. “Taupe, ivory and trendy sage lend a sophisticated look that’ll work beautifully for a calm interior,” Rebecca advises.

“These hues are a great foundation to work with, matching easily with other colours, and can be kept pared back or dressed up depending on your preferences.

“Neutral tones are also perfect as a background for more dramatic accent colours. Sunny shades like yellow provide a cheerful burst of creativity, while giving your space charm and personality.”

“And when it comes to dialling up the comfort, layer in different textures. Think elements like a plush sofa, soft throws and even a fluffy faux fur rug for a huge boost in cosiness.”

About Furniture Choice

Founded in 2005, FurnitureChoice.co.uk is an independent furniture retailer. The company combines a deep knowledge of contemporary furniture manufacturing with first-class e-commerce expertise.

With a dedicated UK call-centre and an experienced quality control team in Asia, Furniture Choice is able to offer customers the greatest variety of high quality contemporary furniture and best-in-class customer service, backed-up with fast, free delivery and returns.

To find out more about Furniture Choice visit www.furniturechoice.co.uk

Curtains 2 Go

Liven up Your Home with New Curtains

Autumn is the perfect time to introduce beautiful new fabrics into your home, framing your view and adding personality and style to any room.

Whether you prefer a contemporary look or a classic feel, Curtains 2 Go, the sister website of Blinds 2go – the UK’s largest online blinds retailer, has announced the launch of an inspirational new curtain collection which will be live on the website from September.

The collection includes a wide range of fresh and exciting styles as well as highly anticipated, popular designs from Emma Bridgewater, Scion and Harlequin.

Inspired by the quintessential English garden, Blakely Linen is an elegant design printed onto a beautiful linen look fabric that will bring a sophisticated aura to any room. This beautiful new print is available in tones of Mustard, Vintage Cyan Spring, Vintage Lily Pad and Vintage Vapour Grey.

Our stunning collections combine both texture and style. From Madelyn Velvet, a gorgeous floral printed onto the softest velvet, to Hadley Linen which harmonises exquisite botanicals with organic beauty.

Bahia from Harlequin is a cool and contemporary design, featuring an all over stripe, presented in vibrant shades of pink and lagoon, alongside demure neutral tones of beige and grey.

There are also a wide range of designs ideal for children’s rooms such as Dinosaurs, Starry Skies and Dancing Mice from the Emma Bridgewater collection, as well as exclusive patterns such as Unicorn Dreams and Baby Bunting.

The inspirational Tuiss collection also features design exclusives to bring affordable luxury to any window. Painterly patterns like our Foxglove design or magnificent peacocks featured on our Pinion Velvet curtains add an extra air of refinement.

With such an incredible array of prints, weaves, embroideries, velvets and sheers being introduced for the autumn season, this superb collection offers luxurious made to measure product at affordable prices, which is the signature of the Curtains 2go brand.

Priced from just £28.45 for plain colours and £36.95 for patterns, the new made to measure curtain collection is available in a range of over 350 colours in 130 fabric varieties.

For free fabric samples and further information visit www.curtains2go.co.uk

Or call 0800 862 0463.

Home Appliances Advice

Brits Have Little
‘Know How’ of their Home Appliances

Britain is a nation lacking in knowledge when it comes to working all of their home appliances, new research reveals.

A survey of 1,015 UK adults carried out by leading household appliances retailer, AppliancesDirect.co.uk, revealed how an overwhelming 61% of Brits said that they can’t work all of their home appliances.

More than 1 in 3 (39%) reveal they search on the internet when they are looking for help or advice on how to work their home appliances, while 26% admitted that they turn to their family.

Perhaps even more surprisingly, just 8% said they use the instruction manual to figure out how their household appliances work.

The survey also quizzed Brits on how to work home appliances and revealed how 32% believe that household appliances in standby mode use no power.

Another common thing that Brits revealed is that they don’t know how to use more than one setting on the washing machine, with more than a quarter of the votes (27%).

Furthermore, 1 in 4 confess that they don’t know the difference between the oven and the grill.

21% of those surveyed admitted that they don’t know how the temperature switch works on their fridge.

Not knowing how to work any of the attachments on a hoover (14%), rounded off the top five list.

Mark Kelly, Marketing Manager at AppliancesDirect.co.uk comments, “Despite the advice available on how to use home appliances, there are still many of us who don’t know how to work all of them correctly. The research shows how there are many common misconceptions surrounding how household appliances work – an example of this is many of us believing that appliances in standby mode use no power.

“Instead of not knowing how to use all of our home appliances, we should pull on the help around us from instruction manuals to friends and family. By doing this, it will mean that appliances can be used correctly and to their full ability, so it is really important that Brits understand how to work all of their domestic gadgets.”

The data also revealed that men are the most likely to not know how to work all of their home appliances, with 64% of the votes.

For further information about AppliancesDirect.co.uk please click on www.appliancesdirect.co.uk

AppliancesDirect.co.uk sells a vast range of kitchen gadgets, white goods and other household appliances.

The full range of products can be found at www.appliancesdirect.co.uk

Sleep Comfortably at Night

Perfect Pillow Pair

Fine Bedding Company unveils ‘Perfect Pillow Pair’ following extensive consumer testing. Two pillows, one pillow, or no pillow at all – the nation is divided on the formula for the perfect night’s sleep, so-much-so that 57% of us wake at least once a night to ditch or rearrange our pillows and more than a third claim it is a major factor affecting the quality of our sleep.

Now boffins at The Fine Bedding Company have found the answer. Following extensive consumer research and testing, the bedding specialists have launched the ‘Perfect Pillow Pair’. A pillow combination that truly is greater than the sum of its parts – two plump pillows, the first firm and square edged on the bottom for support, combined with a second softer standard style on the top for cushioning and comfort.

Hypo-allergenic, washable and offering medium support, the Perfect Pillow Pair is the solution to a conundrum that has been baffling sleep experts for years. Consumer testing reveals that it provides the optimum combination of comfort and support, with 9/10 testers saying that it significantly improved the quality of their sleep.

The Perfect Pillow Pair is available from www.finebedding.co.uk priced at £50.00.

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