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Sixtyplusurfers Reviews

The Frangipani Tree Mystery
By Ovidia Yu
Review by Jenny Itzcovitz

The Frangipani Tree Mystery by Ovidia Yu

The Frangipani Tree Mystery is the first book in a delightfully charming crime series set in 1930s Singapore. It introduces amateur sleuth SuLin, a local girl stepping in as governess for the Acting Governor of Singapore.

It's 1936 in the Crown Colony of Singapore, and the British abdication crisis and rising Japanese threat seem very far away. When the Irish nanny looking after Acting Governor Palin's daughter dies suddenly, and in mysterious circumstances, mission school-educated local girl SuLin, an aspiring journalist trying to escape an arranged marriage, is invited to take her place.

But then another murder at the residence occurs and it seems very likely that a killer is stalking the corridors of Government House. It now takes all of SuLin's traditional skills and intelligence to help British-born Chief Inspector LeFroy solve the murders, and escape with her own life.

I'm always on the lookout for something different and special to read, so I was delighted to review The Frangipani Tree Mystery. I really liked the character of SuLin and her sensitive and intuitive way of dealing with people and unraveling a mystery using her experience at the mission-school and the life skills she has learned from her grandmother and traditional Singapore life.

Filled with beautiful descriptions of Singapore and the colourful people who live there, this fast paced book had me totally gripped with anticipation to see if SuLin could discover the murderer at large, although at the same time at grave risk herself. Charming, engaging and thoroughly entertaining, I can't wait to read the next SuLin detective book. A fascinating and richly woven historical crime novel, this is the perfect holiday read.

Ovidia Yu is one of Singapore's best known and most acclaimed writers. She has had over thirty plays produced and is the author of a number of comic mysteries published in Singapore, India, Japan and America.

She received a Fulbright to the University of Iowa's International Writers Program and has been a writing fellow at the National University of Singapore.

The Frangipani Tree Mystery is published by Constable. Price is £8.99 for the paperback.

For more information visit the website at www.littlebrown.co.uk
 

Crimson & Bone
By Marina Fiorato
Review by
Jenny Itzcovitz

Crimson & Bone by Marina Fiorato

Annie Stride has nothing left to live for, she is a penniless prostitute, newly evicted from her home and pregnant. On the night she plans to cast herself from Waterloo Bridge into the icy waters of the Thames, her life is saved by Francis Maybrick Gill, a talented pre-Raphaelite painter.

Recognising her beauty, Frances makes Annie his muse. Whisking her off to Florence to paint her as fallen women from history, his paintings transform both his fortune and hers, elevating Annie to society's darling. With her otherworldly beauty now the toast of London, her dark past is left far behind.

But Annie's lavish new life is not all it seems and there are some who won't let her forget where she came from ...

Set between the corrupt underworlds of Victorian London and Florence, this is a dark, disturbing tale of love and obsession.

I really enjoyed this gripping 'rags to riches' story of a prostitute who is down on her luck and saved from the brink of death by the dashing young artist Francis Maybrick Gill.

But all is not as it seems and as Annie is transformed from a poor street girl into a woman of taste and style, dressing in fine clothes, reading classic literature and attending the theatre and opera, her relationship with Francis is a mystery which she finds hard to fathom.

Then when she is in Florence, the mysterious 'Colourman' appears and provides Francis with the much needed colours that he needs to create his masterpieces. But why is he here? And will he agree to be a part of the tableau that Francis is painting?

Well researched with lots of detail about Victorian London,
pre-Raphaelite art, Florence and Venice, Fiorato had me engrossed from the very first page. I was really interested to learn about the techniques used by the artists of the times and the artisans who created the paints and pigments behind the scenes.

The story was full of suspense and picked up pace as it developed and we watched the 'Pygmalion' style transformation of Annie. Cleverly plotted with a parallel story told by Annie's friend Mary Jane, which unfolds as the story progresses. A great Summer read, I would highly recommend it if you enjoy tense, romantic thrillers, and have an interest in the Victorian art world.

Marina Fiorato by Sacha Bennett

            Author, Marina Fiorato,
      photograph by Sacha Bennett


Marina Fiorato is half Venetian She was born in Manchester and raised in the Yorkshire Dales. She is a history graduate of Oxford University and the University of Venice where she read for a Masters degree in Shakespeare.

After university she studied art and worked in the film and music industries creating visuals for U2, The Rolling Stones and the Queen musical We Will Rock You.

Her novels Daughter of Siena and Beatrice and Benedick were shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Historical Fiction Award. Marina was married on the Grand Canal in period costume and lives in North London with her husband, son and daughter.

You can find out more about Marina and her writing at www.marinafiorato.com

Crimson & Bone is published by Hodder & Stoughton. Price is £17.99 for the hardback.

For more information about the book click on www.hodder.co.uk
 

The Village News
By Tom Fort
Review by Simon Fine

The Village News by Tom Fort

Historian and travel writer Tom Fort captures the romance, the history and the modern day reality of the English village. Many of the villages he visits have literary connections such as Slad the inspiration for Laurie Lee’s Cider With Rosie and Askrigg, the Yorkshire Dales home of All Creatures Great and Small.

Fort is careful not to be taken in by the sentimentality of many of the writings of English village life, recognising that village life was not as idyllic as we might think and that villages must inevitably change or they risk fading away. Far fewer of the rural population now work in agriculture and many rural trades and skills have all but disappeared.

However some of the change is regrettable, as locals are priced out of the housing market by commuters and second home owners and village shops and pubs close down and the cricket team struggles to raise an eleven for a Sunday afternoon friendly.

Tom Fort has put a great deal of research into The Village News, visiting each village on his trusty bicycle and covering the length and breadth of England to discover the essence of village life, meeting many of the locals. His choice of villages is very varied. He visits some of the most beautiful and ancient villages such as Foxton in Cambridgeshire, Bibury in the Cotswolds and Robin Hoods Bay on the Yorkshire coast.

He describes the role of the squire and the parson in the middle ages, the effect of the enclosures acts. Particularly enlightening are the histories of Chopwell, a Durham mining village, that has declined alarmingly since the pit closed. Similarly, the purpose built village of Bar Hill in Cambridgeshire is a depressing example of modern planning.

The final chapters concern Tom’s home village of Sonning Common where road building has encroached on the surrounding area and builders are keen to turn green fields into housing developments. Tom is very critical of some of the tactics employed by developers and the characterless dwellings with fanciful names and descriptions that they build wherever the planners permit.

His personal experiences of collaborating with fellow villagers to draft a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Sonning Common is enlightening and gives an impression of box ticking by government rather than genuine involvement of communities.

Tom Fort

                  Author, Tom Fort

Tom Fort was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. In 1978 he joined the BBC in London where he worked in the BBC Radio newsroom for 22 years.

He lives in South Oxfordshire and is the author of the bestselling book The A304 and Channel Shore, a Radio 4 Book of the Week.

The Village News by is published by Simon & Schuster. Price is £14.99 for the hardback.

For more information about the book visit the website at www.simonandschuster.co.uk

 

Too Marvellous
for Words!

By Julie Welch
Review by
Simon Fine

Too Marvellous for Words! by Julie Welch

Too Marvellous for Words! is a wonderfully evocative and entertaining memoir of life in an all-girls boarding school in Suffolk in the early 1960s.

Sports journalist, author and screenwriter Julie Welch remembers her time spent at Felixstowe College, a long-lost world where young ladies in archaic uniforms which were only available from Harrods learnt social skills and graces in addition to academic subjects.

Felixstowe College was founded by the Rev Percy Warrington, so unsurprisingly religion was an important, and often very boring, part of the girls’ daily lives. Most of the teachers were old spinsters and there were a raft of seemingly pointless rules.

The contrast between Felixstowe College and the swinging 60s, pop music, fashions and decadence Is quite amusing. However, Julie appreciates that there were many good teachers at the college; “the kind and nice outweighed the mad and nasty”.

Girls being girls, the story is brimming with tales of midnight feasts, pranks and run-ins with teachers. Despite the efforts of the teachers, the girls eventually discover boys, kissing and the joys and tribulations of being teenagers. As with any school, there was a level of unpleasantness and even bullying. Julie refers to “mean prefects and mad teachers”. Some of the girls also struggled with difficult circumstances at home.

The years spent at Felixstowe College made a lasting impression on the girls who boarded there. Many deep and long-lasting friendships began at the College. The College itself closed in 1994, a victim of declining pupil numbers and an inability to meet the challenges of changing times.

The final chapters are particularly poignant as Julie returns to the site of the College, meeting her closest friend from her schooldays and recalling the best and worst of their time at Felixstowe. Julie also tells what has happened in the interim years to many of the teachers and the girls she shared her teenage years with in dormitories at Felixstowe College.

Too Marvellous for Words! is full of character and charm, a story about precious teenage years and growing up in an unusual environment. It is also a fascinating social history of a way of English life lived by 'young ladies' some 50 years ago.

Julie Welch grew up in Loughton, Essex and was educated at Felixstowe College in Suffolk. In 1973, she became an award-winning sports reporter for the Observer and the first woman in Fleet Street to cover football.

Her journalism, on a variety of topics, has featured in many national newspapers and she appears regularly on radio. She wrote the nostalgic football movie Those Glory Glory Days and The Biography of Tottenham Hotspur. Currently she is a contributor to the Guardian and Daily Express.

Too Marvellous for Words! is published by Simon & Schuster. Price is £14.99 for the hardback.

For more information about the book visit the website at www.simonandschuster.co.uk
 

Indoor Edible Garden
By Zia Allaway

Review by Simon Fine

Indoor Edible Garden by Zia Allaway

Do you want to grow your own food, but have no garden? Or would you simply enjoy the challenge and pleasure of growing crops inside your own home that look and taste good? In her new book, Indoor Edible Garden, Zia Allaway provides all the knowledge you need to understand which plant varieties thrive in the home, how to make the most of the available light and space, and how to enjoy harvesting and eating fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs no matter how much or little space you have.

Zia explains how to make the most of your space, from balconies and windowsills to countertops, walls, and even ceilings, to grow herbs, vegetables and fruit in your home that look amazing and taste even better. She advises how to position your various crops so that they have the most suitable light and temperature conditions, how to select the right pot for your plants and how to feed, water and sit them in the right compost.

The choice of crops which can be grown indoors is much wider than I imagined, though some are probably easier than others. Herbs include thyme, basil, mint, oregano and parsley and these will thrive by a sunny window and add a splash of welcome colour. Sprouting is a particularly quick and easy way to grow nutritious salad items using mung beans or chick peas for example. A jam jar and some water are all you need.

Zia also shows how to grow microgreens and salad leaves indoors. For the more adventurous you can try your hand growing vegetables, including carrots, mushrooms and radishes or even fruiting vegetables such as tomatoes, chilli, aubergines and cucumbers. If you are really ambitious, you can grow fruit including strawberries, figs, peaches or lemons.

For the more creative and practically minded, there are many manageable projects described by Zia literally to support your crop. She shows how to construct shelves, a mini-greenhouse, trellis, even use a colander to create the perfect environment for your plants as they develop. The book is beautifully illustrated with photographs and helpful diagrams which are simple to follow.

This is an inspiring, wonderfully presented and practical guide for all potential indoor growers. I am looking forward to hours of fun growing ingredients for my lunch!

Zia Allaway is a qualified horticulturist and has written a range of gardening books, including The Complete Gardener’s Manual, The Encyclopaedia of Plants and Flowers, How to Grow Practically Everything, and Growing Vegetables: 101 Essential Tips.

She has also edited The Encyclopaedia of Garden Design and the RHS Simple Steps series. Zia writes a monthly column on garden design for Homes & Gardens Magazine, and is a contributor to the Garden Design Journal.

Indoor Edible Garden is published by DK. Price is £14.99 for the hardback.

For more information visit www.dk.com

 

Shopping & Reviews


Summer Gifts
from Prezzybox

 

Watermelon Keg Tapping Kit from Prezzybox


Prezzybox offers a great selection of gifts for the Summer. Check out their extensive range of products and gifts which are suitable for every occasion.

Make entertaining more fun with a Watermelon Keg Tapping Kit. Perfect for a hot day, the kit allows you to make a watermelon into a drinks dispenser. Just hollow out the fruit and attach the keg tap, and then fill the watermelon with your chosen drink. Then pull the keg and enjoy a fruity watermelon twist with your favourite drink.

Great for parties, picnics and barbecues, the kit can be used again and again on different watermelons. Simply hand wash the equipment and start on another watermelon. You can also use the kit on a pumpkin in the autumn for delicious spiced drinks. The kit includes a keg tap, coring tool and full instructions. Price is £19.99.

Fidget Spinner from Prezzybox

Treat yourself, a friend or someone in your family to the must-buy toy of the year - a Fidget Spinner. My son has recently bought one and we're all completely addicted! Perfect for anyone who is a fidget, nail biter, table tapper, hair twirler or pen clicker, this tactile toy is the ideal solution. Made to fit in your hand, all you need to do is hold the centre with your thumb and forefinger and SPIN.


You can also put it on a table top, or a book, your elbow or any flat surface and watch it spin for as long as possible. A great relaxant, it keeps your hands busy and makes a fun stress-buster. Keep it on your desk for those times when you are put on 'hold' on the telephone, are feeling cross, nervous, anxious or simply need to keep your hands busy!

Prezzybox offers the original Fidget Spinner for £3.99. Colours vary.

Flashing LED Fidget Spinner from Prezzybox

Fidget Spinner fans will also love the new Flashing LED Fidget Spinner. This eyecatching Fidget Spinner has three LED lights that light up when you press the light, you can also change the settings of the flashing LEDs by pressing through the options.

Create a dazzling light show in the palm of your hand, just switch off the lights and get spinning. The perfect gift for someone who has everything, this is the ultimate desk toy. Colours are assorted and selected at random, so when you order this will be a surprise. Price is £5.99.

Moroccan Tea Light Holders from Prezzybox

Give your party a magical atmosphere with these romantic Moroccan Tea Light Holders. This beautiful set of four exotic tea lights will give your home or garden a warm holiday feeling just like a Moroccan bazaar.

Made from high quality glass, each tea light is decorated with gold patterns. Choose from pink, purple, blue and green glass, each one has its own pattern. When lit, they produce a beautiful glow that will make a special talking point for your party. Price is £8.99 for a set of four.

Flamingo Inflatable Ice Bucket from Prezzybox

Get your garden party started with a smile with this cheery Flamingo Inflatable Ice Bucket. The ice bucket floats and holds several cans or bottles, so you can place your friendly pink flamingo anywhere including a paddling pool or swimming pool or firmly on the grass or patio.

Much more fun than an ordinary ice bucket, it's also a fun gift for anyone who loves flamingos, pink, or needs a cool and tropical ice bucket for the Summer. The perfect way to keep your drinks cool and ready to drink. This adorable inflatable is £14.99.

Mermaid Fruit Infuser from Prezzybox

Enjoy fresh, healthy drinks on the go with the  Mermaid Fruit Infuser. The perfect way to enjoy drinking water but with a healthy, fruity flavour, keep it handy on your desk, close at hand at home, take it to the gym, or a day out in the hot weather.

Easy to use, just add your favourite fruit into the cage suspended in the water bottle so that the delicious flavours can mingle. Made from BPA free plastic, the bottle weighs just 600ml, to help you stay hydrated on the move. Easy to clean, this is much more hygienic than carrying a plastic water bottle. Price is £7.99.

Sundae Glasses from Prezzybox

Serve up delicious ice cream, fruit salad, jelly, trifle, and ice cream sundaes in these American 1950s diner style Sundae Glasses. The perfect way to make your desserts look stunning and inviting. Have fun filling them up with colourful concoctions.

Perfect for Summer garden parties, entertaining and making a stylish dessert. This retro set of four Sundae Glasses is perfect for sharing. Presented in a vintage style box. Price is £11.36.

For more information about Prezzybox visit the website at www.prezzybox.com

 

Gorgeous Gifts from The Oak Room

Gardening Propagator Kit from The Oak Room


The Oak Room offers a fabulous selection of gifts for the home and garden.

This handy Gardening Propagator Kit will make the perfect gift for budding gardeners who enjoy growing plants from seed. Perfect for popping indoors on a windowsill or in the greenhouse, the propagator will help kick-start growth by keeping out the cold.

Contents of the set include one green propagator base and clear lid, 5 biodegradable trays each with 12 compartments, 12 wooden markers and a pencil. Price is £7.99.

Six Vintage Herb Markers from The Oak Room

This set of Six Vintage Herb Markers makes the perfect unique gift for gardeners and cooks. Each silver-plated herb marker is sourced from vintage cutlery in the UK and then lovingly hand-stamped with the name of a herb.

The set includes basil, parsley, rosemary, thyme, mint and sage. Due to the vintage nature of these products, size and shape may vary to image as many are one-offs adding to their unique appeal. Price is £14.99 for a set of six herb markers.

El Toro Smoked Paprika Tin from The Oak Room

Create some retro charm with this colourful tin featuring a vintage inspired label for El Toro Smoked Paprika. The versatile tin is the perfect home for kitchen utensils, pens and paintbrushes or as a planter for herbs.

It’s the ideal gift for a gardener, foodie or quirky home lover. The range also includes a Red Chilli Sauce tin. Height is 13cm x 11cm diameter. Price is £3.99.


Caravan Bird House from The Oak Room

Introduce some retro style to your garden with this vintage style Caravan Bird House. Made from wood and metal, the detailed birdhouse comes with a hanging wire to ensure a secure fix. A great way to brighten up your garden it has a cute little entry door with a perch and vibrant detailed design.

It’s the perfect quirky gift for a gardener or bird lover. But please remember this item is not a toy, so keep it away from children (contains sharp edges). Price is £17.99.

Ice Lolly Lights from The Oak Room
 
Brighten up your summer party with these colourful and quirky Ice Lolly Lights. Ideal for barbecues and summer celebrations, the set includes a string of 10 lolly lights stretching over 2 metres.

The lights can also be used indoors and make a fun addition to a child’s bedroom. Please note, the ice lolly lights require 3 x AA batteries (not included). Total length is 210cm. Lolly size is 10cm x 3.5cm 2.5cm. Price is £18.99.

Orange Globe Lamp from The Oak Room

This stunning Orange Globe Lamp will add style and interest to your home and also doubles as a lamp to create a wonderful ambience. The educational globe features over 2000 place names including countries, cities, oceans and deserts and comes with an LED energy saving bulb that uses about 90% less energy than a regular bulb when illuminated.

Presented in a retro inspired gift box with the words ‘See the world see the light’, the lamp makes a great gift for globetrotters, map lovers and children of all ages. Price is £79.99.

Map Notebook A5 Journals from The Oak Room

Keep a record of your travels and adventures in these handy Map Notebook A5 Journals. The set includes two lined notebooks both featuring an eyecatching map design on the cover.

One notebook reads ‘Let’s Explore’ and the other says ‘Says Yes to Adventure.’ A great gift for globetrotters, frequent fliers and intrepid explorers. Price is £3.99 for a set of two notebooks.
 

Summer Gifts from The Contemporary Home for You

Wooden Seagulls from The Contemporary Home


Liven up your home with the gorgeous selection of gifts from The Contemporary Home.

Whether you're lucky enough to live by the sea or not, these beautiful Wooden Seagulls will bring the beach right into your home.

Available in two sizes (small and large), their bodies are carved and colour washed in soft brown and white, with long yellow beaks. Great for gifts too.
Price is £12.00 for the Small Wooden Seagulls and £15.00 for the Large Wooden Seagulls.

Nautical Be Lucky Terrier Mug and Ship Mate Nautical Mug from The Contemporary Home

Cheer up your home with a Nautical Be Lucky Terrier Mug or a Ship Mate Nautical Mug. The Nautical Be Lucky Terrier Mug is the perfect mug for dog lovers and seaside fanatics. With a strong greeny-blue sea background, the design features a happy terrier, a few spilt ice creams, several yachts and a flashing lighthouse.

The Ship Mate Nautical Mug is the perfect mug for salty ship mates, or those aspiring to become one! With a strong greeny-blue sea background, the design features a rosy-cheeked shipmate, a pair of yachts, some friendly seagulls and flashing lighthouses.

Both mugs are dishwasher safe and matching items are available. Price is £12.00 each.

Dragon Fly Jug from The Contemporary Home

This sold glass Dragon Fly Jug will quickly become a household staple. Whether you use it for water for dinner, as a vase for flowers or even for a Pimms in the garden, it will be a firm favourite.


Made from recycled glass with a delicate embossed dragon fly design, it's the perfect jug for family entertaining or as a welcome in your new home gift. Price is £15.00.

Set of Three Cake Tins from The Contemporary Home

This delightful Set of Three Cake Tins makes a welcome return to The Contemporary Home collection this season. Beautiful and practical, the tins are sold as a set of three.

The largest tin (22.5cm diameter) features a yummy cup cake design, the medium tin (20cm diameter) is covered in fresh eggs, while the smallest tin (17cm diameter) is greeny-yellow in colour and features a raspberry jelly design. Price is £30.00 for the set.


For more information about The Contemporary Home visit the website at www.tch.net
 
 

   Sixtyplusurfers Competition

  Win a Pair of Fun
 Havainas Flip Flops


Win a Pair of Fun Havainas Flip Flops

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Havainas to offer two lucky readers the chance to win a pair of Summer Flip Flops, perfect for your holiday. Choose from Slim Tropical Flip Flops or
Areo Graphic Sports Flip Flops for your prize!

Tropical Havainas are inspired by one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Brazilian region of “Armaçao dos Búzios”, the place where the beaches are examples of paradise.

Slim Tropical Havainas

Fun, floral and vibrant, these colourful flip flips show the stunning native fauna and flora, together with the glamorous
Havainas logo.

Slim Tropical  Havainas Flip Flops are available in a range of sizes including 33-34 (UK 1-2), 35-36 (UK 2-3), 37-38 (UK 4-5) and 39-40 (UK 6-7). Price is £28.


If you prefer a Sports style, Areo Graphic Sports Flip Flops are the airiest of Brazil's original and authentic styles. The design makes them super light and comfortable.

Areo Graphic Sports Havainas Flip Flops

The perforated straps are perfect for wearing to the gym or swimming pool, letting the air circulate where the strap meets the skin.

Created for humid climates, the stylish blue linear print makes them ideal for everyday wear.

Areo Graphic Sports Havainas Flip Flops

Areo Graphic Sports Flip Flops are available in a selection of sizes including 39-40 (UK 6-7), 41-42 (UK 8-9), 43-44 (UK 10-11) and 45-46 (UK 12-13). Price is £16.

Created in 1962, Havainas have been bringing the Brazilian spirit all around the world with their legendary rubber sole and bright joyful designs.

Havainas represent comfort, happiness and freedom in the most simple and spontaneous form for everyone's feet

Havainas represent comfort, happiness and freedom in the most simple and spontaneous form for everyone's feet.

 

For more information about Havainas Flip Flops visit www.havaianas.com 

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Tell us where do Havainas Flip Flops come from?

     a) Spain
     b) Brazil
     c) Mexico
     d) Argentina


 To Enter the Competition

Tell us where do Havainas Flip Flops come from? Then send in your answer, together with your full name, preferred style of Flip Flops and Shoe Size, along with your postal address and telephone number to the Sixtyplusurfers email address as shown below:
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     Summer Games
from Dotcomgiftshop

Tin Can Alley Game from Dotcomgiftshop

Dotcomgiftshop offers a delightful range of games for the Summer.

The Tin Can Alley Game is perfect for children's parties, garden games, school fêtes, fund raising events, and family garden parties.

The set comes with 3 bean bags and 10 'shop product' design tin cans, making it perfect for playing shopkeepers too. Shortlisted for Gift of the Year 2016 it's sure to be loved by all the family. Price is £19.95.

Badminton Set from Dotcomgiftshop

Have a very British garden party with this traditional Badminton Set. Presented in a retro box, the set contains everything you'll need to get started including 2 metal badminton rackets with rubber grips (65 cm long, 20 x 24 cm head size), a 3-metre net, 3 plastic and rubber shuttlecocks, and a cotton drawstring bag to keep it all in.

A great way to stay in shape over the Summer and fun for all the family. Because of small parts, this product is not suitable for children under 3 years. Price is £16.95.

Quoits from Dotcomgiftshop

Make the most of the warm weather with this traditional game of Quoits. Presented in an attractive gift box, the set includes 5 rope quoits and a 5 pin wooden quoits stand.

Suitable for up to 5 players. The game is made from sturdy wood and rope quoits. Adult supervision is required. Price is £14.95.

French Skipping Set from Dotcomgiftshop

Make outdoor play more fun with this beautifully presented French Skipping set. Neatly packaged in its own attractive box, the set includes a 3 metre elastic rope with an 8 page skipping song book.

Children will love this traditional playground game, and with a full set of instructions they'll be skipping and exercising in no time. Price is £3.95.

Traditional Wooden Rounders Set from Dotcomgiftshop

Get some light exercise with this Traditional Wooden Rounders set, just like you used to play at school. The game of rounders is a traditional game that began in Tudor times on the playing fields of Britain. Two teams of between 6 and 12 players battle against each other to see who can score the most 'rounders' points.

This retro style box set includes 4 wooden rounders posts, a wooden rounders bat with red cotton cord grip, a soft tennis ball and a printed cotton tidy bag. Game instructions are printed on the reverse of the gift box. Price is £29.95.

Bingo Game from Dotcomgiftshop

Bingo Game is the perfect game to get all the family together, play it after a meal, on a wet day indoors, or at a family gathering and add in a few of your own prizes for the winners.

The set includes a board, tombola cage for the caller, 75 bingo balls, 18 players cards and 150 marker counters. There's even a printed cotton bag to store it all in, and some handy how-to-play instructions. Price is £23.95.

Tiddlywinks from Dotcomgiftshop

Who remembers the addictive quality of Tiddlywinks? This traditional and colourful board game is fabulous fun for up to 4 players and comes with full instructions on how to play.

The clever cardboard box converts into the game board and has a snazzy plastic catching cup in the centre. Price is £5.95.

Rusty the Fox Playing Cards from Dotcomgiftshop

Dotcomgiftshop also offers these adorable Rusty the Fox Playing Cards. Great for holidays and dinner parties, these cards come in a handy metal tin so you can store them in style. Price is £4.95.

For more information about games and gifts from Dotcomgiftshop visit www.dotcomgiftshop.com 
 

 Summer fun with
       Berry Red

Large Sunny Life Watermelon Candle from Berry Red

Give your home a fresh Summery feel with the lovely range of gifts from Berry Red.

This Large Sunny Life Watermelon Candle has a lovely fruity scent. Oversized in the shape of a wedge of watermelon, this candle is perfect for a garden party.
With a long burn time of 30 hours. Measurements are 15cm x 15cm. Price is £25.

Sunny Life Pineapple Sipper from Berry Red

Enjoy your fruity Summer drinks and cocktails in this fun and tropical Sunny Life Pineapple Sipper.

Perfect for enjoying cool drinks in the sun, whether its pineapple juice, cocktails or Piña Colada. You can also pop in lots of refreshing ice cubes. This fruity drinks holder, comes with its own twisty green straw and a screw-on cap to keep your drink fresh. Price is £12.00.

Sunny Life Ice Cream Beach Fan from Berry Red

Keep cool in the hot weather with this cute Sunny Life Ice Cream Beach Fan.

Perfect for holidays, cooling down in the garden or at your desk, choose from Strawberry (pink) or Vanilla (white) flavours. CE approved, the fan takes 2 x AA batteries. Price is £13.00.

Bill Skinner Kitten & Wool Ball Pendant from Berry Red

Berry Red also offers gorgeous jewellery. This cute Bill Skinner Kitten & Wool Ball Pendant will make a special gift for anyone who loves cats.

The pendant necklace features a cute little kitten playing with an oversized ball of pink wool. The necklace is gold plated, and the chain length is 80cm with a 5cm extender and a lobster claw clasp fastening. Price is £65.

Bill Skinner Tea Party Mouse Pendant from Berry Red

This Bill Skinner Tea Party Mouse Pendant will also make a delightful gift. The necklace includes a little gold mouse peeking out of a flowery silver teapot.

Made from 18 carat gold plated metal and hand finished in enamel. Chain length is 75cm with a 5cm extender, the pendant is 3.1cm x 2.6cm. Price is £85.00.

Jolly Striped Pure New Wool Picnic Rug from Berry Red

Enjoy a Summer picnic with a Jolly Striped Pure New Wool Picnic Rug. These sturdy chevron striped picnic blankets with fringed edging are woven in Denbighshire and made of pure new wool. They have a waterproof backing and feature a handy carry handle plus pockets for storage.

Ideal for everything from parties, picnics, sunbathing and festivals. Price is £70.

For more information about Berry Red visit http://berryred.co.uk