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Woolovers. 25Years of knitwear excellence


If like myself you havent heard of Woolovers, your missing out on something very exciting. I must of had my eyes closed for the last 25 years as until recently I hadnt heard of this fab company who are specialist knitwear providers for men and women.

Woolovers started as a small business in 1989 and are now a world class supplier of knitwear with over 750,000 satisfied customers, specializing in mens and womens jumpers in classic and contemperary styles.With over 160 styles  in 180 different colour combinations there is something for everyone who loves the feel of wool, cotton or cashmere.

Unlike most of the “wool” clothes bought on the high street Woolovers are made in association with the British Wool Board & Woolmark so quality is assured and every item is machine washable so you can buy and wear with confidence.




As you can see in the images the classical look never goes out of fashion and along with great prices Woolovers are exceptional value for money, and make great gifts and for the hard to please you can also buy giftvouchers.

The most flexible way to buy the perfect gift…


If thats no enough to whet your appetite get your wardrobe ready for winter with  some fab sale offers with 10% off all orders over £70,  by using the  code Anniv25 spend over £75 and take advantage of free delivery too.

So whatever you style or taste there realy is something for everyone, check out the website for further details, im not hunting the high street this yr for my jumpers i know where im buying mine from



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Salad Recipes, Well now that summer is upon is if your like me your already bored of the thought of salads every day, dont get me wrong i like salads on baking hot days, but find them urghhh after a few days and long for something tasty. 

That should now change as the fab people at Florette you know the ones famous for bags of crispy green leaves, have come up with a selection  of Florette Salad Recipes. Which can also be found on the website. There is a wide variety of recipes that should unbore even the less adventurous like myself so even on those less than summery days which lets face it in the UK we often have you can now conjure up wholesome appetising meals using salad, yes you heard right salad,

There is Courgette, PepperCress & Ricotta Soup which a serving for 2 only takes 20mins so time to get it made when the covers come out at Wimbledon. Or how about a PepperCress Pizza for when friends and family pop round for a nibble and only takes 15 mins. or if your having a Barbecue why not make a special sauce for the meat with PepperCress Chimichurri sauce, 


The ideas when you think about it for a few minutes are endless what you can really do with a salad, i hope ive given you food for thought why not check out the website  above and share with me any ideas for salad that you have.


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Feed the birds

I thought it was time for an update sorry to Farbrook Farms for not posting sooner, but i was lucky enough to be sent some fab products as i love feeding the birds that have started coming back into our garden, lately we have seen an increase in sparrows, blackbirds, starlings, and magpies, we even have a regular daily visitor of a pidgeon who we have named Percy.
I was sent to review A water drinker which looks like an upside down bottle on a plate, which i guess basically it is but the slow release means the water lasts for a while as it only releases onto the plate when it sways either in the wind or when a bird is on it having a drink of course when they fly away too it refills always leaving a fresh supply of water for the next bird.
I was also sent a fab ball ring which as you can see is self explanatory, fill the ring with fat balls and off you go, the circular design enables the birds to sit in the middle of the ring while eating, easy to refil it holds 10 fat balls and you can see at a glance when it needs refilling.
Last but not least the favourite bird product( not by me) definitely a hit with the birds is the fledgeling mix Our Fledgling Mix provides just the nutrition boost that baby birds and their parents need! It’s packed with high-energy ingredients such as suet, peanut grains, sunflower hearts and dried mealworms, enhanced with calcium-rich oyster shell. All the ingredients are in small pieces – easy for adults to take back to the nest and perfect for even tiny beaks!

Contains: pinhead oatmeal, peanut grains (free from aflatoxin), red & white millet, dried mealworms, sunflower hearts, suet pellets, oyster shell grit and canary seed
we use this in the hanging feeders and the bird table where Percy visits every night to enjoy his treat.

– See more at: http://www.feedyourbirds.co.uk/bird-food/bird-seed-mixes/fledgling#sthash.vWtR3c1K.dpuf

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Karcher -SC 2.500 C Steam cleaner


I love reviewing new products and when the guys from Karcher asked me to review their steam cleaner i admit i was a bit dubious having laminate floor my fitter told me not to use a steam cleaner on it due to water ingress. So when the steam cleaner sc2.500 arrived i looked at the box and thought how much hard work is this going to be?  but once unpacked  reading the easy to follow instructions in minutes i was ready to go extension tubes connected to the hose, water tank filled and clicked in place, this can be refilled at any time without removing it as it has a hole in the top so you

can use a jug .simple things make me happy. Next attach the cleaning cloth to the head another easy  step clip up the grip stretch the cloth over and grips down. (mind your fingers tho)DSCN0302

Next turn it on wait 6 minutes for the lights to change and off i go,No chemmicals needed. first i steam cleaned the floor, i need not of worried about wet getting into the laminate as it is steam it doesnt leave the floor wet for long, the machine i found compared to others was very light to manouvre as your not pushing a full cleaner but the hose and extension, and the big wheels on the machine make it very light and easy to pull along. I was overall extremely pleased with just how clean the floor was when i finished, after using a mop and bucket for the last 12 months this is just as easy to get out and use for better results. see pic below.

DSCN0307Next i tackled the bathroom sink and bath, changing the nozzle to the small brush attachment for more direct steam this was fab for getting around the taps and the flexi shower hose is like new again after giving it a blasting you dont realise where the dirt gathers till you really look for it. finally i used it to clean the grout on the tiles as a house of women who dye their hair its surprising where brown dye can end up! again with no effort this came off easily.

To say im impressed by my new steam cleaner is an understatement, its light flexible and easy to use, if i was to make one complaint its a minor one that i would of liked more electric cable, as it was a bit short and i had to use and extension lead, but overall its a fab cleaner and can be used not only on floors but cookers, sinks and wall tiles. and all this with no chemicals or additives the steam does it all. there is a multitude of accessories to go with the machine including a wallpaper stripper and upholstery attachment too, so one machine can clean it all.

The RRP is 232.09 GBP  which may seem a bit restrictive but for quality and versatility its well worth it compared to other steam cleaners for further information check out


Order no.: 1.512-352.0

SC 2.500 C Steam cleaner


The SC 2.500 C is a versatile steam cleaner engineered for hygienic, environmentally-friendly, deep cleaning without the need for chemicals. Ideal for floors, tiles, work surfaces, taps, mirrors, shower screens etc. With its innovative new ‘lamellae’ floor tool, it cleans up to 35% more effectively. Designed with two tanks, including a removable and refillable tank, for non-stop steam so you can finish the job faster. A gold standard product with money back satisfaction guarantee, it heats up 25% faster and uses 20% less energy than the SC 1.020. It is a steam mop and much more thanks to its versatile hand tools which clean surfaces, taps and glass. It features an adjustable steam control, on-board accessory storage and childproof lock. Includes: floor tool, terry cloths, hand and detail nozzles, round brush


  • Floor cleaning
  • Taps
  • Wash basin
  • Wall tiles
  • Windows, mirror
  • Extractor hood
  • Hobs

Features & Benefits

Steam flow control on handle
The steam volume can be adapted individually to the surface being cleaned and the level of dirt

4 metres cable length
Large operating radius: cleaning large rooms without any problems

Storage position for extension tubes
For practical and space-saving storage of extension tubes

Ergonomic steam gun, carrying handle
For the greatest comfort and good ergonomics in cleaning

Easy to understand controls
Self-explanatory operation for the greatest ease of use

Integrated cable storage compartment
Optimum cable storage to save space when storing the steam cleaner

Child lock on the steam gun
Protects against inappropriate use, e. g. by children

Short heating time (6 minutes)
Short waiting time: the steam cleaner is ready to use in just 6 minutes

On/Off switch on the machine
The steam cleaner can be switched off easily

Parking position for floor nozzle
For parking the extension tube and floor nozzle during use; practical storage

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Fluvel chi fish tank

Fluval Chi Fish Tank was so simple to set up my partner done it in a few minutes and it looks fab , The ambience it creates brings a feel of luxury to any room and the gently cascasding water is said to bring positive energy  and prosperity. You cant see in the pic but we have a male Siamese Fighting Fish in ours  as we wanted to keep it simple and clean  and this fish thrives well in most enviroments, The 19litre tank come with all accessories including water filter lighting gravel and plants. The top Light can have a cover on to keep the trickling water noise down or take it off to hear it and help aerate the tank.

IMG_0007The powerful Led lighting is a safe low voltage system, This aquarium is suitable for Coldwater fish, such as White Cloud Mountain Minnows, Neones Chinos and Rainbow Dace.

Stocking level – 1cm (excluding tail) for every 3L of water.

It is also suitable for temperate fish, such as Zebra Danios, Platys and Danios.

Stocking level – 1cm (excluding tail) for every 2L of water.

Easy to set up and maintain.

We love the glow of the lights on an evening and the gentle trickle is like sitting by a pond on a summers evening, for more information on the Fluval Chi RRP 59.99


check out the swell pets website at www.swelluk.com and see their full range of tanks aquariums and vivariums.



Hotter Shoes


I dont know about you, but ive always thought of hotter shoes as being more for the older generation,although im 52 i dont see myself as middle aged or elder in any way, So when i was asked if id like to review Hotter Shoes i was slighty arghhhh im getting old but when i saw the wide selection of shoes and boots availabe i had a drastic change of mnd. Hotter shoes are for everyone but the one thing that remains constant is the comfort of them,

I recieved a pair of Uptown Boots, I was in need of new boots for the winter coming and these have served me very well 3 month on im still wearing them and keeping my feet dry.


The uptown are bang on trend with the biker fashion buckles in nubuck leather, and plenty of toe room, the sole is ultra flexible and made for comfort when wearing them i often have to stop myself to make sure im not wearing my slippers, These are great ankle boots with zip fastening, they look good with casual jeans and smart trousers. Available in black or brown both colours have contrasting strap with buckles.

Hotter shoes are available in half sizes which are hard to find on the high street.

Hotter Shoes are british made in Lancashire by a family owned company who have been producing comfortable shoes for over 50years, wit the emphasis on comfort and quality. Service is also paramount to Hotter shoes from placing an order online or over the phone every customer is important and not just a number, and all the staff are well trained and knowledgable.

Comfy shoes deliver Happy feet

But that’s not the end of the Hotter story… we hope you’ve discovered lots more about us on our website, which is 100% safe and secure and uses the most up-to-date technology to give you a smooth and trouble-free online shopping experience. And as a true multi-channel marketer we sell our footwear through 54 Hotter stores and more than 200 independent retailers nationwide.Every single person at Hotter works towards your satisfaction, we never forget how important our customers are to our success, we make sure your every experience is as positive as possible. Please keep coming back to find out more about our latest Hotter developments,
If you would like to have happy feet check out the website
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garden in January

The gardening has just about come to a stop now with the winter upon us it looks bare with no flowers and the grass is just a sodden mess on a plus side the bird feeding station i made although also looking a bit bare is bearing the fruits of my labours i such a short space of time i have had blackbirds picking at the fallen apples, a pigeon that almost lives at the top of the garden, blue tits robins and sparrows all now pay a visit.


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Win a St Valentines meal for 2 at Mez Ban

As our last competition proved so popular we are doing it again. If your in London and love fine dining and Indian cuisine this is for you.
The fab people at Mez Ban are offering as a valentines treat a meal for 2 at their resteraunt in Hammersmith.


Mez Ban is well known locally for its fine food and friendly staff . All dishes are made using only the finest locally sourced fish meat and vegetables, to help support the local community
MezBan philosphy is to use the finest local ingredients for the best in Indian taste.
The menu has a wide variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes to cater for all tastes and friendly staff. Everyone is made welcome. So whether you want a Tandoori, chicken seafood or vegetarian dish at prices rarely seen this far south. Id recommend

Mez Ban 103 Hammersith Grove,London W6 0NQ,

telephone for reservations 0208 741 1088
Mez Ban
Dont forget to follow both @madein1961 and Rt

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New York bakery Company



If you have ever been to New York or like me dream of going, this year the taste of New York comes to you from the New York Bakery Co. You may of tried these from your supermarket but for 2013 is a new limited edition festive flavour Cranberry & Orange.


All of the New York Bakery Co Bagels are made the New York way boiling them before they are stone baked for the authentic tase of nyc.making them chewy on the outside and soft in the middle. 

They come in a array of flavours incl fruit and oat bagels, red onion & chive and sesame bagels and plain bagels, But these are my new found favourite breakfast toasted with fresh butter on the taste is delicious  and with plenty of fruit.( each cranberry and orange bagel is just 246 cals) which if like me your watching your weight bagels are a great way to start the day. Of course there are other ways to serve bagels  Image more recipe ideas can be found on the website http://www.newyorkbakery.co.uk/EN/Pages/Home.aspx 


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Graham & Brown Meets Kelly Hoppen

With Christmas time just around the corner we immediately think is the house spick and span for the man in the red suit. well i know i do, So when i was offered the chance to review home decor from two of my fave products i couldnt refuse. The products in question are a new range of wallpaper from Graham & Brown designed by the awe inspiring not so dragon-ish Kelly Hoppen.

Ive always been a big fan of Kelly Hoppen and have several of her pieces in my home. The room i chose to decorate was the main bedroom previously this had on vibrant red poppies, which we thought looked ok as it tied in well with the other 3 plain walls and black furniture the only problem being lack of bedding to match, So every time we needed new bedding it was red or red bit of a hobsons choice.

The wallpaper i decided on was the Bold Stripe Image

The paper itself oozes quality from a brand such as Graham & Brown you wouldnt expect anything less. It was so easy to put up too, paste the wall and hang,  so less crinkles and creases to contend with.

so not having to drag soggy paper across the room I set to papering, the paper once on the pasted wall was manouverable and slid easily into place and 2 hours later by just papering one wall i had transformed a room from a vibrant, busy room to a tranquil sleeping area again.

The Bold Stripe that i chose retails at £26 a roll but is in no way expensive ive had dearer papers that were lesser quality and as i love decorating and get bored easily i all to often change rooms around. But this is one paper that can stay a while longer.

From this

Image Imageto this in a couple of hours, what do you think of my transformation??

The bold stripe and full range of Kelly Hoppen inspired papers can be found at