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Hints & Tips For December/January by David Greaves

A spot of gardening, even on the coldest and greyest of days, will lift your spirits, and warm you up!  The shorter days also make it more difficult for gardening as the daylight hours but there are still may jobs to continue with in the winter months 

Captain William Kidd

Captain Kidd (c. 22 January 1645 – 23 May 1701)

  Kidd was a Scottish sailor who was tried and executed for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean. Some modern historians deem his piratical reputation unjust, as he had originally been employed to rid the seas of pirates. 

Spirits of Adventure - Burleigh’s London Dry Gin

Burleigh’s London Dry Gin

The 45 West distillery is nestled in the majestic Charnwood Forest, viewed by many as a spirit lovers wonderland. Distilled by hand, their products encompass what it is to be truly artisan. 

Top Tips And Trends For Your Kitchen In 2016


The change of the seasons calls for a change of trends, both within your wardrobe and your home and we know how stressful it can be to wade through the world of interior inspiration.

Rose Named in honour of Stephen Fry

Stephen’s Rose, introduced by Norfolk rose grower Bill LeGrice, has a mass of distinctive, wavy edged, single flowers in a splendid mix of yellow and creamy red. It’s a strong growing, strongly scented, floribunda bush rose.  On seeing his new rose for the first time, Stephen Fry said - 

Princess Phoebe Meets the Tudors

Royal Story from Emmerdale’s Sammy Set to Be A Sell-Out Book this Christmas...  ‘Princess Phoebe Meets the Tudors’  by Sammy Winward  Published by Candy Jar Books. ISBN number 978-0-9931191-8-7 Price: £6.99 Available from Amazon, and all good bookshops. 

From Candles To Electricity: The History of Lighting

From Candles To Electricity: The History of Lighting

During the 63 years of Queen Victoria's reign, from 1837 to 1901, life in ordinary houses was transformed by a succession of technological developments which we now take for granted: flushing toilets, plumbed-in baths and showers, regular postal deliveries and light fittings capable of illuminating

Keller Construction Ltd. Receive National Award

Keller Construction Ltd. Receive National Award

  LABC Warranty works in partnership with Local Authority Building Control (LABC) to provide a comprehensive range of structural warranties. 

Up the Bumpy Lane

Up the Bumpy Lane

Up the Bumpy Lane: Hilarious Memoir, a “Kaleidoscope of Social History”, Remembers Rapidly-Evolving Post-WWII Britain 

Inheriting a Holiday Home Abroad

A surprising number of our clients have property abroad, usually holiday property they’ve bought themselves, but sometimes family property they’ve inherited. Does this matter to us when we are looking at Wills and Estate Planning? It matters a great deal! 

Thinking of moving home in 2016?

Local leading estate agent Spencers is urging local home owners wishing to sell in January to get their properties ready for the traditional New Year rush of buyers to the market. 

Think of your back when driving

Everyone knows how important back-friendly office chairs are, for a long time car seats have been neglected in this respect. The good news is that attitudes are changing. Although back-friendly car seats are still not part of the standard packages, they are certainly no longer an exception. 

The Red Lion, Great Bowden

The Red Lion

The Red Lion, Great Bowden 5 Main Street, Great Bowden, Leicestershire, LE16 7HB  T: 01858 463571  A vibrant free house in the centre of the picturesque village of Great Bowden and is run by Kieran Thorne and his wonderful team. 

Svedomsky's 'A Kiss’ Leads Bonhams' Russian Sale

Svedomsky's 'A Kiss’

A Kiss, one of the finest works by Russian master Pavel Aleksandrovich Svedomsky (1848 – 1904), lead The Russian Sale on 2nd December at Bonhams New Bond Street. 

It Was a Different Story This Time Last Year

As I wrote this, this time last year, we had finished harvest, had started working the land ready for planting and were putting the final touches to the harvest festival. I had also just found out I was going to be a Daddy so keeping the biggest secret of my life.