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NEWBURY IN BLOOM JUDGING 2017

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Newbury in Bloom judges has now visited all of the 42 entries received from local businesses, primary schools, places of worship, allotments, community projects and almshouses. Councillor Sarah Greenall, Chair of the Working Group, said, “This is the second year of our renewed Newbury in Bloom campaign and the standard of the gardens and floral […]

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Is International Property a solid investment?

“May you live in interesting times”, so goes the supposed Chinese anti-proverb. The implication being that ‘interesting’ is the direct opposite of stable, harmonious and peaceful.
And indeed t …

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Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle stems emerge from the ground and grow slowly upwards until they find something around which to twine. At this point they romp away, scrambling up frameworks or trees decorating them with s …

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GARDEN

Take a Seat

This year I decided to buy an all-weather seat for my garden.
Bizarrely I didn’t actually have a permanent place to sit where I could admire my hard work.
There is an art to choosing and placing gar …

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CONEFLOWER

Jobs for June

There’s always something to be doing in the garden, whether it’s pruning, tidying or sowing, here are my tips for June.
Cutting back growth in hanging baskets can encourage new flowers and …

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Blooming Baskets!

The secret to growing a successful basket lays both in the way it’s planted but also in sensible aftercare.
Plant the basket with bedding plants at the beginning of May but don’t plant them out fo …

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Fuchsia Perfect

I love hardy fuchsias. They are some of the most rewarding plants to grow. They are easy to propagate, flower well and are not the least bit temperamental.
They are named after a 16th Century German h …

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Step by step guide to a listed property Spring Health Check

Spring is the ideal time to take stock, to get out and check the condition of your listed building, and identify any maintenance that is required. The exterior of your building may have taken a batter …

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HOME

History repeats itself with a modern colour twist

WHILE Spring is the time to look forward, to clear the clutter and cobwebs away from our homes, this seasons decorating trends are harking towards a bygone era.
According to the experts at Crown Decor …

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Beautiful Birds

In the depth of winter garden birds bring us so much pleasure. Squabbling on feeders, their colours and songs brighten gloomy days.
The Big Garden Bird watch on January 28th and 29th.
Birds play a vi …

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Reputable Letting Agent

With so many legislative changes in the private rental sector, it has never been more important for you to have a reputable Letting Agent looking after your interests
Naturally, you may think we will …

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Smart Ways to Keep your Empty House Secure this Season

Empty houses and piles of Christmas presents make December and January the months you’re most likely to be a burglary victim.
Homes across the UK are already filling up with presents while families …

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How to Choose a Tradesman

Many years ago, the house I lived in developed a small wet patch in the dining room. We called out two plumbers to give us a quote. The first told us the drive needed digging up and that the total rep …

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Humble Hedge

Garden boundaries are emotive subjects. There have been any number of feuds between neighbours over this very issue down the years and the main cause of aggro seems to be the humble hedge.
November is …

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HOBBIT House

Hobbit House Designer

“In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit.” Kingston designer, Lili Giacobino, brings fantasy interior to life.
She states, “The Hobbit house uses recycled floorboards and recla …

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Friendly Foliage

We all love flowers. They’re what gardening is all about and the fact that they tend to be relatively short-lived makes them special.
A garden can’t survive on flowers alone. It needs to look attr …

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SHED

Happiness in the South East is a Garden Shed says Survey

 
The humble garden shed may hold the key to contentment. 95% of shed owners in the South East say their shed makes them happy, according to the Waltons Great British Shed Survey.
For ‘sheddies …

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How To Re-Vamp Your Old Sofa

At this time of year, things start getting a little more sociable as the evenings draw out and the temperatures rise, so here is a little guide to re-vamping one of the most important and expensive pi …

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Garden Ornaments

I fell firmly into the hate ‘em category. I thought they had a place in big country gardens but looked slightly tacky in suburbia. This antipathy may date back to my childhood and Mrs. Frost, our el …

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Newbury

Newbury in Bloom in Full Swing

Entries are flowing in for the Newbury in Bloom Campaign and the benefits can now be seen around the Town. Many businesses have their hanging baskets in place and the Town Council has planted flower b …

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