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I first discovered this company through a mailing catalogue which I received at home but they also have a website which is probably more convenient for many customers. The online portal is also a brilliant port of call for all gardening enthusiasts.
The company sell mainly outdoor plants including bedding flowers, trees and shrubs. They also sell fruit and vegetable seeds, planting containers and special purchases such as planted baskets for occasions like Mother's Day etc. They also have a small selection of random gifts, pet items, wild bird foods and seasonal items.
As well as the online shop the website also features a helpful blog aimed at those with green fingers, a gardening calender which helps you to know when to plant or prune and more, a video library with information on how to do various gardening tasks, gardening advice from experts and information pages about specific plants. Overall it's a brilliant hub of useful, educational information.
I have ordered a few times from this company. They deliver quickly and the plants arrive wrapped in protective wrapping. The quality of the plants is mostly good but sometimes I feel the company's description of the plants they are selling is a little overblown and what you actually receive is acceptable but not as you expected due to the description.
I bought a fruit tree from the firm which was described as being ready to bear fruit within 12 months. It was little more than a twig with three leaves when it arrived and the promise of fruit did not transpire and never had any chance of doing so given how far the tree was pruned back. However, the tree itself is healthy and beautiful and the care instructions provided with the tree were very thorough. I have also bought many bedding plants including primulas and similar small flowers all of which have been at the right stage of blooming to look amazing in my border. I have also bought plants in baskets from this company which are planted with a pretty palette of colours and textures and which look stunning.
This company is trustworthy and has never let me down in delivering an order. They also have a free delivery service which makes ordering very attractive as it keeps the price down. They do have a guarantee that you'll be happy or they will replace or refund, but I've been happy with all of my purchases,even my fruit tree despite the fact it didn't bear fruit in the time they promised!
I would recommend this company to any keen gardeners who are looking for a reliable company who have a wide range of plants, seeds and more to offer.
Costwold Outdoor is an online shop selling items specifically for outdoor hobbies and pursuits. They sell clothes for women, men and children. They also sell footwear, gadgets and equipment.
The kind of clothes available include items such as waterproof jackets, breathable tops and trousers, ski wear and hiking clothes. This is a great first port of call if you are looking for walking boots, hiking boots, wellies, trail trainers and similar items. The type of equipment they sell are tents, rucksacks, camping equipment,climbing and hiking gear and more.
I do find that the prices for items on the site tend to be slightly more than you might expect to pay elsewhere.However, the benefit of shopping on this site is that you know you can find all of the items you need in one place and you know that the quality of the items is high class.
Brands for sale on the site are some of the best in the outdoor clothing and equipment market. They include brands like The North Face, Berghaus, Regatta, Hunter and more. They also have their own brand items.
The online shop offers a click and collect service from a store local to you. Otherwise they charge £3.95 for delivery to your home unless the order is more than £30. I find that delivery is always quick with the parcels well packed with all items safe and secure until they arrive at my door. Returns are free.
You have to register when you first make an order after which you are deemed to have an account with the company. At this stage you receive email communications from the firm which are regular but not too many and which contain helpful information and offers.
I would recommend this website to anyone who has an outdoor hobby or interest. I personally participate in long distance walking, trail running and camping in all weathers so I find this website offers an essential selection of items which help me function and which I know I can buy and have delivered quickly.
Dress-For-Less is an online shopping space that I discovered many years ago and which has changed slightly and for the better since it first launched. It's a site that sells womens, mens and kids clothing, shoes, accessories and underwear.
The site provides designer brand clothing at what they state is discounted at 70%. This figure is not always provable but it's obvious that many of the items for sale in the shop are heavily discounted. You can actually search the site by designer name. Despite large reductions, however, the price of many of the goods remains quite high.
Some of the designer names featured on the site include Superdry, Bennetton, Esprit, Replay, Mishumo, Diesel, Joop, Pepe and more. The items featured tend to be those which are surplus stock left over from the previous season or seasons. In some cases some of the items are also sold independently by Amazon.co.uk at a cheaper price so you might want to check both sites before making your purchase.
The Dress-For-Less service is quick and well managed with my deliveries arriving very quickly and well packaged. Orders are shipped on the same day if placed before 4 p.m CET. I don't think the items sold are 'seconds' as most of mine are high quality. I have only ever had one issue with a sweatshirt having wonky stitching. Otherwise I'd describe the quality of items as very good.
The site has a registration service and a regular email list which keeps you up to date with the site and also offers regular discounts on top of what is already reduced! They do not bombard you with emails though.
This is a site I like to visit now and then when I'm looking for a bargain or a specific item by a designer brand that I admire. There is so much choice on the website that it's easy to find what you are looking for. I would recommend this site to people who love big designer name brands but want to pay less for them.
I bought this gum because I read that chewing after meals can combat tooth decay. I bought he gum in a multipack as I thought I would be using it quite often. The pack contains 3 individual packets each containing ten pieces of gum. You can also buy larger multipacks in this brand.
The gum is endorsed by the dental industry as being a positive contribution in helping to stop tooth decay. The brand state that chewing for 20 minutes after eating is sufficient to neutralise any plaque acids that might be attacking your teeth. The product is suitable for vegetarians.
Each piece of white gum is rectangular in shape. The outer layer of the gum is coated with a sweetener and has a crispy texture. This crunches up and dissolves after chewing for a couple of minutes. When the gum becomes malleable it feels soft and stringy. The gum's texture does not seem to change whilst chewing for a while, nor does the flavour diminish.
The flavour of the gum is very mild but really nice. It's sweet and refreshing. The mint flavour is not at all harsh but it still has the power to freshen the breath very well.
I would definitely buy this gum again. It cost me £1 for my pack of three which I'm happy to pay. It is available at most major supermarkets, newsagency stores and other similar retailers. I've seen the three pack multipack for as little as 69p in discount stores. Well worth it to keep your teeth looking good!
I've had this printer for a while now and it's fairly obsolete although you can probably still buy the model on Ebay and open market seller sites like Amazon.co.uk. I would actually not advise a purchase at this stage unless you really want a challenge! There are newer models available that are much more suitable for new purchases. The driver for the printer is actually no longer produced or supported by the brand HP. Therefore if you buy this you are required to download an alternative driver (the 3600 LIDIL series driver) and go through several tricky set-up steps to ensure it is synched to the machine! The printer also comes with software on disc.
The model is quite a large printer. It measures 16 inches long and requires at least 14 inches across to be able to function correctly. It's colour us a creamy white with a grey cover. The cover can be lifted up to expose the cartridge section. In terms of how it looks it is rather old fashioned in style and resembles an office machine.
This printer takes cartridges number 27 black and 28 colour. The brand of the ink doesn't have to be HP although I find these in store more often than other brands. They are easy to insert with just a little click.
My printer works slightly differently since the driver was replaced and now seems to work a little faster than before. The cartridges have more of a manic, jerky movement than they did before. Printing quality is very good though, although it's necessary to keep realigning the paper in the tray or else the stack seems to slip because of the slight juddering movement of the printer as it works.
I've had this model for around ten or more years and although the software issue has caused a bit of a headache the model still works and functions perfectly. This tells me all I need to know about the quality of models produced by HP. I would therefore look to buy another HP model in the future and advise others that this is a really good brand to try.
This strange film directed by David Lynch is one that once you have watched it you may never forget certain parts of it. I'm a huge fan of Lynch myself but I find this movie very dark in places, somewhat blending the images and events of hyper-reality with the mind and soul of art. It's not a movie I can love but it's one that I like watching now and then because it's so different to most other film work from either now or any other era.
Nicholas Cage stars as Elvis lookalike 'Sailor' and Laura Dern as his wild Marilyn Monroe lookalike lover, Lula. The story of their 'romance' is a very convoluted one in which Sailor ends up in jail a couples of times, breaking parole and taking part in a number of crimes. Dianne Ladd stars as Lula's mother whose influence and interference is part of the reason why Sailor is implicated in criminal activities. Ladd was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her role.
The film has many moments of strong, gory violence and disgusting moments of realism which do not sit well with me. I particularly dislike a scene with Twin Peak's Sherilyn Fenn in which she has survived a car crash but has terrible head injuries and can not understand what is wrong with her head. There are other unsettling scenes where the injuries of gun violence are shown very clearly. The gritty lifestyle of Lula and Sailor is also quite difficult to digest as we see it in very vivid detail.
There are some odd moments in the movie and this is not surprising when Lynch is at the helm. The end scene features a dream hallucination relating to the Wizard of Oz and which is completely spellbinding and strange!
This movie isn't for everyone and may only be suitable for those who like cult movies or films that are as far from mainstream as you can get. At certificate 18 it's a movie that should be enjoyed by adults only.
I often drink fruit juices as part of a healthy diet and one of the drinks I often purchase is this Tesco's Own Value Orange Juice. It's the cheapest juice that they sell at only 65p for a 1 litre carton. This can be compared to brands like Tropicana which can charge up to more than three times that amount.
The drink comes in a plain white carton with no attractive images printed on it. It basically is printed with plain text explaining what the product is. How the product packaging really doesn't matter in this case, I feel. The carton is rectangular shaped with a raised plastic pouring head and a screw off top. When you first open this there is a ring pull and plastic/foil cover which is an extra seal of protection.
The pure orange juice (from concentrate) looks very bright orange although it is prone to being a bit more cloudy than more premium brands. It also doesn't dilute with water (I often water down my juices or add ice) very well and tends to look as though it is separating. However, it tastes great and I honestly can't discern any difference between this and more expensive brands! It has a tangy aftertaste which is pleasant and uplifting. It has a sharp, citrus aroma which is appetizing.
The drink needs to be stored in the fridge and the shelf life is around 7 days and I haven't noticed any deterioration in flavour in this period.
I would recommend this to any shoppers who like fresh, refreshing juices but are on a budget. I would also recommend trying the apple from concentrate in the same range. It is available at Tesco in the chilled section and also from the Long Life juice section. The cartons are 65p each for 1 litre.
I actually bought this Samsung HMX-F80 camcorder in an airport on my way on holiday. It was recommended to me by a sales assistant for taking great video footage.
The model measures around 4 1/2 by 2 inches. It has a strap handle on the right with a soft felt cushioning for comfort. The model has a pull out 2.7 inch sized LCD screen on the left which can be reversed for 'selfie' filming too.
The screen is not a touchscreen but can be operated by three buttons on the edge of the screen, one which is a directional 'joystick' type button for selecting options on screen.
The camcorder records HD footage as well as photos, although the photo quality is not as good as a decent phone camera. There is a massive 52x optical zoom which gets you mega close to faraway objects. I do have some problems sometimes as the camera tends to refocus constantly if you move just a tiny bit. Having the camcorder on a tripod can lessen this somewhat but if you zoom in quickly it tends to happen too.
There are a couple of interesting features. You have the ability to highlight your favourite clips. You can also take a still photo from a clip as it plays back. A less satisfactory feature is the adding music to your clips feature. The music is terrible, tinny ice-cream van style music which really ruins any clip rather than enhances it! You can also protect clips from accidental deletion. When recording you can only record 20 minutes of video before a new clip is made which is a bit odd.
The camera requires a SD memory card (not included) which slots into the side of the model and which has a pull down shield. The charge connection point as well as USB cable points are also located behind this shield. The camera has a removable lithium battery which lasts around an hour at most. It can be charged at the mains and also charges when connected by USB cable to devices like laptops.
The sound quality is excellent but there is no external mike jack. Sounds is always crisp and clear on my recordings though. I have used my camera for many things but I have some amazing footage of birds. The zoom is so great that I can record at a great distance and still get crystal clear images! It's also good for close up footage and it makes an excellent camcorder for Youtube vlogging etc.
The best thing about the model is the zoom and the overall quality of the images captured. The camera can now be found on sites like Amazon and you should expect to pay from £90 upwards.
I have a large patio in my garden and was looking for a table to use during the summer when I saw this table in Wilkinsons. It was quite cheap at around £29 and I was able to buy similar coloured chairs so I thought it was a good deal.
The table requires very little assembly to set up. It basically comprises of a flat table top and four legs which slot into specially moulded sections in each corner. I can easily pick up the table top on my own and disassemble it when it requires storing in the winter.
The table is a dark green colour but I've had mine a while and mine has started to acquire an odd white surface which appears to be discolouration rather than anything sticking to the surface. It almost appears as if the surface has melted a little bit! This may be because I leave the table out in all weathers though!
The table top has a pattern of rectangles on it which means that it is not slippery and whatever you place on top has a surface to grip. The bottom of the table has a hollow pattern like a plastic maze which tends to get clogged up with spider webs if you leave the table outside for long periods. The table legs are also hollow and also tend to be attractive to spiders looking for a home!
The table is quite sturdy although it does sway a tiny little bit. A parasol can help make the table more steady. Otherwise heavy winds can actually move the table as the whole construction is fairly light. It is necessary to keep checking that the legs are fully inserted into their holes as this can cause the table to collapse or wobble if they are not slotted in properly. However, in general the table provides a good platform for resting drinks and snacks, books and laptops etc. My dog even likes to jump up and sunbathe on the table as the plastic can get very warm in the summer sun! The table will seat 4 people ideally but may accommodate 6 if you don't mind being a little squashed up!
Overall this is a reasonably priced table that is not premium quality but which requires little effort to transport and assemble and which will last you a good few years assuming you have space to store it over winter so that the material does not deteriorate quickly. I would recommend to anyone who wants no fuss in assembly of their garden furniture and who is looking for something quite cheap.
I actually got this free with Glamour magazine although it is the exact same product as is sold in stores. I really wanted the nail polish because the brand had already been recommended to me and I also loved the colour.
The shade is called Piccadilly Circus and it's a strong, dark pink shade. It's a little lighter when applied to the nails than it looks in the bottle so the rich warmth of the pink really stands out when you are wearing this.
The glass bottle holds 10ml of nail varnish liquid and it has a large silver coloured screw off brush section. The brush applicator is long and thin. It requires several swipes over the nail to cover the surface although it's comfortable to hold the brush.
The nail varnish consistency is perfect for being able to get the coverage nice and even before it sets or sticks. It's a runny consistency but thick enough to dry so that you only need one coat. It dries quickly and doesn't feel tacky or too thick on the nail surface.
I love this shade. It's very dynamic and matches a lot of outfits. It can actually make a casual outfit look quite glam too. The colour can be worn with casual clothes or for more formal outfits. I also think the colour is both fun and sexy depending on what you wear it with.
The nail varnish doesn't chip easily but wears down and starts to look scratchy after a few days wear, which I feel is reasonable. It can be removed easily by pressing a cotton ball drenched in nail varnish remover liquid onto the nail and then wiping.
This retails at a little more than I'm used to paying for nail varnishes and can be around £10 a bottle in departement and chemist stores. I would feel okay about buying a couple of bottles now and then for this price.
These pretty Pink Primrose (Primula) plants are often available at this time of year leading up to Mother's Day as they make an excellent gift for mums of all ages and personality types. I have a plant that began life as a 'posey' in a basket sold by Gardening Direct but which now is part of my garden border.
Initially planted in a gift basket the pink primrose can be planted outdoors in either a pot or into open ground. They generally do not make good indoor houseplants so if you received this as a Mother's Day gift you can make it last by planting outdoors. They make ideal border plants as when in a patio pot they tend to outgrow their container quite quickly.
The plant has lots of thick, crinkly dark green leaves along with medium sized dynamic pink flowers which have a startling yellow centre. The plants are extremely eye catching and pretty. My own plant has periods where the flowers will die off but this doesn't seem to correspond with the seasons and in fact my plant flowered all through this winter - as one of the only flowers in bloom in my garden!
In terms of what the plant offers it has attractive colours which stand out and is long lasting. I have not noticed the flowers being particularly attractive to bees or butterflies though nor do the flowers seem to have much aroma. The plant does not have much height so it should be planted in a position where it will not be dwarfed by other plants.
I would definitely recommend this plant to anyone looking for a great gift for a loved one or to gardeners who love pretty flowers. The Pink Primrose basket as pictured is currently discontinued on the Gardening Direct website but you can often find similar versions in major supermarkets. Expect to pay a few pounds for this beautiful plant.
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This Driclor solution was recommended to me because I suffer from hyper-hydrosis or excessive sweating as a result of an anxiety condition. I mainly perspire heavily under my armpits and although the problem is less severe nowadays it still bothers me enough to want to reduce the level of sweat.
Driclor is a roll on solution which looks like a deodorant. It costs around £6-7 for one bottle of solution but you don't need to apply it everyday so if it works well for you the extra expense may be worth it.
The solution works by gradually forming a gel barrier over sweat glands. Sweat is then reabsorbed into the body and is flushed through your system.
Unfortunately I have not had a great experience with the product. The Driclor solution is like a translucent, watery liquid which has an unpleasant smell. It's a very sharp, chemically smell which I really dislike. I found the solution takes quite a while to dry on the skin. What started to happen to me is that when I first began to use the product I was still sweating through the 'barrier'. The sweat then seemed to have a reaction to the product and my skin just burned and burned. I thought this may have been due to my shaving so I stopped but the solution continued to irritate and burn me, leaving terrible red scales on my underarms and the skin around my shoulders. At no point using this solution did I feel like I was sweating any less than usual.
Unfortunately I had to discontinue use of the product and would warn others about the potential dangers and skin irritations prior to using it. However, I have also heard some rave reviews about the product so it may be that I simply have a reaction to this particular product.
You can buy this product at stores like Boots in the UK.
I am reviewing the Dremel 100 Piece Accessory Set as shown in the Dooyoo picture rather than the Dremel 100 powertool. I actually have a couple of Dremel tools and I got this mega-sized box of accessories to use with them a couple of years ago. It's a brilliant collection of heads or bits that cut, etch, sand, buff, polish, drill and slice.
My box is a medium sized metal tin although I believe you now get these sets in a transparent plastic box. My tin has an easy to open lid without hinges. Inside there are two sponge holders into which you can stick each bit. There is also a smaller plastic box containing some of the buffing pieces which can be slipped onto other bits.
An instruction leaflet contained in the collection shows you what material each bit can be used for and gives an example of some of the DIY or crafting work you might do.
With some bits you get multiple pieces in the same variety. There is one metal head with a rounded cutting edge for wood, plastics and soft metals. There are 6 grinding pieces for metal and wood. There are four varieties of buffing heads for metal use. There are three varieties of circular cutting bits for metal and thin wood. There are six varieties of sanding heads for wood, metal, fibreglass and rubber. There is also a metal drill bit for wood, plastics and soft metals and a further metal bit which can be used for connecting other pieces together. Overall it's an extremely comprehensive set of bits for your Dremel. There is also a mini spanner.
Examples of work you can do with these pieces are craft related glass etching, cutting off rusty locks, all sorts of woodwork, car engine repairs etc.
At only £29.99 this collection is well worth the price and the pieces are long lasting but replaceable too. It's really handy to have all the bits in this one storage box and the internal units help to keep these tool bits tidy and within easy reach.
I have two dogs (springer spaniel and terrier cross) and they occasionally have minor ear irritations. One of the products I always have on hand is this Beaphar Ear Drops which are suitable for both cats and dogs. If my dogs' ears look red or they start to shake their heads or scratch behind their heads I administer the drops and they have always alleviated any discomfort for my pets.
The drops come in a small 15ml bottle. The bottle has a screw off top and a nozzle shapes like a dropper for easy insertion into the ear. It is advised you hold the bottle in your warm hand for a little while before using so the liquid inside has a chance to warm up so it's more comfortable for the animal.
The drops are excellent for 'melting' and dispersing any wax that might accumulate in the animal's ear. My late spaniel used to have particularly bad wax issues and a few drops of this helped the wax to soften and it could be easily wiped away with cotton wool balls from the outer ear canal later. My two current dogs also have milder issues with wax accumulation and these drops work wonders with no extra wiping needed. My dogs simply shake their heads after I insert the drops and their ears become cleaner over the next few days use.
The drops also soothe any minor irritations the pet might have, for instance my terrier often goes off hunting in the woods and returns with thorny ears! These drops seem to stop her ears from stinging as much.
The drops are also formulated to be able to kill mites, although only very mild infestations.
I find the drops very easy to use. The amount of drops required depends on the size or weight of the dog and there are guidelines provided on the packaging. When squeezing out the liquid does not squirt and drips out on drop at a time, so it's easy to administer the correct amount.
I would recommend these drops to any dog or cat owner as they are a really helpful item to have in your pet care collection at home and they are really effective. The drops are available at stores like Wilkinson and Pets at Home and cost around £2.25.
I started purchasing Colgate Plax a few months ago and was opting for the blue variety. However, on my latest shopping trip they only had this green 'Soft Mint' variety so I purchased this instead.
The mouthwash cost me £1 from a discounted store (it generally costs much more at supermarkets) and comes in a 250 ml sized transparent bottle. The top doubles as a measuring cup but it's not essential you measure the amount used exactly.
The mouthwash is alcohol free and the brand claim it will kill "99.9%" of germs in the mouth. The brand state the formula creates a 'shield' around teeth to protect them from plaque attacks for up to 12 hours. The formula has been clinically tested by dentists. It contains flouride to strengthen teeth.
I find the flavour of the mouthwash to be a little harsher than I imagined it would be given that it carries the term 'soft mint' as it's descriptor. The liquid actually seems freezing when you first put it in your mouth and then it burns a little as the mint feels so strong. However, the flavour itself is quite refreshing and makes your breath smell great. I find the mouthwash perfect for freshening and cleansing the mouth at any time of the day. It's also good to finish up your teeth cleaning routine with a swill of the liquid as I feel confident that it will wash out any remaining debris and bacteria from my teeth.
I would definitely buy this again as it's one of the few brands that offer an alcohol free formula. This is important as alcohol can have a drying effect on the mouth, making your breath smell worse. Luckily, this formula works well to freshen, clean and protect.