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We have an old westie who until recently has always been able to eat any food without any problems. About 4 months ago after mealtimes and throughout the day the dog would have constant diarrhoea and wind, so we changed his food to a senior brand. Several brands later including food for sensitive stomachs he still had the same problems. My wife remembered from when she worked in a vets that the best food to feed for this very problem was Chappie. As we had tried everything else we decided to give it a go.
Chappie with chicken and rice
We opened the tin and instantly the smell hit us! It has a very strong fish odour to it and the food itself is very crumbly, however, if it worked we didn't mind. The food itself is made without eggs, soya, dairy or red meat and contains white fish, chicken and cereal and is also low in fat. We buy the 825g size and store it in the fridge once it's been open.
I can truly say that within hours our westie had his first hard stool in months and his wind disapeared!! We are now into our second month of feeding chappie and he's not had a problem since. As time has gone on we have even stopped noticing the fishy odour.
Where to buy
We normally buy Chappie 825g tins from our local supermarket and cost just under £1.00, we have on occasions run out and have bought it in our local shop without any problems.
I would have no problems recommending this food to any adult dogs with digestion problems and the results have been outstanding.
I have been with virgin media for around four years now.
There service on the phone has been ok. Although we have had so many problems with the actual services them. The phone line has gone down many times this is due to the manhole where the actual cables run into. Every time it used to rain the phone line would crackle. This was due to the rain getting into the connection box.
This was finally fixed after about a year and was fine for about a year. Then we found nearly every time a service engineer came out to the manhole to do some work our line would go dead. We would call virgin up and they would tell us that we would have to wait for the next available engineer to come out. This would usually be around two to three days without having a phone line! They would also insist that we would have to wait in every time which got very frustrating.
Our next problems started with the broadband. This would keep turning itself off because there is a problem with the cable that they installed under the garden. They sent another engineer out who told us that he would try to fix it. This was never done. We were told again that we would have to wait for another engineer to come out who would look at the problem and that he may have to come back once again with someone else after that visit.
By the end of all this I have decided to leave virgin. We have given them so many chances and spent so many hours on the phone to them.
Saying this, when we first had the broadband installed it was fast.
The staff were always polite but we were passed from one department to another.
If the services that we were paying for worked properly I'm sure we would have stayed with them. But there are however cheaper options.
This is a very handy tool for certain diy projects.
There are three blades that came with the one I bought, metal/plastic, wood and one for tiles.
The blades are very easy to change.
The tile blade came in very handy for cutting curves in stone tiles which can prove difficult with a normal electric tile cutter. This one I found the most useful.
Each blade cuts a depth of 12mm. The only problem is most of the materials that I work with are around 15mm up to 25mm thick.
However I Recently used the wood blade on a sheet of 12mm mdf and it cut the panel with ease. I needed to make some boxing in around some pipe work. Its times like this that the exakt saw comes in very handy, as I'd usually use a circular saw which is much bigger, and not as easy to use as the exakt saw.
It also came with a v shaped plastic device/guide that will help you to cut through pipes. The pipe sits into the v shaped plastic device to guide the cutter.
Reason for purchasing was to cut a flimsy plastic bath panel, which it did quite a good job. The only thing is the metal/plastic bit that I used was covered in melted plastic by the end. The next job I had to do was to cut an aluminium chimney .The metal blade could not cut through the 1-2 mm aluminium that I was trying to cut and it will not cut through some other metals. This was possibly due to the plastic that was attached to it from cutting the bath panel.
I usually use professional tools which are very robust and last for years. I don't think the exakt saw is a really robust tool .I'm concerned it may break after allot of use.
When cutting a hole out of a timber panel it's difficult to see where to stop cutting, as it has a guard that covers the blade for safety. This is a bit annoying as you have to keep stopping to see where you have got to.
On the plus side this saw will be fantastic for certain jobs such as flooring (up to 12mm thick). And also tiles.
Where to buy and price.
I bought the exakt saw direct from jml for £89. I think it has come down in price now so check it out. Ive also seen it in markets for allot less.
The tool Came with a case (that I paid extra for) which came in a very nice looking chrome finish. The problem is it didn't fit all the contents in, such as the hose for vacuum extraction.
Over all a handy little tool for the tool collection but I don't think its practical for all the jobs its meant for as its quicker to just get out a hand saw for certain jobs.
Bosch Rotak 37 LI
After using a petrol lawn mower for years I thought I'd give the battery Bosch lawn mower a try after a friend recommended it to me. It's fantastic lawn mower. No need for the messy filing up of petrol! No need for the annual, trying to start the engine! And no more heavy lifting of the mower onto my lawn which is up three steps.
You just charge the battery and away you go. I had two batteries with mine which allows me to charge one encase the one I'm using runs out of power.
Power and batteries
My grass was getting long so the first time I cut the grass with the Bosch rotak I thought I'd have to start of with a strimmer. The Bosch mower had no problem getting through the long grass on full charge. It did however struggle a little when the battery was getting low on power. But all I had to do was pop the fully charged one in. It cut the grass very nice and neat making it look better than my old petrol one ever did. The grass box was plenty big enough and was easy to change.
The batteries are powerful 36V Li-ion which got through the 8 inch grass on my lawn with ease.
Each battery Cuts my lawn, which is around 15m squared three or times over with one battery until the battery needs recharging.
There's buttons on the battery to press to indicate how much charge is left in the battery so you know when it's time to re-charge. The batteries charge up quickly I found it charged in around 30 minutes or so.
The old petrol mower was a struggle to lift up onto part of our lawn .The new Bosch mower is nice and light so my wife cuts the grass without me having to lift the mower up the bank for her.
There is Adjustable height changing on the mower to cut different lengths of grass. This is a little bit tricky at first, as you need two hands. One hand to hold the mower up and the other to adjust the height.
The cost for the mower was around £270 from Amazon. You can also get Blades for around £16 of Amazon.
Additional batteries cost around £90 from Amazon.
Over all I'm very pleased with the mower.
Yoplait Wildlife Choobs
My kids can't get enough of these yogurts/fromage frais. They take them to school in their lunch boxes. I think they are a healthy snack to eat for them.
My kids are at a young age and find it difficult to open some yogurt pots but with these tubes they have found them easy to open as there is a slit at the top of each tube that is easy to pull open. You just suck the contents out so there is no need to use a spoon. Unlike some of the bigger pots of yogurts, they have just the right amount so that the kids eat all of the contents of each tube and do not waste any. I have eaten them a few times and I think they are delicious. The only problem is there's not quite enough in each tube to satisfy me, so I tend to eat a few of them that's why I save them for the kids!.
As they enjoy them so much it's just as well that they are only £1 per pack. You can buy these in most super markets.
Each tube has an interesting wild fact about animals written on it, which the kids love to hear.
FLAVOURS AND CONTENTS
Each pack contains six tubes. Each tube contains 100g of fromage frays in three different delicious flavours. The flavours are 2 strawberry 2 raspberry and 2 apricots, apricot being there favourite.
Calories per 100g -106 celeries.
There are also small pots of fromage frais available. Which sometimes contain fridge magnets to collect with animals and letters on them.
Written on each packet
On the packet it says source of calcium and vitamin
ideal for lunchboxes
no artificial sweeteners
suitable for vegetarians
no fruit bits
Thanks for reading
No Nonsense Paintbrush Set
I hardly lost any bristles from these brushes to my surprise as they were fairly cheap.
You don't have to spend huge amounts of money, however, in the long term the more expensive brushes will still be going strong after years (as long as they are cleaned out properly after each use) . As I keep mine for my work, it does get costly after a while to keep buying brushes and throwing them away after a few uses. But saying this, these brushes seem to be lasting quite a long time. I have had them now for a few months. I use a couple of them on and off for around 8 hours a week for staining and oil based paints and store them in water over night.
The others I use for water based paints and they seem to be wearing down a little faster as I clean them out after every use. Some brushes unlike these, splay out after a couple of uses. These seemed to stay quite rigid, which is a good thing as it is better for cutting the paint around the edges of walls etc. Another problem with some cheaper brushes is that after cleaning them with water or white spirit you get the water or thinners trapped in the ferrule (the metal bit of the brush that holds in the bristles). This was the case I found with these but this wasn't a major problem as the overall usage was pretty good.
These brushes come in a few sizes they are; ½", 1", 1 ½", 2" and 2 ½". They are all useful sizes the smaller.
Over all an excellent brush with great decorating results.
Summary: Great professional and diy set of brushes for stain, varnish, paint and emulsion.
I bought these off eBay for £7.99 but I think you can buy them in screw fix for £4.99 and possibly diy stores and Amazon.
Wanders of the universe by Brian Cox
This is a truly magnificent series. With Professor Brian Cox telling the story. He tells us all about space, galaxies, the stars and the planets in a very interesting and fascinating way. The images shown are beautiful and clear.
Before watching this series I knew hardly anything about the stars, universe etc. Brian Cox told the story of the universe in such an interesting way I was glued to the television. All the remarkable facts that he told were done in an interesting way, that allot of the facts are easy to remember.
The series takes you through loads of interesting facts about......
Space and the universe and our stars , planets etc
Brian Cox talks about how many galaxies are in the universe and how many millions if not billions and trillions of stars there are in each galaxy.
I could not believe how many stars there were in just our galaxy.
Light and sound
The story goes back in time and tells about the inventors and discoverers like Galileo, Einstein and Maxwell's discoveries and ideas. In this chapter it explains about sound and how sound travels. Also how light travels and how he doesn't think it is possible to time travel.
Light years....What are light years and other questions such as ,how long does it take to get to different planets, how fast does light travel are all answered.
Hubble telescope.... How the new telescope was sent into space late, and shows us the amazing photo's of the light of other galaxies far away that we have never been able to see before.
Life itself ... Where life started? the basics of life, what are we made of? All food for thought. As professor Brian Cox tells us about these things in the sound of his calm and captivating voice.
Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue, the grass is green and why there are different colours in a rainbow? You will have the answers for these questions and many more from this amazing series.
Red stars, the big bang what are stars made of? These are all among lots of other things talked about in this series.
I think this is a wonderfull series, a real must see for anyone interested in astronomy . I didn't think I would be that interested in this type of thing until I started watching this documentary. I truly enjoyed watching this program on blue ray as it just made it that little bit more special. I think this series covers so many things about our solar system the Milky Way and other questions about the universe that we ask.
Around £25 on Amazon
Think and grow rich
This book is a self help book that I think really works. I think it's a great book which really helps you in lots of ways. It's interesting throughout. I never once got bored reading it.
This book was written after the great depression to help people to get back into work. It talks and takes you through steps to get a job or start your own business. It tells you how to be a good, understanding leader and to be a fair leader. I don't think this book can be put under the same category as some of the self help books that the book Sham talks about.
For many years the author Napoleon Hill interviewed and followed allot of rich and successful people such as Henry Ford and Charles Schwab. He has some interesting stories about some of these people and how they became successful.
It was originally written in the 1930's. Which I thought would now be out of date and irrelevant to things these days but, I was wrong! I felt pretty much everything was relevant to our way of living today.
It is not a get rich quick scheme. I found it actually puts things into perspective. He has put ways and plans into his book that I found, if followed properly could make life a lot easier and less stressful.
It starts of and continues throughout pointing out and making things clear in our lives, such as the reasons why we fail in areas of our lives, or even why we succeed in areas in our lives.
There's a practical part on business, Such as the need to having a
definite plan when starting out in business. Also he talks about when in business you need to give a good service to people .This needs to be done in a good way, to have a long and successful business. This is pointed out in the section when he talks about the qqs way of doing things (quantity, quality, and spirit).
In another chapter it helps you to put together a decent CV and how to apply for a position you want.
There are loads of good tips in this book for everyone. It makes you stop and think that the problems in our lives aren't always caused by other people.
You can read this book more than once and each time found it helped me out in lots of ways.
In one of the chapters Napoleon Hill talks about the subconscious mind which I found had some practical ways of thinking.
Towards the end of the book Napoleon Hill writes about relationships such as divorce, marriage etc which was interesting.
For future reference I found it was a good idea to highlight the parts of the book that you need to remember. There are some great lines in this book about different subjects such as leadership and self control.
I bought this book for around £5 of Amazon. There are deferent copies of the book that vary in price.
The only thing I thought was that some of the layout of the book could have been a little bit better and clearer. You may find one or two of the stories are a little pointless, although I may have missed the point of them being told in this book.
A great book that I couldn't put down, allot more than just a self help book it's a book that I found eye opening and interesting. This is a book that will keep you thinking through.
Large Metal Pent Shed
O my God! It took me ages to put this shed together.
With all of its nuts, bolts and panels. I started on the Saturday for around three hours and then Sunday for around two hours and then again in the mornings and evenings after work. Half the way through I then realised there were part numbers on most of the fittings (stupid me!) although these were not very visible. My excuse was you could hardly see the part numbers on each one. Altogether it probably took around eight hours, this shed looks good and has very low maintenance to it such as painting it and it doesn't need any felt.
Like most flat pack things, once you have built one of these sheds it will probably take half the time to build another. Also it tells you to have some help with putting it together. But being a typical man I didn't read the instructions at first until I was half the way through.
Once all the parts were put together it looked good and was pretty water tight. The doors slide nicely open and there is plenty of room inside for your typical garden tools. The door slide all the way across to the walls on the inside so this means you cannot use that front wall to lean anything onto as it will obstruct the doors from opening. You can also fit a pad lock onto the doors so it can be locked up.
Just remember the part numbers are on the pieces! Lol
This shed cost me around £250.
You can find them on Amazon.
I prefer plastic sheds. I've had this one for two years and it lets in a little rain, and I hope this will last for many more years.
I bought 3 of these from Argos to use as nesting boxes for the chickens and to transport our many animals to the vets!! The carrier is made of strong plastic with a carry handle to the top and has a door that you can open either side or take off completely.
Once our cat is inside the carrier he still has plenty of room to move around and should he have any accidents on the way to the vets you can take the carrier apart by unclipping the sides and removing the top half (cream bit) from the bottom (grey bit). We have also taken our rabbit and guinea pig to the vets in these carriers, and once home it is easy enough to remove the sawdust and droppings!. As mentioned above we also use the carrier as a nesting box for our chickens, we have taken the door off completely so that the chicken can not get stuck inside! The chickens also tend to sleep in them at night and they are quite happy for 3 of them to be in there at the same time, however, 1 chickens bum does tend to stick out of the end!!
When using the carrier for one of our cats we do find it a problem getting him in there, as he will hold on to the sides with his claws and it takes a bit of pushing and shoving to get him in there. He is a frequent visitor to the vets so this would probably be the case with any carrier as once inside he knows where he is going. The other cat will go in without any problems and if the carrier is left open is even happy enough to get in it for a sleep!
Taking the rabbit and guinea pig in this carrier is a different matter!! It is not easy to get the guinea pig out once he's in there and always end up having to take the carrier apart to get him out, as he will hide at the back of the carrier. The rabbit is not so bad but again it's just easier to take the carrier apart rather than struggle with putting your arms in and trying to catch it so for these animals we now use a carrier that opens at the top.
Easy to clean, take apart, store and the door comes off completely.
Not easy to get smaller animals out.
Overall this is a good sturdy well priced carrier great for transporting your cat and as a nesting box, however, if using this for rabbits and other small animals this probably isn't the easiest one to choose.
As a novice gardener I thought I'd try my hand at starting to grow vegetables from a green house to give them a good start.
As I could not afford a large glass green house I thought this would make an excellent alternative.
The frame consists of metal tubes which you just push together into the plastic connecters and then pull the thick plastic cover over the top of the frame.
This cover took two of us to pull over the top of the frame, but I think it would be possible to do this by yourself if needs be.
Once the cover is in place you then need to tie the ties which are attached to the cover on the inside of the frame. There are guide ropes and metal pegs which attach to the outside cover to hold the shelves in place. As with all pegs you will need a firm ground to push them into.
The green house came with easy straight forward instructions and no tools are needed to put it together. It was very easy to construct taking me around 40 minutes from start to finish. I have placed mine against my fence to keep it out of the wind as I was concerned it might blow over in the strong wind, however, as off yet it has been fine.
The green house itself
The whole green house is light weight and easy to move around the garden. There were wire shelves supplied to put my plastic planting trays onto. The cover is thick and seems to be very strong. The cover has two zips which you can undo, then roll and fasten up with the attached strings, giving you plenty of room.
I kept the instructions and took it down for the winter as I was worried the harsh weather would shorten the life of it.
My wife bought this green house from Amazon it cost her around £20 to £30.
The green house has lasted me one summer and I haven't had any problems yet apart from the shelves which are a little bit flimsy. I am very pleased with it and it has grown some great veggies
The Jam sound affects
I've been listening to the jam for twenty six years now. The group started off in the mid 70's with punk and new wave and went on to a more Brit pop and rock style of music. The sound affects album was probably the second album that I ever bought from the Jam.
The group consists of the lead singer and guitarist Paul Weller, Rick Butler on drums and Bruce Foxton on Base Guitar.
This album is there fifth album which comes away a bit more from the new wave and punk songs written by Paul Weller and the songs are a bit more of the Brit pop and rock era.
The cover of the album has a pop art on it such as £ sign, a baby, and ! Signs. The album cover is all in black, pink and white colours.
This was one of my favourite of all the Jam albums .It was released in 1980 at the height of Paul Weller's song writing.
There are so many great tracks on this album written by Paul Weller.
Most people would recognise that's entertainment which reached no 1 in the UK charts. The songs have plenty of a rock style of music and I think they are influenced by groups like the who and the beetles revolver album. With plenty of base lead guitar and drums in each song.
Also the song Start was a very popular song which backing sounds come from or influenced by the Beatles, tax man.
Songs from the album
1. Pretty Green
3. But imp different now
4. Set the house ablaze
6. That entertainment
7. Dream time
8. Man in the corner shop
9. Music for the last couple
10. Boy about town
11. Scrape away.
I think this is a fantastic album which I would highly recommend to all Jam fans and people into new wave 80s style of music.
Technika wireless mouse
We found this is the best mouse we have tried to date. I bought it in Tesco's on offer for around £6.
I think that was a real bargain. I found it usually is on sale for around £7.45 at Tesco's. It is very comfortable to use and much easier to move around the mat than a wired mouse.
No wires to get in the way !
This is obviously a bonus , as we are adding more and more gadgets to our computers, there just seems to be one big mess of wires behind our computer. So I thought I would give the wireless mouse a try.
I've only found the one colour of mouse which is the one I have got its black with a silver edging to it. Bit boring but as it works well looks aren't everything.
It takes two AAA batteries. . When you have new batteries in the mouse it works really well and quickly. We found the cursor moved a lot quicker around the screen than our old one with a wire. It has a red sensor underneath and it needs to be placed on a mouse mat.
Found we are using the mouse for up to three hours a day in total and the batteries run low. The cursor then starts to flicker around the screen without any control so use decent batteries and have some spare ones kept to one side as there is nothing more annoying than the batteries going in your mouse and not being able to use the computer properly Batteries don't last long so put in some decent ones
There are two buttons and a scroll wheel which can be used to click the curser on the screen. The mouse came with instructions and was very easy to set up. We had it up and running in around five minutes.
I think I'll go for more wireless products in the future.
This deodorant is fantastic it really works.
When it says 48 hour protection it really is true!
Working in a physical building job it can be very hard and hot work in the summer time. I always used to suffer from the nice looking under arm wet patches especially in the summer but not anymore after using mitchum .
I've used all different types of deodorant and this one up to now seems to be the best. It doesn't have much of a smell but it keeps you nice and dry. I never used to like the sound of the roll on but I thought I would give it a try and it worked. With a roll on there is no mess or over spray.
It does not leave any nasty white marks and it never stings my arm pits like some deodorants. The deodorant dries really quickly allowing you to put your arms down without your arm pits sticking together.
The 200ml bottle lasts around two to three months.
The 200ml costs around £2.79 in most super markets. There are a few different types of roll on. There is a one for men and other roll on deodorants for women.
I would highly recommend Mitchum roll on to anyone.
Mach3 blades Made by Gillette
I have bought mach3 blades for years now. I have bought cheaper blades in the past which do not usually last as long as these but I always end up going back to Mach3 as they are the best.
They give you a nice close and clean shave. They leave your face (or whatever else your shaving) Nice and smooth. The stubble always seems to stay away for longer.
They come with an anti friction coating which reduces irritation. This definitely helps and makes a difference to giving you a nice smooth shave.
How long the blades last
I find these blades always last for longer. Other expensive blades only last around two or three shaves and the cheaper ones one or two shaves. I manage to get up to around six good shaves out of one blade before they start to go blunt.
Other blades that are cheap do not work as well as these and they cut my skin and just leave stubble.
Expensive but worth it.
You can buy these blades in most super markets and they are available online.
They cost around £10 for 8 blades. You only have to buy one handle which will last you for all the blades that you buy. The handle will cost around £5. With this you get a couple of blades to use. A four pack of blades costs around £6.