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The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins 24/04/2017

~ A Slow Start and Shocking Conclusion ~ The Girl on the Train ~

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins I started the Girl on the Train a while ago and it was left unread on my shelf for several months, until another friend finished her copy and offered to lend it to me “because it is so good, you have to read it”. I explained that I had already started the book, lent by another friend who also recommended it to me, but that I did not got very far with it and have since read a couple of other books. Persuaded, as soon as I finished the most recent Peter James I picked up this book again and began to read where I’d left off. Within a few days I was hooked. ~*~ The Author: A few times, whilst reading the book, I thought about what type of person would write a book like that and once I read the book, I read the short paragraph about the author on the inside back cover to learn that Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years. Paula moved to London from Zimbabwe in 1989 and Girl on the Train is her first thriller, printed in forty languages and the book released in May 2015 was quickly an international best seller and as I write in April 2017 has already been made into a film by Dreamworks. ~*~ The Blurb: Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees ...

Easter Holidays 2017 22/04/2017

Easter a time of looking forward.....

Easter Holidays 2017 My Easter Easter is a traditional celebration that is celebrated throughout the world. A Christian festival, Easter and the week leading up to it is the most important Christian celebration and celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and is surely a story everybody knows. Maybe, though not everyone is aware that the very word “Easter” is actually a Pagan word adapted from the spring celebration “Ostera” to celebrate new life and the awaking of new beginnings. It was Pagans too who celebrated the season by filling the house with beautifully decorated eggs and yellow is one of the colours that is linked to the festival. Christians knew that Jesus died at the time of the Jewish Passover festival, but the date was uncertain. Thus Easter is a moveable festival that is celebrated between 21st March and 25th April, on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the northern hemisphere spring equinox. The main day of Easter is always a Sunday though to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus three days after he died on the cross. The week leading up to the Sunday, is known as Holy week and acting Christians have different rituals for each of these days and indeed in a way the Easter celebration begins for Christians with Lent that starts forty six days before Easter Sunday and ends with Ascension day thirty nine days later. I am not an active Christian, but I am fascinated by religions, religious festivals and the different ways humanity have adapted these different festivals and ...

Original Source Lime Shower Gel 16/04/2017

~ 40 Limes in every 250ml Really? = WOW! ~

Original Source Lime Shower Gel Original Source Lime Shower Gel 250ml The discovery of Original Source shower gels is a relatively recent one in our household. Needing to use natural products when my daughter lived with us, I mistook the bright, garish packaging for additive packed, yet funky products and they did not get a look in when I was gleaning the shelves for interesting products that we could use. These days thanks to some good reviews, the lower price and being better informed, Original Source are most probably my husband’s favourite choice of gel. He believes that they are far superior to the generic shop own brand of citrus gel he has been using a lot of the time in recent years and of course every gel he uses, I have to try a few times as well, so here are my thoughts on this shower gel: ~*~ Packaging: The packaging is the distinctive clear plastic top down tube that tapers at the top, giving a slight triangular like appearance. The label is the standard original source centralised name in black with the descriptor of ’40 real zingy LIMES’ at the top. The colour scheme such as it is, is green with a little orange and white. I do think this has been calmed down somewhat since those early days when I’d walk straight past the bright, shouty Original Source section. The base comprises of the top down lid, which is black and sets off the brightly coloured, slightly opaque gel. I’ll photograph the rear, but it is really the usual stuff. ~*~ Using: Generally, my husband favours citrus shower ...

Love You Dead - Peter James 15/04/2017

~ Love You Dead by Peter James, Staring Brighton eventually ~

Love You Dead - Peter James Love You Dead Peter James Regular review readers may recall that I read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction and that one series I am hooked on is Peter James’ Roy Grace series of crime thrillers based in Brighton. Here is my review of my latest read by this author, Love You Dead. ~*~ Blurb: 'An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life – to be beautiful and rich. She’s achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she’s working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it’s getting rid of the husband afterwards that’s harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect … Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind… and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.' (Pan Macmillan, 2016). ~*~ The Cover: I borrowed the hardback version from the library and the cover features the authors name in bold white and the title in bold red and these dominate the background seascape sepia photograph that features the Brighton pier with a female in the foreground. For some ...

Hozelock Hose End Connector 12/04/2017

~*~ No Kink, Swelling or Leaking Hose Connector ~*~

Hozelock Hose End Connector Hozelock As we are coming into spring at the time of writing and longer, drier days at last, thoughts must turn to watering the garden and outdoor cleaning jobs. This is the connector we use to connect the spray gun to the hose at the business end of the hosepipe. ~~*~~ Description: In common with a lot of products in the range this connector carries a yellow and grey colour scheme. The main body of the connector is yellow and the soft touch pads are grey as is the tail part of the connector. The tail is designed to prevent the hose kinking where it joins the connector and to avoid stress, swelling and leaking. Designed to fit hosepipes of 12.5mm & 15mm hose diameter. Packaging wise, whilst I did take a look at the accessories during a recent trip to a hardware store, I do not recall seeing the point of sale packaging for this item. I anticipate it would be minimalistic and clearly show the Hozelock name. ~~*~~ Using: The hose is attached by simply sliding into position until secure and the internal barbs will hold it into place. The connector in turn attaches to the accessory with a satisfying click and is removed by gentle downward pressure on the finger friendly pads. It is easy to fit and use. We have not had any incidents of anything detaching or not doing what it should. We use this connector to attach the hose to the multi-purpose spray gun that I have also reviewed a job that it does very well. Yesterday morning I was watering the containers and getting the ...

Yardley Royal English Daisy Luxury Body Wash 09/04/2017

"Oh for the love of you...." Yardley Daisy Moisturising Body Wash

Yardley Royal English Daisy Luxury Body Wash Yardley Uplifting Daisy Moisturising Body Wash Occasionally, when I receive the marketing email from Poundland there is an offer I want to take advantage of and I am not always able to get to a Poundland store, furthermore many of these items are available online but not in all stores. Poundland have a minimum spend of £30.00 on the website and so I have to trawl through and find a total of thirty items or more to buy. That is how I tried this shower gel. ~*~ First Impression: This version is in the old packaging, hence it is being sold cheaply through clearance outlets and the predominately white packaging suits the personality and perceived fragrance of the daisy. The wash presents as a thin, clear gel that has a subtle fragrance that, in my opinion is not at all daisy like. I notice that that the gel does not lather excessively, but spreads well enough and I don’t seem to need to use a lot for a shower. Yardley does market strongly as being made in England, being an old established British firm. ~*~ Packaging: I won’t go into much description here as, at the time of writing there are two versions out there, so I won’t confuse potential buyers. However, the older packaging I have is mainly white with a daisy depiction and the Yardley name dominating the front, features a yellow flip style bottom down lid and has the description and ingredients on the back in English and French. The new packaging is a ditzy yellow background with tiny white flowers and the name ...

Hozelock waterstop connector 08/04/2017

~ To Connect Your Hose to the Tap Connector ~

Hozelock waterstop connector Hozelock Aquastop Connector Whilst photographing the yellow Hozelock hose I have also reviewed, I realised that I have not yet reviewed the hose connector that attaches this hose to the outside tap connector. In some ways all these connectors are a bit like a jigsaw, but as they very seldom get removed, it is not too tricky. Here is my review of this attachment: ~~~*~~~ Description: Distinctive for its bright yellow casing with red and grey accents, this hose attachment is a very useful accessory that is designed to attach the hose to Hozelock tap connectors. The connectors are designed to fit most male connectors and a main advantage is that the connector can be attached in seconds and detached with a simple pull down of the yellow body when required. The Key Benefits are Described as: “Made from the highest quality materials for increased durability It has an internal valve that stops the water flow when an accessory (e.g. a spraygun ) is disconnected Use at the hose end attachment end of the hosepipe for best results” (Hozelock website). ~~~*~~~ Using: For us this is a lock and leave attachment we have one of these on the main hose in our little garden attached to the tap via the male end tap connector and it is a very useful accessory. We can trust it to stay in place when we want it to and reattaching is always positive with a reassuring click as the connector is slotted into place. When we disconnect the tap for any reason, this is easy too, the carefully ...

Hozelock Ultimate Hose 06/04/2017

Sunny Afternoon ~ A Hose to be reckoned with...

Hozelock Ultimate Hose Hozelock Hose By-line “when only the best will do” When I bought this particular hose, I was fed up with hoses that or broke easily when they were trodden on by a horse or played with by a dog. I decided that due to the long guarantee which was 20 years when I bought this one. Plus the security of the Hozelock name that buying this hose was worth the extra: ~~~*~~~ Description: This hose is yellow, not a bright in your face yellow, the colour is slightly mellower than that, but it is certainly not pastel either. With a choice of 30m or 50m long the hose is suitable for most garden applications and it ticks every box that I can think of: Frost and UV Protection can be used from -20°C up to 40°C. A major bonus is that the hose is designed to be kink resistant as well as flexible and lightweight. It is also reinforced so can withstand those horses stepping on it or a car driving over it. ~~~*~~~ They claim: These days the hose comes with a 30 year guarantee and Hozelock state: “30 year guarantee proves this hose to be long lasting, durable and crush proof, having gone through the most extreme testing in our Hozelock labs.” ~~~*~~~ Using: I have had this hose for just over 20 years, indeed last year when it developed a split, I checked how long we’d had it and discovered that it was 20 years and 1 month, so it is now about 21 years old. Remember, mine came with a 20 year warranty and the version you would buy now is the even better improved 30 year guarantee ...

Hozelock Outdoor Tap Connector 05/04/2017

~~~*~~~ Simply Screw and Good to Go ~~~*~~~

Hozelock Outdoor Tap Connector Hozelock Outdoor Tap Connector Although we do have some products from other manufactures, a quick look shows that most of our watering accessories have the Hozelock brand name and I think that this is simply because Hozlock products are easy to buy. Today, I am reviewing the outdoor domestic tap connector: Whilst the Rehau Universal tap connector that I have also reviewed works for a tap that does not have a screw facility, most outdoor taps will have the screw facility and I believe that this is the most efficient way of attaching the hose to the tap when you have the provision to do so, enter the Hozelock Outdoor Tap Connector: ~~~*~~~ Description: The tap connector is designed to screw onto the outdoor tap and will fit ¾” and ½” taps. This is a two part connector and depending on the size of your outside tap, you may not need part of it to fit your tap. The connector is predominately yellow in common with the Hozelock branding. Screwing the connector into place creates a male attachment onto the tap. When bought new the minimal packaging is a small card hanger with the connector housed in a small plastic window on the front. ~~~*~~~ Using: Fitting this connector could not be easier, simply offer up, establish which size you need and if necessary remove the white inner piece and attach the main body of the connector straight to the tap. From here any hose or accessory that has a Hozelock female connector will click straight onto the tap and by a simple safety ...

Hozelock Multi Spray Gun 04/04/2017

Outdoor Watering and Cleaning Jobs made easier

Hozelock Multi Spray Gun Hozelock Spray Attachment The garden is seriously needing attention now and one thing that we have just started to do is watering. Therefore, we have just checked over all the hoses and attachments and here is my review of one of the attachments we have: Hozelock products tend to be distinctive by their bright yellow colouring, although I notice that some of their newer products also feature grey quite strongly. The spray attachment I am reviewing is mostly yellow with some grey and red accents. ~~~*~~~ What they Say: “Made from high quality materials, this Hozelock Multi Spray gun comes with a quick connect male connector to allow fast changing between attachments making garden watering hassle free.” ~~~*~~~ Description: The multi spray function attachment has the look of a watering can rose, but is fitted on the end of the hosepipe. Look a little closer and there is also resemblance to a toy gun, although the trigger on this version is at the back or top of the accessory. As mentioned this one is predominantly yellow and actually features a grey and yellow colour scheme on the trigger, grey clearly marked adjuster and has a red coloured locking mechanism/flow adjuster. When bought new the attachment is supplied attached to a small piece of card that bears the Hozelock name and shows a photograph of a lady watering her garden. This card has a rack hole at the top for hanging onto point of sale merchandising racks. The rear fitted trigger is described as soft touch ...

Mattel Thomas & Friends Minis Engines 03/04/2017

Thomas the Tank Engine ~ Which Friend Will You Get to Play with?

Mattel Thomas & Friends Minis Engines Mattel Thomas & Friends Minis Engines Like so many little boys and girls my grandson is a Thomas the Tank Engine or Thomas and Friends fan and especially when he was younger this makes gift buying so much easier as an enthusiast cannot have too many Thomas themed items. Here, I am reviewing the mini’s that I spotted in a supermarket and decided that he was old enough to have these small versions of the popular toys. ~*~ The Toys: These are miniature versions of the Thomas and Friends train characters and they measure around 3 x 4 x 1cm in size. Made of plastic with moving wheels, they also have the couplings to attach to other trains in the set. They are just miniature versions of the “usual” sets that children collect. ~*~ Packaging: Because these are designed to be retailed through supermarkets and the like they are packed into simple plastic outer packaging that allows the toys to be hung up. They are recognisable by the blue band at the top and the Thomas and Friends logo. Although there is text on the packet, most of the packet is covered with pictures of the trains in the set. It is not possible to view the trains inside to help make your choice, but it is possible to carefully feel them through the plastic. The pack has a few “?” pictures and I suppose that is supposed to be part of the fun. The details on the back including not suitable for under 3 years due to small parts. ~*~ Playing: I have bought a few of these for my grandson and they are ...

Top Gear (2017) 02/04/2017

On that Bombshell Friends ~ Top Gear 2017 = Top Gear is Back....

Top Gear (2017) New Top Gear 2017 Top Gear is a long running television motoring magazine show on the BBC that began in 1977 and had a renewed format in 2001 when Jeremy Clarkson joined the show. When Clarkson left under a cloud in 2015, he took co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May with him. Executive Producer Andy Wilman soon followed. The hunt was on for a new lead presenter and team, leading the BBC to appoint car mad petrol head whacky DJ Chris Evans in the lead presenter role and after much speculation as to who else would co-host Matt LeBlanc became the only other permanent host for the 2016 series. Enthusiasts tuned in for the show, but somehow despite Evans’ best efforts and some tweaks to the format the show did not seem to carry the same old flair. And on that bombshell...... Enter 2017 Series: Thus far the 2017 series of 7 shows is a hit! A big, fat walloping success and why? Well, Matt LeBlanc for starters is now the lead presenter and with his mix of self effacing modesty, balanced with sending up his superstar status. Matt’s fun loving attitude, obvious love and knowledge of the subject give us an interesting and interested main host. Co-hosts Chris Harris and Rory Reid bring their own skills and knowledge to the table and whether it is by chance or design, it soon became apparent that Harris is the experienced driver of the three and Reid replaces May as the anorak of the team. So with a team of an American superstar, a serious motoring journalist/racing driver ...

Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening 01/04/2017

Gentle Whitening Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth

Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening For the last few years I have used Sensodyne toothpaste after I started experiencing tooth pain in cold weather and from eating ice cream and cold drinks. I remember what a huge difference it made, the claims are true, this really does make a huge difference. However, initially I soon noticed that I was not getting my teeth as white as I’d like. I drink a lot of tea and given half a chance that will stain teeth. So I was delighted to find that Sensodyne do whitening versions of their toothpastes and these days, I tend to use whichever Sensodyne is on offer as long as it is a whitening version. Therefore, I had no particular reason for choosing the Pronamel version. ~*~ Packaging: You will recognise Sensodyne products on the shop shelves by the predominately white colour scheme and this tends to be enhanced with blue and/or silver. In the case of this version the packaging has two tone blue enhancements. Once opened the tube is a very nifty top down tube with abroad based plastic lid designed to stabilise the tube in an upright position. The plastic tube is quite thick and springs back into shape. On the back there are details about the product, icons to let the consumer know that the packaging is suitable to recycle and that the product should be used within 12 months of opening. There is a bit on the back of the tube advising that the company respect our planet and advise us to turn the tap off whilst ...

Hozelock Hose Repair Connector 31/03/2017

Now if we all join hands... Oops I mean Hoses!

Hozelock Hose Repair Connector Hozelock Hose Repair Connector We have a few of these connectors and not just to repair hoses, but to join them together as well and whilst they are not a cheap option they are an efficient way of prolonging the life of a hosepipe or joining two together for greater length. This is a two part connector, when you buy it you take the two identical sides apart and slide one of each hose, offer the hose up to the yellow plastic and tighten up the grey screw pieces and that is all you have to do. It is a sort of “bridging” connector to attach the two pieces of hose together. When fitting it is essential to push the hose into the connector well so that it is “home” as far as it will go and it is also helpful to ensure that the hose is cut straight across to avoid leakage. If for any reason the parts do come apart, maybe there is a kink in the hose or someone is standing on it, these will blow apart and need replacing. If so, again ensure that the hoses are pushed in as a far as possible and the screw parts screwed up hand tight without cross threading. Herein lies the downside of these connectors, it is possible to cross thread the grey screw piece and then difficult to unscrew and correct, so it is worth taking a little time to line up carefully before screwing up tight. We use these connectors with various types and ages of hose all with good effect, so they do work and they last well too, some of ours are a good few years old. However, when left out all year as ours tend to ...

Rehau 247714 Universal Tap Connector (268233) 30/03/2017

For when I'm Spraying Water in the Garden

Rehau 247714 Universal Tap Connector (268233) Rehau Universal Tap Connector I was surprised to see this product available to review as most of these types of items either carry the Hozelock brand name or no brand name at all, so I am delighted to review this connector today. This is a little suction cup with a twist lock to secure a hosepipe to a tap. The hose is connected by sliding over the “male” sticky out bit on the connector and the suction part fits over the tap and you create a snug fit by tightening the ratchet style metal tightener. A secure fit is required otherwise the water pressure will blow the tap and the hose apart and in doing so frequently cover the user in water, so you want a reliable product for this job and to fit the connector well. This version is green and black in colour and they are also available in black and grey. The connector features a built in turn key on the tightener which is very handy. We have been using this for about two years and have not experienced any problems at all. In short it does exactly as it should. This model is designed for a hose with a 1/2" internal diameter. We use this connector on a tap where the hose is never taken off and use a different type on the tap that we swap hoses for the pressure washer or if we want to fill the watering cans directly. This connector can be removed and replaced but continually doing so with this type of attachment will inevitably lead to wear and a shorter life of the connector. ~*~ Price & Availability: We bought ours from an ...
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