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Now moved, moving again in a few months, hence somewhat sporadic appearances here!

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The Denbigh, Bexhill-on-Sea 18/07/2017

A fabulous local pub :)

The Denbigh, Bexhill-on-Sea East Sussex has an absolute wealth of pubs, but one of my favourites, and luckily somewhat local to me, being only a 20 minute walk away, is The Denbigh, which I was first taken to by my in-laws after they moved to Bexhill six years ago, and which I must have visited at least five times a year up until this April, when it became a few times a week. Sometimes I go there just for a drink and a chat, other times for something to eat, and by this point I've probably eaten most dishes on the menu at least once! Contact Info The Denbigh Little Common Road Bexhill-On-Sea East Sussex TN39 4XH thedenbigh@gmail.com 01424 843 817 Getting There Unless you're very local, you're going to want to drive here as it isn't as far as I know, served by any of the local bus routes, at least not with a stop closer than a 10-15 minute walk away. It is directly on the A259, and does have it's own car park with space for between 10-15 cars, including some dedicated disabled parking spots. On the rare occasions the car park is full, there are residential streets set behind it where on street parking is a possibility, but I've rarely seen the car park full except when the pub does a special themed menu night. Atmosphere Walking in, there is a nice, relaxed, very congenial feeling to the pub. It's a family owned pub, and not part of a chain, so has those nice little quirks to it that make it feel homely - a fireplace with a huge mantel covered with books and board games you're welcome to take ...

Dr. Beckmann Glo White Super Whitener Sachets 18/07/2017

Keeps your whites white - a glowing review!

Dr. Beckmann Glo White Super Whitener Sachets Over the course of a school term, my daughters blouses always end up going from a pristine white to a slightly grubby grey colour - usually a combination of using low temperatures for most washes to save energy, plus how often they're worn leaving them looking tired and dingy. Now, although blouses aren't the most expensive bit of school uniform (in fact, in my daughters case they're the only item I don't need to buy from a specified supplier!) I'd rather not have to keep buying new ones whenever they start looking tired. So, to help them last a little longer, I resort to using a product my mum used when I was younger - Dr Beckmanns Glowhite. I remember this being used when I was a little kid in primary school,so the brand has obviously been around a while - and in fact you'll fine it stocked in most major supermarkets. It's not at all expensive either - I paid £1 for a pack of three sachets in Tesco, which is hardly going to break the bank. Using this is easy - you simply pop the sachet at the back of the drum before filling, and then use your normal detergent and fabric conditioner too. It can be used anyway between 20 and 95 degrees celsius, so select the right temperature for your items (I use these on high as it's only school shirts and socks, neither of which are particularly delicate) turn it on, and let the machine do the work. No need to rinse anything afterwards, just dry and iron as normal, and jobs a good un! Results wise - I always saw good results with this ...

Kilrock Gel Descaler 14/07/2017

On a scale of one to five......

Kilrock Gel Descaler Around January 2016, my partner purchased a house in Nottingham. It was a two bed ex council house, and had been really badly neglected by the owner, whose parents had lived there until they passed. Window frames were rotten, the kitchen was covered in grease, but the true horror was the toilet. A persistent drip that had never been fixed, plus, I suspect, a good few years of the 'If it's yellow, let it mellow' approach had led to it having a very thick rim of limescale all around it, stained a delightful brown colour. There was simply no way I was plonking my butt on that toilet, but as I was planning on helping my partner renovate the house with the intention of us eventually making it our home (which never actually happened due to a loss in the family and a move to Sussex) I really needed to make the facilities usable. Having googled what to do for particularly stubborn limescale, that had already resisted a good going over with bleach and a toilet brush, one of the things that seemed worth a try was Kilrock, and I paid £4.50 on amazon for a 160ml bottle of descaler gel. Packaging The packaging contains various warnings about not getting this on skin or into eyes, and is designed rather like a glue pot, with a lid that has a built in brush allowing for direct application to wherever it was needed. It being some time ago now, I can't remember if it had a childproof lid or not - one would hope so! Usage Having removed all the water from the bowl, I painted a liberal ...

Sussex (England) 13/07/2017

I love Sunny Sussex!

Sussex (England) East Sussex is somewhere I've been visiting for nine years, ever since meeting my other half, and is somewhere that I fell in love with on first visit - so much so that, when my partner lost his mum and decided he wanted to move down to be nearer his dad, I had no qualms about making the move. Ever since my first trip, I'd always thought I'd like to end up living here one day, and now I do. This review will focus on just East Sussex, as that's the area I know best - and I'll try my best not to let this review get TOO long! The area is of course famous for it's outstanding natural beauty - with Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters Cliffs, the South Downs National Park, and miles and miles of beaches. It also has a pretty significant place in British history - it's where William the Conqueror landed, obviously, but also the birthplace of British motor racing, and or course a fascinating history as a fashionable bathing resort! Getting Here Getting to East Sussex is relatively easy - from France, you can catch a ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven, or from further afield planes fly to Gatwick Airport, just outside East Sussex, or to the smaller Lydd airport in Kent. If you're travelling by train, trains from London are very regular, with routes from several stations - nearly all towns are served by stations, as indeed are many of the small villages, although service to smaller villages doesn't operate on sundays By road travel here is easy. East Sussex joins the motorway at the M23, ...

Coshida Premium Paté 13/07/2017

Cheap but not cheerful

Coshida Premium Paté I don't have any loyalty to a particular supermarket - in fact, I really enjoy visiting different ones, as it tends to give me a chance to get some new ideas for things to try in the kitchen. However, this does mean that on occasion, I'll go to a supermarket such as Lidl or Aldi where certain products don't have as much range to choose from - something I've experienced particularly with cat food in both stores, where the choice seems to be own brand or own brand. My cats aren't particularly spoiled - in most cases they eat supermarket own brand food, with the occasional dome of sheba or gourmet pearl chucked in as a treat. So, when I saw these 100g tins of 'Coshida Premium Paté' in Lidl (these are Lidl exclusive) at just 19p each, perfectly sized for individual portions, I had no qualms at all in picking some up to try on my cats. I got the poultry, turkey, and beef varieties. The first clue should have been in the word "paté" really ...my cats are used to food with chunks of meat, usually in jelly as I find this less messy to decant into a bowl, but occasionally with gravy. Always chunks though. This cat food however, which is easy to open by simply pulling off the top foil, comes in a pate form...it's all one texture, in a greyish brown kind of colour, and doesn't look particularly appetising in the can. I did debate letting them eat directly from the can to save on washing up, but one of my cats has a weird jaw and wouldn't be able to eat it easily, so I decanted onto ...

Nuxe Body Long-Lasting Deodorant 12/07/2017

Pampering my pits!

Nuxe Body Long-Lasting Deodorant Some time ago, I received a sample sized tube of a Nuxe Shower Oil in a beauty box, and although many products in the boxes I tend to use and then quickly forget about, this sample started a bit of a love affair with the brand for me ... I've since received other products from the range in subsequent subscription boxes, but I've also gone out and bought items for myself, and requested them from others as gifts,having been impressed initially with the quality and the fragrance of the first products. One of the items in the range I purchased for myself recently was their deodorant - I'm typically a bog standard cheap 90p roll on kind of girl, but with a birthday coming up soon I decided a bit of luxury was in order! Price and Availability I purchased directly from the website at £8.50 for a 50ml roll on. Nuxe Products are also stocked in Marks and Spencers and in Boots, although you won't see any variation in price, and I tend to prefer buying directly from Nuxe themselves, as they include a free mini product and 3 smaller free samples with every order, allowing me to experience more of the range.The website also offers free delivery over £35. The Deodorant This deodorant claims to offer 24 odour protection, and contains natural alum and silver powder, and does not contain alcohol. I was pleased with the lack of alcohol as I do find, particularly after shaving my underarm, that some alcohol based products can cause irritation. This however is really gentle- no irritation at ...

Tesco Value Cat Litter 29/06/2017

This litter-ally takes the p*ss.

Tesco Value Cat Litter My cats are outdoor cats - they love to be outside in all weathers, and they do all their toileting outside. However, when we moved down to Bexhill from Nottingham, we had to keep them inside for a time whilst they acclimatised to the new house, which meant providing them with trays, one for each cat and a spare. I usually use wood cat litter, and indeed had half a bag left from cat fostering in the past which I brought down with me. However, that soon ran out, and disappointingly the local tesco only had the value brand in stock when I needed to buy more. Although I wasn't too pleased,it was late at night at the time and I didn't have much choice, especially as Tiny cat WILL pee outside the tray if his is dirty. At 1.55 for a ten litre bag this is certainly cheap, and although the packaging is also cheap and distinctly uncheerful, the value branding does at least ensure easy recognition on the shelf. We had three large trays, and filling them all to the recommended depth of 5cm used up probably 3/4s of the bag. The bag itself is made of thick paper so can be torn open at a push, but we cut ours for easy pouring. The first downside to this litter is the amount of dust it kicks up when just filling the trays ... fine white clay dust. I also found that because this litter is just tiny pieces of clay, the cats do kick it everywhere, so it's a case of putting a mat or paper under the tray, or being prepared to put up with frequent sweeping and hoovering. The cats had no ...

Mars Sheba Dome Prime Cuts Chicken 29/06/2017

Leaves my cats feline purrfect

Mars Sheba Dome Prime Cuts Chicken I absolutely adore my two cats, Tiny and Yuki, and think that, just like the best humans they occasionally deserve a little treat. They do have a regular tinned cat food , but every so often I like to buy them a little tin of Sheba each as an extra 'posh' treat – Sunday lunches, birthdays, Christmas dinner etc. I like the little Sheba cans, not only are there a good range of flavours to choose from, but they're ideally sized for a single portion, and always look really nice when decanted out of the tin. The meals inside are designed to be treats for a cat, rather than a regular meal – the tins themselves state on the label to feed the Sheba domes to cats up to three times a week. My cats get them less often than that, one dome each a couple of times a month if they're lucky, and with a dome costing typically 79p to 90p I think this would be rather expensive to give to them too often. This Prime Chicken Breast variety tips easily out of the tin to reveal thin strips of chicken in a slight gravy coating, looking nice and moist, but not overly wet. It looks like real chicken – I always like how appealing Sheba meals look – this doesn't look like cheap nasty bits of meat as some standard cat foods do, but looks like something I wouldn't be terribly upset to see if I lifted the lid of a pie. The ingredients list is reassuringly small – Chicken (45%), Tapioca Starch, and Sodium Chloride. As appetising as this look, I've never eaten one myself, but both cats come running when I ...

Toni & Guy Toni&Guy Nourish Conditioner for Damaged Hair 26/06/2017

I'm nourish enough to keep buying this

Toni & Guy Toni&Guy Nourish Conditioner for Damaged Hair A little under two months ago, I made a big move, leaving Nottingham to live in Sunny Sussex. So far I've loved it - beaches to explore, country pubs to quaff a few pints in, walks over the downs...it's been fantastic. However, my hair seems to have suffered a fair bit since the move -it's become quite dull, dry, and heavy, and I'm thinking it's probably a combination of exposure to salt water, high winds, and rather more sunshine than I'm used to that's done it. I'm fairly certain that, in time, my hair will get used to the environment, but in the meantime I needed some way to make it presentable in all those country pubs ... I don't want these nice Sussex country folks who turn up on their horses for a glass of wine on a Sunday thinking I'm some sort of awful northern chav (Originally, I'm from Oxford, so I'm almost as southern as they are, but you wouldn't know it from my accent after some 20 odd years in Nottingham). The Product Posh hair repair calls for a posh hair conditioner, and after paying the princely sum of £6 in Boots (and shedding a tear at the cost in true northern style), I left with a 250ml bottle of the Toni and Guy Nourish Conditioner. The product claims thaT 'Advanced formula penetrates the hair fibre for stronger, healthier hair and helps prevent against split ends.' . It also recommends to 'Combine with Toni&Guy Reconstruction Mask for deep down, intense repair' , but as that costs an additional £6.49, I'd rather just buy a new head if it came to ...

NRS Clinell Antibacterial Hygiene Wipes 30/05/2017

Fab little antibac wipes !

NRS Clinell Antibacterial Hygiene Wipes My fella is a bit on the larger side, and one of the results of this is that he suffers from sleep apnea, needing to wear a device at night to stop him snoring and keep his breathing regular. The device consists of a mask that fits snugly over his mouth and nose, which blows out air, and whilst this made an immediate difference to his snoring (vastly reducing the amount I spend on earplugs!) it did cause his skin around his nose and mouth to become a bit spotty. We needed a way to keep the mask clean to hopefully prevent this. Luckily, a solution was easily at hand - my partner works for the NHS so was already familiar with Clinell antibacterial hygiene wipes, which would not only help keep his mask clean, but were easily disposable after use. Price and Availability My partner actually obtains them through his work - he does pay for them , but at a drastically reduced rate as he purchases through an NHS supplier. If you want to buy them yourself, prices vary depending on pack size and type ...a pack of 200 wipes, which is what we use, costs 6.99 on amazon (with prime delivery) a pack of 40 is approximately £2.62 (various suppliers through amazon) and a bucket containing 225 is £10.24 currently. Usage The wipes come in quite a bulky rectangular plastic package, roughly 3 inches high when full and just under a foot long. It's quite a big bulky package, much bigger than a pack of standard baby wipes for example. It has a rectangular hinged opening on the front framed in ...

Cookingtime Chrome Plated Empty Spice Rack 29/05/2017

Racking my brains for a good title....

Cookingtime Chrome Plated Empty Spice Rack I love cooking - It's not something I've had much time for the last couple of years due to working irregular shifts, but since moving down south I've found myself a lady of leisure, with plenty of time on my hands. Add to that the fact that we've moved into my in-laws house, with a gorgeous large kitchen that is a joy to work in, and that my mother in law, who did the bulk of the cooking for her husband, is sadly no longer with us, and cooking has once again become something I do on a daily basis. When it comes to recipes, I tend to take inspiration from things I find online, and I tend to have little obsessions with particular ingredients or flavours - I've ended up with a huge collection of condiments - all manner of herbs and spices, not to mention various sauces, oils, and vinegars. I need some way to keep the ones I use most often easily to hand, to save myself rummaging through the cupboards - luckily, the solution was already at hand, in the form of this chrome spice rack, which I'd actually purchased for my mother in law two years ago. She'd actually never used it as a spice rack (there is one of those little thin pull out racks fitted into the kitchen which proved sufficient for her needs) but instead had used it to store small bits and bobs - stamps, pins, buttons and the like. Time to put it to its intended use! The Rack The rack is roughly 30 centimetres long, and about 15 cm high and 15cm deep, so doesn't take up too much space on the worksurface. It's sort of ...

Baco Bacofoil Turkey Foil Wrap 27/05/2017

Great wide foil ...shame it's not available all year round

Baco Bacofoil Turkey Foil Wrap I love a good roast dinner, and the secret to keeping most roasts moist in the middle but crispy and with a good colour on the outside is to keep the roast under foil for most of the cooking time, which seals in the juices, before whipping it off right at the end to allow the skin or the outside to brown and crisp up. Whilst this is easy using standard foil for most roasts, with bigger roasts, such as turkey or a large gammon joint, you tend to have to use three or four lengths of foil to adequately cover the meat, and it's never quite as airtight. Never fear, Turkey Foil is here! Turkey Foil? Now, there is nothing particularly special about this foil that marks it out as being turkeys only, it's simply a wider roll, at 60 centimetres wide compared to a standard foil roll which is usually just shy of 30 centimetres. Packaging Like ordinary foil, it comes in a cardboard box (red) in a narrow, long shape, with a serrated edge that is supposed to make tearing the foil off easier but somehow never works for me (I suspect because I'm a bit of a yanker ...if you were more patient when pulling off your foil I think it would work very well!). The edge is quite sharp, and could potentially cut skin, so the packaging is best kept safely away from little fingers! Usage This foil performs perfectly well, the width of it ensures I can wrap even quite large birds and joints securely to keep them moist in the oven, and at three metres there is enough foil there for multiple uses. ...

Argos ColourMatch Laundry Basket 26/05/2017

Basket case...

Argos ColourMatch Laundry Basket I recently moved from Nottingham to Bexhill, and having moved in the full awareness that I'll be moving again soon (we're upsizing) one of the first tasks my father in law set me upon moving down was de-cluttering and organising various spaces, particularly the garage! My mother in law, who sadly passed away last year, was something of a hoarder - not to the extent of those TV shows where you can't move around the house, thankfully. In fact, the house itself is very tidy and organised, and although there might be slightly too much in some cupboards, there is a place for everything and everything in it's place. However, when something doesn't have a place anymore - into the garage it goes, with the result that the garage (which incidentally is also the only place we could fit the computer desk, and is therefore my home for the evening) was full of cushions, spare duvets, spare pillows, spare blankets ... spare everything in fact. Having thrown away some stuff that was either unusable, or simply surplus to requirements, I still had a lot of spare bedding and towels left in good usable condition, and did want to hang on to it as, when we upsize, we will be needing it. But I needed better storage for the stuff, and a way to keep it categorised, hence the purchase of four of these colourmatch laundry baskets, which are available exclusively from argos for 4.99 each. Variations Being part of the colourmatch range, which is designed to make it easy to colour co-ordinate your ...

Packaging2Buy Cardboard Wardobe Box 23/05/2017

A clever solution for a smooth move

Packaging2Buy Cardboard Wardobe Box Moving is, supposedly, one of the most stressful times in a persons life, and having recently uprooted from Nottingham to Bexhill in East Sussex, I can say I definitely felt the strain! One of the things I struggled with was my desire to get as much packing as I could done in advance, versus the fear of packing away something I'd need, and then having to dig through various boxes to find it! Luckily, with clothing, I didn't have that worry - I was already aware of the hanging wardrobe boxes, having helped a friend move with a couple of them two months before my own move was planned. I got in touch with my friend to ask where she had purchased them, and she let me know that they were available from the packaging to buy website, and very kindly let me have the two she already had, as she thought they'd be sturdy enough to handle another move. With those two, and another couple purchased at £8.88, I easily had enough space for all mine and my daughters clothe! Assembly The boxes come flat packed, and are lightweight enough when empty to be carried to the room where you'll need them, though potentially somewhat bulky and awkward if you need to navigate a narrow turn. We'd already made the decision before assembling to keep one box each in my daughter and my bedrooms for the most commonly used items (school uniform, work uniform, casual wear) and to keep the other two downstairs for the less common items (dresses, formal wear, spare shoes and handbags etc) as I already knew ...

Byron Plug-in Wireless Glow in the Dark Doorbell 22/05/2017

You can ring my beeeeeeellll, ring my bell!

Byron Plug-in Wireless Glow in the Dark Doorbell ***Please note, the bell I am reviewing does not have a glow in the dark feature, however ciao would not add the new product and this is the closest match, being the only plug in that is not a plug-through*** Until I recently moved from Nottingham to Bexhill, I worked for a DIY chain, and we used a wireless doorbell in order for a member of staff on the shop floor to be able to easily summon other staff members from the warehouse to the till to serve customers - this worked really well as it meant people weren't just standing at the till all day waiting for someone to come in, but were instead in the back doing the things that needed doing, putting away deliveries, cleaning, completing paperwork etc. The one that we used was a Byron wireless plug in. This came packed in one of those hard plastic packs with a sealed edge, which was a bit of a pain in the bum to get into as you need really sturdy sharp scissors, or a Stanley Knife, to get into the packet. Bizarrely, though we sold such knifes and scissors, we weren't allowed to use them for health and safety, so opening the packet resulted in rather a lot of swearing! Set up on this bell is, by contrast, incredibly easy. Plug the chime box into a location within range of the button where it will be heard, and if you like, screw the button itself onto a door or wall. For our purposes, it worked better not attached to anything, as whoever was manning the shop floor could carry it in their hand. The button already comes with ...
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