The days may still be short and darker than we would like but in our gardens nature is preparing for another cycle. Hardy bulbs are bringing colour to drab winter beds and birds are preparing for the breeding season.
This is the time, when like the hedgehog emerging from his hibernation nest of leaves and twigs, we start to take tentative steps outside again. It can be a rather bleak and uninspiring sight as the lawn and beds are so sodden they will be no-go areas for some weeks yet...
Now that the weather is getting colder we need to start helping garden birds. They struggle more in the winter months as the ground is hardened by frosts and it becomes more difficult for them to find food to eat. As we always enjoy watching the birds in our garden me and the children decided that we would make some simple bird feeders this weekend. It was pretty inexpensive, easy for the children to do and I also hoped that it would help to teach them about appreciating the natural world and understanding that we need to help and protect the animals around us...
I have decided to start a weekly post, giving you 5 ways in 5 days to make changes, that hopefully will become habit over the weeks and months. Five ways in five days to make autumn savingsDo not buy a coffee on the way in to work. Have a go at making your own.Close the curtains as soon as dusk comes. Keep the warm in and the cold out.Collect seeds from any of your flowers, you can swap these with other gardeners rather than buying new next year.Learn how to make your own pastry. Home made pies are frugal as you can use leftovers and so much nicer than shop bought ones.check your car's lights, a new bulb is so much cheaper than a fine from the police for driving with a headlight out.
Growing vegetables is a great way to save money, eat the freshest produce and get exercise whilst learning about seasonality and sustainability. It is brilliant for kids to learn where their vegetables come from and how to grow their own. It is also much cheaper than the gym as an effective way to fight flab and banish bingo wings, with the added bonus of a healthy supper afterwards.My friend Lucy is a lovely lass whose son attends the same school as my youngest two daughters. She has generously offered to share the 5 vegetable beds in her backyard with us and 2 other families. Her garden had been neglected for some time as it is far too much work for Lucy to tackle on her own. After a hearty lunch and a hot cuppa we set to work...
Did you know that two thirds of households now own a BBQ and that in the last five years our BBQ food bill has almost doubled? We might not be the Barbecue Champions of Australia or even America but we definitely know how to kick back and enjoy the great food and sunshine.
This week is National BBQ week and what a great week it's been, with temperatures reaching as high as 28 degrees. Around the UK, Brits have dusted off their garden furniture and wheeled out their BBQs, ready to indulge in some culinary delights. To celebrate National BBQ Week, we've compiled a list of our favourite BBQ recipe sites that got our taste buds tingling here in the Savoo office.
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When the sun shines, London is a different city. The girls look sexier, the boys are smiling and the atmosphere is one of jocular fun. Londoners make the most of the good weather because the way things have been recently, they need to squeeze every last little bit of fun out every beam of sunshine or else they will go mad.
This weekend and, we hope the following long Jubilee one, is meant to be
good weather and all the fun that goes with that can prove costly.
Longer drinking sessions, more BBQs to be had, more parties to go to,
more clothes to buy, new sunglasses to adorn the face…the list is