gardening with Anne McKeon

Thu, Oct 23, 2008

Well here we are again with another week’s gardening over and a busy week in prospect. I hope that you have been taking advantage of the intermittent spells of good weather because I feel that so much useful gardening work can be done in the autumn winter period. If you get it right at this time of year you can save yourself a lot of hardship in the spring.

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Plexus special needs programme

Thu, Oct 16, 2008

Learning difficulties such as dyslexia, ADD, ADHD and autism are affecting thousands of children all over Ireland. These children are awaiting proper assessment with regard to their conditions, in the hope that treatment can be provided to enable them to overcome their difficulties.

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Sheds are easy with Finnish Sheds

Thu, Oct 16, 2008

If you are thinking about building a shed or garage but don’t want the cost, disturbance, or time frame of normal building methods, Finnish Sheds can offer an attractive yet affordable solution.

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gardening with Anne McKeon

Thu, Oct 16, 2008

I know that many of you dread this time of year, raking lawns and rockeries, clearing pipes, and sweeping driveways, all in an effort to remove the falling leaves that have lodged there. Falling leaves are, as you know, all part of life’s cycle though. Plants, as with people, slow down at this time of year and shed excess baggage. This is all in preparation for winter, when it is the time to rest. Sound familiar?

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Save water with a new suite

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

In a typical household, 35 to 45 per cent of all household potable waste is flushed down the toilet. Most systems use the same volume of water regardless of the type of waste to be removed from the toilet.

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gardening with Anne McKeon

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

Buy flower bulbs as early in the season as possible as it is then that the best quality is available. Bulbs that remain in shops unsold for a while tend to get handled frequently by undecided customers and by young little hands. Reject bulbs of poor quality as these tend to produce poor quality plants. A good quality bulb has a firm neck, a clean firm surface with the base also firm, and is free from rot.

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gardening with Anne McKeon

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

As the growing season slows down and prepares to rest for the winter months ahead, gardening takes a change of direction. Foliage is beginning to change coats, putting on its rust and red shades of autumn; annual bedding plants are dying off while perennials on the other hand are storing up food supplies for the dormant season ahead. All things considered autumn enters and leaves in a blaze of colour.

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Revamp your house with Home Improvements

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Home Improvements is an established carpentry service which offers householders the opportunity to completely revamp their homes. If your interior is looking a little dated this service can offer you a competitive rate on fitting laminate, semi solid, and solid wood flooring.

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The Aga experience

Thu, Sep 25, 2008

Many people who have an Aga today lived in houses that had an Aga in the kitchen when they were children. There seem to be lots of pleasant memories from childhood that are associated with having an Aga in the kitchen, and for many such people it is top of their shopping list when setting up home. One friend of mine used to sit up on the shiny lid that is on top of the range (not recommended) when she was a child, and believe it or not she does the same thing some 30-plus years later. I was not brought up with an Aga in the house but both my grandparents and parents had solid fuel ranges and I still remember cooking breakfast in a big black cast iron pan on my grandmother’s red hot range. I also remember the constant need to get logs and logs and even more logs!

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Buy beds and get free duvets and pillows at Better Bedding

Thu, Sep 25, 2008

A Galway bedding company is making sure that its customers are as snug as a bug in a rug this winter by offering free duvets and pillows with all beds that are sold.

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New range as Gaeilge for Judy Greene

Thu, Sep 25, 2008

World renowned potter Judy Greene celebrates 26 years in business in Galway this year. To celebrate this incredible achievement, Judy Greene is currently producing a new range of pottery featuring the use of the Irish language in association with Gaillimh le Gaeilge.

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Free composting demonstration in Clarenbridge this weekend

Thu, Sep 25, 2008

Clarenbridge Lifestyle and Garden Centre will host a composting demonstration this Saturday. The event, organised in association with the Galway County Council and Clarenbridge Tidy Towns committee, follows a previous very successful composting event at the centre.

Have you ever wondered how to compost food waste? If you have failed in the past do you wonder why? The demonstration will be presented at 12 noon and 2pm this Saturday by Mark Molloy from the environmental section of the Galway County Council.

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gardening with Anne McKeon

Thu, Sep 25, 2008

The winter garden can be a very peaceful garden offering a break from the routine gardening chores of summer lawn mowing, hedge cutting, weeding, etc.

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home ground

Thu, Sep 18, 2008

What is underfoot in the garden is as important as the shrubs, trees, etc, growing in it. Believe it or not pathways and ground surfacing in general can be as decorative as it is functional.

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Go Victorian on your bathroom

Thu, Sep 18, 2008

The bathroom is the perfect place to add all the charm and opulence of the Victorian era. The timelessness design of the Adelphi suite has been the best selling collection from the Shires portfolio to date. Combining tradition and quality, the easy clean glaze of the suite brings a modern benefit to make your life that little bit easier.

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Conserve energy with CREM

Thu, Sep 18, 2008

CREM’s mission is to promote the conservation and sensible use of our scarce and depleting energy resources. To promote this aim, CREM specialises in providing information through education, assessments, and consultancy on the efficient use of energy in our everyday lives through the services is provides.

CREM Ltd will carry out BER Assessments on your property (see accompanying advertisement) and advise you on how to improve your building energy rating. Building energy ratings are required for all new dwellings from July 2007 and for all buildings sold, leased, or rented from January 2009.

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Galway Future Homes & Building Exhibition for November

Thu, Sep 11, 2008

Galway Future Homes & Building Exhibition will return in November with inspiration, ideas, advice, and designs for anyone building, extending, or refurbishing their home.

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Take a load off your mind with energy-saving laundry pair

Thu, Sep 11, 2008

Do a full load of washing in just 18 minutes with this energy-saving laundry pair from US manufacturer Maytag.

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home ground

Thu, Sep 11, 2008

I find that many people only think of planting bulbs when they see the bright yellow rows of daffodils in flower by our dual carriageways in spring, or when blown away by the magic of bluebells in flower in our local woodlands and so on, again in spring. Now is the time for planting such bulbs, not when they are actually flowering during the spring months of the year. Tiptoeing through the tulips is all well and good provided that they are planted in time during the autumn for February to April effect.

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home ground

Thu, Aug 07, 2008

It has been a strange gardening year so far. In my garden at least, plants are beginning to flower that have already flowered earlier this year while some spring shrubs are only coming into flower now. I’m not complaining, though, as flowers at any time are welcome. Another thing that is very noticeable this year is the beautiful scents in my garden. Such a variety of perfumes from lilies, buddleias, etc. They really brighten my days.

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