Home Ground

Tue, Dec 30, 2008

Now the Christmas tree and decorations will soon be taken down and put away and the New Year’s celebrations are almost behind you, you are no doubt ready to start gardening again. Are you feeling motivated? I do hope so because there is much to be done.

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Domestic Bliss

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

With the increase in oil prices and the depletion of oil reserves, many people have turned back to solid fuel over the past few years. Wood is becoming a favourite as it is clean, renewable, easy to store, and can give a warm, lasting, fire. Whether you burn wood in a fireplace, stove, or furnace, good quality firewood is the key to convenience, efficiency, and safety. Most stove manufacturers recommend dry hardwood logs. What exactly are dry hardwood logs and where can you get them?

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Take the work out of wet weather

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

Beat the winter weather with a drying cabinet that will make short work of dripping coats, gloves and soggy shoes as well as the wet washing.

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Home Ground

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

I know that Christmas, not gardening, is on your mind at the moment but a little gardening is a guaranteed way of working off the turkey and Christmas pudding. I know that the winter weather is not always enticing but we must look for the positives and try to forget, or at least ignore, the negatives.

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Beat stress this Christmas

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

1. If you are one of those people who has left all your Chrismas preparations until the last minute, do not fret. Begin by compiling a “To Do” list. Include everything from sending Christmas cards and buying gifts to grocery shopping, cleaning the house, cooking Christmas dinner and visiting friends and relations.

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A Christmas gift that reduces your carbon footprint

Thu, Dec 11, 2008

We are all being encouraged to reduce our carbon emissions — the much publicised change.ie website lets us calculate our carbon number and gives advice on how to reduce it. As Christmas approaches, the gifts we buy often further add to our carbon footprint as much carbon has been produced during their manufacture while their packaging, often a large component of the gift, also has to be disposed of.

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Get roasting

Thu, Dec 11, 2008

Treat your turkey to one of these great roasting pans, available at Anthony Ryan’s home store and online at Anthony Ryan’s dedicated homeware site, www.shopcookware.ie

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Home Ground

Thu, Dec 11, 2008

Now to state the obvious, another week over and another week nearer to Christmas. I hope that you have enjoyed some days outdoors, and by that I mean in the garden and not walking up and down the main shopping streets. The shopping can wait but the garden cannot.

No doubt you will get a poinsettia or two for the Christmas, because as I pointed out briefly last week they and other pot plants make great gifts.

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Home Ground

Thu, Dec 04, 2008

The easiest type of gardening for this time of year is what I term armchair gardening. Easy work this might be, but vital nonetheless.

Next to my love of gardening is my love of books, and being able to link my hobbies can be very satisfying. Mind you, I enjoy reading many many types of books, not just those inclined to the plant world. I must admit though that during the busy seasons I find myself reading the pictures rather than the texts. I console myself by stating that gardening is a very visual subject and pictures are often more helpful than words.

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John Rocha to showcase Waterford Crystal range at Fallers

Thu, Dec 04, 2008

Fallers Jewellers will welcome internationally renowned fashion, jewellery, and crystal designer John Rocha to its Galway store tomorrow (Friday). John Rocha will be in store from 5pm to 7pm where he will showcase his distinctive Waterford Crystal range and he will personally sign any gifts from the range purchased on the night.

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Stock up for Christmas at JPK Garden Centre

Thu, Dec 04, 2008

The JPK Garden Centre Christmas shop is now open on the N17 two miles on the Tuam side of Claregalway. JPK has a large range of Christmas trees in stock at unbeatable prices. The shop also has a wide range of wreaths, table arrangements and decorations.

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Deck the halls with Woodie’s

Thu, Nov 27, 2008

Christmas decorations provide the perfect opportunity to add a bit of colour and fun to the home. Woodie’s DIY has a huge range of Christmas decorations in stock.

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Home Ground

Thu, Nov 27, 2008

I am not a lover of the cold weather believe me, and I often dream of warmer climes, but dreaming is all it can be for the moment, so I strongly suggest that you invest in a pair of thermals and brave the winter elements in the garden with me.

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Great cookware at great prices at www.shopcookware.ie

Thu, Nov 20, 2008

Grab some great seasonal bargains at Anthony Ryan’s new dedicated homewares site, www.shopcookware.ie

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Environmental building science services in Galway

Thu, Nov 20, 2008

Building Science Technologies is a Galway company which offers building energy management consultancy and diagnostic services to both domestic and commercial buildings. The range of services includes building energy ratings, energy audits, building air leakage testing, thermal imaging surveys, and site suitability tests.

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Home Ground

Thu, Nov 20, 2008

I think that the autumn colour this year has been particularly beautiful. Trees clothed in their autumn coats are so picturesque. Now that the beauty of autumn is fresh in your mind, plan ahead for next autumn.

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Bring your home to life with Western Postform

Thu, Nov 06, 2008

In the current economic climate and with the house market becoming increasingly competitive, there has never been a better time to update and invest in your home. Whether you have bought a new home and want to give it a little personal charm, are selling your home and feel it needs that extra something to make it shine, or if you just feel like it is time for an update, bring your home to life with Western Postform, the Galway based company that offers top quality kitchens and bedrooms at prices that won’t be beaten.

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Taps that run like Clock Work

Thu, Nov 06, 2008

If your bathing routine requires precision, the efficiency of the new wall mounted Clock Work collection from Ritmonio is sure to tick all your boxes.

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home ground

Thu, Nov 06, 2008

Since I spoke to you last week I hope that you have been busy gardening and enjoying all that the autumn/early winter has to offer in the garden. Remember that gardening should be hobby and not a chore.

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home ground

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

The gardening year is moving along nicely and hopefully you have been keeping busy, gardening that is!

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