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Nikwax Tx. Direct Wash In Wash In Waterproofer - 1lt
Nikwax Tx. Direct Wash In Wash In Waterproofer - 1lt
Offered by Nicebuyideas
Price: £13.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job well, 22 Feb. 2015
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Works really well - has re-waterproofed my well-used jacket and over-trousers and have had no leakeages so far.


1 Pair Of Nordvek Genuine Lambswool Insoles - Adults / Childrens Sizes Available - Adult - 9 UK (43 EU)
1 Pair Of Nordvek Genuine Lambswool Insoles - Adults / Childrens Sizes Available - Adult - 9 UK (43 EU)
Offered by Oakgrain Leather
Price: £1.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, 22 Feb. 2015
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Ok for what it is, but be aware that this is wool stuck to a synthetic insole, NOT a sheepskin insole which would keep you much warmer and last much longer!


iGadgitz Black Silicone Skin Case Cover with Tyre Tread Design for Samsung Galaxy S3 III Mini I8190 Android Smartphone Mobile Phone + Screen Protector
iGadgitz Black Silicone Skin Case Cover with Tyre Tread Design for Samsung Galaxy S3 III Mini I8190 Android Smartphone Mobile Phone + Screen Protector
Offered by iGadgitz

5.0 out of 5 stars Like it!, 22 Feb. 2015
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Looks good, nice quality and does a good job protecting my phone.


Philip's Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland
Philip's Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland
by Jeremy Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, highly recommended., 22 Feb. 2015
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Great book! It starts with a general info section on butterflies, habitats, spotting tips, etc. Next there are several pages devoted to a quick reference field guide, beautifully illustrated with all of the native butterflies, including underside of wings. This section is handily coloured at the edge so you can find it quickly. It then has a double page on each native butterfly with a photograph and lots of information on lifecycle, habitat, feeding plants, distribution, etc, plus a small illustration of a caterpillar on the relevant plant. Unfortunately the caterpillar illustrations are not detailed and clear enough - my only (little) criticism of the book. Finally there are a few pages on migrants seen in Britain and the major day-flying moths. With all that info it still manages to be a nice small size for carrying. Highly recommended.


Geemarc CL1100 Hard of Hearing, Hearing Assistance, Amplified Corded Telephone - White
Geemarc CL1100 Hard of Hearing, Hearing Assistance, Amplified Corded Telephone - White
Offered by Co-operative Independent Living
Price: £26.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Bought for person with dementia, 22 Feb. 2015
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Buttons nice and large & easy to see. I bought it for my mother who has dementia and struggles with dialling long sequences of numbers so I mainly wanted a phone where the stored numbers are easy to use.
She isn't hard of hearing so didn't need the volume features, but the ringer is certainly very loud!
With the stored numbers it looks from the picture as there is a removable plastic cover & you write the numbers on the paper underneath this. This isn't the case - the plastic is not removable and you need to write the numbers on the plastic either in pencil (not so easy to read) or permanent marker pen - clear but writing cannot then be altered. For this reason I've marked it down as I think it would have been relatively easy to have a removable cover with paper underneath and thus give more options to change the numbers stored.
Ideally I would have preferred a phone with more than 12 storable numbers but had to compromise as this one seemed the easiest for my mother to use. It is easy to use but it was hard to just choose 12 numbers. The stored numbers section could also be clearer - the buttons are smaller and fiddiler than the number buttons and it's slightly complicated for my mother as the button is next to the name - that might sound silly but she tends to press the name and not the button.
I think there's a need for a company which can produce a phone with capacity for 20+ stored numbers with large clear buttons - perhaps the name could be written on the buttons themselves for maximum clarity. There are so many people with dementia, sight problems & other conditions who might find this really helpful.
So the 3 stars is because it's not the ideal design for someone with dementia but, given that it is the best option I could find, I would recommend it, at least for someone with early stage dementia.
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Bond How to do 11+ Verbal Reasoning New Edition
Bond How to do 11+ Verbal Reasoning New Edition
by Alison Primrose
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Useful, 22 Feb. 2015
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Currently working through this a few pages at a time with my son. Explains how to do the different types of question and helps identify strengths and weaknesses.


New Premier Rounded Oval Design Non Slip Suction Feet Pvc Bathroom Bath Tub Mat
New Premier Rounded Oval Design Non Slip Suction Feet Pvc Bathroom Bath Tub Mat
Offered by My1stWish

4.0 out of 5 stars Good mat, slightly bumpy underfoot, 22 Feb. 2015
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I like this mat - it is well made and looks as good as a shower mat can look! It's a good length and is easy to clean with a brush. It is a bit bumpy - fine with me but I know some people with foot problems don't cope well with bumps underfoot so in that case I'd avoid this mat, but otherwise I'd recommend it.


The complete wildlife pond: Wildlife Ponds. How to make, maintain and enjoy a wildlife pond. 2014 edition
The complete wildlife pond: Wildlife Ponds. How to make, maintain and enjoy a wildlife pond. 2014 edition
Price: £2.16

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and enthusiastic book, 13 Nov. 2014
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I found this book useful and interesting to read. It's written by someone who runs a company creating wildlife ponds, so he has the practical know-how needed. As well as practical info it also includes info on what species you might attract to your pond and what plants to choose.

I like that he takes a low tech approach, so a lot of the time he is suggesting the cheaper, easier way of doing things and telling you what you won't need (pumps, filters, lots of plants, etc). His approach is to look at what nature does naturally and use that to work out what will best encourage local wildlife to your pond. If, like me, you have a small garden and not much room for a pond, this book is good as the author includes ideas for even the tiniest area.

I enjoyed the author's enthusiasm for his subject - his passion for wildlife comes across very strongly and is a pleasure to read about, and he is also very encouraging to readers to have a go at pond building.

It's a short book but no worse for that - it's a quick and easy read. Its main shortcoming is that (presumably because it was self-published) it's not been well edited or proof-read, so the text rambles a bit in places, and there are quite a few grammar or spelling mistakes. Having said that, it's a low-priced book and includes good info so is good value for money, and I would recommend it because of the author's knowledge and enthusiasm.


Gardening for Butterflies, Bees and Other Beneficial Insects
Gardening for Butterflies, Bees and Other Beneficial Insects
by Jan Miller-Klein
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: £16.56

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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful book for wildlife gardening, 2 Nov. 2014
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This is a useful book if, like me, you are looking for ways to make an existing garden more wildlife-friendly. It would also be helpful if you were planning a garden from scratch as there are suggested designs for butterfly-friendly beds. It's also useful if you just want to find out more about butterflies and the types of plants they are attracted to. This was the only book I could find in print that deals specifically with gardening for butterflies and it covers this topic well.

There are already quite a number of books available on gardening for bees, birds and wildlife in general. Although this book does have sections on bees (specifically bumble and solitary), ladybirds and other pollinators, I felt this information was less well-researched. One example is that the author states that bumblebees do not sting. In fact they are less likely to sting than honeybees and wasps and their stings are less painful, but many do have the capability to sting. Also (& this is obviously not the author's fault) harlequin ladybirds are much more common now than they were when the book was first published in 2010, so the ladybird info felt out of date with only a brief mention of harlequins - certainly in my suburban London garden I get far more harlequins now than native species. On balance the sections on other pollinators felt less authoritative and more of an afterthought and I think the book would have been just as good without this info.

The author's main area of knowledge and experience is clearly butterflies and moths and there is lots of information on identifying and gardening for the main UK butterflies, but also encouragement and advice on providing for the lesser-known species of butterflies and moths too. There is good information on plants and their flowering seasons and explanations of why butterflies (and to a lesser extent moths) prefer certain flowers. The plant information is divided into seasons and linked to butterflies which are in flight at that time of year (or their larvae feeding at that time). The details also include information on propagation which I really liked as it shows how creating a butterfly-friendly garden can be inexpensive if plants can be grown from cuttings or seeds. I also liked that the author is quite realistic about whether you are likely to attract certain species.

The book has very large pages - larger than a typical magazine page - and is quite heavy. I found it a bit difficult to handle and felt I would have preferred a smaller format. Although there are lots of lovely photos, a few don't really benefit from being blown up so large, and there is quite a lot of space on some pages, so I think it would work fine in a smaller format - I don't think I'm the only reviewer to comment on this, so perhaps it's something that could be considered for a second edition. Perhaps this would also help reduce the price which is quite high compared to similar gardening books.

At the end of the book is a section on designing beds and borders for butterflies and other pollinators including useful planting plans. There are also interesting sections on more 'specialist' garden features such as green roofs and ponds.

This is a lovely book to browse, despite the unwieldy page size, and also contains lots of useful information on butterfly gardening written by someone with knowledge, experience and passion for the subject. I have some reservations about the information on other pollinators, but overall I would recommend it.


Showa Floreo 370 Lightweight Gardening Gloves Colour: Green, Size: Medium
Showa Floreo 370 Lightweight Gardening Gloves Colour: Green, Size: Medium
Offered by Gardenskill Ltd
Price: £4.59

5.0 out of 5 stars The best gardening gloves, 22 Oct. 2013
I discovered these a few months ago and they are wonderful!

They are lightweight and close fitting so, unlike most gardening gloves, they don't compromise your sense of touch too much, so are perfect for fiddly jobs and for handling delicate plants, while still giving you the protection of gloves. If you are the kind of gardener who prefers not to wear gloves but likes the protection they offer then these are the perfect solution.

They are waterproof on the fingers and palms so great for most jobs, though you would need something tougher for a job like pruning thorny plants.

They wash very well - I either pop them in with my normal washing (rinse first if very muddy) or sometimes just rinse them under the tap at the end of the day and they are normally dry by the next morning.

Because they have the huge advantage of being thin and very comfortable there are a few inevitable downsides: I have knicked the fingers a couple of times with secateurs (though that's mainly down to my clumsiness); if you're working in the mud or rain your hands can get wet and dirty through the fabric on the backs; they will probably not be very warm in the colder weather though I am going to experiment with wearing disposable gloves underneath or possibly buying a larger size of these so I can wear 2 pairs together.

Mine have been well worn and probably washed at least 10 times and (apart from the secateur knicks) they are still in excellent condition with plenty of wear left, so I'd say they are great value for money too.

Definitely highly recommended.


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