Rare royal portraits dazzle the nation Posted On 19 October 2020

Queen Elizabeth II poses for a rare and beautiful official portrait, which was captured last year at Windsor Castle by royal photographer Chris Jackson, and which has recently been released to the nation. The portrait shows Her Majesty, 94 years old, wearing blue sapphire jewellery and a matching tiara, along with a couple of pieces …

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Pension Schemes Bill passes latest stage Posted On 16 October 2020

“The role of bricks and mortar in later life is changing”, says the Chairman of the Equity Release Council, as hopes of housing wealth being included in the pensions dashboard improve!   At its second reading last Wednesday, The Pension Schemes Bill has been passed in the House of Commons after some debate between MPs. …

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Final garden prep before winter Posted On 14 October 2020

We are grasping onto the last ounces of sunny, warm(ish) weather, and now your garden will need some attention and preparation for autumn and winter   With the hot summer we have had this year, and the surprise second-budding of your flowers, your garden will have had its work cut out this summer, and is …

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How to carve a pumpkin this Halloween Posted On 12 October 2020

With Halloween coming up, there is nothing that symbolizes this holiday better than a carved pumpkin…   Whether you want to create a simple jack-o-lantern or something a little more artistic, here are some hints and tips that will help you out, as anyone who has ever carved a pumpkin already knows, it can be …

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Autumn half-term days out Posted On 09 October 2020

With half-term already approaching, we thought we’d take a look at some of the awesome family days out available this year…    Legoland Treat the little-ones this half term, especially after starting school and the craziest of the past 6-months, with a day out at Legoland, Windsor. Legoland is the ultimate experience for kids of …

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Going Green has Never Felt so Rewarding Posted On 07 October 2020

If you’ve ever considered taking measures to make your home more eco-friendly, then there’s no better excuse to ‘go green’ than right now.   The government has recently announced the Green Homes Grant, which could subsidize your home-improvement costs, whilst you’re simultaneously doing your bit to combat climate change.   What is the Green Homes …

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Creating the perfect home office space Posted On 05 October 2020

With growing numbers of people regularly working from home, it’s important to get the environment just right   With an ever-growing number of Brits now working from home each week, especially those whom after Covid-19 may not be going back to the office, it is important to create the right working environment. With the benefits from homeworking …

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Stylish Wallpaper Ideas and Trends Posted On 02 October 2020

Looking at decorating a living room, home office or bedroom at the end of this year? Let’s take a look at some of the hottest trends!   Stylish and trendy wallpapers have never been more popular. A few years ago, the trend was for neutral shades of paint etc, however, times have changed and, as …

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Deadline Day Approaches – Who Could Make a Late Move this Summer? Posted On 30 September 2020

After being told that the financial impact of coronavirus would halt the big-money transfers this summer, it has been somewhat surprising to see that several high profile players have arrived in the Premier League. So with that in mind, what players might make last minute moves, before the window closes on October 5th?   Rhian …

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Stamp Duty Holiday: Don’t miss out!!! Posted On 28 September 2020

The property market is thriving, however, with current restrictions, buyers and sellers are experiencing delays to reach exchange and completion.   While the property market is increasingly busy, and a record number of sales are agreed, with some delays in the local searches and mortgage applications, families are finding that reaching exchange and completion isn’t …

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Sell your home fast by taking the advice of your agent… Posted On 25 September 2020

Houses that are marketed at the advised initial asking price are more likely to sell faster than those that need to be reduced… The Stamp Duty Holiday ends in six months, on the 31st March 2021, and if you’re hoping to move before the stamp duty deadline, we’d like to share some brilliant, eye-opening advice …

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New Government Restrictions Announced Posted On 23 September 2020

Six months after announcing the original Lockdown, Boris Johnson announced new restrictions to curb a second lockdown…   Last night, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced new restrictions which will last a further six-months and has warned the public to follow them to avoid a second national lockdown.   The new restrictions include a 10pm enforced …

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Get your property market-ready and looking sharp this Autumn. Posted On 21 September 2020

With the Stamp Duty Holiday due to end in March, and the time it’s taking for a purchase to go through, get your property market ready today!   When it comes to marketing your property, the first thing buyers look at are the photos. Good photos of your property can have a huge impact on …

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Rich pickings Posted On 18 September 2020

It’s time to hit the hedgerows and roadsides for nature’s free feast   We are heading into the season of mellow fruitfulness. It may not seem it in this crazy year, but in what seems like a bat of an eye, we are already into September, a month where we traditionally hang on to summer …

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Inspirational Books of the 21st Century Posted On 16 September 2020

  Books help to heal the soul, and at this time, more people than ever are turning to books for comfort…   Just twenty years in, the 21st Century has already gifted us with so many inspirational pieces of literary work, worthy of comment. So we’ve picked five books, of different styles and genres, which …

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Heads: Wheels of fortune Posted On 14 September 2020

  The Government’s easing of Stamp Duty has given home-buyers more spending power   When the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a Stamp Duty holiday to enable the homes market to breathe life into the post-lockdown economy, thousands of prospective house buyers must have raised their eyebrows and applauded wildly. It meant an estimated nine out …

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The conker line Posted On 11 September 2020

It’s a centuries-old game that’s been in decline, but some people still go bonkers for conkers: They can be roasted. You can pickle, bake or coat them in clear nail varnish, but that’s frowned upon. Yet they are best au naturel, teased out of their prickly green case to be skewered, threaded on to a …

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The Return of the Premier League….again Posted On 09 September 2020

It may seem like it has only just finished, but this month the Premier League returns for the 2020/21 season.   Title Challengers For the past two years, only Manchester City and Liverpool have produced consistently enough to mount title pushes, and it’s hard to see this changing anytime soon. Although Liverpool won the title …

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Turning the heating back on safely. Posted On 07 September 2020

Your boiler hasn’t been used for heating very much over the past few summer months, if at all, so now’s the time to make sure everything’s running smoothly.   Being safe is of the utmost importance because even a small error could result in the absence of a boiler until it’s replaced or fixed, and …

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