Summer

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House checks you need to know before going on holiday

Tired of the British weather being a little cold and wet? Decided to book yourself a week or two in the sun, or maybe a nice city break? Before you get caught up in the excitement of the sun cream and shades, you should take some time to think about whether your home is looked after while you’re away.

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Planning a wedding on a budget

Congratulations, you’re getting hitched! Once you’ve finished celebrating the wonderful news, you’ll soon be day-dreaming about your big day - but reality often steps in when you start thinking about budget. If the costs of cakes and cars has you concerned, take a look at all the areas you can make big, or even smaller savings - they all add up!

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To bee or not to bee: saving our wildlife

Over the past few years there has been a steady decline in the numbers of bees in the UK. As much as 25 native species are now considered to be extinct, with a further 10 species under threat “what does that have to do with me?” we hear you ask.

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7 tips for the best hanging baskets

Whether you’re desperate to become the envy of your neighbours for your succulent summer BBQ, or you want to gloat about your bustling summer baskets - get ahead of the gardening-game with 7 easy tips to boasting huge, healthy baskets this Summer!

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What to switch off at home when you go on holiday

Heading off on a well-deserved break? The last things you want to be worrying are whether you forgot to set the burglar alarm, turn off the water, or will be returning home to a catastrophe zone.

Follow our guide to switching off appliances and make sure you’re able to properly switch off, and aren’t coming back to a nasty surprise...

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The Blands

Toddler-friendly Summer holiday

Taking a child who is definitely operating in toddler rather than baby mode on holiday brings with it whole new set of challenges!

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Alys Fowler

Getting the best out of your flowering plants

Summer is here and she’s being kind so far and everything is growing fast. A well-timed chop back now can persuade Spring flowering species to have another go.

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