Window blinds aren't a new invention. In fact, in their more primitive guise, it's likely that they date back many thousands of years, with Persian and ancient Egyptian records both documenting the use of window coverings in one form or another. As we mentioned in our previous history of Venetian blinds post, the Ancient Egyptians had been using slatted blinds for centuries, quite often fashioning them from reeds whilst in China, strips of bamboo were commonly used as an alternative. Although there isn't any conclusive proof of where and when they were used for the very first time, it's clear that "blinds" have been around for a very, very long time.
It never ceases to amaze me that, even after living in Kent for many, many years, there are still parts of its history that I've never heard of; Deadman's Islands is a case in point. If you're wondering where it is, Deadman's Island is located at the mouth of The Swale river just outside Queenborough on the adjacent Isle of Sheppey. It's a flat, muddy marshland that's home to a myriad of stunning birds who breed and nest there and as such, is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Island also boasts an impressive collection of fauna and other plant life.
If you're considering blinds for your home and aren't sure whether to opt for genuine wood or faux wood as your preferred choice, we've set out a few tips below to help you decide. First, let's take a look at both materials:
It shouldn't come as a surprise that wooden blinds are, of course, made of wood. If authenticity is important to you and you want something that's 100% natural, then wooden blinds may be the right choice for you. They come in a wide variety of stains and paints so getting a colour that compliments your existing decor shouldn't be an issue. Wooden blinds also tend to be slightly lighter in weight than their faux counterparts so they're often better suited to larger windows.
At Blindingly Obvious, our team are in the same position as many other folks across the entire globe; trying to find fun and uplifting ways to occupy ourselves during these difficult times. For us, a core part of our business up until recently was visiting people in their homes to show them the various types, patterns and colour ranges of the blinds we supply and fit. Once they'd found the type of blind that was right for them, we'd return to install them. This, of course, isn't an option at the moment so our mobile team are grounded for the time being until it's safe to make home visits again.
Most people have heard of H.G. Wells. Even if they haven't, they may still be familiar with at least one of his three main works of fiction, namely - The Time Machine, The Invisible Man or his epic (and probably most famous piece of work) The War of the Worlds. If you're a Wells fan, you'll no doubt recognise the 'tripods' in the lead image of this article, who don't appear to be very happy about getting a ticket for using the bus lane at Parliament Square!
Updated 22nd January 2020 - Lead image courtesy of Priscilla Haselhurst
Sadly, the 2020 Sweeps Festival has been cancelled
PLEASE NOTE: We are not affiliated with this event in any way, we just think it's a great day out!
Following on from the success of the 2019 celebrations, the 2020 Rochester Sweeps Festival 3-day event looks set to go ahead on the Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May 2020. This is despite the controversial decision by the Government to move the May Bank Holiday of 2020 to Friday 8th May to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.
Ruxley Manor always gets a mention from us as the festive season approaches. Why? Because, rather than repotting your perennials, you can go ice skating right now instead (from 18th October 2019 to 6th January 2020).
The festive season is a quieter time for us at Blindingly Obvious so, with a little way to go, and before we put our feet up by the fire and crack open the Christmas sherry, we thought we'd take a minute to let you know what's going on at Ruxley this holiday season 2019.
If they've let you off early from work so that you can spend time at home with the family, our top tip for places to visit over the Christmas period is Ruxley Manor Garden Centre. Only a stone's throw from Dartford, Ruxley Manor always has plenty going on during the months of November and December.
With the spookiest night of the year just around the corner, it's time to take a look at what Halloween events are on offer in Kent this year. If you live in Kent or South East London and are looking for somewhere to go, this is our very top tip for Halloween 2019.
Broadwitch Hauntfest - Southfleet, Kent
The Broadwitch Hauntfest has something for everyone; If you're a family, there's a whole heap of ghoulish goings-on to keep the kids busy and for adults, there's a ton of terrifying evening entertainment as well. So, let's get started with a quick rundown of what going on for Halloween 2019 at the Broadwitch Hauntfest.
Quite often it's difficult to tell whether the company or tradesman you've found on the internet is going to be reputable or not. Many websites have galleries and pictures of their work but it's sometimes difficult to tell whether it's a job they've done recently or whether it's a picture from a few years ago. Worse still, is it even their work at all or someone else's?
They say that moving home is a stressful time so doing all you can to minimise any anxiety surely must be a good thing. Some say that it can even be more stressful than getting divorced. If you've had a good clearout, thrown away all your surplus junk and are gearing up for a house move and you're thinking of taking your fitted window blinds with you, you should consider whether or not your buyer has automatically assumed that you're going to leave them behind.
Similarly, if the property you're moving into had sumptuous fitted blinds that you immediately fell in love with when you viewed the property, will you be in for a nasty surprise when you turn the key and open the door to your new home only to find that, like the vendor, they've also found a new home?
Header image courtesy of Terry Ryder
Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2019 - Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th August
**Please note - We're not affiliated with the Biggin Hill Airshow in any way (we just love planes!) so we're unable to answer any phone or email questions you may have about it.
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Since the 1960s, the Biggin Hill airshow was a defining part of every summer for local residents and the skies were always filled with a huge variety of different aircraft.
At one time, The Biggin Hill International Air Show (or Biggin Hill Festival of Flight as it's now known) was one of the biggest airshows in the world, and certainly the biggest one of its kind in Europe. However, things came to an abrupt end in 2010 and the summer skies over Biggin Hill became much quieter as a result.
After enduring the long, dull winter months where the sun barely manages to climb above the horizon, it can be somewhat comforting to turn our attention to what we're going to do once the warmer weather finally bathes our bodies in sunlight. Whilst winter can sometimes be a depressing time, our moods generally pick up as the gloom abates and the sun begins to climb higher in the sky. It's often around this time when our thoughts wander and we dream of how we're going to brighten up our homes.
As we fling open the windows and let the sunlight flood in, is there anything else we can do to enhance and freshen up the look of our living space?
Each space within your home is different and if you already have blinds, you'll probably know that choosing the right type for each room requires taking different factors into account. For example, bathrooms and kitchens can be subjected to quick changes in temperature and moisture. If you don't have an extractor fan in your kitchen and you're boiling pans full of vegetables for the family's dinner, there's going to be a lot of steam and the temperature of the kitchen will most likely rise quite quickly in a short amount of time. The same applies to bathrooms; you run a nice steaming hot bath and before you know it, the window is dripping with condensation.