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Christmas opening hours

A lot of modern homeowners want to take a proactive approach to decorating their homes, delving into DIY and getting as many jobs done about the house as they can without calling in a professional’s help. However, there are some jobs that homeowners simply shouldn’t tackle on their own.

Of course, if you’re doing something as simple as putting up a shelf or assembling flatpack furniture, you’ll probably encounter no major issues with trying to complete the job yourself. But when it comes to installing blinds, you should definitely consider turning to a professional window blind fitter. Why, you may ask? Essentially because a simple mistake with measurements when it comes to fitted blinds can turn your DIY project into a complete disaster.

Christmas opening hours

It's been a hectic year for us here at Blindingly Obvious so we're looking forward to having a bit of a breather and putting our feet up for a few days over the festive season. Here are our opening times for Christmas 2020 and the New Year:

Our last day of work is Wednesday 23rd December 2020 and we'll be returning and raring to go on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

We'd like to thank all of our existing customers for supporting our small business during this tumultuous year and sincerely hope that 2021 gives us more to look forward to.

The velarium of the Roman Colosseum

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.

Deadman's Island

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.

Wooden v faux blinds - what's the difference?

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:

Wood

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.

smiling horse

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.

HG Wells lived in Bromley

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!

Ice skating Sidcup

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.

Halloween entertainment events in Kent 2019

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.

Genuine examples of our craftmanship

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?

Are window blinds considered fixtures or fittings?

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?

2019 Biggin Hill Airshow

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.

Book your tickets now

If you want to book tickets right away and don't want to scroll down to find a link, head on over to the official ticket sales website now.

About

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.