In a story that emerged on ITV News recently, it's reported that councillors have agreed to sell Gravesend's iconic Town Pier to a company called 'Uber Boat by Thames Clippers'. As we wrote some time ago, the pier has the accolade of being the world's oldest cast-iron pier and is also Grade II listed.
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 2021 and the New Year:
Our last day of work is Friday 24th December 2021 and we'll be returning and raring to go on Tuesday 4th January 2022.
We'd like to thank all of our lovely customers for supporting our small business during these difficult times and sincerely hope that 2022 gives us all more to look forward to.
If you've never heard of a "Witch Window" you may be tempted to think it's a wonky, rickety window on a witch's house but of course, you'd be wrong. Whilst witch windows are far more common in the US, it's pretty rare to see any in the UK. So, if you've never heard the term before, here's what a Witch Window actually is.
It may not always be blindingly obvious, but there are a few oft-overlooked factors that can prevent you from getting a decent night's sleep. Of course, some things are more obvious than others. For example, it's a no-brainer that's it's not a good idea to down a large mug of coffee half an hour before bedtime or get into a blazing row just prior to climbing under the duvet.
Unfortunately, there are also factors outside of the home that are difficult to avoid such as work-related stress and it's not always easy to deal with these if you're feeling overworked and underpaid. Nevertheless, there are a few things that you can control; your sleeping environment being one of the main ones. With this in mind, here are a few tips to consider that could help you get a more restful night's sleep.
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.
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!
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.