Ice skating Sidcup

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 in our neck of the woods this holiday season 2018.

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.

Original wooden sash windows

If you're a youngster, you may not know what a sash window is. In fact, you may not have even heard the term before. Since the aluminium and uPVC double glazed window revolution swept the country back in the 70s, 80s, and 1990s, original, authentic wooden sash windows have all but vanished in most modern streets. Many of us who are slightly older will no doubt remember those windy nights at home as kids, where our bedroom windows would rattle noisily in their frames as the draughty night air licked its way around the woodwork and chilled us to the bone as we slept in our beds!

Halloween entertainment events in Kent 2018

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 2018.

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 2018.

We love supporting local businesses and shouting from the rooftops about what's going on in Kent throughout the year, so...

If you're nuts about apples or enjoy the occasional glass of cider, put the Kent Apple and Cider Fayre in your diary which takes place just outside Maidstone in Sandling on the 6th and 7th October 2018.

Kent Apple and Cider Fayre

The event celebrates the harvesting of some of Kent's finest apples and showcases the quality of the fruit grown here, in the beautiful county of Kent.

What is a witch window?

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.

History of the Venetian blind

You'd think that the description 'Venetian blinds' would be a dead giveaway as to the geographical location of their invention. Venetian = Venice surely, right?

Errr...no.

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If you've decided to avoid the time and hassle it takes to buy your blinds online and fit them yourself, how do you go about deciding which local company is the best (and safest) choice?

We all know that the internet can sometimes be a risky place to buy things. Whilst most people's experience is generally a positive one when it comes to shopping online, there are still plenty of fly-by-night companies that are happy to part you with your hard-earned cash without delivering the level of service that they promised.

Gravesend Town Pier History

Gravesend Town Pier was designed by William Tierney Clark and built in 1834 by local resident William Wood at a cost of £8,700. The new pier was constructed on the site of the earlier Town Quay, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Astonishingly, over 3 million passengers used the pier from 1835 to 1842. In its heyday, the pier was a bustling hive of activity but around the turn of the 20th century, Gravesend Pier fell into disuse due to the arrival of the South Eastern Railway’s North Kent Line.

Man or Woman? The Swanscombe Skull

Imagine you're a dentist and you decide to take the day off work to indulge yourself in your favourite hobby; palaeontology. As a keen sleuth looking for buried treasure, you reason that by visiting a working gravel quarry, where the workman will already be digging great big holes so you don't have to, you stand a better chance of unearthing something precious.

Summer home bright ideas

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?

The Red Arrows at Biggin Hill Airshow

Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2018 - Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th 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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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.

History of glass and how windows are made

At Blindingly Obvious, we are passionate about what makes our local area special. We are always on the lookout for interesting stories from our neck of the woods; and lo and behold, we have discovered another! If you have ever come across St. Georges church in Gravesend, you may have chanced upon a monument to the late Pocahontas. Curious as to how this statue came to be in a churchyard in Kent, we did a little digging.

Most of us are familiar with the Native American Princess known as Pocahontas through the acclaimed Disney movie of the same name. Although the film took the story of Pocahontas as inspiration, it is still very much a work of fiction. The real story behind the woman is not quite so frivolous and technicoloured. Pocahontas’s tale is pretty sad in the end.

History of glass and how windows are made

Although we supply a range of blinds for all types of windows and doors, we thought we'd take a closer look at that thin, clear, seethrough stuff that comes between our internal blinds and the world outside... Glass.

In Italy, before glass became commonplace as a medium to seal windows and protect homes from the weather outside, Roman Blinds were commonly used instead. The Romans typically used a cloth soaked in water to hang over their open windows in order to prevent dust from blowing in, and also to shield the interior from the hot sun. Whilst these blinds bore little resemblance to their modern-day counterparts, the idea soon caught on and spread to other areas. Nowadays of course, all of our windows have glass in them... but, how did that happen?

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