Gnat Casual Shirts.unashamedly quirky

If you have a passion for all things quirky for the man in your life you will love this new line of casual fun shirts from Gnat. Jokers06-11-13Made from woven Polycotton, the shirt is well made and not too stuffy. The stuff of Hollywood A-listers or a stag do in the local boozer, this fun shirt is easy to wear and looks good on anyone, and you can rest assured no one will be wearing the same shirt as they are all different no 2 shirts are the same. Ordering is simple as the sizes you see on the website are well fitted and generous no skimping. 

crafted in luxury cotton offering a tailored fit with a functional top pocket, button back cuffs and a crisp plain style collar, and retail at just £23.99 so if you want something a little different or wish to stand out in a crowd this will certainly work wonders for you, I can guarantee its pulling powers tho as my Other half thinks its hideous, but thats part of the attraction to me. 

You may find similar shirts on the high street but you wont find the quality of this fab Young trendy Company, Dare to be different got a wedding coming up you can order a stylish Dress shirt Eqally as quirky but a little more toned down. Sporting a Classic or Wing Collar your guaranteed to stand out. Gnat offer Free delivery on all orders too so why go trawling the shops when it can be bought online. You can also purchase a self-tie bow to go with your shirt. 


For more information on Gnat and to check out the range go to

or if you would like to win one of these fab shirts follow @madein1961 on twitter or fill in the Rafflecopter on my facebook page

little people


As i always seem to attract negative comments from people because i dont blog about children i thought id give this a try, as recently we have had our niece and nephew aged 8 & 5 on holiday for a week and then went to Clacton on Sea for the 2nd week and also looked after their 2 yr old sister too. As my 2 daughters are now 21 & 18 I thought id share with your our 2 weeks holiday, for the first week as i said we had the 2 eldest stay with us so we took them on days out first stop was to Beamish The Living Museum of the North , In theCounty Durham  not too far from where we live, we werent sure how they would react to going “back in time” and once we got there paid our way in, which if you visit regularly you can buy and annual pass and go as many times as you like with just a few exceptions to times, we bought one last August 2013 and have been 5 times so far as Beamish is always expanding and holding different events.

On the day we visited with Iliyda & Tamer the weather was warm and sunny which is always a bonus, the were a bit unfussed after walking through the entrance to what would await them so first stop-literally was the tram stop.


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So Off we went on an oldfashioned bus, first stop was the Pockerley WagonWay where we had a wander around some old buildings and anticipated a ride on a steam engine but it wasnt running at this time, so off we set again into the old town centre. Where fwe paid a visit to the Bakers shop, and the Confectioners for some old fashioned sweets, the kids loved this bit especially watching the sweets being made and sampling fresh honeycombe, you know the stuff in the middle of crunchies!


After visiting the various shops and homes in the town belonging to various professionals solicitors, dentists and teachers to name a few we had a picnic lunch on the village green, which surrounds a fab bandstand.


After lunch we took a short stroll to the main showfield where 2 excited children were expecting to find and array of amusements so they were a bit bemused when the only rides where The Gallopers a steam operated horse carousel, and some Shuggy Boats, both of which were a must try experience, Shuggy boats for those of you readers yonger than me are boat shaped swing rides that you operate by pulling a rope, My nephew found this bewildering as he asked why do you have to pay when you do all the work, which had us and the crowd around us laughing loudly.


We next took another bus ride up to Home Farm to see some animals, including sheep, pigs and horses and hens and to play on some old fashioned machinery 10561809_352990281520737_6522540184421700056_n.

We next walked down the hill to the old village which consists of a typical mining village with small terraced houses, a village hall, and a school, In the school they often do special activities and today as it was the Anniversary of the start of WW1 the children were encouraged to make poppies and plant them in the garden outside.

We managed to spend the whole day from 10 till 5.30 and where exhausted by the end of it but the kids managed to ask do we have to go home already? Who said there isnt much to see and do at Beamish, we will be back soon.

Woolovers. 25Years of knitwear excellence


If like myself you havent heard of Woolovers, your missing out on something very exciting. I must of had my eyes closed for the last 25 years as until recently I hadnt heard of this fab company who are specialist knitwear providers for men and women.

Woolovers started as a small business in 1989 and are now a world class supplier of knitwear with over 750,000 satisfied customers, specializing in mens and womens jumpers in classic and contemperary styles.With over 160 styles  in 180 different colour combinations there is something for everyone who loves the feel of wool, cotton or cashmere.

Unlike most of the “wool” clothes bought on the high street Woolovers are made in association with the British Wool Board & Woolmark so quality is assured and every item is machine washable so you can buy and wear with confidence.




As you can see in the images the classical look never goes out of fashion and along with great prices Woolovers are exceptional value for money, and make great gifts and for the hard to please you can also buy giftvouchers.

The most flexible way to buy the perfect gift…


If thats no enough to whet your appetite get your wardrobe ready for winter with  some fab sale offers with 10% off all orders over £70,  by using the  code Anniv25 spend over £75 and take advantage of free delivery too.

So whatever you style or taste there realy is something for everyone, check out the website for further details, im not hunting the high street this yr for my jumpers i know where im buying mine from



Vape Club

If you have ever wanted to give up smoking there has never been a better time to do it, Not only for your health and your families peace of mind but for yourself.

Im not going to give anyone nightmares by telling you what smoking causes as i want everyone of my readers to be happy and healthy and with the mulititude of e-cigs and vapours about at the moment we are spoilt for choice.

Welcome to Vape Club, the UK’s premier eLiquid specialists and suppliers of vape pense-cigarettes and vaping accessories. Whether you’re new to vaping or you’re an old hand, our mission is to provide you with the best quality eLiquids and eCigs at the best possible prices. In doing so we hope we can also provide you with some excellent info about vaping related topics and maybe a bit of a giggle along the way.

At Vape Club we pride ourselves on our wide range of eLiquid brands and flavours – from the most cost effective, standard brands and flavours that keep us all going in between pay days, right up to the premium gourmet juices. We have Chinese, US and UK made eLiquids in a wide variety of nicotine strengths, base liquid ratios and of course flavours. We’re always on the look out for new, quality brands and will be adding more and more lines as time goes by.

We also have a select range of high quality vape pens, clearomizers and accessories available as well as the cig-a-likes that many people start their vaping journey with. Rest assured we are a company run by Vapers for Vapers, and we don’t stock anything that we wouldn’t be happy to use ourselves!

And now Vape Club have dropped prices by a whopping 83% as part of a new promotional campaign, which means prices start as low as £1.99 for a e-cig , There is a huge choice of flavours to choose from if you opt for a evap including Cherry Cola, chocolate and Mint, to the exotic Kiwi Pineapple and Mango, to name a few.

And to help you give up wehave  got a fab competition running on my facebook page, where you have the chance to win either one max starter kit worth £106.99 but if your not lucky enough to win its on offer for £21.99 so either way you cant lose.


and for 5 lucky runners up we have vape club electronic cigs started kits rrp 23.97 on offer for just a measly £3.99

if you would like the chance to win one of these great kits head over to my facebook page and follow the rafflecopter entry.

and if your not one of the lucky winners you can now try Vape Club for free and only pay postage.

Dont just take my word for it try if yourself and come back and leave me a comment on how you do, I will update this in a few days and let you know how i get on with my starter kit.



the winners of my fab competition have been anounced on my facebook page please check to see if its you thanks x





Salad Recipes, Well now that summer is upon is if your like me your already bored of the thought of salads every day, dont get me wrong i like salads on baking hot days, but find them urghhh after a few days and long for something tasty. 

That should now change as the fab people at Florette you know the ones famous for bags of crispy green leaves, have come up with a selection  of Florette Salad Recipes. Which can also be found on the website. There is a wide variety of recipes that should unbore even the less adventurous like myself so even on those less than summery days which lets face it in the UK we often have you can now conjure up wholesome appetising meals using salad, yes you heard right salad,

There is Courgette, PepperCress & Ricotta Soup which a serving for 2 only takes 20mins so time to get it made when the covers come out at Wimbledon. Or how about a PepperCress Pizza for when friends and family pop round for a nibble and only takes 15 mins. or if your having a Barbecue why not make a special sauce for the meat with PepperCress Chimichurri sauce, 


The ideas when you think about it for a few minutes are endless what you can really do with a salad, i hope ive given you food for thought why not check out the website  above and share with me any ideas for salad that you have.


Feed the birds

I thought it was time for an update sorry to Farbrook Farms for not posting sooner, but i was lucky enough to be sent some fab products as i love feeding the birds that have started coming back into our garden, lately we have seen an increase in sparrows, blackbirds, starlings, and magpies, we even have a regular daily visitor of a pidgeon who we have named Percy.
I was sent to review A water drinker which looks like an upside down bottle on a plate, which i guess basically it is but the slow release means the water lasts for a while as it only releases onto the plate when it sways either in the wind or when a bird is on it having a drink of course when they fly away too it refills always leaving a fresh supply of water for the next bird.
I was also sent a fab ball ring which as you can see is self explanatory, fill the ring with fat balls and off you go, the circular design enables the birds to sit in the middle of the ring while eating, easy to refil it holds 10 fat balls and you can see at a glance when it needs refilling.
Last but not least the favourite bird product( not by me) definitely a hit with the birds is the fledgeling mix Our Fledgling Mix provides just the nutrition boost that baby birds and their parents need! It’s packed with high-energy ingredients such as suet, peanut grains, sunflower hearts and dried mealworms, enhanced with calcium-rich oyster shell. All the ingredients are in small pieces – easy for adults to take back to the nest and perfect for even tiny beaks!

Contains: pinhead oatmeal, peanut grains (free from aflatoxin), red & white millet, dried mealworms, sunflower hearts, suet pellets, oyster shell grit and canary seed
we use this in the hanging feeders and the bird table where Percy visits every night to enjoy his treat.

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Gift idea for animal lovers

if you struggling for a gift for an animal lover check out where you can subscribe to recieve a box monthly either for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Idea for cat and dog owners each box comes with 5-7 quality items every month guaranteed to put a smile on the owners and the pets face.


What’s inside the box?

The team at PawPost is dedicated to finding the very best products for our deliveries, driven by our founders’ vision of a box that delights both pets and their owners, whilst saving our customers time and money.

We are all animal lovers, and PawPost has its very own four-legged team working behind the scenes, testing all the items we include in our boxes: organic and holistic treats, eco-friendly toys and accessories of the highest quality, and natural health and hygiene products. Furthermore, PawPost is devoted to supporting smaller, independent businesses which provide us with those purrrfect presents for our cats and dogs.

Last but certainly not least, we’re careful not to forget you, the owner. We make sure some of our time is dedicated to sourcing products and special offers to enrich your life too.

How it works

Once you’ve signed up, you will receive a box every month of five or more carefully selected items, including new and exciting toys and gadgets, tasty and natural treats, hygiene products, accessories and exclusive offers for both you and your pet.

Monthly subscription rates start at £18.95, and we deliver worldwide! PawPost boxes provide hours of fun, helping you to discover new brands, products and ideas, all while assisting you with the maintenance of your pets’ health and happiness.

If you’re excited to share the experience, we’ll give you special opportunities, discounts and offers when you send a gift to a friend!

What’s more, a share of our profits goes towards the Pup Aid campaign, supporting cats and dogs in need!


For more details click this link

Looking for Digital Media

If you are new or and experienced user  to the digital world and have set up a website or new a new campaign to reach your target market, the choice can be a minefield. Whether your looking for established channels such as tv, radio or direct mail to name a few or you wish to choose one of the newer and still evolving channels as ppc (pay per click) or vod (video on demand) Total Media can help you.  One of the best media agencies in London 

With more than 30 years of expertise in the ever changing world, Total Media will help to identify the right mix for you and your market. They provide a full range of digital agency services and are streets ahead of the rest due to investment in learning, they offer everything from search specialists to social media stragegists who will look after your brand and help to build long lasting customer relationships.

Total Media are an Investors in People company,with offices in London and Solihull with over 90 Employees Our focus is on delivering real and significant growth for your brands and services across their sales and market share, by thoroughly understanding your business, challenging conventions and using media which breaks through the media clutter to help you stand out from your competitors.

Total Media have worked with some of the worlds biggest brands  and helped to launch new brands using the whole host of Media networks, and is an award winning agency including winning IPA Effectiveness Award, Marketing campaign of the year, and Thinkbox Award: Best Use of TV for Response.

So if your in need of a little help with your marketing check out the website for more information or call for a friendly chat to see how Total Media can help you.


City Calling

If youre in the unenviable position of looking for a new job or just a career change ive just came across a fab new website, for job seekers and employers alike, City Calling is a new job board that is in my opinion up against the likes of Monster and Universal Job match, which to me are overcrowded and often unclear how to apply.

It takes minutes to sign up and upload your cv, then you can search for jobs, I found the search very quick and accuarate and showed a lot of jobs i hadnt seen advertised elsewhere.

You can search by Town or Postcode and put in the distance how far you are willing to travel, salary expectations and age of adverts.

Overall the webiste is clear to understand, quick to load and a much needed refreshing change from other job boards ive had to take time to trawl through.

One of the bits i havent seen on any other jobsite is an option when you sign up to click on what are your 3 best personality traits ie.Analytical, Flexible or Goal Orientated and when you search for jobs you can see at a glance on the adverts what traits are best suited to the vacancies.

Definitely a Job Board I will be checking out more often. Give it a try and feel free to leave me your thoughts.





British Lion Eggs

If you’re looking for good honest low-calorie meals look no further than British Lion Eggs. Eggs are full of nutrition and proteins and low in carbs and make a delicious accompaniment to any meal, as a starter a main or a dessert. This Great British Staple can be enjoyed at any time of the day, and one medium sized egg contains just 70 calories.

As well as boiled eggs and soliders there are hundreds of ways to enjoy eggs and the website listed below lists most of them including Annabel Karmel’s Popeye baked egg,


this fab dish can be ready and on the table in less than 15 minutes.

or a quick alternative for breakfast is breakfast egg wraps, tasty filling and ready to eat in less than 10 mins. Totilla wraps with sliced boiled egg and ham filling and low calorie alternative to a Bacon and Egg butty.

Or for  a quick and tasty on the run Supper try the micro-recipe ham and egg cobbler ideal for young and old. And of course Eggs are always Egg-celant value for money, the recipes above plus lots more can be found on the website