LONG SHACKLE COMBINATION PADLOCK REVIEW

TOUGH & DURABLE 

Long shackle combination padlock

It is always a pleasure to review well-made products that last, as we seem to be living in a throw-away society at the moment which I feel needs to change if we are going to combat the ever-increasing amount of waste the world produces.

I find these number padlocks to be easier to use than the old key ones, how many keys have you got in the drawer? I used to lose mine so it was all a bit of a pain. These you just have to remember the four numbers which I find even easier than passwords. Or you could just write down your numbers somewhere safe.

I have put one of these on my small shed/box in the garden and the other one we used to lock up the bikes on our last camping trick. They also have a years warranty so that is brilliant. They had a good soaking during the last storm and still worked really well. The other thing I like about these is that they appear not to rust so no replacing them in a years time.

Whatever you have that you need to protect then these padlocks are the way to go, strong, durable and easy to use. Even I could work them out! lol

Customer service is excellent as there is an email address to contact them if you have any problems, I wish everything came with a contact email as that would make life even easier.

Five stars from myself for a great product.

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BLUE COFFEE BOX SUBSCRIPTIONS

There is nothing better than a delicious cup of coffee but how do you find one?  So many brands, types and flavours it really is a minefield. Everyone has different tastes and preferences, I sometimes really want to ask them, what it is called when I get given a smooth, slide down, velvety, tasteful coffee.  Or throw away the bitter, aftertaste one. Are we getting fussy or just too much choice?

I was thrilled to hear about this subscription delivery service for delicious types of coffee, your coffee comes in a blue box that is packaged and presented really well.  It may be a plain blue box but the contents are explosive!  It is all sealed for freshness, plus you get a card telling you all about the type of coffee they have sent you.

I received two in my box so after I had read all about them I still could not decide which one to try first.  In the end, I just picked one and the next week I tried the other one, I just could not wait. I wasn’t happy about waiting a week but I broke the cafetiere so had to wait until I could purchase another one!

I really liked the cards you get as they tell you all about the coffee, this one is made with coffee cherries. It’s like a lesson in coffee receiving these parcels. I liked the taste of this one, probably because it had the taste of black tea, smooth and rich in taste. There is even a map of where about’s it is grown on the cards. Well sealed bags that actually reseal very easily, I do sometimes have problems especially with the cheese bags, very annoying.

Next was the cocafelol, I wasn’t sure what this was going to taste like as I like butterscotch and lemon but I am not a fan of nuts or nutty flavours but again I was surprised as the flavours are not overpowering so you don’t get one strong flavour coming through.

I really like this idea as it gives you the opportunity of tasting different flavours and blends. You have the option of choosing your preferences such as strength of the coffee, what type, as in beans or ground and the frequency of delivery. These pouches of coffee are fairly big and I know they would last me a long time.  I love the information cards about the coffee, it really opens up the world of coffee and all it entails.

If you would like to try a box or subscribe to this super idea I can offer you a £3 off voucher, please just quote KWW3 on your order at https://www.bluecoffeebox.com/

Happy coffee drinking everyone

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ONE TO WATCH BY KATY STAYMAN-LONDON – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY TWO ROADS ON 7th JULY 2020

25 DATES. 8 MEN. A NATION WATCHING.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL SHE FALL IN LOVE.

OMBEA! Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger with amazing friends, thousands of Insta followers – and a massively broken heart. Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named Ben! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television?

Although Bea has sworn off men altogether when Main Squeeze asks her to be its next star, she agrees on one condition: under no circumstances will she actually fall in love.

But when the cameras start rolling, Bea finds herself in a whirlwind of sumptuous couture, Twitter wars, sexy suitors, and an opportunity (or two, or five) to find messy, real-life love in the midst of a made-for-TV fairy tale. Bea has to decide whether it might just be worth trusting these men – and herself – for a chance at her own happily ever after.

Kate Stayman-London is a novelist, screenwriter, and political strategist. She served as a lead digital writer for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and has written for notable figures ranging from President Obama and Malala Yousafzai to Anna Wintour and Cher. When not writing or travelling, Kate can be found obsessively ranking Taylor Swift songs, laughing loudly with friends over really good bottles of wine, and of course, watching reality TV. She lives in Los Angeles.

WHAT DID I THINK?

I was always a fan of the reality shows when they first began, they have got a bit old hat now but that did not put me off this book, in fact, I was looking forward to it. This is from the contestant’s point of view and having 25 dates is not easy, what could go wrong?  Funny, soppy and emotional, you get a bit of everything with this story. Just right for a summer read on the beach. I loved Bea and of course, her blogging and this was a bit different so kept me reading all day in the garden. Which date would you have picked? I do think she chose well in the end and if you want to know who, then click on the Amazon link and get it quick.

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SUMMER TRAVELS

With the effects of corona still interfering in a lot of things here in the UK, many are looking to travel in Britain and that is what we are doing. You don’t even have to go very far as once you get in the relaxing holiday mood you can chill just about anywhere.

Jodie and Alfie have come with me and we are parked in Deal right by the beach, there is a cycle path so they have bought their bikes, I will be sitting reading and writing while they are off to get supplies.

It’s at times like theses that you appreciate what is on your doorstep. Also it’s close for the rest of the family to come find you, Billie and family spent three days with us on the beach and swimming.

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SOHO KILLER BY LINDA REGAN – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY HEADLINE ACCENT

The second in the hard-hitting DCI Banham series by acclaimed actress Linda Regan.

When a group of young women working in London’s sex trade become involved in a murder investigation, they come up with a story which results in the wrong person being convicted.

Now, twenty years later, that person is out of jail – and somebody has started killing the women involved in the case. With the threat of blackmail hanging over them, the remaining women arrange a meeting – but it’s anyone’s guess if they will all make it there alive…

Stymied by the complex relationships between the people in the case, DCI Banham is perplexed – and his personal life isn’t offering any respite, for he’s rapidly falling for his deputy, Sergeant Grainger – a woman who does not want to mix her private and professional lives.

 

WHAT DID I THINK?

WOW, this was really good and I did actually stay up reading it until I fell asleep and the book ended up on the floor. I met Linda last year at the Rochester book festival organised by Lisa Cutts, a lovely lady who is not only an author but an actress as well. I think Linda will go in my top five crime authors and I look forward to reading her other books. This was a gritty crime, I do love them, with a great storyline and characters that really fit the parts. I didn’t get the killer right but hey I’m getting used to that, I think these authors remove all clues from my books! lol.

When you have a few murders it can sometimes be obvious who the killer is as you are running out of characters but not this book, it still keeps you hooked in there and it did not even enter my head who it turned out to be!

So pleased I met Linda and will now look out for her books.

 

Linda Regan, born Linda Mary Drinkwater, is a British actress and author, who has appeared on television, film, radio and on stage. She is best known for her role as Yellowcoat April in the British holiday camp sitcom Hi-de-Hi!.

The crime novels I write, are police procedural, they feature a murder division based in South London, where crime is pretty tough. I write how it is – although all my work is fiction.

My latest book is called The Terror Within.  It has just come out, and thankfully, receiving great reviews. If you are a crime fan I hope you may get it from the library, or if you buy books, perhaps order it from your local book shop, or direct from Amazon. The story takes place when a street riot turns into a hostage situation and lives are at stake as the clock ticks to crunch point, and the hostage-takers demands aren’t being met. It is published by Headline/Accent.

 

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INVISIBLE GIRL BY LISA JEWELL – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY CORNERSTONE DIGITAL ON 6th AUGUST 2020

LONDON: On a fine avenue of grand houses, big cars and electronic gates, lies a neglected urban wasteland.

It is nearly midnight, and very cold. Yet in this dark place of long grass and tall trees where cats hunt and foxes shriek, a girl is waiting…

When Saffyre Maddox was ten something terrible happened and she’s carried the pain of it around with her ever since. The man who she thought was going to heal her didn’t, and now she hides from him, invisible in the shadows, learning his secrets; secrets she could use to blow his safe, cosy world apart.

Owen Pick is invisible too. He’s thirty-three years old and he’s never had a girlfriend, he’s never even had a friend. Nobody sees him. Nobody cares about him.

But when Saffyre Maddox disappears from opposite his house on Valentine’s night, suddenly the whole world is looking at him. Accusing him. Holding him responsible.

Because he’s just the type, isn’t he? A bit creepy?

INVISIBLE GIRL: A story of secrets and injustices, and of how we look in the wrong places for the bad people while the real predators walk among us in plain sight.

Lisa Jewell was born in London. Her first novel, Ralph’s Party, was the bestselling debut novel of 1999. Since then she has published another sixteen novels, most recently a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls and Then She Was Gone (both of which were Richard & Judy Book Club picks) as well as I Found You and Watching You. Lisa is a top ten New York Times and number one Sunday Times bestselling author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. She lives in north London with her husband, two daughters, two cats, two guinea pigs and the best dog in the world. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

WHAT DID I THINK?

This was brilliant but then Lisa’s books always are, they get you and pull you right in and nothing is as you expect it. I loved the surprises in this and everything went together so well. Great characters that all worked well together. Will Saffyre be dead or will they find her? What are the secrets that Owen holds and could he have done these things, maybe he didn’t remember? A good five stars from me for this one as it was great.

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THE DEADLY HOUSES BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BYJOFFE BOOKS CRIME THRILLERS AND MYSTERIES ON 14th JULY 2020

 

Discover the hottest crime thriller this summer.

Readers can’t put down THE DEADLY HOUSES!

If you only read one book this summer, make it this one.” Martha B.

“So much going on that you do not want to put this book down for one minute.” Michelle D.

Exceptional thriller that has tons of twists and turns that sucks you in right from the get-go. Best one yet.” Erin S

“A totally gripping and original storyline.” Ray G.

EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT ACTION WITH ONE SURPRISE AFTER ANOTHER

 

 

Eighteen months ago, a young boy cowers downstairs as the police try to stop his father from brutally assaulting his mother.

Now that man and three other domestic abusers have banded together to get revenge on the people they blame for taking their families away.

A ring of brutal men working together against the police. And they have someone on the inside.

CAN DETECTIVE MADDIE IVES KEEP THEIR FAMILIES SAFE?

DON’T MISS THE MOST UNPUTDOWNABLE THRILLER YOU’LL READ THIS YEAR!

Charlie Gallagher was a serving UK police officer for more than ten years, starting as a front-line response officer, then as a member of a specialist tactical team and as a detective investigating serious offences.

His books are a series of thrillers and, rather unsurprisingly, policing is central to the stories. The central themes are greed, ambition, corruption and addiction. Characters from both sides of the law will fall foul to their respective temptations.

WHAT DID I THINK?

I am a bit biased as Charlie lives in the same town as myself so have met him a few times, he also speaks at my writing group occasionally. BUT aside from all that, his writing is absolutely gripping, you will end up with bags under your eyes as you cannot put it down!  This series about Maddie Ives is what true gritty crime is all about and believe me it does not get any grittier than these books.

Trying to solve these crimes is not easy, I even miss the clues, are there any?  The team of detectives work really well and you can feel the support coming through the words, they really do have each others back. This I feel is the best book yet from Charlie, roll on the next one.

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THE CHRISTMAS FAIR KILLER BY AMY PATRICIA MEADE – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY SEVERN HOUSE PUBLISHERS ON 4th AUGUST 2020

Christmas, cookies and a corpse: Tish Tarragon is drawn into a deadly puzzle when a young actress is murdered at the Hobson Glen Holiday Fair.

Literary caterer Letitia ‘Tish’ Tarragon has pulled out all the stops for her booth at the Hobson Glen Holiday Fair, theming her appetising offerings around the festive performances by the Williamsburg Theatre Group. But when Tish meets the cast, she is surprised by the hostility between members of the allegedly close-knit troupe, centred around their star actress, the beautiful, talented yet mysterious ing�nue, Jenny Inkpen.

Determined to spread some Christmas cheer, Tish volunteers to deliver breakfast to the eight actors but is horrified to discover Jenny dead in her trailer the next morning. As Tish attempts to find out more about the group’s leading lady, she soon uncovers lies, jealousy and a series of shocking secrets. Can Tish expose a cold-blooded killer before the fair is over?

Amy Patricia Meade

Author of the critically acclaimed Marjorie McClelland Mysteries, Amy Patricia Meade is a native of Long Island, NY where she cut her teeth on classic films and books featuring Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown.

After stints as an Operations Manager for a document imaging company and a freelance technical writer, Amy left the bright lights of New York City and headed north to pursue her creative writing career amidst the idyllic beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains.

Now residing in Bristol, England Amy spends her time writing mysteries with a humorous or historical bent. When not writing – which is rare these days – Amy enjoys travelling, testing out new recipes, classic films, and exploring her new home.

Amy is a member of Sisters in Crime and The Crime Writers Association.

WHAT DID I THINK

This is the second one I have read in this series even though they are stand-alone so can be read in any order. I love the idea of a literary cafe with the food having bookish or literary names. Tish appears to hear all the gossip in her cafe or while she is doing her food deliveries which are to a fairground and amateur acting group. So when one of the young actresses is killed the whole group are shocked and coming up with their own motives for people. Tish, being a good listener takes it all in and eventually solves the murder before the local police.

This is a nice soft crime and perfect for keeping you entertained while on holiday or just relaxing. Characters work well together even though there are a few of them but it’s all written really well.

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CHARLIES NEW BOOK

Charlie Gallagher just gets better and better and I am only halfway through this latest story. I feel this may be the best one so far, it certainly keeps you gripped plus you just cannot anticipate the next move. I am already recommending this book and I’ve not even finished it!

Review coming next week.

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HOUSEPLANTS AND WATERING

If you are anything like me then you never know if you are giving too much water or not enough as they all require different amounts plus they like living in different places as some like light and then others like the dark. It is a minefield and I am sure that many of us kill more than we nurture!

All is not lost though as I was recommended this website by Jen Reviews and it looks really good.

How often to water houseplants.

It covers just about everything you would need to know about looking after your plants.

 

I often have posts about gardening etc which you can read here.

Garden & flowers

how to not kill your houseplants.

Here’s to happy plants!

 

 

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