Having just moved house and then going on holiday for a week, I have to admit I was a little nervous about leaving our home whilst we were away, in a safe condition. Whether you’ve lived in your home for five days or fifty years though, being extra careful to looks after your belongings and home is important, so I have decided to put together a sure-fire list that you can check off before you head off on your well-earned holidays!
Your home and possessions can be at risk to anything from sneaky burglars to accidents & overheating appliances.A little extra vigilance will help keep your property and belongings safer. Plus, let’s face it; you don’t want to be sat worrying about home when you should be relaxing (or sat in the sunshine drinking sangria…) After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
1. Lock the doors
This is fairly obvious. It’s your home and you want to protect your belongings. If the door is locked it’s another protective factor there. It stops others from entering your home without a key (usually!) and so like you do every other time you leave your house unattended, turn that key/s and walk away with some good peace of mind. Garden furniture, outdoor toys, bikes and expensive potted plants are all very tempting. Ensure sheds, gates and garages have secure locks and fix gaps in fences to prevent opportunists from gaining access.
2. Make sure you have valid and decent a home insurance policy!
If the worst did happen at least you would be covered financially for help from theft, damage or disaster. Definitely worth its weight in gold this one!
3. Check appliances, then check them again.
Unplug electricals to avoid over heating or at worst, fire. Granted, you’re probably taking most chargers, phones, tablets and batteries with you, but check anyway and unplug electrical items that do not require to plugged in whilst you’re away.
4. Invest in the light sensors / timers.
This makes is well, less obvious you are not at home and therefore less likely to be burgled. Thieves would much rather be sure you are not in, makes their nasty task far less risky doesn’t it.
5. Leave a key with someone &/or inform someone you trust to keep an eye out with your key holder’s details.
This is pretty important. Sometimes, things happen and the Police may need to access your property, or re-secure it. It’s far better to do this properly and fix a new lock etc, rather than go for a temporary boarding up. By simply leaving a key with someone you trust, this makes life easier. Plus, they can always leave milk in the fridge for your return? Boom.
6. Don’t help Billy* Burglar!
Leaving your ipad on the window, on full show, leaving keys in the back door, spare car keys for the Porsche (on the drive) on the kitchen side. It’s all a temptation for Billy. He wants an easy life and he also wants your valuables. Ladders and tools can come in very handy and make the job of breaking in a lot easier for a visiting burglar. Make sure you store them out of sight, don’t make his life easy.
*Billy could of course be a lady and she wants your stuff too.
7. Hide shit!
Release your inner child and hide things that you don’t want to be found. Just don’t forget where you put things- it once took me months to find some diamond earrings…
There are some great places to hide stuff in the home. Think outside the box! After all, if you were so unlucky to be broken into whilst you’re away, you’ll be glad you stuff that jewellery inside the peanut butter*
*I accept no responsibility for damaged items..
8. Don’t broadcast you’re away..
It’s all very tempting to brag on social media about your month-long trip to Oz, but be careful. Sure tell your mates, they can always keep a watchful eye out, but unless your security settings are water tight (again, perhaps check this?) be aware that a lot of what you publish online is public consumption. Not an exact science, obviously but definitely worth considering.
9. Be savvy with the usual
Cancel deliveries of milk, papers. Mow your lawn, water plants and arrange animal care in advance. This all leads to a smoother exit and also doesn’t arouse suspicion from the neighbours or those mentioned in point 6…
10. Always look back
One of my most favourite teachers at school taught me many things, but one thing in particular was to always look back when you’re walking away from anything to check you’ve not left anything! Go back, one last glance may just save you a load of headache in the long run. Plus, you may just realise you forgot your phone/purse/child….
Hope these tips are useful, have a fabulous holiday and fingers crossed for a safe home upon your return!
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The last few months have been pretty hectic and for me, the end of term could not come quick enough. It was bittersweet, as ever when ever an era comes to an end; especially due to the fact that Gabriel had completed his Reception year but we were so grateful and thankful that we now had some time together. Some fun days and some peaceful days and also, a little holiday to Derbyshire to look forward to with my lovely family.
We went to Parwich with my Mum and her husband Mark, my Brother Kev, Sister in Law Hannah, my nephew Cameron and their not so baby son, Beck. Me and the kids packed ourselves into the car and drove down to the gorgeous little cottage which incidentally, was in a gorgeous little village!
Straight away, the cottage felt relaxing. We spent time on an evening talking, catching up and playing games. It was just what the doctor ordered! My Mum loves organised fun as such, (as do I!) and so had brought with her an array of games for us to play. It was really good to kick back, enjoy the company of those you love and miss, and enjoying the simple things in life.
During the days, we made the most of the sunshine and daylight. We hired bikes and cycled the Tissington Trail, we hired boats and kayaks on Carsington Water. We played games including football, tennis in the parks. We walked, we explored and we took in a lot of fresh air.
During the week we went to the Heights of Abraham cable cars and caves and had a fantastic day. Gabriel loved the caves and was super excited to be underground and learn all about the miners and their history. The cable car was fun and the scenery was lovely too. Definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area of Matlock Bath.
We also visited Gulliver’s Kingdom on a rather wet day. This did not matter as such, as the kids loved riding the log flume and dinghy ride that we were soaked anyway! The theme park is no Alton Towers, but that’s not a bad thing actually. It’s relaxed and there are plenty of rides to entertain little ones. We really enjoyed our time there.
We spent time in the nearby towns of Ashbourne and Buxton too. Both were lovely and it was good to enjoy coffee and cakes with a little bit of shopping thrown in here and there. We stumbled across some lovely little parks too which the kids loved. Overall it was a fabulous week in Derbyshire and we returned home relaxed, full of good food and ready to rock the rest of our summer!
Local Folk-Us this month is heading for your local vintage market stall, Three Hollies. The owners, Rea and Lauren have kindly agreed to tell us all about their vintage loves and what inspired them to create their business.
I especially love vintage tea cups and cake stands so I was really excited to see and hear all about them over our interview. I really like Rea and Lauren’s focus and theme of reusing, rather than replacing homewares, it’s certainly given me some inspiration with regards to decorating my home. Hope you enjoy this interview, please left any comments below!
Tell us more about Three Hollies? When did you begin and why? What do you do?
Three Hollies is a vintage homewares business based on our ideas about reusing and recycling old or ‘vintage’ items. We started the business 8 months ago after we had a lot of success sourcing items and selling our products to family and friends. We sell vintage homewares, handmade soy wax candles in vintage glass and tea cups and have a vintage china hire business. Upcycling and recycling in general is really important to us both, in terms of the environment, but also from an ethical standpoint, it never ceases to amaze us how quickly people discard items.
Having both had to set up our own homes on a budget in the past, we don’t agree with the constant pressures placed on families to have the latest ‘fashions’ and then discard them a few years later for more ‘new’ things, Especially if those things are in good working order and can be used over and over again, why should people feel the need to replace them just because a major corporation tells them it’s not ‘fashionable ‘anymore. This consumerism places all sorts of pressure on families and is really bad for the environment. Individuals and families should be able to have a nice home with interesting, stimulating and beautiful items in it that don’t cost the earth – literally. Growing up our family home was full of all sorts of unusual items that all had their own story to tell. We firmly believe that it’s the people and things within a house that make it a home , not the bricks and mortar. All these ideas came together in three hollies really. We aim to provide people with affordable, beautiful things that add character and interest to a home, without costing the earth.
What’s the story behind the name?
Rea’s house is called Three Hollies as it has three holly trees in the garden. All the items we sell we would have in our own homes and reflect our own style and taste. So, it made sense to name the company after our own home.
Who’s involved and what roles do they have, why?
The company is run by us both, Rea and Lauren, two sisters both from Halifax. We both take a equal role in the company but Rea does all the social media because you can’t separate her from her phone. We enjoy sourcing the items the most but we also really enjoy the fairs and sourcing items for people specifically. We have certain people that help us out, Rea’s husband helps a bit , Phil is our plant man and our Grandad helps with the renovation of pieces; because he remembers the old cleaning techniques.
Why a vintage business? What inspires you?
‘Vintage’ seems to us to just be a label for the things we have always liked and had around us so vintage is just the label really. But it’s a label people recognise so it made sense to use it. We are inspired by the things that our parents and Grandparents have always used and liked. To us ‘vintage’ is about useable items that have age [pre 1989] and character and handmade element’s. That’s why we take old items and give them a new lease of life, maybe as a candle or a plant pot or at a baby shower or hen party!
Tell us about your favourite items!
Lauren loves a cake stand and is a particular fan of Shelley porcelain. Problem is that she can’t bring herself to sell or use any of it, so it’s becoming a collection. But she’s also got a great eye and that’s why we have been able to develop such a for hire high quality cake stand collection. Rea likes jugs and royal memorabilia. Jugs look fantastic as vases and we sell a lot of them because of that but the royal memorabilia she keeps for herself !
What do you love about Three Hollies?
The best part of the business is selling the items on to others because we know that things have been given a new lease of life with a very low impact on the environment. That’s a great feeling because people get a great product that would otherwise had ended up in the bin.
What are the negatives, if any of having such a business?
We both still have full time jobs so sometimes it can be a lot of hard work, but we really enjoy Three Hollies or we wouldn’t do it, so it’s more like a hobby than work really.
Whats’s your link to Yorkshire? What do you love about our county?
We are both from Halifax and still live in the area having both lived elsewhere over the years, But we’ve both come home because you can’t beat Yorkshire, it’s a beautiful county with a real sense of community. We wouldn’t live anywhere else its affordable and friendly with loads of good things going on locally. All our friends and family are here and our business is a family business so it made sense to base ourselves here
Do you sell your lovely items at events? If so, where are you heading next?
We are at Wortley Hall on August 14th and 21st September, then Saltaire Vintage Fair on the 17th & 18th September. Do come say hello!
Where do you see yourselves in five years? Any specific plans for the future?
We aim to be a busy local business that continues to provide a high quality product for our customers. Primarily we would like to develop our online business but we recognise that this takes time to build up. We think we will always sell our products at fairs because we enjoy being face to face with our customers.
Do you use social media? What are your channels/links ? Do you have a website?
You can find find our website at www.threehollies.com We are also on Instagram and Twitter as @threehollies For orders, enquiries, if you would like any items specifically sourcing or just to say hello you can also drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special thanks to Three Hollies for being part of the Local Folk-Us series
Last September I shared with you the fact that Gabriel had started school, well I can’t quite believe that this week, it’s the end of term and well, reception class.. is done!
Gabriel has had a great year. The first term meant new surroundings, new friends, a uniform and also, new types of learning. But he’s done really well and we are super proud of him. In the Autumn term Gabriel won the ‘Golden Child’ award at school for his attitude and achievements. That was really nice to see and hear for us. Gabriel can sometimes be quiet and also shy, but he wore his school uniform with pride and focused on improving his reading, writing and making new friends.
Everyone loves Gabriel. He’s a caring, easy to please and very funny little boy. The boys want to be his friend and the girls follow him about! He’s always wearing his smile and although can be somwhat emotional at times, I think it’s a great quality to have.
Gabriel’s Reception school report highlights his kind personality but also that he is both really interested and very good at technology, arts and design and mathematics. These things, we had of course noticed ourselves but it’s so lovely to read it! Gabriel has developed so much this year, both academically and also socially. Gabriel, well done. Let’s see what Year 1 holds!
I’m a big fan of Leeds based clothing brand Joe Browns and I want to share with you their latest project, a treasure hunt, around Leeds in which you can win £1000 in vouchers to spend in their store. All you need to do is watch the following video and look out for tweet-clues. I will also be sharing tweets over the next few weeks so watch this space!
Watch this video for more information. A shoe love story…. #QuirkyPair
See you on the 13th August!
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