Loving Your Garden, For A Few More Weeks Of Summer

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We’re finally letting loose the bonds of lockdowns and for some of us at least, this has meant something of a relatively “normal” summer. (Whatever that means), and then just in time, we’re starting to cool down in time for the autumn and then the longer British winter sets in.  We hope that you’ve found ways to love and appreciate your garden during lockdown and to make sure that you squeeze the last precious few drops of summer from your garden, we’re going to take a look at a few cool ideas to help you do exactly that.

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Even as the warm and balmy summer days start to give way for shorter days and cooler nights, there are still some fabulous garden parties to be had.  If you’re thinking of doing some adult entertaining, then nighttime dinner parties or cocktail evenings are still perfect ways to live a little outdoors.  It’s not that cold yet and with some soft, fluffy blankets placed in easy to reach places, gorgeous garden lighting to create unique and interesting spots and a cocktail menu that features spicy concoctions, you can still squeeze some classy entertaining out of your garden.  If you’re planning on hosting a party with kids, then pick afternoons where there’s still a chance of some decent sunshine and playtime.


It is easy to think that with the onset of the autumn that that means a solid goodbye to any animal life, but if you happen to live outside the cities and in more “towny” or rural locations, then this is a wonderful time to set up a bird feeder or two and start welcoming all sorts of birdsong into your garden in the mornings. You’ll catch some migrating birds and you might even spot a hedgehog or two.  


The change of season brings a change of style also and with longer nights and shorter days, you can start playing around with solar lanterns, hanging chairs and patio cushions made from textured fabrics that reflect the colours of autumn.  Rust, orange, dark red, brown and just a splash of white or blue will create focus points in your garden and invite quiet cuddles or solitary book reading moments.


It is also time to prepare your garden for the seasonal change too.  Tidy up the hedges and get stuck into your lawn, rake away any leftover shrubbery or moss and start collecting falling leaves to make a leaf mould later on.  It’s also a good time to check all of your garden equipment and machinery before packing them away and if your machinery needs fixing, don’t put it off until next year, do it now.  So when you’re ready to reinvigorate your garden after the winter, you’ll be good to go.  Remember to check your mowers and other equipment for parts or broken accessories.  Mastercraft replacement parts are available from AppliancePartsPros.com.

We love our gardens in Britain and the change of season is no excuse to get lazy, there are still fabulous parties and get-togethers to be had and many wonderful memories, to be made.


Stay healthy this winter with hand sanitizer

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Self-care is one of the most important things to do. It helps maintain a healthy relationship with your mind and body. Forbes recently shared an article about the importance of self-care, including starting easy habits for a clean body and mind, from eating healthy to exercising or simply taking a break when you need it. I believe that staying healthy is a big part of self-care and, with that in mind, hand hygiene plays a big role in staying healthy.

Effective hand washing, not just slap-water-and-go kind of hand washing, is highly important. By washing your hands, you reduce the chances of getting sick and prevent the spread of infections and illnesses to others. So, by washing your hands regularly, you don’t only help yourself but you are also helping others. If you are out and about and you have no access to running water and soap, hand sanitizer is the go-to.

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Ocean Free is a UK hand sanitiser manufacturer and an ideal addition to your purse, backpack, or pocket to ensure you can always keep your hands clean and fresh on-the-go. They have a variety of fragrance-free hand sanitizers and scented hand sanitizers to meet all needs.

Ocean Free has liquid and hand sanitisers. According to Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum, “choosing the right-hand sanitizer consistency has to do with your personal requirements. For spray bottles and spray dispensers, liquid hand sanitizer will be the best choice whilst hand sanitizer gel would be better suited for day-to-day, on-the-go usage.”

If you are using hand jewellery and need to sanitise your hands, remember to remove the jewellery or perhaps simply keep it at home. As this article on the Diary of a Jewellery Lover mentions, it’s important to part from jewellery during our current times to ensure you maintain good hand hygiene. She added, “if you can’t part from your jewellery, remember to always clean it with soap and water when cleaning your own hands. Taking it off while cleaning hands and then putting it back won’t cut it, as might mean that you’ve decontaminated your hands again.”

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Staying healthy will help you enjoy life to the fullest. If you have kids, it’s also important for them to stay healthy. If you are wondering if hand sanitizer is safe for children, I’d recommend reading Let Them Be Small article about the safety of hand sanitizer for children, where she mentions that the main thing to ensure hand sanitizer is safe is to promote its safe use and supervise children when using hand sanitizer.

How Much Do Lawyers Cost? A Breakdown

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According to the American Bar Association, there are currently 1,328,692 attorneys in the United States. This allows room for a wide diversity in experience and attorney fees.

When you are trying to determine “how much do lawyers cost?” be aware that the amount of attorney fees you pay depends on the details of the case and the type of case you have. Here is an overview of attorney fees in the United States that shows the different billing methods attorneys use. 

Hourly Rates

On a national average attorney fees run $100 to $600 per hour. Rates for a new attorney or one located in a small town are more likely to be in the lower range. An attorney with years of experience, a high success rate winning at trial, or in a large metropolitan area will likely have higher rates.

Flat Fees

Some attorneys bill on a flat fee basis. The attorney estimates the amount of time it will take to resolve your case and will charge you one flat fee rather than billing on an hourly basis.

To your advantage, if the case takes longer than the attorney estimates, get more than you paid for. If the case takes less time than the attorney estimates, the attorney makes a better profit.

Contingency Fees

In a contingency fee, the attorney only collects a fee if they win your case. The normal contingency rate is 33.3% of the award. This fee is common for lawsuits such as personal injury and workman’s comp. The attorney fees, expenses, and liens are paid first, and then the client receives the remaining funds.

Overview of Total Charges

In addition to the attorney fees you pay your lawyer for appearing in court, your billing may reflect additional items including;

  • Court filing fees
  • Travel time to court
  • Phone conversations with you or others pertaining to your case
  • Court appearances
  • Time spend conducting research
  • Time spent drafting complaints, motions, depositions, and correspondence
  • Reviewing discovery, correspondence, emails from you, opposing counsel, or anyone else pertaining to your case
  • Office expenses such as copy expenses, the printing of evidence photos, process server fees, etc.

If your lawyer has a legal assistant or paralegal performing work on your case, your bill may reflect those services at a lower rate.

Retainer Fee

This is an up-front payment you make to retain the attorney’s services. The attorney then holds this money in an IOLTA account and withdraws money as they earn it while working on your case. Your monthly billing statements will show the work the attorney has done and the balance remaining on your retainer.

Consultation Fee

A large majority of attorneys offer free consultations. They look over your paperwork, advise you on what they can do, and quote you a price to retain their services. There are some attorneys that charge for consultation appointments.

When scheduling a consultation appointment, inquire as to whether or not there is a fee and how much time you will have to meet with the attorney. One of the qualities to look for on how an attorney will handle your case is the courtesy and professionalism of their staff on the phone.

How Much Do Lawyers Cost?

Answering the question “how much do lawyers cost?” is difficult because every case is different. Each type of case and attorney preference combine to determine the billing method. The best course of action is to schedule a consultation with an attorney to discuss your case.

They will advise you on the billing method for your case. If you decide to hire them will have you sign an attorney fee agreement. Make sure you understand your financial obligations prior to signing.

If you found this information helpful we invite you to check out more blogs for a wide variety of topics and information.   



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