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Fans for Free

There is a country house at the end of a meandering lane in Northern England—just a stone’s throw from a village. It is a white brick cottage with a green front door and a chimney atop a slate roof. This is not an estate in a parkland setting mind you. It is an everyday abode, a humble residence, and no more. The homes in the area are quite old and basic in design and construction. They are charming, inviting, and quaint.

A small pathway dotted with flowers leads to the entrance. In season, the color is glorious. Otherwise the greenery sets off the place nicely. A large tree—an Appleton Thorn Oak—graces the right side in front of a picture window. It almost obscures it and helps to block excess light. No doubt it blocks excess heat although locally this is not a warm climate, even in summer. Inside the polished wood floors are covered sporadically with area carpets and simple wood furniture. Nothing could be cozier or more suitable for the environment. I call it home.

While weather is pleasant from May to September, and central air conditioning is certainly not required, the air can get stuffy and heavy. In this area, you can open the windows while you are at home, but you would want to deter robbers and keep them closed otherwise.

I am somewhat describing a typical home to make the point that a ceiling or floor fan is not an unheard of purchase in my region. You can even get some decent ones online these days; they even do ceiling fan reviews to help you find the best one. The reason is that a local purveyor of hardware and appliances had a great two for one sale recently and guess what? I bought two. I had to share. One ceiling with blades and one portable desk model. This was a deal too good to pass up even if it will be of greater use next year. It was like getting a fan for free!

The back room of the house overlooking the small, tidy garden is the perfect setting for the ceiling device. I got wood blades to match the floor and a subtle glass fixture—kind of old fashioned, but not too much. It’s perfect. These fans come with remotes so installation is a breeze—just like their output. In my small office with only one window, where the air is dense, I placed the smaller one. It has the typical grille and whirling blades that produce just the desired flow with a change of setting. This was the “free” unit and it was a blessing on a recent dry day. I find that I work better when a bit on the chilly side. My brain keeps ideas coming when it is not falling asleep on the job.

It just goes to show you how simple everyday appliances can change your life and routine habits. I am not sure why they had a glut of fans at the store, warranting the fire sale, but who cares! I am the happy recipient of a small, but welcome, opportunity to save money and stay cool.

Bathroom Renovations

Everyone wishes to have a nice and well-furnished home. There is nothing odd about that. We all strive towards having a lovely decorated home. Some love the idea of a big terrace with flowers and decorations. Others enjoy beautiful bathrooms or kitchens. We are all different with different ideas and demands.

Sunderland in northern England is well known for its style and class when it comes to housing. If walking through the town, you will notice lovely gardens and houses to match, but what is even more important are the people who populate this lovely town and their amazing taste in decor.

When thinking about renovating your bathroom it is essential to make a plan before renovating. If you do not have a plan and just go through with it, it could cost you more money at the end. You might change your mind regarding the wall colour or something else, and then you will have to do it all over again and eventually lose money. That is why it is always good to have a plan.

Of course, we all renovate our home to improve it and to give the house more value. For example, if you decide to sell your house, you will have to make some adjustments. Perhaps renovate your bathroom, kitchen or anything else that needs taking care of.

Nowadays, bathrooms have become one of the most important rooms in the house. Everyone wishes to own a lovely and functional bathroom. Modern bathrooms in present time have all sorts of technological details, like towel heaters and other little details which make the bathroom so desirable and modern. Younger people are usually more lenient towards this kind of equipment. Another thing that can improve your bathroom is a great modern shower head. Before the renovation, it would be a good idea to read shower head reviews on a site like in order to find the best shower head. Some people will love the idea of a shower with steam and the other will enjoy some other different shower head characteristics.

Before you renovate your bathroom and give it a whole new look, you should do your homework first. The Internet can be a great source of information and ideas. So why not spend some time browsing through some web pages and reading a few reviews concerning shower heads, but not just that. You can find all sorts of information online. You can browse through some photographs and find the perfect color for your bathroom and a perfect tile sample. The choice is endless. You need some free time to explore all the possibilities and some good will. All those reviews will help you to determine the best possible solution to your quest.

If you still lack ideas, you can consult a friend or a family member. Maybe you are not a creative person, but do not despair, every problem has a solution. As mentioned above, everything you need you can find online. The sky is the limit.