Outdoor Living

Flag Pole
Outdoor Living

Adding a Flag Pole to Your Outdoor Space

Creating the perfect outdoor space for your home or business requires a careful combination of hardwork and artistic design. There is a whole range of different features that you could add to your outdoor space to improve it, including things like outdoor dining areas, barbecues and flagpoles.

Although many people wouldn’t even think about adding one to their back – or front – yard, flagpoles can actually make a great addition to your landscape design. They offer a huge range of benefits, and can really compliment other features of your yard. Think about the following 4 reasons why you should consider adding a flagpole to your yard:

  1. Flagpoles can be used to draw the eye

If you want to draw people’s eyes to a certain part of your yard – or indeed, away from a certain area – then the best thing to do is place something large and commanding in their line of sight. Flagpoles are tall, imposing and are great for drawing people’s eyes to certain parts of your garden.

For example, if you’ve got a special garden bed or some sort of feature that you want to make the centerpiece of your garden, then you should consider adding a flagpole nearby so that people naturally look in that direction.

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Get Your Pool Ready
Outdoor Living

How to Get Your Pool Ready for Summer

Getting your pool ready for summer early is a good idea as there are often some hot days in early spring when everyone would enjoy a cool dip. If you have one of the automatic pool cleaners that are available these days, preparing your pool for the swimming season will be much easier. It will also help if you’ve winterised your pool with a cover to keep out debris.

Here are some tips to getting your pool ready for the fun and games of summer

  • If your pool was covered with a pool blanket for the winter, you’ll notice there is quite a lot of debris on top of it. Remove this before disturbing the blanket so it doesn’t all fall into the water. Use a soft-bristle, long handled broom and sweep from the middle to the side on both long sides. You’ll then be able to sweep the debris into a pile close to the side so it can be gathered up with a dustpan and brush.
  • If water has evaporated, bring it to normal operating level, which is about the middle of the skimmer mouth.
  • Add some algaecide or clarifier

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Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor Living

Flexible Working : Indoors & Outdoors

When you work as a sole trader, you can be anywhere that is comfortable.  Creating an outdoor space and taking a backlit laptop or notebook outside to work allows you to experience the fresh air and sunshine instead of being cooped up in the house or office all day.  These days there are many different styles of outdoor furniture that are comfortable and convenient.  Your outside office chair can be made of wicker, rattan or boat wood from Indonesia or Bali.

Many people start their own small business from their homes – sometimes even using a corner of the dining room table for their office until they get the business going. Often they are happy to stay small, but in other the business increases beyond their wildest dreams and before they know it they’ve had to employ staff and move to a larger office.

However, there are many benefits to remaining a sole trader who doesn’t employ staff.  It suits some people to continue to work alone from their home and use the internet as a way of contacting their clients.  A big benefit is that you can organise your work schedule around your life and can be at home to care for children, or for when the children come home from school.

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