well and truly here with its requisite wind and rain, but what does October
mean to you? Snuggling up indoors, throwing a Halloween party or hunting for
conkers and chestnuts?
originally the eighth month of the Roman calendar, hence its name taken from
the Latin word for eight, “octo”. Its historic Germanic name was Wein-mond,
meaning wine month, could be a good time of year for curling up indoors with a
braving the outdoors to walk among the fallen leaves and search for chestnuts
and conkers, there are a few things you may be interested to know. Conkers are
the seeds of the horse chestnut tree and tradition has it that they can be used
to ward off spiders. Householders used to surround their homes with conkers to
keep out the eight-legged creatures, but there is no proof that this actually
works. While conkers are not suitable for human consumption, chestnuts
certainly are and can be roasted, grilled, boiled or added to a variety of
recipes. For great roast chestnuts, set your oven to 200ºC, 400ºF or Gas 6, cut
a cross in the skin of each nut, place in a roasting tin and cook for about 30
minutes until tender.
13th this year the full moon known as Hunter’s Moon was visible. The name
appears to date back to Anglo-Saxon times, when meat was hunted and preserved
in preparation for the coming winter.
prepared for winter is a sensible plan, whether it means buying new coats and
boots, stocking up the larder with a few basics or talking to Horsford about
new windows and doors to help keep the cold out of your home.
Meteorological summer officially started on 1st June and we're hoping for sunny weather to get out in the garden and warm days to spend time at the beach. But there's no doubt that our weather can be very unpredictable.
Back in June 1975, snow fell in various parts of the country, interrupting cricket matches and causing consternation. Some of the coldest June temperatures were actually recorded on the Norfolk/Suffolk border in 1962, when Santon Downham experienced a cold snap of a shivering -5.6 degrees!
However the record for the hottest June temperature was set in 2003, when Kent experienced a blazing 38.5 degrees.
So this year we hope it will be a warm and sunny summer, but just to hedge your bets, you could opt for a Horsford conservatory or orangery so that you can enjoy your garden whatever the weather.
To get in touch:
Call 01603 666414 (Norwich) or 01263 514594 (Cromer) or FREEPHONE 0800 0155551
A great way
to get enjoyment from your garden all year round, whatever the weather, is to
add a conservatory or orangery to your home. Not only does this provide a great
place to view your garden, but you can make it a haven for plants, bringing
your garden indoors.
were originally constructed to house fruit trees, and you could still consider
growing your own citrus fruits indoors today. You may need to monitor indoor
temperatures depending on what you choose to grow, but lemons and kumquats are
considered the most resilient. Olive trees are also good to grow in
conservatories as they are evergreens that you can prune to your desired size
and shape and hopefully be rewarded with a tasty harvest!
comes to flowers in your conservatory, Peace Lilies are a great choice as they
are known for cleaning the air, whilst being easy to look after. Indoor Azaleas
are also a good idea, adding splashes of colour including pinks, reds and
popular conservatory choices that fair well include cacti, ferns and succulents
such as Aloe Vera.
Whatever you choose to grow in your conservatory or
orangery, we're sure you'll be able to create a very personal garden room.
for the season ahead - have a chat with the Horsford Team:
666414 (Norwich) or 01263 514594 (Cromer) or FREEPHONE 0800 0155551
When it gets to autumn homeowners start to think about ways to make
their home warmer for the coming winter. In addition to new windows and doors that
offer greater energy efficiency, we’re pleased to install the innovative,
insulated Warm Roof, designed to keep your conservatory or orangery at a more
ambient temperature throughout the year.
Mr and Mrs T of Taverham were “over the moon” with their new Warm Roof,
which not only looks very stylish, but is thermally efficient (U-Value of
0.15 W/m2) due to its excellent insulation system. Their conservatory used to be cold in
the winter but at times too hot in the summer, now they’re looking forward to
using their comfortable ‘new’ room throughout the year.
Replacing your existing conservatory roof with a Warm Roof converts your
conservatory from a ‘some time’ room into a year-round integral part of your
home! Just look at what we did for Mr and Mrs T!
Well, autumn is just around the corner, with the first day of the season according to the meteorological calendar being 1st September.
It can be a beautiful season with the leaves turning gorgeous shades of gold, red and brown, but on the downside the evenings get darker earlier and damp mists and chilly days return.
Interestingly, according to a study by 'The Journal of Ageing Research', people who are born in the autumn are more likely to live to the ripe old age of 100! It's also said that those born in autumn do better in education. Famous people born in this season include Elizabeth 1, Roald Dahl, Agatha Christie, Michael Faraday (English chemist and physicist), Pablo Picasso and John Lennon.
Whilst you can't control when you were born, you can make sure you and your home are prepared for autumn. Now is a good time to check your doors and windows and consider more up-to-date, energy efficient replacements if they are old and worn. Similarly you may like to replace your conservatory roof with a Warm Roof that provides better thermal efficiency.
So be prepared for the season ahead - have a chat with the Horsford Team!
At Horsford we not only value your custom, but your feedback on our products and services. We have pleasure in sharing with you some of our latest customer comments.
"I am very pleased with the windows: they have improved the property and must have increased the value! I was also very happy with the window fitters, Alec and Matt. They started the job on time, completed on time, were very efficient and quieter than I had expected." RM
"We were very pleased with the new roof, it looks good and is nicely finished off. We thought the two men who fitted the roof worked very hard and were always cheerful in spite of the awful weather." PS
"It really is a lovely pleasure to write and thank you for the lovely conservatory you have created for us - it really is something special. Your company its workforce and its attention to duty was excellent." AD
Thank you all for your kind words. Remember if you've had work completed by the Horsford team, let us know how it went!