10 of the best beaches in the UK BY: Clare Gogerty

Murlough nature reserve, Dundrum, County Down

A network of paths and boardwalks crisscrosses this 6,000-year-old dune system leading on to expansive sand flats and the shingle beach. The unusually high dunes are nearly four miles long and lie across the head of Dundrum Bay, with views of the Mourne mountains in the near distance. There is plenty of room here to hunker down among the marram grass, open a flask and, in summer, watch butterflies and moths (more than 620 species) and look for lizards. Common and grey seals are also frequent visitors.
Stay Portaferry Hotel (doubles from £80 B&B, family room from £120) at the head of Strangford Lough is a half-hour drive and a short ferry journey away.

Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire

Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire, England
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A jumble of whitewashed cottages overlook a curl of golden sand and the open sea in this former herring-fishing village. A sheltered bay between Whitby and Staithes, it is a popular destination for rock poolers, walkers (it’s on the Cleveland Way) and fossil hunters. Many of the homes are now holiday accommodation and perch one on top of the other, linked by paths and walkways rather than streets. The Royal Hotel, at the heart of the village, offers homemade cakes and coffee alongside a simple but tasty bar menu and local Black Sheep bitter on draft.
Stay Castle House (sleeps six, three nights from £500) at the top of the village has sweeping views of the bay from a comfortable window seat.

South Shore, Brownsea Island, Dorset

The south shore of Brownsea Island, Dorset.
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Reached by ferry from the moneyed shores of Sandbanks, Brownsea Island is a pocket of safe wilderness in Poole harbour. Famous for its red squirrel population and as the site of Baden-Powell’s first Scout camp, its mixture of woodland, heath, ponds and lagoons suits a day of exploration and adventure. From the cafe and visitor centre at the quayside, head to the less-visited pebbly south shore. Tuck yourself into the sandy banks that line the beach and enjoy views across the harbour to the Purbeck Hills in the company of oystercatchers and dunnocks.
Stay National Trust-owned Custom House on the quay (sleeps four, three nights from £622) offers an immersive Brownsea experience.

Seacliff, East Lothian

Seacliff beach, North berwick
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Accessed via a private road (with coin-controlled barrier), this beach near North Berwick, takes a little finding. The effort is worth it: the great sweep of sandy beach punctuated by rocky outcrops is framed by the romantic outline of Tantallon Castle on one side, and looks out towards the volcanic gannet haven that is Bass Rock. Dogs are allowed all year round and can run free. A tiny harbour hewn from the rock by a local laird is said to be the smallest in Scotland.
Stay There are sea views from the House at the Beach in North Berwick (sleeps 8 from £820 a week, short breaks from £120 a night for two).

Formby, Merseyside

Formby Point; sand dunes
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Sunny days see daytrippers surging into the car parks at Formby beach. Most come to see the red squirrels in the pine woodland or to bask on the beach nearby. Walk a little further along, however, and you are rewarded with open space and flat sand: perfect to run with a kite, let a dog off the lead and gulp lungfuls of clean air. The miles of dunes and woodland bordering the beach hop with natterjack toads and other wildlife.
Stay Camp in a bell tent (sleeps two adults and up to three children, from £95 per night) with its own firepit and deck in the woods at the edge of working farm a half-hour drive from Formby beach.

READ MORE:  https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/mar/10/10-best-beaches-in-uk-walks-wildlife-picnics

 

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The 8 Best Greenhouses of 2019 By: Erica Puisis

Garden year-round with these smart sheds

If you have a green thumb, or just want to try your hand at horticulture, a greenhouse can be a great choice for protecting plants during chilly weather, starting new plants or raising high-humidity plants like cactus. Gardeners love the ability of a greenhouse to trap heat and humidity, and it can help your vegetation to weather unseasonable temperatures or adjust to life outdoors after being raised from seeds in an indoor climate. There are greenhouses of all sizes — ranging from small pop-up units or simple shelving covered with greenhouse PVC to larger and more elaborate polycarbonate and aluminum or cedar structures. When you choose the best greenhouse to buy, consider your gardening needs, whether you want a freestanding ‘shed-style’ greenhouse or a lean-to, and if features such as built-in gutters and self-opening vents are important to you. Once you purchase a greenhouse, you can look forward to enjoying a ‘greener’ getaway right in your own backyard! Here, the best greenhouses for you and your garden.

  • If you are looking for a greenhouse that will keep your plants humid and happy through almost any type of weather, the Ohuhu Large Walk-in Plant Greenhouse is our top overall pick.

    This greenhouse offers plenty of space, but also has a small enough footprint that it won’t take over your entire backyard. The greenhouse measures a little over four feet long and four feet wide but offers over six feet of headroom inside — making it easy to tend to your plants without having to bend over or feel cramped. Inside, you’ll also have 12 shelves, with six on each side positioned in three rows.

    Our top pick for a greenhouse is also easy to put together. Most people agree that the design is relatively simple and can be completed in about an hour. A few users added additional tie-downs to stabilize the structure in the event of high winds. People comment on the fact that the greenhouse accomplishes its purpose of keeping plants in a warm, humid environment – even when outside temperatures begin to dip. If you’re looking for an easy-to-assemble greenhouse with plenty of space for your plants and room to move around inside, order the Ohuhu Large Walk-in Plant Greenhouse.

  • This portable greenhouse is easily assembled in a matter of minutes and comes in a few different sizes depending on your needs. The PlantHouse 3 is 3.5″ x  3″ x  3″ so it can easily be positioned over existing shrubs, or place your containers inside of the greenhouse to protect from cooler temperatures. Another nice feature that sets this budget greenhouse apart is the fact that

     

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Great Tit

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21 facts about the Great Tit:

  1.  great tit clutch can be anything from five to 11 eggs, with the female doing all the incubation.
  2. The cock helps the female with feeding the brood: the chicks usually leave the nest around 20 days after hatching.
  3. Though great tits living in oakwoods rarely have a second brood, it’s not uncommon for them to do so in pinewoods.
  4. Most individuals are sedentary, rarely moving far from where they hatched, but there is a tendency for them to move more in years when the beech crop fails.
  5. It is becoming increasingly rare for British-ringed great tits to be recovered abroad. This is thought to be because of the increase in the amount of food available in gardens.
  6. The most widespread of all the species of tit, it is found across almost all of Europe and east to Japan and south to Indonesia. It is also found in North Africa.
  7. Though widely distrubuted throughout the British Isles, the great tit is a rarity in the Hebrides and Shetlands.
  8. There are no fewer than 30 different races of great tit, many of which are predominately grey and black and lack the bright yellow of European birds.
  9. Britain’s population of around 2 million pairs puts it in 8th place in Europe. Germany has the most: an estimated 8 million pairs.
  10. The great tit owes much of its success to its adaptability, while increasing numbers in Britain may well be because it is an enthusiastic user of garden feeding stations.
  11. Because of its wide range and the fact that it often lives in close proximity to man, it is one of the most intensely studied of all birds.
  12. The readiness of great tits to use nest boxes is one of the reasons they are such popular birds to study.
  13. The longest running study started in Wytham Wood near Oxford in the 1930s and continues to this day. The university manages it.
  14. The male’s distinctive double-note song is one of the most familiar sounds of spring.
  15. There are, however, a huge number of variations of the song, and a typical cock great tit will use around 40 variations.
  16. If you hear a bird song that you can’t identify, then there’s a good chance it will be a great tit.
  17. It has been found that the individual birds with the greatest repertoire of songs enjoy the most success with the girls.
  18. Many old country names for this species reflect its song. One of the best is sharp-saw, from Norfolk.
  19. The most successful and dominant cocks tend to have the thickest black stripes down the center of the underparts.
  20. In the 1960s, when sparrowhawk numbers had been decimated by pesticide poisoning, the most dominant great tits were also the heaviest. However, these fatter birds are the most vulnerable to sparrowhawks, so once the latter’s population recovered, the dominant males lost their excess weight.
  21. Great tits invariably nest in holes, but here they can be remarkably inventive, often using manmade sites such as post boxes.

 

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Please don’t be mean to ghosts by Victoria Baltimore Prutschke

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I’ve been wondering why most movies and videos portray ghosts as evil, scary, and malicious.  There are billions and billions of people on this earth that have encounters with ghosts….are they all bad.

Does a ghost have to look scary to be a ghost?  Does it have to do bad things to people to be accepted on the big screen?

I’ve had MANY encounters with ghosts….spirits, whatever you wish to call them, and none of them were scary looking or even mean for that matter.  Most of them came to me for help.  Some of them came to warn me about impending danger regarding myself, or someone else.

I just wish I could know the real reason why people are so afraid of them, and why they have to make them out to be something terrible in order to get people to watch the movies they make.

It sure would be refreshing to have a ghost series or movie featuring happy, cute, helpful ghosts or something similar.

Please, don’t be mean to the ghosts.

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The top 11 most haunted places to visit In Britain By Emily Waddell

The UK has a long, bloody, and downright terrifying history

Every inch of this storied isle is dotted with paranormal activity. Whether it’s fabled ghost stories from centuries past or haunted houses that have lain abandoned for decades, there’s something insidious lurking in Britain…

So, just in time for Halloween we’ve rounded up the 11 most haunted places to visit in the UK to scare yourself silly. Or, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, check out our article on The 12 Most Haunted places in the World. Who knows? You might discover that you have a ghost-infested castle near you, primed for a ghost hunting expedition on All Hallows Eve…

1. Conjure the Witching Hour on Pendle Hill, Lancashire

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Do the souls of witch haunt Pendle Hill? © Jane McIlroy/shutterstock.com

If you’re at all spookily inclined, you’ll have probably heard of Pendle Hill.  It’s home to the twelve Pendle Witches who were hanged at Lancaster Castle in 1612 and buried on the ominous Pendle Hill looking over the village of Newchurch. Ghost hunters often climb the hill on Halloween to see if they can catch any ghostly activity. If you don’t encounter any hauntings, don’t despair, the nearby Rising Sun pub has witchy brews like Witchfinder General and Broomstick Bitter. Spooky and delicious.

2. Ghostly Horror at Hampton Court Palace, London

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