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 Concerns over 26-storey tower block plans

for Enfield Town

 

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Read the results of the Civic Voice survey

 

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ENFIELD COUNCIL 

LBE values

 


 

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Check out who is building what near you


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2021 planning applications


2020 planning applications


 


 

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Virtual advice from local experts during lockdown

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http://n21online.com/articles//item/wise-words-from-local-experts.html

 

 


 

Is your child struggling with their school work?


After School Learning Centre has devised a range of online supprt programs

details here


Chris Hall, maths tutor has devised a range of online support programs more

details here

 

GoGenius Academy offers group and one to one support in Maths & English

details here

 


 

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Bush Hill Park Residents Association

Enfield Town Residents Association

Fox Lane & District Residents Association

Grange Park Residents Association

Grovelands Residents Association

Western Enfield Residents Association

Winchmore Hill Residents Association

 

 


 

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The Friends of Grovelands Park

more details here


Become a Friend of Firs Farm

find out how to join here


Gardening Friends

more details here


Grange Park Horticultural Society

more details here


North London Organic Gardeners

more details here

 

Woodcroft Wildspace

more details here

 


 

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Are you thinking of starting a business?

 

Are you unemployed?


www.enterpriseenfield.org

 


 

 

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Southgate Green a Friday afternoon, but it could be any afternoon – same congested traffic, kids playing oblivious of the fumes, traffic crawling from Waterfall Road, Cannon Hill, and the Green, all the way to Southgate Circus


How can this be acceptable?

 


Winchmore Hill councillor Maria Alexandrou
shares her submission for the 
Fox Lane LTN consultation

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Winchmore Hill councillor Dinah Barry
explains that LTNs are
"a bit more complicated than blocking off a few roads"

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now watch this illuminating
Private Eye podcast 
 
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 "Is the lack of consultation part of the problem?"
asks Bambos Charalambous in Parliament?"

  

Has not that been caused by the Government's insistence that the schemes be implemented straightaway within an eight-week period, not allowing any consultation with communities or very limited consultation at best?"

 Hansard

 



Cllr Maria Alexandrou:

the chaos caused by the LTN scheme


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Read here 

 



Is this safe? 


GRANT

 

"this is the road my son walks to school along"


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watch the video


"does this look like better, safer streets to you?"

 

This ambulance could not get through to Fox Lane


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watch the video



 

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Transport Secretary admits 

new cycle lanes are leaving roads 'backed up' with traffic


Read the article in the Telegraph

 


 

CONSULTATION ON OUTDOOR DINING

ON WINCHMORE HILL GREEN

 

Green

 

Help ensure this open space remains open

and enables people to continue to meet on the Green

  

https://letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/covid-19-streetspace-plan/survey_tools/thegreen-eto

 


 

CONSULTATION ON ST PAUL'S STREET SCHOOL  

 

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no entry from 8.15 - 9.15am

14.45 - 15.45pm

complete the short survey to have your say

https://letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/schoolstreets



 

 The restoration of Enfield Chase


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 Up to 100,000 trees are set to be planted by Enfield Council in a massive woodland creation project in the north west of the borough.

 

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more details here 

 

 


Can you help your local community?

 

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WINCHMORE HILL AS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO LIVE IN LONDON

(THE TIMES)

read the article

 


 

WINCHMORE HILL RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

SPRING NEWSLETTER

 

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Read here


 

 

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Back for 2021

http://www.enfieldinbloom.org.uk/

 


 

 PROTECT the Green Belt

and Open Spaces in Enfield

 

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 https://www.change.org/p/enfield-local-authority-protect-the-green-belt-and-open-spaces-in-enfield?signed=true

 


 

 

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more details here 

 


 


 

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for the Winchmore Hill postcode 

 

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 Winchmore Hill Police

https://www.police.uk/metropolitan/E05000213/

 

Winchmore Hill Safer Neighbourhood newsletter

June 2021

  

Grange Safer Neighbourhood newsletter

June 2021


 

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Bush Hill Park councillors here


Grange councillors here


Winchmore Hill councillors here


https://new.enfield.gov.uk/

 


 

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Ruth Winston Community Centre

 

 

 ruthwinstoncentre.com


 

Winchmore Hill Community Care

 

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more details here  

 


 

The Fontliners Book Club

meets once a month in the Winchmore

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Giving your lawn some autumn TLC

on Tuesday, 25 October 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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Giving your lawn some autumn TLC


David Fortune of Greensleeves explains what you need to help your lawn recover from summer and withstand the winter ahead.

 

How is your lawn looking as summer draws to a close?

Lush & green?

Parched & thirsty?

Patchy & weedy?

 

 

 

Do you know that autumn is THE most important time to give your lawn an extra bit of TLC? Your perennials and pots may also be looking past their best but if you give your lawn some attention now, it will be better prepared for the vagaries of our unpredictable winter ahead, when most other plants are bare and will be ready for a growth spurt in spring.

 

The most important tasks at this time of year are getting air, nutrients and water to the roots, removing dead grass, thatch, moss and weeds. Autumn lawn care jobs can include:

* Moss control

* Lawn scarification

* Lawn aeration

* Over seeding

* Feeding the lawn

 

These jobs should be done in this order, starting with killing off the moss and weeds; followed by scarification two weeks later to get rid of all the unwanted material.

 

Next hollow tine aeration alleviates soil compaction and involves perforating the soil and allowing air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. One of the main reasons for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction and this can only be done by hollow tine aeration.

 

 

 

 

Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots of essential nutrients as well as moisture and air.

 

Once the scarification and aeration has been completed the lawn surface will be left with grooves and holes, this creates the ideal seed bed, perfect for over seeding.

 

 

Applying an autumn - winter fertiliser or lawn feed will help build a strong sward and maintain the health of the lawn during the winter and give it a head start during the spring time.

 

* Other useful tips include raising your mower height and don't forget to keep your blade sharp, otherwise you tear the grass.

 

* Occasionally brush the lawn: Light brushing is done to keep the surface of the lawn clean and free of any debris such as leaves, twigs and worm-casts. Try to do this task when the surface is dry as worm-casts smear when the soil is wet which creates more problems.

 

* Keep an eye out for disease and pest activity. Red thread seems now to be having a much longer season than ever before and keep an eye on the birds – if they're busy, it's a sure sign that some grubs may be lurking!

 

* Remove heavy dews from the lawn: During periods of heavy dew, fusarium patch disease may become a problem, removing dew will help discourage this disease.

 

* When leaves start to fall, try and remove as quickly and as often as possible. Leaves that are allowed to lie for any length of time are one of the biggest enemies of grass, as they stop light and air reaching the roots making it easier for moss to grow. They stop it from drying naturally during the daytime and act as an insulation layer, creating perfect breeding conditions for diseases

 

*If the weather continues to be warm, your lawn will still continue to grow for months to come. Continue to cut the grass as and when it needs it, it is a myth that the grass doesn't require cutting through the winter, once a month is usually sufficient during the winter months.

 

You can of course do all this for yourself, or alternatively I would be happy to help you with these tasks, for a very small charge!

 

Thanks for reading, I am always happy to provide you with a free lawn consultation.

 

David Fortune

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

020 8363 4110

 

Read more about aeration and scarification here

Giving your lawn some autumn TLC

on Wednesday, 03 September 2014. Posted in N21 Experts

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Giving your lawn some autumn TLC

David Fortune has recently left the corporate world and set up a lawn treatment business. He explains what you need to help your lawn recover from summer and withstand the winter ahead.

 

How is your lawn looking as summer draws to a close?

Lush & green?

Parched & thirsty?

Patchy & weedy?

 

 

 

Do you know that autumn is THE most important time to give your lawn an extra bit of TLC? Your perennials and pots may also be looking past their best but if you give your lawn some attention now, it will be better prepared for the vagaries of our unpredictable winter ahead, when most other plants are bare and will be ready for a growth spurt in spring.

 

The most important tasks at this time of year are getting air, nutrients and water to the roots, removing dead grass, thatch, moss and weeds. Autumn lawn care jobs can include:

* Moss control

* Lawn scarification

* Lawn aeration

* Over seeding

* Feeding the lawn

 

These jobs should be done in this order, starting with killing off the moss and weeds; followed by scarification two weeks later to get rid of all the unwanted material.

 

Next hollow tine aeration alleviates soil compaction and involves perforating the soil and allowing air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. One of the main reasons for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction and this can only be done by hollow tine aeration.

 

 

 

 

Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots of essential nutrients as well as moisture and air.

 

Once the scarification and aeration has been completed the lawn surface will be left with grooves and holes, this creates the ideal seed bed, perfect for over seeding.

 

 

Applying an autumn - winter fertiliser or lawn feed will help build a strong sward and maintain the health of the lawn during the winter and give it a head start during the spring time.

 

* Other useful tips include raising your mower height and don't forget to keep your blade sharp, otherwise you tear the grass.

 

* Occasionally brush the lawn: Light brushing is done to keep the surface of the lawn clean and free of any debris such as leaves, twigs and worm-casts. Try to do this task when the surface is dry as worm-casts smear when the soil is wet which creates more problems.

 

* Keep an eye out for disease and pest activity. Red thread seems now to be having a much longer season than ever before and keep an eye on the birds – if they're busy, it's a sure sign that some grubs may be lurking!

 

* Remove heavy dews from the lawn: During periods of heavy dew, fusarium patch disease may become a problem, removing dew will help discourage this disease.

 

* When leaves start to fall, try and remove as quickly and as often as possible. Leaves that are allowed to lie for any length of time are one of the biggest enemies of grass, as they stop light and air reaching the roots making it easier for moss to grow. They stop it from drying naturally during the daytime and act as an insulation layer, creating perfect breeding conditions for diseases

 

*If the weather continues to be warm, your lawn will still continue to grow for months to come. Continue to cut the grass as and when it needs it, it is a myth that the grass doesn't require cutting through the winter, once a month is usually sufficient during the winter months.

 

You can of course do all this for yourself, or alternatively I would be happy to help you with these tasks, for a very small charge!

 

Thanks for reading, I am always happy to provide you with a free lawn consultation.

 

David Fortune

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

020 8363 4110

 

Read more about aeration and scarification here

Business Advice during COVID-19 crisis

on Thursday, 02 April 2020. Posted in N21 Experts

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Business Advice during COVID-19 crisis

Business briefing from Enfield Council (2.4.20) 

 

Mark Bradbury, Director of Property and Economy, Enfield Council


Background

 

On March 11 2020, the Chancellor announced it would provide additional support for small businesses, and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. The support will be in two ways:

 

* An expanded business rate retail, leisure and hospitality relief scheme - We have applied the maximum rate relief to over 1,800 businesses totalling £45.6m. This included 109 charities and community amateur sports clubs, 155 restaurants and over 1,300 shops and supermarkets that will not pay any business rates this year. All direct debits have been stopped and revised nil bills issued which should arrive this week.

 

* Business Grant funding - Businesses receiving either Small Business Rate Relief or the Expanded Retail Discount on the 11th March 2020 will receive a government grant depending on which relief they are receiving. Small businesses (with a rateable value of £15,000 or less) will be entitled to a grant payment of £10,000. There are 2,211 potentially eligible small businesses. Retail businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 are entitled to a grant payment of £25,000. There are 1,042 potentially eligible retail businesses.

 

Business Grant application process

 

Eligible businesses that pay their business rates by direct debit will be paid the grant on the 2nd April by bank transfer automatically without the need to make an application. The total grant payment for direct debit cases is over £14m for 1,000 businesses

For non-direct debit payers we will be sending an email (or a letter if we don't hold email details) advising that they are eligible for a grant and to make an on line claim via the portal https://enfieldopp-live.openrevenues.civicahosting.co.uk/scripts/OPENPortal-Live.wsc/ndr/ndrgrant.p

 

To process the grant businesses will need:

* The business rate bill to get the business rate account from

* Bank details

* A recent statement from the bank account used to pay the business rates

* VAT registration number – if registered – this is not mandatory

 

Payments will be made by bank transfer and will be in business's bank account within three working days.

 

Businesses can check whether they are eligible for a grant by entering their business rate account number into the on-line portal

If businesses need any further assistance or advice they can call the business rates helpline on 020 3821 1946


Keeping our local economy going and sustaining employment is a priority for Enfield Council and we are working to create a package of support for our business community. We will continue to work closely with Government and partners to develop this offer and will be communicating with you and with businesses as initiatives are launched.

 

For the latest guidance and support available to businesses please go to:

https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/business-and-licensing/covid-19-guidance-for-employers/

If you get enquiries from businesses please direct them to this link in the first instance. We are happy for you to forward this email to businesses if that helps.

 

Other useful information and support can be found at the following links :-

Government guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Business rates calculator

Government Business Support

London Growth Hub

Federation of Small Businesses

British Chamber of Commerce

 

 


 

 

 

Boosting your immune system

on Saturday, 28 March 2020. Posted in N21 Experts

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Boosting your immune system

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               IMMUNE SUPPORT:

COLD, CHEST INFECTION AND FLU HOLISTIC REMEDIES


"Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food" – Hippocrates


This article is not intended as a substitute to medical care or treatment. This is merely a guide to naturopathic, Ayurveda and herbal ways you can support yourself to try and stay healthy. I have focussed on herbs and spices that are easily available in shops or possibly already in your cupboards. Specialist herb shops will sell many more herbs that are of benefit that I have not mentioned here. Your local herbalist can also offer advice and blend bespoke remedies for you.

 

In China they used Traditional Chinese Medicine alongside conventional medicine during the SARS outbreak with great success. They have also used it this time for COVID-19 reducing severity of symptoms, speeding up recovery times and reducing mortality rates. Combining ancient wisdom with modern medicine is very effective.

 

One interesting observation about COVID-19 and how it settles in to the lungs, is that in traditional medicine this is the organ associated with grief and sadness. We are living in a time when consciously or not, we are all feeling the grief of a world in peril with people generally being more stressed than happy.

 

People look at a virus in terms of how to kill it. In holistic medicine we look at changing the environment so the stronger body can resist the virus or launch a good immune response to get rid of the virus. Holistic medicine works on strengthening the immune system.

Below I offer some ways to support your immune system

 

HYGIENE


  31.3x5            2020 is the year we learnt how to wash our hands.

              A rather disturbing thought really.

              The simplest way to prevent the spread of infection is through

              basic hygiene, washing our hands with soap and warm water for

              at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol based sanitizer.

               

               

 

Coronavirus (and most other viruses) is a self-assembled nanoparticle with a fatty outer layer. Soap dissolves this fat membrane rendering the virus inactive. This is why it is important to use soap for a minimum of 20 seconds when washing your hands.

 

Ensure you are applying moisturiser after hand sanitizer so that your skin doesn't start cracking with the dryness. You can also make your own hand sanitizer. It is very simple and will not dry your hands out causing cracking.

 

If you make your own alcohol based hand sanitizer then the alcohol must be a minimum of 60% ethyl alcohol

• 2/3 cup of alcohol/surgical spirit • 1/3 aloe Vera gel

• Add a couple of drops of essential oils such as lavender, thyme, rosemary, oregano, eucalyptus, clove

 

Catching coughs and sneezes into your elbow effectively prevents fluids from spreading, even more so than using a tissue. Disinfecting frequent touch zones like door handles and technology surfaces will help minimize the amount of hand-to-face bacteria transfer. Avoid touching your face and most importantly, stay at home if you have any cold or flu like symptoms.

 

Coconut Oil Barrier: If you go out then use a clean cotton bud to rub coconut oil around your nostrils, over your lips and even your hands to trap pathogens. Thoroughly wash away once home again.

 

UV Lamp: Ultraviolet (UVC) light eliminates many bacteria and viruses by disrupting their DNA and rendering them harmless. UV light can restrict the number of germs that get re-circulated through your home.

 

IMMUNE SUPPORT

 

31.3x6          The first line of immune defence is the skin and mucosa

           (intrinsic epithelial barrier).

           Anything that strengthens this helps resistance, slows viral

           multiplication,and strengthens against the damaging effects of virus

           and bacteria on the mucosa.

 

           

 

Vitamin C is believed to strengthen the endothelial layer under the epithelial layer. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and helps to protect against viral infections by

enhancing the immune system. When the body is fighting a viral infection its need for vitamin C increases. It also helps in the production of anti-stress hormones so is very useful during our current stressful times.

 

Good sources of Vitamin C include red bell peppers, asparagus, avocado, beet greens, black currants, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, collard, dandelion greens, dulse seaweed, grapefruits, kale, lemons, mangoes, mustard greens, onions, oranges, papaya, green peas, sweet peppers, pineapple, radishes, rose hip, spinach, strawberries, swiss chard, tomatoes, turnip greens, watercress, parsley, thyme.

 

It is important to stay hydrated for our mucosa. Mucus traps microbes and foreign particles. Ensure you are sipping water and herbal teas throughout the day so that your mouth and throat are always moist. Never drink chilled water. Water should be at least room temperature. Add a slices of lime/lemon/orange/grapefruit to your water, makes teas from rose hips, parsley, thyme, nettle, cleavers, lemon balm, lavender, to name just a few.

 

Vitamin D is important for immune health. The best source of vitamin D is from the sun. Vitamin D can be found in fish liver oils, fatty saltwater fish (especially mackerel), dairy products and eggs. It is hard to get enough from diet alone so supplementation is required in countries that don't get a lot of sunshine.

 

Zinc plays an important role in many immune system reactions. Zinc is also required to maintain adequate levels of vitamin E (an important antioxidant). Sources of zinc include egg yolks, fish, brewer's yeast, liver, broad beans, legumes, mushrooms, oysters, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sardines, fennel seed, nettle, rosehips.

 

Essential Fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the production of molecules and substances linked to inflammation. Inflammation is a natural response to infections and damage in our body. It is well known that the long chain omega-3's support inflammation balance. Linseed/flaxseed, walnut oil, hemp oil and fatty fish are great sources of omega-3s. Oils need to be refrigerated so that they do not turn bitter and rancid.

 

THERMOREGULATORY SYSTEM

 

Modern medicine completely ignores the importance of the thermoregulatory system that opens and closes the pores of the skin, mucosa, and internal or serous membranes. This, however, is the basis of traditional and herbal medicine. The theory is: warm the centre, thin the fluids, keep the pores of the surface open to discharge healthy secretions onto the epithelial surface not, as one would suppose, to close them. A kitchen herb that is warming, thinning/expectorating, and opening is fenugreek.

 

Make a tea from fenugreek seeds. One heaped tablespoon of seeds per cup of hot water. It will help to loosen and expel excess phlegm in the head, sinuses, lungs and respiratory tract. It's also a digestive herb and nutritive tonic. A lot of research is emerging now on its ability as an immune modulator and stimulant.

 

 

LOOK AFTER YOUR GUT HEALTH

 

70% of the immune system is in our gut so a healthy digestive system is key to good immune health.

 

Challenge yourself to eat a rainbow of foods every day. Different coloured foods contain different antioxidants and nutrients so it is important to keep our plates colourful so that we take in a variety of nutrients and support our gut health. Focus more on vegetables, aim for 8 servings of colourful vegetables and 2 servings of fruit per day.

 

Don't overeat. Eat light, nutritious meals and give your body plenty of time to digest before eating again. Don't overburden the digestive system.

 

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria normally present in the digestive tract. They are vital for proper digestion. Probiotics help maintain the balance of good bacteria in the gut. Probiotics are found in cultured and fermented foods. These foods include buttermilk, kefir, miso, sauerkraut, tempeh, umeboshi, kombucha and plain yogurt. Probiotics are fed by prebiotics. Good sources of prebiotics are chicory, oats, garlic, onion, leeks, and asparagus.

 

It is very simple to make your own kimchi or sauerkraut. There are many recipes online.

 

31.3x7          Garlic is known as nature's antibiotic due to its antiviral and

          antibacterial properties.

          Garlic helps protect against infection by enhancing immune function.

          Garlic is warming and helps to thin excess mucus.

         

 

 

Garlic was used against the plague in the 1600's and in the First World War garlic oil was used in poultices placed directly on soldiers wounds. This helped to save many lives and limbs.

         

Garlic can inhibit many bacteria and viruses and also stimulates the immune system and can help break up lung congestion. It also contains inulin which is an important prebiotic (prebiotics are food for probiotics). Eating 1-2 cloves of garlic a day is a delicious way to obtain the many health benefits garlic has to offer. Crush and then chop the garlic, leave for 10 minutes and then add to your food.  If you want to use garlic to help with a cold or flu then eating it frequently throughout the day will give the best results. Combine with other foods especially oils so as not to feel nausea.

 

Onion and horseradish are also good for the immune system and to use for thinning excess mucus and respiratory tract infections.

 

Fire Cider is an easy to make remedy that is brilliant to take at the first sign of infections. It is made with unpasteurised apple cider vinegar, garlic, horseradish, onion, chillies and ginger. There are many recipes online.

 

Mushrooms are one of the most underrated foods. They contain compounds that are anti-inflammatory and help strengthen the immune system. Mushrooms of all kinds, even the little button mushrooms, contain the beta glucans that modulate immunity. Reishi mushroom is an excellent immune tonic which has powerful ant-inflammatory effects and is rejuvenate to the lungs. Other good immune supporting mushrooms are shiitake, turkey tail and maitake. Try and include mushrooms daily in your diet. Add to food or make mushroom broths.

 

Bone broths: Bone marrow is extremely nutrient rich, nourishing, anti-inflammatory and easily digested. It also promotes good gut flora that increase health and supports immunity. Add unpasteurised apple cider vinegar, garlic, onions, mushrooms and any other vegetables and kitchen herbs and spices that you have available. If you don't have bones then make a broth of ginger, onion, garlic, mushroom and whatever vegetables, warming herbs and spices that you have to hand. This is also a good way of nourishing someone who is ill or has been ill and is unable to eat much.

 

31.3x9          Herbs and spices can help strengthen digestion,

          can be anti-microbial and anti-viral,

          are high in antioxidants, can support the nervous system

          and the immune system.

         

 

 

Add herbs to all of your food. Turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, clove, cumin, coriander, mustard, cayenne, fennel, garlic, ginger, parsley, peppermint, thyme, rosemary, oregano, lemon balm, rose, lavender.

 

Extremely useful kitchen herbs and spices for immune and the respiratory systems are nigella and fenugreek. Nigella sativa also known as black seed and black cumin: has a long history of use in traditional medicine. In Middle Eastern traditional medicine it is known as, 'Blessed Seed'. It is said that it can cure all illness except death by just taking 7 seeds a day. Science is often slow to catch up on traditional medicines that have been used effectively for thousands of years. Now scientific research shows that nigella contains thymoquinone which boosts the immune system. Nigella is effective for colds, flu and upper respiratory infections. It can help clear and expel mucus from the upper respiratory tract. 7 seeds of nigella daily is simple and easily accessible.

 

Fenugreek: Another wonderful herb that has been used for thousands of years but science is only just discovering its immune benefits. Fenugreek improves digestion and elimination which is extremely important for good immune health. Fenugreek is moistening to mucus membranes yet reduces excess phlegm. It can also be used as a nutritive tonic and restorative for recovery from chronic respiratory illness.

 

Echinacea: Sold out in most places now but this is a fabulous herb to start to take as soon as you know you have been exposed to infection or feel something coming on rather than taking continuously.

 

Astragalus: Wonderful to take to support the immunity and lung health as a preventative. Discontinue use as soon as symptoms appear.

 

THINK ABOUT HOW YOU EAT

 

• Try to leave a long fasting period overnight between your last meal and your breakfast • Aim for 8 servings of different vegetables and 2 servings of fruit per day

 

• Ensure lots of fibre. Add ground flax seeds to oats

 

• Rotate foods so that you are not eating the same things daily. It is important to obtain a wide range of different nutrients from different food

 

• Drink plenty of warm water. The body is 60% water, we also need water to remove waste from the body and to keep our mucus membranes moist

 

MOVE THE LYMPH


Moving in general stimulates the flow of lymph fluid, giving a tremendous boost to the immune system. One reason why sedentary lifestyles are so bad for us. Our lymphatic system is a network, consisting of lymphatic vessels and nodes that remove waste from the body. Additionally lymph transports immune cells around the body, where they patrol for anything untoward. However, when the lymphatic system is congested as a result of stress, sedentary lifestyle or poor digestion, its ability to circulate and fight infection can be adversely affected.

 

• Rebounding: The up-and-down movement from bouncing on a mini trampoline facilitates motion in the lymphatic system. The gravitational pull from the bouncing causes the one-way lymphatic valves to open and close, moving immune cells all around the body.

 

• Contrast Showers: Lymphatic vessels contract when exposed to cold and dilate in response to heat. A hot and cold shower at home is a handy way to stimulate the lymphatic system at home.

 

• Dry Skin Brushing: The gentle pressure and movement of the bristles may also help stimulate lymph flow to gently detoxify the body. Use long strokes to gently scrub the dry skin, from feed to head, including the front of the body, arms and neck, moving inward towards the heart.

 

REST AND SLEEP

 

The active immune system is energy-dependent, and changes in hormone levels during sleep enable our body to take extra energy from the muscles and utilise it for building up and maintaining a healthy immune system. During sleep, the immune cells come out of circulation, settle in the lymph nodes, and start getting ready for the next day of work. Without enough sleep, the body won't have the time to work through this full cycle, leaving your immune system depleted.

 

POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE

 

Don't get carried away with fear or panic. Limit time on social media and don't watch the news nonstop. Remember, this too will pass.

 

When we're stressed, the immune system's ability to fight off antigens is reduced. That is why we are more susceptible to infections. Mindful practices such as yoga, pranayama breathing (YouTube for video guidance) and meditation are very effective at easing nerves and modulating stress response. Now there are so many free or very cheap online yoga, meditation and breath work classes to participate in.

 

• Laugh – watch comedy and funny films

 

• Put on your favourite music and dance around the room

 

• Video call friends and family

 

• Make teas from lavender or lemon balm or chamomile to calm anxiety and stress. Passionflower tea is extremely relaxing and promotes restful sleep. You will find it is herb shops

 

• Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants plus it is also relaxing. Boil milk (boiling makes it easier to digest) add a teaspoon of turmeric, pinch of black pepper and a teaspoon of fat to aid absorption (ghee, coconut oil, butter)

 

• Rescue remedy helps to calm and reassure

 

• Sesame seed oil massage is a lovely self-massage that is very beneficial in aiding relaxation, reducing stress and promoting sleep. The sesame seed oil is very nourishing to the nervous system. - gently warm a little sesame seed oil over a bowl of hot water and massage the oil into your entire body for at least 20 minutes. Put on some old clothes and relax for an hour or wash the oil off in a warm shower If you don't have time for a full body massage then just massage the oil in to the soles of your feet. Put on some old socks and relax.

 

IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS

There is a more detailed version of this article on my website, with more detailed information on boosting your immunity should you develop symptoms of the Corvid-19 virus 

 

Siobhán Cosgrave Herbalist & Naturopath

07789 766 228

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Virtual advice from local experts during lockdown

on Thursday, 26 March 2020. Posted in N21 Experts

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Virtual advice from local experts during lockdown

WOW on Wellness


 

We all need to connect and socialise, albeit via zoom. To this end, Angela Evangelou, with a little help from her friends, has set up a free 12-week programme - WOW - Working on Wellness.

 

Sessions will run on Mondays and Thursdays; 7pm to 8pm.

 

The aim of the sessions is to connect and get to know each other, to take the time we have been given during 'lockdown' to set personal goals in the areas of health, life style, personal growth and impact.

 

And to develop this over the 12 weeks.

 

Participants only need to attend ONE session a week.

To this end, each participant will be assigned a buddy, or bring your own buddy, in order to keep them 'accountable' to their goals.

 

Rather like having a mentor/coach to spur you on,

If this sounds good to you, please message Angela for further details.

Her number is 07849 110193

Leave a text message and she will get back to you as soon as she can.


 


 


Urgent physio

 

Oakwood Physiotherapy Clinic (93 – 95 Green Road, Oakwood) is still open for emergency physiotherapy – for people with a lot of pain and difficulties who would otherwise need to be seen by a GP or to go to a walk in clinic or A & E.

 

The clinic is also offering remote physio and osteopathy consultations via computer or smart phone which is proving popular with people who need expert advice whilst self-isolating. For more information please give us a call on 020 8440 3629 or visit our website:

 

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Tips for staying calm in these uncertain, rocky times

 
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BREATH

Paying attention to your breath is a quick and effective way of helping to calm anxiety.

Try: deep belly breathing. Slowly try to swell your stomach when you breath in and bring your stomach in when you breath out.

Try: breathing in for a count of 3, breathing out for a count of 5

 

CHALLENGE YOUR THINKING

Talk your worries through with someone else, and be prepared to challenge your thinking especially if you tend towards worst case scenarios or 'catastrophising'.

 

GO OUTSIDE

Nature is a great healer, and the research now backs this up. Time spent in nature reduces stress and a number of medical conditions including high blood pressure. Being outside can also be a helpful distraction from overthinking as attention is focused on the outside world.

 

LISTEN TO MUSIC /DANCE/SING

Stop incessant thinking by doing something pleasurable with your body such as listening to music, having a (gentle) dance and singing. We are not just our thoughts; we exist on many planes of experience, but sometimes we forget this.

 

DO SOME MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

You don't need to be able to do headstands or do Buddhist chanting to benefit from the many free Mindfulness meditation videos on that you can access via your computer on You Tube or on mobile apps (Insight Timer and Calm to name 2 such apps). These tools are very helpful and Mindfulness has been clinically proven to be effective in the treatment of anxiety and depression.

 

DO SOME EXCERSISE

This releases endorphins which can make you feel happier and more positive. Of course also good for your heart and lungs.

 

DON'T ISOLATE YOURSELF

Self isolation doesn't mean cutting yourself off from others. We need each other. Get on the phone and talk to friends and family. You can also use Skype, Zoom or Face Time if you want to see people on screen whilst talking to them. There are lots of free events currently being run online at present from yoga to groups for chat.

 

MAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING ENOUGH TO EAT AND DRINK

Low blood sugar levels and dehydration can affect energy levels and mood.

 

WRITE DOWN YOUR WORRIES AND CONCERNS

Don't hold on to upsetting thoughts and worries. Try keeping a journal or just writing about your experience/concerns, and if you can read this to someone else if you get the chance.

 

Julia Franks

www.juliafrankspsychotherapy.co.uk

In times when we are not self-isolating, Julia runs weekly dance, meditation and relaxation sessions on a Friday evening at the Friends Meeting House in Winchmore Hill. Don't hesitate to get in touch via the website.

 

 


 

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Training your dog whilst in self-isolation

 

 

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          there is no reason why dog training cannot be done remotely.

 

          Muddy Mutley puppy training and behaviour consultations

          are available now on Zoom.

         

          Zoom enables you to invite other family members to join the meeting;

          to share videos and photos so it is literally as if I was sitting with them

          in their home. 

 

I am offering free 30 minutes (normally £45) Q&A sessions so that people can practice and feel comfortable with the new way of working. We will look at one aspect of the behaviour they are having problems with and I will give them a tailored plan to work to they can video their progress and we can meet again to progress it.

For Group Training people will be able to access and a series of online lessons.

 

I will continue to prepare lesson plans for my current classes, and each week I will send those in the classes some videos of exercises to practice. They will then be invited to video their progress and send it back to me for assessment, the best one will be shared with the group. They will be able to collect points which when this is all over will be converted into prizes.  I will also hold some Zoom Q&A sessions that people can join to discuss popular issues.

 

I am putting together a Perfect Puppy Paw forward webinar workshop and a series of puppy classes.

Clare NL Grierson

07532 243153

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CORVID-19 ADVICE FROM EXPERT SOURCES

on Tuesday, 24 March 2020. Posted in N21 Experts

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CORVID-19 ADVICE FROM EXPERT SOURCES

 


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Advice from Enfield Council and Enterprise Enfield

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 CLEANING & DISINFECTANT GUIDE


 

HOW LONG DOES CORVID-19 SURVIVE ON DIFFERENT SURFACES?

Understanding the pathology of Corvid-19

 


 

Dr Ian K Hosein is an expert on Infection Prevention and Control who lives in Grange Park.


He has over 30 years experience working in Hospitals and Public Health globally including in the USA, UK, Sub Saharan Africa and the West Indies

Dr Hosein is going to be posting regular updates to help the public navigate the current situation with the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

This is the first video he has made in a series for the public on how to protect yourself and the wider community from the spread of the coronavirus, so please subscribe to receive future videos or check back on this page.

  

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In this second video Dr Hosein explains what we mean when we talk about the curve of new coronavirus cases and how we are all individually responsible for pulling down the curve - to reduce the number of new cases from each existing case, with zero transmission is the objective. It is about empowering you to make this is happen. Sadly and importantly - the key number is the number of new cases NOT the number of deaths.

 

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Easter hazards for dogs

on Friday, 12 April 2019. Posted in N21 Experts

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Easter hazards for dogs

Clare Grierson of Muddy Mutleys Dogcare reminds us not to let dogs and other pets snaffle our Easter Eggs!

 

Each year around 80 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK, while roughly 20 million hot cross buns are bought during Easter week alone. These common household treats can be harmful to our dogs, making Easter a particularly risky time for our four-legged friends. Toxic amounts of chocolate can cause dogs to fit or vomit, while the sultanas in hot cross buns can make their kidneys fail, even in small amounts.

 

Here are some of the seasonal risks at dog owners should be aware of:

 

Chocolate

Chocolate poisoning is particularly common at this time of year, especially with the large amounts of Easter eggs that may be around your home. Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which can be poisonous to dogs, as well as most other animals, including cats, rodents and rabbits.

 

How much is too much chocolate?

The seriousness of the poisoning will depend on the amount, type and quality of the chocolate eaten. Generally speaking, the darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains, and therefore the more poisonous it is. White chocolate contains very little theobromine and although it is unlikely to cause theobromine poisoning, it is still very fatty and can make your dog ill.

 

What signs can it cause?

As well as possibly causing vomiting and diarrhoea, chocolate is a stimulant, so it can cause excitement, muscle twitching, tremors, fitting and can increase the heart rate and blood pressure.

 

Hot cross buns and also grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas

These are all toxic to dogs and it is believed the dried forms of these fruits are more toxic than grapes. At this time of year, it is therefore important that hot cross buns are kept well away from your dogs.

 

How much is too much?

It is not known why these fruits are toxic to dogs, or how much can be poisonous. Some dogs have eaten large quantities of this fruit and had no effects, while others have become unwell after very small amounts.

 

What signs can it cause?

As well as possibly causing stomach problems, these fruits can cause kidney failure, which can sometimes be delayed by up to three days. Kidney failure may sometimes present as a decrease in urination, or your dog may also appear dull and show signs of increased thirst. Prompt treatment is important. If your dog does eat any amount, contact your vet immediately.

 

Spring bulbs

Incidents of poisoning from spring bulbs are most likely to occur from dogs eating the bulbs in autumn when they are planted, or in spring when they begin to flower.

Daffodils - Effects from poisoning can include vomiting, stomach upset and salivation, but can escalate to dogs appearing sleepy, wobbly on their legs, or collapsing. In more serious cases fits and changes to heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure may occur. Dogs can also become unwell if the flowers are eaten, or if water from a vase containing daffodils is drunk.

 

Tulips - The toxins found in this plant cause irritation to the mouth and gastrointestinal tract and usually only result in drooling, vomiting and diarrhoea. Serious cases are rare, but effects could include heart problems and breathing difficulties.

 

Spring crocus - These flower in spring and are said to be of low toxicity and may only cause a mild stomach upset if eaten. These bulbs are not to be confused with autumn crocus, which flower in autumn and can cause severe stomach upset, kidney and liver problems and bone marrow depression.

 

What to do if you suspect your dog has been poisoned?

 

If you think that your dog may have eaten, touched or inhaled something that it shouldn't have, consult your local veterinary practice immediately.

 

Do not try to make your dog sick. Trying to do this can cause other complications, which may harm your dog.

 

In an emergency you can help your veterinary practice make an informed decision as to whether your dog needs to be treated by them, and if so, what the best treatment would be.

 

Where possible you should provide your veterinary practice with information on:


• What poison you think your dog has been exposed to (i.e. chocolate, ibuprofen, etc.). Include any product names, or lists of ingredients if relevant

 

• How much they may have been exposed to (i.e. 500mg, 500ml, one tablet etc., even approximations may help)

 

• When your dog was exposed to the poison (i.e. 5 minutes, 5 hours or 5 days ago)

 

• If your dog has been unwell, and if so, what clinical effects have been seen

 

It is easier for your vet to care for a poisoned dog if it is treated sooner rather than later. If you are in any doubt, do not wait for your dog to become unwell before calling for advice.

 

If you do need to take your dog to your veterinary practice, make sure that you take along any relevant packaging, or a sample of the poison, i.e. parts of plant or fungi. Always make sure that you yourself are protected and cannot be poisoned in turn.

 

 

Clare

 

Muddy Mutley Dogcare

New year - time for change

on Thursday, 24 January 2019. Posted in N21 Experts

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New year - time for change

 

Marie Kondo and her Netflix show are causing a storm worldwide. Whether you love what she does – she declutters homes - or you feel annoyed by what she does, there is no doubt that she is spearheading a change in our behaviour towards owning and accumulating 'stuff.

 

To sustain the type of lifestyle we have in the UK across the world in the future we would need 5 or 6 Planet Earths according to Professor James Evans at Manchester University. Not just the one we have! James was one of a number of experts who contributed to a recent broadcast on Radio 4 : New Year Solutions – Space. How scary is this?

 

We all have too much stuff. We are overwhelmed with the quantity of stuff we have in our homes. Instead of making us happier, it is causing anxiety and stress. It's also very bad for our planet as our demand for more and more products is seriously contributing to climate change and is not sustainable for the future.

 

Marie Kondo's book "The Life-changing Magic of Tidying" describes the KonMari Method* of decluttering homes. It's sounds trivial but it's not. It can be a life-changing process. When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order too. It allows you to establish the lifestyle you truly want and create a home that is right for you today and in the future. More importantly, it changes the way you consume. You really do think much more carefully about what you buy and accumulate after going through the KonMari Method.

 

And although it is a simple process, it is much easier to do it if you have someone to guide and motivate you. Start with the unemotional categories first so you hone your decision making skills regagarding what makes you happy.

 

There are 6 simple steps:

RULE 01

Commit yourself to tidying up.


RULE 02

Imagine your ideal lifestyle.


RULE 03

Finish discarding first.


RULE 04

Tidy by category, not by location.  


RULE 05

Follow the right order. The recommended order is:

Clothes

Books

Papers

Komono (general categories such as cleaning supplies, bathroom supplies, kitchen etc)

Sentimental items. This is the hardest category because it often means letting go of the past.


RULE 06

Ask yourself if it sparks joy.


The focus is on keeping what you really need or what makes you happy. It works! If you follow the process properly, you will only need to declutter once!

 

Not only am I a decluttering consultant, I am a life coach too. There are times in our life when we feel we need impartial guidance; facing a career change or challenge at work, coming up to retirement, becoming a new parent, returning to work after a break or lacking direction. Although decluttering and life coaching are distinct services, they often overlap. Making changes to your home can lead you to making life changes too. I have a heart for empowering people to take control of their lives both at home and work.

 

To find out more, get in touch. I offer an initial free 45 minute consultation. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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The Essential Steps To Consider For Nourishing Your Family

on Thursday, 24 January 2019. Posted in N21 Experts

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The Essential Steps To Consider For Nourishing Your Family

 

How frustrating is it when you spend time slaving over a hot stove cooking for your children, then they turn their noses up at what you have prepared?

 

Early food experiences have a significant impact on children's eating patterns and eating habits as these are learned in the home; so it's vital that parents and carers demonstrate a healthy relationship to food in order to support children's development and promote an environment that encourages good habits around food.

 

Research tells us that good protein and fat sources are vital for children's brain and gut development. We now know that the brain continues to grow until later into adulthood, 25 to be precise! We didn't know this 5 years ago. Here are some simple suggestions that might help your children to develop a healthy relationship with their food and benefit the whole family.

 

* Take meals together and being their role models for good food shows them how important it is to try new food and a varied and colourful diet. Show them its' good to try out different food - make a point of doing this even if it takes you out of your comfort zone.

 

* Offer nutritious healthy food which is carefully balanced. Seek guidance on this if you feel stuck and become better informed of what to offer children during their key developments stages.

 

* Offer food from all the 5 food groups to help children become more familiar with these. Naming them as they are served will help increase there awareness and promote more acceptance at meal times of their importance.

 

* Make 3 meals a day the norm at the dining table in your home- 3 meals a day is really important for self image and self esteem, particularly in teenage daughters and sons.

 

* Show children it's good to eat at a dining table to promote positive family time. Ask them questions about their day to support wellbeing goals and social skills for their future development.

 

* Introducing seasonal food shows them what food is available and when it is available and how good it tastes when it is actually in season. Try not to buy vegetables and fruits when they are not in season.

 

*Give children the right amount of protein and fat each day is vital to brain function and development.

 

* Try new recipes or include food your children and partners enjoy. As a nutritionist I have scores of reecipes that have been tried and tested as wins for my children. You can find some easy to prepare recipes on my Instagram page


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* Seek your children's views on what they like or might like added to the weekly menu or side dishes. Consider giving them healthy choice suggestions to choose from to make it easier or reach a consensus.

 

* Promote the importance of hydration - instil the need to have regular drinks throughout the day particularly for young children and their bodies use more water because they are more active and on the go- this is the same for children who take part in sport.

 

* Being mindful of each person's food preferences and then including these; will help them see something on the plate for everyone that they all enjoy. I always say 'there's something on the plate for each of you" as I try to balance the meal showing them to show regard for each others needs!

 

* Try not to force them to eat everything... simply serve them less of what they don't like and more of their preferred food..

 

* Give your children a little of your time everyday and something that's fun!   Try not to reward them with food as your default - We have been playing banana grams and boggle which is a game young and older children can play with each other and takes 2-5 mins. This creates a nice moment which can be helpful to bonding time using simple universal games.

 

* Limit bad carbs and talk about why you do this - the usual offenders are packet snacks, fried food, added sugar, tea or coffee, squashes, shop bought biscuits and cakes, popular chocolates are also laden with bad ingredients – get into the habit of always checking labels – its not just hidden sugar and bad fat in there.

 

* Get everyone involved in a regular exercise. Simple things like going to the park or having a regular sport will help them feel happier healthier and fitter.

 

*Create routines that work for all of you and review these so they feel part of the outcome. This will create consistency and boundaries which children all need no matter what age they are

 

Don't forget to praise them regularly for trying out any or all of the above. After a child has tried a new food four times there is a good chance that they will start to like it. 

 

I am taking bookings for family consultations. Please get in touch if you feel I might be able to help and inspire you to make sustainable changes. Good luck.

Randhiraj Bilan

 

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How to keep your dog cooool when the temperature rises

on Friday, 29 June 2018. Posted in N21 Experts

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How to keep your dog cooool when the temperature rises

 

Ice-cubes, frozen carrots or stuffed frozen Kongs – rinse under tap to take the frosting off first so that the dogs lips don't get stuck to it. Just a few suggestions that you might not have thought of to keep your dog cool when the temperature rises

 

Here is an inexpensive cooling mat you might like to buy should this heat wave continue.

 

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Cooling mat link

Remember if you are warm your pets are probably feeling the heat too. 

 

Keep them in the shade.

 

Give them lots of opportunities to cool down

 

Don't walk on the pavements – do the back of your hand test... If too hot for your hand it's too hot for their paws.

 

Walk early morning or when cooler in the evening.

 

Don't go over the top with ball throwing and running. Instead do sniffy walks and scatter feed your dog to encourage calm slow brainy walks. These are more calming for a dog and you will have a more relaxed dog as a result.

 

Take water with you.

 

Check freshwater lakes, rivers, ponds and canals to make sure they are clean before letting your dog dive in. Some types of algae, including blue-green algae, are toxic to dogs. If your dog swims in algae-contaminated water, contact your vet immediately.

 

If swimming in the sea rinse of salt water straight away and remember drinking sea water can make the dog sick.

 

Dogs can and do drown in rivers and the sea. If your dog has inhaled water, contact your vet, as they can suffer complications.

 

Pale-coloured dogs are vulnerable to sunburn, particularly on their ears, noses and sparsely haired areas. Sun damage can lead to skin cancer which may require extensive surgery – even amputation in severe cases. Sunlight can also make existing skin conditions worse, particularly if your dog has allergies.

 

Do not leave them in the car ... EVER!! If transporting in the car make sure there is plenty of fresh air circulating for them.

 

Extra water and change it regularly.

 

Keep water in the shade.

 

Don't leave your dog unsupervised.

 

Watch for erratic breathing and panting. Don't underestimate these signs. Move the dog straight away. Cool off with cool water... NOT freezing cold water.

Symptoms of heatstroke are:

· Panting.

· Dehydration.

· Excessive drooling (ptyalism)

· Increased body temperature - above 103° F (39° C)

· Reddened gums and moist tissues of the body.

· Production of only small amounts of urine or no urine.

· Sudden (acute) kidney failure.

· Rapid heart rate.

 

at this point it is too late, the damage is done!  Seek medical advice ASAP

 

Clare NL Grierson

Muddy Mutley

07532 243153

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4 tips for first time property buyers

on Monday, 07 August 2017. Posted in N21 Experts

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4 tips for first time property buyers

 

In recent years and since the global economic meltdown of 2008 many people have found it more difficult to obtain a mortgage, but none more so than first time buyers, who have needed to stump up additional cash to meet larger deposit requirements and match lender's stringent affordability tests. In this article we discuss and share a number of tips for first time property buyers.

 

1. Getting a mortgage agreed in principle


Many first time buyers start their journey with plans for their dream house, from deciding where their home gym will go, to designing their garden with extravagant water features. It's so very easy to get caught up in this exciting process, however making such plans is often premature and usually leads to massive disappointment.

 

Seeing a mortgage broker is the first thing you should do, in your initial meeting your mortgage broker will give you an indication of what you might be able to afford. It can sometimes be a disappointment to learn that your budget can only afford a small apartment and that your plans to have luscious gardens with water features will need to be put on hold.

 

You should also consider stamp duty costs, here's a link to our very own stamp duty calculator.

 

Your mortgage adviser is on your side though and will work with you continually to help find a suitable first time buyer mortgage. Finding a local mortgage broker is often best as you may need to meet more than once. Mortgages and Insurers Solutions are based in Grange Park and have direct access to multiple lenders, this means they can source you a mortgage from the whole market, if you visit a mortgage broker at your local bank they will only offer you their own deals and not those available via other banks and lenders.

 

Here's a link to a mortgage calculator which can help give you an approximate figure on what your mortgage repayments might be.

n help give you an approximate figure on what your mortgage repayments might be.

 

2. Location, location, location

 

Before you begin your property search you should settle on the location in which you want to live in. Your choice is dependent on your personal priorities, for example you may choose to live in an area close to family members or buy a property closer to your place of work. Google Maps is a helpful tool and can help you decide on suitable locations.

 

3. The search


This is the most exciting stage for first time buyers. You've established how much you can afford to spend and decided on the location you want to live in. You now need to go off and find the perfect home.

There are a number of ways to find a home, with the internet offering a number of solutions, for example you can search for property and contact estate agents via Rightmove and Zoopla property search engines.

 

We also recommend you visit estate agents local to the area in which you want to live in. Popping in and meeting local estate agents ensures they can put a name to a face and this might just help increase the chances that they will call you when a new property that matches your requirements becomes available.

 

4. Picking a solicitor


Picking the correct solicitors is important. We recommend you choose an experienced solicitor who specialises in property conveyancing and who works local to you. Your mortgage broker and or estate agent can usually recommend an experienced solicitor for you to use.

 

Buying your own home can be daunting, but worthwhile when you finally achieve it and can shut the door on the world, as they say, an Englishman/woman's home is their castle.

 

Mark Edwards

Mortgages and Insurers


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The Inheritance Tax Nil Rate Band has been raised to £1,000,000?

on Tuesday, 13 June 2017. Posted in N21 Experts

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The Inheritance Tax Nil Rate Band has been raised to £1,000,000?

True or False?

 

Most definitely false. I've been asked this quite a lot in the last year and I know where the confusion has come from. It has come from the announcement of the new Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) which started on 6 April 2017. The trouble is in the summer budget of 2015 a proposal of a new residence nil rate band was announced which didn't start until 6th April 2017 and will be phased in over the next four years to reach the full benefit. Many people think it started immediately.

 

Inheritance Tax ( IHT ) was once only seen as a tax for the wealthy. Substantial rising property prices however together with a static Nil Rate Band has meant that IHT has inadvertently affected many families who are property owners within Greater London.

 

The existing Nil Rate Band works as follows:

If your estate (this includes but is not limited to your family home, property, investments/money and personal property) exceeds the Nil Rate Band on death IHT will normally be charged at a rate of 40% after the deduction of any liabilities, reliefs and exemptions that may apply. The current figure of the Nil Rate Band is £325,000 and this will be frozen until 2020/21. Since the family home often makes up a large percentage of an estate the Residence Nil Rate Band was introduced to offer some relief here.

 

The RNRB will be phased-in from 6th April 2017 over four years. It will take until tax year 2020/21 when the RNRB will have reached £175,000. This figure along with the existing Nil Rate Band of £325,000 means an individual will in the future be able to leave up to £500,000 if they meet the criteria of the new RNRB.

 

The Residence Nil Rate Band along with the existing Nil Rate Band can also be transferred to a spouse or civil partner. There is no IHT on the first death of a spouse or civil partner due to the spouse exemption. IHT only occurs on the second death if all assets were left to the survivor on the first death. The survivor will have two Nil Rate Bands of £325,000 each and by 2020/21 two Residence Nil Rate Band's of £175,000 each. Hey Presto this is where the £1,000,000 figure has come from. For some reason many people are of the view that the Nil Rate Bands have been increased now but as you can see this is not the case.

 

A further word of warning. The Residence Nil Rate Band is not automatic. There are criteria that must be met. Firstly it can only be used if you are a homeowner. The additional RNRB will be of no use to you if you do not own a property which is your main residence.

 

Secondly the main residence must be left on death to a lineal descendant. This includes biological children, step children, adopted and foster children or a lineal descendant for example grandchildren. You cannot benefit from the RNRB if you do not have lineal descendants.

 

Finally if an estate reaches a net value of £2 million the RNRB is withdrawn at a rate of £1 for every £2 over this threshold. By the tax year 2020/21 with an estate in excess of £2,350,000 you will not benefit from the RNRB. So as it stands today a couple (or an individual who will transfer a deceased spouse NRB) can benefit up to £850,000 as long as the conditions are met.

 

If you are concerned about the effect that IHT will have on your estate and the amount of money that will be left to your family and friends I will be pleased to help. Please just get in touch.

 

George Ttouli APFS Chartered Financial Planner

Director

Burlington Wealth Management

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Stroke Awareness: Act FAST

on Wednesday, 10 May 2017. Posted in N21 Experts

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   Home Care Preferred, based on Station Road supports many people who have experienced a stroke.


   Ken Waterhouse explains about strokes and why it is vital to ACT FAST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of Stroke Awarenes Month, our shop at 49 Station Road, N21 3NB has information leaflets about strokes. In addition, people can visit for advice on the support that Home Care Preferred can provide people who are recovering from a stroke.

 

 

What is a stroke?


A stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. Without blood your brain cells can be damaged or die. This damage can have different effects, depending on where it happens in your brain.

A stroke can affect the way your body works as well as how you think, feel and communicate.

 

What are the different types of strokes?


Ischaemic stroke – This is the most common type and when there is a blockage that cuts of blood to the brain.

 

Haemorrhagic stroke – This is caused by a bleeding around the brain

 

Transient ischaemic attack or TIA - also known as a mini-stroke. It is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms last for a short amount of time and no longer than 24 hours. This is because the blockage that stops the blood getting to your brain is temporary.

 

Childhood Strokes – Although less common anyone can have a stroke including babies. However, the causes are different

 

What causes stroke?


As we age our arteries become harder and narrower and more likely to become blocked. However, certain medical conditions and lifestyle factors can speed up this process and increase your risk of having a stroke

 

Can you recover from stroke?

 

All strokes are different. For some people the effects may be relatively minor and may not last long. Others may be left with more serious problems that make them dependent on other people.

Unfortunately, not everyone survives – around one in eight people die within 30 days of having a stroke. That's why it's so important to be able to recognise the symptoms and get medical help as quickly as possible.

 

What are the symptoms of a Stroke?

 

A stroke is a medical emergency. If you, or someone else, shows any signs of having a stroke you need to seek immediate medical attention.


FAST test


The FAST test can help you to recognise some of the most common symptoms of a stroke:

 

Facial weakness: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?

Arm weakness: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?

Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?

Time to call 999.

 

If a person fails any one of these tests, get help immediately by dialling 999.

 

Ken Waterhouse 


Homecare Preferred

www.homecarepreferred.com

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How to give your kitchen a makeover in 10 (easyish) stages

on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Posted in N21 Experts

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How to give your kitchen a makeover in 10 (easyish) stages

 

With the cost of moving escalating, many people are preferring to stay put and give their homes a makeover instead. Let's start with the kitchen, which is often described as the 'heart of the home'. According to Ideal Home magazine painted Shaker style kitchens "have a timeless look that never seems to go out of fashion"

 

Read more at http://www.idealhome.co.uk/kitchen/kitchen-ideas/kitchen-trends-2017-146193#eDykrwYAOv8uQzbv.99

 

Could your kitchen be given a new lease of life with a couple of cans of paint? As well as presenting large financial savings, having an existing kitchen hand-painted is an attractive option if you are basically happy with the design and layout of your kitchen but it looks "tired" or out dated because of its wood finish or colour.  Wooden worktops can be restored or you may choose to have them replaced and this can be an opportunity to add character in terms of changing cupboard and drawer handles. Wall tiles can also be painted any colour to give a durable finish, and of course the ceiling and walls can be redecorated to give the look and feel of a totally new kitchen – for a fraction of the price of replacing it and with far less disruption and mess.

 

Whether you want to do your makeover yourselves or perhaps invite me in to give you a quote, here are some simple tips to ensure you get the best quality finish for your 'new' kitchen, with minimal disruption to the household.

 

1. Think about how you are going to manage your lives whilst the work is being undertaken. Ideally children and pets should be barred from the area. What appliances are absolutely essential? Can you rig up a temporary kitchen somewhere else in the house with a kettle, camping rings and microwave?

 

2. All fixtures and surfaces including the floor and areas not to be painted (eg, the inside of cupboard carcasses, drawer sides etc.) are masked off using high-grade masking tape designed to allow crisp, clean edges and protect from dust.

 

 

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3. All doors and drawers should be removed and numbered, along with their handles if they are to be kept the same. By now you will hopefully have decided if you want to change the handles, so they can be delivered to the site and checked that they will fit the newly painted doors/drawers without modifying the holes.

 

4. All surfaces are now thoroughly cleaned and degreased using a powerful citrus based cleaner, then rinsed and allowed to dry. Now begins one of the most important phases of the process – sanding. Every surface is sanded thoroughly, mostly using a dust-free sanding machine, in stages. Detailed areas are sanded by hand and then all surfaces are thoroughly vacuumed and wiped with a tack cloth to remove all traces of dust.

 

5. Before any paint can be applied it is important to seal any knots in the wood. When dry, these areas are then spot-primed. Any obvious splits/cracks/holes can be filled also at this stage, then sanded, dusted and spot-primed. If a kitchen has been previously painted there might be brush marks and nibs of paint on the surfaces. These should be obliterated to allow a flawless finish.

 

6. After a further wash down, the painting process can now begin. I would advise that a first coat of specialist adhesion primer paint is applied to all surfaces and allowed to dry. As well as providing a sound base for further coats and also preventing any tannin bleed-through from certain wood types, this reveals any remaining areas that require filling, after which they are sanded again and all dust is removed.

 

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7. Choose your paints carefully. It pays to invest in quality paints for finish and durability. I favour the use of Tikkurila paints for priming and finishing kitchen refurbishments. Originating from Finland, they are widely acknowledged to be one of the most durable products for furniture painting and in addition to their own colour range, they have the advantage of being able to be mixed to match any colour available by any paint manufacturer in the UK – including Dulux, Crown, Farrow & Ball, Little Greene, Paint & Paper Library, Mylands, Zoffany, etc. I have a vast library of colour charts for you to peruse!

 

8. If necessary a second coat of primer is now applied. When dry the surfaces are once again sanded using a very fine grade of abrasive paper and all dust is remove.

 

9. Two to three coats of the finish paint are now applied, with light sanding and washing between coats. Drawer and cupboard fronts are stacked carefully between coats.

 

10. Finally, when everything is dry, the doors and drawers etc are replaced and adjusted to ensure proper closing and that everything is level. The handles are replaced, all protective sheeting is removed and the kitchen is left clean and tidy, ready for you to enjoy!

 

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Have a look at some of the pieces of furniture that I have transformed with a fresh coat of painted. Fitted and free-standing wardrobes, office units, chests of drawers, bedside cabinets and beds, tables and chairs, shelving units and built-in cupboards, even loudspeakers! Almost any surface can be painted with the right know-how, skills and products.

 

 

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Give it a go or better still give me a call.

John Worsley, on 07878 464902 to discuss how I can help with your decorating needs.

 

For more information about Oakwood Painting visit:

www.oakwoodpainting.co.uk and

http://www.duluxselectdecorators.co.uk/decoratorprofile?id=330437968

Its beginning to feel a lot like Winter

on Tuesday, 29 November 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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Its beginning to feel a lot like Winter

 

Katy Schweiger of Domestico provides simple and inexpensive tips for facing up to winter, our most challenging season.

 

So before the thermometer drops any further, wh not fully prepare yourself, your family and your home for everything the weather throws at us. Have a look below for our list of essentials

 

Those boots are made for walking

The staple of British winter – boots are a must. Whether trendy leather, flower power wellies or the sensible sort, give them a spray inside with shoe freshener if they haven't been worn for a while. Check right down to the toes, when we were children, my poor aunt found a dead mouse in the bottom of her boot!

 

Warmth and comfort first, especially standing on cold stations, talking the kids to school or out with the dog. You can keep chilblains at by adding some wool or felt insoles.

Try our DIY solution. Simply use one of the insoles from your favourite winter shoes to make a pattern on the fabric of your choice. Try re-using an old jumper for a more environmentally-friendly approach.

 

Heads and toes

With temperatures gravitating more and more towards the single digit range, make sure everyone is wrapped up warm.When you watch Scandi box sets they are always wearing hats, so should we!

 

Not sure it is worth investing in good gloves, except for special occasions. We have a basket of cheap gloves, hats and scarves in the hall, perfect for when you just can't seem to find your favourites in a rush or guests need wrapping up.

 

Make Water Afraid

Protect your clothing from water by spraying it with some hydrophobic (water-repellent) spray. From personal experience, I'd recommend NeverWet – available from amazon.co.uk and Homebase. A light coating protects your clothing by creating a barrier between the fabric and the outside world, repelling any liquid which comes in contact with it. The spray works on a large variety of surfaces including leather, suede, polyester, cotton/poly blends and canvas.

 

Newspapers In Shoes

A simple, cheap and effective way to keep damp away from your shoes is to simply stuff them with some old newspaper sheets. Not only will the paper absorb the moisture from the air which otherwise would have collected in your shoes, filling your shoes will help keep their shape (particularly useful for boots). Definitely a useful trick to try this season!

 

Umbrella Stands

With heavy, grey clouds looming over the outside world ever more often, November can be a time particularly devoid of colour. So, if we can't improve the weather, how about making the home more colourful to help beat the autumn blues. A useful little addition which can greatly brighten any home is a colourful umbrella stand; so you always know where your brolly is before dashing out.

 

Wet Dog

The bane of dog owners across the land during every rainy season. Make sure your home is not engulfed in the horrid smell by following these simple tips to get your pet ready for those long walks in the park, even after the rain.

 

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Dry your dog and keep them smelling fresh and clean. You can't eliminate the smell of wet dog from your home until you first eliminate it from your dog first. Bathe your dog at least every other week and dry their coat thoroughly before letting them roam the house. You could also try a leave-in conditioner to not only keep your pet's coat in good shape, but also to help eliminate more odour.

 

Minimise muddy footprints around your house by using a microfiber doormat designed especially with wet paws in mind. My personal favourite is the Soggy Doggy brand.

 

Use a steam cleaner to clean the mud and dirt which will, inevitably, get on your upholstery at some point during this season. For the peskier stains, we recommend the Vanish products, especially for stains on your carpets. Also, to keep your carpet dog-smell free, we recommend Glade's Shake n Vac, available in several scents. From my own, personal experience, these work great to remove odours on any carpeted area

 

Leave a generous amount of oil diffusers around the house for a fresh scent. Its like the telly ad, you might not smell dog in your home but your visitors will!

 

Keep your dogs' beds clean on regular basis. The simplest way to do so is to cover the beds with children's fitted sheets, allowing you to simply remove the sheet and wash it as needed.

 

Once that's done, draw the curtains, shut out the world, get out the throws and the rugs and enjoy the warm and comfortable 'hygge' you have created!