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The Ten Steps of Design

But before you start writing, you need to get organized. You need to put all those wonderful ideas down on paper in a form you can use. Why? Because your memory is fallible, and your creativity has probably left a lot of holes in your story — holes you need to fill in before you start writing your novel. You need a design document. And you need to produce it using a process that doesn’t kill your desire to actually write the story. Here is my ten-step process for writing a design document. I use this process for writing my novels, and I hope it will help you.

Step 1) Take an hour and write a one-sentence summary of your novel. Something like this: “A rogue physicist travels back in time to kill the apostle Paul.” (This is the summary for my first novel, Transgression.) The sentence will serve you forever as a ten-second selling tool. This is the big picture, the analog of that big starting triangle in the snowflake picture.

When you later write your book proposal, this sentence should appear very early in the proposal. It’s the hook that will sell your book to your editor, to your committee, to the sales force, to bookstore owners, and ultimately to readers. So make the best one you can!

Some hints on what makes a good sentence: Shorter is better. Try for fewer than 15 words. No character names, please! Better to say “a handicapped trapeze artist” than “Jane Doe”. Tie together the big picture and the personal picture. Which character has the most to lose in this story? Now tell me what he or she wants to win. Read the one-line blurbs on the New York Times Bestseller list to learn how to do this. Writing a one-sentence description is an art form.

Step 2) Take another hour and expand that sentence to a full paragraph describing the story setup, major disasters, and ending of the novel. This is the analog of the second stage of the snowflake. I like to structure a story as “three disasters plus an ending”. Each of the disasters takes a quarter of the book to develop and the ending takes the final quarter. I don’t know if this is the ideal structure, it’s just my personal taste.

If you believe in the Three-Act structure, then the first disaster corresponds to the end of Act 1. The second disaster is the mid-point of Act 2. The third disaster is the end of Act 2, and forces Act 3 which wraps things up. It is OK to have the first disaster be caused by external circumstances, but I think that the second and third disasters should be caused by the protagonist’s attempts to “fix things”. Things just get worse and worse.

You can also use this paragraph in your proposal. Ideally, your paragraph will have about five sentences. One sentence to give me the backdrop and story setup. Then one sentence each for your three disasters. Then one more sentence to tell the ending. Don’t confuse this paragraph with the back-cover copy for your book. This paragraph summarizes the whole story. Your back-cover copy should summarize only about the first quarter of the story.

Step 3) The above gives you a high-level view of your novel. Now you need something similar for the storylines of each of your characters. Characters are the most important part of any novel, and the time you invest in designing them up front will pay off ten-fold when you start writing. For each of your major characters, take an hour and write a one-page summary sheet that tells:

The character’s name A one-sentence summary of the character’s storyline The character’s motivation (what does he/she want abstractly?) The character’s goal (what does he/she want concretely?) The character’s conflict (what prevents him/her from reaching this goal?) The character’s epiphany (what will he/she learn, how will he/she change?

A one-paragraph summary of the character’s storyline An important point: You may find that you need to go back and revise your one-sentence summary and/or your one-paragraph summary. Go ahead! This is good–it means your characters are teaching you things about your story. It’s always okay at any stage of the design process to go back and revise earlier stages. In fact, it’s not just okay–it’s inevitable. And it’s good. Any revisions you make now are revisions you won’t need to make later on to a clunky 400 page manuscript.

Another important point: It doesn’t have to be perfect. The purpose of each step in the design process is to advance you to the next step. Keep your forward momentum! You can always come back later and fix it when you understand the story better. You will do this too, unless you’re a lot smarter than I am.

Step 4) By this stage, you should have a good idea of the large-scale structure of your novel, and you have only spent a day or two. Well, truthfully, you may have spent as much as a week, but it doesn’t matter. If the story is broken, you know it now, rather than after investing 500 hours in a rambling first draft. So now just keep growing the story. Take several hours and expand each sentence of your summary paragraph into a full paragraph. All but the last paragraph should end in a disaster. The final paragraph should tell how the book ends.

This is a lot of fun, and at the end of the exercise, you have a pretty decent one-page skeleton of your novel. It’s okay if you can’t get it all onto one single-spaced page. What matters is that you are growing the ideas that will go into your story. You are expanding the conflict. You should now have a synopsis suitable for a proposal, although there is a better alternative for proposals . . .

Step 5) Take a day or two and write up a one-page description of each major character and a half-page description of the other important characters. These “character synopses” should tell the story from the point of view of each character. As always, feel free to cycle back to the earlier steps and make revisions as you learn cool stuff about your characters. I usually enjoy this step the most and lately, I have been putting the resulting “character synopses” into my proposals instead of a plot-based synopsis. Editors love character synopses, because editors love character-based fiction.

Step 6) By now, you have a solid story and several story-threads, one for each character. Now take a week and expand the one-page plot synopsis of the novel to a four-page synopsis. Basically, you will again be expanding each paragraph from step (4) into a full page. This is a lot of fun, because you are figuring out the high-level logic of the story and making strategic decisions. Here, you will definitely want to cycle back and fix things in the earlier steps as you gain insight into the story and new ideas whack you in the face.

Step 7) Take another week and expand your character descriptions into full-fledged character charts detailing everything there is to know about each character. The standard stuff such as birthdate, description, history, motivation, goal, etc. Most importantly, how will this character change by the end of the novel? This is an expansion of your work in step (3), and it will teach you a lot about your characters. You will probably go back and revise steps (1-6) as your characters become “real” to you and begin making petulant demands on the story. This is good — great fiction is character-driven. Take as much time as you need to do this, because you’re just saving time downstream. When you have finished this process, (and it may take a full month of solid effort to get here), you have most of what you need to write a proposal. If you are a published novelist, then you can write a proposal now and sell your novel before you write it. If you’re not yet published, then you’ll need to write your entire novel first before you can sell it. No, that’s not fair, but life isn’t fair and the world of fiction writing is especially unfair.

Step 8) You may or may not take a hiatus here, waiting for the book to sell. At some point, you’ve got to actually write the novel. Before you do that, there are a couple of things you can do to make that traumatic first draft easier. The first thing to do is to take that four-page synopsis and make a list of all the scenes that you’ll need to turn the story into a novel. And the easiest way to make that list is . . . with a spreadsheet.

For some reason, this is scary to a lot of writers. Oh the horror. Deal with it. You learned to use a word-processor. Spreadsheets are easier. You need to make a list of scenes, and spreadsheets were invented for making lists. If you need some tutoring, buy a book. There are a thousand out there, and one of them will work for you. It should take you less than a day to learn the itty bit you need. It’ll be the most valuable day you ever spent. Do it.

Make a spreadsheet detailing the scenes that emerge from your four-page plot outline. Make just one line for each scene. In one column, list the POV character. In another (wide) column, tell what happens. If you want to get fancy, add more columns that tell you how many pages you expect to write for the scene. A spreadsheet is ideal, because you can see the whole storyline at a glance, and it’s easy to move scenes around to reorder things.

My spreadsheets usually wind up being over 100 lines long, one line for each scene of the novel. As I develop the story, I make new versions of my story spreadsheet. This is incredibly valuable for analyzing a story. It can take a week to make a good spreadsheet. When you are done, you can add a new column for chapter numbers and assign a chapter to each scene.

Step 9) (Optional. I don’t do this step anymore.) Switch back to your word processor and begin writing a narrative description of the story. Take each line of the spreadsheet and expand it to a multi-paragraph description of the scene. Put in any cool lines of dialogue you think of, and sketch out the essential conflict of that scene. If there’s no conflict, you’ll know it here and you should either add conflict or scrub the scene.

I used to write either one or two pages per chapter, and I started each chapter on a new page. Then I just printed it all out and put it in a loose-leaf notebook, so I could easily swap chapters around later or revise chapters without messing up the others. This process usually took me a week and the end result was a massive 50-page printed document that I would revise in red ink as I wrote the first draft. All my good ideas when I woke up in the morning got hand-written in the margins of this document. This, by the way, is a rather painless way of writing that dreaded detailed synopsis that all writers seem to hate. But it’s actually fun to develop, if you have done steps (1) through (8) first. When I did this step, I never showed this synopsis to anyone, least of all to an editor — it was for me alone. I liked to think of it as the prototype first draft. Imagine writing a first draft in a week! Yes, you can do it and it’s well worth the time. But I’ll be honest, I don’t feel like I need this step anymore, so I don’t do it now.

Step 10) At this point, just sit down and start pounding out the real first draft of the novel. You will be astounded at how fast the story flies out of your fingers at this stage. I have seen writers triple their fiction writing speed overnight, while producing better quality first drafts than they usually produce on a third draft.

You might think that all the creativity is chewed out of the story by this time. Well, no, not unless you overdid your analysis when you wrote your Snowflake. This is supposed to be the fun part, because there are many small-scale logic problems to work out here. How does Hero get out of that tree surrounded by alligators and rescue Heroine who’s in the burning rowboat? This is the time to figure it out! But it’s fun because you already know that the large-scale structure of the novel works. So you only have to solve a limited set of problems, and so you can write relatively fast.

This stage is incredibly fun and exciting. I have heard many fiction writers complain about how hard the first draft is. Invariably, that’s because they have no clue what’s coming next. Good grief! Life is too short to write like that! There is no reason to spend 500 hours writing a wandering first draft of your novel when you can write a solid one in 150. Counting the 100 hours it takes to do the design documents, you come out way ahead in time.

About midway through a first draft, I usually take a breather and fix all the broken parts of my design documents. Yes, the design documents are not perfect. That’s okay. The design documents are not fixed in concrete, they are a living set of documents that grows as you develop your novel. If you are doing your job right, at the end of the first draft you will laugh at what an amateurish piece of junk your original design documents were. And you’ll be thrilled at how deep your story has become.

Getting To Know The Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet

These are among the shyest and quietest of all the parrots. While many people instantly imagine an image of a loud squawking bird repeating what everyone else is saying or asking for a cracker, that loud parrot was almost certainly not a Scarlet-Shouldered Parrotlet! It's not often you can overlook a bright colorful bird or not notice an entire flock show up in a tree, but that actually is not a strange experience when it comes to

Known by the scientific name of Touit huetii, they are also sometimes referred to as the red winged Parrotlet or in some cases also Huet's Parrotlet. This bird is from the Psittacidae family of parrots and is a beautiful bird, mostly green feathers, but with distinctive blue, black, red, yellow, and white at various points, especially at feather tips on the edges of the wings or around the eyes.

Basic Facts The Scarlet-Shouldered Parrotlet is technically considered a threatened species. While it is not rare yet, it is on the way to becoming heavily endangered, in large part because its habitat is under constant threat because large areas of South American rain forest are being cleared away in mass. As long as this continues, the Scarlet-Shouldered Parrotlet will be considered a threatened species.

They eat berries, seeds, other fruit, and occasionally some nuts. They can be found in wildly different elevations, as long as the area can still support Amazonian rain forest.

Although they are renowned for being very quiet compared to other parrots or moving into large groups in silence, they are a very social bird and during mating season or in large enough numbers can become very social in attitude with one another.

Habitat These majestic birds are scattered throughout the Amazon basin and surrounding areas. Throughout Guyana, Venezuela, Columbia, all the way through Brazil and Bolivia and west to Peru and Ecuador. There are even a few believed to be as far north as the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago.

They thrive in lowland humid forest, although they have been seen as high as 4,000 feet or more with some frequency, and tend to nest in large clutches together in the uppermost branches of preferred trees. This large community encourages mating and also allows them to thrive since the large numbers allow members to look out for one another.

Officially they are found in: - Bolivia - Brazil (northern section of the nation) - Colombia (southern section of the nation) - Ecuador (lowlands) - Guyana - Peru (lowlands) - Venezuela - Trinidad & Tobago - Possibly French Guiana

These nations and territories all contain the natural habitat the the parrots need to breed, live, and thrive.

So Much We Still Don't Know There is still much we don't know about these parrots, even common information like the size of their clutch, number of new birds born per adult female per year, or even the exact time of the breeding season. This goes to show how isolated their traditional breeding grounds had been and why the deforestation is potentially so devastating to future populations.

Planning A Hawaii Snorkeling Trip?

The six main islands of Hawaii (Hawaii Island is also known as Big Island, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Maui, and Lanai) attract many visitors each year, some for Hawaii Snorkeling ,others looking to celebrate their love with a wedding, honeymoon or vow renewal, whilst others are looking for a family or group holiday. One characteristic remains constant throughout and this is the visitor's desire to explore and encounter new experiences.

Many of the Hawaiian Snorkeling tourism companies will share their passion for the islands with the visitor. Some will present you with access to the mainstream attractions such as the Hawaiian Volcano National Park or provide surfing lessons, whilst others will take you off the beaten track and onto a true voyage of discovery.

If you really want to venture where no tracks exist at all then choose a sailing excursion along the Waianae coast that offers the possibility to swim with the dolphins, whale watch or snorkel turtle reef. In fact, it is much safer to swim with dolphins in the wild as opposed to in captivity! A short morning cruise is perfect for those with time constraints whilst longer half day, full day or even multi-day tours can be arranged from Honolulu or Waikiki. Tours from these locations usually follow the migratory paths of whales and pelagic seabirds and the adventure will deliver amazing seascapes far away from the usual tourist traps.

The diversity of the marine species calling the Hawaiian Islands home is quite startling with seventeen species of toothed dolphins & eight varieties of baleen whales. Vacationers should keep their eyes peeled for humpback whales, monk seals, sea turtles, tropical fish, and rays. More than 680 species of tropical fish can be found surrounding the islands with 450 of these remaining close to the inshore areas and reefs.

If a swim with the dolphins is on the cards then a few best practices will encourage the best possible interactions between human and dolphin. Always carefully follow the instructions provided by your chosen guide and try to swim with grace and parallel to the dolphins. Keep splashing to a minimum and remember to keep an eye on the column and below the water, as the dolphins may swim beneath those in the water.

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The most common dolphins seen in Hawaii are the Hawaiian spinner, spotted rough-toothed and bottlenose dolphins. Spinner dolphins are famous for their high jumps out of the water making up to 4 spins before diving back into the ocean. The whistles of these noisy dolphins are often heard both above and under the waterHawaii Snorkeling is definitely the best tour ever.

The Culinary Benefits Of A Cornish Self-catering Cottage

Although Cornwall has many wonderful restaurants to offer guests, you might still find staying in a self-catering cottage might make it easier when it comes to mealtimes. Staying in these places instead of a hotel means you have your own cooking amenities for the daily meals. More than just saving you money, here are some other advantages of having your own kitchen.

1. You do not have to make reservations or wait for a table

There are many restaurants to choose from, but during high season, you can also find long waiting lines. You might find that getting a table or making a reservation more difficult, especially when you are a big family or group. When you are staying in a hotel or have no other option than eating out, you will have to plan very well to find a place every night.

2. You can go to the market and sample the fresh catch every day

You can see the boats by the port, so you know that there is wonderful seafood brought in every day. Moreover, the local farms sell their freshest fruits and vegetables in the market. Why not just visit them and buy all the ingredients you need to experiment on some home-cooked dishes? Not only will you taste the difference, you might also find the prices lower than in the usual supermarket.

3. You know what everyone likes

Families with small children might find it difficult to satisfy everyones palates. Worse, you might even order too much or your kids might simply not like the food, and have to pay nonetheless. Parents know their kids preferences best, and can simply prepare them in your own cottages kitchen. In the end, everyone is happy.

4. You do not have to worry about allergies or special dietary requirements

People with sensitivities or allergies know too well that the menu will not always have all information on hand. They sometimes find out too late that this dish is not safe, or worse, that there is nothing good for them to order. Self-catering makes it easier by giving you the control over what is served and avoid any unnecessary food reactions.

5. You can still go a restaurant when you want

Being flexible is always the best, meaning you have the option to eat at home when you want, but at the same time, go to a restaurant when you are too tired or lazy to cook. This freedom to choose reduces the stress in your holiday and allows you to also enjoy every option available for you.

6. You can stay within your budget

Staying for a holiday in Cornwall for a week with the whole family can already cost a bit, and having to eat at a restaurant or ordering room service the entire time can make it difficult to keep expenses to a minimum. And in the end, whatever you save can go back to your future holiday fund.

Beyond making mealtimes easier and cheaper for you and your family, there are many other advantages to staying in a self-catering cottage. So why even consider anywhere else to stay?

Investment Tips You Must Know

Investment is a tricky game where some individuals end up loosing and others winning. However, in any instance involving money, it good to take caution otherwise you will end up in ruins instead of getting rich as you expected. While every rule has exception, when it come to investing you have to play by the book in order to win. If you have been investing and never made good returns or you are planning on starting to invest but you do not know where to start, here are important principles or tips you should follow when investing.

Avoid hot tips

It is common to hear claims on the streets or at your hanging joint that a certain stock is expected to do well on the market. Such tips whether they are from your close relative or your trusted broker should be avoided at all cost. Following such tips can be viewed as a form of gambling. You should conduct a personal research on the performance of the company and compare with prevailing economic situation to determine how a stock of that company might perform on the market. Sometime hot tips can yield results but it rarely happens and if you develop it to be your investment strategy you might end up making huge losses.

Stick to your strategy

As a long term investor you should pick a strategy that you understand and works for you and stick to it. There are many investing strategies none is better than the other, what matters is mode of execution. If you keep on jumping from one strategy to another you might end up making losses since you have not perfected in any one of them.

Focus on the future

The tricky thing with investing is that you have to make decision on events that have not yet happen. You have to predict how the economy will behave and also the nature of forth coming market trends. Although, we use past information to predict the future, the outcome is not always as expected. Sometime, the market may behave differently due to unexpected change of events. Therefore, you should ensure that you have prepared for the worst so that you do not get caught by surprise in case of change of events.

Avoid penny stocks

There is a misconception that penny stocks or low value stocks at better than higher value stocks since you do not lose a lot. However, no matter the value of stock being traded, if you loose money you lose your initial investment. In fact, high value stock are less risky since they have more regulations governing them; thus their market cannot be manipulated easily.

Do not let taxes worry you

It is okay to pay taxes but do not let them affect your decision making. The goal in investing is to secure your money and obtain high returns. The more money you make the higher the returns even if you are paying taxes. Worry about taxes after you have already secure your returns.

When investing you should learn to be patient, do not be worried by short term market changes. Always aim at the bigger picture; your initial investment goal. Also, never invest with your heart, use your brains to analyzing facts and figures before making any investment decision.

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Singing Techniques For Group Performances

There are several singing techniques you can implement if you want to enhance your performance. These approaches depend on the kind of musical performance that interests you. In case you have an interest in singing in the church or school choir, you must learn how to sing so that there is a seamless bond between your voice and the rest of the choir members. You can click here to find more tips on how you can become a better singer. One of the important things you have to get right is breathing techniques. If you allow your body to relax, your voice will also relax allowing you to produce a great sound. You dont have to strain your voice or hold it so tightly.

This article will assist you to understand what you need to know if you wish to participate successfully in a school or church choir. When singing in a group, it is not the responsibility of the principal singer to get the right tone. Back-up singers also have the responsibility of hitting the right tones at any time. What matters most are the techniques you employ and not the number of musicians in the band. The only thing that can assist you to achieve this objective is constant practice as a group. The main advantage of singing in a group is that it helps in complex numbers or routines that you cannot achieve as an individual.

The four basic vocal parts

Most choir performances have four basic vocal groups that flow in a harmonious manner. These vocal groups include bass, tenor, alto, and soprano. Most women and girls sing the alto and soprano parts. On the contrary, most men sing the bass and tenor parts. However, girls that have low voices can sing the tenor parts comfortably. If a singing group comprises of a single sex, they will have to divide all these vocal sections amongst themselves. These may end up reducing the choices of songs, but a good music instructor can work very well with the voices he has in a given music group. As a singer, you need to identify the section you are comfortable in and perfect it through constant practice.

Identify your vocal type

You need to determine the correct type of voice you possess for you to sing within the right vocal range. You can achieve this objective by asking your choir instructor which vocal group you fit in best. There are several vocal exercises and singing scales that music teachers utilize in identifying your vocal range. You will be more productive if you sing within your vocal range. You will not be struggling to sing within the allocated vocal range.


It is very rewarding to sing in a group, and its a good thing to find out if you can participate in the local church or school choir. You can also get a lot of support and practice within a group atmosphere. Such exposure can assist you to begin a singing career.

Stay Down On The Farm On Your Next Holiday In Cornwall

If you have lived most of your life in the city, then living on a farm might be a shockingly different experience for you. Most people might not have actually seen where their eggs and milk come from and have never had so close contact with these animals. Kids would definitely love it, and adults can try out a new way of holidaying. Here are some places where you and your family can stay down on the farm for a holiday in Cornwall.

Higher Lank Farm, Bodmin

If you have a child under six years of age, then you are eligible to book in to this working farm. This is actually the best for families with kids, because of the many activities geared to the little ones. For example, they can try out feeding the animals, collecting eggs and even riding ponies and tractors. Young guests will have more than enough to entertain them, and might develop in them a deep love for farm animals.

The accommodation is interesting, as you get to experience sleeping in a 15th-century farmhouse or in a self-catering cottage with a private garden. Your hosts also serve tea and supper in the farmhouse. They can deliver meals to your cottage as well, making life easy for parents. All meals are home-cooked and are from local produce. The best thing about this farmhouse is that they provide babysitting. This is the reason why this farm is highly popular and why guests come back yearly.

Bangors Organic, Cornwall

If you want to support organic farms and even see it up close and personal, then this farm is the place to go. This is the first to receive accreditation as an organic farm from the Soil Association. Most of the produce is grown on five acres surrounding the farmhouse. You can expect the best veggie and organic dishes in the restaurant, like asparagus with poached egg or bean and kale curry. Beyond the best food, you can book holistic treatments that include organic facials, reflexology, and Hawaiian massages. You can enjoy them in the comfort of your room. Bude and Boscastle are accessible by public transportation for daily entertainment. A bit of a downside, though, it is not a farm where you will find cows and chickens.

West Woolley Barn, Bude

What makes this farm even more popular is the fact that it is only two miles from the beach, therefore you and your family will have even more to do. Beyond self-catering cottages for families, there is also an option for couples. The beach close by have surf schools for older children or adults. Younger guests can enjoy the rock pools for paddling. Animal lovers can interact with the farm animals, feeding them and collecting eggs. There is also the nearby stables at Gooseham for horse lovers of every age. With paths including the South Wet Coast Path, cycling trails and many Cornish villages close by, you will have to plan a longer stay to be able to see and do everything.

Do not think that staying on a farm will be less comfortable because these farm stays offer top cottages and rooms that will ensure your satisfaction. More than that, you can enjoy fresh and delicious meals made from ingredients sourced locally. So for a unique and memorable holiday, go and opt for a farm stay on your next holiday!

The Major Types Of Electric Guitars On The Market


There are some people who cannot differentiate between an electric and an acoustic guitar. My main intention in this article is to describe the electric guitar and attempt to discuss the various types. We can categorize guitars into two main categories namely the acoustic and electric guitars. You can click this link to find out more on acoustic guitars among other musical instruments. You should choose the type of electric guitar depending on the nature of performance you wish to participate.

The first thing to note about electric guitars is that you require an amplifier if you have to hear them from any distance. Electric guitars allow you to play modern music in front of very large crowds. You can adjust the volume of your guitar between instruments or players as you the frequencies, pitch, and tone especially if you want your bands to produce distinctive sounds. Here are some of the electric guitars you can find in your music store.

Electric Lap Steel

The ancient models of electric lap steel guitars were of the acoustic type. However, these guitars have been primarily elastic since the 1930s and thats why I can confidently classify them as electric guitars. They are slightly different from the other forms of electric guitars and you dont play them by pressing a string against a fret. Instead, you slide a steel bar across its strings for you to generate a special sound. The origin of the name lap rests in the fact that you hold them on your lap as you play.

Electric Solid Body

The electric solid body is the most popular type of electric guitar you will find musicians playing in the modern day. Most Country, roll, and rock musicians like playing this kind of music instrument. Electric solid body guitars together with their amplifiers provide the artist with the best options to mimic and create new sounds.

Electric Acoustic

The modern day electric acoustic guitar is usually a Dreadnought type of music instrument that has a full installation of electric pickups. Modern day western and country musicians mainly use acoustic electric guitars in their performances.

Electric pedal steel

The evolution of the electric pedal steel is from the lap steel guitar. The guitar is built on a special console and it stands on legs just like a small organ. The guitar also has pedals that you can use to produce different sounds.

Electric Bass

You will rarely come across a modern day music band that has an electric guitar without an electric guitar player. The electric guitar is a great compliment to the solid body one and helps you to deliver rhythm to your music.

Electric-Hollow Body

This kind of electric guitars that have unique shaped sound holes with a hollow body. They generate an incredible sonic resonance that most jazz and blues artists enjoy.


I hope this article has been of great use to you especially if you have some interest in electric guitars. You can find more information from other online sources or music experts.

Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Stay In A Cornish Cottage

Next time you go to Cornwall on holiday, why not try something else other than staying in a hotel? Although booking a room is the ordinary accommodation option for most tourists when they travel, they are not the only spaces for rent out there. 

The idea of renting a traditional Cornish cottage is not just to enjoy these traditional homes or even converted buildings, but it is also to give you a feel of home away from home. Beyond this, there are many advantages of booking your own place instead of a hotel:

1. Your own amenities

Most hotels will not give you an option of cooking your own food, and amenities can be too public. On the other hand, opting for a cottage offers you, family and friends private rooms. But at the same time, you enjoy common areas where you can eat together or hang out. There are even cottages that have their own pools or hot tubs especially for you.

You can still expect the same services as in a hotel, where all sheets, towels, and basic necessities are provided. Moreover, you will be able to find common utensils and kitchen things waiting for you to whip up a delicious dinner.

2. The best locations

Depending on what you are looking for, cottages can be rented in various locations. For example, in Cornwall you can find ones that are a few steps away from the beach or one on top of a cliff. You can then wake up to the sound of waves. There are also some that are more in the countryside, offering you more peace and quiet, and for kids, space to run around and play. Even staying in a barn is possible, allowing you to enjoy the freshest milk and eggs for breakfast. 

3. Pet-friendly

You have the option to rent cottages that allow dogs, for example. This way, you do not have to leave your best friend at home or by a friend and can bring him with you on holiday. 

4. Enough space for everyone

If you are traveling as a big family or as a group, you can find cottages that will accommodate all of you! This way, you are also able to stay all together and spend quality time.

5. Live in the middle of everything

Your picturesque Cornish cottage is only a few steps away from the town, where you can find restaurants, pubs, stores and whatever you need. For the duration of your stay, you can live like a local!

6. Save money

Not only will you be able to find cheaper accommodation, but you can also save money by being able to prepare own meals and not have to opt for expensive restaurant dinners. If you are traveling with a huge family or as a group, this can translate to tremendous savings without sacrificing on comfort.

You will surely enjoy staying in these old and traditional Cornish cottages, which are renovated and upgraded to provide all modern amenities while keeping their old charm. So next time you plan for a holiday in North Cornwall, do not think twice and book your own self-catering cottage!

Fun Water Activities For Groups In Cornwall

There are many people who choose nowadays to travel in groups. Whether they are groups of friends, extended relatives, club members or even colleagues, it can be both fun and interesting to travel with more people. After all, with most families having fewer children, holidaying with other families allow children to have playmates. Moreover, the adults can chat with each other and enjoy some fun moments with people of the same age.

Cornwall is not just popular for family or solo travel, it can also be a great destination for large group holidays. You can also easily find cottages or facilities that can fit more than a small family. This allows groups to share their own space and still achieve some sort of privacy compared to staying in a hotel. Moreover, some of these cottages even offer extras like a swimming pool, only for your use!

If you are also looking for some fun water activities for everyone, there are quite a few schools and centres that have offers for your group! You can learn and try the following:

1. Surfing

This is an activity for everyone, children, and adults alike. The waves in Cornwall are perfect for this sport, and there are locations perfect for every skill level and difficulty. Therefore, even if you have never tried it before, you can easily sign up for some classes and off you go! With many courses and instructors to choose from, you can easily enjoy this sport as a group. The best thing is, you do not have to invest or bring your own equipment because they will have it ready for you to rent.

2. Sea kayaking

Another fun activity that you can try even without prior experience, kayaking can be done all together as a group, though everyone has to pair up to share kayaks. This is a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful Cornish coastline and see things that you might not normally get to see from the beach. There are also many sea animals you might be lucky enough to see, like seals, dolphins and a lot of sea birds. This activity is also for both adults and children, though those under the age of 12 will have to sit with an adult. Wetsuits and kayaks are also available for rent.

3. Coasteering

Take a stroll, but not in paths or even on land. This activity is all about wading through the various Cornish rock pools, traversing the rocks, swimming in the sea and exploring caves. This unique experience will allow you to experience the coast like never before. You will surely discover how unique this part of the country is, with these structures shaped by the waves for centuries. This activity is recommended for those who are over the age of 10, but exceptions can be made for children who are confident in the water and when the conditions are not rough.

These are just some of the fun experiences you can do as a group in Cornwall, in fact, there are also some that are not in the water, should some travellers be afraid or not as confident in the sea. So do not worry, as there are many options for you and your group to have the best holiday ever!

Taking Care Of Pet Nutrient Requirements

Pet nutrition is a very essential part of pet care. Good and healthy food improve their physical and mental health a lot. Having a pet is very beneficial in reducing depression and anxiety as you feel happy by seeing them around you. You dont feel alone and boring by having them near you. The best pet is the blessing of having a pet which also complement your personality. Chose those pet which really matches your personality and lifestyle but its difficult to find. If you find and explore the desirable pet then it will be a great rewarding experience for you. Many people told the stories about their pets, they share their emotions and feelings passionately as they are like a family member to them. So, people who love their pets, always take care of their pet nutrition.

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When we talk about pet nutrition, then one thing we should keep in our mind that we should have all the details of our pet regarding his body daily nutrient requirements. If you live in a small house or apartment, then go for that kind of pet which can easily adjust in that kind of environment. One thing is more important before adopting the pet is the commitment to yourselves because a long period of time you are going to spend with your pet rather than a few days.

Before buying the products for your pet, some question you must have to consider. What is best food for my pet? How can I pick the good and healthy food? Do the ingredients provide the best quality? What are the best online website for selling pet food online? Is raw diet beneficial for pets?

These are the basic questions that you should keep in mind before purchasing the pet food. Formulators uses the combination of ingredients, each provide set of nutrients for your pet food which is very essentials for health. A lot of myth which we listen from surrounding about dog and cats health. Salt is injurious for pet health and causes a lot of diseases to them. Dont add the ash in cat diet that cause the urine blockage in male cat. Vitamin C is very good for health which prevent them from urinary tract infection and give them clean water to drink, especially for cats as it is very essential for them. Dont follow these myths before clarifying from the veterinary doctors and after every two to three month take your pet for full medical check-up as u did for yourself. They need food, water and medicine if they are ill. So care about the nutrition of your pets as the health of your pet animals largely depend on nutrients you are giving to them.

Types Of Ballroom Dance Lessons For Couples


Ballroom dance lessons are exquisite especially if you are undertaking them with your partner. These sessions do not only assist you in developing new dancing skills but also allow you to spend quality time with your loved ones. There is a broad range of dancing styles you can choose from on the sensational music blog. However, you may opt for two or more dancing classes as long as they are appealing to you and your partner. Here are some examples of ballroom dance classes you can decide to attend.

The Tango Ballroom Dance

Most of the Tango dances require partners to remain in a closed position and thus a great option if you are looking for a more intimate experience in your relationship. The Tango style portrays the image of a lady having a red rose beneath her teeth. Your instructor can include this technique into one of your dancing sessions if you wish to try out. The music follows close to 32 beats per minute at about 2/4 time. It will take you some time before you learn the right posture for this dance. In addition, it is challenging to alternate underarm turns and hand holds.

The Rumba Ballroom Dance

The Rumba dance assumes a box-like pattern that features slow-quick-quick music moves at twenty-four beats per minute at 4/4 time. The Rumba style is the best choice for seniors and beginners as it is more consistent throughout the session. Some of the typical steps in this dancing style include the rumba box, the eight-count underarm turn, and the Cuban walk.

Quickstep Ballroom Dance

This type of ballroom dance requires the dancers to move their feet at a very fast pace. This style suits individuals who are searching for classes that play upbeat music with an elegant atmosphere. Quickstep Ballroom music measures approximately fifty beats per minute at a time of 4/4.

The Samba Ballroom Dance

This dancing style moves at a slightly slower pace than the quick step one. It has an average of 44 beats per minute at 4/4 time. These ballroom classes are perfect for very energetic couples who enjoy music that have a party vibe. Your instructor should assist you to move your hips among other steps that allow you to straighten and bend your knees. Most of these moves have a Brazilian cultural origin.

The Jive Ballroom Dance

Jive is the best dance style for individuals who like bopping around. Jive is the only ballroom dance that makes you leave the dance room happier. The swing music plays at forty-two beats per minute at 4/4 time. Knee lifts and kicks are very popular in this type of dance, and other moves like two triple steps and the rock step. Couples don't often use the entire dance floor because you have to make several steps in a rapid succession at a single spot. In addition, ladies are always twirled around in this type of dancing.


There are several Ballroom dance classes, and you cannot go wrong by selecting any. The advantage you have is that each of them comes with a unique feature. However, all of them encourage a healthy style of living.

Give Your Kids A Fun Childhood With Garden Climbing Frames

It is great fun to play with a garden climbing frame. Children can sometimes play for long hours. They have so much fun that they do not even realize that they are also getting stronger. They are building strong muscles. They are becoming more agile. It is plain fun and play to them. But it also makes for good exercise.

A wooden climbing frame is one of the best toys around. Made of strong and durable wood, it is made to last a long time. It is sturdy - tough enough to carry the weight of small kids. It can take on years of having kids climb and play on it.

You can choose from several models of climbing frames. You can find one that is suitable for a small backyard. You can also find one that is a perfect fit for a large sprawling lawn. You can attach them to a play set so you have an all-around gym for your kids. You can add a play feature one at a time. As your family grows, so does your play center, until it becomes a truly extensive play hub for your kids.

A climbing frame is usually made of wood - not just any wood, but strong and high quality Scandinavian pine or redwood. It is kiln-dried. It goes through several processes: It is treated so that the wood does not rot, and it goes through a certain process to take out all its rough edges so that the wood becomes beautifully smooth and even. The nuts and bolts go through rust-proofing.

Designed for outdoor use, a wooden frame usually comes in a natural green shade with ultra-violet (UV) protection. The plastic feet on the legs have openings which serve as drains, in case of rain. Everything is done according to strict FSC standards.

You can get a climbing frame with swings, or even small baby swings. You can add slides, swings, ladders, and wooden outposts. You can add climbing hoops and rigging. Some frames come with towers and podiums. Others have ride attachment connections for multi-swing equipment or seesaws, if you want to have these features. Some come with roofs which you can remove if you want to add new levels. You can start with a basic frame and put in supplemental features through the years, creating a jungle gym as your children grow bigger.

There are many models available. It does not matter whether you have a tiny garden or a large lawn. You can find a climbing frame that is suitable for your needs. The best place in Northern Ireland to get your choice frame is Morrow Climbing Frames Belfast. They have a full catalogue of ready made frames, and can create a custom frame for you also.

A climbing frame gives children a sense of adventure and fun. It is a wonderful toy for your toddler to play in with supervision. It is a great hub for older kids to gather about and spend many long hours of pleasant and active play. Made of durable and strong material, it can be a play center that is likely to last through your kids childhood. You can watch your child grow from a fumbling toddler into a proficient climber while having the time of his life.

Learning To Hang Ten In Newquays 5 Best Surfing Schools

There is something spectacular in the art of surfing. The ability to balance the board and manoeuvre your way against the wall of water that is steadily curling its crest ready to crash on you and slamming you against the shores takes not only skill and agility but also guts and sheer determination. While surfing is almost always associated with those in Hawaii, the UK also has its own surfing capital Newquay in Cornwall.

In fact, Newquay is undoubtedly Britons surfing paradise thanks to the number of beaches that offer waves to varying conditions and standards of surfers. Fistral Beach is the most famous beach where many of the countrys surfing competitions take place. Many holidaymakers learning to surf will stay at the Headland or Esplanade hotels overlooking the beach. But there are also many fine self-catering holiday apartments in the area, including Rocklands Newquay at Tolcarne Beach.

For more than four decades, Newquay has been a springboard for aspiring surfers and as a natural getaway paradise for seasoned pros. If you want to learn how to hang ten or simply how to ride the waves on your surfboard, while on holiday or vacation in Newquay, then there are plenty of surf schools to choose from.

Here are 5 surfing schools in Newquay if you want to try riding your way into the breaking waves of the Atlantic.

Blue Wings Surf School - Best described as the surfing family for all families, Blue wings Surf School provides excellent surfing instruction for everyone across the lifespan. As long as you are able to stand up and maintain balance, then you can learn to ride the waves. Their surfing coaches are all certified by the British Surfing Association. Kids will surely love the fun and thrill of riding a mini wave.

Escape Surf School - One of the longest-running surfing schools in the UK, Escape Surf School prides itself of having the services of a 35-year professional surfer as its surfing head coach. Surf lessons start with a complete beginners course progressing into intermediate and advanced surfing courses. Their coaches are members of the International Surfing Association which should make learning how to hang ten very exciting as you will be learning from the pros.

Fistral Beach Surf School Located on the most famous beach in Newquay, Fistral Beach Surf School provide outstanding surfing lessons for all ages. This is perfect for families who would like to have a great time in the beach while at the same time learn some of the foundations of good surfing.

Quicksilver Surf School Literally just a few meters from Newquays most famous beach, Fistral, Quicksilver Surf School provides superb surfing lessons for all everyone, be it young or old, beginner or intermediate. Quicksilver prides itself of having the best overall surfing package as accommodation can already be included. Their surf and stay package is made complete with an accommodation at The Esplanade Hotel and Fistral Beach Hotel where you can pamper yourself in their spa treatments as well as other amenities. Quicksilver also provides Roxy surf days which is especially geared for female surfers.

Salt Air Adventures For a very varied experience, Salt Air Adventures mixes surfing with coasteering and climbing to give you a truly unique experience of the Cornwall coast. Imagine board-paddling your way through sea caves, climbing steep rocky cliffs before jumping into the water, then doing a cut back on the wave. Now that will be an experience of a lifetime.

If you visit Newquay, make sure to check out these surfing schools. You wont regret it.

Camping Advice And Info

Backpacking tents traditionally used space-efficient designs that had steeply sloped walls, narrow foot spaces and low headroom. This helped keep the weight lower, but the tradeoff was comfort.

Newer tent designs aim to open up interiors without adding unwanted weight. Other key features that affect livability include number and location of doors, protected exterior spaces and ventilation.

Interior volume: To assess tent volume, visit a store, ask to set up a tent and hop inside. If shopping online, study the pitch of its walls. If the walls angle steeply toward the tent's ceiling, you're probably looking at a weight-efficient tent (great!) that offers only modest interior volume (the tradeoff). The following can also help you size up a tents interior space and overall livability:

Floor dimensions (floor plan): Length and width measurements offer a rough idea of floor size. Many tents dont have perfectly rectangular floors, so you might see dimensions like 85 x 51/43 (L x W head/foot). A tapered floor provides needed room for shoulders and arms, while also saving weight by having a narrower foot.

Floor area: This number indicates total square footage of floor-level space. While helpful for comparison between tents, this number alone wont tell you how efficiently the space is laid out.

side view of tent Peak height: Generally, a greater peak height indicates a roomier interior. Peak height, though, is measured at a single spot inside a tent, so it still cant tell you how livable a tent is.

side view of tent Wall shape: This is an even bigger factor in head and shoulder roomand overall tent livabilitythan peak height. The more vertical the walls, the more "livable" space can be found inside a tent.

Tent Rainfly Rainfly color: Light, bright fly colors transmit more light inside, making the interior brighter. That will make a tent feel more spacious and make it a more pleasant place to be if a storm keeps you tentbound for an extended time.

Doors: Tent designers focus on door shape, zippers and other adjustments, but the most important question is: How many? Its nice when every sleeper has a door. Choosing a multiperson tent with a single door, though, cuts weight and cost.

Vestibules. These rainfly extensions offer sheltered storage for boots and other gear. An oversized floor area would offer the same advantage, but it would also create a heavier tent. Most tents have vestibules and their size is included in the specs. Bigger is better, but cavernous vestibules can add weight and cost.

,/p> Tent Rainfly Ventilation: You exhale moisture as you sleep, so your tent needs features that prevent condensation buildup. Thus you want mesh windows or panels, along with zip panels to close over them when too much cold air creeps in. Some tents have rainfly vents that can be opened or closed. Rainfly adjustability is essential, both for ventilation and for gazing at stars or witnessing the sunrise.

Tent Setup: Before heading out to the wilderness, set up your tent at home the first time. A freestanding tent means the tent can stand without the use of stakes, which speeds setup and makes a tent easy to repositionjust lift and move it to a new spot. Most tents are freestanding for this reason, though non-freestanding tents can be lighter because the pole structure doesnt have to be as robust.

Additional tent setup features:

Tent Pole Hub Pole hubs: The beauty of hubs is that they take the guesswork out of assembly. You take the folded pole sections out of the bag and unfurl the skeleton, seating segments as you go. Smaller cross poles might be separate from the hub, but those are easily identified after the main pole assembly is complete. The other major benefit of hubs is that they increase a tents strength and stability. Tent Clips Pole clips: Poles connect to tent canopies via clips, sleeves or a combination of the two. Pole sleeves fabric tension provides a stronger pitch, but threading poles through them can be a challenge. Pole clips are lighter and easier to attach. They also allow more airflow underneath the rainfly, which reduces condensation. Color Coded corners Color coding: This helps you quickly orient each pole tip to the correct tent corner and helps you find which sleeves or clips go with which pole sections.

Backpacking tents use high-strength, low-weight aluminum poles. Over the years aluminum poles have maintained strength while engineers have reduced weight by incrementally shrinking diameter and wall thickness. You often see DAC (Dongah Aluminum Corp.) in specs because this company is the worlds pre-eminent pole maker. You might also see a 6,000-series or a slightly stronger 7,000-series aluminum listed.

Tent fabrics and denier: A wide range of specialized nylons and polyesters are used in tents and, like poles, the technology evolves rapidly. One spec you might see, regardless of fabric, is denier (D), the fabric yarns weight (in grams) based on a 9,000-meter length of the yarn. Higher numbers indicate more rugged fabrics, while lower deniers are found in more lightweightand less durablefabrics. Dont compare denier unless fabrics are identical, though, because you wont be accounting for inherent differences in fabric properties.

Tip: If you feel compelled to delve into specs, focus on the poles. The strongest tents will likely have top-grade poles in a hubbed pole set. Or simply look at the seasonal rating, because thats influenced by the strength of the poles and fabrics in a tent. Material weights, of both the poles and the fabrics, will be reflected by the minimum weight for the overall tent.

A personalized tent camping checklist is a handy tool for novice campers to get an idea of what basic equipment is necessary to enjoy tent camping.

,/p> It is also useful for seasoned campers to ensure that important camping gear does not get left behind. This list is both an organizing and a brainstorming tool. Campers will want to customize it to their own situation and personal preferences. Feel free to create your own, selecting items from the list below and adding new ones.

Essential and optional gear are listed in separate columns, so novice campers don't forget anything important and can also identify items to add to their camping kit over time.

,/p> Some of the optional gear is highly recommended, depending on season, weather and comfort. A camping food checklist greatly help campers organize meals. Clothing, hiking & related equipment Comfortable & seasonal outdoor clothing Long pants

Tennis shoes or hiking boots for walking Hooded sweatshirt Fleece jacket Raingear Umbrella Swimsuit Hat Bandanna Sunglasses Backpack Walking stick Binoculars Compass or GPS

,/p> Whistle Bear Spray Survival blanket Cooking and Eating Supplies Camping stove, LP gas, matches Fry pan or skillet, cover, spatula. Cooking pot or pan, cover, stirring spoon Coffee pot Can opener Aluminum foil Spray oil Paper towels Plates & glasses or cups Bowls Knives, forks, spoons Napkins (paper towels) Freshwater container Bucket Plastic garbage bags Twist ties Drinking water Firewood Firestarter Matches Pie irons Dutch oven Solar oven Gas grill Charcoal grill Charcoal Lighter fluid Roasting sticks or fork Roasting or grilling basket Pot lifter or spondonicle Camp kitchen Coffee mug Soup bowl(s) Kitchen knife Meat fork Serving bowl and plate Corkscrew Measuring cups and spoons Meat thermometer Pizza cutter

Cloth for picnic table Washing tub, dish soap, towel Resealable plastic bags Coffee maker Ice cream maker Hygiene and medical supplies Soap Towel Toilet paper

Shampoo Shaving kit Toothbrush and paste Shower footwear Antisceptic: Rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, iodine etc. Antibacterial soap or wipes Hand sanitizer Bandaids Gauze roll and tape (or duct tape) Elastic compression bandage roll (Ace bandage) Deodorant Pain medication Shower tent Solar shower Miscellaneous camping equipment Campground directions and map Camping chairs Flashlight Pocket knife Mosquito repellent Sunscreen Frisbee, ball, cards, games, etc. Fishing kit

,/p> Headlamp Camping lantern Glowsticks Radio Camera Batteries Clothes line Clothes pins (handy for securing items) Bungie cords Scissors Baking soda (handy for cleaning, toothpaste, etc.) Multi tool Hatchet Bow saw Hand shovel Plastic storage containers Folding table Outdoor electrical extension cord Air conditioner Fan

Inverter (12 volt to 120 volt) Reading material Sleeping gear and tent Sleeping bag Air mattress and inflator (or) Self-inflating sleeping pad Tent rainfly poles stakes guylines groundcloth hammer Plastic tarp Blankets Pillows Sweatpants Ski mask (for cool evenings) Camping cot Hand broom and dustpan Tent fan Bungee cord Parachute cord Carabiners Duct tape Pole repair kit Tent fabric repair kit Seam sealer Sheet plastic Screen house Door mat Carpet remnant for tent floor

Can You Make Your Own Fishing Bait?

Do you know that some anglers are making different fish baits at home? It is possible to make your own fishing baits at home as well. You can learn to make many different fish baits like chicken liver, cheese bait, and so on. Cheese bait is the favorite of many anglers, and the fish love the taste and smell of this bait. Cheese baits can easily attract the big fish that are in any lake or river you are going to fish in. Most anglers use a few ingredients like shredded cheese, pie pastry, garlic powder and chicken liver to make the bait that will catch some fish. Using the chicken liver blood is good as well. All these ingredients can be mixed at home. However, after they are mixed, it is advisable to move the concoction outdoors, because the smell will be unbearable. Making the fishing bait require mixing all of the ingredients together in a big bowl, then the mix is allowed to sit out for a while. After that, little balls are made out of the mix. Now, the little balls should be placed on a sheet of wax paper in a large baking pan. Once the dough in the bowl is used, the bowl should be washed thoroughly, in order to keep the ingredients from sticking to the bowl. The entire baking pan should be put in the freezer for about 2 hours to allow the cheese balls to become harden. Finally, a quantity size pickle jar that is good enough for the hand to go in and out easily should be used to house the balls, and the lid should be sealed tight. It is best to use a metal lid because the jar will be put outside and allowed to sit in the sun for about a week or longer. It should occasionally be checked though. This will ensure that it does not become molded or something. You should have your cheese bait ready if you followed how to prepare it as explained above. But remember that it will smell horrible and should not be opened in the house. When it has spent a few days in the sun, the bait is ready to be used. Simply grab your fishing poles and your stink bait and wrap the bait in. Get treble hooks to use for this purpose because the bait will stay on the treble hooks longer than any regularfishing bait hooks.

7 Occasions That Call For Flower Delivery

Flowers communicate all kinds of emotions. They can say, I miss you, Im sorry, my condolences, I love you and so much more. There are flowers for all occasions and for many people, the difficulty comes in selecting which flowers to send for what occasion. This is the value of speaking to your local floral consultant. Not only will he or she ensure that you send the very best flower delivery, but they will also be fresh flowers. florist boulder co

Say it With Flowers

Here are some of the most common events where people send a flower gift. If you are using a local flower shop, you will also find that you can have flowers sent the same day or the next day:

1. Birthdays if you need to wish a special person a happy birthday, you can say it with flowers. You can choose from the wide selection of flower arrangements that your local florist carries and add a balloon to enhance the gift.

2. Anniversaries An anniversary is definitely a special occasion. Going big on anniversary flowers is a great idea. Your sweetheart will love the floral arrangement that you send.

3. I love you - No flower communicates love like the rose. The most popular among them is the red rose. Send flowers to communicate your love.

4. Congratulations If you are looking to congratulate someone on an accomplishment, you should consider sending them a bouquet of flowers. If you forget to order flowers ahead of time, you need not worry. You can get same day flower delivery from your local florist.

5. Thank you A flower delivery should also be considered if you are looking to show appreciation to someone. You can add a balloon that says, many thanks to enhance your bouquet.

6. Arrival of a New Baby Celebrate the arrival of a new baby with the best gift baskets available. You can have flower delivery today or you may consider next day flowers; either way, be sure to welcome the new baby with a burst of floral color.

7. Funeral and sympathy flowers Funerals work best with basket arrangements. Mostly standing sprays or wreathes. For sympathy, flowers should be in a burst of color or all white flower bouquets.

There are those who feel that they do not know much about flowers and therefore tend to shy away from sending them. However, using a flower delivery service will take the anxiety of it off you. Your floral consultant will be happy to advise and show you the various arrangements possible so that you can make a selection.

It is important that the flowers be delivered fresh and the arrangement already done. This is one of the main benefits of using a local florist. If you go with a national florist, you may end up receiving your flowers in a box and have to arrange them yourself. That can be tricky especially if you know nothing about how to carry this out. Find a florist that is reliable, close by and does good work. It is important to ensure that you look at testimonials so that you can see what others who have used the service have to say about it.

Caravan Holiday: The Perfect Family Escapade

Its always a great idea to spend time and travel with the family, especially during vacation time. Not only is it a great way to reward the kids for their hard work at school, its also an effective means to keep them motivated for the succeeding term. Additionally, it is also a great way for parents to recharge after months of working hard at the office. However, traveling can be quite expensive, especially for big families. Fortunately, in countries like the United Kingdom, there is a popular vacation option which caters to families and small groups a caravan holiday.

A caravan is an accommodation unit which has all the amenities of home compressed into a simple space. There are three major types of caravans: the touring caravan, the motorhomes, and the static caravan. The touring caravan can be easily towed behind the car so it can be taken anywhere. On the other hand, a motorhome is a relatively large car with a living area at the back. Alternatively, a static unit is one which has a fixed spot on a caravan park. These static units are what is often referred to as a caravan holiday.

When traveling with young children, theses static caravans can be a top choice. This is so because most of these units come with a kitchen, a dining area, a bathroom and several bedrooms, thus providing guests with a home away from home. In fact, some holiday parks also offer indoor amenities such as wireless Internet access and satellite television to keep the kids entertained when theyre not outside exploring.

Being affordable is also another reason to choose a caravan holiday over any other accommodation. Although hotels can provide many luxuries like housekeeping and a concierge, they can also cost more money. Travelers can also save restaurant expenses, since these units are installed with full kitchens where they can prepare their own meals. Additionally, hotels are rented per room, making it the least likely option for those who intend to travel in big groups.

Going on a caravan holiday also strengthens family ties. In general, traveling to new places has proven to be one of the ways for family members to get to know each other. However, the limited space in these caravans allow them to get to know each persons quirks and habits. In turn, these help them learn and accept each others flaws and differences.

Staying at a caravan holiday can also encourage children to live active lifestyles. Aside from providing outdoor amenities like swimming pools and tennis courts, most holiday parks in the UK are situated near mountain trails and beaches. Not only does this setup provide them with enough exercise, it also allows them to appreciate the beauty of nature.

The United Kingdom is known for its breathtaking landscape and coastal scenery. Aside from offering guests with a choice of adventurous or relaxing activities, it also charms people with its colorful history. True enough, a trip to the UK with the family is not only fun, but an educational one as well.

7 Of The Best Cafés, Teahouses, And Coffee Shops In Fowey, Cornwall

Foweys rich cultural heritage means that its culinary tradition is nothing less than exemplary. However, if you are already tired of gastronomic adventures, maybe its time to tone it down a bit. Try out these 7 cafes, coffee shops, and tea houses in Fowey and you will understand Cornish hospitality to the fullest.

More than just a simple teahouse or a coffee shop, Foweys Brown Sugar serves full course meals from breakfast till dinner. However, one of their favourites include the lemon drizzle cake, ciabattas, scones, and generous servings of the famed Cornish clotted cream to top off their hot tea. For the absolute feast, getting a cup of hot tea served with Cornish pasty might not be the best combination but many visitors have attested to the harmony.

Rated 4 stars for its bed and breakfast services by the Visit Britain program, the Dwelling Houses coffee and tearooms are simply one of the best in the historic town of Fowey. Housed in a 16th century Georgian merchants building, the Dwelling House prides itself of providing only the best Cornish pasties, cakes, scones, and breads with ingredients that are locally and organically produced.

If you crave for Chocolate cream tea, the Lifebuoy Café is the place to be. Served with a pot of hot tea, two pieces of freshly baked scones, chocolate hazelnut spread, and a generous serving of the richest Cornish Clotted Cream, Lifebuoys chocolate cream tea is simply a delicacy to die for. The café also serves breakfast and lunch as well as sandwiches and snacks for kids.

Boasting of Cornish pasties that is served with organic Fairtrade coffee, the Niles Coffee Shop has been one of the most unassuming places for a much-needed coffee or tea break. Serving cakes and sandwiches, the Niles Coffee Shop is quite small by modern standards yet commands the utmost respect from both locals and visitors alike.

Pinkys Cream Tease is a must-try when you visit Pinky Murphys Café. This is the classic Cornish tea with Cornish clotted cream served with piping hot, freshly baked scones, and your choice of butter, cream, jam, jellies, or preservatives, technically, you can down this with a pot of tea or round it up with other hot beverages like their famous FatBoy, Earl Grey tea, Twinings All Day tea, and Rooibosh tea.

Overlooking the scenic Fowey River, close to may of Fowey's holiday cottages, apartments and hotels, Sundaes in Fowey prides itself of one of the most wicked hot chocolate drinks in town, topped with luscious Cornish clotted cream and marshmallows. Their sundaes, smoothies, ice creams, coffee and tea are what visitors are lining up for. Just make sure you have plenty of exercise afterwards.

Conveniently located in the heart of Fowey, Well House Tea Room prides itself as a Grade II-listed building that provides bed and breakfast to weary travellers aside from its famed tea rooms. With a choice of freshly brewed coffee or a piping hot pot of tea, guests can sample Cornish Cream Tea with their favourite scones. If not, baguettes and paninis will always be delightfully pleasant with their cream tea.

While not everyone like hot tea, there are other options when you visit any of these 7 shops. The point is for you to savour the culture of Fowey and Cornwall through the delicacies offered by these shops.

The Hobbit And Lord Of The Rings Costumes Fans.

If you are a fan of mediaeval costumes whether its for Halloween party or a play, or maybe youre looking for something for a costume party your attending then youve landed at the right place. Here you can find out about the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Costumes that are in plenty; and there is a little something for everyone in the family. The costumes come in ranges of all sizes so there is a bit of something for everyone to make sure nobody is left out of the costume fun.

These costumes are more than just mere dress ups they come with the works and are fully equipped with all the cool and necessary accessories to make sure you look the part. Some of these accessories include hair wigs, prop weaponry like bows and arrows, and not to mention the ultimate favorite of everyone the latex masks that transform you into your favorite character. The characters include Gandalf, Aragon Frodo, Legolas and many others.

Hobbit fans will have their fair share of fun too, with neat and amazing costumes of Bilblo, Thorin, Dwalin, Tauriel and more. Those who prefer to play the role of the villains might want to consider costumes of Azog the defiler, the renouned witch king, and Smaug. The costumes are real and make the stories so life like its like the characters have jumped out of the screen. The best part of it all is that the costumes have been tailored to fit different sizes. All the characters have been represented there are therefore male costumes and female costumes as well, but hey the purpose of the costumes are to make your favorite characters come alive so if its a costume party you can go as whoever you want.

Some of the most popular costumes from the Hobbit include the Gandalf costume, this version of the wizard costume comes with a metal buckled belt interwoven in a 100% polyester robe. It comes with a neck drawstring tie and an extremely lightweight patterned material design. The Gandalf wig and beard set which compliments the costume for children. Another loved costume is the Hobbits deluxe Galadriel costume. this costume makes you feel like one of the fairest keepers of the rings in the forest of Loren. It comes decorated with faux gem studs. The fabric is chiffon with a 100% polyester knit.

For the female fans who love the lord of the rings, the deluxe Queen Arwen costume is the prettiest. The costume comes in a beautiful light shade of green perfect for an elf maiden. The sleeves are made of lace and a beautiful tiara headpiece comes as an accessory. The deluxe Ringwraith, another favorite, comes with a hooded robe and a face mesh. Accessories include a belt, shoe covers, and latex gloves.