In today’s busy working world, the distance from home to work can often be a long and difficult commute. The impact of driving to work can also eat into your working day, whilst also impacting on the environment – home working can reduce your carbon footprint with car emissions as well as saving travelling expenses. Today you do not necessarily need to physically go to work, you just work regardless of the location, and as long as you have the right environment in which to work, supported by the best technology and it works well for you as well as for the company you are employed by then this can be a viable alternative If you are a small business then, working from home can also provide the advantage of not paying hefty business charges too. So how do you make this transition from travelling to work to arriving straight to your ‘desk’ which can be a bit jarring first thing on a morning! - go straight to your ‘ to-do’ list and by starting first thing, this can be much more effective than starting with breakfast and allowing the morning sluggishness to set in – have your breakfast mid-morning when you are ready for a break
At a time when there has been so much profoundly moving coverage of the D Day landings, there is a very special exhibition taking currently place at Leeds town Hall. The War on Waste Exhibition uses Second World War publicity techniques to draw attention to the environmental challenges facing us today.
I was walking around RHS Harlow Carr Garden at the weekend and was so impressed with what they are doing to help the environment, as well as providing the right surroundings for bees and wild animals. Bees perform a task that is vital to the survival of pollination and agriculture – one third of the global food supply is pollinated by bees including 70 types of crops and contribute £400 million pounds to the economy, as well as making 6,000 tonnes of honey and who, quite simply keep the plants and crops alive – bees need good food in order to provide us with food too. There are so many changes to our environment it can be hard for bees to find enough flowers and therefore food, so…. What can we do to help support this critical friend.
In its 12th year, the Dragon Boat Race is a corporate or group team-building event and family fun day that helps support hundreds of children and young people across the region.

Walk this May

16th May 2019
May is national walking month, and with the lovely weather we are experiencing here in Yorkshire, what better way to join the annual celebration organised by Living Streets to celebrate. Living Streets, (sponsored by the Pheonix Group) who are marking their 90tth anniversary, advise people to join their walking campaign to make streets fitter for walking for everyone whether they are aged nine or 90. Everyone can get involved either by adding more walking to your daily routine, be it at work, to school or around your neighbourhood. Here are Living Streets trusty tips to add 20 minutes walking to your day
The number of rural and urban hedgehogs is declining. As we celebrated National Hedgehog week from May 5th – May 11th here are some top tips on making your garden hedgehog friendly:-
If all the trappings and stresses of modern living are not for you, then looking to live that off-grid dream may be the perfect solution and the vision of an ideal lifestyle. So if you are looking for a simpler sustainable life, where do you start and what does off-grid living actually mean? To some people it may mean living off the main national grid, but to other people, this may extend to a life of total self- sufficiency, without relying on public utilities or water supply.
May marks the beginning of the food and drinks festival in Yorkshire – here are a few to whet your appetite

#Find this door

7th May 2019
At David Phillip Estate Agents, one of our favourite Instagram accounts is ‘Find this door’ it has 182k followers and is a ‘community of Door Lovers’ – we love the vibrant and unusual pictures it posts of doors all over the world that are interesting, beautiful and historical and in nearly all cases they really stir the imagination. As I look at these pictures when they are posted on Instagram, it makes me wonder what lies behind each wonderful door and also the importance of the front door of any property.
First impressions count, and particularly if you are selling your home. How the outside of your home looks can make a massive impact on what a potential buyer may think – if you give them the wow factor from the outside then they will be excited and hopeful for the viewing inside, but if you disappoint right from the offset then it will take twice as long to win the potential buyers over.
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