Welcome to Fall

Welcome to Fall

I have just spent a week in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The foliage was just starting to turn into a wonderful koliascope of colors. Unseasonably warm then while there, we are now getting back to the usual temperatures of October. The gardens are wilting down, the skins on the tomatoes are thicker, canning and freezing are in full operation. Corn stalks are turning brown in the fields, and as the leaves die back, acres of bright orange pumpkins are evident against the backdrop of browning leaves. Sumacs along the edge of the swamps are bright red and are probably the earliest of the changing season.
The tree leaves, although still changing color here, are starting to drop. They go in stages. Most noticeable are the maples as they seem to go overnight. The oaks, that are most abundant in this area, go more slowly. Many do not lose all of their leaves over the fall but wait for spring and new growth. All I really know is that by Thanksgiving I will be knee deep in leaves and thanking God for leaf blowers.

 

Right now the houses on the street are slowly starting to sport scarecrows, orange lights, pumpkins, and corn stalks. Soon the neighborhood children will be buying and making costumes for trick-or-treating. I’m stocking up on candy bars as there will be about one hundred little ones knocking at my door. Some not so little ones, too. I chuckle at the less than one-year-olds that come in their parents’ arms, knowing full well that these babe-in-arms will get none of the bounties.

It is a wonderful time of year. With a chill in the air, it is a great time for walking and hiking. Despite a year with a heavy infestation of gypsy moths, the oak trees have put out an abundance of acorns. That means that with this bounty the squirrels will have been just as busy reproducing large litters. That may mean a problem for next year. If the season does not provide for the newcomers, then the population of squirrels will dwindle again. They come and go from year to year.

It’s the time of year that I start looking towards my own Halloween decorating. I don’t do a lot, but do enjoy carving pumpkins. Choosing from a collection of patterns that were collected over the years, I pick them based on available time and the effort required to do the work. There is a ghost that hangs from a tree to welcome the kids with a cackle. Using white paper bags and black silhouettes, luminaria lines the walk up to the front door. The advent of flickering battery operated lights take away the danger of flames in the pumpkins and luminaria. Other smaller lights and decorations are brought out of storage. The costume for the dog involves a bandana and motorcycle hat. My own costume comes from a collection in that same storage area and varies from year to year. With a motorcycle dog, then a motorcycle Mama may end up being the choice.

Not a big fan of roasted pumpkin seeds, when the guts are pulled from the pumpkins, I put the collection in a large shallow roasting pan. This pan is placed on a storage box on the deck just outside of the living room window. From my recliner, I am privy to a private show of the squirrels coming up to feed on them. It keeps them out of the bird feeders. The biggest male always stakes his claim on the pan of seeds, chasing away all others. Somehow that just doesn’t seem fair.

Get Ready to Rock the Mountain: Musilac 2018

Get Ready to Rock the Mountain: Musilac 2018

If you’re planning a ski holiday to Chamonix with a group of mates and can’t decide when to go, my advice would be to wait until April 2018. That way, you can participate in Musilac Mont-Blanc 2018, the ultimate party on the mountain! This new spring festival is expected to become one of the biggest annual music events in Chamonix.
What to Expect

 

Musilac is already famous in Aix-les-Bains, where it is a popular summer festival. Past headliners have included everyone from Elton John and Sting to The Chemical Brothers and David Guetta. For Chamonix, festival organisers promise an equally stellar line up: so far, 15 acts are scheduled to play from April 19 to 21.

The Festival will be a massive affair: it’s estimated that up to 30,000 spectators will attend the three-day event. An open-air stage will be set up at the Bois du Bouchet paragliding landing area, which will play host to audiences of around 15,000 each night.

To ensure that this is one of the major events in Chamonix’s 2018 calendar, Musilac organisers have partnered with MontBlanc Médias, a renowned French media group that specialises in extreme sports.

Ski the End of the Season or Just Hang Out

Whether you’re a keen skier and want to take advantage of Chamonix’s cheap ‘end of season’ deals or you just love the party atmosphere of a festival, April in Chamonix is perfect for you.

Set at the foot of Mont Blanc, the resort’s skiing opportunities are guaranteed throughout the spring, during which there’s a fantastic range of glacial skiing that really comes into its own from April onwards.

There are a range of nursery runs for beginners, – although the snow cover this late in the season can be risky – and for intermediate and advanced skiers, Chamonix’s challenging runs provide the ultimate high-thrill playground.

In town, you’ll discover that Chamonix is a bustling place with a cool, hip crowd that populates the resort all year round. There are some great bars and clubs, and the pretty centre is equipped with many nice café terraces.

If you’re looking for a group holiday during which you don’t want to hit the pistes every day, combining a ski holiday with one of the best events in Chamonix ensures that you’ll have a blast!

How to Get There

Taking part in the many events in Chamonix couldn’t be easier, as there are regular flights from the UK to Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble and Lyon airports during the ski season.

For a good-value transfer option, book a group transfer with Shuttle Direct before you leave home. Choose either a private or a more economical shared group transfer, and our drivers will pick you up from the airport and deliver you straight to your resort. It doesn’t get easier than that!

Pest control; an important part of daily life in St. Charles Mo

Pest control; an important part of daily life in St. Charles Mo

Pests are usually the very small insects which are present in or around your surroundings. These insects may include the group of flies, mosquitoes, termites, ants and cockroaches. Most of them are quite hazardous to the health of human beings but since they are living or present inside the food we daily eat. Since all the insects always create some serious kind of contamination to our food, they can always lead us to the spread of various dangerous diseases and infections, and they may endanger the overall health and life we do not prevent or control their population in St. Charles Mo with the help of professional and affordable pest control solutions.

Pest control; an important part of daily life in St. Charles Mo

How to control the population of common insects?

Pest control is extremely important these days for our daily lives as it simply ensure a very healthy and fruitful living for everyone present inside the house as well as for all the neighbors. So I think it is much better to keep the house as tidy as possible and keep your doors and windows properly closed so that we can prevent the insects to enter inside the house. Pests generally come in all the households where the regular hygienic measures are not properly taken. Actually the most common pests which are usually present in our home are bugs, termites’ cockroaches and ants. Almost all the ants are harmless but some of them also bite you and then cause some serious trouble to your health as well. That’s why controlling the population of these insects with the help of affordable pest control services in St. Charles Mo to destroy them is a best way to make your areas clean and harmless for longer run.

Chemical sprays; hazardous for family’s health?

People can simply use the chemical pest control sprays in order to get rid of all these creepy and nasty crawly creatures. Therefore, you need to be extremely careful while applying all the pesticides as the chemical present in most of these sprays is quite hazardous for you and for the overall family’s health.

If you are also worried about the random infestation in your office or home and it looks harder to find some right kind of treatment. Then you should get in touch with reliable pest control solutions through our website https://mccarthypest.com/ where professional people are there to guide you in most efficient way. Pest control; an important part of daily life in St. Charles Mo

Using EHIC in Belgium: What is Covered

Using EHIC in Belgium: What is Covered

Each country has a different system in terms of health care, but in the EU, as long as you have a Safe European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you are entitled to reciprocal medical treatment. While this is reassuring for regular travelers, it should be reiterated that reciprocal deals do not mean that you will receive the same treatment as you do with the NHS in the UK. Pay to do your research before you travel and always have one yearly travel or annual travel insurance.
Belgium is an EU country and a popular destination for weekend breaks. It is also in a place that people often drive through on their way to other destinations. With valid EHIC, health care can be accessed at low speed or even free depending on how urgent the treatment is. However there are certain things you should know if you need health care in Belgium.

Using EHIC in Belgium: What is Covered

What is EHIC Cover?

The majority of health professionals in Belgium work on a private and public basis, so when you access care, it is vital that you make sure you are seen by a state-funded general practitioner. Only one trip or an annual travel insurance policy that covers private health care. This is very important in case you ask your hotel or vacation representative to call the doctor for you so you make sure they call the general person. Costs incurred when using a personal doctor can not be replaced by EHIC.

If you need health care in Belgium, you may be asked to pay a fee directly to the doctor. You can then reclaim 75% of the cost while you are still in Belgium. You will need receipts to claim the money back as well as the official form, which can be obtained at the doctor or dentist you see. Of course, if you have annual travel insurance or even a single travel policy, you should be able to refund the entire cost.

What about hospitalization? Using EHIC in Belgium: What is Covered

Again, going to a hospital is not free in Belgium. There is a fixed daily charge of about fifteen euros with the cost of drugs on top of that. If you show your EHIC when you confess that you only need to pay the patient fee and avoid paying a down payment that can be refunded.

And Recipe … Using EHIC in Belgium: What is Covered

The recipes must be paid when purchased at the pharmacy but with EHIC you can reclaim 75% when you were in Belgium. With one trip or an annual travel insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim your full costs. Calling 090010500 takes you to the 24-hour pharmacy information line, telling you the location closest to the open one.

While EHIC is a useful part of the documentation, if you want peace of mind with respect to health care while traveling to Belgium, or indeed any other country, invest in insurance. Annual travel insurance is the best option if you plan on doing more than one trip a year.

Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning specialist team in a single global travel and annual travel insurance policy. In addition to offering attractive offers for travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holiday.

Exclusive Information about Melasma

Exclusive Information about Melasma

Melasma is a discoloration of the skin with brown spots or brown spots on the face. It is most commonly seen in women aged 20 to 50 and is caused due to excessive exposure to sun, hormonal or genetic-prone changes. External hormones produced by birth control pills also result in Melasma. And pregnant women with internal hormonal changes will also find these patches on their faces.
Melasma can be grouped into four types of pigmentation patterns such as: Epidermal identified excessive melanin in the outer layer of skin; Dermal Melasma is identified with melanofagus – a cell that swallows melanin through the dermis; Melasma mixture which represents the dermal and epidermal conditions; The last type of pigmentation is not mentioned but most can be found in dark-skinned people where excessive melanocytes are identified in the skin.

Exclusive Information about Melasma

The Site FinallyMelasmaFree.com offers several natural home remedies that can be easily followed to get rid of this condition permanently. Alternatively, this site also provides product names that help maintain this condition. Skin Whitening Forever is a product that is more than a skin lightening cream. According to the authors, this cream is much better than any other cream prescribed by a doctor or available at the OTC drugstore. This is also a great alternative to expensive treatments that may or may not work as suggested.

And then the author talks about some home remedies and home-based ingredients that can be used to get rid of this condition. The first ingredient is turmeric known as antibiotics and natural antioxidants. Then there is extra virgin coconut oil that can be used to massage the affected skin. Castor oil is another magical ingredient that can produce wonders. Oil consists of omega-3 fatty acids in abundance and helps reduce pigmentation. It is a natural ingredient with no side effects. So, someone can use it without any worries. The site also takes the reader through various other creams currently available on the market. Exclusive Information about Melasma

Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

For avid nature lovers, a small group wildlife cruise in Galapagos affords a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to encounter a wide range of unique animals, including a host of fascinating reptiles.
The local habitat is extremely favourable for reptiles and the original arrivals were more than likely washed up on the shores attached to driftwood or vegetation that came from mainland South America. Because they can subsist on very little water, many more of them would have survived the journey than their mammal compatriots. Over the ensuing millennia, they evolved to adapt to their habitat in many ways – so much so that they are virtually unrecognisable from their ancient ancestors.

 

The Giant Tortoise

Needing little introduction, Giant Tortoises are probably the most sought-after sighting for visitors on a wildlife cruise in Galapagos. While they have no natural predators and were free to live extended lives and evolve to their massive proportions, at one stage human intervention (from pirates and whalers) decimated their numbers. Today, however, they can be observed in their natural habitat (predominantly in the cool, lush highlands of Santa Cruz), and also in the breeding stations on Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal. True to their name they can grow to weigh up to 250kg.

The Marine Iguana

These remarkably adapted animals are the only sea-going lizard in the world. Their ability to dive for food to depths of 15m sets them apart as a unique endemic species. They’re able to regulate their own body temperature and are quite often seen sunning themselves on the rocky shoreline in order to bring their temperature back to normal after oceanic dives. They can be found throughout the coastal habitat of the archipelago and, like the majority of the wildlife here, are not concerned by the presence of humans.

The Land Iguana

Land Iguanas are larger than their marine counterparts and are not seen as prolifically. They tend to be quite solitary in nature and prefer to forage alone for their food source (vegetation) in a grassy scrubland habitat. Their preferred delicacy is spiky cactus plants, which the hardened, coarse skin around their mouth allows them to devour, spines and all. A new Pink Iguana has recently been discovered on the volcanic slopes of Isabela, although due to the nature of their very small population it’s not possible for visitors to see them.

The Lava Lizard

Lava Lizards can be seen scurrying around everywhere, seemingly always in a hurry to be somewhere else. They subsist on a diet of small insects and grow anywhere up to 30cm in length. The seven endemic sub-species of the lizard all have unique adapted characteristics, depending on where they’re found. Experienced naturalists can tell at a glance from which island they come.

Reptiles Unique to the Region

Some of the other reptiles that might be seen are any of the nine species of geckos and the four sub-species of small, harmless snakes. Most of the reptiles of the region are now considered endemic, which means that those who explore these fascinating islands on a wildlife cruise in Galapagos will see animals that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet.

Frequently Asked Questions about Life Insurance

Frequently Asked Questions about Life Insurance

Life is full of tough decisions, but choosing to buy or not to buy life insurance should not be one of them. Buying adequate life insurance in Greenville, SC is one of the most important decisions you can make to protect your family when they need it most. Read the following guidelines to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about life insurance and determine what kind of coverage is right for you and your family.
What Coverage Do I Need? The amount of life insurance you need can vary greatly depending on the financial needs of your dependents. Most insurance agents recommend that every family income provider has at least 10 times the amount of their annual life insurance income. The desired amount of coverage may also be affected by the financial obligations of current and future family members, other financial resources and assets that can be used by the family, and any other life insurance policies that you may already have.

Frequently Asked Questions about Life Insurance

What Should I Look for in an Insurance Company? When looking for life insurance in Greenville, SC, it is important to choose an insurance provider that you can trust. Look for companies that are highly rated by independent sources, have a good claim payment history, and offer excellent customer service. Taking the time to compare several different companies will help ensure that you find the right coverage for you and your family. Frequently Asked Questions about Life Insurance

Home Surety Companies Protect Homeowners from Unexpected

Home Surety Companies Protect Homeowners from Unexpected Repair Crisis

The company’s home warranty has gained popularity among consumers because of the valuable service they provide. Whether you live in a new home or have had the same dwelling for years, a repair crisis with unexpected costs can strike anytime, and you may need help paying the bill.
When a housing repair crisis occurs, your first thought may be, “How much does it cost?” and, “How can I make sure the fix is ​​done right?” Even if you are a do-it-yourself fan, the time and cost of unexpected repairs can take up most of any budget.

 

So what is the solution? The answer can be found before the crisis strikes. By researching a home warranty company and finding the protection you need beforehand, you can be prepared for the inevitable repair, or emergency, that can strike any consumer.

The home warranty company specializes in providing specially designed coverage to protect your residence. Different types of coverage are available to customize. Choose to cover your electrical system, heating and air, roof, coverage for the pool, or garage. If the air conditioner comes out on the hottest day of summer along with the pool pump stops working, you can avoid panic. You can get the repair done without issuing a second mortgage. It will be a comfort to know that you are covered by a home warranty and able to restore normal life. Home Surety Companies Protect Homeowners from Unexpected Repair Crisis

Getting protection from a warranty makes sense. Planning ahead is smart, especially when it might save you money. After all, we buy insurance in case of fire or flood. We also purchase health insurance and life insurance and get warranty for our equipment, computers and cars. When we get to the house where we live, should we allow things to happen? Let’s say the average homeowner issued a mortgage for 30 years. Could it be that in 30 years some major improvements will be needed? Of course it will. You might think that because you intend to sell your property in a matter of 5 years or more so you do not need major repairs. However, many realtors say that having insurance to cover repairs may increase the resale value of your property.

You can even find a home warranty company that offers coverage that allows customers to choose a company or contractor who wants them to make the necessary improvements. With all the benefits and personal options for the scope available, it is not surprising that more and more consumers are looking for profits that can be provided by the company’s home warranty. Every wise consumer wants to investigate how a guarantee can be a good investment to protect their home value and their peace of mind. Home Surety Companies Protect Homeowners from Unexpected Repair Crisis

Insurance Discount you missed at

Insurance Discount you missed at

Having your vehicle and home insured is mandatory if you want to protect your assets from unexpected events. However, peace of mind is not always cheap. If you are looking for homeowner insurance in North Andover, MA, you may be looking for a good-sized policy that will not break the bank. If saving money is important to you, it’s time to look at all your policies. Did you know that there may be many discounts for your insurance that you have missed? From car insurance to homeowners, here are some discounts you should get.

Military discounts No matter what military branch you’ve served, you deserve recognition for your time in the U.S. Armed Forces. From the Army to the Coast Guard, most insurance agents will honor your service by giving you a discount for your insurance. In many cases, this can be applied to your various policies and not just one.
Good Student Discount. If you or one of your dependents are currently attending school, there may be a discount on your insurance policy based on your value. However, the guides may vary depending on your carrier and your policy. For example, some companies may request that your score be high enough to be earned on the honors or deans list. Some may just ask for a GPA at some point. In some cases, there may be an age limit or class limit for discounts. We recommend contacting your insurance provider directly to inquire about the possibility of this discount. Insurance Discount you missed at
Some Discount Cars. Have more than one driver living under your roof? There may be a discount for that! Many insurance companies will offer a discount if you have multiple drivers or cars insured with them.
Discount Bundling. If you have a homeowner’s insurance policy, you may also have a car insurance policy. You may even have policies on boats, ATVs, or motorcycles. However, if you have it all insured with a different company, you could lose the discount. Bundling your insurance policy together with one company will usually save you money. Not only will you get a rebate of all your policies with one carrier, it will make it easier to file a claim and pay your bills on time. Instead of dealing with different premiums and due dates, all your payments will be rolled out into one. Insurance Discount you missed at
Organizational Discount. Sometimes, the company will offer a discount if you are a member of a particular organization or company. Often, large companies will negotiate discounts with certain carriers as an incentive to have their employees enter with them. However, this is not always available to all organizations or operators. For more details, talk with your insurance carrier.
Discounted equipment. If you have an alarm system, camera or other special safety features in your home or vehicle, your carrier may offer a discount. This is because additional safety features can prevent accidents or accidents from entering, causing claims to be filed. If your car does not come with a qualifying feature, you can add it after you buy it.

Insurance Discount you missed at

Getting the best deal for your homeowner’s insurance in North Andover, MA, is easier than you think. Simply find an insurance company that offers discounts in the area you need and provide adequate coverage. Now you know all the discounts you can miss, why should you issue an expensive policy? Plus, having homeowners and other policies brought by the same company, you can save time, money, and energy in the long run.

Serenity and sleek modern

Serenity and sleek modern

Axelrod Architects transforms a Tel Aviv home from ’80s glitz to no-nonsense, modern cool…
Axelrod Architects, led by Principal Irit Axelrod, transforms a 5500-sq. ft., two-storey, single-family house in Tel Aviv to reflect the homeowners’ love of serenity and sleek modern design, and the firm’s vision of modern residential architecture.

Serenity and sleek modern

The new homeowners wanted to remodel an existing 1980’s house to reflect their indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Their family life is now centred around a lush landscaped courtyard just outside their living-dining space. Axelrod Architects organized the house around a new ‘Black Core’, a glossy, black glass elevator that connects the living spaces below to the private sleeping spaces above. The living space opens out to nature with sliding, clear glass openings, while opening upward to the bedroom level with open balconies and a double-height ceiling. An open reading/media area tucked away upstairs allows the family to see each other, while still finding quiet space for relaxation. The entry facade of white concrete and matte stucco is perforated by vertical openings and horizontal slits that reveal the indoor-outdoor nature of the home within, presenting a sleek modernist face to the quiet, upscale neighbourhood of Tel Aviv.

The glass surface of the black core inside reflects images of landscape throughout the house, reinforcing the idea of living in nature. The simple clarity of contrasting surfaces – in black and white or glossy and matte – is one of the unifying characteristics repeated in the interior design and the architecture of the building envelope. The home espouses Irit Axelrod’s modern visual language, influenced by numerous international styles and Bauhaus buildings Serenity and sleek modern