Wood as a Building Material – What You Need to Know?

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To make buildings durable for a more extended period, you must know the properties of wood. It is an organic, porous, and eolotropic material. It has different thermal, electrical, and many other properties that make it suitable for construction purposes.

It helps you to make a comfortable and cozy home that is almost impossible with other building materials. Here are some details you must know about this subject:

Tensile Strength

Wood is physically robust and stiff. But in comparison with other building materials, it is relatively lightweight and flexible. In addition, it has a ring and gain structure that makes it easy to bend and snap.

There are different types of wood available each has distinct strengths. But their tensile strength enables them to support their own weight better than other construction materials. As a result, it minimizes the need for support in some building designs.

Therefore, it makes it an excellent choice for creating log cabin kits.

Electrical and Heat Resistant

When wood species dry and has a standard moisture content level between 7%-12%, they become naturally resistant to electrical conductors. After that, their strength and dimensions get significantly affected by heat.

As a result, it provides stability to well-finished buildings and safety indications for specific fire situations.

Static electricity is hazardous to human health. But unlike other construction materials, it is not observed in wood. As a result, it is a suitable material for creating buildings.

Sound Absorption

Wood has acoustic properties like sound and echoes absorption, making it ideal for residential or commercial building construction. In addition, wood absorbs sound that can help to reduce noise levels at specific places such as concert halls.

Rather than reflecting noise levels, it makes the places additionally comfortable.

Moreover, sound velocity is faster in wood as compared to gases or liquids. As a result, the sound-energy loss is low in woods due to its lightweight and structure. So, it is extensively in use for making musical instruments.

Aesthetics and Individual Style

A wide range of trees is available; each has its unique color, design, and smell, making wood a perfect aesthetic material. In addition, wood makes cozy and rustic decorative materials. You can also paint it to achieve desired finishes.

With this type of versatility, wood is an excellent choice for exterior facades to enhance the aesthetic beauty of residential and commercial buildings.

For instance, Softwoods such as pine, cedar, or birch are best for making doors, furniture, or windows. Hardwoods like maple, oak, teak, walnut, or cherry are ideal for constructing walls, floors, or ceilings.

Apart from its aesthetic properties, it also has various mechanical, thermal, or acoustic properties that make it ideal for construction projects.

Final Words

Though there are several building materials are available, yet wood is a preferable material. However, it has different advantages that you must consider before purchasing a house. Due to its aesthetic value and ease of working, it is an ideal material.

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Tips on getting the best Cerebral Palsy Nursing Home in Braunton

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If you live with a loved one suffering from cerebral palsy, you know it gets hard sometimes. Although you care deeply for them, it is challenging to balance their care with the other responsibilities in your life.

There are demands of work, being there for other members of the family, and of course, caring for your well being. You want to be there and provide your loved one with all the care and attention they need, but sometimes you can’t. This is where a nursing home comes in handy.

Nursing homes for people with Cerebral Palsy

Nursing homes are often associated with the elderly. However, these health care facilities are great for individuals living with disabilities or suffering from conditions such as Cerebral Palsy for specialized, round-the-clock care.

You can organize for your loved one to have constant professional care, while you take care of other responsibilities in your life. Nursing homes for special needs are ideal to take a loved one living with Cerebral Palsy when you are incapable of handling the demands that their care involves.

Why take your loved one with cerebral palsy to a nursing home?

If you are on the fence about this, here are some reasons to take your loved one suffering from Cerebral Palsy to a nursing home.

  • Nursing home or care homes for people with special needs have trained personnel and specialised facilities to take care of people living with Cerebral Palsy.
  •  The staff in nursing homes have experience in dealing with any emergencies or challenges that may come up.
  • The presence of other people with Cerebral Palsy in the facility may give them a sense of family. Your loved one can interact with others with similar conditions and may even make friends.
  • Nursing homes provide many activities and therapies for people with Cerebral Palsy that may improve their condition and give them a better quality of life.

So don’t feel bad if you need to take your loved one to a special needs nursing home. It’s probably the best place for them, and you can always visit.

How to choose the right nursing home for your loved one

Once you decide to take your relative to a nursing home, you may wonder how to go about it.  There are also several nursing homes in the Braunton area, and you may have a hard time choosing the right one. Here are a few tips to help you make the right choice.

1. Get a list of Cerebral Palsy nursing homes in Braunton

To find a list of nursing homes for Cerebral Palsy in the area, you can do the following.

  • Search the internet

The internet is the easiest place to get all the information you need. Search for ‘Cerebral palsy homes in Braunton.’ You can also try ‘special needs homes in Braunton’, or ‘Nursing homes for the disabled in Braunton.’ You can also get some helpful information here.

  • Try a specific website

You can also look for information on particular sites. Some good examples are the care home UK website as well as the NHS website.

  •  Contact your local council

The local council can also help you get information on nursing homes for special needs in Braunton. It’s especially important to contact them for help if they will be paying for the care. That way, they can give you a list of nursing homes for special needs that they recommend.

  •  Use a comparison site

The carehome.co.uk site provides a ‘compare care’ homes feature you can try. It will help you find possible care homes for special needs in your area, their location, and reviews.

  • Social services

Call or visit your local area social services and ask for recommendations on suitable nursing homes for your loved one. They may have a suggestion or two you can try.

  • Check the status

You can also check the status of a nursing home from the Care Quality Commission. It will help you to concentrate on the homes that have the best feedback and avoid those that have the worst.

After going through these options, you will have a list of possible homes to pick. But how do you make the right choice?

2. Things to consider when choosing a care home for your loved one

Before you pick a care home for your loved one living with Cerebral Palsy, get some vital information that will help you make the right choice. Things to look into are;

  •  Location: Do you want the facility to be close to home, specific schools, or hospitals, shops, parks, etc.
  •  Costs and mode of payment allowed: Does the nursing home accept payment from local authorities, NHS, and other institutions that help with the medical care or does it only accept self-funding.
  • Level of care: What kind of care do they give? What facilities and equipment do they have? Also, find out which experts or professionals work there and which activities and therapies are available for people with Cerebral Palsy.
  •  Visiting: What is the policy on visiting your loved one and spending time with them?
  • Complaints: Find out how nursing homes treat any complaints about things such as abuse, substandard care, etc.
  • Emergencies and Last Rights: It is essential to find out what happens if your loved one passes away while in the nursing home. The same applies to cases where he/she suffers a medical emergency that needs a transfer to a hospital.
  • Notice Policy: Find out how long you are given to find another place if the terms in your contract change unfavorably. Ask if they are obligated to provide any kind of warnings like a call, email, or official letter.

You can get all this information from the nursing homes website, or you can pick it up from their brochures when you visit the place in person.

3. Visit the homes

After all this, you will have a shortlist of possible nursing homes to choose from that you can visit. Visiting the homes will give you a chance to gather more information and inspect their facilities so you can make the right choice. After this, you should have the right home for your loved one.

4. Consult an attorney

However, before you make a choice, consult a lawyer. Make sure you get a copy of the terms and conditions necessary for your loved one to stay in your home of choice. You may also get a copy of the contract they want you to sign to leave your loved one with them.

With the terms and conditions and contract in hand visit a solicitor to help you understand any terms and conditions or contract jargon that is beyond you. It will help you to avoid any legal problems in the future and ensure you pick the home with the best terms.

Final word

These tips will help you pick the right nursing home for the care of people with Cerebral Palsy in Braunton. It may be extensive, but if you take it a step at a time, you will be assured that you have done your best for your loved one and found the right nursing home. That way, you can have peace of mind wherever you go, knowing that they are getting the best care.

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New album from Douglas E. Powell & The Rising Spirit

Great to hear Douglas E. Powell & The Rising Spirit have a new album coming out.

The press release says:

Overnight Low:

There’s a tale told in whispers of a traitor’s ghost doomed to make rope from the sand of an Atlantic beach. Every night his work is destroyed by a fire breathing black dog and the traitor must begin again. A morning’s hike from the traitor’s torment there is an old drover’s road lost in shadows of sentinel oaks. Then a bridge takes you over a fast running stream that catches the weak winter sun. Stop a while and watch the trout swimming against the flow. The path turns out into a small community where roots run deep but visitors are welcome. It is here that Douglas E Powell and the Rising Spirit have honed their craft.

Overnight Low is the Rising Spirit’s second album with Powell and the follow up to Good Men Get Lost At Sea (2015). The album was recorded over months of evening sessions at Saunton Road Studios. A fairly new venture in an unlikely location, the studio is thriving, even if the local pub is only just hanging on. Here the music, low conversation, tall stories and cherished folklore are as much a currency as the dull coins minted by a distant government. The interplay between Powell’s crafted words and Jason Pratt’s introspective melody creates the feeling of a session with old friends and absent friends remembered. This band of three have stepped back a little and made room for others to join them and warm themselves beside the fire.

Powell takes on folk themes and more personal preoccupations to inform his song writing. Stories are woven from the found threads of our fragmented culture and lyrics sparkle like lost jewels and discarded sweet wrappers high in a magpie’s nest.

Douglas E. Powell & The Rising Spirit

Douglas E. Powell is a UK based songwriter, lyricist and performer. A key figure on the South West UK music, he is a seasoned performer and a familiar face at summer festivals around the UK. Powell has also supported a variety of artists such as: Ben Ottewell from Gomez, Tom Hingley of the Inspiral Carpets and Peter Bruntnell. In collaboration with Keith Seatman and Belbury Poly the Broken Folk EP has been featured on 6 Music with plays from Gideon Coe and Stuart Maconie’s Freak Show.

Powell has two released albums as a solo artist: The Still and West and The Iron Coast. In 2015 Powell teamed up with the Rising Spirit to produce Good Men Get Lost At Sea. Overnight Low is their second album together.

Powell has a distinctive voice somewhere along the tradition of Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson and Bill Fay. His warmth and personal approach to song writing also bring to mind the work of classic artists from in the folk tradition from David Crosby to Billy Bragg. The Broken Folk project was released by Ghost Box is and altogether different spectre, recalling John Foxx or the electronic paths sometimes travelled by Robert Wyatt.

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Braunton home with hot-tub available on Airbnb

Immaculate modern home with hot-tub in Braunton – taking bookings on Airbnb

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JK Handyman Services in North Devon

A big heads-up for Jon Kennard of JK Handyman Services in North Devon. He offers a wide range of practical services from painting and decorating, sanding, vanishing, gardening, fencing, woodwork, doors and handle and much more. Really high quality and great attention to detail – all at a very reasonable price too. Jon is incredibly helpful, flexible to your needs and utterly can-do in approach. Highly recommended!

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Famous Paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci

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One of the most famous artists of all time was Leonardo Da Vinci. He accurately represented the human body, scenes from the bible and, portraits into paintings that include three-dimensional objects. Leonardo came from Italy and he was an architect, an inventor, a painter, and a sculptor.

Here are some of the most famous works of this great artist.

The Mona Lisa

This is a well-known painting depicting a portrait of a woman. It was believed that the painting is a portrait of Lisa del Giocondo, which was the wife of a silk merchant in Florence. There are many speculations about the actual mysterious subject of the painting. The enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa was also a topic of debate for many decades. Da Vinci used a technique called sfumato or smoke to create the enigmatic smile. Currently, the Mona Lisa is located in the Louvre Museum in Paris. You can read more about this painting in this link here.

The Self Portrait

This shows a red chalk drawing of an old man with a wavy hair. Many scholars argue that this is what the famous artist looked like. Yet, there are some that said that the subject was older than Leonardo. Da Vinci died at the age of 67 and the sketch might just be one of the drawings that he made while he is studying the people around him. The portrait can also be Leonardo’s uncle or father who lived to be 80 years old. This is currently located in Biblioteca Reale in Turin, Italy.

The Last Supper

This famous painting depicted the moment Jesus gathered his 12 disciples for a Passover dinner. He announced that a disciple would ultimately betray him leading to his crucifixion. The painting depicted the varied body languages and facial expressions of his disciples around the table. This masterpiece was commissioned by Ludovico Sforza in 1495. The famous Leonardo Da Vinci artwork is currently located at Santa Maria Delle Grazie.

Virgin on the Rocks

The first version of the painting was commissioned by the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception. It shows a figure of Mary holding a child Jesus in a mysterious landscape. Saint John the Baptist looks at his savior for the first time and he kneels in prayer. Another version was painted by Da Vinci because of the dispute made by the painting’s commissioner. This painting, however, is located in the Louvre Museum.

Salvator Mundi

The original painting was sold for $450 million at Christie’s in 2017. This depicts a mysterious portrait of Jesus Christ the savior. You can view this painting on this site: https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/salvator-mundi/LQE-cpUuDnDAig.  Although there are some people who don’t believe that the painting was actually finished by Da Vinci himself. For many years, the whereabouts of this painting was unknown until it was sold at a regional auction in the US. Many believed that the painting was a fake when it first came out. However, when the work was professionally restored, it was proven to be an authentic copy of the painting. It was purchased by private collectors.

Ginevra De Benci

This is a painting that is currently housed in Washington DC. The portrait was made and finished by Leonardo when he was still in his early 20s. He showed some of the painting methods that he used in his consecutive works of art later in his life. The unconventional methods of blending colors to create an almost perfectly smooth face were used in this painting. He depicted Ginevra’s portrait in a three-quarter profile that was not common with his contemporaries. He used the same tactic with his Mona Lisa and it was believed that he was the first artist to do it.

The Virgin and the Child with Saint Anne    

This painting depicts three figures: two women and an innocent child This painting also shows about three generations of the Holy Family: Starting from St. Anne, her daughter the Virgin Mary, and Jesus Christ when he was still a child. The Virgin Mary seems to restrain the child Jesus from mounting a lamb. This scene is a contrast to the Virgin of the Rocks. Everything in the picture is playful and loving.

You can get your own painting by Leonardo through prints. There are a lot of marketplaces today that can offer to display one of these paintings without you needing to spend your entire fortune or robbing the Louvre museum.

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KMG Ltd – Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

21 years experience.
Website: www.kmg-ltd.co.uk.
Email: kyle@kmg-ltd.co.uk.
Mobile: 07960 393775. Office: 01271 324809.

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Signal Aerials

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The Kabin Cafe, Chivenor – great cooked breakfast at a great price!

 If you’re after a great cooked breakfast in North Devon then look no further than The Kabin Cafe at Chivenor. Run by the ever-friendly Kevern Staddon (pictured) it does what in my view is the best cooked breakfast around. They’re open six days a week and not only do breakfast but also lunch, snacks and take-away. For more information see their Facebook page. The menus are below. It’s a fantastic little gem of a cafe only a few minutes from Braunton. To get there drive from Braunton to Barnstaple. Just past the Chivenor roundabout turn right onto Chivenor Industrial Estate. Go over the bridge and follow the road to the right until you come to it just on the left.

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Fairlinch Camping in Braunton, North Devon

If you’re thinking of camping in North Devon this Summer then look no further than Fairlinch Camping in Braunton. It’s within easy reach of the beaches of Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe as well as a short walk into the village of Braunton. It’s run by a local farmer and is a very friendly and welcoming campsite indeed. For more information you can visit their website or their Facebook page.

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Rick Yeo Heating





Rick Yeo Heating Ltd
 specialise in a range of work including:

  • Installation and maintenance of domestic boilers (oil, gas, LPG and solid fuel), cookers (including AGAs and Rayburns), gas fires and water heaters (gas and oil).
  • Installation and maintenance of swimming pool boilers (gas, LPG and oil).
    Installation and maintenance of wood and solid fuel burners including chimney systems and necessary building works
  • Installation and maintenance of commercial boilers and relevant gas pipe work up to 1 cubic meter.
  • Provision of Landlord Gas Safety Certificates for domestic properties and Leisure Park Vehicles.
  • Plus heating and hot water systems and general plumbing works……

For more information you can visit their website or their Facebook page.

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Braunton’s Big Borrow – this Saturday morning (5th July)! #SaveBrauntonLibrary

SAVE LIBRARY“Think of it as a ‘flash borrow’. Being able to walk to a local library and borrow an armful of books for free is a real privilege. We thought it would be fun to make the most of it before the consultation closes. We need to use it or lose it!”

Braunton’s Big Borrow this Saturday morning (5th July)!

It’s nearly the end of the library consultation that will see the future of libraries across Devon decided. Thanks to all the support for our campaign, we’ve had Braunton library reclassified as a larger Devon Centre – but its future is still far from certain.

We want to send Devon County Council one last message how much we love our library. We’re going to see how many books we can take out in one go and we want you to help us!

So we’re holding ‘Braunton’s Big Borrow’ at 10am this Saturday. Come and meet up outside the library to kick off the biggest morning of book borrowing that Braunton has ever seen. 

We want every member of Braunton library to max out their library card and scoop up an armful of books each. We’ll start with the very first shelf and see how many shelves we can empty. It’s your chance to show you love your library.

Not got a library card? Been meaning to get one? Now’s your chance. Register this week so you can take part on Saturday morning. 

Old, young, mums, dads, teenagers and children – Braunton’s Big Borrow is for all of us on Saturday morning to celebrate our library while we still can. 

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Save Braunton Library Campaign Poster – please print and put in your window

Below is the Save Braunton Library Campaign Poster. Please share it around and print it and put it in your window or a ask to have it in a shop window. You can also get an A4 sized pdf version to print off here: Braunton library poster.


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Sunset at Saunton

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