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Table Tots

Table Tots is a family owned small business that runs Baby and Tots Nearly New Sales around YorkshireEstablished in 2011, Table Tots is a family owned small business that runs Baby and Tots Nearly New Sales around Yorkshire. We are not part of a national company, nor are we a franchise. Our aim is to bring together local families, in a warm indoor environment, to buy sell and exchange surplus nearly new baby & tots items up to age ten. Children grow out of things so quickly, sometimes before the item is even unwrapped or played with more than a couple of times. Local charities and fund-raisers are also welcome at our events with free space available by arrangement.


Our sales are extremely popular and the concept is simple, local families selling to local families and:-

Save from landfill

Recycle pre loved Items

Help young families on limited budgets

Bring local communities together at each event, also show casing local venues and activities

Sellers: Can book their table (stall) from our website www.tabletots.co.uk

Buyers and Bargain hunters! Typically queues start 30 to 40 minutes prior to the sale opening usually at 1pm (some sale times may differ, please check website for each individual sale/event)

BABY & TOTS sales of toys, maternity wear, clothes, prams, nursery gear & safety equipment up to age ten

Nearly new, pre - loved, out grown, unwanted, buying mishaps! are all for sale at our events in and around Yorkshire, from Leeds to Brighouse to Hull, Catterick and Sheffield to name a few of our locations.

Call/SMS: 07706 227742 

Credit crunch bargains for all! Turn your unwanted, unused items into cash; maybe buy something more useful or the next size up!

Are wickless candles really safe?

Are wickless candles really any safer that plug-in air fresheners or traditional candles?Wickless candles work by heating a fragranced wax to around 50C.The heat is generated by a small bulb or LED. The majority of models are plugged into the wall socket, fragrance your room and product a gentle relaxing light. Manufacturers extol the various safety benefits of traditional candles and their more modern plug-in counterparts. So why are the such concerns about their safety?

If we start with the scented wax. It is stated by most manufacturers that the base as Paraffin wax with the addition of fragrances. Of course there is no such thing as an all-natural oil scented like birthday cake, blueberry cheesecake, or "Central Park Pralines." It's just not possible. The fragrance oils may well be promoted as not containing phthalates, but your typical "fragrance oil" may contain over 100 different chemical compounds such as amines, ethers, ketones, lactones, terpenes and thiones. Many also contain benzene derivatives, aldehydes, and other toxins shown to cause cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders, neurological disorders, and allergic reactions. These compounds also get into the air and can have grave effects on the ecosystem. This article is not intended as scaremongery, the concentrations of these chemicals in the air in your room is likely to be very low. But exposing yourself repeatedly to something you know to be toxic is perhaps now wise.

Safer than a naked flame candle? The manufacturers of wickless candles use the as a major selling point. In comparison with a candle left in a room with children and animal running about the risk of fire is obviously much lower. But who would leave their kids and animals in a room unattended with lit candles? So some of the examples and claims might be a little misleading. After all wax melted and heated to 50C can give some pretty nasty burns if is were to be spilt on your skin. It will also ignite if it is in the proximity of a naked flame.

This brings us to the most readily attestable risk of wickless candles, fire caused to unit failure. The body of these products is usually a glazed ceramic which is more that capable of withstanding the stresses of being heated. However there are well documented cases of units which obviously had unseen flaws shattering and even causing fires. Check You-tube if you'd like to see some quite frightening video evidence. Not unlike plug-in air fresheners which have been proved to have caused several house fires in various countries and have been subsequently banned in various regions, you have a fairly dangerous combination of elements to leave unattended. An electrical device that generates heat, which is plugged into the mains and a volatile and flammable liquid at high temperature. It doesn't need much to go wrong for these elements to combine in a quite dangerous way.

On balance personally I think I'd be inclined to stick with fragranced candles if I feel the need to make my room smell of essence of russet apple root or potato petals.... Or perhaps open a window when I'm cooking if the fragrance of curry is unlikely to be welcome in the morning.



Annual service for wood burners, multi fuel and solid fuel stoves

Housewarming Selby offer a complete annual service for wood burners, multi fuel and solid fuel stovesAt the beginning or end of each heating season, as well having your chimney swept, your stove should undergo an annual service which will include stripping, inspecting and cleaning the appliance. It is recommended that this work is carried out by a HETAS registered installer to ensure all checks are carried out efficiently and you are safe in the knowledge that your stove is operating at it's peak performance and not allowing the ingress of Carbon Monoxide into your home. We offer a complete annual inspection and service on all solid fuel, wood burning and multi fuel stoves and we can also recommend a good and reliable chimney sweep.

After a long period out of use your stove will certainly benefit from at little care and attention. It's best to consider this service now rather than waiting until you need your heating, if minor work or spares are required it gives you chance to have the work completed without causing disruption or leaving your home cold. Also for you peace of mind we supply long lifespan CO monitors which will give an audible warning if Carbon Monoxide is detected. As the gas is colourless and odourless it can go unnoticed and presents a health hazard if there are serious issues with your stove or flue system.

Housewarming Selby
56 Flaxley Road,
Selby,
North Yorkshire
YO8 4BW
01757 212992

www.housewarmingselby.co.uk



Homemade Spiced Plum Jam

Homemade Spiced Plum JamThere is often a glut of soft fruits at this time of year. Plums seem to have done remarkably well due to the long hot summer. However there are only so many plum to can or should eat. Consider the effects of prunes... If you've a tree full of plums heading towards the over ripe stage, this recipe is for you. Bring it out at Christmas to remind the family of the warm late summer days.

Ingredients

3kg very ripe plums
500g caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, to taste.

Method

(1) Wash plums, dry and remove stones. Cut into small pieces and mix with sugar. Allow plums to soak overnight.
(2)Place plums into a heavy pot and bring to the boil while stirring constantly. Reduce temperature to a gentle simmer. Simmer uncovered for 2-3 hours, stirring often. Once the plums begins to thicken, stir in cinnamon and cloves.
(3)Fill into clean screw-cap jars.

Environmentally Friendly Wood Burning Stoves

Northern Living - Environmentally Friendly Wood Burning Stoves - Housewarming SelbyThe early 21st Century has seen a time-warp of sorts, as more and more homes have gone back to burning wood – hundreds of years after it was largely abandoned, firstly in favour of coal and then subsequently, oil, gas and electricity. The lure of this natural, renewable and carbon neutral fuel is easy to understand, but like every other form of energy we harness to help us live our lives, it has an effect on the environment – though in some ways that you might not expect.

One area that has produced some concern is the particulate emissions coming from wood burning stoves. Obviously in built up areas this might conceivably become a problem, but even so, a typical wood burner emits only around 30 per cent of a conventional open fire – so they’re unlikely to cause much of a problem under normal circumstances, despite their growing popularity. Although some places have been designated “smoke control areas” by the local authority under the provisions of the Clean Air Act (1993), a number of manufacturers have designed wood burning stoves which are classified as “exempt” for use here too. Making sure that you only burn fully dried logs – or commercially available pellet or chip fuels – should help avoid creating too much in the way of smoke or particles. Even if you don’t live in a smoke control area it's not a bad idea. Efficiency has a big influence on the environmental impact of using any kind of energy – and wood is no exception. The good news here is that the latest generation of wood burning stoves offer unprecedented levels of efficiency compared with the alternatives. Today’s stoves can routinely achieve 80% or more, while conventional open fires offer 25% at best – dropping to around 5% at worst.

Habitat and Biodiversity

One very positive aspect of the upsurge in wood burning has been its effect on biodiversity and habitat. With a growing commercial value in forestry products, managing woods has itself received a welcome shot in the arm at a time when, in many parts of the country, natural woodland habitats and the species that depend on them have been suffering from years of gradual decline. Wood is, clearly, one of the most sustainable of all fuels; growing trees in Britain is scarcely hard. In choosing and using it to heat our homes we pick as near perfectly carbon neutral a source of energy as it’s possible to find, while at the same time helping to ensure the long-term future of forests and the animals and plants that thrive in them. As impacts go, that surely has to be a pretty good outcome!

Everything we do has environmental implications, and that is as true of wood burning as it is for anything else. Utilising any energy source – however essentially renewable it may be – inevitably has some kind of an impact, even if the overall environmental cost/benefit balance ultimately ends up being a positive one. All in all, given its growing popularity, although wood burning might seem a decidedly backward-step, it looks like its time has come!

Article sponsored by Housewarming Selby
56 Flaxley Road,
Selby,
North Yorkshire.
YO8 4BW

01757 212992

www.housewarmingselby.co.uk


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