Landscapes Of England: Hayle

The sea roars, whipped into a frenzy by the Atlantic winds racing across the bay. The waves look good today, surfers will be out for sure. Come rain or shine, these boys are dedicated.

You can taste the salty spray as it draws you towards the water. The familiar smell of seaweed was home. I knew I was back.

The Cornish town of Hayle sits in the far southwest corner of England, near the midpoint of St Ives bay. It lies approximately 10 miles north of Penzance and is part of the Heritage Coast of Cornwall, owned by the National Trust.

The Trust has purchased large chunks of the Cornish coastline, ensuring protection for its wildlife and natural beauty.

“Morning,” greets an elderly man, his face weathered, exposed to the elements and sands of time. His dog retrieves his masters stick from the white surf.

“Winds up. Pity the small boats today,” he continues, his faithful companion by his side, stick in mouth.

The small fishing boats leave regularly, setting out from Hayle harbour and sailing along the estuary at high tide and into the big blue. They must return before low tide else the estuary runs dry.

Hayle is part of a beautiful stretch of coastline running from St Ives to the west, through to Godrevy Point in the east and its symbolic lighthouse.

Godrevy Lighthouse features predominantly in paintings by John Miller who has captured the stunning natural beauty on canvass in many of his famous prints.

Westwards leads to the estuary and inland to the working fishing port. The small dock escorts you to the high street, a mixture of old and new. Shopping here is not great; Hayles strength is its coastline.

Approximately halfway along the high street are the best Cornish pasties money can buy. Upon the corner sits the old bakers shop, striving to meet demand for the local delicacy.

At least half a dozen work the ovens tirelessly to satisfy the endless queues. Seagulls perch atop the roof hoping for a taste of the action.

Across the road, the Cornish Arms serves a great pint of ale with which to wash down your meal. Relax and enjoy the unique Cornish ambience where strangers stop to say hello. Far from the mega metropolis cities, life in Hayle slows down to a crawl.

CD Cleaning Solution Making Your Own

I see the kids were eating ice cream sandwiches while they dug through the DVD collection again. With kids in the house, its inevitable that whenever I want to listen to a CD or watch a DVD, I have to clean the discs before they will play. Luckily, I spent several years working in a CD manufacturing support group and learned the easiest way to clean discs and get them working again. Here, as simple as it may be, is my favorite solution for cleaning discs.

– Mix a large amount of water with a few drops of dishwashing soap.

Thats it. No expensive commercial cleaning solutions and no plastic washing devices for my discs. I know it doesnt sound complicated enough or mysterious enough, but it works. This solution works most of the time if you:

– Use a soft cloth and wipe the solution on the disc starting from the inside hub and wiping to the outside edge of the disc. Never rub hard or in a circular motion. Dont rub around the disc because you might scratch the disc creating an un-repairable problem.

– Dry the disc with a soft dry cloth. Again, wipe the disc from the inside to the outside. Straight out. Dont go around the disc at all because you might create scratches that are parallel with the tracks.

Why does this solution work most of the time? On most CDs, and especially rented DVDs, playability problems are caused by fingerprints. Fingerprints are oil-based and the dishwasher detergent is designed to cut through and remove oil. If this method doesnt work, you might have a disc with sever scratch or even a scratch on the label side of the disc. Scratched discs can sometimes be repaired with CD scratch removal solutions or CD repair services.

Dishwasher soap and water wont fix scratches but will make many discs playable.

Copyright 2006

Home Improvement: Why Choose Corian Style Counters?

For many families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a gathering place where kids do homework, events of the day are discussed, and meals are prepared and shared. Because we spend so much time in our kitchens, investing in kitchen home improvement can have a positive impact on our daily lives. High quality and energy efficient appliances can help ease the business of living, while Corian style counters can add both beauty and functionality to the space where we spend so much time.

The Advantages of Corian Style Counters

Corian counters, also known as solid surface kitchen tops, offer a number of advantages over plastic laminate or ceramic tile countertops. Although plastic laminate countertops are fairly durable and inexpensive, they consist of only a single surface layer of color. This surface can fade over time, and can be damaged by cuts from knives or other sharp objects. They can also become damaged from direct heat. Although laminate countertops may look nice when they’re first installed, they’re not easily repaired and can begin to look worn relatively quickly.

Tile countertops are heat resistant, but using tiles and grout means that the countertop is often uneven. In addition, it can be difficult to clean the grout lines, which can become stained over time. Furthermore, ceramic tile can crack and chip, and replacing damaged tiles is a daunting tasks.

Corian solid surface counters, on the other hand, are nonporous, and so are both heat- and water-resistant. They’re smooth for easy cleaning, and generally have no visible seams. Furthermore, because the color goes all the way through the material (instead of a single layer, as is the case with plastic laminate) scratches can be buffed or sanded out. They can also have resistance to mold and bacteria, which ensures that your family isn’t inadvertently exposed to illness.

Corian Colors and Corian Pricing

While it’s true that plastic laminate countertops come in virtually limitless colors and designs, there are a myriad of Corian colors that are sure to complement your kitchen design. The best way to choose Corian colors is to obtain samples, and then to coordinate with the colors of your cabinets, appliances and walls.

Traditionally, Corian pricing has been high when compared to other types of kitchen tops. However, if you are an accomplished do-it-yourselfer, there are now Corian style counters available that you can install yourself. These kits consist of prefabricated elements based on the design of your specific kitchen, and can contain everything from your Corian style counters to glue to an instructional DVD on installation. Corian solid surface kits cost about half of what you’d pay to buy Corian and have it installed by professionals.

Every home should have a kitchen that reflects the family’s lifestyle. Corian style counters can add a beautiful appearance and the type of functionality that today’s family needs.