Thank You David Hockney

The daily news is bleak, and gets bleaker every time you dare to watch. Our days are long and endless and pretty boring (if we are lucky) with only a short daily walk, television and our books and close family to raise our spirits. But this morning brought some much needed Spring like beauty to our lives, as the legendary artist David Hockney released a series of his 10 most recent pictures to provide a respite from the news.

The images, created in his Normandy home, are celebrating the Spring awakening, showing flowers and trees as they emerge from Winter and start to blossom. They are beautiful, vibrant and colourful, and are somehow filled with hope.

David Hockney has said that he believes it is important to still cherish art work during these troubled times, and says “Why are my iPad drawings seen as a respite from the news? Well, they are obviously made by the hand depicting the renewal that is the spring in this part of the world.”

I have long been a fan of David Hockney, his iconic ‘Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy’ is one of my all time favourite pieces of art work, and I think it is great that he has decided to share this beautiful work that is so full of joy and colour with the world. Just last week I featured another Hockney piece on this blog, one that was currently on display at the New Walsall Art Gallery 20 for 2020 exhibition, and it is so lovely to see new pieces that are a breathe of fresh air in our world where this is currently in short supply.

It is funny how this enforced quarantine period is making our natural landscapes and open spaces seem all the more attractive. I am lucky enough to live opposite a nature reserve that is usually out of bounds as it has a golf course running through it, but in our current times, it is deserted and we walk through it daily. I have been capturing my own images of the space, or the trees that are still in eerie Winter mode, and those showing their signs of spring. Not in the David Hockney category, but interesting non the less.

Happy Birthday Mapiful

If you have celebrated a birthday this March (like my hubby whose birthday it is today, Happy birthday Pete), then you are sharing a birthday with Mapiful. Mapiful is the website where you can create unique custom prints of the moments that are closest to your heart, and is celebrating it’s 5th birthday, or, as they put it, five years of sharing memories, and as part of the celebration they have launched a brand new product ZODIAC PRINTS!

Mapiful create maps and posters that are perfect to commemorate any and every occasion. This could be the place you met or married your partner, your birth sign, or the birth sign of your partner or child. You could chose a place that is special to you, where you enjoyed a special trip or holiday, maybe where your parents met, the list and scenarios are positively endless. The fact that you can choose anywhere to create your map of, or any star sign, makes these a lovely gift idea, especially in the current climate.

The maps come ready to frame and you can chose a range of styles and text for each design. The black and white design you see here is the modern design, but you can also have a design that is has a black background called ‘asphalt’ that is also very striking. There are also blue, coral, pink and red colourways if you also want to tap in to a favourite colour or match a home colour scheme. You can also change the size of your print, starting from 30x40cm, and you can also change the orientation from portrait to landscape – maybe in order to fit a specific space on your wall?

Mapiful products are just wonderful mementos of your memories, and are also really stylish additions to your wall space too. Currently you can save 25% if you buy two prints.


Why your home needs CCTV in 2020

CCTV surveillance – it can cause quite a stir depending on whom you ask. Some people believe that it’s a stark invasion of privacy, and that its usage is taken advantage of far too excessively across UK streets. When it comes to your property, though? Well, it’s a no brainer… It’s a must. 

Your home is your safe haven, the place you take shelter when you’re not busy with other day-to-day tasks such as working or shopping. Your home harbours your most special possessions, not forgetting your family, too! It’s supposed to keep you safe and give you peace of mind, but this isn’t always possible when you don’t have CCTV surveillance. 

Does your home truly need CCTV in 2020? Of course, keep reading on to find out more.

Deter criminals

Think again, burglar…

According to Yale, headline figures revealed that over 250,000 domestic burglaries occurred in both England and Wales throughout a 12-month period. 

Home invasions are very real and they are very common, so it’s important that you do what you can to protect your home and your family. CCTV can act as a huge deterrent to these criminals, especially where pre-planned crimes are concerned. 

It’s simply common sense to imagine that thieves will be extremely put off your property when they see that you’re equipped with CCTV surveillance, and this will keep your belongings and your family safer.

It’s very, very common now 

Once upon a time, it was somewhat strange to see your neighbour’s property kitted out with CCTV surveillance. It felt a bit like… ‘Why?’ 

Now, you’ll find that most people in most suburban streets across the United Kingdom are all opting to be a part of the CCTV gang. Once before it was a ‘why?’ but in 2020, it’s more of a ‘why not?’

It’s cheaper now

Back in the day when CCTV was considered a luxury, it would have cost you a hefty bit to have the piece installed in and around your property. In 2020, this isn’t the case.