GOOD IDEAS FOR CHRIST­MAS

If you don’t want two front teeth, here’s some other ideas...

Canal Boat - - This Month -

From a great cam­era to a bril­liant light, we’d like to re­ceive th­ese, and you might too

PUT A LID ON IT! FROM £7.50

HOW HANDY, A range of prod­ucts made in light­weight sil­i­cone that cre­ate air­tight seals – just what you could do with on a boat.

The lids can cover a range of dishes, pots, pans and bowls, made from many ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing stain­less steel, glass, plas­tic, ce­ramic and even wood. They pro­duce a seal that in­su­lates both hot and cold foods, and pre­serves fresh­ness and flavour. And they help keep the contents in the bowl or pan – not all over your gal­ley counter or floor.

Lids come in var­i­ous sizes and de­signs in­clud­ing a poppy, sun­flower, dahlia or clover. There are also bot­tle stop­pers (£2) – great for seal­ing that Christ­mas bot­tle of wine… if you haven’t fin­ished it all.

CON­TACT:

Avail­able from shops around the coun­try

charles­viancin.com/en

GET WIDER SNAPS RRP £269.99

THIS CAM­ERA COULD solve the prob­lem of get­ting good pho­tos of nar­row­boats. With an or­di­nary cam­era, you either have to leave a bit of one end out, or the shot is so far away, it isn’t de­tailed enough.

The Olym­pus STY­LUS Tough TG-860 has an ul­tra-wide-an­gle 5x op­ti­cal zoom lens so you’ll be able to cap­ture the whole scene. And, true to the Tough name, it is wa­ter­proof to 15 me­tres, shock­proof to 2.1 me­tres, crush­proof to 100kg, dust­proof and freeze proof to -10c.

Also, if you want to take a selfie of you on your boat, you can con­trol your cam­era re­motely via Wi-Fi from a smart­phone and share geo­tagged images on so­cial me­dia us­ing the Olym­pus OI.Share app – from vir­tu­ally any­where. CON­TACT: olym­pus.co.uk Avail­able widely

COME RAIN OR SHINE, A WEATHER MIS­CEL­LANY £9.99

WHAT IS A thun­der-plump? Stumped? Ap­par­ently, it’s Scot­tish for a sud­den thun­der shower, now you prob­a­bly didn’t know that un­less you live north of the bor­der (and even then...). It’s just one of the fas­ci­nat­ing facts in ComeRainor

Shine, A Weather Mis­cel­lany writ­ten by Storm Dun­lop (yes, he says it re­ally is his true name, he’s a Bri­tish author and trans­la­tor who works in phys­i­cal sciences such as as­tron­omy, me­te­o­rol­ogy, and ge­ol­ogy). You’ll have gath­ered by now that this is no dry text­book, rather it’s packed with weather facts, sto­ries, in­for­ma­tion and wry smiles that makes com­pul­sive read­ing – it’s the sort of present you give some­one for Christ­mas and then find they bury their nose in it for the re­main­der of the fes­tive sea­son, oc­ca­sion­ally say­ing “Did you know…”. Great stuff for any­one one, even if you have only a pass­ing in­ter­est on what’s go­ing on out­side the cabin win­dows.

CON­TACT:

Sum­mers­dale.com. Avail­able widely

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