GOOD IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS
If you don’t want two front teeth, here’s some other ideas...
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.
Available from shops around the country
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.
Summersdale.com. Available widely