Interesting things to do in Wiltshire

Wiltshire is certainly one of the most visited areas of the UK apart from the big cities such as London or Manchester. What makes this area so popular is probably its historical value – lots of Victorian style mansions all around as well as Stonehenge are enough for some tourists, whereas others are more demanding.

If you are into vintage time

Wilshire really has a lot to offer since all the mansions are well kept and most of them are open to visitors. However, if you would like to experience more, there are also some ways you can spend your weekends on. One of them is viewing vintage classics. Those cars are absolutely astonishing and you will find them fascinating even if you are not a big fan of cars. What’s even better – you can rent one and spend a weekend driving up and down Wilshire countryside and enjoy those truly beautiful views of nature and visit Stonehenge, why not?

Get in touch with nature

If you are looking for a true adventure in nature and you don’t want to visit ancient ruins, you can as well Forest Falconry. You will be simply amazed with this place as there are so many different birds such as Eagles, Hawks, Falcons and Owls living there and you probably saw most of them only on TV. If you are looking for enjoyment, you can spend a day training these beautiful birds and having a great hands on experience with them. You can also go on hiking trails in the West Woods and it’s great for children and pets as well. What’s more, you can always enjoy the scent of bluebells in spring which will make you relax and forget about the city life.

Visit the mansions

Wilshire area is famous for its architecture as well. Nice little villages are also great and you will be able to see them along the way, but visiting mansions such as The Victorian Country House is truly a great experience. You will be amazed by the height of those ceilings and all that luxury. Spending a day roaming up and down such a big estate is a time well spent, especially if you visit on a sunny, summer day. There are some beautiful playgrounds for children as well so it can be a great family weekend getaway.

DIY Home Monitoring

If you are a handy do-it-yourselfer around the home, there are options for setting up your alarm home monitoring security. You can either set up a system just to scare off intruders or your system can be connected to an outside monitoring service in which you pay a subscription each month. Depending on your budget and protection needs will dictate what avenue to pursue when it comes to your alarm home monitoring security.


Most self-installation alarm systems have the capability to hook up to outside monitoring services as well as integrate additional security features as your budget and needs allow. For instance, you may look at Sentry security home alarms with the basics window and door alarms along with sirens which sound off when intruders try to break in. This type of burglar alarm could be added onto by integrating smoke and carbon monoxide alarms or even motion detectors.

Purchasing alarm home monitoring security, you may select the 49 484 Radio Shack Safe House model which is good protection for an average one story family home. You can install it yourself and pay for a monitoring service as well as add to the system at a later date. You also have the option of purchasing the alarm system on your own but paying a professional to install it for you.

Great Add-ons

As mentioned above, you could install a basic alarm system and go back and add to it at a later date. Safe House alarms and other brands all have one thing in common “ the ability to protect the perimeter of your home. This is done by adding sensors to the doors and windows which detect when an intruder tries to break the window glass or jimmy a door open. However, protecting the inside of your home is just as important.

For the interior, consider wiring your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector to your home security system. A siren or strident beeping will alert you in the event of a fire or even the presence of the odorless, deadly carbon monoxide. You can wire other environmental controls which can detect a drop in temperature or even flooding. If you take care of an elderly parent or someone with special medical needs, alarm keypads can be installed in each room which could be activated should a medical emergency arise.

For both the interior and exterior of your home, you might even want to consider motion sensors and video surveillance. Motion sensors attached to your burglar system could alert you and your outside monitoring service of an intruder on your property. If you live in a rural area where wildlife is common, special motion sensors can be purchased which can differentiate humans from animals to prevent false alarms.

With a decent understanding of electricity and good old common sense, you can set up your own alarm system. However, with the addition of an outside monitoring service, you greatly decrease your odds of a crime or emergency against you and your property. Plus, your homeowner’s insurance goes down too. If you are setting up your own alarm home monitoring security system though, just the alarm alone can be a deterrent against crime. However, why take the chance, when, for just the cost of one restaurant meal per month, you could easily pay an outside monitoring service for the added protection.

Getting Our Cabling Right

A lot of people seem to be very interested in the renovations we did at Chilvester Hill and how we went about doing it. I can comment on my rose gardens and wood burning stoves, but when it comes to cabling, it’s the hubbies job, because he did it himself, mostly.

The majority of electrics were already setup so my main focus was on setting up telecommunications, media (TV etc.) and audio. For this I used Coax Cables. Coax cables, or coaxial cables, are cables used in telecommunications, especially in making modem connections from the Internet servers. Another wide area in which they are used is in carrying video and amplified audio signals to indoor and outdoor speakers especially for television channels.


Even the connection from the video or music system to the television will use a coax cable. Thus, it can be said that the major use of coax cables is in the area of telecommunications. These cables have two main conducting regions within them. At the center there is a thin cylindrical wire made up of copper. Coaxially around it, there is a copper cylinder, separated from the inner thin wire by an insulating medium known as the dielectric. The two conducting parts, i.e. the copper wire and the copper cylinder are thus coaxially mounted, and separated by a dielectric medium.

The whole thing is then sheathed in a jacket, which may contain thin copper wire mesh in it for added strength and conductivity. The jacked is usually braided to give it flexibility, but there are a lot of rigid coax cables also used, especially in making external connections, such as on telephonic poles.Since the two conducting regions are arranged coaxially, there is minimum interference between them, and the effective conducting area is only in the region between them, which is the insulating dielectric. As a result, the signals produced by the coax cables are totally free from any kind of interference, and are of the highest quality possible.

That explains the use of coax cables in carrying television and Internet signals from one place to another.What are Cat5 Cables?Cat5 cables, or Category 5 cables, are a standard for making cables. These are generally used in making Ethernet connections, such as connecting several computers to a patch panel, or connecting devices to a computer. Cat5 cables are made by making four pairs of insulated twisted wires, at a specific number of twists per inch. These four twisted pairs of wires are then passed through the outer jacket of the cable, with a core in the middle. These cables are UTP cables, where the acronym stands for Unshielded Twisted Pair.

These cables can typically carry 100 Mbps of Ethernet and Fast Ethernet data, and work up to a frequency of 100 MHz.The twisting ensures that the two wires in the pair cancel out the crosstalk interference produced by each other. This ensures that the data output is obtained without any distortion.What are Coax Cat5 Cable Converters?As their name suggests, coax Cat5 cable converters are devices that can convert signals from a typical audio visual environment that uses a coax cable to an Ethernet environment that uses a Cat5 cable.

If someone wants to transfer an image taken on a satellite network and transmitted on cable television to the computer, then a coax Cat5 cable converter would be essential. These devices are also essential for people who have coax cabling in their home provided by the builders and now want to connect a high speed computer in their homes without making too many changes to the cabling that is already provided.The coax Cat5 cable converter appears as a box-shaped device with the appropriate input and output plugs for the coax and Cat5 cables. Coax cables have RF connectors, while Cat5 cables have RJ45 plugs, both male. Their female counterparts are provided on the coax Cat5 cable converter.It is very easy to use this device, which in most cases will not require any power of its own. You only have to plug in both the cables in their rightful positions on the converter, and the signals would be appropriately converted.


Why you should bring a drone on your next big trip

Once the sole provenance of IMAX films and National Geographic documentaries, aerial drone footage is everywhere now—casually dropped into YouTube vlogs, wedding videography, social media feeds. You can even see Cuba by drone. Consumer drones are still a fairly new phenomenon—DJI’s first in the Phantom series was only released in January 2013—though the technology has grown rapidly in just a few years.

“The Phantom 4 is so advanced, my mother could fly it,” says Roger Kapsalis, founder, and CEO of Brooklyn Drones NYC, of the latest release in one of the internet’s most popular drone franchises. “It’s almost effortless.” As drones become more user-friendly, consumer sales have surged. The Wall Street Journal estimates the domestic drone market will ring in at just under $1 billion this year.

For anyone looking to capture unforgettable images—moving or still—of once-in-a-lifetime trips and destinations, it’s worth considering bringing a drone along on your next trip. “You’ll be able to get this pure, high-definition view of your surroundings and catch some great footage – you’re not going to get the normal shots,” Kapsalis says. “Lift the drone up 100 feet and you’ll be able to see everything around you—you’ll be able to take video of family trips from a whole new perspective.”

With entry-level drones priced below $500, taking your vacation videos to the next level can be well within reach. Neistat—and many of the most popular YouTubers who regularly shoot drone footage—fly the  Phantom 4, which carries an MSRP of $1,400.

“It’s all relative,” Kapsalis explains. “If you spend $499 on a drone, it just might not be as stable as one that’s $999 that’s easier to fly. For $799 or $999, a drone will have sonar and optics underneath that will help keep it stable. The more money you pay, the more you’re going to get in terms of stability in low altitude and remote areas, Sense and Avoid technology so they don’t hit anything, positioning systems.”

Transporting a drone is also fairly straightforward—manufacturers’ sling and rolling cases are available in backpack, wheeled, or handheld, hardback and soft formats, and most are designed with airlines’ overhead compartment size constraints in mind. Kapsalis also recommends bringing two spare batteries in your drone backpack (sealed Ziploc bags will also do, according to TSA recommendations).

Before taking your drone abroad, make sure to read up on the latest (ever-evolving) local laws regarding possession and usage—enthusiast and manufacturer forums are great sources for up-to-the-minute info and anecdotes from other travelers. Because drone technology is so new and law enforcement around the world have growing concerns with issues of surveillance and aviation safety, the rules continue to change. Taking necessary precautions—which might mean leaving your drone at home or simply applying for permission ahead of time—will save you the stress of handing over your equipment at customs, like YouTube’s Prank vs. Prank duo had to in Peru earlier this year.


The Chillvester House Story

GillA Victorian country house with high ceilings and large, airy rooms, set in 7 1 /2 acres, built in 1888 for the land Agent of Lord Lansdowne, owner of the Bowood estate which the house overlooks. Gill posing for the BBC in her kitchen.

John is a consultant occupational physician and, with considerable knowledge of the area, is happy to help visitors plan their days. Gill, a keen horsewoman and cattle breeder, likes to maintain her culinary skills and reputation for good food – broadcaster Derek Cooper gave her 11 out of 10 for the ‘Best British Breakfast’ !

We have three large double bedrooms (double or twin beds) each with en-suite bathroom (with a hand-held shower, but a large shower room is available, and bathrobes are provided); colour, remote controlled television; tea/coffee tray; clock/radio; books, guide books and maps.

The dining room Almost all the vegetables and salads are home or locally grown and we take a great pride in the cooking. As we prepare freshly every day we need to know in advance if you want dinner on your first night here. Not having a restaurant there is no choice of menu, but I always ask visitors if they have any likes or dislikes and work round that. We can cater for most diets given a little notice. The house is licensed although we do not have a bar, preferring to serve drinks when and where they are ordered. We have a short but comprehensive wine list.

The house itself is Victorian, built of Bath stone and has large, airy rooms; it is centrally heated and there is constant hot water! There is a drawing room, sitting room (with television, newspapers and magazines) and, of course, the dining room. Visitors dine together at one table and there is almost always a dinner party atmosphere. Sometimes we join guests for dinner but, as I do almost all the cooking, we usually join them for drinks before or coffee after dinner so that I am not always leaping up and down and disturbing everybody. The drawing room

The hall Breakfast is `what you like when you like it’ although I find that most guests settle for something between 8.00 and 9.00 depending on their plans. If at all possible I `stagger’ the timing to save a mad rush – and breakfast is not always the time for lively conversation! There is always a wide choice of cereals, fresh fruit and cooked dishes; various teas and `real’ or de-caffeinated coffee; jams, jellies and marmalade – usually home made.

All these things are rather a non sequitur as we are still really the private country house of a professional family. However, having travelled widely ourselves, we believe we know the sort of things that may help and interest our visitors.

Why We Upgraded to a Modern Wooden Stove

Kitchen and home design have come a long way in the last few centuries. Once upon a time, home design was done purely around the function of a piece of furniture or an appliance. Today people choose their furniture, appliances and even their modern style kitchen utensils around their favorite design styles. Some people will choose to decorate their house too look like something out of a modern art catalogue, while others prefer the look of a western ranch house and still others love a classic and old fashioned Victorian look. The good news is that, whatever your design style, you will be able to find a modern wood stove that matches your taste.

There are two major benefits of using a modern wood stove over other heating elements in your home:


Modern wood burning stoves are better for the environment. Wood smoke is far better for the air than the smoke and pollution that comes from burning coal. It might not be as clean as natural gas, but it is cheaper than many of the alternatives! Wood is a renewable resource. Trees can always be replanted. In fact, many states have a law that states that every tree that gets chopped down must be replanted within specific periods of time.

Financial Savings

The modern wood stove saves money. Thanks to things like under floor heating and central air, the modern wood stove (when used with modern utensils that can help it along) can heat an entire home from one small location. This saves the home owner from having to use electric heating devices or natural gas powered heating devices to keep his home warm in the winter time. It is far cheaper to buy a few cords of wood at the beginning of the cold season than to pay for an increased electric bill.

When you go shopping for your modern wood stove or modern kitchen sets and its accompanying modern utensils, it is a good idea to shop around. Choose a modern wood stove that is made from durable material and make sure that you hire a professional to install the stove inside of your home. Do not fall for clearance sale prices or fancy sales pitches. Do your research and learn about which kind of modern wood stoves (and modern utensils) work best in your style of home before you head to the store. It might feel like a waste of time when you start out, but you will be grateful for taking the time to learn about stoves in the future!


The History of the Venerable English Rose Garden

The British are a nation of gardeners. And one of their many great gifts to world is the English rose garden. From tiny, urban plots to massive, manicured showcases, the British adore their roses. A summer’s night stroll among the heady and seductive setting of an English rose can be the experience of a lifetime.  It is also like moving through a living time machine. History of Rose Gardens Judging by fossils roses are over 35 million year old.

They have been grown by every ancient culture in the Northern Hemisphere. From the Babylonians to the Cretans; from Egyptians and Greeks the fall of the Roman Empire, most ancient civilizations cultivated this wondrous bloom in some form or another.  Roses have a colorful history. There are beautiful stories like the ancient Hindu legend that says Lakshmi; the bride of Vishnu (great protector of the universe) was created from 108 large and 1008 small rose petals.

There are also stories of self-indulgent Roman nobles forcing starving farmers to grow roses instead of food crops because of the desire to bath in pure rose-water. The rose culture was so strong in Rome, that they also imported flowers from Egypt and created hot houses to force them into bloom. From the Romans British gardeners have been digging and laboring in their rose beds more or less continuously since invading Romans (who loved a good feast or orgy while seated on rose petals) showed them how to grow them. During the Middle Ages, many English castles and countryside estates laid out rose gardens not only for holy festivals but also for their purported medicinal purposes.

garden rose walk

Roses were so admired in England that when a 32 year long conflict erupted between the Houses of Lancaster (which was symbolized by a red rose) and York (which was represented by a white rose), the civil war was called “War of the Roses.”  To Queen Victoria.But it wasn’t until the Victorian era that gardening and rose gardening especially became popular for the majority of the English people. Today we follow that same tradition with our own rose garden, but this one is a bit less stuffy and guests can enjoy it on foot or with their children on a wide variety of boards and bikes.

With the development of the first Industrial Age middle-class, for the first time, a large number of people found they had leisure time to devote to gardening along with the trend of living in the suburbs.It was the Victorians who invented the formal English rose garden so they could showcase their horticultural skill to their follow suburbanites. Many of these gardens are still in existence today in municipal parks, country estates and in private gardens of across the nation. Of course, you don’t have to take a special trip to Great Britain, to tour a formal English rose garden. Many rose enthusiasts have “imported” this popular style and it can be seen in parks and gardens across the world.