The Diary

PUBLISHED: 17:51 22 June 2009 | UPDATED: 15:34 20 February 2013

George Maxwell

George Maxwell

It's official: British Summer Time is over. Getting yourself out of bed in the morning is now a daily chore, especially when it's pitch black outside. With a bit of resolve, it is possible to turn the tables and revel in these fresh winter morning...

It's official: British Summer Time is over. Getting yourself out of bed in the morning is now a daily chore, especially when it's pitch black outside. With a bit of resolve, it is possible to turn the tables and revel in these fresh winter mornings...

• If it's all too easy to ignore your alarm clock then visit and get yourself a flying alarm clock (£14.95). It forces you to jump out of bed as it won't turn itself off until you have retrieved it

• A cosy pair of slippers is the usual order over chillier months. Those hankering after the barefooted freedom of summer, however, should invest in some underfloor heating. Simple and cost-effective to install, DEVI has the answer to you.

• Getting out the shower in the morning can be a chilly business, and bathrooms can be dark and damp. But SanLamere UK has a solution. Its IXL TASTICs combine instant heat, light and air extraction in one unit, heating up in just 0.7 seconds to make it an eco-friendly product too. Visit to check it out for yourself

Shop of the Month

With Lakeland at your beck and call, the effects of the credit crunch are minimal - trust me, it is what dreams are made of. From kitchen utensils to household ideas, throws and rugs to recycling implements, there is a whole host of bargains to pick out. Shameless to admit, I have spent many an hour scanning Lakeland shelves...

To make an enquiry, call 01743 272539 or drop in to the shop: 6/7 Mardol, Shrewsbury, SY1 1PY.

Discount of the Month

Wooden that be nice?
With the property market increasingly unstable, the advice "don't move, improve" is even more sound. A novel way to make the most of your existing space is with a garden studio, office or tree-house, and this is where GD Timber Designs comes in.

A Sussex-based, family-run business, it designs and constructs bespoke wooden structures for your outside space. Many a famous writer has claimed to produce their finest work from the quiet of the garden shed, and if it's good enough for Roald Dahl... Alternatively, a tree-house or out-house can provide a great play-area for children, or an unusual guest-bedroom for houses short on space.

Cock-A-Hoop can also offer stables, deluxe hen-houses (from £464 for a three-feet building) and a choice of free-standing or stilted play-houses. Everything is hand-made using pressure treated timber to ensure durability. Its houses are beautifully crafted and can be painted in the colour of your choice, or left unpainted to show the natural grain of the wood.

And there is a 10 per cent discount on all garden studios, offices and tree-houses ordered before the end of November 2008. Just mention this offer when calling 01798 869 919 or emailing

Bargain of the Month
By George... Maxwell

With all things vintage coming back in vogue, George Maxwell is currently overseeing a huge resurgence in Chesterfield designs as they fit equally well in both traditional and contemporary settings.

Firmly established as a reputable name in the Interiors world, George Maxwell provides everything from design inspiration to bespoke furniture, and has close links with celebrity designers Justin and Colin. It specialises in handmade traditional English sofas and chairs and has supplied some of the most famous hotels and residences in the world. Luxurious materials ensure that they not only look good but are comfortable for many years to some. Top of its range, this Huntingdon three-seater sofa (worth £2,462) with a pocket sprung unit with foam wrap and feather pad, perfectly demonstrates George Maxwell's attention to detail to achieve that sumptuous regal feel.
And George Maxwell is offering readers 30 per cent off all its products, with the added bonus of free delivery anywhere in the UK guaranteed before Christmas. Visit to see the full range. To claim this offer call 0845 459 9925. Offer ends 30 November 2008.

For more bargains, visit

Win a luxury bed worth £4000

It's amazing what a difference a good night's sleep can make on your health and wellbeing, but for most of us they come few and far between. Cue Kaymed; its beds don't just look and feel nice, they are packed with the latest technology to ensure you wake up feeling refreshed and alive.

Kaymed ( is offering one lucky reader a luxury Visco Pocket 1600 bed, in double or kingsize, with a divan, headboard and two luxury pillows, worth a total of £4,000.

To enter text BED followed by your name to 87233. Texts cost 50p plus your standard network charge. The competition closes at midnight on 30 November 2008.

Your turn to recommend

JDR Construction Ltd, TF4 2RH, comprehensive variety of services. Based in Telford. Tel 01952 502 090
• Bullet Heating and Plumbing, TF4 2JQ, top quality services. Based in Telford.
Tel 01952 504 472
• Brennan Electrical Services, TF3 5DZ, trustworthy company. Based in Telford.
Tel 01952 507 722
• N&M Decorators, TF2 7RN, first class decorating services. Based in Telford.
Tell 01952 670 233 or 07970 298 728
Think you're as good as these guys?

Get a free webpage on ProblemSolved and if you make the grade by getting a reader recommendation, we'll list you here in the column. To get listed, text FREE to 87233 followed by your email address (Texts charged at standard network rate).

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