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Caitlin Andrews, wins the Junior school competition for ‘Christmas house’ drawing

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A drawing of her Christmas house has won nine-year-old Caitlin Andrews a brand new Kindle e-book reader.

Caitlin and fellow pupils at East Preston Junior School in Lashmar Road, East Preston were all invited to draw their festive homes for a competition organised by village estate agents Cooper Adams.

Cooper Adams’ director Shaun Adams randomly picked out Caitlin’s drawing to be  chosen as the winner.

All the brilliant pictures won a prize and they are being displayed in Cooper Adams’ office window over the Christmas period.

 

Some agents are still trying to achieve the lowest selling prices possible…

A picture paints a thousand words – so make sure that a photo looks the best it can.

At Cooper Adams we invest heavily in getting the whole marketing package right, the best photos and punchy text make the best property particulars. Our premier photography is included in our costs and the seller still only pays when the sale goes through – No sale no fee!

Most other agents either take poor photos or charge extra up front for better photos, you’re paying the agent to sell your home, why pay extra to do a proper job?

Remember always ask to see your agent’s free photography before you commit to use their services.

Here is some very poor photos… http://www.powersiteblog.com/blog/2012/12/12/more-mls-photos-lots-more-mls-photos/

Another awful picture…

East Preston school children design their dream Christmas house

The wonderful drawings are available to view in our office window over Christmas.

Here’s a preview…

 

Golden ending to 2012 with antique sales

Our auction partners at Gorringes have had a great year.

If you need antique advice click here… http://www.cooper-adams.com/antiques.aspx

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If you need antique advice click here… http://www.cooper-adams.com/antiques.aspx

December Gardening Tips

1. Money saving tip: Tender perennials will succumb to winter frost if the crown is unprotected. To keep them safe until spring cover them with bark mulch.

2. Time saving tip: Give the wisteria its winter prune now, cutting this year’s growths back to 2-3 buds from the older wood. This will save time next summer.

3. This is one of the worst months for working outside and it really is necessary to pick a decent day for digging and planting. Wet ground turns to mud when cultivated.

4. Providing the soil isn’t sticky this is the ideal time to plant and transplant deciduous shrubs and trees. Plant them at the same depth as before and firm the soil after planting. If new plants arrive and the soil is wet, keep them in a sheltered area until they can be planted. Bare rooted plants should be heeled into damp sand or peat to prevent their roots from drying out.

5. Cut bush roses down to half way to prevent them blowing in the wind and damaging the roots. The final pruning can be carried out in March.

6. Tree stakes which are no longer needed can be removed. The hole left by the stake goes down through the root area. Fill it with a mixture of good compost with added general purpose fertilizer. It will be right where it will do most good.

7. Vines need to be pruned during winter dormancy and should be completed before mid January. When cut later in the season the rising sap will pour out of the cuts weakening the vine.

8. Autumn flowering heathers will have finished their show. Pruning consists of clipping over the tops to remove the dead flower heads. A surface mulch of compost or peat will encourage the plants to reroot into the compost.

9. Check bulbs, corms and tubers in storage. Remove any which are damaged or rotting. Take a look at the forced rhubarb, hopefully there will be signs of new growth.

Courtesy of http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/gardenerscorner/calendar-december.shtml

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