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My Kind of Sunset

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Even as a child, I have always loved  watching sunsets by the port area or by the beach in Bohol (Philippines) where I was born. And through the years, it has become a habit of mine to take sunset shots in the different places I have lived in or traveled.

This sunset photo featured above was one I took in December 2015 in Surigao City at its laid-back Mabua Pebble Beach. My husband and I together with some friends visited Surigao and explored this beach.

The photo is among the many I have taken with my Samsung phone camera and kept among my photo file folders. And I thought it deserves to be shared and perhaps serve as a reminder to us all how beautiful nature can be — the sunset, the sky, the sea. And that a lot of things in life are really, still free.

Note: This is my entry to Skywatch Friday. Check the entries there and be inspired.

Quick and Simple Ideas for Making Over Your Home’s Exterior

If you’re bored with your home, but can’t afford extensive renovations at the moment, then why not give the outside of your house a quick makeover.  You can achieve striking results on even the tightest of budgets, as long as you’re willing to do a lot of the work yourself.  Check out these easy and inexpensive ways to increase your home’s curb appeal.

1. Repaint Your Front Door:

Add a little pizzazz to your home with a bold, brightly coloured front door.  Red and blue are both eye-catching but inoffensive colours, and if you’re feeling brave you could always try something a little more off-the-wall such as yellow.  Consider matching the door to your roller blinds for extra style points. If you have a period home, don’t ruin the look by using bright colours.  Just clean and re-varnish your original doors to brighten things up without tainting the period look.

2. Re-pave your garden:

Replace those boring concrete paving slabs with natural stone, slate, or brick.  If your budget can stretch to it, build a small patio for you and your family to enjoy this summer.

3. Accentuate the Details:

Even the smallest of modern homes can be made to look amazing with a good paint job.  Use bold, contrasting colours to draw the eye to the window sashes, eaves, moldings, trim and other structural details.

4. Take Care of Your Windows:

What can people see when they walk past your home?  If it’s dusty nets or boring old curtains, consider replacing them with brightly coloured, pleasing roller blinds.  It’s a small touch, but it will make your home look well cared for, and increase the curb appeal.

5. Brighten Things Up With Flowers:

Even if you live in a big city and don’t have a proper garden, you can use hanging pots and window boxes to brighten things up.  If you don’t have green fingers, choose easy-to-care-for annuals for your first attempt at maintaining your city garden.

6. Plant Some Vines:

Planting vines is a good way to cover up unsightly parts of your home.  Invest in a trellis so that the vines don’t damage the wall while they’re growing.

7. Tidy Your Garden:

If you do have a garden, mow the lawn, tidy up the borders, and trim any trees or bushes that are getting out of control.  Many homeowners find that investing a weekend into making their garden look gorgeous can completely change the way the house looks from the outside.

If you have a bigger budget, other ways to brighten up your home include investing in a new front porch or conservatory, or getting an extension built.  These options are far more expensive than just replacing your roller blinds or painting your front door, but they’re still cheaper than moving house, and will likely increase the value of your home too.

If you are planning on making changes to your house for a quick sale with a view to increasing its value, then you should always consult with an estate agent first.

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