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National Walking Month - Let's Get Walking!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

May is National Walking Month and here at Myakka we love to get out and about on our own two feet. This year the aim is to get us walking for 20 minutes a day.

This is the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and give walking a try. Whether it is a walk around the park during your lunch break or a walk to and from the shop, walking has many benefits. Even a short walk will burn calories, improve your heart health and blood pressure. Not to mention, it'll make you feel brighter and lift your mood. So why not give 20 minutes of walking every day in May a try?

Rate your walk during National Walking Month...

During the National Walking Month, Living Streets will show you 20 fun and easy tips to help fit a 20 minute walk into your everyday life. Take a look at the Living Streets website for all the helpful tips and advice to fit that all important 20mins into your day. They also have a handy 'rate your walk' tool. This tool aims to help Living Streets gather information on the quality of walks in your local area. To rate your walk, simply click here.

Living Streets campaigns to make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. In turn, this makes our environment a safer, cleaner and more social place. They are running a number of campaigns; ‘Show your love for 20mph’ encourages councils to make residential and shopping areas a 20mph limit; a campaign to stop pavement parking which causes pedestrians to walk on the road; a campaign to remove ice from pavements as well as roads during the winter months. Their website is full of hints and ideas on steps we can take to improve our streets. In addition, you'll find tips on how to campaign for safer streets in your area.

Take a look at Living Streets website to pledge, or to find out more about Living Streets and how to help their campaigns. You can find out more about National Walking Month here.

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Supporting Somerset Community Foundation

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

We've been supporting the Somerset Community Foundation through the Myakka Grass Roots Fund for a number of years. As part of our involvement with the SCF, we recently made a donation to The Growing Space, Wincanton.

Now spring has sprung, it is apt that the most recent to benefit is The Growing Space. Based at The Balsam Centre in Wincanton, the charity organises gardening activities for both adults and children.

Somerset Community Foundation and The Growing Space

The Growing Space began in 2001 as a social and therapeutic horticulture charity. This is a term used to describe the process of using plants and gardens to improve physical and mental health. The benefits will strike a chord with most people, but as Programmes Manager at SCF, says, "it's interesting to see the ways that local organisations are turning to gardening to achieve positive changes in their communities."

  somerset community foundation - The Growing Space cheque presentation                 
Nick Truman is the Community Horticultural Worker at the Balsam Centre. He currently working with 40 adults and 30 children through The Growing Space. The activities Nick employs are based on producing cut flowers, fruit and vegetables for the Balsam Centre's café. Moreover, there's the general maintenance of the gardens to enhance the enjoyment of the whole community.

The charity has partnerships with local mental health services, adult social care teams, GP's, schools, local authorities and community-based support groups. Nick says, "as well as the more obvious benefits gained from gardening, there are many additional welfare aspects. People can use the garden as a safe and secure place to develop their ability to mix socially and make friends. Additionally, they will learn practical skills that will help them to be more independent."
  somerset community foundation the growing space             |

After presenting a cheque for £2,000, Myakka Director Simon said, "this is such an inspiring charity. It builds on a very basic human need to be outside engaging with nature but takes it one step further. We are delighted to be able to provide support to help The Growing Space put their good work into practice."

 Finally, for more information on The Growing Space, visit their website. If you'd like to learn more about Somerset Community Foundation, click here.

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Wooden Furniture Care Guide

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

A little bit of easy wooden furniture care for your Myakka furniture will help keep it looking great and ensure that it is in perfect working condition for years to come. We recommend treating your sheesham furniture to a little beeswax to help keep it looking its best.

To help you clean and care for your Myakka furniture, we spoke to our Furniture Care Expert Paul. He's come up with plenty of useful suggestions on just that!

Wooden Furniture Care - Waxing your Furniture

Waxing your furniture at least once a year will help keep the lustre of the wood and feed the timber. However, it is best to wax it twice a year and sometimes more for frequently used pieces of furniture.

To wax your furniture, I recommend you use a natural beeswax polish such as Mylands Antique Mahogany Wax. This helps keep the colour (of sheesham furniture) rich, as well as feeding the wood and giving the furniture a lovely sheen. To get the best finish from your wax follow these easy steps:Mylands Wax - Wooden Furniture Care Guide
  • Apply wax with a soft cloth in a circular motion
  • Make sure that there is enough wax on the wood but not too much that it leaves streaks – this is really important
  • Leave the wax for 20 to 30 minutes so it hardens off
  • Finally, buff off - first with a shoe brush going with the grain and then with a soft cloth, again going with the grain
To get into hard to reach places like in the elephant carvings, I use an inch thick disposable paint brush and cut the bristle length down by about a third. This makes the bristle stiffer and easier to use. You can then apply the wax into hard to reach places with the cut off brush.

Hathi carvings - Wooden Furniture Care

Sticking Drawers

Are you finding that your drawers are beginning to get a little stuck when you open and close them? Try using a clear candle to rub along the grove of the unit and the runner of the drawer where it is sticking. This lubricates the runner and stops it from sticking.

Day to Day Cleaning

We don’t recommend you use too many silicone based spray polishes. They can block the wood and stop it from breathing. However, spray polishes can be used infrequently to remove dust from the surface of your furniture. Simply spray onto a soft cloth first and then use to remove dust - do not spray onto the furniture itself.

Mallani Blanket Box - Wooden Furniture Care

Removing Ring Marks

Because Myakka furniture is waxed rather than sealed, it is a common problem for the surface of the furniture to get damaged by hot and wet things. We recommend you always use coasters, though if accidents do happen, it isn’t the end of the world. Take a read of this blog, which explains step-by-step how to remove ring marks.

Finally, if you'd like more wooden furniture care tips, be sure to give our friendly Customer Service Team a call on 0345 460 3122. They're full of knowledge and love to chat!

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