Seven Tips To Help You Become A Master Beekeeper

Tip #1:- Learn the true art form thats within beekeeping, it is the act of acquiring colonies of bees, maintaining the health of your bees and hives ensuring that they give good harvests when harvest time comes. All beekeepers that have productive colonies have taken the time to gain knowledge about bee species as some types can be aggressive, they can harbour disease, become prone to parasites and end being victims to predators also.

All of these factors can affect the productivity of your bees which will end up yielding less than satisfactory harvests. So before anybody dives in head first into the world of beekeeping, a bit of research must be done so that one has above average knowledge about beekeeping (Or get a Step-by Step beekeeping guide from the links below).

Tip #2:- Safety is an integral part of beekeeping, bees are very gentle when treated with respect and its possible to go on for years without being stung. However its still important that safety principles are adhered to all the time. Get yourself a good beekeepers suit and it must consist of a long sleeve jacket, long pair of pants that can be sealed at bottom to prevent bees from crawling up your legs, a hat that has a veil and gloves.

I cannot over emphasise the importance of having a first aid kit near your apiary, because even if your become very cautious when handling these insects, there will be that occasional stinging and if anyone has hypersensitivity to beestings, they must receive immediate medical attention.

Tip #3:- Every trade needs a place whereby production takes place, so does beekeeping. Youll need some space to keep your colonies called the apiary. An ideal place would be in a farm as most farmers welcome beekeepers with open arms because of their understanding of the role bees play in pollination. However not everyone can have access to farmland. Its still possible to be a beekeeper in urban areas, but extra precautionary measures will have to be taken.

Tip #4:- Join a beekeepers association in your area so that you may be able to receive some support about most things in beekeeping. Most states dont allow individuals to become beekeepers if they are not registered as beekeepers and this where the support from the association will come handy. Theyll prepare you to be able to meet the required standards by the authorities, and help you set up an appropriate date for the inspectors to come and grade your apiary accordingly so that you can be certified as quickly as possible.

Tip #5:- Once the above steps have been dealt with the next thing to do is to acquire some hives and bees. There are various ways of getting bees but Id assume that if youre reading this article youre a complete newbie, so my advice is that you buy packaged bees. I prefer packaged bees simply because they come with complete Queen, drone and some worker bees. You can be sure that they are disease free, as all packaged bees have a documented history.

You can contact your beekeepers association and they refer you to some reputable suppliers on their data base so that you can get your first package of bees and a good hive to get you moving in the right direction.

Tip #6:- Now that everything is in place its time to install your bees in their new environment so they can get going and start producing honey. You want make sure that the queen is properly installed in the hive (for detailed steps of installing the queen refer to the Step-by-Step guide, accessible from the links below), then prepare syrup mixture and water source to be place outside the hive so that your bees wont have to travel long distance to get nectar.

Tip #7:- Bees are able to take good care of themselves, but an excellent beekeeper will make it easy for them so that their sole focus is on honey production and growing the colony. Regular inspections of the hive are a must, so that any imminent problems can be identified and dealt with or avoided completely if its possible.

Common threats to bees are diseases, pests, parasite and predators and many of the above can be easily dealt with. If you inspect your hive regularly at least two or three time every week, youll notice patterns in behaviour and movement of your bees and whenever theres a slight change youll pick it up instantly.

In conclusion Id like to say that success in beekeeping lies with good management practise, scheduling your inspection intervals, being able identify diseases & pest problems quickly. Once you have these processes nailed down harvesting pretty much work out perfectly, so engage yourself as much as you can towards learning this great practise so that you can reap great rewards

Leading Colocation Provider C4l Is 12th In Deloitte’s 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies In The

PressRelease) October 28, 2009 – C4L, the leading colocation provider, and owners of the UK”s largest privately owned data centre network, ranked as the 12th Fastest Growing Technology Company in the UK in the 2009 Deloitte Technology Fast 50

“Because the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 measures sustained revenue growth over five years, being one of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK is an impressive achievement,” said Deloitte Technology partner for the South West, Laurence Hedditch. “C4L deserves a lot of credit for its remarkable growth.”

C4L attributes its 3245% revenue growth to the continuing expansion of their data centre network, and the ongoing commitment to research and development of new services for their customers. C4L”s data centre network now consists of 30 data centres, giving customers unsurpassed levels of choice when considering their colocation requirements. C4L have also launched their data storage and data backup services in the past year, the latter offering mirrored (at geographically diverse locations), automated and secure storage.

Matt Hawkins, C4L”s founder and Managing Director was understandably delighted with C4L”s high ranking, “We”re pleased to have been ranked 12th overall, but also to be the fastest growing colocation provider in the UK is extremely gratifying and a great reward for the efforts of our staff over the past year. Being the 2nd fastest growing technology company in the Southern regions is also great news, as is being the 5th fastest growing non-London company.”

C4L data centre network features 30 data centres across the UK, and in Amsterdam. The facilities available include; Slough, BlueSquare Maidenhead, BlueSquare Milton Keynes, Telehouse Metro, Telehouse North, Telehouse East, City Lifeline, InterXion, Telecity Meridian Gate, Harbour Exchange 2, Telecity Harbour Exchange 6&7, Telecity Harbour Exchange 8&9, Greenwich, IP House, Park Royal, Node 4 Derby, Node 4 Wakefield, Byfleet, Open Hosting Manchester, UK Grid Manchester, IFL Manchester, Iomart, Level 3 Goswell Road, Global Switch 1, Global Switch 2, Telecity Kilburn House, Telecity Williams House, Telecity Bonnington House, EasyNet, TATA Stratford, Telecity 2 Amsterdam.

C4L doesn”t intend to stop growing any time soon, Matt continues; “This is the latest in what we hope to make a long line of awards recognising our growth and excellence in other areas. We were also finalists in 2 categories of the ISPA (Internet Service Provider Association) awards this year, so this has been a good year for us. Our Bournemouth data centre is due for first phase completion in December, and we”ve also launched our wireless leased lines service, so there is every reason to expect our strong growth to continue for years to come. As always, our focus is on ensuring we save our clients money and provide the complete solution for their online requirements, as this is what has kept us well ahead of the market and stimulated our growth.”

For more information on the fastest growing colocation/ data centre provider in the UK, please call us on 08000 470 481, visit our website at or if you”re interested in becoming a partner please visit our partner site at

About Deloitte
In this press release references to Deloitte are references to Deloitte & Touche LLP, which is among the country’s leading professional services firms. Deloitte & Touche LLP is the United Kingdom member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (“DTT”), a Swiss Verein whose member firms are separate and independent legal entities. Neither DTT nor any of its member firms has any liability for each other’s acts or omissions. Services are provided by member firms or their subsidiaries and not by DTT. Deloitte & Touche LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Top 5 Caravan Parks In The Uk Midlands

I have decided to create this article to let people know my opinion on 5 good caravan parks that I have found in the midlands and Blackpool areas. I have written this articled based on some research I have conducted on this topic and also my personal experiences as I do quite a bit of caravanning around the United Kingdom myself.

Tarn House Leisure and Country Inn:

Tarn house offers you the chance to experience a caravanning holiday set in a quiet, relaxing, remote caravan site set in the heart of the North Yorkshire Dales. The site is situated right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales meaning you can explore everything that they have to offer. The tarn house country in is situated on top of a hill overlooking the fantastic leisure park. The house was converted into as beautiful hotel around 1970’s and still has many of its original features making it a fantastic 4star bed and breakfast. Overall Tarn house has many great things to offer and makes a very nice retreat away.

Contact details:
Tarn House Leisure Park & Country Inn
Stirton, Near Skipton
BD23 3LQ

W :
T : 01756 795309
F : 01756 796718

Windy Harbour:
Windy Harbour Holiday Park is a family owned and maintained holiday park about 6 miles outside of Blackpool. Windy Hall sits remotely in the countryside alongside the banks of the river Wyre, which makes it an ideal location to relax and enjoy your time away.

Their landscaped parklands offer the perfect home from home retreat for touring caravan owners and holiday customers alike. They also have a wide range of well equipped modern holiday homes available for hire and we always offer a range of new and old caravans for sale, so you never know you might just like the place so much you may even end up buying a holiday home with us, for future.

Contact details:
Windy Harbour Holiday Park
Little Singleton
Near Blackpool
FY6 8NB.

T: 01253 883064
F: 01253 892562

Broadwater caravan park:

We are located on the outskirts of the Blackpool town with easy access to the busy shopping community of Thornton-Cleveleys. The site is also very near the Fleetwood port and market, a very large retail market and not forgetting the wonderful promenade.

The caravan park is situated on the just on the outskirts of Fleetwood and is very close by to Blackpool “The entertainment capital of Europe”. It is also close to the historic market town of Garstang and of course, all the beautiful villages which can be found on the banks of the meandering River Wyre.

Broadwater is very much a family orientated park, there’s just so much to see and do, from there amusement arcade, live entertainment, play areas, health spa or their swimming pool there is always something to do.

Contact details:
Broadwater Caravan Park
Fleetwood Road

T: 01253 872796
F: 01253 877133
E: [emailprotected]

Black Beck Caravan Park:
The Lake District National Park covers over 885 square miles and is the largest site in the whole of England. Picturesque views and spectacular scenery abound thanks to the natural blend of mountains, lakes and rolling fells interspersed with quiet villages and bustling market towns.

Black Beck Caravan Park near Bouth, just south of Grizedale Forest in the heart of the Lake District National Park, offers you the perfect setting for either a short break away or an extended holiday.
The park has a wealth of historical character and outstanding natural beauty. Situated amidst an area of mature woodland, it boasts unrivalled peace and tranquillity as an impressive range of local amenities.
The Park has ample space for touring caravans and motor homes, and holiday homes are also available for anyone to hire, obviously depending on availability, I would advise booking well in advance as this park is always normally very busy. There are spacious and aesthetic sites for holiday homes and luxury pine lodges, giving plenty of options to facilitate an enjoyable and rewarding stay.

They also offer well stocked shop offers a range of convenience items including newspapers and fresh food, meaning you don’t have to be 100% self sufficient.
Black beck can offer many different varieties of facilities to cater for everyone’s needs whether it is our luxurious pine lodges, their spa, pool and sauna or their gymnasium there is always something fun to do .

Contact details:
Ribble Estates (Clifton) Ltd
Black Beck Caravan Park,
Nr Newby Bridge,
LA12 8JN

T: 01229 861271
F: 01229 861041
E: [emailprotected]

Newton Hall Holiday Park:
Newton hall Holiday Park is a family owed 4star holiday park about two miles just outside of Blackpool. The beautifully landscaped plot offers the perfect home for your retreat. Newton hall has various types of fully equipped holiday homes for rent, and also has a substantial amount of holiday homes for purchase, second hand or new.

The World famous bright lights of Blackpool really need no introduction! At Newton Hall we offer the ideal compromise of being close enough to take in the sights and sounds of the Blackpool when you desire, yet far enough away, to be able to relax away from it all, in perfect leisurely, peace.

Contact details:
Newton Hall Holiday Park
Staining Road
Staining, Blackpool, Lancashire

T: 01253 882512
F: 01253 893101
E: [emailprotected]

A-z Of Dubai Property

Dubai is a city built on free trade, openness to foreign investment and good business practice. This is nothing new.

In 1901 Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum established Dubai as a free port, abolished all tariffs and began a programme to persuade merchants from the Iranian city of Lingah to relocate to the Dubai Creek.

A natural harbour the Creek was critical to the early development of Dubai. But even by the Second World War Dubai was still a small town with a population of around 20,000.

Dubai’s real economic development began in the 1950s when the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum dredged the Dubai Creek, significantly expanding its capacity and rapidly repaying a loan from the Emir of Kuwait. Sheikh Rashid also founded the Dubai airport and established the first hotel in Dubai in 1959.

This is a thumbnail ‘who’s who’ and ‘what’s what’ in the fast-paced World of the Dubai property sector.
A: Amlak Finance, leading mortgage provider.
B: Better Homes, along with Asteco, the top local estate agents.
C: Cluttons joins FPD Savills as major UK agencies in Dubai.
D: Damac Properties, largest privately-owned developer.
E: Emaar Properties, major property developer, 30% owned by Dubai Government, listed on Dubai Financial Market.
F: Fbi Property Development Company, a Dubai property development company.
G: Goldcrest, building towers in the Jumeirah Islands.
H: Hotels & Resorts IFA is a major investor in Palm Island real estate.
I: International City, tens of thousands of apartments in a themed complex behind Dubai International Airport.
J: Jumeirah Beach Residence, development of more than 40 towers on the Dubai Marina beachfront, 100% Dubai Government owned.
K: Kinnarps of Sweden, leading office fit-out specialists.
L: Landmark Properties, another local agent.
M: General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Dubai real estate sector’s visionary leader.
N: Nakheel, 100% Dubai Government-owned, developer of The Palm Islands and The World.
O: Oryx, one of a new breed of Dubai property agencies.
P: The Palm Islands, one off Jumeirah and the second off the coast at Jebel Ali, massive man-made islands shaped like palm trees.
Q: Quick construction, fast-track building with minimal planning delays and no red-tape.
R: Rakbank, along with HSBC and Mashreqbank, providers of mortgage finance.
S: Springs, 4,000 town houses behind the exclusive Emirates Hills and Meadows executive homes.
T: Tamweel, home finance company, a joint venture between Nakheel and Dubai Islamic Bank, both Dubai Government entities.
U: Union Properties, the second largest listed Dubai property firm, Emirates Bank International has a controlling stake.
V: V-Kool, a Dubai firm supplying sun-reflecting window film that dramatically cuts energy bills.
W. The World, a man-made archipelago of islands in the form of a map of the world, off the Dubai coast.
X: Extremely good value-for-money property.
Y: Yachts in the Dubai Marina, a 1.8km long artificial harbour, central focus of a development of 100+ high rise towers.
Z: His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

A day out in Portsmouth harbour – the best way to explore

Portsmouth harbour is the main naval base in the UK and as such offers a fantastic variation of naval and pleasure craft. There are many ways to explore the harbour including harbour tour boats, ribs and even by Thames sailing barges. The harbour contains some world class sailing boats, the famous spinnaker tower and is home to many British destroyers and aircraft carriers.

The tour boats are a cheap way of getting around the harbour but they have to stick to a set route. They offer fixed prices per person with reduced rates for children. These trips generally take about an hour and cover the main areas of the harbour.

Another option is to charter a RIB (RIB Charter) – (rigid inflatable boat) for the day. If you take some friends or family this actually works out great value for money and gives you the freedom to chose which parts of the harbour you visit. The Rib can be at your disposal all day and some are capable of over 50mph so you can be anywhere in the Solent in no time. Portsmouth harbour actually has a speed limit of 10 knots so if you hire a Rib and fancy doing some wave jumping and high speed turns you have to venture out of the harbour.

You can also tour the harbour in style on a Thames sailing barge. Thames sailing barges were initially used for carrying cargo up and down the Thames and from 60 to 100ft. Due to there shape, they have huge deck space and large areas beneath deck. As with the Rib you can chose where you visit and you are not restricted to Portsmouth harbour alone. Despite there large size the lack of a keel means that you are not restricted by shallow water which is handy as Portsmouth harbour is very tidal. Most of the sailing barges also have plenty of berths down below so you can even sleep on the boat and continue sailing the next morning.

What ever method you chose to explore the harbour you can almost guarantee a great day out with plenty to see and do. Rib and Thames barge charters give you more freedom and add another angle to the day’s fun but the tour boats offer a very cost effective method of exploring Portsmouth harbour.

If You Are In England Come And Visit The Lyme Bay Coast

The Lyme Bay coastal region in south west England traverses the county border between Dorset and Devon. It is an area of breathtaking scenery, history and heritage and is one of the most beautiful and scenically diverse regions of England. I want to help you to get the most out of your visit to this beautiful part of the world by suggesting things to see and do, good food finds and anything else that may enhance your enjoyment when you visit the Lyme Bay coast. Once you have visited the area I am sure you will want to return.

Lyme Bay is an easily accessible part of England renowned for its fossil hunting, breathtaking natural beauty, sheltered harbours, sandy beaches, thatched cottages and pastoral landscape. The weather is relatively mild all year round so its a great place to visit at any time of year. Obviously the area is quieter outside of the main school holidays so thats the time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds. There are so many things to see and do here on the Lyme Bay coast, so here are a couple of suggestions for things to do if you take a holiday in the area:

Civil war, rebellion and fossils in beautiful Lyme Regis
If history is your thing then take a trip to The Philpot Museum in Lyme Regis, where the story of Lyme and its ever changing landscape is told. From Civil war and rebellion, fossils and Mary Anning, literary Lyme to Lymes famous Cobb harbour the museum vividly presents the history of this proud seaside town. The museum is housed in a magnificent idiosyncratic listed building in the heart of the town overlooking Lyme Bay and the historic Cobb harbour. It was built in 1900 by Thomas Philpot and has recently been completely renovated.

The fortunes of Lyme Regis have been inextricably linked to the sea. For seven centuries trade has flourished and faded through its port, protected by the great wall of The Cobb. Fishing, smuggling, storm and shipwreck have left their relics and the collections at The Philpot are unusually rich for a small museum. Lymes lively local history is well represented by maritime and domestic objects and illustrated by paintings, prints and photographs. This part of the coast, known as The Jurassic Coast, is noted for its fossils and there are some excellent examples displayed in the geological galleries. The towns literary connections, from Jane Austen to John Fowles, are illustrated in the new Writers Gallery.
The museum frequently stages interesting temporary exhibitions, guided fossil walks and a lively programme of talks and special events. Admission into the museum is 3.00 for adults with no charge for children and students.

Bread making, fine Food and music in the beautiful Otter Valley
Where can you find food, arts and crafts, music, bread making courses and much, much more all set in one of Devons loveliest valleys and just a mile from The Jurassic Coast? The answer is at Otterton Mill, which is located between Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth on the banks of the River Otter. Otterton Mill features a one thousand year-old working watermill, a restaurant, gallery and artist studios, a bakery, an award winning food shop and a music venue. The earliest written record of the mill is in the Domesday survey in 1068.

Why not learn the timeless principles of traditional bread making from the mills Head Baker. Sessions take place in small groups within the bakery. Youll learn the secrets of making the perfect loaf by hand, as you are taken through the techniques of mixing, clearing, fermentation, knock-back, cutting and scaling, hand moulding, proving and oven baking. The bread making courses are suited for any ability and are informative and fun. Otterton Mill is set in truly beautiful countryside and after your visit you can take a stroll along the River Otter and enjoy its fantastic views and thriving wildlife a great day out in a simply delightful spot.

Somewhere to stay
One of the most flexible ways to take a break in the Lyme Bay area is to book a self-catering holiday cottage. Lyme Bay Cottages provide self-catering holiday accommodation all year round with properties ranging from traditional Devon cottages and Dorset cottages through to modern apartments – some in quiet country hideaways others in lively little coastal towns and villages. You can view details of Devon and Dorset holiday cottages and more information about the Lyme Bay area at

Sibenik Yacht Charter

Sibenik is beautiful city and an excellent starting point for exploring the national parks of; Krka, Kornati and Telascica Bay. There are charter boats in the marinas of Marina Mandalina, located near the centre of town, and Marina Solaris.

What You Need – Experience, Qualifications, Visa Requirements, etc. – The skipper of the boat is required to have an ICC certificate or equivalent.

Charter Season – The best season for a yacht charter in Croatia is early summer with good winds in May and June mainly from the S/SE. Mornings tend to be calm with the wind increasing later in the afternoon to around 15 – 20 knots. The months of July and August in Croatia see calmer conditions which is OK for those who don’t mind motoring on their yacht charter.

Weather – The climate of Croatia’s coast is typical of the Mediterranean and provides for pleasant holidays throughout the year. Summer temperatures average between 26 to 30C and the sea temperature in summer is about 25C.

Time Difference – GMT +1

How to Get There – The nearest airport is Split (SPU). Scheduled services fly from major European cities. There are additional charter flights in the summer.

Currency – The local currency is the Kuna. The Euro is accepted almost everywhere in Croatia

Language – Croatian, with both German and English spoken widely

Food & Drink – Croatian cooking is typically Mediterranean with fish, shellfish, fresh vegetables and olive oil taking centre stage. Varieties of fish include dogs tooth, gilthead, grouper, mackerel, sardines and sea bass. You will find cuttlefish, octopus and squid, lobsters, mussels, oysters and shrimps. These are presented grilled or in stews and risottos. The local smoked ham is very good. Lamb is also highly regarded, especially baked on an open fire. There are some interesting local dishes, some found on individual islands, to be sought out or avoided. Take Vitalec as an example – lambs offal wrapped in lamb gut and spike-roasted, not everbodys idea of culinary heaven. Pag and Dubrovnik produce high quality sheep’s cheese. Pag’s is known as Paski-Sir, a hard, distinctively flavoured cheese. The unique flavour comes from the method of rubbing the cheese with olive oil and ash before leaving it to mature; in addition, the sheep eat a diet that includes many wild herbs such as sage. Dalmatian desserts are good too. The most usual ingredients include almonds, eggs, honey, local fruit, dried figs and raisins. Try Orehnjaca, a sweet bread with walnuts or poppy seeds. Palacinke are pancakes usually served with jam or chocolate. Dalmatian wines have been regarded highly since ancient times. Famous wines include Babic from Primosten, Dingac and Postup from the Peljesac Peninsula and Plancic from the island of Hvar. There are also good local brandies and liqueurs.

Suggested Itinerary;
Day 1 – Join the boat in Sibenik in either Marina Mandalina, located near the centre of town, or Marina Solaris.
Day 2 – Sibenik – Skradin – 10 miles. Head NE up the Krka River. Skradin is a small town located on the river and at the entrance to the Krka National Park. The main attraction of the park is a series of waterfalls.
Day3 – Skradin – Rogoznica – 25 miles. Return down river and then follow the coast SE to Rogoznica. This attractive fishing village has a naturally protected harbour with good depths. Fresh fish is available every day in the restaurants. Try the fish soup prepared la Rogoznica.
Day 4 – Rogoznica – Komiza – 38 miles. Head S to the island of Vis. Komiza is situated in a deep bay on the W coast of the island. There are several monasteries and fortresses worth a visit. On summer evenings you can see performances of Klape, harmony-singing groups, and children’s choirs on the coastal promenade or in one of local restaurants. Komiza is renowned for its wines.
Day 5 – Komiza – Vis – 10 miles. Sail around the island to the town Vis on the NE coast of the island. The town is located in a large and protected bay. The port of Vis is located in the SW part of the bay. The island is well-known for its wide selection of fish. There are extensive stocks of tuna and large crabs so check out the local restaurants.
Day 6 – Vis – Vela Luka – 30 miles. Head E to the island of Korcula. Vela Luka is located on the W side of the island. There are several museums and galleries located in the town centre
Day 7 – Vela Luka – Korcula – 25 miles. Head to the E side of the island and the town of Korcula, an historic, fortified town still surrounded by fortified walls. The town has mooring facilities. The western harbour provides shelter except from strong northerlies when you are advised to use the eastern harbour. Korcula”s historic sites include the central Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral of St Mark, built from 1301 to 1806, the 15th-century Franciscan monastery with a beautiful Venetian Gothic cloister and the massive city fortifications.
Day 8 – Korcula – Scedro – 25 miles. Head NW to Scedro, an island off the south coast of the island of Hvar
Day 9- Scedro – Palmiza. Head N to the island of Hvar. Palmizana has a marina with 200 berths.
Day 10 -Palmizana – Trogir – 25 miles. Head NE and back to the mainland and the town of Trogir which is situated on a small island between the Croatian mainland and the island of Ciovo. The town is on the UNESCO World Heritage List
Day 11 – Trogir – Primosten – 30 miles. Head NW along the coast to Primosten, famous for its huge and beautiful vineyards. It is also known for the traditional donkey race that takes place there every summer. Primosten’s Raduca beaches have been voted amongst the 10 most beautiful beaches in Croatia.
Day 12 – Primosten – Piskera – 35 miles. Head W to Piskera, a small uninhabited island in the Kornati islands National Park
Day 13 – Piskera – Sukosan – 30 miles. Head N and back to the mainland. Sukosan is a popular holiday resort and home to Zlatna Luka Marina. The town itself offers nice walks through the traditional narrow alleys.
Day 14 – Sukosan – Murter – 25 miles. Murter is located in the northwest part of the Sibenik archipelago and is separated from the mainland by a 20m wide sea canal at Tisno.
Day 15 – Murter – Sibenik – 15 miles. Leave the yacht

History of the Area – Croatia has been inhabited since the Stone Age. The Croats arrived in the seventh century in what is Croatia today. The first king, Tomislav I was crowned in AD 925 and Croatia became a Kingdom. The Kingdom of Croatia retained its sovereignty for almost two centuries. Croatia entered a union with Hungary in 1102. In 1526, the Croatian Parliament elected Ferdinand from the House of Habsburg to the Croatian throne. In 1918 Croatia declared independence from Austria-Hungary and joined the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. During World War II, the Germans occupied Croatian territory and created the Independent State of Croatia. After the war Croatia became a founding member of the Second Yugoslavia. On June 25, 1991, during a bloody civil war, Croatia declared independence and became a sovereign state.

Ditch The Dummy In Only 5 Easy Steps

Babies have a natural sucking reflex so pacifiers / dummies are a great source of comfort for them.

Many Health Professionals believe that dummy use should be restricted from around six months of age and that the use of a dummy or pacifier has ended by the age of one, however as children differ age is not set in stone.

Now you will have different reasons as you want your child to ditch their dummy, here are a few important reasons you may not be aware of:

Increased ear infections: There is a proven link between prolonged dummy use and ear infections. Sucking on a dummy increases the chance of an infection back tracking from the mouth into the Eustachian tube (the narrow channels that run between the ears and the throat). Childrens tubes are very small and can easily get blocked.

Link to stomach and other infections: Dummies can harbour many germs therefore they pose a risk to your child suffering from symptoms such as vomiting, fever, diarrhoea and colic..

Dental problems: Dummies / Pacifiers can lead to teeth growth and development, especially if your child is still using their dummy when they have their adult / permanent / second set of teeth. Always try to at least use an orthodontic one available from most chemists and baby stores etc.

Speech impediments: You should always remove the dummy from your childs mouth when they speak and try to get them to speak more rather than keep pointing at various items or objects.

Remember all the times your child whined or cried, and they were given the dummy / pacifier.

They were programmed to learn that when they were upset this was part of the way they were comforted.

Now we are going to kind of “de-programme” them to thinking that they don’t need this any longer.

Just think if you have to give something up you love, its not fun is it????

So as a parent you will have to take several steps to achieving this goal for your child.

Ok, lets get rid of that dummy, FOREVER !
Step 1 : Involve your Child

Don’t just turn up one day and snatch the dummy / soother / pacifier from their mouth or hand.

The trick is to make your child feel involved every step of the way and to let them feel that it is partly their decision too!

So sit them down, make sure you are at eye level with them, and speak softly, clearly and slowly so they understand.

Simply explain that as they are getting older, now that they are a big boy or girl, etc you know how to speak to your child so use whichever term you feel appropriate and at ease with, that its time they didn’t use their dummy pacifier all the time.

Don’t say never, they will be told that in later steps.

Now you may be met by screams of “no” “no” “no” or tantrums and tears but don’t make an issue of it, this is a good sign that they understood you and know what lies in the future for them and their dummy.

You will re-iterate this point to them at least once every day, no more is needed, too much pressure on your child will not help achieve their dummy free life.

There is no set time scale in your task, patience is a virtue and you will need your patience as anger never gets the right results.

Step 2 : Slowly Wean Your Child off the Dummy

In order for your child to give up their dummy or pacifier, you will have to remove the habit that has formed in their mind.

You have to get your child used to the idea of not having their dummy / pacifier and you have to let your child see that they can cope without the dummy, in fact they will see they can be happy without the dummy at all.

Now you are going to have the patience of a saint, there are testing times ahead but you have to be strong for your child. As a parent you are responsible for teaching them and guiding them to a happy and healthy life, they are totally dependant on you.

Now its up to you which way you would like to perform this step.

a) You can choose a certain time of the day, say 9am until 10am, when no matter what happens your child wont get their dummy, you dont tell your child that this is the case, instead if they are upset or crying you are going to use your skills to comfort them in other ways, you know what comforts you child but dont use the dummy.

b) You could just remove the dummy whenever the child seems uninterested in using it, ie. anytime you see the dummy / pacifier you will take it away, out of sight out of mind they say. Often when the child sees the dummy they immediately want it, so removing it from their eyesight is n excellent way to take their mind off it.

c) Pretend to your child that the dummy is lost. Then make a game of finding it, obviously you wont find out, instead you will use this opportunity to distract their attention and focus it on something else. Find a toy, book, when you are looking for the dummy.

d) Your own way! Each and every child has different needs and behaviours. Obviously you know what your child needs, if you think of another way then use that, my steps only worked for my little girl and are just guidelines for you and your child.

Another good tip is never let your child have a favourite dummy now, always change it to a new one, different colour etc, we dont want them familiar with any dummy.

Step 3 : Alternative methods of comfort

Up until now your child has used their dummy or pacifier for comfort. So now they need an alternative to comfort.

Obviously we are not going to bribe them or buy them gifts, we are not swapping a dummy or pacifier for something else they will have to give up. Your child is upset and needs comfort from you.

Imagine how you feel when your upset, maybe frustrated, hurt or angry.

Try to imagine how your child feels.

Communication is an excellent way of finding out why they are upset so you can therefore remedy the situation, so ask them why they are upset, make sure you ask in a soft voice tone and have direct eye contact with them.

Touch them, its very comforting to know someone is there for you when your upset, especially when youre a child, give them a hug, hold their hand, sit them on your knee etc, show them you care.

Distract them, we all know how to distract our child from their upset frame of mind. Maybe take them into the bathroom and run the water, children love running water, even let them put their hands or feet in it or read them their favourite story, you know what will distract them.

If all else fails and your child will only respond to the dummy or pacifier, then give them it, we havent got to the step where they have dumped that dummy !

Step 4 : Leave the house without a dummy or pacifier

Dont Panic ! It wont be that bad. If this fills you with dread dont let it. Just take little steps at a time, I dont mean go out for a whole day without the dummy, start off little but aim big!

A trip to the swing park, feeding the ducks, take them swimming, anything that will amuse your child and show them that they dont need a dummy to have happy and good times.

Gradually you will increase the time that you are out the house without the dummy, observe your child when you are out, remember the time it took for them to ask for their dummy, or start to need it. This will help you avoid any screaming matches and those strained looks from other people.

By the way, never mind what other people think, your child is upset and they are your priority, not the disapproving look of some strangers.

Restrict dummy use to key times during the day, such as bedtime or when your child is unwell.

Reward your child with fun activities, or stickers charts, but not sweets or candy!

When you are out make sure you point out any other boys or girls who are not using a dummy, it will make them feel more grown up.

You are aiming to get your child used to large amounts of time without their dummy,

This will help when you both take the final step in ditching the dummy.

Step 5: Ditching the Dummy FOREVER

Ok the time has come, can you say yes to all of the following statements.

You have gradually decreased the amount of time your child uses their dummy, i.e they can go for long periods of time without using it.

Your child is aware that they will be giving up their dummy.

You are confident that you can comfort your child when they are distressed without the use of a dummy

Yes? Great, then you are ready.

One final step, as a grand gesture, you can have a pretend ceremony for your child to get rid of their dummy, the purpose of this is to let your child see that the Dummy is gone, forever and never to return.

My daughter loves Fairies, so the fairies came one night and took her dummy for a little baby fairy.

One person I know tied their childs dummy to a helium filled balloon and let it float away up in the clouds, gone forever !

Another of my friends gave her childs dummy to the Bin Man, Trash Man and he threw it in the back of the Trash / Bin Lorry.

It is important that your child knows the dummy is gone, and they see that it is never coming back.




Sally Neill

Newfoundland Hotels- The Wilds At Salomier River Golf Resort

Newfoundland might be a small island in the North Atlantic but the province has attractions in every area. Newfoundland and Labrador has more ‘things to do’ than almost anyplace else in the world. Discover some of the most popular sites, events, and activities that vacationers enjoy in this charming Canadian province.

Newfoundland and Labrador 30 Terrific ‘Things to Do’
Newfoundland and Labrador, an exceptional island in eastern Canada, can be expected to be the perfect place for water sports. Yet there is even much more that vacationers discover when they visit this charming province. Discover ‘things to do’ in Newfoundland and Labrador.
30 Terrific ‘Things to Do’ in Newfoundland and Labrador
1. Visit Cape Spear the most easterly point in North America.
2. Hike up to Signal Hill in St. John’s where Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal.
3. See the first sunrise in Canada on Signal Hill.
4. Visit Lester’s Field the location from which Alcock and Brown left on the first non-stop transatlantic aircraft flight.
5. Visit George Street in St. John’s the street with the most pubs per square foot of any street in North America.
6. Take in the annual August Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival in St. John’s.
7. Go on a ‘Southern Labrador Adventure’ and watch a naturalist catalogue orcas and humpbacks off northern Newfoundland.
8. Visit Battle Harbour a historic community in Labrador.
9. Take a boat tour and see Atlantic Canada’s largest puffin colony in Witless Bay.
10. Visit the archaeological dig in L’Anse aux Meadows site of the Viking landing.
11. Explore the archaeological dig at the Colony of Avalon in Ferryland home to Lord and Lady Baltimore in the 17th century.
12. Take the kids to Salmonier Nature Park. Adults and children will enjoy this spot.
13. Visit Gros Morne Park a United Nations World Heritage Site.
14. Take a trip to Carbonear and Harbour Grace Islands. Learn about the pirate Peter Easton and the Irish princess, Sheila Na Geira.
15. Camp in Newfoundland’s first-class provincial parks.
16. Camp in Pippy Park a camping site in the middle of St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital city.
17. Take the kids to Splash n’ Putt the province’s premier water park.
18. Hike the East Coast Trail. Walk the scenic route from St. John’s down the Southern Shore.
19. Drop by the Irish Loop a little bit of Ireland on the island of Newfoundland.
20. Enjoy summer time dinner theatre in Ferryland.
21. Have a Lighthouse Picnic in Ferryland.
22. Explore the pebble and sandy beaches across the island. Find them everywhere from Middle Cove to Bear Cove to Northern Sands.
23. Check out the events. Festivals, dances, and fairs are held throughout the year.
24. Go to a summer Blueberry Festival in Brigus.
25. Pick wild Newfoundland berries bakeapples (cloudberries), blueberries, and partridge berries (lingonberries).
26. Attend a garden party. Visitors can find traditional garden parties held in various communities during the summer months.
27. Visit Cape Bonavista Lighthouse.
28. Enjoy a play at the Stephenville Festival.
29. The annual summer ‘New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant takes productions into the fields and meadows of Trinity.
30. Visit ‘The Rooms’ in St. John’s a combination museum, art gallery, and provincial archives.
Wherever you travel in Newfoundland and Labrador, you will find charming Newfoundland cottages and hotels and Newfoundland bed and breakfasts as well as comfortable inns and cozy cabins.

Why Iels Gozo

If you are looking for an unforgettable English language learning experience which combines relaxation, entertainment and guaranteed improvement in your English, whether it be through a General English course, Business English small group learning course or Intensive English course, then IELS Gozo is your destination.

IELS Gozo offers a peaceful, stress free environment to students of all ages who are looking for an opportunity to meet people from different countries, make lasting friendships and create special memories which bring them back time and time again.

Gozo Summer Centre
IELS Gozo is ideally located in Ghajnsielem, within walking distance of Mgarr Harbour where ferries run regularly taking just 20mins to cross to and from the main island of Malta. Ghajnsielem is an attractive village with a strong sense of community and a thriving social life.
Our school is located on the main road on two floors in a modern building, the first floor is dedicated to the teaching centre, which is fully air-conditioned and comprises 10 bright classrooms, a video room, an administration office and a reception area, as well as vending machines with snacks and drinks. On the second floor one can find the spacious and comfortable student residence.
The school has a maximum capacity of 75 students whom depending on which course they choose can be placed in classes having a maximum of 6 or 10 students.
IELS Gozo is open from May to October 2010.


Experience the Gozitan relaxed and laid back lifestyle that we Maltese have now also come to envy choose HOME STAY.

Gozo and its residents have kept the old, traditional Maltese conservative values. Choosing to stay with one of our host families will ensure you not only get comfort and rich food, but also the friendly welcome and hospitality you need to feel right at home.

The Migiarro Residence is conveniently situated above the school and offers very comfortable accommodation in three self-catering apartments fully furnished to high standards. Each apartment has three twin bedrooms most with private balcony, a shower room, bathroom, fully fitted kitchen and a spacious living area. Students can choose to share a room with another student or have a single room at a supplement. The penthouse on the top floor has two twin bedrooms. All students in the residence have access to the large terrace area. Wireless internet is also available in the second floor apartments.


The Grand Hotel Gozo is ideally situated on top of the gateway to Gozo Island, Mgarr Harbour. The hotel enjoys spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Gozo channel. The to and fro of the fishing boats and the incomparable vistas add a unique touch to the excellent hospitality offered at the hotel, where truly everyone knows your name. The hotel offers en-suite four star accommodation, with predominantly sea view rooms, ranging from standard double rooms to spacious superior suites.