You’ll dig these earthy Amazon Prime deals on Spear & Jackson garden tools

The best Amazon Prime Day deals may be happening in winter this year, but it’s still got spring and summer in its heart… with this selection of garden tool deals from Spear & Jackson. This is a brand that every British gardener knows and respects and there is a pile of Spear & Jackson Amazon Prime Day deals out there, as big as a very large compost heap. 

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Looking for a high-quality pair of bypass secateurs for green stems? At this price these are a snip.

Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Professional Heavy Duty Bypass Secateur £17.19 | Was £33.99 | Save £16.80 at Amazon

This anvil and bypass secateurs pack is the perfect gift for the plant-loving stem cropper in your life.

Spear & Jackson Kew Gardens Razorsharp Cutting, Set 3K Bypass and Anvil Secateurs Set, Green £14.99 | Was £27.49 | Save £12.50 at Amazon

A superb half-price secateurs deal for delicate topiary tasks.

Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Mini Pruner Set £12.49 | £25.99 | Save £13.50 at Amazon

Spear & Jackson Kew Gardens Collection 370M3KEW Multi-Purpose Gardening Gloves, Blue – Medium £4.79 | Was £6.99 | Save £2.20 at Amazon

Soil, sharp thorns and rough branches play havoc with the hands. The answer? Wear a pair of decent gardening gloves like these tough rubbery, grippy things from the Spear & Jackson Kew Gardens Collection. At a smidge under a fiver, they’ll protect the hands from drying out and keep them looking spick and even a little bit span.View Deal

Yet more prime Spear & Jackson Amazon deals on fence post rammers, bulb planters and pruning saws

Spear & Jackson PHR5 Landscaping and Fencing Post Hole Rammer, Silver £30.79 | Was £92.49 | Save a massive £61.70 at Amazon

Spear & Jackson 3060EL Select Stainless Steel Bulb Planter £ 8.29 | Was £14.49 | Save £6.20 at Amazon

Spear & Jackson RIDDLE Steel Frame Garden Riddle, Steel £11.09 | Was £17.49 | Save £6.40 at Amazon

Spear & Jackson Kew Gardens Razorsharp 4960KEW Folding Pruning Saw £10.39 | Was £16.49 | Save £6.10 at Amazon

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What you’ll see in 2020

It feels like 2020 has provided more than enough scares. But for people still seeking an extra jolt of fear and adrenalin, it’s the time of year for those shocking haunted house attractions.



a bridge over a river: The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a park focused on outdoor activities and is in full autumn glory.


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The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a park focused on outdoor activities and is in full autumn glory.



a sign on the side of a road: The Bates Motel is taking reservations in 2020.


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The Bates Motel is taking reservations in 2020.

While the Covid-19 pandemic has curtailed a lot of long-distance travel, especially by plane, these Halloween-themed attractions around the world usually draw a more local crowd. So they shouldn’t be hurt by people making more short-haul trips this year.

They do face other hurdles, though.

In the carefree nights of 2019, the big questions on these attractions were: Which ones are the best? How scary are they?

In the cautious nights of 2020, we have different questions: Are haunted house attractions even opening this year? And if they are, is it safe to go?

With cases of Covid-19 again on the rise, medical experts advise a careful approach.

A mix of openings and closings



a person standing next to a glass display case: A longtime Las Vegas favorite, Freaking Bros. Trilogy of Terror decided not to open for the 2020 season.


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A longtime Las Vegas favorite, Freaking Bros. Trilogy of Terror decided not to open for the 2020 season.

Just to get a sampling, CNN Travel checked its list of the 10 best haunted house attractions in the United States for 2019 to see what they’re doing in 2020 during the pandemic.

The results: Seven are open this year. Three have decided to shutter for 2020. The seven that are open are:

— Bates Motel, 1835 Middletown Road, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania 19342; +1 610 459 0647

— The Dent Schoolhouse, 5963 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45248; +1 513 445 9767

— Erebus, 18 S Perry St.., Pontiac, Michigan 48342; +1 248 332 7884

— Haunted Overload, 20 Orchard Way, Lee, New Hampshire 03861; +1 855 504 2868



Netherworld, located near Atlanta, has put more emphasis on its outdoor areas for 2020.


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Netherworld, located near Atlanta, has put more emphasis on its outdoor areas for 2020.

— Netherworld Haunted House, 1313 Netherworld Way, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30087; +1-404-608-2484

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— Scream Town, 7410 US-212, Chaska, Minnesota 55318; +1 888 317 7308

— The 13th Gate: 832 St Philip St, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802; +1 225 389 1313

Citing safety concerns because of Covid-19, three of 2019’s top 10 decided not to reopen. They are Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror in Las Vegas, the Haunted Trail of Balboa Park in San Diego and Scared by the Sound (at Playland Park) in Rye, New York.

In a message to fans on its website, Freaking Bros. in Nevada said, “Current regulations will not allow us to present our horror shows with the intensity that we are famous for, nor can we guarantee a way to protect our patrons or our valued employees and volunteers properly during this pandemic.

“After months of deliberation and careful assessment, we’ve regretfully had to acknowledge that the only responsible way to handle this is to put safety first,

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Haunted house attractions in the pandemic: What you’ll see in 2020

(CNN) — It feels like 2020 has provided more than enough scares. But for people still seeking an extra jolt of fear and adrenalin, it’s the time of year for those shocking haunted house attractions.

While the Covid-19 pandemic has curtailed a lot of long-distance travel, especially by plane, these Halloween-themed attractions around the world usually draw a more local crowd. So they shouldn’t be hurt by people making more short-haul trips this year.

They do face other hurdles, though.

In the carefree nights of 2019, the big questions on these attractions were: Which ones are the best? How scary are they?

In the cautious nights of 2020, we have different questions: Are haunted house attractions even opening this year? And if they are, is it safe to go?

With cases of Covid-19 again on the rise, medical experts advise a careful approach.

A mix of openings and closings

The results: Seven are open this year. Three have decided to shutter for 2020. The seven that are open are:

The Bates Motel is taking reservations in 2020.

The Bates Motel is taking reservations in 2020.

Christopher Brielmaier/Rogues Hollow Productions/Bates Entertainment Group

— Bates Motel, 1835 Middletown Road, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania 19342; +1 610 459 0647
— The Dent Schoolhouse, 5963 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45248; +1 513 445 9767
— Erebus, 18 S Perry St.., Pontiac, Michigan 48342; +1 248 332 7884
— Haunted Overload, 20 Orchard Way, Lee, New Hampshire 03861; +1 855 504 2868
— Netherworld Haunted House, 1313 Netherworld Way, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30087; +1-404-608-2484
— Scream Town, 7410 US-212, Chaska, Minnesota 55318; +1 888 317 7308
— The 13th Gate: 832 St Philip St, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802; +1 225 389 1313

Citing safety concerns because of Covid-19, three of 2019’s top 10 decided not to reopen. They are Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror in Las Vegas, the Haunted Trail of Balboa Park in San Diego and Scared by the Sound (at Playland Park) in Rye, New York.

A longtime Las Vegas favorite, Freaking Bros. Trilogy of Terror decided not to open for the 2020 season.

A longtime Las Vegas favorite, Freaking Bros. Trilogy of Terror decided not to open for the 2020 season.

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In a message to fans on its website, Freaking Bros. in Nevada said, “Current regulations will not allow us to present our horror shows with the intensity that we are famous for, nor can we guarantee a way to protect our patrons or our valued employees and volunteers properly during this pandemic.

“After months of deliberation and careful assessment, we’ve regretfully had to acknowledge that the only responsible way to handle this is to put safety first, and close for the 2020 season.”

The venues that are opening are emphasizing Covid-19 safety.

The 13th Gate is where folks in Louisiana find their thrills.

The 13th Gate is where folks in Louisiana find their thrills.

13th Gate

For example, the 13th Gate in Louisiana has an entire page devoted to Covid-19 measures. Visitors to amusement parks this past summer will find this all quite familiar.

13th Gate’s measures include mandated masks for guests and actors, virtual queues, reduced capacity, temperature screenings and new setups to maintain

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You’ll Never Eat Overcooked Pasta Again With This Tool That Sings Different Songs While Your Pasta Cooks

Everyone has their own rule of thumb they follow when it comes to cooking pasta because, let’s face it, although it’s filling and delicious in all of its forms, there’s nothing worse than overcooked pasta. Ditch the instructions on the box—with this “Al Dente” pasta timer you can make the perfect meal and be serenaded in the process.



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a sign over a fire hydrant: Al Dente - The Singing Floating Pasta Timer: Will Sing Different Tunes when Pasta is Ready at 3, 7, 9, and 11 Minutes, to be Boiled with any Pasta in the Pot, Floats in Cold & Hot Boiling Water


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Al Dente – The Singing Floating Pasta Timer: Will Sing Different Tunes when Pasta is Ready at 3, 7, 9, and 11 Minutes, to be Boiled with any Pasta in the Pot, Floats in Cold & Hot Boiling Water

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The Al Dente timer is heat-proof and is meant to be put in the boiling hot water pot with whatever pasta you’re using. It will float in the water and sing different songs to signal how long the pasta has been cooking. At three minutes, he’ll sing “That’s Amore” which is a good benchmark for thinner pastas like Angel hair. Next, at seven minutes, he’ll belt out the Godfather theme song which is good timing for tagliatelle noodles.

For spaghetti, which should be boiled for about nine minutes, the timer will play “Tarantella Napoletana” and, finally, at 11 minutes, Al Dente will play “Prisoner’s Choir.” The handy tool is available for $25 on Amazon Prime right now, and reviews say that it does help people cook their pasta so that they don’t have to worry about setting a timer on their phone or keeping an eye on the clock.

Gadgets like these are increasingly popular as people are spending more time at home experimenting with cooking, and any way the learning curve for cooking time can be improved is worthwhile. If you can get a pasta timer that will sing Italian classics for you in the kitchen, what more could you ever need?

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Amazon fall home decor finds you’ll love for 2020

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, at least for people who love fall.

One of my favourite things to do this time of year is make little decorative changes around the house to welcome the season. Small things like replacing florals and throws, adding decorative gourds and scented candles go a long way to help your space feel cozy as the temperatures cool and the leaves start to change.

ALSO SEE: The best scented candles for fall 2020 — including ones that smells like ‘Canada’ and a ‘Book Club’

In our house, shopping on Amazon is a way of life. From gadgets to skincare, serums to leggings, it’s not unusual for there to be a few packages on my door step filled with some of my most recent finds. Aside from the necessities, Amazon is a great resource for home decor.

You can find affordable products with plenty of customer reviews that add a certain element of confidence to my purchases.

I’ve gathered some of my favourite fall home decor finds to help entice you to add a little pumpkin spice to your space!

Gresorth 6 PCS Fake White Pumpkins Fall Autumn Halloween
Gresorth 6 PCS Fake White Pumpkins Fall Autumn Halloween

This collection of six white (faux!) pumpkins are perfect for decorating your home without looking like you’re prepping for Halloween.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $17 (originally $19)

DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Heavyweight Woven Fringed Table Runner for Everyday Use, Fall & Holidays. Image via Amazon.
DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Heavyweight Woven Fringed Table Runner for Everyday Use, Fall & Holidays. Image via Amazon.

This cotton runner helps set the scene for your favourite floral arrangement and thanksgiving dinners.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $13

Decorative Wheat
Decorative Wheat

An easy way to update your home for fall is to add decorative wheat or cotton stems to a vase. These arrangements would look best as part of your entryway decor.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $14

Pack of 2 Velvet Soft Solid Decorative Throw Pillow Cover. Image via Amazon.
Pack of 2 Velvet Soft Solid Decorative Throw Pillow Cover. Image via Amazon.

 

These super luxe cushions feature boho-inspired tassels and come in 20 different colours – including seasonal fall colours.

SHOP IT: Amazon, from $23 (for 2 covers)

Rivet Bubble Textured Lightweight Decorative Fringe Throw Blanket. Image via Amazon.
Rivet Bubble Textured Lightweight Decorative Fringe Throw Blanket. Image via Amazon.

This throw blanket adds so much texture to your living space thanks to it’s bubbles of yarn and playful fringe – and would look great year-round.

SHOP IT: Amazon, from $84

The Wreath Depot.
The Wreath Depot.

Even though they can be expensive, with the proper care and storage a wreath can last you years!

SHOP IT: Amazon, $173

Throw Pillow Cover Autumn Decor Watercolor Pumpkins Morning Pumpkin Pillow Cover. Image via Amazon.
Throw Pillow Cover Autumn Decor Watercolor Pumpkins Morning Pumpkin Pillow Cover. Image via Amazon.

These printed pillow cases are an easy way to add playful fall decor to your home.

SHOP IT: Amazon,

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A home improvement project you’ll use every day! Maximize the storage space in your kitchen or bathroom

Alan Regala, ShelfGenie of Seattle, shows us how to create a more functional home, without a complete remodel. Sponsored by ShelfGenie.

SEATTLE — ShelfGenie of Seattle’s custom-designed storage solutions can add more space, organization, and accessibility to your existing cabinets.  

In this interview, Alan Regala, ShelfGenie Director of Client Happiness, explains how revamping your cabinets with custom Glide-Out shelves can help you better utilize your space and keep clutter to a minimum.

SPECIAL OFFER: The first 15 New Day callers will get a free professional design consultation and free installation. Call 888-848-1372 to schedule an appointment or visit shelfgenie.com/seattle to learn more.

About ShelfGenie: “ShelfGenie custom Glide-Out shelves are the best way to eliminate common frustrations in the kitchen, pantry, and bath. Our custom-designed storage solutions add more space, more organization, and more accessibility to your existing cabinets. 

We pride ourselves on having the best quality Glide-Out shelves available to homeowners. Our process, service and dedicated team of professionals are simply unmatched in the business.” – ShelfGenie of Seattle

Sponsored by ShelfGenie of SeattleWatch New Day Northwest 11 AM weekdays on KING 5 and streaming live on KING5.com. Contact New Day.    

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Adam Liaw on the kitchen appliances you’ll actually use



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Utensils, gadgets, small appliances, large appliances – there’s a lot of things competing for precious space in your kitchen. As kitchen design trends toward smaller, more efficient spaces, it’s more important than ever to separate the must-haves from the kitchen drawer detritus of the future.



Clockwise from left: a stand mixer, air fryer, egg slicer and garlic peeler.


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Clockwise from left: a stand mixer, air fryer, egg slicer and garlic peeler.

Here’s a simple guide to what you need in the kitchen, and what you don’t.

Gadgets

If something can be described as a gadget in the kitchen it’s probably not something you need. A good rule of thumb is that if it has an ingredient in the name, avoid it. From egg slicers to bean splitters, single-ingredient gadgets are the impulse buys of the kitchen.

For some reason garlic seems to attract a lot of equipment. Flexible tubes for peeling, mechanical presses for crushing, and even pieces of metal that supposedly get the smell off your hands – all answers to questions few were asking in the first place. All you need to deal with garlic is a knife. Bash it with the flat to peel it and squash it, or chop it with the blade.

Food processors

Food processors can be useful, but in truth I moved mine from the “sometimes” cupboard to the “almost never” storage years ago.

The promise of efficiently chopping or shredding vegetables in seconds is a false economy for anyone halfway proficient with a knife or box grater. That said, if you’re regularly making short pastries, breadcrumbs, fish cakes or commercial quantities of coleslaw, it might not be a bad thing to have.



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A high speed blender with a pink smoothie inside

High-speed blender

High-end, high-speed blenders might be seen as the ultimate in small appliance gimmickry, but here’s the thing – they’re great. I grew up in a kitchen where blenders were used regularly to make spice pastes, sauces and soups, and half your time was spent trying to coax them into working properly. The modern crop of high-speed devices are a game-changer. Even if you have no interest in smoothies, these can blitz super-fine flours, nut milks, pastes, sauces and soups without needing to strain them. I use mine a lot. Adding a heating element in it is a bit of a luxury, though.

Stick blender

Stick blenders are useful in that there is no transferring of hot liquids from pot to blender, but at the same time they don’t do as complete a job of blending as the vortex of a jug blender can. The thing that makes stick blenders really useful, however, is the small capacity food processor attachments they can power.

As with all appliance choices, what you need will depend entirely on what you cook. If you’re making lots of apple crumble, fish cakes and creamy soups perhaps a full-sized food processor and blender will be best for you, but otherwise you may

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Rumi’s Kitchen restaurant review: You’ll find poetry on the plate and mannequins by your side

There’s a temperature check at the door, involving a fancy device that requires looking into a mirror. (Don’t worry, your image isn’t recorded.) Tables are set with hand sanitizer, and utensils aren’t doled out until you’re seated, and then in thick cloth bundles secured with twine and a verse from Jalaluddin Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet and mystic. “When you lose all sense of self,” read my tag, “the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.” When Georgia initially lifted restrictions on dining in April, Mesghali was among the 120 Georgia restaurateurs who pledged not to open right away.

Curious thing: More tables are occupied than you might expect, especially for early in the week and in Phase 2 in the District. As is made clear when you scan the dining room, however, most of the figures aren’t breathing. Mannequins — as trendy as drive-ins and pool rentals during the pandemic — give new meaning to the phrase plastic people. “Men” dressed in black shirts and fezzes and “women” draped in saris take up half the space, blending in enough with beating hearts that you eventually forget how few occupants are paying customers.

But first, the expected jokes. “If one of them moves,” whispers a companion, “you’re on your own.”

Little niceties follow. Your choice of still or sparkling water is free, and eyes light up when warm taftoun (flatbread) and a little garden of herbs and radishes land on the table. “Sabzi,” a server introduces the fillip, which includes feta cheese and walnuts (a combination that also shows up in takeout orders). The server suggests making little sandwiches, or eating the nibbles with your meal. Cocktails are swapped, affording those in the same bubble at home the chance to debate the merits of say, the Sharbat and the Black Rose. The former is made with gin, rose water and citrus. The latter features mezcal, lemon bitters and barberry, the fruit that gives the drink its dusty pink color and sweet-tart finish.

Born in Isfahan, Iran, Mesghali relocated to Los Angeles in 1977, where he left school after the 10th grade to work in restaurant kitchens. In 1995, the chef moved to Atlanta to recover from an addiction to alcohol and drugs, and to return to the craft he dreamed about pursuing since he was a teenager. His Washington restaurant, scheduled to open in March, eventually greeted customers in August. “Okay, this is the way the world is right now,” the chef says. “How can we make it work?”

Success springs from kashk badenjoon. It’s a fabulous mush of fried eggplant that’s bright with mint, sweet with fried onions and stippled with cream of whey. If there were a pantheon of comfort foods from around the world, kashk badenjoon would be a shoo-in. Many of the other appetizers will look familiar to aficionados of Middle Eastern restaurants. But few of them approach the finesse on display at Rumi’s Kitchen. It will be hard to go back to regular stuffed grape

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These OXO Nesting Bowls Are the Only Mixing Bowls You’ll Ever Need

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We’re all cooking at home a bit more than usual these days (or maybe a lot more than usual). In my case, that covers the workday, too, as I test recipes and products in addition to putting together breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Living in a cozy apartment means that each utensil, pot, pan, and dish that lands in my kitchen needs to be great to earn some permanent real estate. My mixing bowl set from OXO is so beloved that it gets its own little shelf. 

The OXO Grips 3-Piece Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set comes with three bowls- small, medium, and large. All rubber-bottomed so they don’t slip around the counter, a stainless steel interior, and stay-cool plastic exterior. These nesting bowls not only fit in my limited cabinet space, they’re so thoughtfully made I find myself reaching for them every day. 

To buy: OXO Grips Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set, $60 at amazon.com

When I’m mixing up a batch of chocolate chip cookies, the large bowl easily holds an extra-large batch of dough, while the stainless steel interior gets nice and cool while I chill the dough before baking. Stainless steel also means it doesn’t stain or hold on to flavors so the next day I can whip up a salad without tasting any phantom chocolate. That rubber bottom? It keeps the bowls steady on my small counters, meaning I don’t need to wrap a towel around the base even when I’m using whisking salad dressing with one hand while streaming in oil with the other.

Whether I’m marinating flank steaks, or tossing together ingredients for a quick sheet-pan dinner, or blanching and shocking fresh green beans, these bowls are my go-to for prep, cooking, and storage. I just pop a silicone lid on a bowl and in the fridge or freezer it goes. The biggest tell that I’ve found a product I love? Although the set is dishwasher safe, I hand wash them each night so I never have to cook without them. 

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