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What You Should Look for in an AC

Finding the right air conditioner is the key to cooling your home and lowering your energy bills.  The right AC model can mean the difference between cooling your home and living in a sultry and uncomfortable environment. With so many options and models available, it can be quite confusing to select the right air conditioner. Let us look briefly at some of the essentials that you should consider when choosing an AC unit.

Room Size

When shopping for an affordable AC model, you need to consider the room size or square footage in your home.  Don’t assume any model will fit and serve your cooling needs. Ensure that you find a model that has a cooling capacity appropriate for the square footage in your home. Look at the thermal units of the model. It should tell you whether the AC would suit your area or not. If your home is larger, you will need a model with more thermal units.

Energy Efficiency

Secondly, you need to look at the manufacturer’s energy efficient ratings (EER) of the AC model you want to buy. Shop for a model with a higher EER rating and a federal Energy Star label. Models with Energy Star ratings use 15% less energy than conventional AC units. They also come with timers that enable you to control temperature and minimize energy consumption. EER qualified models also make you eligible for rebates from your energy utility company.  You can calculate the EER by dividing the thermal unit by the power consumption in watt-hours.

Size of Air Conditioner

Size does matter a lot when choosing an AC model for your room.  Properly sizing an AC is key to cooling your home and controlling energy costs. A bigger unit can be costly to operate and can result in a clammy feeling while a smaller unit can be inefficient in cooling your home. When shopping, choose a model that offers desired cooling capacity. A properly sized model can remove humidity and cool the room effectively. To find out which unit suits your room and needs, use the AC needs calculator.


Home Electricity

According to AC Houston (, just like every appliance or electric-powered installation, an AC has specific power requirements. Do not assume that your AC model is compatible with your circuit voltage.  Check to ensure that your home electrical system offers the desired voltage. Generally, room units require 115 volts or 230 volts power circuits. Smaller units can use the available voltage but larger units may require dedicated or special circuits.


Air Conditioner Features

Finally, you need to look at the features that are present in your preferred AC model. Ensure that you get a model with an energy-saver switch so that you can reduce energy consumption. Make sure you also get a remote control so that you can operate your AC from anywhere in your room. When shopping for an AC, make sure the unit has sleep mode, a timer to turn off the unit when not in use, and that it’s equipped with functional exhaust that allows air to circulate freely in the room. A manufacturer’s warranty is highly desirable as well, it will give you the assurance of a replacement or affordable AC repair should your unit malfunction.


Best Wedding Gift Ideas for the Book Worm

Here at My Cute Bookshelf, we’re very open about being book-obsessed. It runs in the family – starting from my husband and myself and reaching down to the little ones who have grown up with stories and books from day 1. It’s more than just a hobby to us, it’s a lifestyle and an interest that makes up a significant facet of our personality.

Lately I’ve been scanning through Pinterest & checking out a variety of fun book gifts (people are so creative!). It had me thinking how much we would have loved & appreciated receiving these type of gifts as newlyweds. Unfortunately, we didn’t receive any book-related gifts at our wedding, but I hope that this list can inspire others to buy the perfect gift for that special couple.

With that in mind, here are a few wedding gifts for the book worm bride & groom, all of which we would have loved to receive! (And still would *wink wink*)

Bookshelves and Nightstands

The new married couple needs furniture, so this is your opportunity to chip in with some essential pieces. Talk to the couple or their family to find a bookshelf that works with their interior design, or wait until after the wedding when they feel more relaxed and ready to focus on setting up their home. For book worms who have hundreds of books, a bookshelf can come extremely handy to properly put books away, while keeping them safe and on display. Alternatively, providing nightstands that can hold a lamp and a book can also be a helpful, pragmatic gift for the couple. Just don’t go crazy when buying furniture for their book obsession – there is such a thing as going too far, like in these crazy book furniture designs.

Comfy Bed Linen for Reading

We book worms don’t just read sitting down – we also read from bed. And there’s no more amazing feeling than getting into bed under soft, Egyptian cotton bed linens, a warm blanket, and opening our book to dive into our next adventure.  If you want to get a book lover giddy with excitement for night time to arrive, a luxury set of bed linen or blankets is a wonderful wedding present. If you would like to gift them an even more unique present, make it a personalized gift by adding the couples’ names, initials or even a quote on reading. What could be more perfect?

Here are a few fun quote ideas that can be embroidered on blankets, for example:

  • “We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming.” – Anna Quindlen
  • “Reading – it’s the third best thing to do in bed.” – Jarod Kintz
  • “Knowing you have something good to read in bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations.”- Vladimir Nabokov

Or maybe the couple should sleep ON a book! (Source)

Book of the Month Subscription

This is the gift that keeps on giving. Buy a one or two year book subscription for the bride & groom so they can get a wonderful selection of new books headed their way every month. Rather than be a one-time gift, every month the couple would receive books based on their favourite genres and interests. The librarians working behind the scenes learn about the couple’s book types and continue to improve the matches with time. It’s an exciting surprise every month!

Books, Of Course!

Buzzfeed came up with a great list of books that would make great wedding gifts. It’s all about knowing the couple, their hobbies, interests and what books could be of interest or use to them. You can gift them helpful and practical cooking books, travel books for their next travel adventure, or a collection of amazing fantasy books that you know that they will enjoy together. A classic book, first print edition , or an autographed book by their favorite author could be an unforgettable gift, but will require some extra effort and attention on your end.

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Carpets vs Hardwood Floors

For homeowners, choosing between carpet and hardwood floors can be a difficult decision. They both possess strengths and they both possess weaknesses. It ultimately comes down to which one is best for you and your family at the present time. However, breaking down the individual perks can help make the decision just a little bit easier.

The Cost of Flooring

When it comes to cost, carpet tends to have an edge over hardwood. In short, it’s cheaper. According to the Northeast Ohio Media Group, carpet averages around three to five dollars per square foot installed. Compared to the cost of hardwood—which is around nine to twelve dollars per square foot installed—almost double the price of carpet.

Still, it’s important to remember that hardwood lasts much longer than carpet. In many cases, hardwood will last decades and decades. Carpet, on the other hand, will not—though proper care can extend its longevity. Thus, some of the money you may shell out for hardwood can be attributed to its status as a solid investment.

The Cleaning

Both carpet and hardwood require cleaning unless you plan to never actually walk on your flooring. And, in regards to tidiness, both have strengths. Hardwood is easier to clean, often requiring little more than soap and water. But it also requires more frequent cleaning; because carpet is good at hiding dirt, it can last longer between scrubbings.

Whether or not you have pets (or children) may impact your decision. Animals—particularly if they aren’t fully housebroken—and children—especially toddlers—have the ability to take pristine carpet and make it anything but. Cats may also use your carpet as their personal scratching post. For these reasons, hardwood floors may be a better option for you.

The Installation

Overall, carpet is easier to install than hardwood. This may matter to you if you’re doing the installation yourself. The installation of carpet is also much faster which, at least in part, helps contribute to the high price of hardwood.


If your family is prone to allergies, hardwood may be a better option for you than carpet.  Per the Mayo Clinic, hardwood floors are recommended for anyone sensitive to allergens, especially asthmatics. If carpet is still your style of choice—or the only thing within your budget—you can still decrease allergens by purchasing low pile carpet rather than high and vacuuming weekly with a cleaner that has a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. You should also shampoo carpeting regularly.

The Ambience

Hardwood floors and carpet produce different types of ambience. According to Bayou City Lumber, a company that has affordable Fiberon Decking available, hardwood tends to produce a cleaner, more rustic look while carpet is warmer (both in ambience and on bare feet). Carpet is also quieter, as walking on hardwood can be noisy.

The Resale Value

If you’re planning to stay in your home for decades to come, the resale value may be of little concern to you. But, if you’re considering selling in the next few years, resale value may be something for you to take into consideration. According to Bayou City Lumber (, hardwood floors are in higher demand, which equates them with a higher overall resale value.

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Trends in Green Construction

It’s no secret that green building trends are on the rise. From simple features like low-flow toilets to entire homes built around the idea of ‘going green,’ experts predict that the trend toward more eco-friendly home construction is here to stay. Let’s look at a several trends that are taking hold.

Net Zero and Passive Homes

Both of these ultra energy-efficient home types are built with the same end goal: smart use of natural or renewable energy sources in order to eliminate or offset traditional energy consumption. The methods for each type, though, are a little different.

Net zero homes utilize renewable energy sources like solar panels in order to offset a home’s energy use. As the name implies, the aim is to generate enough power so that no fossil fuel consumption is needed.

Passive homes are built to be heavily insulated and airtight, with well-placed windows and other building features that allow the building to be able to self-regulate its temperature with little interference from traditional heating and cooling. Passive homes boast a 60-80% reduction in energy consumption when compared with traditionally built homes.

Both home types are currently in high demand in Europe. Industry leaders predict popularity stateside is not far behind.

Smart Water Usage

With drought becoming a mainstay in the southwest region and California — and predictions of similar conditions on a global scale — it’s no wonder homebuilders have begun to add water-conserving features to homes with some regularity. Low-flow toilets are a typical way homebuilders make use of water-saving equipment. Expect to start seeing construction companies boasting composting toilets and gray water recycling as options for your newly built home.

Composting toilets work the same way as your average backyard compost bin. Human waste is turned into useable compost instead of sent to your city’s water treatment facility.

According to Kalsi Engineering (click here), gray water is water from showers, washing machines and the like. Gray water recycling filters and cleans this water on site, making it ready for safe reuse – and saving you money on your water bill.

Experts predict landscaping will follow the lead of homebuilding in regards to water conservation, taking into greater consideration storm water runoff and water pollution issues when creating a plan for a home’s green spaces. Look up and you’ll likely see a green roof or two – living roofs use low-maintenance plants to mitigate water runoff and as insulation.

Efficient Lighting

According to Kalsi Engineering, a recognized expert in the industry, between 10 to 30 percent of a building’s energy use goes toward keeping it lit. LED lights only need about 10 percent of the energy as incandescent light bulbs, and around half the energy of compact fluorescents. In addition, they last over 40 times longer than these other bulbs. These traits make them an easy choice for inclusion in green homes. Keep an eye out for new LED applications, like the recently created OLEDs — organic LED lights that are thin, flexible, and can be embedded into floor or ceiling tiles.


The most exciting prediction is that the trends and home features listed above will be used more and more, bringing eco-friendly design to the masses instead of only the elite. As they become more widely known and in demand, green homebuilding practices will be used in a wider range of homes – not only on high-end builds. Experts predict that this trend will be quickly adopted by modular and prebuilt home manufacturers offering homes with built-in green features.

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Jewelry as Home Decoration

Jewelry is an essential part of any great outfit, but personal ornamentation can be far more versatile than you might realize. Those shiny adornments that you wear around your neck, on your wrists and in your earlobes can also be used to dress up your home in style. From utilizing loose stones as accent pieces to framing and hanging gorgeous pendants on walls, the possibilities are seemingly endless.

Display Items You Wear

Storing jewelry only in a box may not be maximizing its potential. When you’re not wearing those pieces you love, another option is to display them for all to see. Instead of hiding your necklaces in a box, try hanging them from one section of your bedroom wall. You can hang them from a series of tiny nails positioned in a creative manner, so they form the shape of a star, circle, or triangle.

Another option is to create a necklace and bracelet holder from a pretty flatware divider. If the divider is old or plain, you might line it with attractive contact paper. You can install small screws into the top of each section, and hang each piece accordingly.

If you don’t wish to create your own jewelry displays, or if constructing such things is not something you feel you are capable of doing, you still have viable options to consider. You can find plenty of jewelry holders in stores that require minimal, if any, assembly. Many of these items are made specifically so that you can exhibit your favorite pieces from the tables, desks, countertops, and shelves of your choice.

Show Off Your Supplies

According to Houston Gold Exchange (, if you’re the type of person who buys beads and baubles in order to make your jewelry, you probably have a variety of supplies that you haven’t yet used. Keeping such supplies organized is important if you wish to make the best use of them. However, this does not mean that you cannot organize them and use them as home decor, as well. If you buy tiny beads that you intend to use at some indefinite point in time, try storing them in glass bowls. You may want to get bowls with lids, so you can avoid a mess on your floor if a bowl is bumped inadvertently.

When you purchase loose diamonds or other fine stones, you can exhibit them exquisitely in crystal glasses or bowls made from colored glass. Even if you decide to buy such items as an investment instead of future jewelry components, they can still be displayed instead of sitting in a safe deposit box. Loose stones glittering under the lights in your living room could make an ideal ornamentation.

Jewelry Transformed  

Costume jewelry can easily be transformed into lovely home accents. Old pendants and broaches that you no longer wear are perfect for adorning plain lampshades and other items. Try pinning several pieces on a pillow or old sofa cushion; you can then position that almost anywhere, from your bed to your hall table to the desk in your home office.

You choose jewelry that reflects your personal sense of style, and many of those pieces might look just as gorgeous in your home as they do on you. Have some fun with your jewelry, and find creative ways to exhibit it proudly. Whether you typically buy genuine diamond earrings or inexpensive baubles, you can double your investment by making your jewelry work double duty for you.


Where, oh Where Do You Put that Beautiful New Couch?

Image by Haldane Martin via Flickr

As likely the largest piece of furniture in a room, it’s important a couch must be placed to suit the needs of the household first and the aesthetics second.

For many people, the most important piece of furniture (after the television – we jest – kind of) in their sitting room is the couch, often opposite the fireplace. The good thing is, no one can tell you where to put your furniture. Well, someone can, but it’s your choice to listen or not. It’s unsurprising people turn to interior designers. However, there are those to whom the only priority is comfort and/or ease of manoeuvring throughout the room. It’s likely the most popular room in the house, and most frequently used. Make this decision first: are you able to wrangle your household into keeping a set-up that may not be as conducive to TV viewing and gaming or neighbour watch meetings, but looks like the pages of Home Beautiful? Or, are you completely focused on the needs of your household?

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If you saw the highly underrated John Hughes’ film “She’s Having a Baby,” you may recall a scene in which newlyweds (played by Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern – she’s now best known as “Lady Grantham” in BBC’s “Downton Abbey”) by laying out newspapers in lieu of furniture, in order to figure out how best to arrange things.



Image by Joy Daugherty via Flickr

The first step is to determine how your family uses the room.

  • Next, look at the entrances to the room. Are there doors? Do the doors open in or out? This question is important, because it determines the placement of furniture (you have to leave that space open for the doors to open fully).
  • Is the room a destination room or a pathway to another room? Let’s assume that since you’re considering putting your couch there, it is a destination room
  • Consider what kind of vibe you’d like your room to have – are you someone  who prefers an open and spacious feel, or one who likes cosy and intimate?
  • Will you use the room for entertainment? If you’re planning on hosting meetings, events, or parties, you’ll need flexibility in your furniture choices. You might want to have folding chairs, squirreled away in nearby closets, for easy access.
  • We will assume that you’re leaning towards a more traditional sitting room. That means, there are furniture placement guidelines
  • Between the sofa and side chairs, designers allow 48- to 100-inches. But, again, you don’t have to adhere to anything but your own interests.
  • Coffee tables are generally placed in front of the couches and the normal placement is 14- to 18-inches from the sofa. If you have either smaller children or a tall household, you’ll want to adjust the table accordingly.
  • Will television be a priority? (It sure is in our house.) The “normal” guidelines is that the TV should be placed at three times the screen size. Given the popularity of gigantic TVs, this may not be realistic.


For traffic lanes, three-feet of space is recommended, but if you have those aforementioned tall and/or large family members, or several children, you may opt for an extra foot as a safety precaution for both family and furniture.

Tips for Couch Placement

  • Place the largest couch in front of a window (facing into the room) and the loveseat or smaller couch facing it. The room will be balanced.
  • It’s not a rule – you don’t have to put your couch in front of the fireplace.
  • If you have a large room, place two same-size couches across from each other.
  • Speaking of size, as tempted as you might be, remember that sectionals only work in larger spaces. A sectional should be your only couch in the room and is actually designed for TV viewing, not conversation.
  • For a small room, choose a smaller couch and chairs as seating. You can consider an upholstered table as additional seating, too.
  • For an unusual shaped room, choose the best-suited wall for the couch and balance it with a table and chairs.
  • You may be tempted to push a couch back against the wall. It’s actually better to put it inches away, as it creates breathing room and makes small spaces appear larger.

Ultimately, you may find you’ll have to try at least a couple variations (likely more) to see what works both aesthetically and practically for you and your family.

Four Ways to Have a Successful Home Renovation

Successful home renovation projects take time, effort, and a bit of planning. Regardless of whether you are renovating just a portion of the place or starting from scratch, there are a few tricks of the trade that can help keep the process running smoothly from beginning to end.

Here are four tips that can help keep your renovation on track and as hassle-free as possible:

1. Organization

Being as organized as possible throughout the remainder of the renovation can help keep the project on track. Being equipped with a game plan will help you maintain a semblance of normalcy throughout the project, as well as help you keep track of the budget. Although unexpected expenses and unforeseen circumstances cannot be accounted for, having a well-organized renovation plan can help eliminate any stress with remodeling projects.

2. Safety

Some of the most dangerous accidents happen on construction sites. If you are living in the home during the remodel, be aware of your surroundings. Open gas lines, active electrical wires, and dangerous tools are some of the most common sources for accidents. For example, a landline phone cord generates electricity, and if used or touched, it could send a shock or even start a fire. In that instance, your best bet would be to use Austin TX phone service, which provides a landline home phone service via wireless Internet. But, in general, when it comes to home renovations, live wires and other dangerous issues can arise at any moment; thus, it is imperative to be on guard.

3. Recommendations

If you decide to hire a contractor instead of completing the renovation work yourself, the first step is to find a contractor who is reliable and comes with a high recommendation. There has been many a person who has been burned by shady contractors who have left job sites incomplete or not structurally sound. When picking a contractor, ask them for references and check to see if they have a good record with the Better Business Bureau. And, if possible, evaluate a potential contractor by visiting one of their current job sites.

4. Temporary Camp

Perhaps the toughest part of any renovation is living through it. While temporarily moving in with friends or family can be straining, if you decide to live inside of your home through the renovation, it can be extremely frustrating to live normally through the project. In these moments, recall why you took on the renovation in the first place, and picture the end result. This will help to ease any stress that creeps in while living through construction.

Consider setting up a temporary camp inside of the house where you can have some semblance of normality. This idea is especially crucial when it comes to kitchen renovations, as living without a kitchen for an unforeseen time can prove to be one of the most difficult obstacles. Set up an area that includes a refrigerator, a microwave, toaster oven, and a coffee machine so that you have an area to cook in.

Following these tips can help keep your project running as smoothly as possible.

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Top Geeky Books for 2015

There were some brilliant books released in 2014 and it already seems as though 2015 is going to be as good if not better.

If you are looking forward to settling down with a few cracking good reads in the coming years then here are a few titles to bear in mind.

Pocket Apocalypse – Seanan McGuire

This 2015 paperback release follows the adventures of cryptozoologist Alexander Price. Leaving behind his tangled family and personal life he heads to Australia. The adventures and the danger really pick up once he gets Down Under. You can expect a cracking pace, some interesting twists and lots of werewolves in this book. It definitely sounds like it could brighten up a few of our days this year.

I am Princess X – Cherie Priest

The intriguing premise for this book is that a couple of friends create a comic strip style heroine called Princess X together. One of them dies and the Princess comic idea ends with her death. However, years later the surviving friend sees Princess X images everywhere. Is her supposedly dead friend still alive? The book promises to be illustrated with comic book images and sounds like it could be a fascinating read for fans of the comic strip genre.

Cold Iron – Stina Leicht

It´s a June 2015 release date for this new book. Cold Iron follows a couple of royal twins who get swept up in an epic fantasy adventure. It promises to be filled with battles, magic and even some pirates. This book sounds as though it could be a really good new read and a fine way to get caught up in a fantasy world for a few days of reading.

Binary Star – Sarah Gerard

One of the most eagerly awaited books of 2015, this is the tale of a mixed-up couple who go on a road trip and discover vegananarchism along the way. The critics who have had a sneak preview of the book have pretty much all been impressed and there is a feeling that it could be one of the most exciting and successful books of the coming year.

Find Me – Laura Van Den Berg

The author of this book is better known for her short stories but Find Me could be a big hit in 2015. The basic idea is that a young woman with some problems in her life appears to be the only person who is immune to a terrible epidemic sweeping the land.  Expect a lot of dark humour and some exciting action as our heroine travels across the turmoil of the epidemic ridden US to try and find her mother.

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

This new thriller has a January release date and already has a film option attached to it, so a lot of people are really looking forward to reading it. The Girl on the Train is about a girl who gets unwittingly drawn into a murder mystery on the usual daily commute to work. It has been described as a gripping thriller that will have you turning the pages all night long.

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Having a Custom Home Theater

Going to the movies was once a fun, popular and affordable way to spend an evening out. As technology progressed, more people desire to re-create the movie theater experience in their own homes. Home theaters make it possible to enjoy the same high sound and picture quality without the aggravations that come with watching a movie in public. There’s no more missing parts of the dialogue because someone was talking or having to make a bathroom run. Best of all, people could skip the ever-increasing concession prices by making their own snacks.

Choosing a Room and Other Considerations of a Home Theater System

After first deciding to get a home theater, the next choice is where to put it. You obviously want to use a room that your family doesn’t use for a lot of other purposes. The size of the room is also extremely important. A home theater system will not produce good results if you place it in a room that is too small. It also forces you to sit too close to the screen, which often results in a grainy picture quality. Be sure to consider where you will be sitting when you choose the size of your screen.

Acoustics are another major consideration. Square rooms tend to produce poor sound quality, while those that are rounded or rectangular do better. If possible, choose a room that has few or no windows. This helps to contain the sound better. Be sure to consider where you will be sitting before you place the speakers. Keep in mind that the sound surrounds you and that it will sound distorted if you place the speakers too close.

Importance of Professional Installation

After you have gone to the trouble to select the best room and equipment for your home theater, you might assume that installing it will be easy. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for most people. A proper home theater installation requires many professionals to work together to ultimately ensure a satisfactory viewing experience.

In addition, home theater installation experts must make several technical calculations that the average homeowner doesn’t understand. If the electrical supply to the room where the home theater is going is not wired properly, this must be corrected before the installation gets underway. When homeowners ignore these basic considerations, it can result in serious safety issues for their family.

Choosing a Home Theater Installation Company

Many people choose to purchase their home theater equipment from the same company that installs it. If you plan to do this, the first thing to do is find a company that offers free consultations in your home. If you aren’t certain of exactly what you want, this gives you the opportunity to receive professional feedback about a wide range of products. It also enables the home theater company to understand your home’s decor and architectural style as well as your budget. The person who provides your estimate should tailor his or her approach to your individual needs.

Your installation team may consist of an interior designer, lighting consultant, electrician and architect. Each person should have several years of experience in his or her specialty and be able to answer your questions with confidence.


Do a Literary Tour of England

England has produced some of the finest works in the history of literature and we continue to do so to this day. The novels that come from this small isle have such memorable settings that they attract people from all over the globe that are looking to see where Tolkien got his inspiration for Middle Earth or to see the Scottish Highlands where Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is supposedly situated. Let me take you through four of some of the best literary sites to see. There are too many to name, so I thought I’d pick four contrasting ones.

Baker Street

The home of the famous detective from Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels and short stories. Sherlock Holmes proved so popular that when Doyle killed him off, the demand and outrage from the readers forced him to bring his favourite creation back to life. If you too would have been there in Victorian London, campaigning for your favourite hero to be brought back to life, then you can’t ignore 221b Baker Street in London.

Stratford upon Avon

Sherlock may be one of England’s most famous exports; however he is eclipsed by a little known playwright by the name of William Shakespeare. The Elizabethan writer has managed to capture the hearts of the world like no one has or probably will do. Aside from a few isolated tribes, every living human has heard of Shakespeare and almost everyone has seen a play of his. There are literally hundreds of things we say every day that were first said in a Shakespeare play. In fact, I’ve probably used one in this article without realising it. Anyway, when coming to England, be sure to go to Stratford and visit his home and that of his mother and wife. Afterward you can see a Royal Shakespeare Company production of one of his plays at the RSC.

Brontë’s Yorkshire Moors

Wuthering Heights is one of the greatest novels of the 19th Century (in my opinion, one of the best in any century) and for any lover of this novel, the Yorkshire Moors (the setting) will prove a magical experience. A lot of the Moors have remained untouched since Brontë’s life time and so would be a great place to explore. You could even look for dog friendly hotels in My Pawson and bring them along as the walks in this part of the country are stunning. As are the ones in the next section.

Hardy’s West Country

The West Country has proved again and again to be of great inspiration to writers, but probably none as much as Thomas Hardy; the writer of Tess of the d’Urbervilles and The Mayor of Casterbridge to name just two. The West Country is, in my opinion, the most beautiful part of the whole of the British Isles (but I’m biased). You’ll have to decide for yourself whether it’s truly as special as I think it is. Bring your dog, walk along the coasts and rolling hills of this beautiful area and you’ll see what I mean, as hopefully you will with the whole of Britain.