We are delighted to announce the introduction of the Clifton Hardwood Shutters to our range.

Here we answer some of the questions our customers have asked before choosing our new Clifton hardwood shutters.

What are hardwood shutters?

The Clifton range of hardwood shutters are made from Paulownia wood. This type of wood comes from one of the fastest growing trees in the world, which allows it to be harvested every 7-10 years. Paulownia wood is lightweight but offers an incredible ratio of strength to weight, the perfect hardwood for window shutters. It is a light coloured, warp resistant hardwood that has a beautiful fine-grain texture, resulting in a lovely natural finish.

Are your hardwood shutters environmentally friendly?

Quite simply yes. As a company we are incredibly environmentally friendly and will only use wood that has been certified by the FSC – Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC is an international, non-profit organisation that ensures products made from timber throughout the world are only made from wood that is sustainably sourced. Our shutters, certified by the FSC, are sourced from wood grown, harvested and replanted in a way that does not have a negative impact on the planet.

Which shutter type will suit hardwood?

Clifton hardwood shutters are the perfect choice for any shutter type which is why we are delighted to add it our range. From bay windows to odd-shaped windows, from patio doors to sliding doors there is no shutter style not suitable for our new hardwood range. It is also suitable for slatted shutters or solid shutter styles.

tracked shutter installation in living room

Can I paint my hardwood shutters?

We have even better solution for you! We can colour match your shutters to any paint of your choice. This includes all of the leading paint brands including Dulux and Farrow & Ball. You can also choose from a stained finish or limewashed finish. No matter what your taste or décor, our hardwood shutters will complement your home and create a wonderful finishing touch to your room.

Will hardwood shutters suit my home and style of living?

The wonderful thing about shutters is that they suit any home regardless of its age, type or style. They are timeless, elegant and classic and are the perfect window dressing for any property. Window shutters are not only beautiful, but they also offer many other benefits too. They are so versatile they can match any style of living and home due to their practical features. For rooms where you would like to keep prying at eyes at bay, you can adjust the louvres to allow daylight in without compromising on privacy. On hot days you can keep your shutters closed but open your windows to let fresh air circulate around your room and in the winter shutters can help insulate your home making it much more energy efficient.

For more details on our new Clifton Hardwood Range contact us today and book your free no obligation home survey.

Living in a pandemic has shown many of us how important it is to get outdoors. Bringing nature into our lives can really benefit both out mental and physical wellbeing, helping to improve our mood as well as helping to reduce stress and anxiety levels.

Regardless of whether you have a small patio or large patio area you may be wondering how to make your outdoor space more inviting. Here at Purely Shutters we know that by making simple changes or adding shutters to your house can really transform your rooms, and it’s no different with your outside space. By making a few easy alterations you’ll have a space outside that’s both welcoming and relaxing.

If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a few ideas to kick start your patio refurbishment project.

Repair and clean

You may need to start with some remedial work if you haven’t used your patio much. If there are weeds growing between the flagstones, remove them taking care to get as much of the root system out as possible. Once removed there are some great home recipes for weed killers that you may want to try instead of opting for harmful chemical weed killers. Visit this website for more details: https://www.thegardenglove.com/how-to-make-safe-homemade-weed-killer/. To remove any old moss or dirt, give your patio a once over with a pressure washer.

Assess you space

Once you have your patio clean and cleared of any debris, it’s time to plan your space and work out exactly what you’d like to achieve. If you like dining outside then make sure you plan enough space for a table and chairs. If you have a quiet corner, maybe a hammock would be a lovely way to relax on a summer’s afternoon. With indoor space being limited for many families you could even plan a small outside work area if working outside is an option for you. No matter how you plan to use the space, make sure you work out your dimensions before buying any furniture.

Colour, colour and colour!

No matter how small your space is there is always room to add colour and it doesn’t have to be just through traditional bedding plants. If you have a wall or fence why not brighten up your space by painting it a lovely bright colour that matches your furniture. Incorporate accessories, like cushions and bunting in statement colours that will complement any colour theme you have. Of course, plant pots, tubs and baskets are a great way to add seasonal colour but try and use perennials as well that will give you colour year after year.


To really make your outdoor space inviting in the evenings, why not add layers of lighting. Layered lighting is a traditional method of indoor lighting and there’s no reason why you can’t apply this to your outside space. The first stage of your lighting is called ambient lighting. This lighting will provide enough light for comfort. In an outdoor environment this could be soft light such as pillared accent lights around your patio area. The next layer is task lighting. This is lighting for specific activities, such as security lights that come on for pathways or driveways, or maybe if you like to read outside at night string lights could be added to brighten an area for reading. Accent lighting is the final layer used to highlight specific features, such as a tree, ornament, fountain, or pool. But do remember less is more when it comes to accent lighting and used correctly, it really can be very effective.

To find out more about your shutters options, you can book a free home survey, here.

In such unprecedented times all of us have had to rapidly change to a new way of living and working. Many elements of business and life have been challenged as we all adapt to a different world where the routines of the simplest of tasks have had to be adjusted.

Whilst lockdown was in place, we created a new Virtual Survey service to help our customers continue with their plans. Although we can now carry out Home Surveys we understand that not everyone is ready for face to face contact so we will continue to advise and support our customers using our Virtual Survey service where needed.

Virtual Survey – no need to delay

Our experienced Surveyors can offer a full consultation window shutter service to help you get you the shutters of your dreams. We can book a Virtual Survey using either WhatsApp or FaceTime video, or a telephone appointment to discuss your requirements.

During your consultation, our Surveyor will advise you on every aspect of your shutter order, from window shutter design advice, to discussing how your shutters will work in your windows. We can also take you through how to measure your windows to get an accurate quote, so you have all the information you need to progress your plans.

After your consultation we will send you pictures of the designs we have discussed with you so you can visualise how your shutter will look. We’ll also email your quote to you which we will honour when you are ready to go ahead. If you want to progress your order, we are working with customers to take measurements under our FaceTime guidance. But rest assured, we take full accountability for those measurements.

Home Survey – safety precautions for all of us

As the Government eases lockdown restrictions, we are delighted to once again offer a free Home Survey service in-line with strict Government guidelines.

We have put a number of measures in place to keep both our staff and our customers safe throughout this time, to ensure we can continue to deliver an excellent service to you whilst complying with government health standards.

If you would like to book a free Home Survey you can be safe in the knowledge that our Surveyors will undertake a strict set of safety procedures to keep everyone safe whilst they are in your home.

○ Your Surveyor will clean their hands with antibacterial gel and then put on gloves before entering your home.

○ They will wear a face mask and will ensure that they fully observe the 2m social distancing rule at all times.

○ Samples will be cleaned with antibacterial wipes and all surfaces will be wiped down after measuring.

○ To help minimise time in the home, our Surveyor will be efficient in their design advice, quote and measurements. We can even do some of this before our Surveyor visits.

The situation is currently evolving but please be rest assured that the team here at Purely Shutters are working hard to ensure that we can still deliver an exceptional service to all our customers throughout this difficult time. If you would like to find out more about our shutter range or have any questions at all, please do get in touch with us today.

Conservatories are a great way to add some extra space to your house and increase its value. Although they are the perfect place to relax with a book or enjoy a nice family meal, as they are made from glass they can get incredibly hot in the summer.


Rather than avoid this addition to your home during the warmer months, below are some great ways to keep your conservatory cool throughout the summer giving you that much needed space when you need it most.

Ceiling fan

Adding a ceiling fan is a fairly inexpensive way of getting the air flowing in your conservatory. The benefits of a ceiling fan include ease of installation and cost but the drawbacks are that some of them can be quite noisy and on a particularly hot day you might find that they’re not effective enough.

Portable air conditioning unit

 If you spend a lot of time in your conservatory, it’s well worth investing in a portable air conditioning unit. They are very effective at cooling down any room so it’s perfect for summer but remember to ask about noise levels before you make a purchase. Some units can be incredibly noisy which isn’t conducive to the nice relaxing atmosphere you’re probably trying to create.


Very few people think to add window shutters to their conservatory but this can be done and it’s a great way of keeping out the heat.

Whilst it’s very easy to close curtains or blinds to keep direct light out the house, the problem is that you’re then sitting in darkness when it’s a beautiful day outside. Because shutters have slats it means that you can adjust them to deflect direct sunlight whilst still allowing natural light to come in.

Cooling film

A great way to keep your conservatory cool during the summer months is to apply cooling film to the windows. This is an adhesive layer which can reflect up to 80% of the sun’s heat. Not only does this keep your conservatory cool, it also prevents harmful UV rays from damaging your skin and your furniture. You can find out more about cooling films and how they work by following this link: https://www.windowfilm.co.uk/residential/conservatory-too-hot.


Open the windows

This sounds like an incredibly obvious thing to do but when it’s hot outside we tend to just open the window closest to us. In order to get the air circulating however, open windows in different parts of the room, in different rooms and also keep doors ajar where possible as this will help to create a breeze.

If you’re using air conditioning however, keep windows and doors shut because any cool air will simply disappear.

Choose your furniture carefully 

Believe it or not, there are a number of ways that the furniture in your conservatory can help to keep you cool. If you have a sofa in there, try to avoid leather as this material gets very hot and can be extremely uncomfortable to sit on. When it comes to a table and chairs, opt for wood as it’s both cooling and visually appealing. When thinking about your colour scheme, try to keep it light and neutral. Dark colours attract heat and can therefore make a room much warmer. Light colours absorb much less heat and can even reflect sunlight so wherever you can, still to neutral tones. For more information visit: https://www.motherearthliving.com/energy-efficiency/how-to-keep-your-house-cool-zmfz12jazmel

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Despite the fact that one in 10 of us have had our homes broken into, unbelievably, a third of people admit to leaving their front door unlocked when they leave the house. What’s more, a further six percent say that they hide their spare key by the front door, giving the world easy access to their home.

By being haphazard with the security of your home, you’re not only massively increasing the risk of getting broken into, you could also be invalidating your home insurance. If you want to make sure that the contents of your house is covered, here are six things to avoid if you don’t want to inadvertently invalidate your home insurance.

Leaving windows opened or unlocked

If there is no evidence of forced entry into your home, your insurer has every right to refuse to pay your claim. They cannot be held accountable for you allowing someone to just walk into your home so make sure you go back to basics and check that all windows and doors are closed and locked when you leave the house.

If you do have a habit of forgetting to do this, shutters can provide some extra security. Please note however that shutters cannot prevent your house getting broken into and even though they make it harder to detect an open window, your insurer can still refuse to pay out.

Inaccurately described locks

When you’re filling out your home insurance application form, make sure that you describe your locks accurately. Failing to do so can invalidate your policy and so can forgetting to let your insurer know when and if you have changed the locks.

Allowing access with a spare key

Locking yourself out the house is a painful experience and it can be costly as well if you need to call out a locksmith. It’s therefore unsurprising that so many of us leave a spare key in the front or back garden. If a burglar can gain unforced entry into your home such as by using a spare key however, your policy may be void. if you’re worried about locking yourself out of your house, you’re much better off leaving a spare key with a neighbour, at work or with a friend or family member.

Not activating the burglar alarm

If you have told your insurer that you have a burglar alarm but you don’t activate it when you leave the house and you get broken into, they are within their rights to refuse to pay out.

Not reporting the theft to the police

It is standard practice amongst the vast majority of insurers that they won’t honour your claim if you haven’t reported the theft to the police. All burglaries must be reported within 24 hours and make sure you obtain a claim number because this is what you need in order to make your claim. Visit the Safewise website for more information on what to do if you have been burgled: https://www.safewise.com/home-security-faq/house-break-in/

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Leaving the house unoccupied for more than 30 consecutive days

Any claim which is made during a period when the house has been left unoccupied for 30 or more consecutive days may be voided. Whether you’re off travelling, are away on business or have an empty rental property, arrange for you or someone else to stay for at least one in every 30 days to keep your insurance valid. The Money Super Market website has some information on insuring your home if it will be unoccupied for long periods: https://www.moneysupermarket.com/home-insurance/unoccupied/

Window shutters make a fantastic addition to any home. They can be costly however so if this is a purchase you’re thinking about making, it’s natural to have some questions. To find out everything you need to know about shutters, below are six of the most frequently asked questions about this type of window dressing.

Are shutters better than blinds or curtains?

You can of course get by perfectly fine with curtains or blinds but shutters take window dressings to a whole new level. As well as keeping out the light first thing in the morning and offering you some privacy, they can also help to keep your house warm, they offer extra security, they can help with sound insulation and they can even add value to your home. You can find out more about how shutters will benefit your home by following this link: https://www.glazeandsave.co.uk/5-reasons-why-you-should-keep-your-window-shutter

What is the difference between plantation shutters and solid shutters?

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Plantation shutters originated in cotton plantations in the ‘deep south’ of America as well as from sugar plantations in the West Indies. They boast louvred panels (twisting slats) which are fixed inside a shutter frame. They can be fitted to either the inside or outside of your windows. Solid shutters feature panels that are similar to narrow bi-fold doors and they don’t have any louvres. They are available in a number of different styles including solid raised, shaker and solid moulded.

How can shutters improve security?

Both plantation shutters and solid shutters make it very difficult for anyone to see into your home from the outside. This is particularly great if your front room overlooks a pavement where people are regularly walking past. When shut, curtains and blinds do of course offer the same benefit but chances are that you don’t want your house to be in darkness when it’s daylight outside.

Shutters allow you to adjust the louvres to let in as much or as little light as you like but whilst they’re sitting at an angle, it’s would still be difficult for anybody to see into your house.

Will shutters make my house look dark?

As mentioned above, you can adjust the louvres on your shutters to control how much light is coming into the room. With regard to the design of your shutters, this entirely depends on your colour choice. Darker colours will of course make the room look darker but if you opt for bright white or cream colours, shutters can actually help to brighten up your home. For some top tips on how to make your room appear larger with colour visit the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/homes/design/colour_trickswithcolour.shtml

Can shutters be installed on any windows?

Yes, shutters can be installed on virtually any style of window and even on French doors and sliding patio doors.

Can I fit my shutters myself?

Some suppliers design window shutters so that you can fit them yourself and others don’t so it entirely depends where you get them from.

If you are planning on installing your own shutters, make sure they have been supplied to you in the exact measurements you require. There are a number of ways to fit your shutters and the company you purchased them from should be more than happy to help you with this.

Even though it is possible to fit your shutters yourself, it’s always advisable to use a professional to minimise the chance of any damage occurring.

Interested in finding out more about shutters? Get a quick quote or call us on 0800 038 5311

Shutters provide a great alternative to curtains and blinds. As well as looking great, they also add a unique twist to any room.

Solid shutters in particular are a great feature. They date back almost 200 years and were originally very popular in the Victorian and Regency periods.

Made from single, solid panels (a bit like folding doors), this trend is making a big comeback as homeowners up and down the country are keen to inject a bit of old-fashioned style into their homes. Beautiful Victorian style solid shutters bring a classic elegance to windows, as well as offering up a range of perks! If you’re unsure whether or not solid wood shutters are for you, here are some of their top benefits:

They reduce noise – unfortunately, curtains and blinds offer little protection when it comes to noise pollution. So when it comes to creating a barrier against the loud traffic outside, do shutters reduce road noise? If you live on a busy road, near a train station or airport or can hear passers-by in the night, solid shutters provide an excellent solution. They help to reduce outdoor noise which means that you can relax in front of the television or get a good night’s sleep with fewer distractions.

They offer better light filtration – anybody who lives near a beaming street light will be all-too familiar with the frustration of trying to get to sleep at night. Solid panel shutters provide near black-out light filtration as there are no gaps between the material and the window. The material is also much thicker than curtains and blinds which means that there is no chance of any light sneaking through.

Increased security – solid window shutters provide an increased sense of security which can be a big deterrent for potential burglars. If you’re away for the day or off on holiday, with the shutters closed, it’s impossible for people walking past to see if anybody is home or spot potentially valuable items that might result in a break-in.

They retain heat – did you know that a whopping 25% of heat loss in a house occurs through the windows? One of the biggest benefits of solid shutters is that they make great heat insulators. In fact, their heat retention values are similar to that of an interior door which means that as well as being much more comfortable in your own home, you can save a fortune on your heating bills. What’s more, shutters can be a much more affordable option compared to having your entire house double glazed.

They’re easy to maintain – in order to clean curtains, you need to go through the ordeal of taking them down, washing them, drying them and putting them back up. In some cases, you can only get them dry-cleaned which can be costly as well. Blinds aren’t much easier either as it’s time consuming to clean every single slat – especially because they seem to be a haven for collecting dust. Shutters, particularly the solid variety, are much easier to maintain and keep clean. All you need is a quick wipe with a cloth or a duster and the job is done.

They can increase the value of your house – if you’re still not convinced about whether or not shutters are right for you, perhaps this will help. Because shutters are becoming ever-popular and they’re a permanent fixture, they can actually increase the value of your home. As well as improving the desirability of a house, they really add the ‘wow’ factor and people are becoming more and more aware of the benefits they offer.

See our stunning collection of shutters, or get a quick quote to see how viable shutters are!

Happy New Year! We hope you’ve all had a lovely time over Christmas and had a great celebratory New Year. We’ve decided to focus this week’s blog on that wonderful New Year tradition of making resolutions but with a twist! Many of you no doubt, will have made a few resolutions. Get fitter, lose weight, spend more time with the family and maybe even decide to volunteer for a charity that’s close to your heart but have you thought about making resolutions for your home?

Being a home-owner doesn’t come without it’s issues and frustrations which can sometimes seem rather overwhelming and indeed quite costly, so we thought we would share some top tips with you to help you break down those seemingly time consuming renovations into smaller chunks, without breaking your back or your bank!


This will probably be the worst bit! Give yourself half an hour with a blank piece of paper, a pen and a fortifying coffee – you’re going to need it! Now write down in bullet points all the chores that need doing as well as those things you would like to do to improve your home. Once you have your list, look over your tasks once again. Can you break them down even further? For instance refurbishing the living room could be broken down into:

– Redecorating

– New lights

– New carpet

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– New furniture – new sofas, chairs, coffee tables etc.

If you can’t afford to do it all at once this is a great way of making sure you can complete the whole job by doing it bit by bit. Set yourself a budget for each bit and how long you think each one will take. Next prioritise your list of Must Do’s, Want To Do’s and those which for now are not achievable.

Next write down when in 2016 you would like to do them. Again be realistic with what you can achieve both from a time perspective and a financial perspective. Once you have your final list, sit back and review it to make sure you can achieve the goals you’ve set yourself month by month. Once you are happy with your new ‘To-Do List’ why not get started, after all there’s no time like the present!


If you’re like me, over the Christmas period I tend to shove things away into cupboards with the intention of sorting them ‘later’, only later never seems to come around! If your cupboards and drawers are bulging why not give them an early spring clean and start decluttering. You’ll be amazed at how much space you create as well as clearing your mind. Set yourself a rule such as if you haven’t used it in the last 6 months store it away in the loft or garage and if you haven’t used it in the last 12 months maybe it’s time to recycle it. For some decluttering tips head over to: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/organizing/tips/g656/decluttering-tips/

Memory Box

I saw something on one of the social media platforms last week which I thought was a lovely idea which could easily be adapted to showcase the improvements you make in your home over the course of the year. The original idea is really quite simple. Start the year with an empty jar or pot and every time something lovely happens make a note of it with the date and put it in your pot. At the end of 2016, reopen your pot and read your lovely little memento’s. It’s a great way to remember the little things that happen that have given you special memories. In terms of your house why not make little notes of the things you have done or even taken pictures and add them to your pot. You’ll be surprised at the end of the year at just how much you have achieved. Terramundi Pots are a quite way to make sure you don’t take any sneaky peaks throughout the year! Visit the Terramundi website to view their range: https://www.terramundi.co.uk/

Good luck with your renovations and we wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016!

Window Shutters are always a popular solution to beautiful window dressings. They are considered to be the only window treatment considered to add value to a property.

Naturally, we passionately believe that window shutters are also a cost-effective and practical window dressing solution too, particularly for problem windows which have interesting shapes or are in tricky locations.

Plantation Shutters offer privacy and light filtration as well as being an excellent means of regulating the temperature in a room; they also provide superb heat insulation too. In reports and surveys, well-fitting Wooden Plantation Shutters were found to provide extremely efficient insulation against the cold.

There are a wide variety of shutters styles to choose from:

Plantation Shutters:

With solid wood frames and louvered slats, Plantation Shutters are an elegant and stylish window dressing. They are an ideal way to control light and privacy, without compromising either. Plantation Shutters create a chic first impression too. These timeless window dressings can be created in a wide variety of shapes and styles, from square, arched, round or oval. See our style guide for inspiration.

Solid Shutters:

Often used as a chic bi-fold door solution or room dividers in more contemporary residences, solid shutters offer elegance and sophistication. In addition, they are excellent for heat and sound insulators, ideal for reducing noise from busy roads, increasing security, while providing near black-out light filtration.

Solid Base Shutters

If you are looking for a sleek and stylish way of combining the benefits of the privacy offered by solid shutters and the light filtration given by plantation shutters, then Solid Shutters are the perfect solution for you.

Café Shutters:

If whole window coverage isn’t required, café style – covering only the lower half of the window – is also a possible option. These half height Plantation Shutters are the perfect way to guard your privacy while letting the light flood into the room. Often used in terraced houses or homes where the front rooms face the street. They give a modern and contemporary feel to any home.

Tracked Shutters:

As I am sure you can appreciate, if you have extra wide openings, i.e. those over 220cm, then it is best to use a tracked shutter system as they will be much more controllable.  In addition to running on tracks, they are more secure as the weight of the shutters is not taken by just 2 or 3 hinges.


Tier-on-tier shutters are versatile, as the top and bottom halves operate independently. Shutters can be made to fit bay windows snugly and are the only practical and aesthetically pleasing solution to round windows

Shutters for Interesting Windows:

Not all homes have rectangular windows. With shutters you can create the light filtration and privacy you require with any shape of window in any location. All our shutters are hand made by Purely Window Shutters Master Craftsmen to exacting standards. So if you have a round, oval, arched, triangular, diamond, hexagonal or any other interesting shape of window, talk to us and we will create the ideal design for you.

Any questions – we’re here to help

We have filled our website with as much information as we can, including an FAQs page, however we do appreciate that we cannot answer every question you may have as the decision to choose a Purely Shutters’ product is a very personal one.  If you have any questions at all, please do call us or drop us a line and one of our representatives would be delighted to help you as soon as possible.

This week I have been suffering from an unusual phenomenon. I’m calling it “Elevens-itis”. Normally I can manage to last from breakfast until 12:30 before my stomach starts to do the Hokey-Cokey but not this week, from 11:15 the gurgling begins.  The clocks have moved back, alas it seems that my stomach has not moved with them!

In theory the mornings are lighter and the evenings darker – which is great if you are trying to get small people to bed. Yet there is a certain ritual which needs to be observed in my household at least.

Prior to the big day:

1. My mother appoints herself as National Timekeeper and phones me up at least every weekday evening leading up to the grand event, twice on the day before the grand clock change – just in case I have forgotten about her previous telephone calls.

2. A social media debate begins about the phrase “Fall back / Spring forward” to remind us which way to turn the clocks. The Brits suddenly turn the clocks back to the Victorian Era and complain that we don’t have “Fall” here and don’t know what it is, yet curiously still manage to work out that it is what we call “Autumn”.

3. The news reports on Saturday evening contain images of the hands of Big Ben being turned back manually, with other trivial facts such as the Queen’s Royal Collection has over 1,000 clocks in it which also need to be wound back manually.

4. Coldplay’s singles “Clocks” and “Daylight” seem to be on repeat as all the DJs remember that it was lead singer Chris Martin’s great-great-great grandfather that was responsible for the clocks moving in the first place!

On the big day:

5. The promised extra hour in bed sadly passes me by as nobody has explained to my dog that it has to cross its back legs for an extra hour, or my youngest, aged 7, who, now having spotted me up and awake, is bouncing around!

6. Open the door to my teenager’s bedroom and feel instantly jealous. His solid shutters are firmly closed and will stay so until about noon. Maybe I should send the bouncing 7 year old in…

7. Someone on the radio will tell you how good this clock changing is for farmers and postmen. My postman never turns up until about lunchtime anyway and as for farmers; don’t animals just work on a natural daylight system?

8. You spend about 4 hours of your “extra free hour” working out which clocks have automatically changed themselves and which you need to do manually. Only to discover that you have to do this all over again as your thoughtful other half has already done half of them but can’t remember which!

9. Hunt for the timer instructions to the boiler, google various websites to find the instruction to the boiler so you can change the clock. The teenager emerges takes one look at the boiler timer and changes it for you and lifts his eyes to the heavens.

10. Receive the third phone call of the day from my Mother. She has found a compact SAD light for sale and wonders if I’d like it as the nights are drawing in and it could help relieve the symptons of SAD – http://www.sad.org.uk/

11. End up sitting on the sofa an hour earlier than usual, waiting for your favourite TV programme to come on and proceed to sleep through it (ah ha – that is where the extra hours sleep is!).

The Day After

12. Have an office sweep stake to see who will have “forgotten” to change their alarm clock! Yes, you know who it is!

13. Find yourself feeling utterly starving by 11am so nip out to pinch some of the office biscuits from under the nose of the PA when she’s not looking.

14. Look out of the window at 4pm and begin to sulk – its dark out there and it feels like home-time but you have another hour to go at least.

15. Someone tells you that now the clocks have moved it means it will soon be Christmas.

16. Phone mum and ask her to make the SAD purchase – it’s going to be a long winter!

If this has piqued an interest and you’d like to find out more about the history of why the clocks change follow this link – https://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/explore/British-summer-time-and-daylight-saving.

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