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How to plant wildflower seeds – Three easy tips for a beautiful mini meadow

If you are looking to make your own mini meadow, you cannot go wrong with some wildflower seeds. Just pick a site in your garden which gets a lot of sun and pick the wildflower seeds you want to grow. Read on for some tips on timing and preparation when sowing wildflower seeds.

Wildflower turf

If you’d rather not grow wildflowers from seed, consider wildflower turf instead.

According to Gardeners’ World, pre-grown wildflower mats are essentially wildflower turf grown with a mat backing.

Although it can be more expensive, wildflower mats may be more convenient than growing wildflowers from seed.

Gardeners’ World explains: “Making a meadow this way can be done at almost any time of year, although it’s trickier and more expensive to lift, ship and lay a meadow that’s in flower, so spring and autumn are the best times.”

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Drivers are converting road cars into mini caravans for staycation trips this summer

Some motorists have converted their own personal vehicles into hotel rooms equipped with everything you will need for a UK staycation trip. History teacher Laurie Alyce converted her small Fiat 500 into a caravan before sharing her experiences on social media site TokTok.

“Car camping also offers a more flexible itinerary for road trip holidays.

“Ahead of schedule or running late? No worries; find somewhere new to park up.”

However, Laurie has warned drivers are not allowed to just park anywhere when on their trip.

She said it was important road users checked the rules for car parks and avoided residential areas when stopping overnight.

Emma Stack, Digital Marketing Manager at Peter Vardy said car caravaning was a “remarkable solution”.

She said this was a ”versatile, cost-effective solution” for those desperate to get away on the cheap this summer.

She said: “Utilising your car as a camping utensil is a truly remarkable solution for seeing more of Britain this summer.

“In the current climate, we expect to see many more motorists take road trips as international travel remains so turbulent.

“Car camping is a versatile, cost-effective solution for rising staycation prices – and you get to see more of our beautiful country, too.”

There are a set of rules around converting cars to motorhomes set out by the DVLA.

The DVLA said it will only consider changing a car to a motorhome if three requirements are met.

The car’s body must be considered a genuine multi-purpose vehicle.

Car’s must also have external features such as two or more windows, a door and an awning bar.

Evidence such as a motor caravan conversion checklist and an updated V5C document must also be completed.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Life and Style Feed
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Mini Review: DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods – Part One – Rip, Tear, Repeat

It’s been eight months since the first expansion DLC for Doom Eternal launched on other systems and now it’s finally here on Switch. If that feels like a long time, consider that the main game took nine months to come to Switch: if anything, things are getting better! Sort of.

The Ancient Gods Part One is a standalone campaign that follows on from the events of Doom Eternal. Without spoiling anything that happened in that game, basically your mission didn’t end with your actions there, and now Hell’s demons are lining up an attempt to take over every dimension so they can invade Earth again.

The ensuing plot is typical Doom stuff, in that it’s hokier than half a Hokey Cokey marathon, but if you got a kick out of all the nonsense that went on in Doom Eternal you’ll enjoy where the game takes it here, especially its cliffhanger ending (this is the first of a two-part DLC story, you see).

Although The Ancient Gods Part One can be chosen from the main menu of Doom Eternal and doesn’t require you to have even started the main game, let alone beaten it, we strongly suggest you play through the main Doom Eternal campaign first: not only for plot purposes, but because this is pretty difficult stuff. There are no tutorials, no easy-going opening areas with a couple of weak enemies, nothing like that.

Instead, from the second the first of its three lengthy chapters kicks off, you’re immediately thrown into a huge battle with loads of enemies, some of whom are upper tier gits. It may be a standalone expansion but it very much feels like a campaign that assumes you’ve already beaten the main one and that you’re perfectly comfortable taking on hordes of its more difficult enemies right off the bat. So if you haven’t played the main Doom Eternal campaign yet (or you’re a bit rusty… it’s been eight months, after all), do that first.

Not that it’s the same old bad guys you’ll be taking on, of course. The Ancient Gods adds a couple of new enemies to the mix, but truth be told they’re probably the weakest part of the experience because they can be extremely annoying to take out.

Turrets, for example, have a small purple eye that emerges from the top every now and then to fire at you. When you start firing back the eye goes away, and there’s really only one weapon that does decent damage to it so if that’s out of ammo, expect an annoyingly long standoff (which doesn’t really fit the Doom Eternal tone, where you’re supposed to be constantly moving around).

Spirits are similarly annoying, though at least they’re more inventive. These big swines can possess other demons, making them far more powerful than normal. Once you defeat the demon, you’ve got a limited window of time to attack the Spirit – again, with a very specific weapon – otherwise they’ll possess another demon and it’s back to square one. At least here if you don’t have the weapon you need you can just kill every demon in the room, because without anyone to possess the Spirit just goes away.

These new enemies aside, it’s more or less business as usual in The Ancient Gods. While the pace can be a little slower this time thanks to the way the newcomers have to be defeated, for the most part fans of the main campaign will be perfectly happy with another roughly 5-8 hours of gameplay to rip and tear their way through. Just don’t play it without taking on the main game first.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Reviews

Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen, 46, puts on jaw-dropping display in plunging mini dress

The star received plenty of praise from her followers for her figure, as many asked how she keeps in shape after nine children.

One wrote: “I appreciate your work so hard physically and long hours as well as being a wife and mother but how do you keep that amazing figure having had 9 children?”

Another commented: “Jeez, you look fabulous. Obviously, 9 kids and hard work really pays off.”

Amanda embraced rural life after reading a book about farming and the great outdoors, and she set her heart on becoming a shepherdess.

She met Clive when she was 21 and he was 20 years older, but they have been together ever since.

They now have a huge family, with Raven, 18, Reuben, 15, Miles, 13, Edith, 10, Violet, eight, Sidney, seven, Anna, six, Clemmy, five, and Nancy, two.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

Woman travels the UK after transforming Fiat Punto into a mini campervan for just £120

Car camping simply means travellers load all their gear for a trip into their car as well as sleeping in it. It offers people a more affordable way to travel as well as being more flexible in terms of destinations. 

Laurie is also planning to embark on more road trips this year, using her school holidays to camp more in her car, which has now been upgraded from a Fiat Punto to a Fiat 500.

Car experts Peter Vardy spoke with the history teacher to find out more about car camping. 

“When choosing between a hotel, a tent and a car, it’s easy to see why many people would consider the latter the least desirable option. 

“But as a solo traveller, car camping has provided me with flexible, affordable and secure accommodation!”

Laurie explained: “My number one essential has got to be my blow-up car mattress.

“It was the most expensive item when preparing my car camper….but I used my own bedding and pillows from home.”

When sleeping in a car, it can be hard to get comfortable and so investing in a good quality car mattress is important.

To save further money, Laurie cooked her own foods by purchasing a camp stove and portable kettle.

She said: “I bring a camp stove and kettle; it’s amazing how many different foods you can make just by adding boiling water. Using just a kettle saves lots of space and washing up. Having the option to make food rather than always eating out keeps car camping affordable to any budget.”

A butane stove can be purchased for £10 to £15 while a kettle can be picked up for as cheap as £5.

For privacy, the TikTok influencer uses window covers made from floor insulation while she is sleeping.

Laurie explained how it cost her £18 from B&Q.

Lastly, without a bathroom onboard, making use of the showers at service stations means Laurie brings small travel towels with her.

She added: “All UK services have showers. I have two travel towels which were a brilliant investment as they fold down super small and dry very quickly, meaning stopping for a shower can be as quick or as long as you like!”

Travel towels can be purchased from various retailers, costing around £15.

Emma Stack, Digital Marketing Manager at Peter Vardy said: “Utilising your car as a camping utensil is a truly remarkable solution for seeing more of Britain this summer.

“In the current climate, we expect to see many more motorists take road trips as international travel remains so turbulent.

“Car camping is a versatile, cost effective solution for rising staycation prices – and you get to see more of our beautiful country too.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Mini Review: Alba: A Wildlife Adventure – A Relaxing, Off-Rails Pokémon Snap-Alike

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure started its life as an Apple Arcade exclusive back in 2020 and launched to much critical acclaim. UsTwo’s game tells the story of Alba, a curious young girl with a love for animals and nature. Vacationing with her grandparents on an idyllic island full of diverse wildlife, Alba and her best friend suddenly find themselves on a mission to save the nature reserve after the mayor announces development of a huge resort hotel.

Equipped with her trusty camera phone and journal, Alba explores the island in an effort to document nature and gain 50 signatures for a petition to halt development of the hotel. It’s a simple, humble story that puts heavy focus on the environment, but still showcases a strong range of unique characters, including Alba herself, a local veterinarian, the mayor, and more.

After a brief introductory section, you’re free to explore the entire island to your heart’s content; it has a very similar feel to the Pokémon Snap series, but rather than being tethered to a fixed route, you’re completely let off the leash. This, ultimately, is what makes Alba: A Wildlife Adventure so appealing; as you wander down a path towards the beach, or climb to the top of a hill, you might spot a new creature in your peripheral vision, stopping you in your tracks as you break out the camera to take the perfect shot.

The freedom you’re given right from the start makes exploration and discovery feel all the more natural and rewarding. To help you along the way, however, the game does feature a notepad that includes specific tasks you need to complete in order to gain signatures for the petition. These could be as simple as photographing a certain number of species, picking up some litter, or discovering the source of a poisoning epidemic affecting the local wildlife.

There’s little more to say on the actual content without spoiling the entire experience, but if you’re worried about how a game migrating over from Apple Arcade might play, then worry not; while the game doesn’t strive to go beyond 30FPS, the frame rate is stable throughout, and graphical hiccups are practically non-existent. Musical tracks are a rarity, as the game prefers to keep the focus on diegetic sound like bird calls and the sea breeze, but the few tracks that do feature really fit quite well with the overall tone.

With so many games featuring death and destruction, Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is a breath of fresh air. Much like Pokémon Snap, its focus on observation is a welcome change of pace, and it never feels like the underlying message is being shoved down our throats. At 2-3 hours in length, our only wish is that it lasted a bit longer, but with its relaxing tone and simple gameplay, this is one we suspect you’ll go back to again and again.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Reviews

Mini Review: Super Soccer Blast: America VS Europe – Simple But Sloppy Soccer

The heavily delayed Euro 2020 tournament is just around the corner, and football fever is once again permeating the homes of countries worldwide. The Switch has several decent football games, but with EA launching frankly embarrassing yearly ‘legacy’ updates to its FIFA series on Switch, there are certainly gaps in the field for a midfield dynamo or a winning striker. Super Soccer Blast: America vs Europe is a straight-up arcade take on the sport; one that appeals with its overall simplicity, but stumbles when it comes to authenticity and engagement.

The game takes understandable liberties with its team and player roster, including team names like London replacing the more familiar Chelsea F.C, along with completely made up player names in an effort to evade the wrath of UEFA. The roster nevertheless feels fairly limited in scope, and there’s absolutely no option available here to alter your team’s formation, so what you see is what you get.

There are multiple tournaments available in the main menu, including Euro Nations, Copa Cup, the titular America vs Europe, and even the controversial Super League. None of them really offer up much in the way of unique features, and the only difference between them is the selection of teams on offer. Aside from this, you can set up a quick match with any team of your choice, or create your own tournament from scratch.

Of course, gameplay is the most important feature with football games, and sadly Super Soccer Blast falls down quite a lot in this area. Control layout is very similar to the likes of FIFA and PES: you’ve got pass/tackle mapped to ‘A’, cross/slide tackle mapped to ‘Y’, and so forth. That’s really all there is to it, so don’t expect to see any trick moves or strategic options; you get the absolute bare minimum. In a way, we could argue this makes the gameplay accessible to those who might not be ready for the more authentic, realistic sims on the market, but unfortunately, this isn’t where the glaring omissions end.

Most of the core features of your typical football game appear here: corner kicks, throw ins, free kicks. What’s puzzling, however, is the apparent lack of the offside rule. Not a problem, you might say, but what about a referee? You can quite easily foul another player by sliding into their feet, and while this generates a free kick, there’s absolutely no risk of being penalised in any permanent way; no yellow cards, no red cards — ever. It makes each game feel somewhat inconsequential, and after a while it just feels like you’re going through the motions.

Ultimately, the gameplay just feels a bit slapstick, with messy movement, erratic ball controls, and shoddy AI. Its simplicity is immediately appealing, with quick matches allowing for short sessions while you’re out and about, but even with its quirky visual style, the liberties taken with its gameplay makes Super Soccer Blast: America vs Europe a tough game to recommend.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Reviews

Mini Review: Mighty Goose – Have A Gander At This Stylish Run 'N' Gunner

Geese are really going from strength to strength, aren’t they? After conquering the indie scene in House House’s Untitled Goose Game, the species is now taking to the sky with Mighty Goose, a side-scrolling shooter that offers a flavour of games like Metal Slug and Mercenary Kings. With minimal plot to back up the chaotic gameplay, you’re tasked with simply going from level to level in a variety of locations to unleash destruction upon waves of enemies. That’s really all there is to it.

Starting off with a standard hand cannon, Mighty Goose feels reasonably well equipped from the start, but it’s not long until you begin to pick up new weapons like shotguns, machine guns, and rocket launchers. These weapons have a finite amount of ammo, so you go right back to the hand cannon once you run out, but thankfully weapon pickups are incredibly frequent throughout the game.

Actual gunplay feels slick and responsive, and you can shoot either horizontally or vertically; jumping and then shooting down actually lets you hover in the air for a short while, as the kickback from the guns keeps Mighty Goose airborne. This works even better with more powerful guns like the shotgun, and is incredibly satisfying to pull off when you encounter an enemy with a front-facing impenetrable shield.

Although the gameplay feels great for the most part, the action can often get a little too chaotic. Mighty Goose isn’t the most resilient of protagonists, with a measly four chunks of health keeping him going at all times; when you’re up against dozens of enemies coming from every direction, don’t be surprised if you get hit by a projectile you never even saw coming. Keeping track of all the action can be tough, and the game almost feels a bit unfair at times as a result.

To exacerbate this issue, the checkpoints throughout can be needlessly harsh, and actually seem to get wider apart the further along you progress. Thankfully (well, in a way), the steep difficulty curve comes pretty early on, so once you get to grips with how attacking and dodging works, you’ll find your ability to stay alive gets much better as you get into the later levels.

The game also comes with an Armoury option within the main menu; here, you can toggle various abilities to aid you in battle, such as the ability to increase your movement. You can also select your secondary weapon, which rather hilariously starts off with a simple “honk” that accomplishes nothing other than a cheeky giggle.

Other than the overly chaotic nature of the action, Mighty Goose is a visual treat, oozing style with its character and environmental design. The companions are also well realised, and can actually be played by a second person via co-op, although their abilities are arguably far inferior to Mighty Goose itself. Regardless, whether you play on your own or with a friend, Mighty Goose is a blast, and while it’s a bit short-lived at three-to-four hours, it’s definitely worth a shot if you’re up for some over-the-top run ‘n’ gun action.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Reviews