Great Gifts for Gardening Enthusiasts
Birthday shopping for a gardener? You can make his or her wishes come true by shopping with his or her favorite hobby in mind.
Here are a few ideas that will put a smile on the face of those green-thumbed family members and friends:
Make a Statement
Upgrade a hobby wardrobe with gear that’s not only stylish, but functional too.
If your gardener is still watering, hedging, weeding and working in the yard in an old pair of beat-up sneakers, consider a pair of garden clogs designed for the specific chores associated with working in the yard or garden. Easy-to-clean and waterproof, they make a great present.
Or consider a utility apron in your gift recipient’s favorite colors or pattern.
No garden is complete without visits from local wildlife, such as songbirds. Help your gardener transform his or her garden into a wildlife refuge. A birdbath and bird feeder will help attract birds and encourage them to linger in the garden longer.
Unfortunately billions of songbirds are killed worldwide each year due to accidental collisions with window glass, according to the Wilson Ornithological Society.
Consider a unique gift that makes the area safer for flying friends. A new high-tech liquid called WindowAlert UV Liquid can be applied to windows, containing a component that brilliantly reflects ultraviolet sunlight. This ultraviolet light, that’s invisible to humans, takes advantage of the keen eyesight of birds, creating a visual barrier on windows to help prevent fatal collisions.
“Wildlife can beautify a garden. But birds and other wildlife don’t appear by chance. They seek habitats that provide them with food, shelter, and safety,” says Spencer Schock, founder of WindowAlert. “
For bird-friendly gift ideas, visit www.WindowAlert.com.
Make watering the plants a pleasure with a vintage watering can. You can add a personal touch by painting the side of the can with a unique design or your gift recipient’s name. Or buy a set of planters and give them the same painting treatment.
Don’t ignore your gift recipient’s hobbies and passions. There are plenty of gifts that complement the gardening lifestyle. (StatePoint)
A Rat-Infested Ghost Ship? Maybe Not
By: By Eric Zerkel
Could an abandoned, cannibalistic rat-infested, 1,565 ton Soviet-era cruise liner be just another winter storm away from colliding with the coast of the United Kingdom or Ireland? Not likely, according to the British Coast Guard, but that hasn't stopped the British press from speculating that a "ghost-ship" could be just hours away from impact. So what's the story?
Built in 1976 in the former Yugoslavia, the Lyubov Orlova used to cater to Russian elite on cruises to Earth's polar regions. But the ship's owner racked up some $250,000 in debts, leading Canadian authorities to seize the ship in 2010, Quartz reports.
The ship, worth an estimated $1.1 million, was towed out of a Canadian port in Newfoundland last January en route to a scrap yard in the Dominican Republic, The National Post reports, but rough seas cut the towline, leaving the ship barreling east across the Atlantic Ocean.
According to The National Post, another ship dispatched by Canadian authorities corralled the Lyubov Orlova and towed it further out to sea, away from Canadian oil assets, but once the feat was accomplished the ghost ship was cut-loose, because as Transport Canada put it, the vessel “no longer poses a threat to the safety of [Canadian] offshore oil installations, their personnel or the marine environment."
With no crew on board, the ship was thought to be lost forever, until March 2013, when two lifeboats fell off the ship, sending signals to authorities that the vessel had traveled two-thirds of the way across the Atlantic Ocean and was headed east, straight for the British and Irish coasts, according to The Independent.
Just a week later, radar picked up an object similar in size to the Lyubov Orlova just off the Scottish coast,the Daily Mirror reports, but search efforts returned nothing.
Man risks his life to save Xbox
A Kansas gamer risked his life by going back into a burning house to save his Xbox.
The man had originally run out of his property in Kansas when he noticed the flames, according to ABC15.
However, after remembering his beloved game console was still inside, he went back inside.
He managed to retrieve the Xbox, but suffered from smoke inhalation while making the rescue.
Metro reports that the fire caused $75,000 of damage to his home.
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