Ridgeway Relocation’s Guide to Useful Websites – Part 2

6. Ten Mile Menu

Described as a new, online supermarket for the Chiltern Hills.

Ten Mile Menu is the brainchild of Steve and Corinna Sidhu who live in the village of Speen, a few miles north of High Wycombe. Ten Mile Menu showcases the local produce of South Bucks, suppliers who demonstrate the highest standards of animal welfare and support rare breeds where possible. Buying fresh produce from Ten Mile Menu will support the local economy and also reduce your food miles to close to zero.

7. Commutefrom.com

Providing information upon where to live on London’s commuter routes, commutefrom.com is a free service that helps you decided where to buy a house around London. It tells you which stations are within your preferred commute time of the central London tube station nearest to your work. This online resource should be one of the first ports of call for those looking to move out of London but are restricted by a job in the city, and are unsure of where to start searching.

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Ridgeway Relocation’s Guide to Useful Websites – Part 1:

If you’re thinking of moving to the area you might need pointing in the right direction for unbiased resources, you can’t just rely on us to tell you how great the Chilterns is!

You might even find these websites useful if you’re already fortunate enough to live in the Chilterns – some of these are relatively recent finds for me, and I’ve lived in the area all my life!

In no particular order:

1. ‘Food on Our Doorstep’ 

For those of you who are (rightly) concerned about food miles, and wishing to support local food suppliers, this is a great website, detailing either farms or outlets retailing locally produced food, within a radius of 10 miles or so of High Wycombe town centre (encompassing Watlington, Chinnor, Princes Risborough, Wendover, Great Missenden, Chesham, Amersham, Beaconsfield, Marlow, Maidenhead, Henley-on-Thames, Hambleden and everywhere in between).

Support local producers - find your nearest supplier or farm shop using www.food-on-our-doorstep.org.uk

2. ‘My Wycombe’ 

A handy resource, tailored to individual property or places – providing information and maps about council services and other local community facilities. Simply input an address using the postcode search facility to find out information about refuse collections, council tax charges, councillors and planning applications.

How to Minimise Stress for your Pet when Moving Home

Moving to a new home can be stressful for our pets too, not just us. There are some measures you can take though to reduce the stress on your dogs and cats both leading up to, and after the event.

Some pets will likely cope better than others, but there are those who may be of a nervous disposition and find the change in environment stressful. Those that have been in the same house since puppies or kittens may be especially anxious.

Firstly, leading up to the house move, leave any bedding unwashed. That way, when you arrive at your new home, your pet will be reminded of any familiar smells. When you arrive at the new home, set-up the bed, basket or crate in a quiet corner, where your pet can retreat to for safety if they feel a little overwhelmed. Let your dog or cat explore in their own time.

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Relocating with a Pet

Are you contemplating a move into or out of the UK, but not sure what to do with your much-loved pet? As a pet-owner and pet-lover myself, I can empathise with what must be a very difficult decision.

The DEFRA Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) now makes it easier to relocate your pet. Changes to DEFRA policy, effective from 1st January 2012, mean all pet dogs, cats and ferrets (including guide and hearing dogs) can enter or re-enter the UK from any country in the world, provided they meet the rules of the scheme, which will be different depending on the country or territory the pet is coming from.

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A-Z Guide of How to Prepare Your Home For Winter

Needs no explanation really! A handy A-Z Guide of how to prepare your home for Winter:

A=Aga – if you have one (and we cannot recommend them enough), make sure it has been given its annual service. You don’t want it letting you down at the time you need it most!

B=Boiler – ensure it is serviced regularly by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer.

C=Chimney – make sure it is swept if you have an open fire.

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