Roses: keeping them looking lovely

Roses look lovely when they're fresh - and especially when they're a gift! But keeping them looking that way can be a challenge, so here are our tips to keep the love for a long time.... 

  • Always make sure the vase is perfectly clean.
  • Remove any leaves that will be under the water
  • Cut your stems on a diagonal with a sharp knife or secateurs before putting them in the water
  • Change the water every few days.
  • You can use a sachet of flower food in the water, alternatively, you can use;
    (in 1ltr water)
    1tbsp vinegar
    1tsp sugar
    3-5 drops bleach (yes, really!)

If your rose heads should droop (gasp!) then cut the bottom of the stems and plunge them into 1" of almost boiling water!

We are already feeling the love in our little flower shop. This year at Church Lane flowers we will be selling plenty of the customary red roses, and we wrap bunches of six or twelve with ferns and seasonal pussy willow, in our lovely simple tissue, brown paper and twine.

We like to mix pinks and reds too, and can send you on your way with anything from one stem to a huge bouquet, so whether you want to whisper or shout 'I LOVE YOU!' leave it to us to wrap you something beautiful.

Of course, there will be our usual range of the freshest non red or pink flowers available too!

What's more, for readers of this newsletter only: if you order your Valentine's Day flowers by 5pm on Weds 12th Feb, we'll give you 10% off. Just phone us on 07792 592714 or drop in and see us in Church Lane, just off Church Street, next to The Old Plough pub. We are  open Monday to Saturday 9ish to 5ish.

Helen Thomas
07792 592714

Market Report: a positive outlook on all fronts.

Firstly, a few facts: home sales are at their highest level for six years and a recent survey (by Ocean Finance) has revealed that more than a quarter of British adults hope to move house during 2014. This rose to nearly half of 18 to 24 year olds, many of whom may be preparing to flee the nest and buy their first home. As a result:

  • mortgage applications in December were 71% higher than the same time last year, and up about 40% on the year
  • three-year fixed rates fell to their lowest average in 6 1/2 years with two-year tracker rates now just 2.88% (
  • There are now over 12,000 mortgage products available to homebuyers, including the return of the 95% loan-to-value mortgage – regardless of the government’s Help-to-Buy scheme (MAB). (Don’t worry – the number of high loan-to-value loans, which many believe should be held responsible for prompting the recession, is only at about a quarter of the pre-recession figures!)

These observations alone suggest a rapidly emerging new-found confidence in the market, especially from younger buyers who were not directly affected by the recession. Indeed, figures just released in respect of November’s sales suggest that while home prices overall were 4.9% higher than those of the same period in 2012, first time buyer properties finished the year 11.4% ahead.

With fewer mega-rich international buyers and City-bonus bankers at large it would appear that the we may be returning to a market that is driven from below, not above. This has a ripple effect across all price ranges which is good for sellers everywhere, yet hopefully moderated by the lessons learnt from the past.

So if you’re considering a sale,  this spring may be a good time to take advantage of the situation. One of my experienced team would be more than happy to come round and offer you a well-qualified, up-to-the-minute market appraisal of your own property.

Phillip Mann

What's on locally this February?

What’s on in ‘Seahaven’ this month?

go to‎ to find out more on each event

Newhaven River and Coast stroll
Date: Sunday 02 February
Time: 10am-12 noon
Where: West Quay, Newhaven BN9 9BP

East Sussex AGE UK Stay Healthy
Date: Thursday 06 February
Time: 11am-1pm
Where: Peacehaven Library, Meridian Centre, Peacehaven

Peacehaven Players ‘Open Evening’
Date: Thursday 06 February
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Main Hall, Community House, Meridian Centre, Peacehaven

Quiz Night
Date: Friday 07 February
Time: 7pm
Where: Main Hall, Community Centre, Meridian Centre, Peacehaven
Bring your own drinks and snacks!

Race Night
Date: Friday 07 February
Time: 7pm
Where: Main Hall, Community Centre, Meridian Centre, Peacehaven
Tickets £2

Quiz Night
Date: Friday 07 February
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Hillcrest Community Centre, Hillcrest Road, Seaford

Seaford Town Football Club 2nd XI
Date: Saturday 08 February
Time: 3pm
Where: The Crouch, Seaford

Seaford & District Stamp Club monthly meeting
Date: Wednesday 12 February
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Steyne Road Crossway Church (opp the Wellington), Seaford

Seaford Community Cinema “In the Mood for Love”
Date: Friday 14 February
Time: 7.30pm
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, Seaford

Seaford Town Football Club 2nd XI
Date: Friday 14 February 
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Tye Crouch, Seaford

‘Equally Divided’ production by Ronald Harwood
Date: Friday 14 February – Saturday 22 February
Time: 7.45pm
Where: Seaford Little Theatre, Steyne Road, Seaford
Tickets available from Stitch in Broad St     

Friends of Tidemills Meeting
Date: Sunday 16 February
Time: 10am-12 noon
Where: Tidemills meet at 10am at end of path from Tidemills car park, Seaford
Help clear up litter with us. We provide bags and pickers!

Corelli Ensemble concert
Date: Sunday 16 February
Time: 4.15pm-5.30pm
Where: St Thomas More Church, Sutton Road, Seaford

Seaford Musical Society Concert
Date: Friday 21 February
Time: 7.45pm
Where: Cross Way, Steyne Road, Seaford
Phone: 01323 491601 
Tickets £12

Seaford Literary & Lecture Club
Date: Wednesday 26 February
Time: 7pm
Where: St Leonard’s Church Hall, Church Street, Seaford

Star celloist to perform in Seaford

Seaford is incredibly fortunate to have the outstanding young British cellist, Ella Rundle performing, with the Corelli Ensemble.

She will be playing CPE Bach's beautiful A major concerto. Ella studied at the Menuhin School and has won international prizes and awards.

The Corelli Ensemble, directed by Maeve Jenkinson, will also perform pieces by Mozart and Mendelssohn, including some well loved favourites such as Bach Air and Pachelbel Canon.

The theme of the concert is “Music from Germany” and afterwards the audience is invited to meet the performers and enjoy a glass of German wine.

The concert will take place on Sunday 16th February at 4.15pm in St Thomas More Church, Sutton Road, Seaford. Tickets can be reserved in advance for a special price of £10 by emailing or can be purchased on the door for £12. Children go free.

Fantastic new property details ready for action

Our newly-designed property details not only look good, they contain some mould-breaking new features too:

NEW editorial descriptions

Goodbye to descriptions which are loved by agents and loathed by buyers! Instead, meet Sam Horscraft, our brilliant new copywriter who's here to create a wonderful 'editorial' for your property, giving buyers and tenants a feel for what your property is really like.

NEW additional information

Our new property details also have a list of the things people really want to know about a property – like the distance to schools, what the parking is like, how far the parks are and plenty more.

NEW 'bear in mind' section

Buyers and tenants hate it when agents gloss over a property’s obvious shortcomings. With our new details, we’ll be upfront about a property being, say, on a busy road, and even try to offer a positive aspect, that it might offer more space for the money; for example. If the busy road is still a problem, well, it saves a wasted viewing. Meanwhile buyers appreciate our honesty, and are more trusting of our advice when they do eventually find the property they want – with all parties happier all round.

Great photographs

If you’ve been house-hunting, you’ll know that photos are really important, which is why we make sure we take the time to get the shots that will make your property stand out in property listings, and look really good in print and online. We even hire a professional photographer if needed to give your property sale that extra boost.


The best way to truly understand the flow, size and shape of a property is with a floorplan, so we now include them on property details. Alongside our great photography, buyers get a true feel for your property – especially families who can see how their lives will fit in to that space.

If you'd like to know more about our terrific new marketing of your property, please get in touch and we'd be delighted to show you more.

Meet Sam Horscraft - our brilliant new copywriter

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