We have blogged previously about how independence plays a huge part in many people’s lives and how making some amendments to the home can bring back your confidence. Our Bath-Knight bath-lift has been mentioned many times on the blog and this time, we want to discuss our fabulous range of walk-in showers.

Easa Shower Bath-Knight Shower Range

Although we believe that nothing can beat a long, relaxing soak in the bath, we also understand that everyone is different. So, if you are looking for an invigorating shower that is stylish and safe, look no further than our own shower range.

Here is an overview of our range of easy access showers…

Easa – Designed by Occupational Therapists to focus entirely on your needs, the Easa shower combines style and practicality. The Easa has a large design which allows a wheelchair to fit inside if required. There are also double doors so if you do need help from a carer, they can easily assist you. An antibacterial agent is also used in any plastic parts of the Easa walk-in shower to prevent harmful bacteria such as mould and MRSA from developing. The agent used in the plastic parts has been safety tested.

easa walk-in shower

Lunes – With a modern and minimalist style, the Lunes Walk-in Shower is a very stylish take on the walk-in shower. Again, the Lunes shower range can be made to measure so if you need something small or a little bit bigger it can be done to suit you. The paints used in the making of the Lunes showers are enriched in additives to prevent the build-up of mould and fungus. These paints have been tested and approved to ensure your safety.

Lunes Walk-in Shower

Freedom – Just like the Easa and Lunes walk-in showers, the Freedom shower can be used by the whole family. It also has a half door, similar to the Easa, which is handy if you do still require assistance. It too has the paint used to prevent mould, fungus and other bacteria building up.

Freedom Walk-in Shower

Our showers are bespoke so that we can meet your individual needs. The showers are also suitable for the whole family so if you do live with someone who does not require any assistance when bathing, they too can easily use the shower.

You can also choose accessories to go with your shower if necessary such as easy-grip handrails and shower stools too.

For more information on our products, you can request a brochure on our blog, through our website or call us on 0800 0 198 198.

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With the Easter Weekend upon us, we thought it would be fitting to talk about some of the oldest Easter eggs and traditions.

63-year-old Hillion Fern is a self-confessed chocaholic and when she was 13, she was given a hand decorated Easter egg. Hillion actually resisted the urge to eat the egg and 50 years later, she still has it!

Hillion with a 50-year-old easter egg

The handcrafted sugar flowers on the front of the egg have gone from a vibrant yellow to a slight brown colour but otherwise, the egg is still completely intact complete with cellophane wrapping. Although, Hillion has admitted that she keeps the egg at her mother’s house as she still thinks she may be tempted to eat it even after all these years!

71-year-old Maureen Harrison from Doncaster also has an Easter egg that has never been eaten but her egg is 65-years-old!

Maureen Harrison and a 65-year-old Easter Egg

It had come all the way from the Czech Republic and Maureen’s grandmother had told her that if she ate it, it would make her ill. That warning had stuck with Maureen but she has also said that she thinks the egg is too pretty to eat. It still has the carefully crafted beautiful icing flowers on the front but a hole has appeared in the middle due to the egg’s age.

Maureen with Japanese TV Presenters

Maureen’s egg has also become somewhat of a celebrity as she has even been interviewed by a TV show in Japan!

Meanwhile in Ukraine, a 500-year-old egg has been discovered. It’s not clear whether the decorated egg was from an Easter celebration however; more than half of Ukrainians are Orthodox Christians and they would have decorated eggs for Easter.

500 year old egg found in Ukraine

It is amazing that the egg is so well preserved too for its age. It is also a goose egg so for it to last as long as it has without becoming damaged is brilliant.

And finally, in Germany, couple Christa and Volker Kraft spend two weeks every year decorating an apple tree in their garden with ten thousand hand decorated Easter eggs. It is a tradition that they have kept going for almost 50 years! The image of the tree is just spectacular and we hope Christa and Volker continue their tradition for many more years.

easter tree decorated with ten thousand eggs

Do you have an old Easter egg at home that you think out-dates Hillion’s and Maureen’s? Or do you have an Easter tradition that has been kept in your family for many years?

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Simnel Cake is a fruit cake with lots of religious connotations and traditional values too.

Lots of people eat Simnel Cake at Easter time and decorate it with candied flowers or miniature eggs (usually 11 decorations to represent Jesus’ 11 loyal disciples) but it was also made on Mothering Sunday by daughters to prove their baking skills and is sometimes made on the final Sunday of Lent.

This recipe makes one large cake but if you are entertaining your grandchildren and want them to try something a little bit different, you can divide the mixture into muffin cases to make cupcakes and use the marzipan to decorate the top.

simnel cake

Ingredients:

  • 225 g butter, softened
  • 225 g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225 g plain flour
  • 225 g sultanas
  • 110 g currants
  • 110 g glacé cherries, quartered
  • grated zest of 2 oranges grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 450 g almond paste
  • 2 tbsp apricot jam
  • 1 egg, beaten

Method:

1. Pre-heat oven to 150°C /gas 2.
2. Place the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, sultanas, currants, glace cherries, orange zest, lemon zest and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl and beat together until thoroughly blended
3. Place half the mixture in a buttered and lined 20cm deep round cake tin and level the surface.
4. Take one-third of the almond paste and roll it out into a circle the size of the tin. Place it on top of the cake mixture. Spoon the remaining cake mixture over and smooth the surface.
5. Bake the cake for about 2 hours 30 minutes until well risen and firm to the touch. Cover with foil after 1 hour if the top is browning too quickly. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
6. When the cake has cooled, brush the top with the warmed apricot jam and roll out half of the remaining almond paste to fit the top. Press firmly on the top and crimp the edges to decorate.
7. Mark a criss-cross pattern on the almond paste with a sharp knife. Form the remaining almond paste into 11 balls or eggs (to represent the 11 apostles). Arrange the balls around the outside.
8. Preheat the grill. Place the cake under the preheated grill to turn the almond paste golden.

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As it is the Easter weekend, it would be rude not to talk about chocolate eggs! Here are some of our favourite chocolate eggs from years gone by and what they look like now…

Do you remember when the Smarties Easter eggs looked like this?

Example of Smarties Easter egg from the 70s to 90s

You used to get a free cup with the egg and a member of the Bath-Knight team still has her cup from when she was little!

The packaging has changed a lot in 20-or-so years and you no longer get a lovely mug with your egg but the chocolate is still delicious!

A modern version of the Smarties Easter Egg

What about Cadbury Crème Eggs? They used to be a little bit bigger many years ago as well as costing a lot less but they are still a firm favourite with many children and grownups.

Cadbury's Creme Egg from the 90s

The packaging has not changed much but there is a clear size difference. Does anyone still have an old Crème Egg or a Fry’s Crème Egg to compare?

Mini Eggs have even had a bit of a makeover in the last few years too.

Retro Mini Eggs Packaging

Although now, they are still a similar size but you get a lot less in the bag!

Cadbury Mini Eggs

It is not just Easter eggs that have changed over the years either; chocolate bars have also decreased in size but have had an increase in price.

When Snickers used to be called a Marathon Bar, it was just 4 pence and it was quite a bit bigger too. The same goes for Topics, Milky Bars, Mars Bars and Cadbury Dairy Milk.

Marathon was the old name of Snickers

The main reason for chocolate becoming expensive is that the cacao plant that is used to grow the cocoa beans can only grow in a very hot climate but due to bad weather conditions across the world, this has had a terrible effect on the crops. This has then put a strain on farmers and their resources so the price of cocoa has been rising for the last few years and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Retro packaging for Topic chocolate bars

Have you noticed the difference in size of your favourite chocolate bars? Or is a chocolate bar from your childhood no longer available?

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We have blogged many times about the importance of budgeting and how to make the most of your basic pension. This time, we have shared our hints and tips on the world-famous forum for grandmothers; Gransnet.

How to budget

Gransnet is a wonderful website filled with discussions about anything and everything, advice, competitions and blogs too.

You can even see if your town has its own local website where you can sign up and become a member and receive their free newsletter.

Gransnet Logo

Our guest post can be found on the Local Forums section and we look forward to sharing many more posts with the fabulous “Gransnetters”.

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