Discover Spring at Boswells

Discover Spring at Boswells

Easter is behind us, the clocks have had their annual shuffle forward, and wherever you look there are plants beginning to blossom and bloom. Spring is finally in the air! 

Getting Ready for Spring

Sunglasses ImageWith any luck the change in the season will bring with it a welcome change in the weather. But with the nice weather comes the need for a few warm weather essentials.

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That’s right, it’s time to stock up on sunscreen, dig out some cooler clothing and don your sunglasses in anticipation (and hope) of a little sunshine. If last year’s pair is looking a little worse for wear, or if you simply fancy a change, we have lots of great sunglasses to choose from, both in store and online. And when things finally start to heat up, we highly recommend the Jasön and Vichy sun protection ranges to keep you and your family safe and unburnt when you’re out enjoying yourselves.

To keep cool at home you may want to switch to a less bulky duvet. A Fogarty wool duvet actually adapts to your body temperature, making it ideal in any weather. Alternatively you could try a Fogarty Supatherm duvet, which includes a 4.5 tog and a 9.0 tog duvet, which can be used individually or put together for extra warmth in the Winter months.

We suggest some 100% cotton bedding to go with the duvet, as its nice and breathable, and cooler too as the nights get that bit warmer. We have some gorgeous Deygongs cotton duvet sets at the moment, with fantastic Spring designs. And if you really feel like spoiling yourself, we have a range of luxuriously soft Belledorm Egyptian cotton sheets, available with either a 200 or a 400 thread count! Ooh comfy!

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The very hottest weather is most likely a way off yet, but we recommend getting yourself set up with a fan before-hand, as they tend to fly off the shelves during a heatwave, and getting hold of a trusty ice cube tray to keep your drinks icy cool when the time comes isn't a bad idea either. We also recommend investing in a water bottle to keep yourself hydrated. The Bobble water bottle is especially ingenious, as it filters your water for you as you drink!

Spring Adventuring

Samsonite ImageIf you’re off on your travels in the next few months, whether it’s within the UK or further afield, you’ll need to be stocked up on travel essentials before you go. As well as a superb luggage department chock-full of suitcases and backpacks, we have lots of handy travel accessories to get you started, ranging from travel pillows and suitcase locks to travel irons and travel games. We also stock travel adaptors, so there’s no need to get to your destination only to realise that you can’t charge your phone and other important gadgets—just be sure to check that the voltage is compatible first! And, once again, we can’t recommend a generous supply of sunscreen highly enough, especially if you're going somewhere hot!

Enjoying the Great Outdoors

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With the nice weather comes every excuse to get outdoors and enjoy it. If you’re feeling particularly green fingered you might want to get stuck into some gardening, and there couldn’t be a better time to start getting your garden or allotment ready for the Summer ahead.

We have some fabulously designed V&A and Orla Kiely gardening tools and accessories, which make an excellent treat for the avid gardener. If you spend a lot of the time in the garden you may also want to take a look at the Heathcote and Ivory and the Bronnley RHS gardener’s hand care ranges, to keep your hands happy after a long planting session. If you don’t have a garden to poke around in though, you needn’t feel left out, we have some windowsill friendly gardening sets too!

Getting Out and About

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Oxford certainly has no shortage of gorgeous green spaces to venture out to on a sunny day, with a selection of parks and meadows to choose between whenever the sun does make an appearance. The hard decision really comes when you have to choose just how to make the most of this beautiful, leafy city. picnic is always good fun, and works well whether you’re headed to South Park or Port Meadow, but be sure to stock up on plastic and paper plates, cups and cutlery before-hand, as well as the all-important blanket!

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You may also want to treat yourself to a Mobicool Thermoelectric cooler to keep your food nice and chilled. If you fancy making a trip of it, we have lots of fun outdoor toys and games to keep you entertained, including kites and Frisbees, as well as rackets, bats and balls for those that are into their sports! Click here for more information on picnic essentials to bring along! 

A warm day could also be a great opportunity to give punting a go, or to try out some of the city’s many scenic walking and cycling routes. However, if you have hayfever, don’t let it keep you from enjoying this stunning season while it lasts. Come and have a chat with our friendly pharmacist for suggestions to keep your allergies at bay. You may also want to stock up on tissues while you’re here!Punting Image

And, we also have you covered for when those inevitable Spring showers strike, with a huge variety of trusty Fulton umbrellas of all sizes and strengths to choose from, including our exclusive Boswells Oxford Skyline folding umbrella! 

So here’s to all of the Spring fun that lies ahead, and fingers crossed for a gloriously sunny season for us all!

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3rd April 2016

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