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    LCI subsidiary to acquire Dutch window and door maker – The Elkhart Truth - December 1, 2019 by admin

    ELKHART LCI Industries has announced that its Dutch subsidiary, LCI Industries B.V., has entered into an agreement to acquire Polyplastic Group B.V., a manufacturer of acrylic window and door products headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

    Polyplastic, a market leader in Europe, suppliesthe caravaning industry and attributes a portion of its sales to the European supermarket, trailer and e-mobility industries. Through September, Polyplastic had trailing 12-month revenue of about$60.5 million.

    The transaction is expected to close in January, subject to customary closing conditions.

    Lippert Components Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of LCI, supplies components for original equipment manufacturers in the recreation and transportation product markets, and the related aftermarkets of those industries.

    LCIalready produceswindows for its core customers in the recreational vehicle, heavy equipment, bus, and trailer industries in North Americabut inrecent years has expanded its window offerings into additional markets and geographies through acquisitions.

    This process began with its acquisition of Sessa Klein S.p.A in 2017, which grew LCIs operational capabilities to include highly engineered window systems for both high-speed and commuter rail. In 2018, LCI acquired Taylor Made Group LLC, allowing LCI to expand into the marine window market throughout North America and Europe. LCIs recent acquisition of Lewmar Marine Ltd. in 2019 further grew LCIs product lines and manufacturing capabilities in the marine market, which includes marine windshields, patio doors and sunroofs.

    Once the transaction has closed, this acquisition of Polyplastic will accelerate LCIs expansion into the European recreational vehicle, trailer, supermarket, and e-mobility vehicle window market, and allow it to introduce Polyplastics acrylic window products to its customer base throughout North America, the company said.

    We are extremely excited to add Jan Peter and the rest of the Polyplastic team to the LCI family, said Jason Lippert, CEO and president of LCI. The acquisition of Polyplastic will give LCI many great opportunities around new products that will help leverage LCI in existing markets in which we have a strong presence as well as many new markets in which Polyplastic has a secure foothold.

    LCI is already a premier supplier of windows and glass in many of the industries it serves, he said. By adding Polyplastics acrylic windows to the companys product lineup coupled with the continuation of its long-standing history of excellence, LCIs ability to service the European Caravan industry is set to reach an all-time high.

    Polyplastics lightweight acrylic window and sunroof solutions also grant us access to several other great industries and markets in Europe that we could not have previously entered without this technology, he said. Im excited to see how Jan Peter and our current European team led by Jim Menefee, Michele Checcucci, Peter Tierney, and Joerg Reithmeier, strategic consultant for LCI, will be able to grow LCIs footprint in the European Caravan industry and beyond.

    Jan Peter Veeneman, owner and CEO of the Polyplastic Group, said Polyplastic was founded by his father in 1952. The fascination for acrylic, as a new lightweight alternative for glass, was the motivation to start the company.

    Over the years, passion, innovation, design, customer focus, quality, reliability, flexibility, and operation excellence have been the most important drivers for our success and present position, Veeneman said.For our next phase, Im convinced that LCI, including Jason Lippert and his team, holds the same values as Polyplastic, which is well known for cooperation with its customers.

    Veeneman he wouldremain as CEO of Polyplastic after the completion of the transaction.

    Menefee, Lipperts vice president of operations for Europe, said the company has long admired thebusiness and products of Polyplastic.

    The addition of this business, and its great people, leadership, and innovation, will extend LCIs European product line even further into the caravan space, he said.I am excited to work with such a talented leadership team in Europe and look forward to the growth to come.

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    Homes Recently Listed in the Billings Area – Kenosha News - December 1, 2019 by admin

    This custom-designed home is within walking distance to the coveted Arrowhead School! The open, airy floor-plan boasts a swanky kitchen, complete with a built-in gas cooktop, gorgeous hood, double wall ovens, custom wine rack, gas fireplace and entrance to a private deck. Picture windows open up to expansive views of the mountains and the rims. The masters ensuite features heated tile flooring, dual sinks and three closets. A brand-new staircase leads to the walkout lower level, which features a wet bar, pool table, gas fireplace and entry to the outdoor patio. Relax in the resort-like backyard complete with a gas fire-pit and mature garden. Ride bikes on near-by trails, explore the rims, walk to school and drive a short distance to downtown and west-end shopping. BONUS: main-level laundry, OVERSIZED 2-car HEATED garage, garden shed, hot tub wiring, plumbed gas on deck, extra parking.

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    On the market: 10 daylight ranch houses with sunshine in the subterranean level – OregonLive - December 1, 2019 by admin

    The allure of the midcentury ranch-style house has always been that it can be modified. Add a family room or expand the kitchen by spreading out horizontally into the big backyard.

    Dwellings on down-sloping lots have an advantage over the linear ranch house: These daylight ranches look like a single-level home at the street level, but go inside to find a floor below, which unlike a standard basement, has doors and windows that draw in the outside.

    In this week's real estate gallery, we look at daylight ranches, in which the back of the house has a bigger view and rooms below are ready for entertaining or renting.

    --Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072 | @janeteastman

    Hasson Company

    Rec room with a bar in Lake Oswego

    What are some of the benefits of a house with a lower level? Activities of all noise levels can be divided: The master suite shares the ground level with the living room and kitchen, while an entertaining bonus room downstairs has its own entry to the backyard.

    Here's an example: The floor plan of the daylight ranch at 1405 Country Commons Lane allows for all the main living areas to be easily accessed from the front door.

    The 4,083-square-foot house, built in 1959 on 0.56 acres, is listed at $1.2 million by Pat Bangerter and Kathleen Wall of Hasson Company.

    Hasson Company

    Rec room with a bar in Lake Oswego

    The ground-floor family room at 1405 Country Commons Lane has a vaulted ceiling. A master suite, two other bedrooms and bathrooms share this level. Windows frame views of Mount Hood and decks extend the living space outdoors.

    Hasson Company

    Rec room with a bar in Lake Oswego

    The lower-level at 1405 Country Commons Lane has a rec room with a fireplace, bar and an outside entrance plus a fourth bedroom, third bathroom and an office.

    Keller Williams Sunset Corridor

    Vaulted-ceiling bonus room in Southwest Portland's Vermont Hills

    The daylight ranch on 0.27 acres at 6209 S.W. Tower Way is listed at $850,000.

    The 1955 dwelling has been restored to its original architectural integrity, with refinished wood floors, new roof and exterior paint, says listing agent Kristin Rader of Keller Williams Sunset Corridor.

    The vintage kitchen has refinished wood cabinets, a green apple-colored counter, walk-in pantry and modern stainless-steel appliances.

    There are five bedrooms, three bathrooms and 3,764 square feet of living space plus a deck and patio with sunset views.

    Keller Williams Sunset Corridor

    Vaulted-ceiling bonus room in Southwest Portland's Vermont Hills

    The vaulted-ceiling bonus room 6209 S.W. Tower Way has a shuffleboard inlaid into the floor as well as a wet bar, fireplace and a sliding door to the patio.

    Premiere Property Group

    Multigenerational living in Milwaukie

    The daylight ranch, built in 1955 on a 10,018-square-foot lot at 3231 S.E. Sellwood St., is listed at $475,000.

    There are original hardwood floors, wood-burning fireplaces and 2,960 square feet of living space.

    Three of the four bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms are on the main level while the lower level is set up for multigenerational living or a private apartment with its own driveway, entrance, full kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.

    Premiere Property Group

    Multigenerational living in Milwaukie

    "Spacious home with mid-century charm and thoughtful updates," say listing agents Steve Nassar and Taylor Racek of Premiere Property Group of the property at 3231 S.E. Sellwood St.

    Living Room Realty

    Completely remodeled daylight ranch in Arnold Creek

    The daylight ranch, built in 1964 on 0.88 acres at 12132 S.W. 29th Ave., is listed at $925,000.

    The house was completely remodeled with high-end windows, lighting and fixtures and sound insulation in the walls and between the floors.

    There is a new roof and air conditioning system serving four bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,744 square feet of living space.

    Living Room Realty

    Completely remodeled daylight ranch in Arnold Creek

    "Rare opportunity to own this stunning mid-century modern ... on a quiet dead-end street with a fully fenced backyard with raised garden boxes and spectacular 180-degree views of Mt. Hood and St. Helens," says listing agent James Peterson of Living Room Realty of the property at 12132 S.W. 29th Ave.

    Hasson Company

    Floor-to-ceiling windows in Council Crest

    The daylight ranch, built in 1953 on an 8,712 -square-foot lot at 4015 S.W. Council Crest Dr., is listed at $1,195,000.

    The dwelling, updated with a Euro aesthetic, has wide, plank hardwood floors, white walls and modern railings. There are four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 3,259 square feet of living space.

    Hasson Company

    Floor-to-ceiling windows in Council Crest

    "Master on the main and floor-to-ceiling windows bring true light in from east to west throughout the day, culminating in exquisite sunsets and big views," say listing agents Kendall Bergstrom-Delancellotti and Bianca Marzolino of Hasson Company of the property at 4015 S.W. Council Crest Dr.

    John L. Scott /PTL Metro

    Downstairs bonus area in Gresham

    The daylight ranch, built in 1959 at 17745 S.E. Richey Road, is listed at $799,000.

    The updated midcentury house has seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, a downstairs bonus area and 4,302 square feet of living space.

    Wall of windows overlook the backyard and pond. The 8.4-acre property also has a creek, 40-foot-by-60-foot shop, barn, orchard, pool and fenced pasture.

    "Possible development opportunity on two tax lots. Buyer to do own due diligence," says listing agent Agim Kaba of John L. Scott /PTL Metro.

    John L. Scott /PTL Metro

    Downstairs bonus area in Gresham

    The living room of the updated midcentury house at 17745 S.E. Richey Road leads to a deck.

    Oswego Real Estate Group

    Finished daylight basement in Lake Oswego

    The daylight ranch, built in 1963 at 2121 Wembley Park Road, is listed at $699,000, which is a "significant price improvement," says listing agent Lindsay Conachy of Oswego Real Estate Group.

    The 0.29-acre property in the Uplands with deeded lake easement was listed in August 2019 at $714,900.

    The midcentury modern dwelling has 2,592 square feet of living space. There are four bedrooms, a finished daylight basement and new plumbing, tile and fixtures in the three bathrooms.

    Oswego Real Estate Group

    Finished daylight basement in Lake Oswego

    The 1963 dwelling at 2121 Wembley Park Road original hardwood floors.

    Rose Country Realty

    Eight bedrooms in Dunthorpe

    The daylight ranch, built in 1979 on 0.66 acres, at 1873 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, is listed at $949,000.

    The dwelling has kitchens on both levels, six bedrooms, three bathrooms and 4,226 square feet of living space plus an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) above the garage with a kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.

    "Lots of potential and awesome income property with rents of $5,575 per month with three tenants, including the ADU," says listing agent Mitch Foteff of Rose Country Realty.

    Rose Country Realty

    Eight bedrooms in Dunthorpe

    The house at at 1873 S.W. Palatine Hill Road has a stone fireplace.

    Premiere Property Group

    Lower level mini-theater in Lents

    The daylight ranch, built in 1953 at 9233 SE Harney Court, is listed at $449,950. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,915 square feet of living space.

    The 0.31-acre property "needs your love and attention," says listing agent Emilio Fontana of Premiere Property Group.The lower level has a bonus room with a wood laminate floor, wet bar and "an old mini-theater ready to be resurrected."

    Premiere Property Group

    Lower level mini-theater in Lents

    There are hardwood floors, built-in cabinets and a living-dining area with a brick fireplace and walls of windows at 9233 SE Harney Court. The kitchen opens to a family room with a wood stove and sliding door to the backyard and stone patio.

    Keller Williams-PDX Central

    Architectural basement plans ready in Raleigh Hills

    The daylight ranch, built in 1955 at 6260 S.W. Arrow Wood Lane, is listed at $695,000.

    The midcentury modern has three fireplaces, three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 3,271 square feet of living space.

    The daylight basement with outside entrances provided ADU potential, say listing agents Chris Dawkins and Tara Murphy of Keller Williams-PDX Central. "Make it your own with included architectural plans and survey."

    The 0.44 acre property has a decks, patios and a heated pool.

    Keller Williams-PDX Central

    Architectural basement plans ready in Raleigh Hills

    The house at 6260 S.W. Arrow Wood Lane has an open floor plan and vaulted living areas with exposed beams

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    On the market: 10 daylight ranch houses with sunshine in the subterranean level - OregonLive

    $350,000 Homes in Kentucky, Florida and Michigan – The New York Times - December 1, 2019 by admin

    Louisville, Ky. | $325,000A 1941 Cape Cod-style house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.21-acre lot

    This home is in St. Matthews, a historic city that became an eastern suburb of Louisville and was absorbed into the metropolitan area in 2003. It is currently a shopping and dining destination with two large malls and multiple chain restaurants. Situated on a corner lot and partly enclosed by a white picket fence, the property is about six miles east of downtown Louisville and two and a half miles southeast of parks and boat ramps along the Ohio River. Its roof was recently updated.

    Size: 2,096 square feet

    Price per square foot: $155

    Indoors: The front door, inset with a square of diamond-paned glass, opens to a narrow foyer with arched doorways on either side. To the right is a living room with the original wood floors, six-over-six sash windows and a gas fireplace surrounded by white tile. A door leads to a side porch that could be used as a craft room.

    To the left is a dining room with chair-rail molding and a bay window. The eat-in kitchen off the dining room contains original cabinets with Formica countertops, new stainless steel appliances and laminate flooring. It opens to a family room in an addition of uncertain date with bead-board paneling, painted brick walls and extensive built-in shelves and cabinets.

    A bedroom off the family room connects to a second room with a paneled wainscot that served as a nursery. Both rooms have use of a new hallway bathroom with a marble vanity top and a marble-tiled tub and shower.

    Upstairs is a pair of rooms that could be used as a master and attached sitting room or nursery. These have an en suite bathroom with a bowl sink embedded in a cabinet and a combined tub and shower.

    The house also has a 1,000-square-foot unfinished basement.

    Outdoor space: A wood fence at least six feet high provides privacy at the back. The family room steps down to a large outdoor brick patio that is elevated a few feet above the lawn. Parking is in a detached one-car garage.

    Taxes: $2,857 (2018, based on a tax assessment of $255,000)

    Contact: Mac Barlow, Kentucky Select Properties, 502-938-3283;

    CenterBeam, a construction company that specializes in historic homes and has a sister real estate company that sells the renovated properties, bought and restored this 1922 stucco bungalow in 2019. It is in the Avondale neighborhood, within walking distance of several parks and restaurants. The St. Johns River, enjoyed by sailors, kayakers and fisherfolk, is six blocks away. Downtown Jacksonville is about four miles northeast. The property is not in a flood zone.

    Size: 1,418 square feet

    Price per square foot: $246

    Indoors: During the renovation, which followed three years of vacancy, wood floors, some with a mahogany inlay, were refinished and the original wavy-glass single-pane windows were preserved. The white-brick living room fireplace and the cast-iron tub in the guest bathroom also remain.

    Improvements include a new HVAC system, complete rewiring and new pipes and plumbing fixtures, 40 percent new drywall added to the existing plaster, fresh paint inside and out, and termite and beetle treatment. The kitchen and bathrooms are entirely new, as are the decorative light fixtures installed throughout. The roof is 10 years old.

    The main entrance opens into the living room, where original cabinets with leaded-glass door fronts flank the fireplace. (The shiplap siding on that wall was recently added.) Original French doors open to a dining room with new crown molding. Beyond it is a kitchen with white-painted plywood lap-wall siding, tile floors, white cabinets with quartz countertops, a Kraus sink and other stainless steel fixtures and appliances. Hookups were installed for a washer and dryer.

    The large master bedroom is off the dining room. It has three exposures, original moldings and an en suite bathroom with a glass walk-in shower and porcelain tile that resembles stone. The guest bedroom is across from the kitchen and has use of a hallway bathroom with a combined bath and shower and an aqua-painted ceiling.

    Outdoor space: Tapered columns on brick pedestals support the deep wraparound front porch. Parking is in a detached one-car garage next to a driveway.

    Taxes: $3,000 (estimated)

    Contact: Katie Shoda or Christina Starmer, CenterBeam Real Estate, 904-885-1714;

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this house, known as the Wagstaff-Duddleston home after two early families that occupied it, was built by Abram Caleb Truax, one of Trentons original settlers and its first postmaster. In 2009, the house was in foreclosure and in poor condition when the current owner bought and restored it. He installed 2,000 square feet of red oak flooring, 5,000 linear feet of custom trim and a new oak staircase. He also rewired and replumbed, updated the windows, put on new exterior siding and a new roof and added two furnaces and two air-conditioning units.

    Trenton is an industrial city 20 miles southwest of Detroit, with about 19,000 residents. This property is downtown, near shops, churches, schools and restaurants, less than a block from the Detroit River.

    Size: 2,550 square feet

    Price per square foot: $137

    Indoors: Turning left from the front door takes you into a 19-by-15-foot living room with a river view that the owner covered in period wallpaper and trimmed in new moldings. This space connects to a 17-by-13-foot parlor used as a dining room; it has the same wall treatment, as well as a pressed-tin ceiling and a large fireplace.

    A Dutch door leads to an upgraded kitchen, with oak cabinets with solid-surface countertops, ceramic floor tiles and stainless steel appliances. A wet bar is at one end of the kitchen, and a windowed breakfast nook at the other; in the center is an island with storage and a sink.

    A master suite on the main floor includes a bathroom with an original free-standing tub. There is also a powder room paneled with knotty pine, and a new laundry room. A steep, narrow staircase rises from the kitchen to a back bedroom, presumably once used by servants.

    The front staircase in the living room takes you to a wide second-story landing. To the right is a second master suite, which has wood floors and an angled ceiling and opens to a sitting room or nursery. The master bathroom includes storage-lined nooks with a tub and a commode, as well as a separate shower enclosure.

    To the left of the landing is a pair of connected bedrooms. A second laundry room on this floor could be converted into an additional bathroom.

    Outdoor space: Double glass doors in the breakfast nook open to a large, stamped-concrete patio. A door from the kitchen area leads to an attached one-and-a-half-car garage. The owner also built a detached three-car garage behind the house, which is reached from an alley and has a covered porch. The property includes two fenced areas, including a side yard that was used as a dog run. Dock space can be rented from the marina across the street.

    Taxes: $5,039

    Contact: Michelle Renee Klump, Keller Williams, 248-891-8667;

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    Angry Ram Smashes Patio Door While ‘Trying To Fight Its Own Reflection’ – News18 - December 1, 2019 by admin

    A 58-year-old man, Quentin Rayner was peacefully sleeping at his home in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, when suddenly some unusually loud noise woke him up. On checking, he found an escaped ram in his back garden who had smashed the glass windows of a patio door.

    "To say I was shocked would be an understatement," Rayner said after he discovered the damage on Wednesday morning. When Rayner first heard the noise, he had guessed it to be frost or vandals and was about to dial up the police, but was thoroughly shocked to discover a ram had banged at the window, "trying to fight its own reflection". After smashing the glass, Rayner found the animal happily chewing away on his garden plants after an awful mess was created by it.

    Rayner, who is a reporter, said "I guess he must have seen his reflection in the doors and decided to have a fight." The ram was then, reportedly, returned to a local farmer who claimed to be its owner. When Rayner tried to connect the insurance company for damage cover to the occurrence, "Their response was 'that sounds unusual' but they sent an assessor out who agreed to pay up so we just have to pay the excess," reported NDTV.

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    Unplugged and liking it. (Unlocked? Not so much) – The Boston Globe - December 1, 2019 by admin

    And what a resort it is. Twenty-two cottages peek out of the foliage, perched on hillsides and along a two-mile stretch of pearlescent beach. The design style is best described as Flintstones-Gone-Fabulous. The cottages are built from stone that was hand-quarried on the island. Each is free standing, with a vaulted hardwood ceiling and an open floor plan. Inside are driftwood-inspired teak furnishings, colorful artwork, and a wood-paddled ceiling fan. Outside, youve got the requisite hammock, tied between two palms, and your own little thatched palapa, plus unlimited blue-on-blue views of sea and sky. Here, a nearby islet; there, a yacht swaying on its mooring.

    Rustic, its not. Beds are king-size, linens come from Italy, toiletries are by Bulgari, and each cottage has a Nespresso coffee machine and a Bose iPod dock. So far, so good, right? Until you try to send an I made it! message to a loved one at home. Nothing. Nada. The only spots with connectivity are at the resorts main pavilion and its restaurants, a long walk or bike ride from our cottage. (Guest rooms have intercoms in case of emergency, but no Internet.)

    At first, some guests panic a little, says general manager Matt Semark, who lives on site with his wife, Anie, and two young sons. But the following day, they appreciate [the lack of Wi-Fi]. You can see the weight shift off their shoulders when they are unplugged from their devices.

    OK, we thought. Unplugged it is! We limited ourselves to one quickie e-mail session per day. None of the frivolous stuff: No Sox, CNN, or Serial. There was just one problem: Come nightfall, without a dose of HGTV house porn to lull us to sleep (there are no TVs in the rooms, and we hadnt downloaded anything), we were stone cold awake, conjuring monsters in the dark. Why? There were no locks on the doors.

    Lock us up! Lock us up!

    For city folks in particular, the notion of no locks is unsettling. Rationally, we knew we were quite safe on this lightly populated island probably the biggest personal safety risk here is getting conked on the head by a falling coconut. Plus, were campers, and there are no deadbolts on an L.L. Bean tent.

    But whos rational at 2 a.m.? We confess, dear reader, that on our first night we blocked our front door with a teak settee and booby-trapped the patio door with a yoga strap. (Take that, boogieman!) Not a restful night. That Nespresso machine was put to good use the next morning.

    We had to ask Semark: Why no locks? Its been like this since the resort opened in 1968, he said. Theres no other resort on the island were it. Theres no crime. And everyones an auntie or uncle.

    But it wasnt the employees we were worried about. What if a random (drunken) guest wandered into the wrong cottage (they do look alike) and scared the bejeezus out of us? Then theres the personal property issue. Weve all been trained not to leave our valuables unattended anywhere, so its a leap of faith to leave your laptop and iPhone X in your unlocked cottage while you go for a swim.

    Ultimately, our concerns melted away like lip balm in a beach bag. Maybe we were simply too exhausted after a day of splashing in the surf to lie awake listening for intruders. Or maybe common sense took over. In any case, we slipped into the rhythm of island life. And we got acquainted with our room butler, who brought us breakfast each day and (we imagined) would magically appear if anything bad happened.

    The days drifted by in a happy haze of eating and water sports. The resort offers an array of kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, Sunfish sailboats, and snorkeling gear for guests use. You can snorkel right off the beach. When we discovered that the famed Tobago Cays (one of the 1000 Places to See Before You Die) was thisclose to the island, we had to sign up for a sail-and-snorkel trip to the Cays aboard the 49-foot sloop Beauty.

    What to do when youre not checking your phone

    In digital detox mode, you discover chunks of free time each day (hours, for most of us) that you normally spend diddling with your phone. We filled the day with low-tech, low-key pleasures like bicycling around the island, hiking up Marni Hill, the islands highest point, and indulging in a Balinese massage at PSVs treetop spa. We took a morning yoga class overlooking the bay. We met the island goats. And, wonder of wonders (since were frosty Bostonians), we chatted with other guests. Getting your face out of your phone means tuning in to the people around you, and tuning into the charms of this lovely island, said Dani from the UK, who was visiting with two teenagers in tow. (The teens were Fortnite-deprived, but still cheery, we noted.)

    Remarkably, everyone we met seemed relaxed and even grateful to be off-line. Petit St. Vincent provides a welcome rest from our usual, hyperactive life style, said Bruce Sykes of Burlington, Ontario (west of Toronto), visiting the resort with his wife, Nancy. The Sykes have been coming to the island since the 1980s, and have returned at least 20 times. When we first visited, we were surprised by the unplugged environment, but we adapted to it, he says. Now, we actually prefer this resort over other places that weve traveled. The Sykes didnt care a whit that their cottage was lock-less, by the way.

    Instead of looking forward to an episode of Fleabag, we planned our activities around mealtimes, a testament to the quality of the food. Much of it is sourced from the island or the waters that surround it, so it couldnt be fresher. A walk past the resorts gardens reveals a bounty of kale, lettuces, and herbs. The resort relies on local farmers and fishermen, with sustainable practices a priority. You see it in small ways, like refill stations for water bottles, instead of one-use plastic. The casual Beach Restaurant offers toes-in-the-sand dining, featuring Caribbean tapas and pizza from a clay oven, along with live music some nights. For a more formal, three-course dining experience, theres the Main Pavilion Restaurant. The fresh seafood and aged rums are exquisite, but the real joy here is the setting, on a hilltop overlooking the harbor with a curtain of frangipani and hibiscus.

    Our takeaway: Unplugged island life is delightful. No Twitter rants! No Cardi B, no Kanye, no Kardashians. Life moves at a slower pace, and frees up time to chat with random strangers and commune with goats. Life without HGTV is just fine, as long as the reading material doesnt run out.

    But next time well bring one of those electronic alarms to shove under the door. Havent these people ever watched Death in Paradise?

    If You Go: Most people fly to Barbados, and then take a short flight to Union Island, followed by a ferry to Petit St. Vincent. Rates from $1,260 per night for a one-bedroom cottage. Rate includes three meals daily, all non-alcoholic beverages, and use of non-motorized water sports equipment and bicycles. 800-654-9326;

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    Video: Angry Ram Smashes Doors While Fighting Its Own Reflection – NDTV News - December 1, 2019 by admin

    A confused Southwell resident thought his home had been vandalised when he woke up to see his patio doors smashed. The actual reason was much more surprising for Quentin Rayner, a BBC reporter. As it turned out, it was an angry ram that had smashed the glass doors of his house in Nottinghamshire, UK.

    "To say I was shocked would be an understatement," said Mr Rayner, 58, after discovering the damage on Wednesday morning. He said he found the runaway ram on the other side of the broken glass, happily chewing away on his plants in his garden after creating an "awful mess".

    "My first thought was it must be vandals and was about to call the police when I saw this ram lying in the garden chewing away on pot plants," he said to The Mirror.

    "I guess he must have seen his reflection in the doors and decided to have a fight," Mr Rayner added to BBC.

    Mr Rayner and his wife, Emma, called the police, who sent an officer to investigate the unusual incident. After a while, a local farmer got in touch with them to claim the sheep.

    "I rang the insurance company and told them our patio doors had been smashed by an angry ram having a fight with its own reflection," said Mr Rayner. "Their response was 'that sounds unusual' but they sent an assessor out who agreed to pay up so we just have to pay the excess."

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    What will 80,000 buy in France, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Co Donegal? – The Irish Times - December 1, 2019 by admin


    Henry Kee & Son Auctioneers is seeking 80,000 for this two-bedroom bungalow in Fintown Village, Co Donegal.

    This 105sq m (1,130sq ft) duplex apartment is in Calis, north of Fethiye, on Turkeys west coast, and opposite the island of Rhodes. It is in a gated development of 10 properties that centre on a swimming pool. The home has a living and diningroom with patio doors to a terrace overlooking the pool. Also on this floor is a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom with balcony. Upstairs is a en suite bedroom with corner bath and roof terrace.Price: 68,000 (about 79,334)Agent:

    In a village in north Dordogne, this two-storey house with attic and basement sits in land dotted with fruit trees. It is atop an earth cellar that stores wine well. On the ground floor is a livingroom with fireplace, a bedroom, and a kitchen overlooking the garden. On the first floor is a bathroom and two bedrooms with parquet floors. One has a en suite and the other has a balcony. There are four bedrooms on the second floor.Price: 79,200Agent:

    This six-bedroom manor house is part of a palace in the town of Mineo. Opposite a church dating to AD 3, the stone property measures 106sq m (1,140sq ft). The home is on the first and top floor of the palace and comprises five rooms with balconies, a kitchen and bathroom, with a bedroom and terrace at roof level. Mineo town, with its windy, narrow streets, dates from 700 BC and has views to Mount Etna. Catania and Comiso airports are 35km away.Price: 75,000Agent:

    Inland between Murcia and Malaga, this cave house is in the centre of the mountain town (723m above sea level) of Benamaurel, where many other homes are also in caves. The 600sq m (6,458sq ft) house has a more conventional structure above ground and the curved caves with terracotta floors beneath. Accommodation includes a livingroom with fireplace, renovated kitchen, two bathrooms and seven bedrooms. Price: 80,000Agent:

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    Four on the market: in Co Monaghan – - December 1, 2019 by admin

    Four on the market: in Co Monaghan

    Four impressive properties currently on the market in Co Monaghan.

    Four impressive properties currently on the market in Co Monaghan.

    180k REA Gunne Property (042) 966 1303

    Tullyvin Cottage is mentioned by that name on the second-edition Ordnance Survey map, dating from 1908, at which time it was a pretty secluded spot. Now it's next to the Castleblayney bypass of the N2, although, handily enough, that will get you to Dublin Airport in around an hour. Now needing total refurbishment, Tullyvin Cottage has two ground-floor reception rooms along with a kitchen, and two first-floor bedrooms. It's set on 5.8 acres stretching back from the house, and also has outbuildings. Castleblayney's main street is about three kilometres away.

    325k Larmer Property (047) 74333

    Being a bit too far to walk home safely from the nearest pub in Monaghan town, the owners of Drumlin Cottage have installed a bar in their lounge, where at least they'll always be comfortable, if never in unexpected company.

    The lounge runs the width of the house and has two sets of sliding patio doors. There's also a sitting room with a fireplace and a dining room off the country-style kitchen. One en-suite bedroom is on the ground floor and there are another four bedrooms upstairs (one en-suite). That brings the floor area to 2,895 sq ft, while outside there's 0.69 of an acre with a double garage and office.

    250k John Tobin Estate Agents (042) 966 3344

    Limestone Cottage was built in 1892, not far from a then-extant corn mill complex, and next to it is what would have once been the mill pond. It's been fully restored and refurbished, with double-glazed sash windows and cut stone, and stands at 1,873 sq ft, one room deep on both floors. The ground floor has the kitchen right of the entrance hall, with a range and a Belfast sink, and beyond that is a sitting room with a fireplace and French doors to the garden. Left of the entrance hall is another reception room with a stove, and there are three bedrooms upstairs.

    290k Sherry FitzGerald Conor McManus (047) 71461

    There is not one home office in this dormer bungalow just outside Clones, but two, both in the lofted double garage in the grounds. Fibre optic is installed too, so the property is well set up for the home worker, or the couple of home workers. The house itself is 2,691 sq ft with five bedrooms, two with en-suite showers and the main bedroom with access to a balcony. On the ground floor is the kitchen, where there's a cream range in a brick alcove, a sitting room with a marble fireplace, a dining room with patio doors and a stove, as well as a sun room and study.

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    Lotto winner ‘killed two sons then himself after blowing cash on prostitutes’ – - December 1, 2019 by admin

    A lottery winner is said to have killed himself and his two young sons after his wife discovered he was blowing cash on prostitutes.

    David Stokes stabbed himself to death with a kitchen knife after holding his wife hostage during a five-hour stand-off with police.

    Mum-of-two Sally Stokes also suspected her electrician husband had used a date rape drug on her.

    Firearms officers discovered the bodies of their sons Adam, 11, and five-year-old Matthew, holding hands in bed together.

    An inquest was told Stokes had previously won 40,000 on the lottery and spent the winnings on shares and a new car.

    He had been married to Sally, a pub assistant manager, since 2011 but their relationship deteriorated.

    They separated three months before the killings but remained on good terms for the sake of their sons.

    The tragedy unfolded on the night of November 1, 2016, at the familys semi-detached home in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

    Stokes, 43, snapped after Sally confronted him earlier in the day over emails showing he was using prostitutes and had researched date rape drugs.

    The electrician killed his two sons in the family home while she was meeting his relatives to discuss her concerns with them.

    When she returned to the house later that night he attacked her with a rolling pin and tried to smother her with a pillow.

    Sally gave a chilling account of the stand-off with police on the opening day of the inquest in Loughborough.

    She revealed how her husband calmly asked if she wanted a cup of tea before attacking her as she got changed upstairs.

    I felt him hit me over the back of the head, she said. I fell on the bed. He put a pillow over my head and tried to suffocate me.

    I wriggled and was screaming for Adam because I thought he was the only person who could help me.

    I ended up by the side of the bed. He was standing there with a rolling pin. He looked evil. I thought at that moment I was going to die.

    Stokes told his wife their sons were safe but with someone who would harm them if he did not send coded text messages.

    He ordered her to put her engagement and wedding rings back on and tried to force her to put cable ties around her wrists and ankles.

    Sally said: I refused. I went into survival mode. I knew if I did that I was going to die.

    She briefly escaped the house by hitting Stokes with the rolling pin and opening a rear patio door but he slammed her head into a brick wall.

    When I was outside I was screaming, saying his name, I just hoped someone would hear and realise it was us, she said.

    He dragged me back into the house, he was saying I cant believe you hit me.

    He was saying it was all my fault. The fact is he was the one who was sleeping with prostitutes.

    A neighbour had heard Sallys screams and alerted police, who arrived at the scene shortly after 9pm.

    Stokes had locked the doors and refused to let officers in, leading to the five-hour stand-off.

    Sally told the hearing how negotiators repeatedly spoke to her husband over the phone in a bid to bring the siege to an end.

    After telling police he was armed with a gun, Stokes calmly led his wife upstairs and knifed her in the back.

    She said: I felt a bump in my back, then I felt warmth. I put my hand there and realised I had been stabbed.

    I looked at him and said his name. The look on his face was like satisfaction, as if he had kind of won. I will never, ever forget that.

    Badly-injured Sally fled the house at around 2am through the front door and into the arms of police.

    Armed officers then stormed the property and found Stokes lying in his bed with a kitchen knife in his chest.

    Colleagues then found the bodies of the couples two tragic sons holding hands under a duvet in Matthews bedroom.

    Sally spent four days in hospital with head injuries and a stab wound to her back which caused internal bleeding and a punctured lung.

    She was told the day after the tragedy by police that her two sons and estranged husband had died.

    Police found a suicide note penned by Stokes in the garden shed in which he said he was sorry for what I have done.

    He said he had fallen in love with his wife again but it had all come crashing down, it had to end.

    Stokes added: I love Adam and Matthew and we will all be together again soon.

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    Sal, Im so sorry for all the things Ive done and hurt you. But this last week you have had me completely and totally in love with you.

    You pushed too much. If you had left it, we could have been happy forever.

    In her evidence Sally said her husband had a temper but had never laid his hands on her.

    David was a calm person but he could flip, she said. I used to say I had three kids, he would have tantrums like a child.

    He had a temper, he would throw things. But he never harmed me or the boys.

    David won the lottery and then spent it himself. He bought a new car and had been doing shares with his brothers.

    We talked about the lottery win, about getting married. But then he bought a new car without asking me.

    I remember asking how much we had left. He didnt answer me. I wasnt allowed to know about our finances.

    The inquest continues.

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