Product highlights: Bite Away, Bottle Farm and a Northern Sky Design rainbow

I have three things I thought I would like to share with you that you might find of interest.

I have been sent a 'bite away' to review.  Full disclosure as usual: I have not paid for this product but I have not been paid to write this review and my words and opinions are as ever my own.
The 'bite away' is a battery-powered wand that gives symptomatic treatment of insect bites.  I spend a lot of time in the garden and I appear to be a mosquito/gnat magnet.  Not only do I get bitten but I also react quite badly to bites and so I usually spend most of summer using a lot of antihistamine cream.  My first thought when offered this product was to say no.  I have not reviewed this sort of thing before but when I considered it further I thought it might be of interest to readers.  So I said yes and it duly arrived.  I then had to wait to be bitten.  Sure enough as the rains started I got a bite.  
Attractive or what?  So I fetched the 'bite away', read the instructions and gave it a go.  
In short, you place the ceramic pad on the bite, press the button (either for 3 seconds or 6 seconds) and wait.  The pad heats up to 51 deg quickly and zaps (technical term) the bite.  I am going to admit that I was not quite prepared for the sharp heat sensation, but it is brief and not unpleasant.  I soon got used to it.  Best of all this actually does work.  I am probably zapping this bite twice a day and I have not been tempted to scratch it at all.  That awful itching sensation is stopped in its tracks by this device.  The device is meant to work on mosquito bites, hornet, bee and wasp stings.  I admit I am not going to attempt getting stung to try it out.  

I can happily recommend this product.  It can be bought from Amazon for around £26.99 (7ish tubes of antihistamine cream.....)

I have been sent information about the Bottle Farm which is an initiative that is about to be launched on Kickstarter.  It is a kit that enables you to convert an empty plastic bottle into a growing environment for food or plants on your windowsill.  
photo c/o of Bottle Farm

It is a simple idea and a good idea.  You do need to provide your own bottle but that, as they say, is the point.  It is to help you grow food and reuse plastic in your home.  The bottle can stand on a windowsill or be hung on the window, it will be fine in unused space.  It is a hydroponic system so no soil is required.  You receive the stands, clips and plant food you need in the kit.   I love the idea of this and I have signed up to find out more when it is launched on KickStarter.

Lastly I have just taken delivery of this beautiful glass rainbow.  I bought this from Northern Sky Design for three reasons.
Firstly, it is very beautiful and I love it.  Secondly the image of the rainbow has been an important one during these lockdown months in symbolising our gratitude to the NHS and keyworkers who have kept working and kept us safe.  Finally any very importantly, Nat is donating all the profits from each sale to the Trussel Trust who are a crucial charity in supplying food to those in need.  How I wish we did not need to have such charities but many people are in desperate need both before and since the pandemic struck.
The rainbow is now living on the windowsill keeping the Anglesey duck company.  Look how beautifully the sun pours through it. 

If you want to buy one of these rainbows you can do so from Nat's Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/northernskydesign or website https://www.northernskydesign.co.uk/  at £15 (postage is extra) I think they are a good price and you will be helping those who need it most.

Stay safe all.