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Fill your home with festive floral cheer

12th December 2016
By Sarah

I was shocked to read the Poinsettia - one of THE symbols of Christmas - had fallen out of favour last year, overtaken by hyacinths and orchids. So let’s get it back in our homes for the festivities!

For a striking mantelpiece display, pop a single Poinsettia bract into a coloured-glass Mason jar or some glitzy gold Mason jars and it will look perfectly festive. Or go vintage with one or two flowers in a teacup and saucer - you can usually pick up pretty bargains in charity shops for an attractive table decoration.

Source: Sprinklebakes.com

6 Ways to use Edible Flowers in Food

2nd December 2016
By Sarah and Adam

As well as popping flowers in a vase, you can also pop them in the oven! Edible flowers are becoming increasingly popular with our food from prettying up our cakes and bakes to pepping up salads, jellies and cordials.

But eating flowers isn’t just something fancy chefs and The Great British Bake Off have revived - medieval monks were using Calendula in their cooking pots and the Victorians topped desserts with candied Violets, associating them with elegance. Carnations, Day Lily and Nasturtium petals were also thought to be good for you with body-cleansing properties as well as attractive garnishes, says GardenGuides.com.

Welcoming in Autumn

18th November 2016
By Sarah

It’s official: November has truly arrived and Christmas is just around the corner. Signs of the seasons changing are everywhere as the trees shed leaves, we don our coats - and discuss whose house we’re going to for Christmas Day!

Although not everyone’s a fan of the darker evenings, I myself look forward to shutting the curtains, firing up the woodburner and hibernating with a mug of cocoa. A recent survey by cleaning firm Jeyes has revealed I’m not alone with Brits twice as likely to make excuses to avoid a social event than during the summer months.

Boo! It's Halloween

24 October 2016
By Sarah

Do you celebrate Halloween? This year I’ll be carving out a couple of pumpkins in the Jack-o-Lantern style - and leaving Haribos in a bucket on our doorstep, with a sign saying ‘Help yourself’. Then I’ll be bolting the door, turning the lights off and watching TV this All Hallow’s Eve, and letting the trick or treaters celebrate this holiday to their heart's content!

As a child growing up in the Seventies and Eighties, I can only remember trick or treating once and it was more Knock on Ginger as we weren’t sure what we going to say if anyone did answer, so ran away!

Grandparents Day

31th August 2016
By Sarah

A revolving windmill that played ‘Tulips from Amsterdam’, a menagerie of hamsters, rabbits and tropical fish - and a huge fry-up cooked in lard, take me back fondly to the days I used to spend with my Yorkshire-based Nanna and Granddad..

Because we lived some 200 miles away, it was extra special to visit them - it only happened once a year because it took forever to get up the A1 in my mum’s Morris Minor. Between visits my Nanna used to send me knitted dolls’ clothes beautifully displayed on cardboard, PG Tips cards and Ribena records that played whale song.