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Spring clean away the January blues

20th January 2017
By Sarah

Most people I speak to dislike January and want to disappear under the duvet until Spring. After December’s festivities and fun, friends and family say they struggle with the return to work, cold weather and dark mornings. January even has Blue Monday which this year was on the 16th.

Cheerily labelled the most depressing day of the year, it’s supposed to be when we feel the after effects of the Christmas bloat both on our waistlines and our wallets - and the day we’re most likely to ditch those well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions.

Have a Merry Memory-Making Christmas!

21st December 2016
By Sarah

Getting a doll’s bath from Father Christmas, The Wizard of Oz and the overwhelming site of presents under the tree are my favourite festive memories. Despite writing about Christmas since July, I still love it - and the build up. Christmas is a magical time to me.

Growing up in the 70s, we used to have a real tree and I remember covering it with tinsel icicles - you would still find them behind the sofa in July! I had three mice which I was allowed to put on the tree and I still pop these on our tree today.

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.