Winter Solstice at Stone Henge 2018

Winter Solstice at Stone Henge 2018

You can travel the world but some of the most awesome adventures really are right on your doorstep.

I joined the Pagans, Wiccans and Druids, for the magic of Winter Solstice, and it was the perfect end to 2018 and a way to totally re-energise for 2019.

Heading to Stonehenge in Salisbury for the solstice celebrations, made me feel spiritual, present and connected.

In many ways this experience helped me in ways I can’t ever thank it for. Yes, it sounds totally hippy but, it really healed some wounds and besides that, it was a truly incredible experience.

If you’re looking for epic experiences in the UK, this has to be on your list.

Take a look at my trip in 2018…

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20 years of The Victorian Christmas Festival at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

20 years of The Victorian Christmas Festival at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

ad*  This year the Victorian Christmas Festival returned to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to celebrate 20 years of the iconic event that’s become a landmark event in the countdown to Christmas.

As November drew to a close and the first day of advent dawned I knew it was time to get a hearty dose of festive spirit.

And, what better way to capture some of that seasonal magic than with a little bit of Christmas cheer, historic attractions and plenty of entertaining characters!

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Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market 2018

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market 2018

It’s well known that Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is one of the best, regularly getting featured in top 10 festive markets guides nationally and internationally.

I go every year and it always helps kick start the festive spirit, take a look at this magical market…

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Gunwharf Quays Light Show Spectacular 15-23 November 2019

Gunwharf Quays Light Show Spectacular 15-23 November 2019

Well, well, well Gunwharf Quays is pulling it out of the bag this winter and we’re only in November.

Last night I caught the first public showing of the new Light Show Spectacular at the outlet shopping centre in Portsmouth and I’m so glad I did!

Pull on a cosy coat, grab family and friends and go and see this great free show that’s going to spark the start of those festive feelings.

Here’s a slice of the magic to give you a sneak peek…

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How to make apple and blackberry gin

How to make apple and blackberry gin

Who doesn’t like the spirit of the moment? Thanks to restrictions lifted by the government we’re all enjoying a gin resurgence and the industry is booming.

We have a lovely collection of gin but a few ropey old bottles have remained in our alcohol cupboard for far longer than I care to admit.

I love making my own gin infusions and I shamelessly stole this idea from a friend who shared her recipe with me on Instagram. This is a great way to make a plain gin something special and worthwhile drinking. It also would make a great gift, two years ago I made earl grey gin which went down very well with all who received it.

Here’s how I made it, it’s really simple and will make you look like a domestic goddess, Nigella eat your heart out!

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Festive wreath making with Teacups and Tutus

Festive wreath making with Teacups and Tutus

I’ve gone wreath mad this year, I’ve already got three up and I am planning a fourth if I have time!

I made my first proper foliage wreath this year thanks to Teacups and Tutus in Southampton who hosted a Christmas wreath workshop with cuttings supplied by Sweet Pea Florists.

Take a look at this festive class and the wreath I created that’s now hung on the door.

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How to make a pom pom Christmas wreath

How to make a pom pom Christmas wreath

Pom pom me up! This year I’ve got a bit pom pom obsessed and I have started making bits for the house. My latest pom pom creation is a festive wreath, take a look at this guide at how to make one yourself. It’s very easy, just a bit time consuming! Continue reading “How to make a pom pom Christmas wreath”

How to make Mince Pie Twists

How to make Mince Pie Twists

We’re all in the thick of it, aren’t we? We’re in the final countdown to Christmas. Wrapping presents, the final shopping trips and of course, some festive baking.

This year I’m off to Australia so I haven’t really had the chance to do much baking this year. Unfortunately everything has been channelled into getting packed and ready for our trip!

So consequently I’ve been looking for a fast and furious festive bake that I can put together in the space of 20 minutes. Thankfully Twitter came to my rescue with a recipe from Jus Rol for some mince pie twists. Here’s the recipe and my first bash at making them.

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Boxing Day merriment – it’s game time!

Boxing Day merriment – it’s game time!

Today’s all about those leftovers and party games. Whether you’re nursing a sore head or ‘getting back on it’,  making the most of that Christmas spirit have a great day!

Here’s my favourite games my family play at Christmas time…

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