Advent Blog

Advent Blog: 4th December – Winter warming soup

  Today has been very cold and when you sit at a desk in an old house with out much heating you need a bit of warming up! Cue a visit to the fridge to gather up all the slightly tired looking veggies to turn them into a lovely soup. This is my homemade minestrone. …

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Advent Blog: 3rd December – Scary dummy!

We love a good Christmas ghost story in our house – from the scholarly chillers of M R James to modern adaptations like Crickley Hall which concluded last night. One of our favourite ways to enjoy a story is to sit round the fire by candle light while someone reads a spine chiller – even…

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Advent Blog: 2nd December – The Carbrooke Nativity

This morning at the request of our village church I went to photograph a very unique Nativity which has been lovingly restored for Christmas this year. 1928, the Vicar of Carbrooke Rev. George Chambers commissioned a set of 24″ Plaster Nativity figures for Carbrooke Church, the figures were dressed in the style of 1920’s and…

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Advent Blog: 1st December – Christmas shopping

So another year…another Christmas… another Advent Blog. Today was a good day – after watching my daughter Reya play football in the freezing cold (and score a cracking goal!) we hit the shops in Norwich to start our Christmas shopping. I meant to put in a camera but forgot so had to make do with…

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Advent Blog: 24 Merry Christmas

The final day of the advent Blog and what fun it’s been – if a little hectic during such a busy month! All that is left is for us wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year …let’s hope we have as much fun as we did in 2011…

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Advent Blog: 22 Green decorations

Another little tradition I’ve developed over is making decoration from available materials.  This means drying oranges over the woodburner and trawling the garden for greenery.  When finished the bunches are hung beside the hearth.  

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Advent Blog: 21 Christmas pickles

I’m not a great telly watcher but this year my daughter and I have really enjoyed all the chef christmas specials.  This recipe for mustard picked pears comes from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Christmas.  I can;t wait to try them with Jamie’s Jerky ham hock which I’m going tocook for christmas eve!

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Advent Blog: 20 Snow in Norwich

This year there are trees that squirt bubble snow outside the Forum in Norwich.  I managed to catch them in action during our rather stressful Christmas shopping trip….

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Advent Blog: 19 Mission Christmas tree

As always the kids demanded that we get a really big tree this year!  So furnished with a budget set at £20 I set out to see what I could buy.  Unsurprisingly it looked like my budget would not get me anything my more than a 4 foot tree so I returned home empty-handed.  Until…

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