Is it still too early to be talking about Christmas?
Family members have been asking us for gift ideas for months, some people have finished their shopping and the Christmas movies have started up again on TV. Personally, I haven’t bought any presents or even put ‘cards’ on the to-do list, but am definitely feeling the momentum towards the celebrations and am keen to pace myself and enjoy every minute. I love the build up to Christmas and over the next few weeks we are going to feature ‘Something for You’ – an inspiring Christmassy event and ‘Something for Them’ – great gift ideas. You can find our Festive Top Tips on our Christmas Page along with full details of all our Christmas courses.
Something for You
What a wonderful way to welcome the Christmas season – the Country Living Christmas Fair!
We are delighted to be contributing to the Christmas Theatre and demonstrating Wreaths, Puddings and Hampers, if you are able to come along – do say hello and if you haven’t bought your tickets yet you can get £1 off the standard tickets, for London, with the code EX15L55
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Something for Them
We received a wonderful gift in the post recently from These Fair Hands, a beautiful hand carved Solid Oak Boot Jack. It was lovingly wrapped and as I opened it, I was faced with the dilemma of whether to use it to remove muddy boots or hang it on the wall as an ornament. Paul, who made the gift for me, carved ‘Hen Corner’ and our logo onto the Boot Jack and offers personalised names or messages on all of their products. As a small family business based in Hampshire, they have created a whole range of beautiful, personalised wooden gifts and accessories for home and outdoors. They are passionate about all that they do and each of their products are handmade using responsibly sourced timber. Once I held the gift in my hand I was straight to the website to see what other things I’d like and am certainly planning to buy a Christmas gift or two from These Fair Hands. Paul has generously offered all our readers a discount of 15% redeemable against any item purchased from their website before 30th November using the voucher code HC15. Check out their full range here and make sure you order by Saturday 12th December for guaranteed pre-Christmas delivery.
Coming up at the Corner…
There is no ‘Micro Bakery’ this week as we are up at the Country Living Christmas Fair, but if you’d like to learn how to make your own Cinnamon Swirls we have our monthly course Bread: Sweet & Savoury on Tuesday 17th November. We then keep with tradition on 22nd November and invite you to join us for Stir up Sunday where we will be making Christmas Puddings whilst enjoying mulled wine and mince pies. For details of all our Christmas events, please see here.
- Thank you to Syon House and Gardens who allowed us to collect yew tree trimmings for our Christmas Wreaths
- We’ve been invited to take our treats to some West London Christmas Fairs
- We are planning a recipe of the month with local online TV channel Chiswick Buzz
Jobs for this week:
- Dust down my pudding basins
- Roll out the cellophane
- Gather all my props for the Christmas Fair demonstrations
Join us on the Journey!