11 Dec 2017

The Bear at Waterside - Family Theatre in Sale, Manchester

Christmas at Waterside is always special and this year is no exception. Raymond Briggs’s much-loved book, Bear, has been brought to life by Pins and Needles Productions. The Bear is now in residence at Waterside (previously Waterside Arts Centre), in Sale near Manchester, with shows running into the New Year.

 Christmas at the Waterside is always special and this year is no exception. Raymond Briggs’s much-loved Book, Bear, has been brought to life by Pins and Needles Productions, and is now in residence at Waterside, with shows running into the New Year.

8 Dec 2017

A Christmas Bouquet by Prestige Flowers

Fairy lights twinkle against closed curtains and orbs sparkle on festooned trees. Snuggled under the crochet blanket, I warm my hands against a cup of mulled wine. I am basking in the glow of nearly-Christmas, breathing in festive cheer, as the merry bunch of flowers in my window look on with a knowing smile.

This is what happens when I mix Christmas and a bouquet of beautiful flowers.
A heady mix to spark creativity!

On a more sombre note, thanks to Prestige Flowers for sending me this stunning Winter Warmer bouquet.

Prestige Flowers offer a range of beautiful traditional and contemporary festive flowers, perfect for Christmas and the New Year. Why not treat yourself or a loved one to a gorgeous bouquet this season?

7 Dec 2017

Crocheted Bears and Other Shady Bay Buddies Books

I enjoy crocheting but I am no expert. I took up a massive crochet project last year in the form of the Sky Blanket. I also crocheted hats and scarves for my son and me. But I have not pushed myself out of my crochet comfort zone yet.

There hasn’t been much time to crochet this year and the red and gold stole is an ongoing project. Something about winter makes me want to pick up that crochet hook and challenge myself. I have decided to crochet a little animal for my son. Having never crocheted anything like this before, I was on the hunt for suitably simple patterns when I was offered Emma Brown’s book to review.

Crocheted Bears and Other Animals published by CICO-books, is a collection of crochet patterns showcasing Emma Brown's Shady Bay Buddies. There are 25 beautiful crochet patterns from bears, puppies and bunnies, to owls, fish and bumble bees. The patterns are suitable for beginners through to experienced crafters, From Christmas, to birthdays and christenings, these cute crocheted animals will make lovely presents for children of all ages.


5 Dec 2017

10 Reasons to Fall in Love with the iPhone X (A Review)

Christmas has come early this year. My gorgeous OH queued for four hours on launch day to buy a new iPhone X. For me! He could have kept it for himself but kindly gifted it to me. Before Christmas. Even before my birthday. 

So now I have skipped a few generations and made a big upgrade from an iPhone 6 to an iPhone X. I have been using this new iPhone X over the last few days and am sold on it.

Here are 10 reasons why I have fallen in love with the iPhone X.

Having used the new iPhone X over the last few days, I have fallen in love with this technological marvel. It’s fast, intelligent and an absolute joy to use. There's more. Here are 10 reasons why I have fallen in love with the iPhone X. (review)

4 Dec 2017

Festive Red and Green Gin Cocktail Recipe

It was last year on New Year’s Eve when a few of us got together to celebrate. With no prior training or experience, all it took was a few G&Ts before we were signed up to do a 60 mile bicycle ride. On a more sensible note, there were plans to organise and run a book club. We were to meet every month and discuss a book we had all read. The idea was to get everyone reading again.

As things stand, all of us completed the cycle ride as planned. The book club is another story. It has slowly but surely morphed into a Gin Club. So we girls meet every month as per the original plan. But instead of discussing books, we end up drinking gin and talking bicycles instead. And we always play 80s music.

This Red and Green Gin Cocktail is the perfect drink for this festive season. Liven up your Christmas or New Year party with this quick and easy gin cocktail recipe.


Having heard of our Gin Club, the English Gin Company kindly sent me a bottle of their Cucumber Gin to sample. This aromatic gin infused with cucumber, with a juniper base and notes of pepper, coriander and citrus, is the perfect drink for summer.



So what are we doing drinking it in the run up to Christmas?

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