123 Days until Christmas: August 24th 2019

The Bank Holiday weekend in England marks 123 days until Christmas 2019. On what is going to be one of the hottest weekends of the year so far for many of us, Christmas is probably the last thing anyone is really thinking about today. But most children return back to school in the next week or two and will before you know it be preparing for Harvest Festival and then straight into learning their lines for the Christmas Nativity. For those of us who have to do the shopping, you won’t be pleased to hear there are just 18 weekends left before Christmas 2019.

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Norwich Florist for Winter Weddings

Ohhh, isn’t there just something magical about a winter wedding!  All those possibilities for sumptuous rich fabrics such velvet bridesmaids dresses and fur wraps (fake fur that is) to keep off the crisp winter chill, beautifully lit evening Receptions, and maybe even fireworks, makes me wonder why most weddings are in the Spring/Summer.  Whether it is a December wedding with all the Christmas Sparkle or a New Years Eve celebration to greet the New Year with a promise of the best year yet for the happy couple, you will need flowers as even with the glitter of the season a wedding isn’t a wedding without flowers.

Winter Wedding Flowers look fabulous.  I will always love white roses and foliage for a wedding but you could change this to red roses are have both white and red.   It is most cost effective to consider flowers which have a year-round presence, such as roses, lisianthus, veronica, alstroemeria and gypsophila. Fortunately, these work well with the jewel-like tones that are popular with winter colour schemes.  Adding berries to your red rose bouquet is also an effective way of acknowledging you are happily getting married in Winter rather than Summer.


If you are lucky enough to live in East Anglia, you can always ask Norwich Wedding Florist Claire Carney of https://clairesfloralandballoondesigns.co.uk to design and deliver your wedding flowers to your budget and to achieve the look you are after.  Claire creates bespoke wedding flowers so there is no need to just select on a website and hope for the best.  Claire offers a personal touch and works with you to ensure you are happy with the results.



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4 Great Christmas Pudding Recipes for Stir-Up Sunday. #Christmas

It’s officially stir-up Sunday and time to make your Christmas Puddings.

Jamie Oliver Christmas Pudding Recipe

Jamie Oliver Christmas Pudding Recipe This Christmas Pudding Recipe from Jamie Oliver was released via Youtube earlier this week and looks like a nice light fruit pudding.

For the recipe: https://jamieol.com/ChristmasPud


The National Trust Christmas Pudding Recipe

National Trust Christmas Pudding Recipe

Click here for the National Trust 1950’s Christmas Pudding family recipe. It makes a pudding that’s a little lighter in colour than a traditional recipe.


Nigella Lawson Ultimate Christmas Pudding Recipe

Nigella Christmas Pudding

Nigella has an Ultimate Christmas Pudding recipe which has the dried fruit soaked in sherry to create a nice moist, rich pudding.

The Christmas Bloggers Favorite Christmas Pudding Recipe.

If none of those celebrity receipes appeals to you then I can highly recommend by own Christmas Pudding Receipe which you can find here.

If you have a favourite Christmas Pudding Receipe let me know by leaving a comment below.

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Reaction to the 2018 John Lewis Christmas Advert #Christmas

As ever lots of us have been waiting for the last few weeks to see what John Lewis would come up with this year for their Christmas Advert. All was revealed yesterday morning (Thursday 15th November 2018) when they released their Elton John life story advert.

John Lewis Elton John Christmas Advert

If you haven’t seen it already then, here’s a link to it on YouTube.

In summary the advert is about how receiving a Piano for Christmas from his mum and gran, was more than a gift and set the direction he would follow for the rest of his life.  My initial initial thought on watching it for the first time is I wonder if John Lewis actually sell Piano’s as I can’t recall ever seeing one in their stores and I wouldn’t know which department to find one in. Wouldn’t it be great if they had a musical instruments department, provided lessons and ran events in store, somethimg along the lines of what Apple are doing with ‘Today at Apple’.

Anyway, the most intesrting thing for me this year is how other retailers embraced this event and joined in the fun.

LIDL respond to John Lewis Christmas advert


Netflix respond to John Lewis Christmas Advert

eBay responds to John Lewis Christmas

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Iceland Christmas 2018 Advert Banned from TV #Christmas

The Christmas 2018 Iceland Foods Christmas TV advert as not approved to be shown on TV this year. From my understanding, it’s because Iceland produced the TV advert in partnership with Greenpeace. The body that approves TV Adverts in the UK will not approve adverts which are political in nature and apparently they thought that with the Greenpeace connection made this political.

The advert highlights the need to ban palm oil from products because it has led to large-scale deforestation of rainforests and the destruction of the natural habitat and ecosystem for numerous species.

You would like to think that the people who approve these adverts would be able to apply a little common sense when interpreting the rules. However in being ‘banned’ they have given this advert far more exposure than I’m sure Iceland could have afforded via TV adverts alone.

Iceland Christmas Advert 2018




Numerous other retailers not wishing to be caught out now on the dirty palm oil issue have come out in support of the Iceland campaign. Perhaps my favourite over the weekend was the news that Selfridges would be stocking Iceland’s Palm Oil free mince pies in their stores this Christmas.

If you haven’t seen the video yet do click on the youtube video above and watch it to show your support for this important issue.

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