10 stunning Christmas ideas for the home

10 stunning Christmas idea for the home {click through for more info}

With only a few more ‘sleeps’ till Christmas I thought it would be the perfect time to share some last minute inspiration from ten talented bloggers to bring some festive cheer into your homes.

You can click either on the images or on the links below to visit the origional posts on their blog homes – enjoy!

DIY Wooden Tree Decorations

DIY WOODEN TREE DECORATIONS

MARINATED FRESH BALSAMIC FIGS

MARINATED FRESH BALSAMIC FIGS

A handmade paper wreath by Simple Things Magazine...

A HANDMADE PAPER WREATH BY SIMPLE THINGS MAGAZINE

Chestnut maple snowflakes

CHESTNUT MAPLE SNOWFLAKES

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Advice for bloggers over Christmas

advice for bloggers over Christmas

Today I am dishing out some nuggets of advice* for anyone who blogs over the festive period, with some photos from my morning stroll around Beaulieu yesterday just so you don’t lose your minds at being faced with a long block of text..

*might be helpful, might just be tosh

Ready?

Christmas

SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY.
Take lots of photos if you like, but take them because you love taking them, not because you need images for your blog. Sure thing, blog Christmas photos, but the photos you took when you were immersed in special family time – I guarantee you they will look 50 times more amazing for being taken naturally and not because ‘mummy (or daddy) needs to take a quick photo of you in that hat’. Children remember Christmas times as they grow older, let’s not give them memories of us pulling a cracker with one hand and instagramming it with the other ey?

GET OFFLINE
Totally ties in with the whole spending more time with your family thing. Offline as in blogging – don’t stop instagramming your dinners – I NEED that in my life. The majority of the blogging community takes a break anyway – so you aren’t missing out on anything. Honest. [Read more…]

Animals that stand out from the crowd

Animals that stand out from the crowd

The world seems to be unable to get enough of pandas, lions, cute monkeys, turtles and colourful birds – so no wonder some animals feel left out. To honour their existence, today’s article has been dedicated to the world’s slightly strange looking creatures that don’t always get the respect they deserve due to their laughable looks. Let’s change that!


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Best books for 10 year old girls

Best books for 10 year old girls

The Twistrose Key (by Tone Almhjell)

Full of mystery, it slowly leads you up to the main event, until you’re so into it that you’re guessing what might happen next! (GG)

Have you ever wondered where your pets go when they die? In your wildest imagination you couldn’t imagine this scenario for them, but when Lin finds her way to the land of Sylver, imagination becomes her reality, and an eternal winter plays host to racing adventure.  It started out as an advent calendar of one-page chapters for the author’s sister and became a full tome of magic and fantasy. It was no surprise to learn that her favourite book is Lord of the Rings. With permanent snow and a glorious waffle-house, it’s also the perfect read at Christmas time!


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Venison pie

52 Cookbooks 50: Venison pie

In our house pie is a bit of a thing. Every time I ask MOH what we should have for tea, pie is usually the answer so when I asked this time and got the usual answer, I thought why not? I had some diced venison in the freezer from a recent butchers shop and thought it would make a great pie. All I needed was a recipe, so thinking that Valentine Warner would be a good bet I headed for his What to Eat Now book, and I wasn’t disappointed.

I like any cook that calls themselves greedy, I think it’s a good sign of loving the food they make and their passion shines through, it certainly does for him and I loved his first couple of series on the BBC.


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A final few black and white photos

A final few black and white photos

Here is my final selection of black and white photos that I wanted to share with you. For other black and white photos I have blogged about click here for plants and here for urban France.

Today I gave you bit of a mixed bag. First up one of our cats, Henry. Could there be a better subject than a black and white cat for a black and white photo? (and such a very clearly defined one such as Henry).

So what about one of our other cats? His name may give his colour away so I will leave him anonymous (or should that be anonypuss?) for a while to see if you can correctly guess his colour.


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School Christmas Dinner, in France

School Christmas Dinner, in France

My boys both had their school Christmas dinner last week and I was blown away by their menus, particularly at the lycée. I hadn’t thought ahead and was frustrated that I hadn’t asked them to take photographs so this post has no photos of the actual meal…perhaps I’ll be more organised next year. But in the mean time just take a look at their menus.

The Primary School Christmas Lunch

I took the photo above early this morning of the menu on the noticeboard, covered in dew with trees reflecting in the glass and the sun coming up. It’s not the clearest, but I quite like the effect. Here’s what the primary school kids ate:

Saumon frais – cold fresh salmon – for entrée, followed by filet de boeuf, poëlée St Sylvestre, pommes duchesse – beef filet with mixed seasonal vegetables including mushrooms and duchesse potatoes for main course, followed by fromage – cheese which was camembert apparently. Dessert was assiette gourmande – a selection of mini cakes including warm melting chocolate cake, apricot tart and caramel icecream bomb. Finally there were clementines and each child received a Santa hat, a chocolate Father Christmas and a book!


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