Tag Archives: Christmas

How (not) to ice your first Christmas cake

So.. the cake was there waiting to be iced with an almost perfectly smooth covering of marzipan. I knew from memory that what I needed was Royal Icing. Again mum’s icing was famed from one corner of the globe to … Continue reading

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“It’s so you!” or buying the right present

I’ve known my husband a long time and over the years have heard myself say, pretty much on an annual basis, “but darling, you’ve known it was my birthday for a whole year – ever since the last one.” It’s … Continue reading

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Would you buy a toy dog and poop scoop for Christmas, the experts say you will

It’s nearly the end of October so we are all gearing up for Halloween. Right?  Well yes – but the toy industry is gearing up with its final push for Christmas and this week they announced the Top 12 toys … Continue reading

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Christmas lunch in a motorway service station

I was prepared for this not being the happiest of Christmases, what with my husband’s mother dying three weeks ago. However, the reality was worse than I imagined in unexpected and almost comic ways. So dire was part of our … Continue reading

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Christmas puppet show

If you are still in town on Christmas Eve and want an alternative view of the nativity, there is a puppet nativity with carols in Notting Hill at St John’s Church off Ladbroke Grove. It starts at 3.30, the younger … Continue reading

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What you’ll be buying this Christmas

This Lego Airport for one thing – if predictions from the Toy Retailers Association are right – and they usually are. Every October the TRA unveils the toys and games they believe will be the top 12 bestsellers that Christmas. … Continue reading

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