#ChristmasJumperDay

If you are on social media today it won’t have escaped your attention that today is Christmas Jumper Day.  Everybody is encouraged to wear their silliest, tackiest, most ridiculous Christmas jumper today, and to donate just a couple of quid to Save The Children.  Of course larger donations are always welcomed but £2 can really

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Ginmas Week 2

  Well there have been another seven gins sampled since the last post and it has been a real voyage of discovery and actually also of geography. This week we have been all over the place, from Menorca to Yorkshire to Spain to Scotland and I have loved finding out a little bit more about

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In defence of Christmas being just a week

  No sooner has the August bank holiday weekend gone then shops start creeping in their Christmas ranges.  Then from mid November onwards you cannot move for Christmas products everywhere you look.  Every magazine has Christmas supplements or pull outs.  There are tins of sweets stacked ten high, four columns wide.   Yards of Jaffa cakes,

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Ginmas week 1

When my parents owned a vineyard for ten years it never ceased to amaze me how much they knew about wine.    As much as they knew though there was always more to learn and I really envied that knowledge of a subject and the ability to keep learning.   As I approach my fifties

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Five go to mocktail recipes for Christmas

  It is easy to focus on the booze at Christmas, heck I am even doing a gin advent calendar. “Have we got dessert wine to go with the pudding?”   “Is there enough fizz for breakfast?”   “How many bottles of red wine do we need for the mulled wine on Christmas Eve?” It

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Where are you from?

Is a question that always makes me reply with a disclaimer first “well… I was born in London but I have lived all over the place”.   I think my current home is my 18th, and between London and here there have been stints in Surrey, various other parts of London, the midlands and the

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Making your own gin advent calendar

A slightly different Window Wednesday this week as I feature 24 windows rather than just one.  Or are they doors?   Who knows.  What I do know is that the idea of making my own gin filled advent calendar is one I have had for a while. Every year, round about now I get tagged in

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