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Posted 4th December 2013 by Fiona
Breath deeply, and again. Mmmmmm, the smell of pine warming by the fireside. The lights flickering in the dark and the branches heavy laden with tinsel that should have gone in the bin years ago. Who can resist a real Christmas tree?
Yes – a fold away one is more economically sound, yes - there are arguments over how big it can be this year and yes - when Christmas is over, how do you get it out of the house without dropping pine needles all over the place that you are still treading on come the July??
But that all said, I for one cannot resist the yearly excitement of picking the right one…“that one there looks a bit lonely, let’s have that one” and having an evening, or sometimes two decorating it with things ranging from new to very old (one bauble is nearly 45 years old!) with varying degrees of success but always, always ending up with something that is ‘splendid’!
When the lights are low and the fire is crackling away in the background, nothing is more Christmassy than standing with a glass of something warm and festive (link mulled wine/cider) under the Greenwood Tree.
Posted 27th November 2013 by Fiona
Clandestine meetings in sheds, passwords, badges and oodles of rock buns – that is the world of Enid Blyton’s secret seven. The innocence of the secret society where the children tirelessly hunt for clues, solve mysteries and generally aim to put things right. A truly wholesome and adventurous tale, wrapped up with a bundle of nostalgia, heart warming stuff. Children’s literature is certainly a great place to loose yourself for a moment, to escape from all the grown up stuff and travel back to days of roaming the fields and the woods building dens and climbing trees.
So why not give someone a trip down memory lane for Christmas with one of their childhood favourites or inspire a new generation to have their own exciting adventures, a perfect little stocking filler.
(And whilst we are on the subject of secrets have you checked out our emails and facebook pages this week? Shoon are giving away all sorts of prizes for Seven Days…… shhhhhh!)
Posted 20th November 2013 by Fiona
A Somerset style Christmas would not be complete without the spicy scent of some Scrumpy, mulling on the stove on a winters eve. I have recently been converted from mulling wine to mulling cider - best enjoyed wrapped up warm outside on a starry evening amongst some festive fairy lights.
To make your life easy you could pick up one of the sachets readily available but if it’s homemade, rustic authenticity you are looking for it’s easy enough to make up a muslin bundle with cinnamon sticks, cloves & Star Anise all of which look and smell as magical as they sound adding a dash of dark rum or sloe gin for a little extra ‘warmth’.
Posted 13th November 2013 by Fiona
Although we should officially start the countdown on the first of December, for some the preparations have already begun. Diary dates for December are already filling up, with party planning ideas in all the magazines. You can find tips on how to make the perfect pudding and craft projects galore from homemade hampers to bespoke lampshades. Not to mention the big shop, with lists scribbled on scraps of paper and inspiration on every festive corner. Finding the perfect gift can indeed be a little daunting but get it done early and you can spend the rest of the festive season as it is intended – having fun! Whether this is at home by the fire, carol singing on the streets or parading with the reindeers. So to make things a little easier we have made a note of a few of our favourite things ‘for him’ and ‘for her’ with love from Shoon x. This should leave plenty of time to relax and enjoy a little mulled scrumpy and a cheddar and cranberry canapé!
Hunter Boot Bag
Hunter Wellie socks
Posted 6th November 2013 by Fiona
1 Lady of the Manor
Our very own Downton Abbey style Cloche hat could see you roaring your way back to the twenties. This hat is neat and feminine, designed to look elegant with a dash of independence thrown in for good measure. To complete the look, style with long and lean tailored outerwear and leather gloves. The ideal ensemble for a visit to Highclere Castle, where you would, no doubt, feel part of the family.
2 From Russia with love
Winter is only just around the corner and those Siberian chills are closer than we think. We love this faux-fur pillbox hat which combines a little bit of Jackie O’s iconic style with the snowy romance of ‘Dr. Zhivago’.
3 Bonfire night Bobbles
Remember, remember on the 5th of November, to dig out your woolly hats, scarves and gloves. It’s the most sparkly night of the year with bonfires, fireworks and sparklers galore, not to mention hotdogs, mulled cider (here in Somerset at least) and gingerbread a plenty. We will be warm enough to stay out around the bonfire late into the night. Watch out Guy Fawkes!