Five Winter Walks in Hampshire

Five Winter Walks in Hampshire

With these Five Winter Walks in Hampshire you can stomp and yomp your way through the county’s stunning scenery.

These walks have brought me a lot of joy over the past year, and I hope they do you too.

Pull on those boots, stretch those legs and dust off those cobwebs to get those happy endorphins pumping!

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New Year’s Eve 2020 Round Up

New Year’s Eve 2020 Round Up

It’s time for the Bright Lights Big City New Year’s Eve 2020 Round Up!

Well, 2020 wasn’t what we all thought it was going to be, was it?

My last post of the year is always a retrospective. It gives you the opportunity to look over my posts and spot anything you might have missed and want to read.

There’s something quite cathartic about looking over the last year. And, since I started this blog late 2016, it’s become one of my favourite things to do. It also helps me to look forward to the year ahead and think about what I want to achieve. 

BUT, this year does not feel the same. For many, if not all, it’s been a TOTAL GIT of a year. 

This New Year’s Eve 2020 Round Up, is the fifth post I’ve done containing all my blog posts, highlights, and intentions for the year ahead.

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The Winchester Christmas Lights 2020

The Winchester Christmas Lights 2020

The Winchester Christmas Lights are a highlight in the Hampshire calendar every year.

If you live near and need to get in the Christmas spirit consider a winter walk around Winchester.

And, if you can’t get out for whatever reason, here’s a peek at the city’s festive lights…

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Winchester’s Nutcracker Trail 2020

Winchester’s Nutcracker Trail 2020

Winchester’s Nutcracker Trail has been put on by Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) and is a lovely way to see the Christmas lights.

Here’s everything you need to know about finding the nutcrackers and getting a good walk around Winchester…

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Festive Chocolates from Bonham’s Bonbons

Festive Chocolates from Bonham’s Bonbons

[AD] Festive Chocolates from Bonham’s Bonbons were just the festive pick me up I needed and a great gift idea!

Charlotte, the chocolatier, sent me a festive box of her hand made chocolates to try recently.

If you want some delicious Southampton artisan home made chocolates to gift or for yourself, shh I won’t tell anyone, you’ll want to take a look at these…

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Christmas Wreath Making at Charlotte’s Crafty Cottage in Titchfield

Christmas Wreath Making at Charlotte’s Crafty Cottage in Titchfield

[AD] Recently I was invited to do something I didn’t think would be possible this year, a Christmas Wreath Making at Charlotte’s Crafty Cottage.

Charlotte saw that I hadn’t been able to make a wreath this year and invited me to one of her socially distanced classes. It’s done per household bubble and in a very well ventilated and clean cabin in Titchfield, Hampshire.

If you’re looking for a year round wreath making experience it’s worth noting that Charlotte also does Easter, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Halloween wreath classes too.

Here’s what’s involved…

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J West Christmas Trees in Titchfield

J West Christmas Trees in Titchfield

ᵃᵈ J West Christmas Trees in Titchfield is a family run Christmas tree farm right in the heart of Hampshire.

The farm grows and sells a festive mix of freshly cut and potted trees of all sizes and varieties from Nordmann Firs to Norway Spruces.

Jimmy invited me to go Christmas tree shopping at the farm and it was the best early Christmas present a gal could receive.

Discover this charming Christmas tree farm with me…

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How to Make Winter Spiced Poached Pears

How to Make Winter Spiced Poached Pears

Winter Spiced Poached Pears might seem a bit old fashioned but it’s a real warming crowd pleaser. It’s never failed me and there’s something wonderfully comforting about it.

I can’t help but love the spice and wine smell that fills the house when you make too. It’s better than any candle you can burn!

And, it’s so easy to make, so if you want a festive pudding that’s a little less heavy this is the one.

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Hampshire Christmas Wreath Making Kits 2020

Hampshire Christmas Wreath Making Kits 2020

Discover Christmas Wreath Making Kits from Hampshire florists near you! Perfect for getting in the Christmas Spirit and holding on to those traditions in 2020.

Normally I make a wreath every year at a workshop but, it’s unclear if they can go ahead. I don’t want to miss out so a kit delivery is the perfect alternative, and might suit you too.

If you’re looking for a Wreath Making Kit from Hampshire, I’ve take the hard work out of the research and you can find a beautiful selection of kits across the county in this post. Take a look…

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How to get that Festive Feeling in 2020

How to get that Festive Feeling in 2020

Have you been wondering how to get that festive feeling in 2020? I certainly have.

All those little outings, traditions and things we do to make the season festive seem to be scattered with uncertainty.

But, if you look a little closer there’s plenty of things still to do and tweaks to traditions that can be made.

These suggestions will help you find a way through what will possibly be one of the strangest Christmas seasons we’ve ever had.

Pull on your Christmas jumper, strap on your reindeer ears and get ready to wobble your belly like a bowl full of jelly, because I’m here with some ideas to inject some festive feels into your life.

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