Family Christmas films…..who doesn’t love shutting the front door, cranking the fire up and snuggling down to watch a family Christmas films? With the big day very near, yes, its tomorrow(!!!) what better way to relax then with a family film. Here are my top 10 family Christmas films 1 Home Alone 2  Miracle on 34th Street 3  Nativity Trilolgy 4 Disney’s Scrouge 5 Love Actually 6  Its a wonderful Life 7  Elf 8  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 9  Arthur Christmas 10  Muppet’s Christmas Carole These are my top 10 family Christmas films.  Does your family have a Christmas favourite?  … View Post

Today as part of my attempt to complete Blogmas; a post a day from 1 December until Christmas I thought I’d talk about how I love nothing better this time of year than snuggling under a blanket, preferably one I have crocheted myself. As we plunge towards the depths of winter and the we try to think of doing nothing but hibernate I like to surround myself with cosy blankets.  For many years now I have crocheted and my favourite item to complete is blankets.  There is just something about sitting down and covering myself in a blanket that I… View Post

For quite a few years now in Birmingham they have had a German Christmas market. Over the years the market has expanded and now occupies a large part of the city and this year also included a big wheel and ice rink.  This year I jumped in the car one evening with friends and headed in to Birmingham.  This year there are a lot of food stalls and also the big wheel and ice rink the top of Broad Street.  We parked near here at Brindley Place and decided to take full advantage of the food stalls.  Everything smelt delicious!… View Post

I love Chatsworth House and have done since I was a teenager. I went to university in Derby and love days out in the Peak District. I found it such an escape from studying and trying to come to terms with being diagnosed with a incurable crohnic illness. To escape I often drove to the Peak District with the lovely town of Bakewell and the quaint village of Hartington being favourites. A visit to Bakewell always meant an afternoon at Chatsworth House. A visit was always made at Christmas to view the stunning Christmas decorations. With life being what it… View Post

For the past few years every time we have eaten gammon I have waited until I have had some time spare to cook this wonderful glaze. Yes, it takes a while, not much prep or culinary skills required but you need to be around in the house for about 3 hours while it cooks and be able to spend little snippets of time paying the gammon a little attention. It really is a simple meal to make with a few simple ingredients. First you have to boil the gammon for about 1 1/2 hours. Pop it in a sauce pan… View Post