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  • Are you wearing wool today?

    Are you wearing wool today? You may have to think about it, but two hundred years ago the answer would almost certainly have been, “yes” with no hesitation necessary. The likelihood is that at this time of year you’d have been wrapped up in wool from your underwear to...
  • Preparing your children for their exams

    With the start of 2019 comes the start of the last few terms of the School year. With this comes the impending exams and the stress they inevitably bring with them. Many parents across the Four Shires will be called upon to help with revision and to stop complete...
  • What to do in the Garden this month

    I always look at January as the official start of the gardening season, writes David Williams. It is a time to start planning your year ahead, what you are going to grow and where you are going to grow it. But as it is so cold and wet outside,...
  • The Arty bit!

    The Arty Bit – a quick tip! When mixing several colours together the order you mix them in will help greatly in getting the colour you desire. For example, if you have the four colours ultramarine, cadmium yellow, and alizarin crimson depending on the order you mix them you...
  • Protect your garden

    Winter can be a very harsh time for the plants in your garden. The dropping temperatures and constant frosts can often see the end of some of your more treasured blooms. If your plants do get damaged however, this is not necessarily the end; there are ways of minimising...
  • We all want some figgy pudding

    Thank goodness for microwave ovens! Today we can achieve in minutes what our ancestors took hours if not days to accomplish. Our grandparents and even our parents might have invested an inordinate amount of time and energy in the Christmas pudding ritual, which would often include the whole family...
  • Fire Side fascination

    As the temperatures continue to dip your thoughts may have turned to your fireplace (if you are lucky enough to have one in your home). After all there is something completely romantic about a roaring fire in the darker, winter days. Many fireplaces however are non-functioning but this doesn’t...
  • A – Z

    A Four Shires A-Z of Christmas   A – Advent calendar Traditionally in the run up to Christmas, children will open one door a day until the 25th December. This will help them to channel their excitement on the build up to Christmas. If you are after something a...
  • What to do in the December Garden

    December signals the end of another year. It’s traditionally a time to party and for celebrations but let’s not forget the garden. It is surprising what there is to do at this time of year. There is the never-ending task of sweeping up leaves and twigs that keep on...
  • Step by step snow scene

    Step By Step Snow Scene  You will need: Watercolour paints – Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Red, Burnt Sienna (I used Mondeluz artists quality) 300gsm Cold Pressed (NOT) surface watercolour paper (I used A5 Bockingford) Brushes – Size 18 round, size 4 round, size 2 round, size 1 rigger (I used...