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Bake your gingerbread hero


This a a gingerbread a very liberal representation of my gran, Nessa, My gingerbread hero!  Feisty, strong, generous, brilliant. She raised two children and worked as a shorthand typist in Belfast all while going completely blind at 22. She walking her guide dogs through belfast in the height of the troubles, She was widowed young and has lives an independent, resourceful, full life, overcoming obstacles with grace and humour… she is brilliant

If ever there was a season to indulge in some simple but delicious baking it was advent.  So here is a delicious recipe and how to from Martha off of the Great British Bake off, and along with it, a fab little idea to get us thinking about who it is that has inspired you, by changing your world, or the world… As a season to take stock and be grateful, perhaps as you get baking some gingerbread you could take a wee bit of time to be grateful and make a little bit of gingerbread hero art.

For a fab recipe and how to make your gingerbread hero pop over to here

Happy Baking and hero making!


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DaNcInG wOrDs: G.K.Chesterton

Even his hair speaks of beauty and terror


I absolutely love reading essays, poems, stories by that man called Gilbert Keith Chesterton. He writes in a way that is beautiful, humourous and profound. Each time I read his work I feel a little more alive and  more enchanted by the world and what it has to offer.

I love his thoughts on Celebrating Christmas Properly, written in 1907,  but for something shorter and just as sweet here is a Christmas Poem by G.K.Chesterton. (My hero)

Christmas Poem


There fared a mother driven forth
Out of an inn to roam;
In the place where she was homeless
All men are at home.
The crazy stable close at hand,
With shaking timber and shifting sand,
Grew a stronger thing to abide and stand
Than the square stones of Rome.

For men are homesick in their homes,
And strangers under the sun,
And they lay their heads in a foreign land
Whenever the day is done.

Here we have battle and blazing eyes,
And chance and honour and high surprise,
But our homes are under miraculous skies
Where the yule tale was begun.

A child in a foul stable,
Where the beasts feed and foam;
Only where He was homeless
Are you and I at home;
We have hands that fashion and heads that know,
But our hearts we lost—how long ago!
In a place no chart nor ship can show
Under the sky’s dome.

This world is wild as an old wife’s tale,
And strange the plain things are,
The earth is enough and the air is enough
For our wonder and our war;
But our rest is as far as the fire-drake swings
And our peace is put in impossible things
Where clashed and thundered unthinkable wings
Round an incredible star.

To an open house in the evening
Home shall all men come,
To an older place than Eden
And a taller town than Rome.
To the end of the way of the wandering star,
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless
And all men are at home.

(Gilbert Keith Chesterton)

Merry Christmas! Celebrate well, laugh, eat and love!

x Celeste

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MAKE, DO MEND: How to make a christmas wreath ( a guest post by our crafty chum Jonny)

The Ravn Family are a favorite of us foxes, in addition to being some of the kindest, funniest, coolest families we know – they also know how to make lovely stuff.  Mr Ravn recently handcrafted a christmas wreath to deck out Ravn HQ and we thought it was rather super, so we asked him if he’d mind wriitng a blog post for us, so we could share it with y’all

Thanks Jonny!


How to make a christmas wreath:  

Well Christmas is coming and every year Naomi and I talk about all the lovely things we’d like to create to make our home ready for the winter season. This year for us, is the year of the wreath. Never being one to pay for something I can make myself, I promised her one from the great out doors. So without further ado here is my step-by-step, trial by error guide to making a home made wreath.



 ImageStep 1. Most people use willow but I found this amazing black bamboo plant at Granny’s house and as it needed a trim I got to work. The younger more flexible shoots are green but the older black ones look amazing so make sure you get a good mixture of colour.

ImageStep 2. Trim each as low as you can to get the most out of them. Anything you don’t use can be used in the garden to prop up climbing plants and tomatoes.

 ImageStep 3. Remove all the leaves and off shoots with some secateurs, I tried a knife but bamboo can be really tough and I found it quicker just snipping at each one at a time. Do about a quarter more than you think you need as you will break some or find that not all are bendy enough.

 Image Step 4. Start with the longest, thinnest and most bendy bamboo first. Gently bend it along the shoot to loosen it up. Holding the thick end in one hand figure out what size wreath you want and start wrapping it into a circle always in the same direction. Tie off with some garden wire so it doesn’t slip.

 Image Step 5. Start the next piece a few inches around and just keep repeating it until you’ve made it all the way round. By this point you should have a pretty strong base and so you can add some of the thick darker shoots.

ImageStep 6. When you feel that you’ve got what want. Simply cut the thick ends of the shoots that stick out the back, careful not to trim them to short or you may see all your hard work unravel.


 Step 7. Hang it up on a wall and admire it whist drinking a hot beverage of your choice, knowing that you partner now has to do the real work of making it look  pretty. Hopefully Naomi will take up this challenge and we’ll let you know how it turns out.


-Jonny (Thursday’s honourary fox!)-


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Found: Izola presents for the mans…

As we near the most wonderful time of the year  we start thinking … presents!

The Men/boys tend to be the hardest of all to buy for. You either have to go really expensive or jokey.

My favourite presents I have got for the boys are:

1. A new pipe kit. Pipe, pipe cleaning and packing tool, tobacco

2. A hipflask (full of something tasty)

3. An old man kit. Slippers, handkerchiefs and old school shaving kit.

That is until I stumbled across this beautiful website.

Men in my life look away now, this is all you are getting for christmas! (If I get you anything at all..)

Izola makes some things that are so very beautiful, I would be happy if they would all be in my life and my house.

For the drunken men in your life…

‘Three sheets to the wind’And maybe they need to get some ‘stones’?

Whiskey stones!

These coasters have fun facts, stories, cocktail recipes or drinking games on the back! Win!

For the hygiene challenged men in your life…

We have the Scouts shower curtain in our home.

A subtle but lovely hint?

This is also punny… my favourite! And if they are really stinky … they may need three?

Happy christmas shopping!!

– Celeste


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Make Do Mend: Advent Kit

So I am off for a little trip to see some lovely people and be a bridesmaid for my best friend. Yay!

I am thinking that I want to bring a few little pressies for people but know I’ve not got very much dosh for buying.

I am taking a few little advent kits that I have put together.

Tiger have some ‘Final Countdown’ 1 -24 pegs for £1 that I am going to put in a little Candy stripe bag with 24 doilies and green and white butchers twine!

BAM! You have a little make your own ‘Advent Kit’.

Shizzle and Merry Christmas!


– Celeste

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