I Saw the Real Santa Claus #MySundayPhoto

I loved Christmas as a kid, all the magic and the belief in Father Christmas. It's not quite the same as a grown-up is it? That's until I saw the real Santa Claus. Have you ever seen him? Take a look and see what you think. I've been fortunate enough to spend Christmas in California … Continue reading I Saw the Real Santa Claus #MySundayPhoto


Nan’s Mixed Herb & Onion Stuffing Recipe

Reblogging for #blogmas.

I constantly miss my nan but even more so at Christmas. I’m pleased that so many people are now trying out her recipe. Give it a go for your Christmas dinner.

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Why bother with packet stuffing when it is so easy to do yourself? My nan used to make a bowl of this lovely homemade mixed herb and onion stuffing for each family member every Christmas. This recipe has been passed down through the generations and I’ve now passed it on to my children. I make it whenever I do a roast and it’s a must for Christmas Dinner. It really does taste and smell amazing and literally takes minutes to make.

Nan’s Mixed Herb & Onion Stuffing Recipe (serves 3-4)
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Today South London, Tomorrow South London by Andrew Grumbridge and Vince Raison

This book claims to be the one that South London deserves, the first to be written about the area since 1947, and the one that will put it back on the map so to speak. ​Today South London, Tomorrow South London was published recently by Unbound and is the memoirs of the authors, Dulwich Raider … Continue reading Today South London, Tomorrow South London by Andrew Grumbridge and Vince Raison

How To Give To Charity On a Budget – The Penny Jar Project

Reblogging Blogmas 2018.

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I came across this event set up by Martin P Foster on Facebook last year. It is a worldwide ongoing project.  You can start and finish whenever you want.

It’s such a simple way of being able to donate a little to charity without noticing that you are spending any money.   It would be wonderful if everybody could set this up in their workplace as well as their home.

The idea behind the scheme is that you

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How to Give to Charity For Free or On A Budget at Christmas

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There are numerous charity appeals all year round but especially noticeable at Christmas. It can be difficult to choose who to support particularly when your own budget is being stretched, but here are some easy ways that you can give for free or very cheaply to help those in need:

* Give your unwanted gifts and bottles of drink to your local school or hospice for their tombola and raffle.

* If you are on O2 you can install their app and collect free gifts and food from WHSmith, Halfords and Hotel Chocolat amongst others, then donate as gifts and prizes.

* Install the Greggs app and give the free hot food and drink to a homeless person.

* Many people now give money to charity instead of sending Christmas cards. If you do this please make sure you tick the GIFT AID box where an additional 25% will be…

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11 Christmas Gifts for Book Lovers

Even in this modern digital age, I believe that giving books as gifts are still as popular as ever.  As a book lover, I think they make perfect gifts for Christmas. Who else remembers getting an annual every year with their Christmas stockings as a child? Or giving or receiving The Fireside Book, or the … Continue reading 11 Christmas Gifts for Book Lovers

Nothing Says Christmas Quite Like Elvis Presley!

Some people like minimal decorations, some go overboard. I fall into the former category in my own home, but I do like to have a wander around a good Christmas display. Read on to hear about my favourite Christmas location. My love of tat*, sunshine and all things Rock N Roll were delivered in one … Continue reading Nothing Says Christmas Quite Like Elvis Presley!