Emma

Top Show Picks for the Yorkshire Coast

Top Show Picks for the Yorkshire Coast

One of the huge advantages for us living on the Yorkshire Coast is the amazing variety of shows and events that we can take advantage of. Although we live in small towns - which anywhere else in the country would be lucky to even have a decent theatre - we can take our pick of great venues. Probably many of us take this variety of entertainment for granted - ok so its mainly just in the summer months but I really do think we have the best of both worlds. We have all the advantages of a small town -…
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Christmas Eve Magic

Christmas Eve Magic

I don't know whether it's the memory of childhood excitement, the thought of surprises and fabulous food, or just that everything is sprinkled with glitter and festiveness, but it is magical at this time. I recognise that those with young children have already had a week of them bouncing out of their skins (yes, I know - it's only been a week since they broke up from school!). Many are at utter fever-pitch at this point. So this is a good time to slip into traditions - the relative calm of repetitive activities. I'm sure we all have our Christmas…
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What is a ‘Traditional Christmas’?

What is a ‘Traditional Christmas’?

Christmas is a time of traditions. So many of us have grown up with our own individual family's traditions - those little things we feel we have to do every year, even if no one remembers why! Even little traditions like when you open your presents. Is it at the crack of dawn or after dinner? Or do you wait till Boxing Day! I have heard that the longer you wait, the posher you are (we open ours at the crack of dawn, so we're obviously not very posh at all.) The Polish tradition of Wigilia In Polish tradition, the…
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When do you ‘deck the halls’?

When do you ‘deck the halls’?

I'll be honest I've been itching to put the decorations up since bonfire night! But, so far, I've resisted the urge - contenting myself with wandering around the beautiful Christmas displays at country houses and garden centres, making notes and stealing ideas as I go. Who can resist the wonder of Narnia at Castle Howard or the beautifully tasteful displays at Burton Agnes Hall - well, clearly I can't! Garden Centres outdo themselves every year, turning into magical wonderlands with festive events galore to tempt us in. From a Festive Farm Event at Eastfield Garden Centre to the spectacular Santa…
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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

L.M MONTGOMERY - ANNE OF GREEN GABLES I most certainly agree with Lucy Montgomery on this one. I LOVE October! The colours, the crisp, fresh morning sunrises, squelchy muddy walks in wellies, kicking through piles of leaves and cosy fireside evenings. October conjures all these lovely images. Nowadays it is impossible not to forget Halloween.  I say nowadays – if, for those of you like me of a certain age, your childhood didn’t contain dressing up in a scary costume and knocking on doors to receive a ton of sweets from your neighbours. For us, the modern-day Halloween ‘tradition’ does…
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