The great British barbecue

Brits love a good barbecue, even if it’s pouring down with rain. The mere hint of sun or bank holiday and we’re in the shed, dragging out the BBQ. Whether you’re feeding the five thousand or just fancy a family meal alfresco, help your BBQ go with a bang with our top five tips.

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Get your garden ready to party

Outdoor spaces really do come into their own during the good weather and despite the British weather being at its temperamental best this year, 67% of us will use our garden for entertaining guests during the summer months. If your garden is shouting out for some TLC before your summer guests arrive, read our top five tips to get your garden ready to party.

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St Patrick’s Day 2016

On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, a Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, died.  So on March 17th, every year it’s time to turn everything green so that the Irish and the Irish-at-heart can celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

All over the world, what began as a religious feast for this patron saint of Ireland, has now become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with special foods, dancing, parades and a whole lot of green.  The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City, in America in 1762, and not in Ireland, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through the city.  Then in 1995 the Irish government set about with a large global marketing campaign to celebrate Irish charms to the rest of the world.  It’s success can now be seen with the huge celebrations we see around the world

The Giant Hedgehog

Guess who we came across a few weeks ago? Spike, The Giant Hedgehog!

It could sound like a science fiction movie or a famous gaming character, however this hedgehog is real and made of tinsel.

Spike has been knitted from 30 balls of King Cole tinsel yarn and was displayed at the Craft and Stiches Show in February 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham.

We have heard it is going on a UK road trip, so you may cross its slow path 🙂