Christmas wreath ideas

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: December 23rd, 2012

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I’ve never made or bought any wreaths for Christmas in my time, I started to appreciate the craft and tradition when I started browsing ‘wreath ideas‘ on Pinterest, there are so many varieties (mostly DIYed) of styles from traditional, candies, herbs, fruits, flowers, themed novelties, cards and scraps of reclaimed materials. Wreath usually displayed hung on your front door, or as a centre piece on top of fireplace, table or in the garden.  What does your Christmas wreath look like?

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 
 

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 Holland Park

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: December 17th, 2012

Holland Park is known as one of London’s poshest Royal parks, not only it is located in West London’s exclusive hotspots such as Notting Hill, Portobello Road Market and Kensington Park.  Holland Park is famous for its serene Kyoto Garden that houses a school of Japanese carps, waterfall feature and pond, and tamed peacocks.  As well as other English themed gardens, it is considered one of the most romantic parks and its semi-wild woodland near the ruins of Holland House.

Holland Park, Ilchester Place, London W8

 

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 The theme of Winter

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: December 11th, 2012

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I cam across a beautiful poem by Iris Rain dedicated to Winter, thought I like to share it with you all.

The First Day of Snow – By Iris Rain via Poemhunter.com

Snow, is a luxury
In our tropical world
Snow is a fable
Never saw, never touched, never smell

The first day of snow drifting onto a winter wonderland
The first time I felt it, on my face, around me
Boundless joy, wonder, ecstasies
Unreal, beautiful, white
A winter wonderland of ecstasies
Just for me

Silvery icicles, hanging off branches golden like the autumn days fading into winter
Silvery, like fairy tales
Pond of frozen winter clear, ducks swimming chasing their own tails
In ecstasies, in wonder, like a fairytale unfold

Snow, is a luxury
Unreal, beautiful, unbelievably soft
Boundless wonder, boundless joy
A magical world of snowy white
God’s glorious creation

A winter wonderland,
Beautiful beyond measure 

 

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 Borough Market

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: November 19th, 2012

On a cold Friday afternoon where misty fog covered London’s tallest buildings, lost within the grey dense and not a single speck of light can be seen in the distance.  I took short trip to Borough Market to explore the busy food market, it is usually packed with tourists and photography enthusiasts of all levels (including myself).  Borough Market is the largest wholesale and retail food market in London, known as a foodie heaven, it consists of up to 70 stalls and stands from fresh/organic produce, savoury, preserved foot to homemade gourmet.  Christmas is happening in just a few weeks, it is definite the place to be to buy fresh ingredients for your Christmas dinner/roast and hamper, mind you the market will be busy and vibrant.

 

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 Red Autumn

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: November 13th, 2012

This season turns out to be quite a spectacular Autumn, the falling leaves from trees of all sorts of enrich colours; the reds, yellows, oranges and greens, giving the park and tree lined streets a lease of life before approaching leafless Winter.  I must admit my wardrobe hasn’t yet fully prepared for the cold days….must top up some knits and woollies at Benetton.   Are you ready for Autumn?

 

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 Sandy, The Aftermath

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: October 30th, 2012

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Hurricane Sandy has finally hit landfall in New York City at midnight (UK time), catching live tweets, Instagram and online coverages all night seemed surreal, a real life experience through words and pictures.  At least 20 people died and millions are left with power, the storm hasn’t left yet it is heading towards North West and to Canada where it finishes off, the city itself became a scene like from the movie Apocalypse, a scale of natural disaster is rarely seen in a vibrant city like this compared to the man-made terrorist attack in 9-11.  Streets are littered with cars and debris, road tunnels blocked, underground subways also blocked with heavy floods (now receding), some damaged infrastructures, a tanker ship beached on the shoreline…goodness how will it stay upright or afloat?  Let’s pray to our American friends, BE STRONG AMERICA!!!!

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 Go away Sandy

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: October 30th, 2012

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First and foremost, from the UK I would like to say hello to Hurricane Sandy an unfriendly giant beast swirling in the sky heading towards the east coast cities; Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Cape May and New York City.  However, Sandy has already caused some serious damages in the Caribbean, many few were missing and killed.  Mass evacuations has been set, hundreds will face days without electricity, subways closed, for US ready to embrace the windy beast.  I wish my American friends safe and well.

Go away Sandy!

(Photos via Guardian.co.uk)

 

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 Secret Paradise

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: October 26th, 2012

I stumbled upon a secret garden in Hampstead by accident, which I wish to remain a secret for my own greed.  Pergola and Hill Garden is known as a secret oasis or paradise to local residents, very secretive and tranquil with its stunning Edwardian pergola structure overlooking Hampstead Heath, built by Thomas Mawson.  It is advisable to visit the garden in Spring and Summer, where the pergola would be fully covered with abundance of colourful blooms, here’s a thing …don’t tell anyone about this place…keep it a secret.

 

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 Dried flowers

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: October 23rd, 2012

The end of the Summer season has finally come to an end this weekend when we turn the clock one hour forward, yes we will have less daylight and as for the flower lovers and enthusiasts like myself, we prefer to see Summer clusters to last throughout cold Winter months (of course it’s not possible) such as these popularities; Chrysanthemum, cockscomb, freesia, hydrangea, heather, iris and ever so popular peony.

Ever thought of preserving Summer flowers to use for floral arrangement, such as personalising a candle? Cut lavender is naturally dried whereas hydrangeas and roses are perfect for drying, the preserving/drying technique can be tricky for some if you have no patience.  Here’s a tip, use a hair spray, spray over the buds and flower heads, it will discolour and shrink throughout the weeks, and leave the dried flowers in an empty vase. Voila!

 

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 Wool Week

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: October 18th, 2012

It’s Wool Week this week, it’s a camapaign to raise awareness about the benefits and versatility of wool in fashion and furnishing industry.  To support local farmers, retailers, local businesses that depends on wool industry, particularly that we have over 100 wool mills still in operation across the United Kingdom.

A while ago, I was fortunate to visit Abraham Moon & Sons Ltd, a family owned company based in the suburbs of Guiseley in West Yorkshire, home to woollen and worsted mills.   It was my first time witnessing how fabrics are manufactured in a production plant in real life, but seen the live action of a working (and very noisy) power loom in the BBC’s adaption ‘North and South‘ written by British novelist Elizabeth Gaskell.  Moon representing as the last standing woollen mill in Guiseley, with dyeing, blending, carding, spinning, weaving and finishing processes all taking place on one site, and they are exceptionally proud of their ‘Made in Britain’ heritage.  

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Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 
 

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