O Holy Night

Chriatmas Eve, my favourite day of the year, when we slow our pace to imagine what is possible, a night when we open our hearts to the miracles of Birth and Light. O holy night! The stars are brightly shining…

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Shop Local!

We love our local shops and try to support them whenever we can. One of our seasonal traditions is to go to Rayleigh to pick up a Christmasy box of Essex apples to share over the holidays. And while we were there, we also stopped in at Byford’s for a handmade pork and stuffing pie for…

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Seasonal Sighting

Walking down the road, this was lying right in the middle of my Path…. a gift! Or rather, the announcement of a gift just waiting to be found. There weren’t any lottery tickets attached, but as I carried the image of this abandoned tag home with me, I did some thinking about gifts and how they…

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A Proper Village Fayre

Thundersley did itself proud this afternoon. Friends and neighbours gathered to celebrate the season and wish each other well as shopkeepers welcomed us with open doors and festive food and drink. Jenny the Donkey came to see the children. Father Christmas was there with reindeer and treats for good little boys and girls. Our local hairdressers created…

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The Heart of Art

Once a year, on a Tuesday night shortly before Christmas, our bead group has a party. It’s fairly constrained, not in the least bit wild, the kind of event that feels just right. We sit in a circle together every Tuesday all year ’round, but on this one night, the table is decorated, food is…

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Christmas Coffee

  We made a little holiday pilgrimage to Squires in Rayleigh this afternoon. Squires is a delightful little coffee and tea shop on the High Street that serves more interesting brews than anywhere else in the area, and does it in a delightful old building that absolutely begs you to come in for a bit of…

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Mainstream

Like almost everyone, we are busy little elves these days, shopping, cleaning, wrapping, celebrating– well, you know how it is… One thing that I will freely admit is that I’ve enjoyed seeing the upswing in gluten-free Christmas treats this year. I don’t actually indulge in many (and most have way too many raisins for my…

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Winemaking in Essex?

Absolutely!  And with this year’s mild weather, we’ve heard that the local vineyards have had a super year, so we were really keen to head out into the Essex countryside to taste – and buy – the local wine. Our Purleigh pilgrimage has become a regular part of our Christmas season, and fits in with our buy-local gift-giving…

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Hello, December!

I am excited about the arrival of the Christmas season now that December is really here. For me, the Thanksgiving weekend always marks the beginning of decorations and Christmas carols, though nowadays we wait until Solstice to put up our Christmas tree so that its sparkly goodness can mark the return of the Light. Until…

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Flexible Traditions

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favourite holidays, and I have happy memories of lovely meals shared with various combinations and permutations of family and friends over the years. I love, above all, the feeling of being in sync with other Americans, all cooking similar foods and gathering together to eat their holiday meal. Nowadays,…

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