My Favourite 14 Posts for '14 – And Happy New Year!

As we bid adieu to 2014, I’m sure we all feel contemplative. For me and my family it’s been a pretty good year, especially compared to 2013, which was pretty lousy. When I look back over this year’s Little Lewes posts, it reminds me of the fantastic things we’ve done. I feel so lucky to have my family, our health and our […]

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Touching Words by Maurice Sendak to See Us Through Christmas + Beyond

This time of year can really get on top of you. And worse, as someone reminded me at the school gate yesterday, “the Christmas holidays don’t count as holidays, because you come back more tired than before them.” Urgh, she’s so right. Except this year I want to try to make that not count for me […]

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Lewes's Loveliest Christmas Window is Back!

Hark! It’s officially Christmas! Because the Landsdowne Place Christmas window at number 25 is back in situ! This year I notice a little acer (Japanese maple) behind the badger unloading the boot of the Volkswagen, and a lot more fir trees in the garden. There’s also a new sign on the window that hosts this house, inviting parents […]

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'Bear Hug', by Katharine McEwen – Book Review + Reader GIVEAWAY

Rain aside, I’m seriously digging winter right now. It’s finally starting to get cold! The sparkly days such as we had on Thursday, with a proper nip in the air and that cold, clear light are for spending time out in it, and then retreating from to a warm house and the prospect of candle (and fire!) light […]

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The Magic of Choosing and Cutting Your Own Christmas Tree at Wilderness Wood, Sussex

I adore Christmas trees. I adore them for two reasons: first, I grew up in the Far East and real Christmas trees were something very very special because they had to stand in such an alien environment. They were imported and extortionate and a few times we went fake. But with a father from the Nordic countries, more often […]

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Advent Calendar Ideas (Yes, Seriously) Inspired by Babycinno Kids

I’ve done it. I’ve said the C-word. Or at least insinuated it in this post’s title. Although I take serious exception to being told mid-August by a catalogue that ‘it’s never too early to start planning for Christmas’ (because yes, yes it is), I accept that it’s late October and there’s about eight weeks to go until the […]

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