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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Keep Calm and Craft On

Keep Calm and Craft On

Times are tough and during the past year we’ve all had to tighten our belts in one way or another. With Christmas just around the corner, the idea of all those gifts to buy can seem like quite a daunting and expensive prospect. You have two options. Option one is to panic. Option two is […]

The Prince’s Pen

Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us an insight into what’s good to read this month The eleven stories in the Mabinogion come from two medieval Welsh manuscripts, with roots in Celtic mythology, Arthurian romance, and their own view of the Island of Britain.  In Serens New Stories from the Mabinogion, old tales are at […]

…and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Like most vets at this time of year I reminisce over the clinical victories, raise a glass to those who left us for a better place and try and work out how many birds I treated from the carol – The Twelve Days of Xmas.  Doesn’t everyone do that? Twenty three birds participate in the […]

Ten Tips for a Stress-free Christmas

some christmas baubles

Plan Ahead – This might seem obvious but writing lists and scribbling on post-it notes will help you keep track of what needs to be done and when. Wrap as you go – Get into a routine of wrapping gifts on the same day as you buy them. By doing this, you’ll avoid feeling completely […]

Nana’s Kitchen – Yuletide Log

Nana's yuletide log

As Christmas is a busy time for most of us, home baking often gets pushed to one side and we revert to shop bought products. With this in mind here is my last minute Yuletide Log which, if you take a short-cut “cheat” on the way, takes no longer than 30 minutes to prepare. For […]

‘Kool Kids Wear Lids’ Campaign Keeping Young Cyclists Safe

Children and police officer with bikes

Gwent Police is peddling a safety campaign to encourage more children to wear helmets when riding their bicycles. Neighbourhood Policing Teams in Monmouthshire are awarding a high-visibility bike sticker to every child they see wearing a bike helmet. Children seen riding a bike without a helmet are stopped by officers and PCSOs and given advice […]

Oh Christmas Tree!

a christmas tree

Whether you’re opting for a real or fake Christmas tree this year, be sure to follow our simple guide to creating a beautiful festive centrepiece for your home… Before you do anything, make sure your tree lights are in good working order and then place them evenly around your tree. LED lights are cost effective […]