• The Hourglass Factory
    Edwardian Fashion and The Hourglass Factory
    by Lucy Ribchester
    2015/01/12  |  Features  |  

    When we think of Victorian clothing, strong images come to mind: bustles and crinolines, frills and fuss. By contrast the Edwardian era seems positively strait-laced. But there’s much more to Edwardian fashion than Downton Abbey dresses and suffragette-sashes. Clothing changed at an astonishing rate in the years building up to …

  • The Bookminx’s Perfect Christmas Morning
    by The Bookminx xx
    2014/12/25  |  Features  |  

    For many, Christmas starts with the return of the Red Cup. For others, it’s Stir-up Christmas Pudding Sunday. For some it’s on August 25th when many shops swap out their Summer bikini’s for Winter Warmer jumpers…and the never ending loop of Slade finds its way back onto the commercial radio …

  • Secrets We Left Behind
    My Perfect Christmas Morning Would Be…
    by Susan Elliot Wright
    2014/12/23  |  Features  |  

    My perfect Christmas morning would be… Waking to find that snow has fallen overnight, but knowing for sure that it’ll be gone by the day after Boxing Day. Then listening to carols on the radio – favourites are Hark the Herald Angels and Silent night – while having breakfast with …

  • The Time of our Lives
    Jane Costello’s Perfect Christmas Morning
    by Jane Costello
    2014/12/19  |  Features  |  

    I’ve always been a Christmas fanatic, something I inherited from my parents. When I was little, the festive season was never a particularly sophisticated affair like in the magazines, where houses are decorated with tasteful Nordic touches and an abundance of twigs and orange peel.  In our house it was …

  • A Week in Paris
    Rachel Hore’s Perfect Christmas Morning
    by Rachel Hore
    2014/12/17  |  Features  |  

    I’ve always preferred the quiet preparations of Christmas Eve to the rugby scrum of Christmas Day. Baking mince pies, listening to the King’s College Chapel Choir warble their best on Radio 4, placing a lit candle in the front window to let the Christ Child know he’s anticipated; I’ve done all …

  • The Wedding Singer
    Isabelle Broom’s Perfect Christmas Morning
    by Isabelle Broom
    2014/12/15  |  Features  |  

    Despite allegedly being a proper grown-up now, I still wake up every Christmas morning with a big smile on my face. I go home every year to spend the day with my family, and my mum still makes me a stocking. It’s a proper lumpy, bumpy one, too – none …

  • Holy Hamster
    My Perfect Christmas Morning
    by Kate Long
    2014/12/10  |  Features  |  

    I’m dreaming of a quiet Christmas, and here’s why. Over the years the morning of December 25th has thrown me a few curve balls. At the mild end of disaster was the time we switched on the oven to roast the turkey and nothing happened. I can tell you, a …

  • Francesca's Party
    Patricia’s Perfect Christmas Morning
    by Patricia Scanlan
    2014/12/06  |  Features  |  

    Much as I love Christmas, it is very different now since my beloved mother is no longer with us.  But I have the most wonderful memories of childhood Christmas Mornings that were beyond perfect. When I was a child there was no such thing as putting your tree up weeks …

  • Andy Jones & Pals
    My Perfect Christmas Morning…
    by Andy Jones
    2014/12/04  |  Features, Uncategorized  |  

    My perfect Christmas morning starts at 6.30 a.m., the same time my girls exploded into supercharged, gibbering wakefulness on this same day last year. Today, though … nothing. A silence so thick you can almost cuddle it. The little ones are still deep asleep, dreaming, perhaps, of Santa or elves …

  • Francesca's Party
    Why I Love Christmas
    by Patricia Scanlan
    2014/11/10  |  Features  |  

    I love Christmas. For me it’s always been a time for family, relaxation and reading and if I could go back and live a part of my childhood again I’d choose Christmas time. I’ve got four brothers and a sister and my parents made Christmas the most magical time for …